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Boys & Girls Youth Basketball

2020-2021 COVID Protocols

We will be following the CDC, Knox County Health Department, and City of Knoxville Parks and Rec guidelines to ensure everyone's safety.
Please read protocols below carefully.



- Any player with COVID-19 symptoms should stay home.

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

- At games, before players can remove their masks to begin warm-ups, our gym supervisors will try and check the temperature of each player. Anyone with a temperature higher than 100.4 Fahrenheit should not 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 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.


- Any coach with COVID-19 symptoms should stay home.

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

- At practice and games, mask/facial coverings will required to be worn by coaches for the duration of time.

- Before each game, our gym supervisors will try to check the temperature every coach. Anyone with a temperature higher than 100.4 Fahrenheit should not coach and will be asked to leave.


- 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 should stay home.

- Before each game, our gym supervisors will try 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 worn the duration of the game.

- Games may be played with only 1 referee. We hope it does not come to that.

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


- Any person with COVID-19 symptoms should stay home

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

- Players are limited to 2 spectators per game (this includes children). Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches, and Team Score Keepers who will be sitting on the bench do not count as spectators. The GameChanger Team Manger App offers a great live stream option for those who are unable to attend games this season. Click here for more information about how to utilize the livestream option through the GameChanger Team Manager App.

- 6-foot social distancing when entering/exiting in the facility and in the restrooms should try to be kept at all times if possible. 


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

- With the exception of KAEC, all other practice locations have some "no spectators at practice guidelines" - 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 be in the gym as little as possible. Many of the gyms have glass windows on gym doors with a common area right outside where you can check-in without having to be in the gym.

Absolutely strict at Bearden Middle School. At practices there are not to be spectators in gym or commons area due to the sanitizing that takes place for their lunch protocol. Older kids are practicing here and this should not be a problem. If you have any issues with this, please Call Robert. 

- We ask that every player that wants to have water during their practice 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.


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

- Teams and spectators will not be permitted to enter the building before the gym has been cleared from the game before. Please clear the gym immediately following your game to allow the next group to come in. Players, coaches, spectators may enter after previous game participants and spectators have exited. 

- When entering and exiting the building please be sure to not crowd doorways/hallways. Please distance yourselves while waiting to enter the facility and do not congregate in large groups in front of the doors.

- Players, coaches, and up to 2 spectators per player will be required to wait outside the facility until the previous game ends. With the exception of team meetings outside the facility, we ask that everyone to the best of their ability, people avoid congregating in large groups inside and outside facility doors prior/following any event (i.e. practices and games). 

- Pregame meetings will need to be done outside in the parking lot/on the sidewalk if the weather permits or they can be done soon as you are allowed to enter the building. There is typically plenty of time in between games to address your team and be prepared to play at the start of the game.

- We will have designated entrances and exits (clearly marked) to control foot traffic and to avoid large group cross-traffic in-between games. Everyone must be wearing a mask/facial covering when entering and exiting all of our facilities and while inside the facility.


- All parents will be asked to perform basic symptom checks of their child/player for each practice. 

- Please communicate anything COVID-related as soon as possible to Robert (865.258.3786 or [email protected]) so proper protocols can be followed for the safety of all. Scenarios include, but are not limited to: a kid or family member who has been quarantined due to possible exposure or a kid or family members has tested positive. In all cases, we will communicate with Knoxville Parks & Recreation who is in close contact with the Knox Co Health Department to determine next steps. It's possible that players, groups of players, or entire teams may be quarantined due to exposure or positive COVID tests.  

** 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. **


WBBL Rec Season FAQs

Special rules for 5 and 6 year olds?

  • 3 on 3, half court
  • 27" ball, 8' high goal, 10' free throw line
  • No 3 second rule
  • All dead balls throw ins are at top of the key
  • For throw ins, the thrower gets a 3ft space
  • Throw in player MAY start the action by dribbling rather than passing
  • Must "take it back" to 3 pt line on all defensive rebounds or live ball turnover
  • When "taking it back" ball cannot be stolen
  • At halftime every player shoots a free throw that counts if made
  • Coaches may be on the court
  • Coaches on court must not interfere or bother any player

Does a parent need to be present on registration day? 

A parent is not required to be present on registration day, however: 

All players must register in advance here. This registration form must be completed before or on registration day, and both the Parent Permission Form/Medical Release form and Player Concussion Form require that a parent/guardian read and sign. 

We do recommend at least one parent/guardian/adult be available to answer questions on registration day if need be.

How can I help?

If you would like to help the West Bearden Basketball League, please see the "Coaching Information" tab at the bottom of this page or contact Robert at 865-258-3786 or [email protected]

We are always looking to add excellent role models to the WBBL team to help coach and mentor youths. Please help us by showing these kids how responsible adults keep their eyes open for positive contributions and positive efforts from the youths that are involved with the WBBL. Positive words from adults who are not a child’s parent can have lasting effects on a child. 

What size jersey should we order?

If you are not certain of what size to order, we will have size samples at Registration Day. Our shirts are a high quality performance fabric (Dri-fit) which does not shrink. 

You can order the player’s true size. You can look at the tag of a T-Shirt that they like to wear for a size. 

Our size codes are:

- YXS= Youth Extra Small
YS = Youth Small
- YM = Youth Medium
YL = Youth Large
- YXL= Youth Extra Large

- AXS= Adult Extra Small
- A
S= Adult Small
- AM
= Adult Medium
- A
L = Adult Large
- A
XL = Adult Extra Large
- A
XXL = Adult 2 XL
- A
XXXL = Adult 3 XL

When do we get our jerseys? 

Players will receive their jersey FROM THEIR COACH one hour before their first game. All coaches will pick up the team jerseys in advance at KAEC (5719 Kingston Pike), regardless of which gym their age group is scheduled to play on the first game day. The coach can come to the Library at KAEC as early on Saturday as they wish to get their jerseys. Appointments can be made for the coach to pick up team jerseys on Friday night before the first game, if available.

All numbers will be pre-assigned by the League. No shirts will be issued to players who have not paid or made payment arrangements with the Commissioner. 

How high are the goal baskets?

  • The Peanut and Instructional Leagues (5-6 and 7-8 year olds) play on 8 foot high goals. 
  • The Training Leagues (9-10) plays on 9 foot goals, unless at the coach’s option elects to play on 10 foot goals. 
  • The Junior Varsity, Varsity, High School, and 17 & Under Leagues play on 10 foot goals. 

What kind of ball do you use for the league? 

  • The 5-6 year old boys and girls use a 27” ball, sometimes called INTERMEDIATE. The game ball we use is the multi-colored Spalding Rookie Gear ball. This season we are giving each player in this league one of these balls. The coaches will be given these balls to distribute at one of the first practices. 
  • The 7-8 and 9-10 year old boys and girls use a 28.5” (known as a Women’s High School or Women’s College ball). Also known as a COMPACT ball. 
  • The 11-12, 13-14 and 15-18 year old boys use a 29” “REGULATION” ball. Also known as “Full Size HS, College, Pro Men’s Ball. 
  • All 7-18 year old girls use 28.5"

What kind of shoes should the player wear?

Any good pair of “sneakers” will do. Shoes that are meant for changing directions are ideal, such as "Basketball," "Court," "Cross-Training," or "Tennis" shoes. Shoes should be laced up snug.

Are there other costs involved?


Main Season:  November – February

  • The one-time fee of $220 is all that is required for the entire season. A team jersey is provided and the player gets to keep it. 
  • DUE TO COVID-19 there will be NO Team Party Day for the 2020-2021 season. The WBBL provides an absolutely no charge team party day on Sunday after the WBBL postseason championship tournaments are completed. This party is designed for the youngest three age groups (Ages 5-10). For every player in the 5-6 and 7-8 age groups we provide engraved medallion awards. This is a huge and fantastic event for players and their families with free popcorn and Coca-Cola products for EVERYONE. There will be a gym full of inflatable obstacle courses, supervision, and team rooms for teams to break out into for handing out the awards. 
  • There is a picture day the second weekend of December. Parents or Grandparents decide what, if any, pictures they want to purchase. Legends Photography has a very affordable price schedule, we have been very impressed with the ability of families to be able to pick and choose. One can buy just a poster of their child, just a 3D statue, or any size package they want.
  • There is a fee of $20 per player for those that elect to be put on a City Tournament Team.  The City Tournament is in February. This fee includes any new uniform jersey needed and the team fee into any City Prep Tournament.

Are There Concessions At Games?

No concessions will be provided for the 2020-2021 season.

How do you choose which age group my child is in?

A child’s “basketball” age is the age he/she was on September 1st. Players can "Play up"

  • The 5-6 year olds are in the PEANUT LEAGUE (PNT).
  • The 7-8 year old boys are in the INSTRUCTIONAL LEAGUE (INST).
  • The 7-8 year old girls are in the GIRLS ONLY INSTRUCTIONAL LEAGUE (INST GO).
  • The 9-10 year old boys are in the TRAINING LEAGUE (TR).
  • The 9-10 year old girls are in the GIRLS ONLY TRAINING LEAGUE (TR GO).
  • The 11-12 year old boys are in the JUNIOR VARSITY (JV).
  • The 11-13 year old girls are in the GIRLS ONLY JUNIOR VARSITY (JV GO).
  • The 13-14 year old boys are in the VARSITY LEAGUE (VAR). 
  • The 14-18 year old girls are in the GIRLS ONLY HIGH SCHOOL (GO HS)
  • The 15-18 year old boys are in the 17 & UNDER LEAGUE (17U).

When are the practices?

Each coach picks the day(s) they practice. If there is a day or time that you cannot practice, please write it in the “Special Request” line on the Official Registration Form and we will be sure you do not get on a team that practices at that time or day of the week. 

Generally there is 1 practice per week. If a coach is flexible and wants a second practice each week, we usually can provide a gym. Coaches try to get additional practices when they can.

The youngest age groups get the earliest times in order to get them home earlier. K-1 graders practices are always OVER by 7 pm. As the age groups go up, the later time slots are utilized.