Welcome to 2019-2020 Winter HCYP Basketball!!! Registration for Grades 2-8 is Now Closed! Clinics and High School Leagues Close November 20... Click Here for Boys Divisions Click Here for Girls Divisions Notice: Parents of registered players will be contacted by an HCYP Coach or commissioner shortly after registration closes for evaluations and subsequent team selections. Practices will start in November, based on gym assignments from Howard County Public School System (HCPSS). League Play: The winter recreation basketball season will officially begin the weekend of December 14-15 for boys and girls in grades 2-12. Games will be played on Saturdays and Sundays through February/March each weekend, except for the December holiday weekends, at HCPSS gyms throughout Howard County. Schedules will vary by league and will be presented by the league's commissioner or team coach. Boys and girls clinic leagues will start the weekend of January 4-5. The HCYP Winter Basketball Program is the largest, on-season, winter basketball program in Howard County. HCYP Basketball's primary objective is to provide all youth in its program with a safe, healthy, productive and constructive environment in which to learn, play and compete in the great game of basketball. Personal development, teamwork and sportsmanship are emphasized at all times by all participants including the coaches, parents, players and officials. This is the HCYP Recreation Basketball program, providing clinic and competitive basketball play for boys and girls in grades 1-12. HCYP Recreation Basketball is the largest youth basketball program in the region, designed to engage youths through all level of basketball play from elementary grades through high school. It is divided between boys and girls leagues in the following groupings: Clinics: This is for all youths in the first grade. However, if a child is at least five years old and is in kindergarten, he or she may register to play in the clinic league. Here, players begin learning the fundamental skills of playing the sport in specially equipped gyms that allow for basket adjustments and custom clinic basketball training. Players are chosen onto teams that work together each weekend for a session that includes skill training and game time scrimmages. Two teams are scheduled at a time on adjacent full courts in specially designed school gyms for one 90-minute practice each weekend that are conducted by the coaches of each team. Medallions are earned by all participants who complete the season. Note: Registration for the clinic leagues will close on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. There is no wait list after registration closes. Grades 2 - 8 Leagues: These are competitive leagues which are officiated by trained basketball referees supported by rules which are customized for each grade level (HCYP Basketball Rules of the Game). Soon after registration closes, all registered players are contacted by a coach of his or her respective league for evaluations which will be held in a local school gym. Once evaluations are held, the coaches assemble to pick their teams. After the teams have been chosen, each coach will call all players on their team to welcome them onto the team and provide details for their practice and game schedules. Practices will start in early November with the first games being played in December. The regular season ends in late February followed by single-elimination playoffs and the league’s All Stars game. Trophies are awarded to the regular season and playoff champions. Note: Registration for grades 2-8 recreation leagues closed Sunday, October 20, 2019. Please contact the respective league commissioner for any questions. (See "Recreation Leagues Commissioners"l ist in the Recreation dropdown menu.) High School Leagues: Grades 9-12: These are competitive leagues for high school boys and girls that play games on Sundays starting in mid-December and run through early March with playoffs. These players will be contacted by a league coach by early December for evaluations to be held the first or second week in December followed by the start of games the following week. High school teams do not practice; however, they are scheduled for weekly games each Sunday starting in December through the playoffs in March. Note: Registration for the high school leagues will close on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. There is no wait list after registration closes. IF YOU PLAN TO TRY OUT FOR OR PLAY A TRAVEL OR MIDDLE SCHOOL TEAM... A player may not register for recreation basketball if he or she plans to try out for or play for a HCYP Basketball travel or middle school team or any other travel team. Selection of all HCYP Basketball travel and middle school teams will be selected well before registration concludes for the recreation basketball program, providing ample time should you decide to register for recreation basketball. If you do register for the recreation basketball program and then end up playing for a travel or middle school team, any refund shall be subject to the stated HCYP Basketball refund policy stated in the registration waiver and HCYP Basketball’s FAQs. The recreation registration fee cannot be transferred to an HCYP Middle School or Travel basketball team. For information regarding HCYP Recreation Basketball, contact: Bill Wood Recreation Leagues Commissioner email@example.com Rules of the Game Click Here to Register News and Announcements New Basketball Website Welcome to the new HCYP Basketball website! Here you can easily navigate to the areas of your specific interests and easily register for the divisions in which your child wishes to participate. Take time to peruse the website and contact us if you have any questions at Connect@hcypbasketball.org.