Message from the Basketball Director
Welcome to the Middletown Valley Athletic Association (MVAA) Basketball home page! Here you will find information about our basketball program, but if you ever have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the MVAA office at 301-371-3423.
MVAA Basketball Mission Statement – To elevate the game of basketball for the youth of Middletown and surrounding communities by teaching fundamental skills, teamwork, and sportsmanship though positive coaching in a fun and competitive environment.
MVAA Basketball Vision Statement– Our vision is to provide a safe, comprehensive, exciting, and educational basketball program for youth and parents in the Middletown Valley community that fosters commitment, a love of the game of basketball, and encourages players to be the best they can be.
1. Provide instructional and competitive basketball playing opportunities for boys and girls ages 5 to 18. Maintain membership in good standing with the Monocacy Youth Basketball Association (MYBA) and the Mid-Maryland Boys and Girls basketball leagues.
2. Set expectations by distributing codes of conduct for coaches, players and parents.
3. Partner with the citizens and schools of the Middletown Valley and surrounding areas by soliciting volunteers and listening to feedback.
4. Communicate directly and openly with players, parents and volunteers about all aspects of the MVAA basketball program.
5. Provide coaching clinic opportunities for all volunteers and distribute recommended, age-appropriate basketball curriculum.
6. Conduct background checks on all coaches and encourage all volunteers to complete a basic first aid course.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Is MVAA basketball completely volunteer run?
Yes, we are an all-volunteer program and are always looking for help. If you want to be involved, please contact the Basketball Program Director at email@example.com. Even if you do not have basketball knowledge and/or do not want to coach, there are many other ways to help!
What age groups and leagues does MVAA participate in? When is the season?
MVAA basketball is primarily a Winter sport with registration beginning in September and league games running from December through early March. We do also offer a casual summer in-house program that runs in June and July. MVAA provides playing opportunities for both boys and girls of Middletown and the surrounding communities from Kindergarten through 12th grade. The break out of our Winter basketball program is as follows:
U7 Clinic– This is an in-house, co-ed program for children in Kindergarten and 1st grade. Kids are introduced to the game of basketball in clinic style, and small sided games are played once per week without a scoreboard or clock.
2nd/3rd Grade Co-ed in-house (new for 2015)– Building upon the U7 clinic, this in-house program continues to teach basketball fundamentals in a more advanced setting, but still without scoreboard or clock. Games are played either 4v4 or 5v5 and rules are enforced through instruction.
4th/5th Grady BOYS in-house (new for 2015)– This program gives boys in 4th and 5th grade a chance to play basketball in a setting less competitive than our U10/U12 MYBA programs. Fundamentals are still emphasized and games are played 5v5 with a clock and volunteer referees. This is an option for boys to play basketball that may have started playing late or are not yet ready for MYBA travel leagues.
MYBA U10 through U19 recreational travel– MVAA is a member of the Monocacy Youth Basketball Association (MYBA) which is a recreational basketball league comprised of over 25 organizations throughout Frederick and Carroll Counties. MYBA has a “must play” rule, and coaches are highly encouraged to play everyone equally (although equal play time is not enforced). Competition within MYBA can vary widely, from very inexperienced to very competitive. MVAA teams are formed in the following age groups (registration dependent) – Girls U10, U12, U14 and U19 – Boys U10, U12, U14, U16, U19.
MYBA Division 1 (Boys ONLY)– MYBA has a Division 1 for boys in U10, U12 and U14 age groups which provides a higher level of competition. Playing time rules still apply even for Division 1.
Mid Maryland Basketball- MVAA is a member of the Mid-Maryland Basketball league, which provides the highest level of competition for both boys and girls in 7th and 8th grades. Mid Maryland Junior Varsity (JV) is comprised of the best 7th grade and under players, and Mid Maryland Varsity is comprised of the best 8th grade and under players. Playing time for Mid Maryland is earned; there is no must-play rule. This is intended to be for the best 7th and 8th grade basketball players in MVAA and requires a higher level of commitment than our other programs. There are more games and typically more practice time for the Mid Maryland teams.
Click here for table that summarizes our program and player eligibility for the upcoming 2015-2016 season:
How does MVAA create each team?
For the Mid Maryland and MYBA Boys Division 1 teams (U10/U12/U14), MVAA conducts tryouts and selects teams based on the results of those tryouts. Although 3-5 evaluators are present at each tryout, the final decision for the team is up to the coach(es) of that specific team.
MYBA teams take a number of factors into account in determining rosters. MVAA does NOT “flight” or “stack” MYBA teams as that is against MYBA rules. However, we do not attempt to create multiple “even” teams either. Teams are created based on (but not limited to) the following factors – parent requests, player request, coach requests, schedules and carpools. Typically, the coaches within an age/gender group negotiate completion of rosters after parent and player requests are satisfied.
Where do MVAA basketball teams practice and play?
MVAA basketball teams can practice at any one of the following locations: Middletown Elementary, Middletown Primary, Middletown Middle, Middletown High, Myersville Elementary, Wolfsville Elementary. Gym space is a premium, so we are always looking for other options.
**If you join MVAA basketball, you may practice at any number of facilities and they may not be in Middletown**
Games for in-house are usually played in Middletown but may be played in Myersville or Wolfsville based on availability. Travel teams play other organizations throughout Frederick, Carroll and Montgomery Counties but the games are usually no more than an hour away (frequently less, 15-20 minutes).
What is the cost to play MVAA basketball?
Our in-house league fee is $60 which includes a t-shirt. The $60 fee applies to U7 (K/1), 2/3 and 4/5 programs. The fee for the MYBA teams is $100 and includes a reversible jersey top. The fee for the Mid Maryland program is $150. Mid Maryland uses uniforms that must be returned at season end.
Does MVAA basketball give end of season trophies or medals?
Participation trophies are given for all of our U7 and 2nd/3rd grade in house players. All others receive trophies only if they win or come in second for their end of season tournament.
My child is very skilled/advanced, can I move him/her up?
MVAA basketball takes each request to move up very seriously, and most requests will not be approved. The vast majority of children have more fun playing with their peers whom they are compatible with both physically and emotionally. There are a number of potential negatives and not many positives related to moving a player up. However, on rare occasions, requests to move up 1 year/grade will be granted. Requests to move up 2 years/grades will not be granted. Each request will be considered on it's own merit and the following considerations at a minimum will be used to make a decision:
1. Child and parent request
2. Basketball Program Director approval
3. Approval from at least one coach of the "losing" age group or team
4. Approval from the coach of the "gaining" age group or team
5. Other input from basketball coaches or coaches from other sports
Play Hard, Play Smart, Play Together and Have Fun.
BASKETBALL REGISTRATION will close 11/05/15 for the Winter 2015-2016 season! Most teams are currently wait listed.
MVAA Basketball Programs
Clinic K-2nd grade
Boys Mid-Maryland league http://mmboysbasketball.pointstreaksites.com/view/mmboysbasketball/home-page-170
Girls Mid-Maryland league http://mmgirlsbasketball.pointstreaksites.com/view/mmgirlsbasketball
Dan Hoffman, Basketball Director
Phone #: 301-957-8210