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Grade 7 & 8

Skill development, fun, and fair play are the RCBA's 3 main goals for players in every division. The league regularly evaluates its programs to ensure these goals are being met. 

Cost: $320 for the season (fees could change before registration opens)
Registration Opens: August 1, 2024
Registration Closes: September 8, 2024
Evaluations: September 14 & 15, 2024
Bubble Evaluation: September 21, 2024
Practices begin the week of: October 7, 2024
Games begin the week of: October 21, 2024
Playoff Dates: March 3-14, 2025
 
 
 
Evaluations
Teams are drafted based on an evaluation process. Evaluators assess the skill level of every player including; layups, shooting, dribbling, agility/quickness, etc.
 
 

**IMPORTANT** These evaluations are NOT tryouts. This information is only used to assess a players current skill level and is a tool for the RCBA to try and make teams as fair & evenly balanced as possible. 

ALL PLAYERS MAKE A TEAM REGARDLESS OF HOT THEY ARE EVALUATED. 

Team Selection
When drafting teams, we take into account the nights of availability for each player, their evaluation results, and other activities they participate in. The league does everything possible to distribute the skill levels evenly across all teams.
 
*The RCBA does not accept zone requests- THIS IS A CITY-WIDE PROGRAM; PLAYERS COULD BE ASSIGNED A PRACTICE FACILITY OUTSIDE THEIR ZONE*
 
Pooling
The Grade 7 & 8 division is divided into pools, this is due to a wide range of skill between players in this age group. The RCBA uses evaluation results to create balanced teams in separate pools. The number of teams in each pool is determined by the number of participants and the evaluation results. The number of teams in each pool may change from year to year.
 
Based on evaluation results, a set number of players will automatically qualify for Pool 1.
 
A small number of players will be invited to our "Bubble Evaluations" - a second set of evaluations to determine the remaining spots in a division (if the RCBA determines there are 8 in Pool 1 (80 Players), 70 players will automatically qualify for Pool 1. The next 20 players will be asked to come back for a second evaluation. The results from the second evaluation will be used to fill the remaining 10 spots in pool 1. )
 
Games
Game format is 5-on-5. Zone defense is not allowed. Person to person pressing is allowed. Game sessions are 75 minutes. 
 
Scoring
Scores are kept & displayed. If the point differential is more then 25 points, coaches have the option to discontinue showing the score. On the RCBA website, scores will ONLY be recorded up to a 25 point differential. this is to discourage teams from running up the score. 
 
Playoffs
All teams make it into the playoffs and will have a minimum of 2 games. Playoff brackets will be posted & matchups are determined by the season's final standings. 
 
Scheduling
Practices: every team practice will be held at the same facility at the same time every week. Practices are 1.5 hours.
Game Days: Weeknights - these games are 75 minutes. Game time & location could be different every week.
 
Player development clinics
The RCBA hosts Grade 7 & 8 clinics. These clinics are structured toward athletes who are new to basketball and are hoping to catch up to their more experienced peers. 
 
Equipment Provided
The following is provided to each player at the beginning of the season:
-RCBA team jersey (this jersey will need to be returned to the RCBA at the end of the season)
 
What you need for the season
-Non marking runners
-Shorts/Athletic pants
-Water bottle
-Players will also need to provide their own basketball. Gr. 7 & 8 use a Size 6 ball(28.5)
 
The RCBA sells a variety of basketballs (rubber, microfiber, and leather). They can be purchased during the registration process or at the RCBA office. 
 
Coaching
Coaches are always needed in the RCBA! If you are interested in coaching a specific player (no experience necessary) the RCBA can/will provide training tools to assist new coaches. For more information about coaching in the RCBA please visit out Coaches Area. If you have any questions regarding coaching, please contact the office: rcba@sasktel.net or call (306) 584-3222