2016-2017 Season Information:
Please note the policies and procedures for this season will be updated shortly. There will be a MANDATORY meeting on September 10, 2016, at 11:00 AM (location TBD).
2016-17 Season dates:
November 6, 13, 20, 27
December 4, 11, 18
No games on December 25 and January 1
January 8, 15, 22, 29
February 5, 12
February 5 and 12 – playoffs
Please do not send encrypted emails.
Mini Metro Coaches, players, parents – PLEASE DO NOT MAKE ACCOUNTS ON THE TEAM page.
if you do not receive a email (as a coach) send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The schedules can be found on the Mini Metro Schedule page - see the link on the left.
2015-16 Season dates:
November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
December 6, 13, 20
No games on December 27
January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
January 31 and February 7 – playoffs, Feb 14 make up date
We will not be holding an organization meeting this year. All notes and attachments have been updated below. Updated on Sept 18, 2015 at 7:30pm.
Policies and Procedures for Mini Metro Youth Basketball League
Important Dates for 2015-16 Season:
October 12 – all monies to be received by Dick Falkenbush for all teams. Your money must in by this date, in order to have any chance to be included in the first week’s games. The submission should be in two parts - (1) a check and specification of team and coach for each team- e.g., Fairfax girls 7/8 A Coach Washington, and (2) an email to vtcatscorrespondence@gmail with the same team information. (This means email the team name, level, gender, all coach names, addresses, phone numbers - cell and home, and email addresses.) All teams from a district should be submitted together.
October 12 – all email addresses, cell and home phone numbers, for coaches must be sent in to email@example.com. This will allow for necessary communication during the season regarding schedules and schedule changes. Please identify each coach by team name, gender and level, and whether a coach is the head coach or an assistant coach.
October 12 - all NEW coach background information must be turned in for checking. Coach name, address, cell and home phone number, date of birth and SSN must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org Additionally a check for $20 per coach must be sent by this date to Dick Falkenbush, identifying the coach name and team name, grade and gender.
October 26 - all MMBL Waiver Forms and rosters (for 9 or more players) to be received by Doug Cheeseman. Coaches must use our roster form for this process. This form is an attachment. This form must be completely filled out in order for your team to be approved.
Late fees + forms may mean you will not get into the league or not be eligible to play on Nov. 1 - 1st weekend
268 Buckingham Dr.
Colchester, VT 05446-6949
15 Keari Lane
South Burlington, VT 05403
Notes: All checks must contain team identifying information – team/district name, and team level. For Example: BFA 7/8 Boys A team – Coach John Richards
If checks are not received by the deadline, teams may not be included in the league. If you fail to properly identify your team on your check it may delay your entry into the league.
Make checks out to Mini Metro Basketball
Teams that provide a gym for the complete season: $500
Teams that provide a gym for half the season: $600
Teams that do not provide a gym: $700
Please note that each high school district participating in Mini Metro is governed by a group of coordinators
working in conjunction with local high school coaches. If you are interested in joining Mini Metro, you must contact your local group
and insure your participation. This is necessary to coordinate team numbers, tryouts, local procedures or rules for tryouts,
participation, and practices
Gym insurance coverage:
Please provide us with the name and addresses of schools to be used if you need a certificate of insurance coverage.
It is also necessary to provide us with the address of the district administration.
**Continuing this year: All rosters must have a minimum of 9 players. Rosters with fewer numbers of players will have to be approved by the directors for inclusion in the league. This is to prevent forfeitures. It is recommended that you select players for your teams from your high school district. Players from other districts may be included if their district does not have a team (if your district is the closest district to their residential district that has a team). It is not advisable to cut players from your own district to include any out of district players. Approval is needed from the Mini Metro Directors for use of non-district players. Coaches must submit roster information using our roster form which is an attachment on the main Mini Metro page on the website. This form must be completely filled out for approval.
Depending on gym availability more than 8 teams per district may be allowed entry into the league. Teams from districts with less than eight teams will be given 1st priority. 2nd priority will be given to those communities hosting mini metro games. Last priority will be given to all other districts.
Players must be the appropriate grade level for teams. It is not recommended to include 4th graders on a 5th/6th grade team unless you do not have enough players. Players may not play on more than one team and no 9th graders are allowed to play.
Players who receive two technical fouls in one game will be ejected from that game and required to have a two week/game suspension. 2nd offense of this, the player is out for the season.
Teams that have two forfeits in a season will be eliminated from play for the remainder of the season. Especially for 5/6 teams – if your team is very weak, please seriously consider not entering this team. Sometimes these teams cannot compete and then the players and parents lose interest – it is hard to lose by 20-30 points every week. This can lead to lack of participation and forfeits and is not fair to the league. We have to be aware and considerate that teams are travelling a distance to play and deserve to have the scheduled opponent show up to compete.
Waiver forms must be completed for each player and turned into the league. Rosters must include player name, address, school, and grade information- plus the roster should be labeled with team identifying information. Please make a copy of this waiver form for each player and keep it with you in your first aid or med kit in case of emergency.
Players must play in 50% of the regular season games in order to be included in the playoffs. Consideration will be given to injury situations, but then players should be on the initial team roster for this.
Please correctly label your team as “A” or “B”. If your team is a very weak B team, you might want to make the decision to not enter this team in the league. It is not fair to other teams to play teams that are markedly weaker than other teams. Recommendations in this regard are that if the overall teams are 5th or 7th graders – the teams should be B. If 6th or 8th – A. Combo teams 5th/6th, 7th/8th depend on experience and ability.
Other than the limitations listed above, team selection, tryouts, coach selection, etc., are all “local decisions.” Please utilize your varsity coaches or your local boards to assist or govern in these decisions.
Team Entry into Mini Metro League:
We will take entry requests from teams, with priority being teams that are currently in the league. We have never had to turn down a team requesting entry, but it depends on gym availability.
** Continued this year: All NEW coaches and staff working with players must have background checks performed. Coaches and staff who went through our new background check process last year do not need to do this again this year. All NEW coaches, assistant coaches, and other team staff who will be working weekly with players need to submit their information for this background check process. The information that is needed is full name, address (including town and zip code), cell and home phone number, date of birth, and ssn. Coaches can email this information to Cindy at email@example.com A check for $20 for each background check needs to be made out to Mini Metro Basketball and mailed in by October 11 to Dick Falkenbush (see address above or at end of these notes). Coaches without completed background checks are not eligible to coach. Our insurance carriers are insisting on this and we are complying. We will be checking in during games to verify that the correct coaches are on the bench and we will not allow personnel to be involved in coaching that have not completed these background checks.
High school coaches are eligible to coach. Coaches are responsible for their own behavior and the behavior of their players and fans. Please emphasize sportsmanship and support of the officials. If a coach receives two technical fouls in one game of if he or she confronts the officials after the game, there will be a consequence of a two game suspension. If this happens twice, the coach will be ejected from the league and not allowed to return. We need to ask coaches to be excellent role models for the players. Our continued usage of the gyms is really very dependent on maintaining excellent behavior in the facilities. Please step up and ask your fans to behave appropriately for the betterment of the league and our relationship with our community facilities.
Coaches may not contact other coaches to make schedule changes or set up alternate times/gyms.
Competitive Spirit, Player Development, and Sportsmanship:
The emphasis in Mini Metro is not on winning games, but on player development and sportsmanship. All adults need to model this expectation at all times. Gym Coordinators should read the Sportsmanship statement at the beginning of all the games for the first Sunday and at any other time deemed appropriate. Coaches should review this statement with their players and parents prior to playoffs as well. The more proactive we can be on this issue, the better success we will have .This statement is listed as an attachment at the end of this page. Coaches can also supply their parents with a copy of this statement so they are aware of league expectations.
If a team has a 20 point lead, they should no longer press the other team until the lead drops below this guideline. Players must drop back to around the 3 point arc - no meeting teams at half court. Teams should also utilize man-to-man defense when possible, and play the bench in lopsided scoring games. Starter players can learn different roles in different situations and bench players can improve given more playing time. Your team can possibly play defense with their hands behind their back to emphasize foot movement and position on defense and thus enable the overmatched team to pass and move the ball on offense easier, to allow the weaker team more of a chance to score while convincing your team of the value of footwork in defensive play.
Parent, Player, and Coach Behavior - Control
Detrimental conduct and behavior of parents, players, coaches, and assistant coaches can result in suspension from the league and ejection from facilities. The Board of Directors have the authority to take appropriate actions in this regard.
Scoring of Games:
See Rules – attachment for greater detail. Both teams should provide a scorer for books for the game. The home team will be the official scorer, but it makes things run more smoothly if there are scorers for both teams at the scorer’s table. Gym coordinators need to provide staff to run the scoreboard/clocks. High school students or parents can be used in this capacity. There was some discussion of this coverage and how difficult it is to obtain at some gyms, especially where multiple gyms are in use. Some gyms may need help running the scoreclocks. Any adult who has experience in running the clocks could volunteer to help. Secondly, high school players often need community service credit and can be organized in advance to fulfill their commitments by helping with the scoreclocks.
Home team will be listed second on the schedule.
An initial schedule for 1-2 weeks will be posted by the Thursday prior to the first games (October 30) – for the first games on November 2nd. Then a schedule for the rest of November will be posted, followed by the December schedule. The plan will be to NOT make changes in these schedules except in the case of error or league director discretion. It is not fair to make changes to help one player or one team when that impacts 10-20 other teams. The league cannot make changes or accommodations for players involved in other sports or other activities. We know everyone is busy and that all players just want to be able to be at their teams’ games, but the league directors have to be able to put together a schedule that is stable and that coaches can use to plan. The directors are in charge of the schedules and any comments or issues should be sent directly to them through email at firstname.lastname@example.org The league cannot correspond directly with parents regarding schedule and requests for accommodations. Coaches need to let parents know this and route all communication through coaches only.
During this initial 5- 7 weeks, coaches should evaluate their level placement and let the league know if they should stay at the level they established at the beginning of the season. Changes to level designation will be at the discretion of the league directors. Changes in the level of competition start as soon as the directors are convinced from the weekly results and from the coaches’ recommendations that they are in the wrong level of competition. Stronger teams will play A, and weaker teams play B and some teams may get competition in both levels. Changes for these reasons often begin happening as early as weeks 5-8. ** Changes will be sent out via email – coaches should check their emails frequently, especially prior to games.
While the league does sincerely appreciate the efforts of gym coordinators, if these individuals are also coaching teams, it cannot be guaranteed that they will always have home games. It is thus recommended that you utilize assistant coaches to travel with your team, if your gym responsibilities require your presence at the gym during games. It is also recommended that you try to involve high school coaches to help in these situations.
If there are an odd number of teams in a category, a team may be asked to play two games on a Sunday. This is to avoid “byes” for other teams and it affords more playing time for your team. Please advise your parents and players that this is a possibility and be prepared.
Game Times and Locations:
Many games will run starting at 11, 12, 1, and 2. Some gyms may require a slightly different schedule, with some games beginning at 9, or games starting at 3 pm. Be prepared for any of these game times over the season. See the schedule when it comes out for all times. Gym coordinators need to open the gym 30 minutes prior to the first game. Games are scheduled all over from Barre in the south to BFA in the north, to Enosburg and Lamoille to the east. Although every effort is made to not put an undue burden on teams, teams do need to be prepared to travel to various gyms. Not all games will be scheduled for the gyms closest to your locale.
If there is bad weather in the forecast, then the league directors will make the necessary decision regarding cancellation by Saturday night if it is a large storm, or by 7:30 am, on game Sundays for questionable conditions. This information will be posted on the vtcats.org website. If the games are cancelled all games that Sunday are to be cancelled and will not be rescheduled or otherwise made up. Coaches may not contact other coaches to put together a make-up game or time. If games are not cancelled we ask that you leave early, allowing plenty of time if weather is an issue.
Reversible jerseys are recommended to avoid conflicts. Colors should be white on one of the sides and numbers should be on both colors and both front and back of the jerseys. If you choose to not use reversible jerseys – then bring pennies to avoid conflicts.
Mouth guards are not required.
All teams should have first aid kits which include ice or cold packs. Copies of the parental medical waiver forms should be carried in the first aid kits.
Teams should also have their own basketballs for use, with a game ball available. Teams should have scoring books for the season. The smaller size 28.5” ball will be used for all girls’ games and for the 5/6 boys’ games. The regulation size 29” ball will be used for 7/8 boys’ games.
The league directors would like to thank those teams who are able to provide gyms for games. The job of the gym coordinator is a difficult one and we must support them. The league cannot afford the loss of the use of a gym due to issues between the league and the schools. Thus, it is important to supervise the fans to insure good behavior and no inappropriate access to non-gym areas of equipment. Of particular concern are siblings or other guests running around outside of the gyms and poor sportsmanship directed at officials or other teams. Warnings may be given to such fans, and then removal may be necessary if the behavior continues. Siblings can be directed to sit with their parents. Some gyms are “Water Only” gyms and they prohibit Gatorade, coffee, or other beverages. We must comply with these instructions – so please inform your players and parents. Info on which gyms have this requirement will be posted on the schedule page.
Please encourage your teams to clean the bench areas after their games and the bleachers also. Please ask parents and fans to make sure and pick up their coffee cups, etc., from the bleacher area as well.
Gyms/School facilities used in 2013-14:
Essex High School – 3 gyms
Milton Herrick Ave
Spaulding – 2 courts
If others want to offer gyms for the upcoming season, please let us know ASAP.
Dick Falkenbush will provide a checkbook for every gym coordinator. These checks are to be used to pay the referees. They are paid $25 per game. Please complete the check registers appropriately.
Gyms must charge admission: $2.00 for general admission, $1.00 for students and seniors (65+) and free for children under age 5. These fees help pay expenses such as the referees and help keep the per team costs down. Door monies should be deposited in a timely manner and the deposit slips sent to Dick Falkenbush – with gym identifying information. Coaches need to tell parents about these fees and about possible gym policies regarding food and drink so parents are not surprised on the first few Sundays.
The directors prefer that adults handle the admission responsibilities.
Please email in your results to Cindy Chornyak email@example.com . Winning coaches should send in the results on Sunday. Please list team numbers and scores for both teams. For example – Team #65 beat#63. The score was #65 = 28, #63 = 24. Results and standings will be posted weekly. Please confirm your results frequently during the season as they are used for team level decisions and playoff seedings.
All forms are posted below as attachments. If you have trouble opening an attachment, please let Cindy know and she will send it to you via email.
Officials are paid a small stipend for their work - $25 per game. The league emphasizes support of these officials. Bill Callahan is in charge of all aspects of the officials – selection, scheduling, and resolution of any issues. If you are upset with a referee, please do not call Bill on a Sunday evening to discuss this. Wait until Tuesday and see if you are still upset and then feel free to email him with any concerns. The league understands that the referees are human, and mistakes may be made, but we still need to show our best behavior and sportsmanship at all times.
All coordinators and coaches should email their name, address, phone numbers, and email addresses by October 11, to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The league is aware that practice time is hard to come by, but please avoid conflicts with school teams and school functions.
League Director Contact Information:
268 Buckingham Dr.
Colchester, VT 05446
658-5846 (h) 598-9738 (c)
15 Keari Lane
South Burlington, VT 05403
15 Oakcrest Dr.
Burlington, VT 05408
862-6238 (h) 338-7494 (c)
The WORD document for parental permission for all players is an attachment to this page, as is the Mini Metro Sportsmanship Statement, and the roster form
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