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Boys & Girls Youth Basketball

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 Safety Playbook

WBBL 2020-2021 Rec Season COVID Protocols

Our continued priority is the health, safety, and well-being of our players, coaches, staff, and our community. The Covid-19 Safety Playbook below gives everyone the ability to lessen as much risk as possible for our community.  We will monitor the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), state, and local health officials' guidance and communications, and these protocols will continue to be evaluated. We will keep you updated if anything changes. 

Please take the time to review the Covid-19 Safety Playbook carefully.

We hope that this information will provide you a clear picture of what to expect as we return to the court.

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PLAYER PROTOCOLS: 

- Any player with COVID-19 symptoms must leave and are encouraged to stay home.

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

-  Before players can remove their masks to begin warm-ups, our gym supervisors will be required to check the temperature of each player. Anyone with a temperature higher than 100.4 Fahrenheit will not be able to play and will be asked to leave.

-  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). 

-  Masks/facial coverings for players will be required when sitting on the bench and not in the game. 

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

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

-  Any coach with COVID-19 symptoms must leave and are encouraged to stay home.

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

-  Mask/facial coverings will be required to be worn by coaches during the duration of the game and practice. 

-  Before each game, our gym supervisors will be required to check the temperature every coach. Anyone with a temperature higher than 100.4 Fahrenheit will not be able to coach and will be asked to leave.
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TEAM / GAME PROTOCOLS:

- There will be no tipoff this year. Possession at the beginning of the game will be decided by a coin toss. Winning team can choose to go on offense or defense, then possessions will alternate based on normal rule.

- There will be no after game handshakes this year. 

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

- Any referee or gym supervisor with COVID-19 symptoms must leave and are encouraged to stay home.

- Before each game, our gym supervisors will be required to check the temperature every referee. Anyone with a temperature higher than 100.4 Fahrenheit will not be able to ref and will be asked to leave.

- Masks/facial coverings for referees will be required during the duration of the game.

- Games may be played with only 1 referee.
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GAME DAY SPECTATOR PROTOCOLS:

- Any person with COVID-19 symptoms must leave and are encouraged to stay home

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

- The City Parks and Rec will be giving us some guidelines to not bring too many fans in to the games this season. Some of you may have experienced this policy with other City Parks and Rec sports this summer or early fall. We will be required to be able to properly social distance in the stands during games. We will be offering a live stream option for people who are unable to attend through the Dick’s Game Changer Team Manager App. There will be information on this to come. 

- 6-foot social distancing when entering/exiting in the facility, in the stands, and restrooms should be kept at all times if possible. 
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PRACTICE PROTOCOLS:

- Any person with COVID-19 symptoms must leave and are encouraged to stay home.

- With the exception of KAEC, all other practice locations have a "no spectators at practice policy" - meaning unless your child practices at KAEC (where you can easily social distance in the stands with a mask on), parents will be asked to drop their child off and wait for them to be finished practicing in their car. 

This policy is especially strict at Bearden Middle School. Also, please refrain from sitting and waiting in the BMS commons area due to the sanitizing that takes place for their lunch protocol. 

If you wish to come in for the first practice and meet your coach, that's okay. Moving forward we ask that you please follow this policy. We know several of you wish to watch your child for the duration of practice, but unfortunately in order for us to be able to continue to use the facilities for practices we must abide by their requests. 

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

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

- Gyms will be cleared after each game. Players, coaches, spectators may enter after previous game participants and spectators have exited. 

- 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). 

- Please refrain from sitting and waiting in the BMS commons area due to the sanitizing that takes place for their lunch protocol during practices and games.

- When entering and exiting the building please be sure to not crowd doorways/hallways. The back door hallway at KAEC can be especially tight. We now are able to use the front door at KAEC to enter and exit the building for practice and games. Please utilize both doors for practices.

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

- Hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes will be provided at each game site.
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GENERAL PARENT PROTOCOLS:

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

- 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.
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** 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

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There are no programs or divisions available at the moment. Please contact your club administrator with any questions.

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.