Frequently asked questions
Find answers to your commonly asked questions about Almaden NJB below...
- Player release waiver/form should be provided and completed by your local (home) chapter.
- Have this form signed by the local chapter's director.
- Contact Almaden NJB's director to obtain his signature.
- Retrieve player release waiver/form and submit it to your local chapter's director so that they may submit it to Silicon Valley's Sectional & Northern California Regional Director (Mel Robertson) for his final signature or you may try to submit the waiver/form to Mel Robertson directly.
- Please be aware that there is a STRICT deadline for this process. Please contact Silicon Valley NJB (408.260-0100 )for the date of this deadline.
- This player release waiver/form is MANDATORY to play in Almaden and a player would NOT be eligible for All-Stars or All-Net (boys only) if he/she does not have one;All-Net candidates for boys' teams - please see additional note below:
- Non-Almaden All-Net candidates must abide by same rules established for ALL All-Net candidates which includes local (Almaden residents) All-Net candidates. In addition, these non -Almaden All-Net candidates MUST obtain and provide an approved "Non Local Chapter All-Net Tryout Form."The deadline is the first certification date (typically in November, but it is the responsibility of the player to confirm the deadline date) and all documentation should be submitted to Silicon Valley NJB (attention to: Silicon Valley Sectional All-Net Director (Rodney Ryce))
- Please be aware that all signed player release forms/waivers are good for only ONE season.
- Divisional Group The Divisional program is divided into Boys and Girls leagues, each having three divisions: Division I - 7th and 8th grades; Division II - 5th and 6th grades; and Division III - 3rd and 4th grades. Mandatory evaluations are held in September. A draft is conducted for each division and strict procedures are adhered to in order to assure evenly matched teams. NJB emphasizes teaching basketball skills and sportsmanship through participation. Each player must play two full eight-minute periods in each five-period game. Each player must also sit out at least one full period in each game. Coaches and players are required to comply with a strict code of conduct or they will be removed from the league. Maximum participation for practices and games is crucial to ensure that players get the most out of the season in terms of learning and having fun. All of the teams participate in the playoffs towards the end of the season. Playoffs are single elimination.
- All-Net Group All-Net consists of highly skilled players that want to play at a high level of competition. The group will consist of one or two teams each (depending on player population and volunteer coach participation) for boys in grade 4th through 8th and girls in grade 5th through 8th. For details, please refer to All-Net section of the FAQ.
- Rookie League The Rookie League is a non-competitive basketball league for 1st and 2nd graders. The Rookie program is one of the best ways to get boys and girls started in your NJB chapter. Parents will have the opportunity to learn how to coach NJB, and players will learn the basic fundamentals of basketball in a non-competitive environment. Through your guidance as coordinator, both the coaches and players will be ready for Division 3 play. There is one practice per week beginning in the middle of November and continuing through February.
- Division 1 boys use a standard 29.5" size ball.
- Division 2 uses a 28.5" size ball. Div 1 girls will also use this size.
- Division 3 and Rookie Division will use a 27.5" size ball.
- 5 Periods (4 Quarters + 1) Unlike college (2 half’s) or the pros (4 quarters), our games consist of five 8 minute periods. The periods are a running clock meaning that the clock ONLY stops for time-outs or shooting fouls. If the score difference between the two teams is nine or less, then regulation time (clock stops on all change of possession) will be implemented for the final two minutes of the game. The five periods exist to allow easy enforcement of the player participation rule (see next) while allowing the games to remain competitive.
- Player participation rule
Please understand that due to NJB policy, each divisional team is drafted with no more than 10 players. This is to comply with NJB's rules which require that each player must play in two of the first four “quarters”. While we understand many players play multiple sports, please be aware that due to NJB rules and our method of drafting...there are 10 players per team and a player's absence in a game does make a difference (i.e player advantage rule, etc.)."All players that are in attendance MUST play one of the first two periods and one of the second two periods. In other words, if all ten players are present everyone will have played two full periods by the fourth period. During these four periods, other than for injury, there will be NO substitutions. The 5th period is at the Coach’s discretion & substitutions are allowed. So during this period, it’s possible for only 5 players to play the entire period, for all 10 to play with substitutions or any combination in-between. This rule is STRICTLY enforced so if you’re planning on leaving after the first half & taking your child with you, please let the coach know BEFORE the game. Similarly, arrive 15-30 minutes prior to the start of a game as late players disrupt the Player Participation rules. Lack of conformance may force a team to FORFEIT the game.
- ALL boys candidates must reside in their corresponding chapter. If a candidate does not, he must obtain a waiver. Please refer to the following link for details.
- For additional information regarding All-Net candidates for girls’ teams, please refer to the following link.
- For additional information regarding All-Net candidates for boys’ teams, please refer to the following link.
- All-Net typically begins at 5th grade for girls and 4th grade for boys.
- 4th and 5th grade candidates: ALL Divisional 4th and 5th graders are considered eligible for All-Net & will be evaluated at Divisional evaluations
- 6th-8th grade candidates: All-Net Players from the previous season’s 5th, 6th, and 7th grade teams are considered candidates and do not attend Divisional evaluations. In addition to these players, All-Net coaches will attend the Divisional evaluations to identify other potential All-Net candidates. All-Net coaches will deliver invites to additional All-Net candidates following Divisional evaluations.
- All-Net candidates MUST attend the invitation-only All-Net tryouts.
- Attendance at All-Net tryouts is not a guarantee of team placement
- The head coach selects the All-Net team based upon his subjective choice of who will make up the team that he feels will have the best chance to compete. It is important to note that the Board does not participate in any way in the selection process. The Board merely functions as a supportive role.
- Players that do not make an All-Net team will be placed back into a general pool for Divisional draft
- Non-selected players also have the option of attending an All-Net try out of a neighboring NJB chapter.
- All Divisional coaches are encouraged to attend the All-Net tryouts