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 six leagues - one for each grade level (3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, & 8th). If a school is unable to field their own team, we will arrange a merger with other players or schools.
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 (5th-8th, 3/4 will have 5-6 games) will have an eight game regular season, and every team (5th-8th) 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. We do not keep track of scores and standings for 3rd or 4th grade. Practice for 5-8th is limited to 2 hours per day and 4.5 hours maximum per week.
3rd and 4th grade teams will have 2 events per week, meaning, one practice and one game, or before games begin, they can practice 2 times. Practices for 3/4 is limited to 1.5 hours a day. Coaches set the practice times and days for each team. Games are played only on Saturday mornings.
GRACEAC girls basketball takes place in winter II - after Christmas break. Practices typically begin the first week of January. Teams are limited to three practices/4.5 hours of practice per week. The regular season typically begins mid January. The last set of regular season games are typically scheduled for mid February. The postseason tournaments typically take place in early March.
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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. Fees for post season tournaments are $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for seniors and free for students.
Some of our GRACEAC gyms do not accept cash, they are credit card only. Most of our gyms accept cash and do not accept credit card. Please be prepared for cash or credit card payment for entry.
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 the weather improves throughout the day, there is a small chance that some games may be played 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