GAA Basketball FAQS

COST OF REC LEAGUE BASKETBALL

Grades (K-1ST) - $140

Grades (2ND-12TH) - $175

The cost to register in GAA REC League Basketball is due at the time of registration. This fee covers the cost of uniforms, gym rental, game officials, season ending award, and league overhead. Remember, additional fees apply for registering late!!!

REC LEAGUE REGISTRATION DATES

Online Registration (24 hours a day) August 1ST – October 20TH

We will also may accept registrations if spots are available at the Skill Evaluation (an additional $35 late fee.) If you are registering at a Skill Evaluation, be sure to arrive 15 minutes early.

AVAILABLE AGE GROUPS

GAA Rec League Basketball divides the athletes by grade (K-12TH). We expect to have the following age groups, however, two or more grades may be combined to form a league with the decision being based upon a review of the number of registrants each year:

 

                 Coed K-1ST  
                 Boys 2ND / 3RD        Girls 2ND / 3RD  
                 Boys 4TH / 5TH        Girls 4TH / 5TH  
                 Boys 6TH / 7TH         Girls 6TH – 8TH  
                 Boys 8TH / 9TH        Note: Girls Divisions may be adjusted based on participation rates 
                 Boys Senior (10TH -12TH)

How do I stay informed about GAA Basketball events?

Information regarding GAA Basketball will primarily come from three sources: website, email, and your coach.  GAA Basketball information will be posted in the basketball section of the GAA Website at https://www.gaasports.org/index.php/basketball/ . Mass e-mails may also be sent to parents to inform them of important events such as registrations, player evaluations, clinics, and pictures.  Please make sure to supply your e-mail address when you register your child.  If your e-mail address should change, please contact the Basketball Director at basketball@gaasports.org with the updated information.

You can also receive information at our Facebook page at "Grayson Athletic Association" and "GAA Basketball"

What is GAA REC League Basketball?

The GAA Recreational League Basketball program is a youth basketball program operated by the Grayson Athletic Association (also known as GAA.)  The REC League Basketball Program focuses on skills development, teaching the value of teamwork, emphasizing sportsmanship and prioritizing academic excellence for all program participants.

What is Grayson GBL Travel Basketball?

The Grayson Travel League Basketball Program is a highly competitive youth basketball program affiliated with the Gwinnett Basketball League (GBL). The Grayson GBL travel program strives to develop boys and girls grades 4th – 7th in the Grayson School District to compete against the GBL programs from other Gwinnett County school clusters. These teams are managed to prepare players for more advanced competition in the future. Players interested in playing on a GBL team should be willing to commit to a more intense practice and game schedule. 

NOTE: Playing time is not guaranteed and is at the coach’s discretion in the GBL Program. Athletes desiring a league where they are guaranteed playing time should register for GAA REC League Basketball.

For more information on the Grayson GBL Teams, please visit the GBL tab under Basketball.

What if my child attends a school in another School District?

If your child attends a school in another school District or any other High School Cluster, he/she is eligible to play REC League Basketball with the Grayson Athletic Association or any youth Athletic Association.  The GAA REC League Basketball Program is open to all children, with no restrictions based on school or residence.  However, the GBL Travel League is restricted to High School Clusters; therefore, individuals wishing to play in the GBL Travel League must play for the team of the High School Cluster in which you live or attend school.

How do I Register for REC Basketball?

Registrations can be completed on-line (Visa or Mastercard credit card only) as published on the website.  Late registrations after the cut-off date must pay a late registration fee.  Late registrations will be considered for acceptance depending on the number of registered players, the number of volunteer coaches, as well as the number of viable teams in each league.  We will attempt to accommodate all late registrations; however, in all cases, acceptance of children registering after the cutoff date is at the sole discretion of the GAA Basketball Board.  It is our policy not to refund money after registration.  Refunds are at the sole discretion of the Basketball Director.  Players moving more than 20 miles from the park, making the high school or middle school team, or experiencing an injury prior to the start of the season that prevents that player from participation for the entire season will be permitted a refund.

When are REC League Skill Evaluations?

The REC Leagues hold "Skill Evaluations" during the last week in October (check the home page for schedule when it is available.) Although all players in the REC Leagues will be placed on a team, it is required that players attend their grade levels skill evaluation. The goal of the GAA REC Leagues is to provide the most balanced and competitive set of teams possible in all leagues. To accomplish that goal, all players must attend and be assessed so that we can evenly distribute players of each skill level across all teams. Players not attending the skill evaluation will cause the player to go in a higher round, negatively impacting the talent and experience mix on their team.

During “Skill Evaluations” players will demonstrate their basketball ability based on pre-defined categories defined by the league director (ie. Dribbling and/or Ball Handling Skills, Shooting and/or Free Throws, Passing and Running.)

What if my athlete is trying out for Middle School or Grayson HS teams?

The final rosters for the 8th Grade and the Grayson HS Freshman, JV, and Varsity teams are not announced until mid-late October. If your athlete would like to play GAA REC Basketball in the event they are not selected for these teams, you have three options:
1. Register them for GAA REC Basketball by closing date in late-October. If your athlete is selected for the schools team, we will refund the registration fee in full including the $20 handling fee which is normally not refundable.
2. Walk-in the day of Skill Evaluations.  The late fee at this point goes up to $35, but you can still register to play.


NOTE:  Athletes on the roster of a GBL Travel, MS, or Grayson HS team at any point during the season are not eligible to participate in GAA REC League Basketball.

When do practices / games begin?

Practices begin early November. Opening day tip-off for all leagues is usually the first Saturday in December.  Most leagues will have a single-elimination tournament beginning on Sunday immediately after the conclusion of the Regular Season Schedule. The tournaments end with Championship Day in February.

How many practices / games are there?

GAA REC League teams will typically have an average of 2 practices per week prior to the start of the season. After the season begins, teams will usually have two basketball events per week (consisting of practice and/or games.)  Games may be scheduled during the week and on Saturdays.  Most leagues will complete in 8-10 game regular season.  We try to avoid activities on Sundays; however, please note in order to complete the single-elimination tournament at the end of the season, we will start the tournament on the Sunday after the regular season ends.  Note that this is dependent upon the availability of the facilities, the number of teams in each league, school closings, etc.  Also note that the High School league will have fewer practices and play more games than the other age groups.

Is there a Season-Ending Tournament?

At the end of the regular season, GAA will host a single-elimination tournament.  Each team will be seeded based on their regular season won-loss record.  The Tournament culminates with Championship Saturday as all Divisions conduct their Championship Game on the same day (pending school availability).

Where are practices / games held?

Practices and games for all GAA REC League teams are held at the gymnasiums of Grayson Cluster Elementary and Middle Schools. There are no guarantees that your child will practice or play games at any specific location. The schools include:
                 Pharr Elementary 
                 Grayson Elementary        
                 Starling Elementary             Couch Middle School 
                 Trip Elementary                   Bay Creek Middle School 

What are the player participation rules?

GAA wants all players to receive adequate playing time.  All players in every age division must play a minimum of two quarters (half the game).  The exceptions to this rule of participation are as follows: (1) player is injured or becomes ill or (2) player has been disciplined by the referee or coach (pre-approved by the GAA Basketball Board).

It is difficult to enforce the playing time rules and GAA requests that each coach abide by the substitution rules set forth.  The rules have been modified to provide flexibility and allow the coach to keep all players in the flow of the game.  Failure to comply with the player participation rules will result in the coach being disciplined by the GAA Basketball Board.

Do you need volunteers?

ALWAYS!!! GAA and the Basketball Program are completely staffed by volunteers. Youth Basketball in the Grayson Community will not be possible without you. If you are interested in being a Coach, Assistant Coach, or League Director please register here:

https://www.gaasports.org/index.php/basketball/coaches-application/ 

If you would like to be a Team Mom or just offer to help in any way you can, please indicate that when you register your athlete.