Where are the games played?
Teams registered in the YMCA league, games are played at various YMCAs and Gyms throughout the Tucson area. Competitive teams will plays at different leagues in town and travel is a possibility.
Why can’t we play games in the Vail area?
Gym space! There are only 4 gyms available to your teams in the Vail School District. I am not able to get enough gym space to have enough teams to form my own league.
What are the age groups?
1/2nd grade, 3/4th grade, 5/6th grade and 7/8/9th grade
Who determines team placement?
Team placement is determined by Club directors.
How is team placement determined?
Teams will be balanced to have some beginners and some more coordinated players.
3/4th, 5/6th and 7/8/9th
Players are evaluated based on coordination and skill level. Teams are then formed with the most coordinated and skilled players on the A team, then the B team and so on. The team with the beginning players will struggle in games but will allow them to learn at their level in practice. Cuts are made at the 7/8/9th grade level based on skill level and team team size.
Are there cuts?
Possibly! If we are in a situation where we don’t have enough players to form a complete team, those players would be cut. For instance we have 21 players come out for 5/6th grade we would form 2 teams of 8 to 10 players depending on skill level and the others would be cut. However if I can get the gym space and we can recruit more players, no cut would be needed.
My child is a beginner, will this be a good fit?
To this point I have been able to have beginner teams. This is more difficult the older they get! 5th-9th graders need to have basketball experience.
Who are the Blaze Coaches?
Most teams are coached by parents who Volunteer their time. Competitive teams are coached by Blaze Coaches.
Partial refunds are available until team placements are made.
Can we request for our child to be on the same team as a friend?
Yes, as long as they play at the same skill level.
Can we request a certain coach?
Yes, as long as the coach is coaching your child’s level.
What is the best method to Contact Vail Blaze Staff?
Emailing is the best method of contact. Please email questions, comments and or concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can expect a prompt email response!