Winter Basketball FAQ

What does it mean to register as a team?

If you have a group of players that want to play together, the JCCSF can accommodate. You should contact Sheena Lister so you can be guided through the process. Full teams have the opportunity to submit a practice request. While all requests cannot be honored, the JCCSF will do their best to accommodate.

If a team (returning or new) registers with a minimum of 8 players, they have the choice to stay at 8 players or allow the JCCSF to add individual registrants, to the maximum of 10 players.

If a team (returning or new) registers with less than 8 players, the JCCSF has the prerogative to add individual registrations up to the maximum of 10 players.

If you have a partial team, short of the minimum required players, the JCCSF can help recruit players to meet the requirements. Often times, other partial teams register with the JCCSF and we can combine groups to make a full team.

What does it mean to register as an individual?

One of our top priorities is to find a team for any individual who wants to play basketball but does not have a team to play with. We often have partial teams or full teams short of the maximum roster where we can place individual players.

If I am registering my athlete as an individual, is there a guarantee he/she will be placed on a team?

Unfortunately there is no guarantee that an individual will be placed on a team. Players must play in the age division according to their grade so the JCCSF must have a corresponding team in the individual player’s age division in order to be able to place them on a team. If the JCCSF is not able to place a player on a team, the player will receive a full refund minus a $35 processing fee.

Can JCCSF non-members sign up to play?

Absolutely. All players are welcome to play on JCCSF teams.

How much does the season cost?

The fees to play basketball on a JCCSF team are $400 for JCCSF members and $435 for the public. These fees cover JCCSF league fees, coaching, uniforms, equipment, practices, games, end-of-season celebration and team management and administration.

What is the refund policy?

At point of registration, full payment is required. Payment is processed on November 14. The full fee is refundable minus a $35 processing fee if a player decides to withdraw before the processing date (November 14). After that, 50% of the full fee is refundable up until 1 week before practices begin. After that, a refund will not be issued – no exceptions.

When will the team know their practice schedule?

The practice schedule is expected to be announced by November 21 via The JCCSF Scoreboard, our online team management tool.

When will the team know their game schedule?

The game schedule is expected to be announced no later than December 12  via The JCCSF Scoreboard.

A projected playoff schedule is generally available in late January with specific details released upon the completion of the regular season.

When do practices begin and end?

Practices for Competitive teams begin the week of December 8  and for Recreational teams the week of January 5  and continue until the week prior to the  final game. Sometimes, based on when the final game happens, teams have a last practice after their final game to finish the season with a fun session. This depends on the game schedule. The week of March 9 is the absolute last week teams can practice due to conflicts with the start of spring sports.

When do games begin and end?

Competitive teams will have a scrimmage game on December 13 or 14. The regular season will start January 10/11.

Recreational teams will have their first games January 10/11.

All teams are expected to be done no later than March 21/22 but may finish sooner depending on the number of teams in a division and playoffs.

All competitive teams have a 6-game regular season plus a pre-season scrimmage. All competitive teams qualify for a single elimination playoff tournament, giving each team a guaranteed 8 games.

All recreational teams play an 8-game regular season with no playoffs.

Where are practices held?

All practices are expected to be held in the JCCSF Gymnasium located on the 3rd floor of the JCCSF, 3200 California Street. Depending on the size of the program, the JCCSF will rent auxiliary space for practices as necessary.

May I pull into the white zone and drop my child off for practice?

No, all players 12 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult to the gym on the third floor. While this may be inconvenient, this rule is in place for the safety and security of your child. The JCCSF is a large building with lots of turns and places to get lost. The JCCSF is not capable of providing the staffing necessary to ensure that players get to the gym on their own so we rely on the support of parents and caregivers to get players to the court safely. The same policy applies to pick-up.

How often do teams practice?

All teams have one weekday practice for one hour. Practices are scheduled based on team requests and school release times. They can start as early as 2:30pm and as last as 6:30pm. Some days practices start on the hour and some on the half hour.

Where are games played?

All games are expected to be played in the JCCSF Gymnasium. Auxiliary space will be rented as necessary.

The league generally starts with kindergarten through 2nd grade games on Saturday morning and then works up through the grades as the day progresses.

Games are held from 9am – 6pm on Saturdays (start times) and from 12pm – 6pm on Sundays.

When will I know my athlete’s coach?

Coach assignments are made once the practice schedule is created. Teams are generally made aware of who their coach is the week prior to the first practice.

What equipment or gear do I need to provide for my player?

The JCCSF provides all players in the Recreational league with a team t-shirt, which players are welcome to keep.

The JCCSF provides all players in the Competitive league with a team jersey, which must be returned at the end of the season.  

Players must provide their own shorts and water bottle. Players can wear shorts of any color or style, though basketball shorts are encouraged and white or black are the best color as they generally coordinate with any jersey color. All players must wear non-marking soled shoes in the gym and are encouraged to wear basketball shoes.

The JCCSF will also provide all equipment including basketballs, cones, pinnies and other gear needed to run a practice.

Is there an end of the season celebration?

The JCCSF ends the season with  a closing ceremonies event in  Kanbar Hall. Players sit with their teammates and coaches and have a pizza dinner while parents and siblings sit with other families and enjoy a potluck dinner. All players receive a memento commemorating their achievement.

What are the rules for the Recreational league?

The rules for the Recreational League are designed to teach the game of basketball in a non-competitive environment. A progression of rules and structure from kindergarten through the oldest grade allows players to adapt to more competitive, age-appropriate style as they get older. Please review the JCCSF Recreational League Rules Chart for specifics.

What are the rules for the Competitive League?

Players in the JCCSF Competitive League playing according to adapted California High School Rules. In general, traveling, double dribble, fouls and other standard rules are enforced. There are more leniencies at the third grade level than at the sixth grade level, but we’ve found that the best way to teach the game and its structure is to consistently enforce the rules. Coaches and referees are both trained to teach during games so that players are learning by their mistakes and not intimidated by an official’s call.

Additionally, the JCCSF league employs structures around “pressing”  to allow teams the opportunity to bring the ball up on offense and for defenses to get set and ready for play.

Click here to read the complete rules of the JCCSF Youth Basketball League and click here to learn more about Some Commonly Misunderstood Rules.

Who referees games?

Coaches act as referees for the Recreational league, giving them the opportunity to coach and officiate while staying close to the action.

For the Competitive league, the JCCSF contracts with the Northern California Basketball Officials Association (NCBOA) to referee all games. Games for Grades 3 – 6 will have one referee while Grades 7 – 8 will have two officials per game.

The JCCSF works closely with the NCBOA to ensure they provide knowledgeable, energetic officials who are eager to not only call the game appropriately for young players but also possess the skills to teach.

How much playing time will my child receive?

The JCCSF uses strict participation rules to ensure that players in grades K – 5 receive a minimum of two quarters of court time. Starting in sixth grade, players are guaranteed one quarter of playing time.

This rule mandates minimum, not equal playing time giving the coach the flexibility to make decisions about playing time based on pre-determined criteria such as effort, attitude, team needs and aptitude.

How do the playoffs work?

All teams in the Competitive League qualify, regardless of record, for a single elimination playoff tournament. Teams are seeded based on regular season record and play until a champion is decided. Both the champion and runner-up will receive a trophy. All championship games are played on the JCCSF Full Court.

Why is the championship game played on the full court?

We are often asked this question, mostly in regard to the fact that teams do not play on this size court during the regular season. We feel that playing on the full court makes it a special experience, placing the spot light on one game instead of having multiple games played at the same time. Players and coaches are introduced prior to the game and the full court gives players the chance to play on the big stage. Part of sports is facing new challenges. While the full court is slightly bigger, we have not found it to have an adverse effect on the level of play.

What are the expectations of spectators during games?

We are glad you asked. The JCCSF Gymnasium can be a very excited and tense atmosphere during games, even for teams as young as 2nd grade. We ask that parents and spectators demonstrate enthusiastic,  yet appropriate support for all players and teams. Parents and spectators are asked not to coach from the sidelines. While your suggestions might be fundamentally sound, they may be in contrast to what the coach is teaching. Please leave the coaching to each team’s coaches and only provide positive support for your young players.

For more about spectator expectations, please click here.

Is it permitted to bring coffee into the gym?

No! Absolutely no food or beverages are permitted in the gym. This applies to coffee, tea, Gatorade and other sports beverages. Only water is permitted in the gym.

Who are the JCCSF Coaches?

Coaches in the JCCSF program come from a variety of backgrounds ranging from students to full-time coaches to professionals in a range of industries.

All coaches go through a rigorous application and interview process. Upon passing a background check, coaches join our staff and must complete our comprehensive training. Coaches participate in the JCCSF Coaching Academy; a training program designed to support and develop coaches on an ongoing basis. Just as we do with our athletes, we expect coaches continue to grow and move forward with their craft, being open and receptive to feedback.

All coaches must also participate in a training provided by our partner organization, Positive Coaching Alliance. The PCA is a Stanford-based organization dedicated to creating a positive experience for young athletes.

The JCCSF does not allow parents to coach in our Youth Sports program.

Who manages and administers the JCCSF Youth Sports Program?

The youth sports program is led by a strong staff of professionals, each with a specific area of focus.

Click here for a bio of our youth sports professional staff.