1. When are tryouts?


Tryouts will be conducted during the second week of November (Novice and Prep Leagues) or third week of November (Middle, Junior and Senior Leagues).  The Junior Girls League will have a combination skills clinic / tryout on the Monday following Thanksgiving. More specific information can be found by clicking on the Tryout Info link at the top of the home page as the tryout scheduled is developed.  Players will also receive an email from TeamSideline a few days before a tryout as to the tryout they should attend.


2. What is the purpose of “tryouts?”


“Skill assessment” might be a more accurate term than “tryout” – everyone makes a team.*  Players will come to the gym one evening and participate in drills or scrimmages so that coaches can evaluate their skill level as a basis for forming teams.  In larger leagues, tryouts will be conducted in two sessions, but each player participates in only one session.

*  Those who register after Nov. 1 could be placed on a waiting list if capacity is reached in the league applied for.


3. How are teams formed?


In the two younger leagues -- the coed Novice and Prep Leagues -- teams are formed administratively by league officials based on player evaluations from the coaches.  In the other four leagues, coaches choose players for their team through a draft system.


4. When does the season start and end?


Teams meet for the first time during the week following Thanksgiving.  The Junior and Senior Leagues should conclude play by late February, but most leagues will finish up in early- to mid-March.


5. When are games and practices?


Ordinarily, teams will have two events per week, whether game or practice – one on an evening during the Mon.-Fri. period and one on the week-end.  During December, most of the events will be practice, although the Junior and Senior Leagues will start games in December.


The week-night event can be on any evening, and will vary from week to week.  On the week-end, Senior, Junior, Junior Girls, and Middle Leagues play almost exclusively on Saturday.  The Novice League plays on Sunday, and the Prep League has games on both Saturday and Sunday.


6. What times are the games and practices?


During the week, time slots are 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 pm.  Novice and Prep teams are scheduled only in the 6:30 and 7:30 slots. Depending on the size of the Prep League, a game or practice may be scheduled in the 8:30 time slot on a Friday. On Saturdays, gyms open at 9:00 am and the last time slot is typically 6:00 pm, with a 7:00 pm slot occasionally used.

On Sundays, the earliest game or practice is at 1:00 pm and the latest is usually 6:00 pm, but occasionally 7:00 pm.


7. Where are games and practices held?


EPWBA is assigned gym time by the county Parks and Recreation Department at five different middle schools in the Eastern part of the county: Fred Lynn, Lake Ridge, Beville, Benton and Hampton. All five schools are used during the week.  Ordinarily, Fred Lynn and Hampton are not used on week-ends.  Games and practices for any league may be scheduled at any of the 5 schools.


8. What happens if there is bad weather?


In case of bad weather, whether gyms are open or closed is determined by the school system. The best  source of timely information on school closings is the school system website, www.pwcs.edu .  Information will also be posted on the EPWBA website as quickly as possible.


A general rule of thumb is that if schools are closed all day or close early, the gyms will be closed at night, and all EPWBA events therefore canceled.  If schools open late, the gyms will generally be open in the evening [assuming no additional bad weather develops]. On weekends, the opening or closing of gyms involves a separate decision. If schools are closed on Friday, it is still possible that gyms will be open on the weekend.  When bad weather occurs during the week after the school day has ended, the school system website provides the most dependable source of information.  If bad weather develops on the weekend while the gyms are in use, the Parks Department may make the decision to cancel further activity. Coaches of affected teams will be informed immediately, and the closing posted on the EPWBA website.


9. How many games do teams play?


Most leagues play a 12-13 game regular season with two post-season championships: a “League Championship” involving Division winners, and a “Tournament Championship” in which all teams in a league compete. 


The Novice League is an “instructional” league.  There are more practice events and somewhat fewer games than in the other leagues.  Games are played, but won/loss records are not maintained.  There is no post-season tournament in the Novice League.


10. How many players are on a team?


There are 10 players on Novice League teams, 9 players on Prep League teams, and 8-to-9 players on teams in the other four leagues.


11. Are there rules concerning playing time?


Yes. Players are guaranteed at least a specified minimum amount of playing time.  In the Middle and Prep Leagues there is also a limit on the maximum amount of playing time allowed.  In the Novice League, playing time is required to be equalized among the players.  For more information, click on the “Mandatory Play” tab on the home page.


12. Can siblings be on the same team?


Yes, if they are in the same age group.  We always put siblings playing in the same league on the same team [unless, for some reason, the parents request otherwise]. In draft leagues, when one sibling is chosen, the other is appointed to the team in a round appropriate to the player’s evaluated skill level.


13. Can a player request to be placed on the same team as another player?


Our primary objective in forming teams is to achieve competitive balance among the teams. Trying to honor a large number of requests to pair two or more players together is detrimental to achieving that objective.  Therefore our policy is to not factor special requests into the process of forming teams.


We recognize that it can be convenient for car-pooling purposes for some players to play on the same team, but we cannot take on the responsibility of trying to solve transportation issues.  Frequently, people find that helpful ride-sharing arrangements can be made once the teams are formed and families meet each other.


14. Can a player request a specific coach?


Coaches have their own son or daughter on their team, but all other players [in the four older leagues] become members of a team through the draft process.  Coaches, of course, may draft whichever players they want when their turn comes in the draft, but we do not place any players with a particular coach because of a request.  Likewise, players in the two younger leagues are assigned administratively with the objective of composing teams as evenly matched as possible.  Little weight is given in that process to requests for a specific coach.


15. What sort of uniform is provided?


Starting with the 2017-18 season, the League is providing players in the five older age groups a 2-color reversible jersey, with the same colors for all teams in a particular league.  The "home" team will wear one color and the visiting team the other color. Players in the Novice League will be provided a numbered t-shirt with a different color for each team. For the first time, the league will be providing shorts for players in all leagues, which meet the required specification of having no belts or pockets.

The "no pockets" specification for shorts is a safety requirement.  Other safety requirements are that no jewelry of any type be worn [including earrings], and that no beads or other hard items be worn in the hair. 


16. Does EPWBA have a concussion protocol?


Yes. When a player experiences some sort of blow to the head that results in symptoms that indicate a concussion may have been sustained, the player must be removed from the game and not return to that game.  In addition, the player will need to have a doctor’s approval to play in subsequent games. 


For information on recognizing and dealing with a possible concussion, click on the Download tab  “Concussion for Parents” to read a document published by the Center for Disease Control.

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