About Basketball Evaluations

UpdatedTuesday October 29, 2019 byJennifer Banks.

For the 2019-20 basketball season, the final opportunity to register (and pay with card, check, or cash) will be on Saturday Nov 2nd at North Buncombe Elementary School.  Please arrive at least 30 min before your child's evaluation time, so that we can have you registered before evals begin.

  • no evaluations needed for kindergarten, but you may register in-person on Saturday.
  • 9:00am      1st & 2nd grade girls
  • 10:00am    1st & 2nd grade boys
  • 11:00am     3rd & 4th grade girls
  • 1:00pm       3rd & 4th grade boys 
  • 2:00pm       5th & 6th grade girls
  • 3:00pm       5th & 6th grade boys
  • (7th-9th grade boys and girls on Nov 9th at NBMS, 2pm.  We will allow in-person registrations at that time for this age group only.)

What are evaluations?  They are a means for the League to make sure that teams are balanced in skill level.  When teams are equally matched, players have more fun and are motiviated to further develop their skills. 

At evaluations, players will be asked to dribble the length of the court, do shoot a foul shot, and to shoot a layup. The coaches may ask to see some passes or other fundamental skills.  There is no pressure to achieve anything other than to do your best.  Please have your player dressed for basketball, but nothing special is required.  We will provide basketballs.  Please leave yours at home!

What if you can't attend evaluations?  We ask that all players attend evaluations, but we understand that sometimes illness or other factors may make this impossible.  When a child does not attend evaluations, coaches will score the child based on their knowledge of his/her ability level.  For a child who is unknown, a standard generic score is issued.  So if you can't make it, it's okay.  But please attend if possible!

After evaluations, the coaches will meet the following week to create balanced teams.  The teams are created "blind," and once all coaches agree that the teams are balanced, the coaches will draw numbers to find out which team is theirs. Coaches' children are then added to the teams (and then some light shuffling is typically needed to ensure teams are still balanced.) 

The League Commissioners will be present at evaluations and during "the draft," and their purpose is to ensure balance during this process.