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Rec League for Boys and Girls ages 5-18

WBBL Rec League

 
Known by most as the WBBL, our league is over 50 years old and is considered one of the top youth sports organizations in the Southeast. All players make a team and all players play in each game. Teams are divisionalized by age group and strengths making for fair, competitive, and fun games! 

 
The WBBL regular rec season is a well-developed and top-grade basketball opportunity. We have an exceptional staff and are well-known for the great sportsmanship our league fosters. Several of our coaches are former collegiate
 basketball players and athletes, allowing players to be mentored and motivated by someone who knows the game well!

 
Our regular season runs during the normal basketball season: teams are put together in October, while games (and practices) take place in November, December, and January. 15-18 year olds finish their regular season in early February. Games are typically played on Saturdays, with teams practicing once or twice per week.


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Boys & Girls League: 5/6

Boys League: 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14, & 15-18

Girls Only League: 7/8, 9/10, 11-13 and 14-18
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5-6 year olds (PNT) 3-on-3  8ft Goal 6 min qtrs 
7-8 year olds (INST) full court 8ft Goal 8 min qtrs Clock stops for free throws
9-10 year olds (TR) full court 9 or 10ft goals 8 min qtrs Clock stops for free throws
11-12 year olds (JV) full court 10ft goals 8 min qtrs Clock stops for free throws
13-14 year olds (VAR) full court 10ft goals 8 min qtrs Clock stops for free throws
14/15-18 year olds  full court 10ft goals 16 min halves Clock stops for free throws


Click here for a complete list of WBBL rules and FAQs. 
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Each WBBL age group averages 30 teams (5-6 year olds and girls league will have fewer teams). In the 2019-2020 regular season had roughly 200 total teams and 2000 athletes in the league. Having such large groups of teams for all age groups is very rare in the Knoxville area, and we are proud to be able to offer excellent team sports for our athletes. Teams rarely repeat opponents during the season.

Additionally, the WBBL league accepts fully established teams into the 
league. Click here for instructions on how to register as a full team.

Most WBBL games are played in big gyms- typically high schools or middle school gyms in/around West Knoxville- with plenty of seating. This year we have added new game gyms courtesy of the Boys and Girls Club for the 2020-2021 season. These gyms are located closer to downtown than some may be used to. Please be prepared to travel outside of West Knoxville for certain games. Admission for fans remains FREE.  Click here for a complete list of gym directions. 

The WBBL regular rec season is followed by the WBBL Tournament in mid to late January. Teams face-off in brackets determined by their regular season game results for the chance to win the first place trophy! 


COVID-19 Protocols

WBBL 2020-2021 Rec Season:

- We will be following the CDC and health department guidelines to ensure everyone's safety.

- Due to COVID-19, this year’s league size will be capped. All players and full teams will need to register early to reserve their spots. Registration is now open!

- New this year, is online registration ONLY! We are working to limit large crowds in the gym during our registration/evaluation nights. Please register each player online in advance.

- All players will be required to sign a COVID-19 waiver form prior to participating in any West Bearden Basketball League event during registration.

- Masks/facial coverings for players will be required when entering and exiting the gym for practices and games. 

-  Mask/facial coverings will be suggested, but not be required to be worn by players while on the court (i.e. while practicing and in the game playing).

- Before players and coaches can remove their masks to begin warm-ups, our gym supervisors will be required to check the temperature of each player, coach, and referee. Anyone with a temperature higher than 100.4 Fahrenheit will be asked to leave immediately. 

- There will be no after game hand shakes until further notice.

- We will REQUIRE that every child brings their own water bottle that is clearly marked with the child’s name to reduce transmission risk. There will be NO facility water fountains available for use.

- There will be no concession during the 2020-2021 season at any gym locations.

- All spectators and people moving freely throughout the gym/facility will be required to wear a mask at all times

- Spectator size TBD. In the event that we must limit the number of spectators (per family) in the gym at a given time, we are hoping to offer a livestream option.

- 6 foot social distancing in the stands should be kept at all times. 

- We will have designated entrances and exits (clearly marked) to control foot traffic and to avoid large group cross-traffic in-between events.

- We ask that everyone to the best of their ability avoids congregating in large groups while inside facilities or outside facility doors prior/following any event (i.e. practices and games). 

- All parents and coaches will be asked to perform basic symptom checks of their child/player before the start of each practice. 

- Gym supervisors will be sanitizing benches and game balls in-between games. 

- Hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes will be provide at each game site.

- We ask that if you have been told that you or your child has been directly exposed to someone with COVID-19 or if you have any concerns that you please call Robert immediately at 865.258.3786.

** Please note: we will adequately adjust our protocols as necessary to ensure the safety of all players, coaches, and spectators. It is our top priority to offer a safe basketball environment for everyone involved. 

We ask that everyone in the WBBL community do their part and help us by performing self symptom checking and staying home when appropriate: if they are showing any symptoms of COVID-19, have a temperature over 100.4 Fahrenheit, have tested positive for COVID-19, or have had close contact with a person with COVID-19. **

Registration for WBBL 2020/21 Rec Season

WBBL Basketball League 2020/21



5-6 year olds Peanut League

Registration closes on 01/30/2021 at 08:00 AM
Season Dates: 11/01/2020 to 02/03/2021
$220.00

7-8 year olds Instructional League

Registration closes on 02/12/2021 at 08:00 AM
Season Dates: 11/01/2020 to 02/13/2021
$220.00

Girls Only 7-8 year olds Instructional League

Registration closes on 01/30/2021 at 08:00 AM
Season Dates: 11/01/2020 to 01/30/2021
$220.00

9-10 year olds Training League

Registration closes on 01/30/2021 at 08:00 AM
Season Dates: 11/01/2020 to 02/03/2021
$220.00

Girls Only 9-10 year olds Training League

Registration closes on 01/30/2021 at 08:00 AM
Season Dates: 11/01/2020 to 02/03/2021
$220.00

11-12 year olds JV League

Registration closes on 01/30/2021 at 08:00 AM
Season Dates: 11/01/2020 to 02/03/2021
$220.00

Girls Only 11-13 year olds JV League

Registration closes on 01/30/2021 at 08:00 AM
Season Dates: 11/01/2020 to 02/03/2021
$220.00

13-14 year olds VAR League

Registration closes on 01/30/2021 at 08:00 AM
Season Dates: 11/01/2020 to 02/03/2021
$220.00

15-18 year olds High School League

Registration closes on 01/30/2021 at 08:00 AM
Season Dates: 11/01/2020 to 02/03/2021
$220.00

Girls Only 14-17 year olds High School League

Registration closes on 01/30/2021 at 08:00 AM
Season Dates: 11/01/2020 to 02/03/2021
$220.00

City Tournament

February is the City of Knoxville Parks and Recreation City Championship Tournaments for each age group. Some players may choose for their season to be over after the late January WBBL Championship Tournaments, but many players want their season to go another couple of weeks, so they try out for a WBBL City Tournament team. In most age groups, the WBBL sends 2-5 teams to the City Championships. We work to find a team for every player that wants the City Tournament experience.