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‚ÄčTCBL Eligibility Rules for the 2017-2018 Season

 

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Try-outs:  All teams are required to post their try out notices on the TCBL website in addition to posting well publicized, local try-outs. The tryouts must be open to all eligible players within the team definition. Posting the tryout notice on TCBL’s website is required and part of the try-out notification process. Tryout notices are to be sent to John Redahan by September 30, 2017.

Public Notice:  Open tryouts must be publicly noticed so that it is reasonable that all eligible town players will have seen the notice (copy of public notice and tryout attendance sheet must be submitted with any appeal application) and also be available to League officials upon request.

  
Registration:  Program applications and fees for the teams it is sponsoring must be submitted by October 10, 2017.  No team will be allowed to schedule games if the program has not filed their application and paid their fee.

 

Scheduling Meeting: Coaches and Program Directors should come to the meeting with a calendar and a plan, with as clear a picture as possible of your own gym availability and potential conflicts. Coaches need to communicate, reach out to your fellow coaches before/during the meetings, be flexible, and don't panic - work things out like adults and come to a solution. 

Teams should not have to wait for coaches who arrive severely late to the scheduling meeting and in turn a mad scramble took place undoubtedly causing errors. Teams will be allowed to make changes to its schedule
 

Team Eligibility

 Program/Team Definition:  All programs participating on a Tri-County Basketball League (TCBL) team must field a team with eligible players from either of the allowable team definitions as stated below:
 
Town team               Players must reside within the geographical boundaries of the same town
 
School district team Players must reside within the geographical boundaries of the same public school district

TCBL will accept a team registration as long as it is part of a youth basketball program, which consists of 4 or more teams, any combination of boys or girls teams and complies with the TCBL team definition eligibility requirements. Individual teams and AAU sponsored teams are not eligible to play in TCBL.

 Program eligibility criteria are:

  • The youth program must provide a venue for town or school district youth basketball players to develop their skills and participate in a higher level of competition for boys and girls in grades 4-8, in the respective town or school district. 
  • The program must sponsor at a minimum 4 teams and the four or more teams should all belong to the same town or school district program. Any combination or boys or girls team will be allowed but no less than 4 minimum in grade levels 4 through 8.
  • The Program Director or his/her designated representative, will register the teams in TCBL.
  • The Program Director will be the main point of contact between TCBL leadership, its Referee Assignors and the respective program.

Player Eligibility.

Age:  There are essentially four rules for player eligibility.

  • All players participating on a Tri-County Basketball League (TCBL) team must be an eligible player within the team definitions as stated above.
  • Individual player eligibility is determined by his or her grade in school.
  • One Team:  Players can play for only one TCBL team during the same season.
  • All eligible, rostered players may participate in the playoffs.
     

Players are allowed to “play-up” – meaning that players can move to a higher age group but players are not allowed to “move down” to a younger age group. For example, 3rd graders are eligible to play in the 4th grade division. Either way, eligible players can only be rostered on one TCBL.


Proof of age (copy of either a Birth Certificate or Passport) must be available if requested by TCBL, for every player on the team roster. 


High School team players:  

1.      All High School team players are eligible to play in TCBL in both the Boys and Girls Division

2.      Coaches must report the name and High School team level (Varsity, JV or freshman) of all players who are members of a High School team to their Program Director and Division Director as soon as the player makes the HS team. If TCBL is not notified, the teams is subject to appropriate disciplinary action as determined by the TCBL Board.

3.      TCBL reserves the right to move to the higher playoff bracket or alter the playoff seeding position of any team that has High School team players

Appeals Procedure for Exceptions to Eligibility Rules
 
It is the intent of the League that all teams willingly participate in the League according to the Eligibility Rules and the Code of Conduct.   Exceptions to the above eligibility rules will be reviewed by the following appeals procedure: 

a.       A Program Director submits an appeal to the Appeals Chair, Ray Marinaccio.

b.      The Appeals Committee will review each case, requesting additional information as required.  A simple majority is required to grant the appeal.

c.       The Appeals Committee Chairman will communicate the result of the review to the Board and appropriate Commissioner and Program Director. Exceptions to Eligibility Rules are granted only for the current season.

d.      When an appeal is granted, the TCBL Board retains the right to reconsider a decision when warranted by significant and material events that occur during the course of the season.

e.        Player and team eligibility appeals must be filed by October 22, 2017.

f.       Appeals are granted for the current season only and not grandfathered.

 

Minimum roster:  Teams must have a minimum of 9 and a maximum of 15 players on its roster. Note: Teams are allowed to file an appeal if they believe they can commit to the TCBL schedule with a roster less than the league minimum. Teams submitting rosters with less than the required league minimum will not be accepted.
 

Rosters:  Rosters are due November 15, 2017. No Changes will be allowed after this date.
 

Scheduling Meeting: Coaches and Program Directors should come to the meeting with a calendar and a plan, with as clear a picture as possible of your own gym availability, if possible potential conflicts. Coaches need to communicate, reach out to your fellow coaches before/during the meetings, be flexible, and don't panic - work things out like adults and come to a solution. 

Teams should not have to wait for coaches who arrive severely late to the scheduling meeting and in turn a mad scramble took place undoubtedly causing errors. Teams will be allowed to make changes to its schedule
 

Cancellation Policy

 

TCBL recognizes that family events are much more important than sports events and also realize that we are not the only game in town not to mention how busy kids are outside of TCBL.  We are hoping to harness this problem and avoid it as much as possible for any TCBL season. 

 

There are common sense reasons for rescheduling games: weather, facilities issues, and other extenuating circumstances that would be considered. That said, you should have the expectation that--other than for a clear weather issue or facility conflict--you are expected to play as scheduled or it will be a loss/forfeit. Home teams are expected to try and work out a rescheduled date-- but cancelling teams should expect a forfeit if it can't be rescheduled by the hosts for valid reasons. Football, other hoops games, concerts, etc. are not valid reasons and you should be coming to the scheduling meetings fully prepared with black-out and conflict dates. 

 

Game Schedules:  A schedule of Home Games should be submitted to John Redahan, MIS director no later than November 20, 2017.

Play-off Eligibility
 
Historically, all teams have made the playoffs. For the upcoming season, that remains the objective. Playoff eligibility will be based on:

  1. Team ranking determined by the point system.
  2. Completion of Season.
  3. No more than one Forfeit.
  4. The home team/higher seed is to provide 3 options on at least 2 dates, i.e. Monday at 7pm, Wednesday at 7pm or 8:15pm, etc...and even then try to find something that works if you can. If the two teams can’t agree, then a new TCBL rule is that the Visitor must accept 1 of the 3 choices given, or forfeit if a compromise can't be reached. We hope it never comes to a win via forfeit in the playoffs.

 

Referee Protocol

All TCBL teams will be assigned a TCBL Referee Assignor who will assign its TCBL games. Only TCBL assigned referees are allowed to referee a TCBL Game.

Referee Game Schedules:  A schedule of referees assigned to referee the teams’ home games are due November 26, 2017 to Bernard Bowen and Russell Hoffman.

Talking to the referee before, during or after a game: If you wish to address the referee during the game, do so at a dead ball only. Be neutral and courteous. Do not stand on the court. Foul language will not be tolerated. Halftime is an appropriate time to approach the referee with any questions or concerns. Ask the referee for permission to talk privately. If, after speaking with the referee at halftime, there are still issues or concerns, the procedure is for either the coach or program director to contact the programs TCBL Assignor and Bernard Bowen. Parents or Managers are not to approach the referee before, during or after the game. Parents and Managers are to express their concerns to the coach, who will notify the program director. If appropriate, the program director will contact Bernard Bowen and Russ Hoffman and express the programs concerns.  Regarding disrespectful coach(s) and sideline, coaches are to conduct themselves according to the TCBL Code of Conduct. The referees are allowed to stop the game, issue a warning and if necessary, ask the coach to leave.


Facilities: 

Programs, Directors or Coaches MUST be in charge of the home gym site.  Parents’ players and coaches are subject to the TCBL Code of Conduct and referees are not to be accosted in the hallway, exit ramp, locker rooms or parking lot by any spectator, player or coach.

All teams should have an appropriate facility and available gym time for their TCBL League home games. This includes three point lines for age specific divisions All gyms should have a visible game clock, visible scoreboard, adequate lighting, good floor surface, three point lines if required for that age group and seats for players and coaches.  The home team must provide a scorebook and scorekeeper.  All facilities must meet the safety standards of all applicable codes and regulations including, but not limited to, local and state regulations.  No team will be scheduled into the season if they do not have an appropriate facility and court time. Note: TCBL reserves the right to waive home court for the higher seed during the playoffs.
 
Facilities:  TCBL programs that chose to use commercial facilities are still subject to TCBL's policies and procedures and the private facility must provide TCBL teams the flexibility to use the referee crew assigned by TCBL, not referees assigned by the facility. TCBL games played in a commercial facility should be scheduled to allow for a full TCBL game and not be governed by an arbitrary time limit.

Disciplinary Action and Violations 

1.      Any team violating any player or team eligibility play-off eligibility rule is subject to immediate disciplinary action that may include loss of playoff eligibility, forfeits and suspension of the coach.  TCBL reserves the right to enforce the appropriate disciplinary and each violation will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

2.      A team will be expelled from the league if it has two forfeits in one season.

3.      Violators of the Code of Conduct will result in immediate disciplinary action as determined by the TCBL Board.

4.      A team will be expelled from the league if there is a recurring pattern of misconduct by players, coaches, parents and/or spectators. Any expelled team must appeal by the above procedure in order to be considered for re-admission the next season. All expelled teams wishing to be re-admitted must submit an appeal at least 10 days before the due date for applications for that season.

5.      There is Zero Tolerance for physical abuse and verbal abuse. Physical abuse will result in expulsion from the League for the entire season.  Verbal abuse will result in disciplinary action as determined by the TCBL Board including possible expulsion from the League for the entire season.