League is divided into six boys divisions and four girls
divisions. All games are conducted in the Hermosa Beach Pier Avenue
Community Center Gym.
year seems to bring new levels of interest, along with certain
challenges. In an effort to afford each league player and his or
her parent(s) the optimal experience during this season, we offer
this overview of league objectives and guidelines.
youth basketball should provide a competitive environment where
instruction is emphasized and good sportsmanship and playing skills
are developed. In the younger divisions, strict compliance with
rules will be de-emphasized in favor of the development of basic
concepts and skills. As the players mature, application of the rules
will be gradually tightened, and hopefully the fundamental skills
will improve, permitting an advanced level of play.
HBYBL feels it is quite important to convey as positive an image
as possible. While basketball is by nature an emotional game, coaches,
referees and participants are requested to conduct themselves responsibly
to enhance the enjoyment of all. Specifically, referees are to be
respected and proper treatment of the City-owned facilities, such
as the gym, is expected and has become a high priority in recent
years at the request of the City.
The scheduling of games and practices in the gym is very tight,
and everyone should appreciate how important it is to strictly adhere
to starting times. It is the responsibility of both referees and
coaches to make sure the games are over before the scheduled start
time of the next game. Each coach has the responsibility of not
allowing the coaches in the preceding game to run late, and should
not expect the coaches of the game that follows to agree to start
late! If a team gets a late start or a game is delayed for any reason,
either the practice time must be shortened or, at the discretion
of the referee, the game may be shortened in order to accomplish
keeping on schedule.
Cleanup: It is the responsibility of the last teams on any days
schedule to clean up the Gym before they leave. The tables and chairs
must be put away in the storage room at the east end of the Gym.
All trash must be picked up from the floor, and the trash cans should
be emptied outside in the dumpster. The score board controller,
score books, etc., as well as any lost clothing or balls, should
be locked away in the HBYBL storage locker at the west end of the
Gym. (The referees have a key, and one is also in the office at
the Pier Avenue entrance.) Coaches of the last game of the day are
responsible for asking parents for help before the game and for
seeing that cleanup is completed after the game, with or without
help. Coaches at all games are required to insist that the fans
remove their personal items, cans, and debris at the end of their
game to ease the burden on the last team of the day.
This is a persistent and sensitive issue, and failure to improve
our track record in this regard could result in loss of the use
of the Gym. Coaches are required to enlist parental support, and
repeated failure to provide for assistance in maintaining the Gym
will result in forfeiture or cancellation of games, again under
direction of the Board.
The rules are published for each division along with rosters, schedules,
and the like. This should advance both fan understanding and the
quality of the game. Their application by referees in a subjective
environment such as a basketball game, while hopefully competent,
will not be perfect - that is impossible in any sport. Excessive
yelling, harassment or activity which threatens gym security will
not be tolerated. Referees can, in extreme cases, will discontinue
the game or eject unruly persons, as appropriate. Please note that,
given the tight game schedule, no one other than team players scheduled
to play will be allowed on the court between quarters, halves or
games. Coaches are required to assist referees in implementing league
policy for both schedule and safety reasons.
addition, post-season playoffs, awards and, in certain divisions,
all-star formats will be offered and developed as desired by the
responsible League Commissioners. Playoff schedules are set but
may be modified as gym and scheduling requirements dictate.
League Bulletin Board will be kept and updated weekly. Scorekeepers
and timekeepers should be routinely provided by each team to assist
referees prior to the game. The official scorebook must be deposited
in the wooden box in the Gym at the end of each segment of divisional
play for the games to count as official games. Failure to do so
may result in loss of a victory in divisions where standings are
kept. A lack of adherence to this policy undermines the quality
of the standings. At the end of the year, coaches are requested
to return the balls.
remember that observance of these basic policies will promote
the quality of this volunteer league and ensure its integrity. We
look forward to a competitive and entertaining year in each division.
And, by the way, have lots of fun!
of Hermosa Beach Youth Basketball League