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FSBL Weeknight Practice Schedule for Week of January 25, 2021

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by posted 01/24/2021
Comments from the Commish: Lessons Learned!

 

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Comments from the

Commish

 

January 23, 2021

 

To All FSBL Participants
 
Face Masks
 
Everyone must wear Face masks at all times when inside a FSBL facility. With the onset of games we have seen several issues with masks.  We have seen masks break. If a mask breaks you must immediately replace it with another face mask.
 
People are wearing masks that do not fit their face properly. They are too loose and they keep falling down their face. You need to wear a mask that properly fits your face snugly and will not constantly fall down.  Face mask must be worn to cover both the nose and mouth at all times.  It is strongly recommended that each person carry a spare mask in the event that your face mask breaks. If no replacement mask is immediately available you will need to come out of the game and leave the building.  This also applies to practices as well. If you do not have a properly fitting mask or your mask breaks you will need an replacement immediately or you must leave the building.
 
 
Entering Gyms
 
No one should enter a gym for any reason without being checked in by their Covid Team Manager (CTM). Each person who desires to enter a FSBL facility must submit a completed questionnaire, have their temperature taken and use hand sanitizer. This must be accomplished before entering a gym.
 
 
Game Day Basketballs
 
Only Coaches are allowed to bring a basketball to the gym on game day. No one other than a coach should bring a ball to the gym on game day.
 
 
Parents at games
 
One parent per player is allowed in the gym on game day. No one under the age of eighteen (18) is allowed in the gyms for any reason. Parents should bring a chair to sit on as the bleachers are off limits. Please make sure the chairs you bring will not scratch the basketball court.
 
 
Is a Player Sick
 
If anyone does not feel well you should not come to a FSBL facility. I must commend our parents for being vigilant and recognizing when a child or adult is not feeling 100% well and the decision is made to stay away from a FSBL facility. It is far better for one person to miss a practice or game rather than the whole team missing ten (10) days. Thus far we have been relatively fortunate in keeping potentially sick people away from the group. I thank each parent for making what sometimes can be a tough decision to keep your child home if you suspect any type of illness. If we can contincue in this manner we will minimize the impact and spread of covid-19 in FSBL.
 
Thank you to everyone for your cooperation and for your efforts to make our basketball season safe and successful.
 
Craig Newman
FSBL Commissioner
 

 

 


by posted 01/23/2021
FSBL Uniform Standards
The FSBL uniform standards will be strictly enforced beginning Saturday, January 23, 2021.
 
Coaches
 
Must wear the Blue 2020 coaches shirt for games. The coach's shirt must be the outermost garment when coaching a game.  Coaches may elect to wear a logo shirt that reflects their team name.  Coaches will not be allowed on the bench unless they are wearing the proper shirt or garment
 
Coach shirts will be available at the check-in desk.
 
 
Players
 
Must wear the league issued game Jersey. 
Must wear plain black shorts. No stripes, words, or color designs are allowed unless the entire team is wearing the same style of shorts.
Accessories such as Headbands, arm sleeves, compression shorts, leggings, Undershirts, and wristbands, If worn, must be the same style, color, and design worn by everyone on the team. Accessories are not required but must meet the uniform standards if worn.
 
Black Shorts will be available for sale at the check-in desk.
 
 

by posted 01/22/2021
FREE Covid-19 Testing Offered by Loudoun County

Loudoun County Hosts Free COVID-19 Testing Event January 27

Link to COVID-19 Testing Information

 

Loudoun County has scheduled another free drive-thru COVID-19 testing event: 

The January 27 testing event is open to all. There are no age or residency requirements. No prescriptions or appointments are necessary. A person does not have to exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 in order to be tested. A PCR test (nasal swab) will be administered, which tests for the novel coronavirus. No antibody or rapid tests will be offered. No COVID-19 vaccine will be available at this event.

Registration Form

To help reduce wait times, people who plan to attend the testing event are strongly encouraged to complete a registration form for each person who will be receiving a test prior to arriving at the testing site. The registration form is required and asks for general demographics and contact information, including name, date of birth, address, phone number and current symptoms, if any. 

The fillable form may be downloaded, filled out, printed and completed forms should be brought with you to the testing site. Forms will also be available at the testing site for individuals who do not have access to a printer or otherwise are unable to complete the forms in advance. The forms are also available at loudoun.gov/COVID19testing.

Stay Informed 

Loudoun County encourages residents to stay informed about COVID-19.

  • Visit loudoun.gov/coronavirus for more information about how to protect yourself and your family and to sign up for email and text updates on COVID-19.  
  • Opt in to receive text messages from Loudoun County about COIVD-19:
    • English:  Text LCCOVID19 to 888777. 
    • Spanish:  Text LCCOVIDESP to 888777. 

Residents with questions about COVID-19 may call the Loudoun County Health Department’s information line, 703-737-8300, or send an 

 

by posted 01/13/2021
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by posted 01/11/2021
No Spectators Allowed in High Schools This Season

This season, NO SPECTATORS are permitted to attend the FSBL High School Basketball League games.  This is a directive from Loudoun County and applies to the FSBL games played in the high schools.

Players and Coaches will only be permitted into the schools on Sundays for games.  Players should show up no more than 15 minutes prior to the start of their game.

Thank you for your cooperation.


by posted 01/10/2021
FSBL Rule 6 to be Enforced Throughout the Season

Leave Your Basketball
@ Home on Game Days!


Parents, Coaches, and (most importantly) Players:

The LCPR Facility Attendents, the FSBL Board Members, and the Coaches in the league will enforce the following rules:

6f.  On game day
NO basketballs are allowed in the gym other than those in the coach’s possession.  Translation:  Players should not bring their personal basketball to the gym!  (unauthorized basketballs will be confiscated and will not be returned that day) 
 
6g.  Shooting at any of the baskets in the gyms or dribbling on the court (which includes the out of bounds area around the court) is not permitted by any individual(s) not playing in the current game during any stoppage of play. This (ibnlt) time-outs, half-time intermissions, end of each quarter and between games.
 

Please help us by letting all players know these rules that will prevent khaos from taking place during every time out and between all games!

Emmanuel Mensah

FSBL Rules Coordinator


by posted 01/06/2021
A Suggestion on Wearing a Mask during FSBL Practices & Games

A Suggestion on Wearing a Mask during FSBL Practices & Games

The FSBL will be restarting league practices starting on Monday, January 4th.  The first games of the season will soon follow on Saturday, January 9th.  Due to a mandate by Loudoun County, all players must now wear mask during practices and games. 

Here is a suggestion on how to wear a facemask that is much more comfortable than wearing the bands on the ears.  Using a plain sports headband, sew one 1 inch button to each side of the headband just in front of the ears.  You can attach the mask bands around the buttons on the headband.  Because the buttons are hard, the mask actually stays on even while running and jumping.  It also doesn’t hurt the ears!  Many medical professionals already use headbands in the hospitals and use this tip.  I would suggest that you try this for your FSBL player.  Headbands can easily be thrown in the washing machine after each game and practice.

As the FSBL currently has a rule that if players on the team wear a headband, that the headbands for everyone be uniform color.  Just coordinate with your team so that everyone will wear the same color headband during league games.  You can definitely find headbands on Amazon,com 

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004J8HKS4/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_1?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1;

at Dick’s Sporting Goods (an FSBL sponsor), or at many of the Leesburg Outlet stores (Adidas / Nike / UnderArmor / Reebok / Puma).  

Happy New Year to All ….. and we’ll see you on the courts soon!

 


by posted 12/31/2020
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by posted 12/29/2020
The FSBL Factor

 

all black shorts = an essential component of a proper uniform!


posted 12/28/2020
FSBL Backcourt Pressure and Defense Rules

The following rules should be shared with the game officials in the pre-game conference. The referees won't enforce these rules if you don't explain them in your pre-game conference. These rules are FSBL-specific.

Back Court Pressure & Defense

a.  Coaches may choose to teach the skills associated with either person to person (PTP) defens 03/15/2021 e or zone defense as stipulated in the rules.  FSBL urges coaches and their teams to use both PTP and zone defense during the season. 

b.  Back court pressure is allowed as follows:
 
Girls 34 Division and Boys 34 Division
         
Rule is the same for the entire season

No back court pressure is allowed ….. except for in the last minute of the second (2nd), fourth (4th) & OT quarters.  Defense must remain at the top of the key extended until the offense crosses the half court line.

Player-To-Player (man-to-man) defense only.  Zone defenses are not permitted in our youngest divisions.

A defensive player who is not guarding the player with the ball must remain outside the box (3 second lane) unless the offensive player which they are guarding is inside the box or within a yardstick from the box.  Any Player on the court may pursue a “loose ball” - however once possession is established all players must return to the player they are guarding.  Help defense allowed “in the box only”.  Trapping is not allowed

Playing a Zone Defense will result in a warning for the first (1st) offense and a technical foul for each succeeding offense.
 
Girls 56 Division and Boys 56 Division

Beginning with the First (1st) game in January
No backcourt pressure is allowed in the first (1st) half of the game except in the last minute of the second (2nd) quarter.  Choice of pressure in the second (2nd) half of the game and OT periods.

Player-To-Player defense in the first (1st) half of the game.  A defensive player who is not guarding the player with the ball must remain outside the box (3 second lane) unless the offensive player which they are guarding is inside the box or within a yardstick from the box.  Any Player on the court may pursue a “loose ball” however, if playing PTP defense, once possession is established all players must return to the player they are guarding.

Playing a Zone Defense in the first half of the game will result in a warning for the first (1st) offense and a technical foul for each succeeding offense.

Choice of defense in the second (2nd) half of the game
 
To further clarify this rule:

If I am guarding a player who is stationed on the sideline twenty (20) feet from the basket, I just need to be “Outside the Lane” and "On the same side of the Court” as the player I am guarding.  I do not have to be closely guarding my player (especially when they are away from the basket and not a threat to score). If my defensive player is away from the lane and I have one (1) foot or both feet in the lane - playing a pseudo one (1) man zone defense - that is illegal!

The referees will issue a warning to the team violating this rule the first time. The referees will issue technical fouls for each subsequent violation of this rule.


If you run a spread offense then the defense may look like it is in a zone defense but in this case it is legal as long as no one is in the lane if the player they are guarding is out on the wing.  However, If I am guarding my player and the offensive player I am guarding is in the lane or just outside the lane them I can be in the lane.

If four (4) offensive players are on one side of the court, the defensive players guarding these players must be on the same side of the court outside the lane (if their man is away from the lane).

Finally, once an opposing player has beaten their player on a drive to the basket, the defense can then “help” stop the offensive player “in the lane”.  They may not help outside the lane as that would be defined as double teaming or trapping.  It is legal for players to switch on defense.

Girls 78 Division and Boys 78 Division

Beginning with the First (1st) game in January
Choice of pressure for the entire game.
Choice of defense for the entire game.
 
High School Divisions

Choice of pressure for the entire game.
Choice of defense for the entire game.

(Loose balls are defined as a rebound, lost dribble or bad pass)
 
c.  No house league team (3rd - 8th grade) can back court press if they have a lead of twelve (12) points or more.  High School teams can not back court press if they have a lead of sixteen (16) points or more.


by posted 12/15/2020
What are Concussions?
 

by FSBL News posted 12/06/2020
FSBL Code of Conduct Agreement

The FSBL Code of Conduct Agreement will pertain to all Players, Coaches, Spectators, Parents & Guardians.  The intent of this Code of Conduct Agreement is to promote sportsmanship and respect for other people and property.  The FSBL Board of Directors, Game Officials, and Loudoun County Parks & Recreation Facility Attendants have the authority to remove an individual from an FSBL playing facility.  Individuals ejected from a playing facility due to violations of the FSBL Code of Conduct Agreement are subject to a minimum of seven (7) days suspension and possible year-long expulsion from FSBL activities.  The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Department will also be notified of any extreme incidents. 
1. Good sportsmanship is expected and required from all Coaches, Players and Spectators at all FSBL games.
2. Foul language and/or profanity is strictly prohibited during FSBL activities.
3. Yelling at Referees, Coaches or Players is not acceptable and will lead to ejection from the facility.
4. Interference with the game by a parent, guardian, or spectator  is not acceptable.
5. Vandalism of property at any FSBL facility is grounds for immediate expulsion from the league.
6. Players have an obligation to their team and are expected to attend all practices and games.  Players missing three (3) or more practices or games without an excused absence may be released from that team for the remainder of the season.  Definitions for excused absences can be found on the FSBL website.
7. Intending to cause harm and / or causing harm to Players, Coaches, Referees or FSBL Board of Directors (including verbal threats) is grounds for immediate expulsion from the league.  Confronting coaches, referees or FSBL Board of Directors in a hostile manner either before, during or after a game will lead to immediate expulsion from the FSBL.
8. Children participate in the FSBL to improve their basketball ability and to have FUN!  The league is for the kids and not for the adults.
9. I will insist that my child treat other players, coaches, & officials with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex or ability.
10. I will demand a sports environment that is free from drugs, tobacco and alcohol and will refrain from their use at all FSBL events.


by posted 12/06/2020
FSBL Participant Health Screening Questionnaire

 

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by posted 12/04/2020
FSBL Updated Parent Attendance Policy
Notice to FSBL league
 
Due to Covid-19 and the need to limit large gatherings, parents, siblings, friends, and guests are not allowed to attend practices this season.
 
ONE "adult member" of the family for each player may attend an FSBL game. No siblings - nor anyone under the age of 18 - may attend a game. There will no exceptions to this policy.
 
The adult member who chooses to attend the game must wear a face mask, have their temperature taken, and complete a "Participant Health Screening Questionnaire" which can be found on the FSBL homepage.
 
Only water is allowed in schools. You will be asked to leave the school building if you are consuming any liquid other than water. 
 
We are counting on all visitors to help us maintain a safe clean environment.
Wear a face mask, use hand sanitizer, and practice social distancing.
 
Thank you.
Craig Newman - FSBL Commissioner

by posted 11/23/2020
What the Well-Dressed FSBL Player Wears!

FSBL Uniformity!

All players must be appropriately dressed to play in each game.  Each player must wear the league issued jersey.  One of the uniform requirements is that each player wear solid black shorts with NO horizontal or vertical stripes, NO words or markings unless the entire team wears the exact same design shorts.  We're seriously talking solid black!  A small, thumbnail-sized, branding logo such as a Nike “swoosh” is permissible.   A team may choose to wear team-logo shorts or other design shorts that match the Jersey as long as everyone on the team wears the same style, design and color shorts.

Players who show up to play without solid black
shorts will not be permitted to play in the game (unless their team has decided to go with an entirely different color of shorts)!  Before leaving home to come to the gym, make sure that your son or daughter is properly dressed.  One of our FSBL sponsors, Cheers Sports, carries all-black shorts.

FSBL has received some questions regarding the wearing of shorts with pockets. FSBL players must wear plain solid black shorts with no other colors or designs. The preference is that these shorts have no pockets. Players who wear shorts with pockets are required to keep the pockets empty while participating in games. If items are discovered in the pockets during the game, the player will be removed for the remainder of the game. Repeated violations will lead to further discipline.

All Coaches must wear the league Coaches Polo or a NBA or WNBA Branded shirt of the team they coach.

Players on a team may wear undershirts.  The undershirt should match a color in the jersey or must be white tee shirts.  All players wearing undershirts on a team must wear the same color undershirt.  Players are not required to wear an undershirt under the jersey.  No jewelry, wrist bracelets, watches, necklaces or earrings may be worn by players at all during the game.  Finally, if a player wears eyeglasses - they must wear "rec specs" or a similar product - to play in games.  Regular metal framed glasses are no longer permitted in games.


by posted 11/08/2020
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by posted 11/07/2020
COVID-19 Guidelines

The FSBL has developed some guidelines we will enforce for all FSBL activities.  Please read the guidelines before attending any FSBL activity.

FSBL COVID-19 Policy

*Revised December 1, 2020

 


by posted 11/06/2020

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FSBL Rule 7.c

Parents are required to notify the FSBL Board Of Directors, within forty-eight (48) hours, when their child is suspended or expelled from school. If the BOD is not notified within forty-eight (48) hours of any such suspension/expulsion then upon discovery the child will be expelled from FSBL immediately for the remainder of the current season and the entire next season. 

Sportsmanship
Something to think about while watching your son or daughter play in FSBL games this season:

1.  These are kids.

2.  Basketball is a
      game.

3.  Parents should
      cheer for
      everyone!

4.  The referees are
      human and some
      times make
      mistakes.

5.  Your child is not a
      professional
      athlete playing
      for a million
      dollars ..... yet!


If you disagree with these statements, please contact FSBL Commissioner, Craig Newman:
  commish@fsbl.orgHe'd be happy to explain them to you!
Wear RecSpecs!
If your son or daughter wears regular eye glasses to see like those pictured below, they are not permitted to be worn in practices or games in the FSBL. Before the season begins, please have your player fitted for a pair of RecSpecs or another brand of prescription sport goggles.
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The FSBL is no longer accepting refund requests for the 2020 - 21 season.  The deadline has passed.

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