GRACEAC girls basketball operates as a school-based team sport. This means that GRACEAC runs a league where the member schools compete against one another. Member schools must field a minimum of seven players in order to submit a team to the league. There are four leagues - one for each grade level (5th, 6th, 7th, & 8th). If a school is unable to field their own team, that school Athletic Director needs to contact ADs at nearby schools and try to arrange a merger.
As a school-based team sport, team specifics are determined at the school level. This includes who the coach is, when/where practices are held, uniforms, etc. GRACEAC sets the rules and game schedules. Each team will have an eight game regular season, and every team is eligible to compete in the single elimination postseason tournaments. These tournaments are seeded based on regular season standings, which means we do keep track of scores and standings.
GRACEAC girls basketball takes place in winter II - after Christmas break. Practices may begin on Monday, January 3. Teams are limited to three practices/4.5 hours of practice per week. The regular season will begin on Saturday, January 15. The last set of regular season games are currently scheduled for the week of February 14 before schools are off for mid-winter break. The postseason tournaments will run from February 23 - March 5. Specific tournament dates have not been set yet, except the finals will take place on Saturday, March 5 at Catholic Central High School.
Current COVID-19 Guidelines: Per the Kent County Health Department order from August 20, K-6 graders were required to wear facial coverings while indoors at school, and that applied to sports as well. That order has since expired. As it currently stands, facial coverings will not be required at any 5th-8th grade GRACEAC girls basketball game or practice. This includes for players, coaches, officials, gym managers, spectators, etc. GRACEAC strongly recommends the use of facial coverings inside all school gyms regardless of vaccination status. Please know these guidelines are subject to change based on receiving new information at a later date.
Spectators: There are no spectator limits to attend games at this time. Spectators are not required to wear a facial covering at GRACEAC basketball games at this time, but GRACEAC strongly recommends the use of facial coverings inside all school gyms regardless of vaccination status. Please know these guidelines are subject to change based on receiving new information at a later date.
Gate Fees: There will be gate fees at each GRACEAC gym for girls basketball. Those fees are - $3.00 per adult, $2.00 for seniors, and free for students.
Concessions: The availability of concessions at each gym will vary. Please plan accordingly.
- Doors do not open until 30 minutes prior to the first game of the day. So if your team plays in the 9:00 am game on a Saturday, please do not arrive before 8:30 am. The gym doors will be locked until then. Please do not arrive before 5:00 pm if your team plays in the 5:30 pm game on a weekday. The gym doors will be locked until then.
- Please do not bring your own personal basketballs to games. The host gyms will have plenty of basketballs for each team to warm up and play. This avoids confusion of the host gym not knowing which basketballs belong to them.
- Jewelry is not permitted while playing in basketball games, so players should plan accordingly.
- In the event of inclement weather, the decision to cancel games will be made by 3:00 pm for games during the week, and 7:30 am on a Saturday. If school is canceled in the morning, basketball games in the evening are automatically canceled as well. If the weather improves throughout the day, there is a small chance that some games may be rescheduled for that same night as originally planned, depending on the teams scheduled to play and their school policies.
24 Hour Rule: We ask that all coaches and parents respect the 24 hour rule before addressing an issue or poor experience at a GRACEAC sporting event. Please know it is inappropriate to directly confront an official or an opposing player/coach/spectator with any concerns or complaints. You may report any problems to your school Athletic Director, and they will follow up accordingly. As the GRACEAC handbook states, "Anyone with a grievance should adhere to the 24 hour rule which delays the discussion and gives everyone a chance to resolve a disagreement rationally rather than emotionally." Thank you for your cooperation.