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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

When are signups?  

Signups begin in August for all leagues/divisions, however, you may see below for more specific information as to when sign-ups occur for your child.

Girls Travel Basketball (Grades 3-8): August - with tryouts being in mid to late August

Boys Travel Basketball (Grades 3-6): September - with tryouts being in mid to late September

All Recreational Leagues (Boys & Girls Grades K-6): October - with all leagues beginning mid to late October.  You may register your child at any time once registrations are open.  There will be a late fee for recreational league signups that occur after the posted deadline, and positions in the league are not guaranteed after that date.  

How do we register?

Online registration and payment is available this season for the first time.  Families are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.  There is no additional charge for online registration.  Registration forms may also be downloaded from this website (see "forms" tab), completed and turned in at the school office of North Elementary, South Elementary or Danville Middle School. 

What is the difference between Recreational League and Travel League basketball? 

The recreational league is in-house (intramural) basketball.  This means you play at Danville against other Danville teams only.  Recreation basketball is to teach and develop fundamentals and have fun playing the game of basketball.  The focus is on development of skills and having fun, not winning.  The recreational league teams will practice/play games twice per week, generally a weeknight and on Saturday.  Playing time is distributed as equally as possible among players.  Travel basketball is more competitive.  While the fundamentals are still being developed and players are having fun, the focus shifts more to strategy.  Players learn various offensive and defensive strategies and style of play.  While we may not run a specific offense or defensive style, all types are covered so teams know how to react against an opposing teams style of play.  The travel season is longer, and teams will generally practice two evenings per week and play games against teams from other central Indiana teams on Sunday afternoons.  The travel teams will also play in some weekend tournaments over the course of the season.  Playing time is determined by player ability, performance in practices, attitude and game situations, and there is no guarantee of playing time in the travel leagues.  Players on the travel teams can expect to significantly improve their basketball skills over the course of the season because of their additional practice opportunities, regardless of their game participation.

Who may play in the Danville Junior Basketball League? 

The league offers recreational basketball for boys and girls in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade.  Travel basketball is available, by selection through the tryout process, to boys and girls in grades 3 through 6.  Participants do not need to attend Danville Public Schools (may be home-schooled or attend private/parochial school), but must reside in the Danville School district, i.e. Center or Marion township of Hendricks County.

When do the recreational leagues play? 

All recreational leagues will begin their seasons within a few weeks of each other.  Sign-ups will be open during the months of August, September and October with all leagues beginning play in mid to late October.  All recreational leagues will run from this time until March with breaks that allign with Danville Comunity Schools holiday breaks (activities will not be held on holiday weekends).  

What are the  major and minor divisions?

In the boys league only, the major league (division) is for grades 3 through 6.  Minor league (division) is for kindergarten through 2nd grade.   This artificial division is related to the large number of participating boys.  Depending on registration numbers, the kindergarten league may be co-educational in a given year, and the grade levels combined so that there are sufficient numbers of teams at a given level.

What if I want to coach a travel team?

Travel team coaches are selected prior to tryouts, and are interviewed by the DJBL Board of Directors.  Candidates should indicate their interest in applying for a coaching position to the girls travel team coordinator(see bottom for contact info),  or the boys travel team coordinator (see bottom for contact info) .  Because the coaches are selected before the tryouts, the deadline for applying for a girls travel team coaching position is early August , and for the boys, early September.  When indicating your interest, you will also have the opportunity to ask questions and get additional information as to what the job entails.

What if I want to coach a recreational league team?

During registration, you will find an area on the registration form, online and paper, to indicate your interest in coaching or assisting.  Please note that, particularly in the lower grade levels, interest, enthusiasm and willingness to learn are far more important than having a vast knowledge of coaching strategies.  The website offers a coaching manual and a skills and fundamentals to help you get started.  You will be able to observe and help with basic drills and fundamentals review, along with more experienced coaches at the skills evaluation days held at the beginning of each recreational league.  Also remember that there is no "dad's only rule.  We encourage interested moms (or grandparents) to coach if they are interested, in either boys or girls leagues.  Historically, there have been several very successful female coaches in our leagues.  There is no better way to gain coaching experience and expertise than to get in there and participate.

Is my child ready for travel basketball?

If your child has a great desire to play at the next level, has average or above fundamental skills, is willing to commit to learn more, is available and will attend practices (2 times per week), is able to commit to play on Sunday afternoons, and you don't mind traveling aproximantly 30-45 minutes away for some games, and is available for try-outs, then travel basketball may be what you want. If you are unsure, we encourage you to bring your child to the tryouts to see where he/she fits in. The initial registration fee will cover the entire cost of participation in the recreational league if you decide that travel basketball is not for you this season

Are there additional costs for travel basketball?

There is also an additional $50 fee per player to cover registration with USSFA, referees, uniforms, etc. (except at the 7th/8th grade level where there is no additional fee).  There is an entrance fee for each travel game for all fans.  Players and coaches are admitted free.  Indy Hoops sets this fee for all sites.  The cost has been $4/person and $8/immediate family for regular season boys games.  Regular season girls games is $5/person or $10/immediate family, however, the girls play 2 games each date, and the admission charge covers both games.

Why have registration fees gone up this year?

Registration fees have not increased for several seasons prior to this one, while costs have gradually increased each year.  This season, we anticipate a significant increase in referee costs, as well as another increase in uniform costs.  We hope that the increase this season will allow us to hold fees steady again for a few years.  Please note that financial assistance is available to families who are unable to cover the cost of registration.  The league does not want to exclude anyone from participating based on financial difficulties.  Further information is available on the registration website.

Why is there a $25 late registration fee?

There is a significant amount of work involved in organizing the various recreational leagues, selecting coaches, scheduling etc., none of which can be accomplished until the number of players at each grade level is known.  These numbers are not finalized until registrations are completed.  The registration deadline and late fee are intended to encourage people to complete the process in a timely manner.  Further, team jerseys for the recreational league are ordered when registration is completed.  Late additions to the league require additional jersey orders, at a significantly increased cost to the league.

Why can't the late fee be waived for late registrants with financial problems?

As noted above, late registrants are a significant organizational and financial problem for the league.  There is ample opportunity for everyone to register before the deadline, and financial considerations are not a valid excuse for tardiness.

Why are late registrants accepted on a space available basis only?

Once the registration deadline has passed and registration numbers are known, the number of teams and number of players/team is determined for the various grade levels, and an overall schedule is set up.  There may (or may not) be room for additional players at a specific grade level at that point.  If there is a late registrant, and a position in the league is not available, a prompt and full refund of registration and late fee will be issued.

How is the travel basketball team selected?

The player candidates  are evaluated over a two day period by a committee composed of local junior high and high school boys or girls basketball coaches.  Fundamental skills, individual play, player attitude, effort at tryouts and team play are the basis behind the coaches evaluations.  In general, committee members do not know the individual players, and players receive individual rankings based solely on their performance in the tryouts.  The highest rated players are selected for the travel team(s).  Additional players may be offered spots as alternates or "practice players".  These players will practice with the travel team (and improve their basketball skills accordingly) but will not participate in the Sunday games unless specifically invited to do so.  Alternates also participate in the recreational league, where they will have game experience.

When are the tryouts for travel basketball? 

Tryouts for the girls travel program are held in mid to late August and tryouts for the boys travel program are held in mid to late September.  Specific times will be posted on this website, and distributed by email to those who previously participated in the league, travel or recreational

Who/where does travel basketball play? 

Travel basketball will play teams from central and south central Indiana.  Possible opponents include Avon, Brownsburg, Cascade, Greencastle, Indian Creek, Perry Meridian, Beech Grove, Warren, Carmel, Hamilton Southeastern, Westfield, Noblesville, Zionsville, Eastern Hancock County, and Shelbyville among others.  Some games will be hosted at Danville and played at the high school, others will be played at neutral sites, with a significant number of games at Avon, Brownsburg or Ben Davis.  Nearly all will be within 30-45 minutes driving time.

Are there tournaments or post season play?

Boys travel teams play in a league called Indy Hoops (see links page for link to Indy Hoops website).  There is a season ending single elimination tournament.  The girls play in the Indy Girls Hoops League (see the links page for a link to the IGHL website).  They play two seasons, with two season ending single elimination tournaments.  Danville has had significant success in both of these leagues with championship performances from both the boys and girls teams.  There is a possibility of a pre-season tournament, a Thanksgiving tournament, and/or a Winter Break Tournament.  We may also play in other post season tournaments with distance to home being a consideration.  USSFA regional and state games have been close to Indianapolis recently and we expect the same sites to host again.  These are generally completed by mid-March. 

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR FURTHER QUESTIONS:

Boys Travel Questions - Chris Collins (Boys Travel Coordinator) - cm_collins@sbcglobal.net

Girls Travel Questions - Doug Collier - dcollier@kdlegal.com

All Other League Questions - David Lawrence - ddlaw51@gmail.com

 



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