Welcome to Los Gatos National Junior Basketball!
Registration for the Fall/Winter 2016-2017 season will open in late August or early September. Please check back then. The season runs approximately late October through February depending on playoff and all-star participation.
About Los Gatos NJB
This past season, 2015-2016, we have approximately 400 boys and girls that will participate in our youth basketball programs. We are currently attempting to secure commitments from our traditional gym hosts and additional new venues as we look for gymnasium time to replace Fisher Middle School, which is under construction, and, in all likelihood, the gym at CT English/Loma Prieta, which was damaged in August by a fire.
Los Gatos NJB offers boys and girls in grades 3-8 instruction and competition against teams from Los Gatos and other Bay Area NJB Chapters. We also offer older students who aren’t playing for their high school teams the opportunity to play against similar teams from other Bay Area chapters.
NJB is a developmental-competitive league and Los Gatos NJB puts player development ahead of winning for both Divisional and All-Net teams. Divisional players are guaranteed at least two full periods of play per game. There is no playing time requirement for All-Net, however, Los Gatos NJB All-Net teams will strive to give all players significant playing time.
Los Gatos NJB is committed to developing players who live in the neighborhoods of Los Gatos and Leigh High Schools. We do not accept players from other public school boundaries simply for the sake of making our teams better. We will accept All-Net players who live outside of the LGHS and Leigh HS boundaries if we don't have enough local players to form an All-Net team.
Levels of Play
Los Gatos NJB Divisional Play
NJB has two levels of play: Divisional and All-Net. The majority of children play at the Divisional Level, where players attend Evaluations, in order to form balanced teams. All children who participate at the Divisional Level receive guaranteed playing time throughout the season. Divisional play is at three levels according to the following grades. (These are NOT co-ed):
•Division 1: Boys and Girls – 7th and 8th grade
•Division 2: Boys and Girls – 5th and 6th grade
•Division 3: Boys and Girls – 3rd and 4th grade
Los Gatos NJB All-Net Program
The All-Net level is for advanced players who qualify in All-Net Tryout sessions. All-Net teams play teams from other Silicon Valley Chapters. There may be an additional fee of ~$100 per player to cover added costs for All-Net (full-court practices if possible and more games than Divisional play).
We’ve also had a great deal of success having non-parent coaches as our All-Net coaches for some of the age groups. We pay those coaches a small amount of money, so families with players on those teams may be asked to pay an additional fee directly to the coach of $100. Our non-parent coaches are primarily volunteering their time, so this fee is to compensate them for expenses like transportation.
It is our intention to have boys and girls All-Net teams for 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. However, that is based on having enough All-Net caliber players tryout for the teams. In the past, we have had some girls grades without an All-Net team.
Practice and Game Commitments
Divisional and All-Net teams practice twice a week: one weekday evening and once on Saturday. Each practice is usually 90 minutes long. Practices are held in local gyms. This season’s environment for finding gym time has been especially challenging due to Fisher's on-going renovation and the fire at CT English/Loma Prieta. Gyms include Los Gatos, Leigh and Westmont High Schools and Union and Dartmouth Middle Schools. Teams may also use the JCC, Courtside, local Community Centers and even West Valley Community College.
Since we use school gyms, we cannot access them until school activities are complete for the day. This means weekday practice times begin at approximately 6 p.m. (usually the younger age groups) or 7:30 p.m. (7th & 8th graders and some 5th-6th), and as early as 9 a.m. on Saturdays. In a season of acute gym shortages, some teams will have practices on Friday nights or late Saturday afternoons.
Games are played on Sundays (with the exception of Super Bowl weekend when there will be Saturday games.) Our home games are played at either Los Gatos, Leigh and Westmont High Schools, West Valley College or Union Middle School. Road games could be as far south as Hollister or as far north as Redwood City. Most teams will have approximately six games in Los Gatos and three-to-four outside of Los Gatos.
Teams have nine (9) regular season games, and there is also a single-elimination post-season tournament that includes teams from Hollister up to Redwood City.
Attendance at practices and games is critical for both player and team development. We encourage you to carefully review the practice and game commitments before enrolling your child. We really can't stress this enough. The coaches absolutely need all of their players to attend practices. There is a limited amount of practice time, and most coaches have several offensive plays and defensive schemes. If a player misses a practice where plays are introduced it is very difficult for them to catch up and it takes time away from fundamentals.
Registration and Fees
The fee for participation is $425 plus a $12 national registration fee. We understand this is expensive but it is commensurate with the overall NJB experience. Most of the fee covers gymnasium rental costs, two game referees, scorekeepers and full game uniforms. Please be aware that 50% of this fee is non-refundable. If you have questions about whether NJB is the right experience for your son or daughter, we encourage you to contact an NJB board member, coach or parent whose child has participated in the past.
Alternatives to LG NJB
There are other leagues to play in if you feel that NJB is too competitive, two practices a week are too much, the cost is too high or if your child is on the wait list. Los Gatos-Saratoga Recreation Dept. has a basketball league. Calvary Church has had them in the past, and the JCC will also most likely have children's leagues this season.
Volunteers Make it Happen. We continue to put a strong emphasis on volunteering. NJB relies heavily on volunteers for gym operations, clean-up, fund-raising, uniform distribution, coaching, and a host of other tasks. Please pay careful attention to which volunteer activity you would like to select on the application form. The strength and success of our chapter is directly correlated to the active participation of our parents! We expect a large turnout of children again this year and it is our goal to accommodate each and every child who wants to play. Sponsors are welcome to help us absorb the costs of gym time, which is our biggest expense.
If you are interested in coaching, volunteering or sponsoring or know of qualified people who are interested to help us, please send an email to: Steve Burke (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you on the court!