Welcome to the VYI Basketball House League - Grades 4 through HS
This is a program for 4th through HS players. Our goal is to make the sport as much fun as possible while positively reinforcing the participants. We do not want any child to fail at any level of this program and we strive to give them the best basketball experience possible.
Coaches at this level are strongly encouraged to continue to teach the fundamentals of basketball learned in our developmental program using a positive reinforcement system. To do this each coach is offered a set of skills that VYI would like them to teach and a set of drills that they can use to teach the skills. Coaches are also provided training in offensive and defensive sets that may be used in game situations. Coaches are also expected to study on their own and use their own drills that will reinforce the skill levels of the players.
Coaches at this level are not required to play all players equally, but coaches must play every player at least one uninterrupted quarter in each half, except in the high school leagues where playing time is less structured. We attempt to assign a minimum of eight players to each team so that all players have a satisfying game experience, but when a league is full up to ten players may be on each team. In no case do we want more than ten players per team.
A key element of VYI's House program is equal players on each team, so tryouts are conducted at all age levels, to try to fairly rate the players so that when inter squad scrimmages are held the score will be roughly equal. Sometimes team skill is affected by coaching so VYI requires all coaches to attend a pre-season clinic to discuss drills and techniques so that all are operating on an even playing field to begin the season.