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Monday, October 13
Johnson City Hoops 2014-2015 Basketball Program Information



Johnson City Hoops is happy to announce that we will offer three different levels of basketball this season:  Hoopsters (2nd and 3rd grade); Muni League (4th - 6th grade recreational) and Travel (4th-6th grade competetive).

Hoopsters and Muni League were previously operated by the Village of Johnson City and were merged into the Johnson City Hoops program for this year in order to have all basketball options for kids in the Johnson City School District under one program.   

The gym schedule for games and practices is currently being worked on for all levels.  

Open gyms for 4th - 6th graders (Muni League or Travel Program) begin Wednesday, October 15th at 7:00 PM.  

Open gyms will be held on Wednesdays; Oct 15th, 22nd and 29th and Thursdays: Oct. 16th, 23rd and 30th.

Sign-ups for all levels are Thursday October 16th from 7-8:30 pm and Tuesday October 21st in the middle school lobby - or you can sign-up at any of our open gyms. 

Tryouts for the Travel Program are November 3rd and 4th.  More info on tryouts and the travel program to follow.

 



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Wednesday, October 15
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Travel Basketball Program:

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·   Where do we travel?  Most travel occurs to other schools in Broome County; however, depending upon the schedule, some teams may travel to Chenango County (Norwich, Greene), Tioga County (Newark Valley, Owego, Waverly), and possibly the Athens/Sayre area of Pennsylvania.

·   When are games? Games and practices are held on various days of the week and Saturdays, depending upon gym availability for the Johnson City Hoops basketball program, as well as availability of gym time for other area teams.

·  Where are practices and games?  Most practices and home games will be held at either the Elementary or Middle school. 

·  Can your son/daughter play in muni-league (or other leagues) and the travel program?  Not all players who try-out for the travel program will make the team.  Therefore, we HIGHLY recommend all kids sign up for the JC Hoops  muni-league program, regardless of whether or not they intend to try-out for travel teams. This way, if they do not make a travel team they still have a place to play basketball. 

§    If your child makes a travel team, we expect them to be committed to the travel basketball program.  JC Hoops has made the decision that players will not be allowed to participate in other programs this year.  Since the travel program is a competetive program, by making the team, they have likely taken a spot away from someone else.  If they are not committed to the travel program as a first priority, they should not try out for travel basketball.  Since this is the first year of Johnson City Hoops running the muni-league and Hoopsters programs, we are not allowing players to play in both leagues.  This is due to expected scheduling conflicts and due to the fact that travel players will normally play at a higher and more competetive level than muni-league (or Hoopsters) are designed for.  We will evaluate this decision on a yearly basis to determine what's best for all the kids involved at all levels.  

·  How many teams are there?  The numbers of teams to be sponsored are determined on a yearly basis, dependant upon several factors including: funding available; the number of interested candidates; the number of qualified candidates that will allow competitive teams to be formed; and gym availability.  Our target for 2014-2015 is two boy’s teams and two girl’s teams, which will likely be comprised of a mixture of grades, such as 4th/5th, 5th/6th, etc.  However, the actual number of teams and the placement of players by grade are determined annually by Johnson City Hoops program coaches and advisors, based on the best information we have available at the time.   

·   Who attends tryouts? All candidates must attend tryouts - INCLUDING RETURNING PLAYERS.  There are no guaranteed spots on the teams for any players, including returning players.  Any 4th through 6th grade boy or girl interested in trying out for the team is welcome (open tryout).  Select 3rd graders MAY be invited to tryouts; however, try-outs are not open to 3rd graders as they are by invite only.  If you believe you have a 3rd grader who should be considered for the travel basketball program, please email hoops@johnsoncityhoops.com and request an evaluation of your child at an open gym, prior to tryouts.  Parents of all players MUST accompany their child to the first tryout date.  All players who sign-up for Hoopsters/Muni-League or Travel will be enrolled as members of the Amateur Athletic Union, for insurance purposes.  Players must be enrolled as an AAU member prior to participating in tryouts, so please ensure we have received all information necessary prior to arrival on the first day of tryouts.  JC Hoops will assume the cost of AAU membership for all candidates.  In addition to tryouts, players interested in making travel teams are strongly encouraged to attend open gyms where they will be able to familiarize themselves with drills used during tryouts and coaches are affording the opportunity to observe them over a longer period of time than just the tryout period.  

·  What is the cost? Tryouts and open gyms are free.  If selected to a team, there will be a cost associated with play.  The cost for the 2014-2015 season is $50 (with the opportunity to reduce cost to zero ($0).  $10 will be collected at the time of registration for anyone who plans on playing Muni-League if they do not make the travel team.  The $40 balance will be payable at the first parent meeting.  

The cost for the travel program includes a full, reversible (home/away) uniform that players keep, all required insurance and 20+ games which may or may not include some tournaments.  This is easily one of the best deals around for a competetive basketball program.

In addition to the $50, travel parents are expected to work at the concession stand during the "Tip-Off Tournament" (Saturday only) for the travel program in November, as well as during the Johnson City Hoops sponsored "Hoopfest Classic" in the end of March (Saturday AND Sunday).  Both of these tournaments support our club and allow us to keep costs low.  Due to the excellent participation of parents in the program last year, we were able to reduce the cost from $100 for the 2013-2014 season to $50 this year. 

These two tournaments are the only MANDATORY fundraising participation required for parents of the travel program and your total work time between both tournaments will be approximately 6-8 hours.

Please understand that the cost guarantees that the player will be afforded the opportunity to practice with travel teams and attend games.  There is no guaranteed amount of playing time.  This is a competitive team.    

·   What if I can't afford the cost?  We make it easy to PLAY FOR FREE!  All that is required on the part of players or parents is a little initiative!  Players MUST pay up front (no exceptions).  Players will be given 10 raffle tickets that are sold for $5 each.  Players will KEEP all of the money from the tickets they sell!  So, if you sell all 10 tickets, you play for free! The Travel Basketball program is sponsored by the Johnson City Hoops AAU Basketball Club, a non-profit organization that obtains all funds through fundraising.  As such, we must charge a fee to cover the costs of the travel program. We simply cannot afford to pay for players who do not do something to assist the club financially, but we will work with you in any way we can.   

·   How many players are on each team?  The number of players per team is determined on an annual basis, based on player assessments.  

·   What if I have more questions? Please contact us at: hoops@johnsoncityhoops.com



Wednesday, October 15
What is Twitter and Why Should I Care About It?

If you do not follow Johnson City Hoops on Twitter, I urge you to do so. PLEASE KEEP READING.

Twitter is where we will send all of our urgent and last minute information to keep you up to speed.

Below are directions to receive "tweets" from Johnson City Hoops using your cell phone text messages (which we think is the easiest way to receive tweets)!

Twitter is VERY simple to sign-up for (less than a minute) and it requires nothing more than for you to receive and read text messages on your phone.

You can stop receiving messages at any time.

Very simply, how twitter works is you "follow" Johnson City Hoops and then any message we put out on twitter (called a tweet) will come to your cell phone. It's that simple and it allows us to mass broadcast to anyone who cares to receive our messages.

Why are our messages important to you? We will put out game and practice changes or cancellations via twitter; we will broadcast basketball playing opportunities and skills sessions; and we will use twitter to direct you to our website when the message is too long to "tweet." This will be for all program levels.

Here is how to signup for and follow us on twitter using your cell phone (please note if you pay for text messages, you will get charged when we send a tweet - we don't send a ton, but be aware. If you have unlimited texts, you will not be charged):

1.  Send a text message with the word START to 40404 (put in 40404 just like it was a person's name - 40404 connects you to Twitter).

2. Twitter will send you a reply and ask you to reply back with your full name to sign up.

3. Twitter will then send a message back to you and assign you a username based on your full name. 

4.  You're account is all setup. Now send one more text that says "follow @jcwildcathoops" - exactly as it appears in the quotes.

5.  You're done and will receive our tweets as a text message everytime we send one. If you have other family members or spouses you want to be updated with information, they can follow the above instructions as well.

6.  If you ever want to stop receiving our tweets - send a text to 40404 that says "off @jcwildcathoops" to stop just our messages, or "off" to stop all twitter messages.



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Upcoming Events
Date Event Time Location
Tue 10/21 star Sign-ups for 2014-2015 Season 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM JC Middle School Lobby
Wed 10/22 star Open Gyms 4th-6th Grade 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM JC MS and/or ES
Thu 10/23 star Open Gyms 4th-6th Grade 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM JC MS and/or ES
Wed 10/29 star Open Gyms 4th-6th Grade 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM JC MS and/or ES
Thu 10/30 star Open Gyms 4th-6th Grade 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM JC MS and/or ES
Mon 11/3 star Travel Program Tryouts 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM JC MS and/or ES
Tue 11/4 star Travel Program Tryouts 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM JC MS and/or ES
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