Sayreville AA
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About us

Our Mission

The Sayreville Athletic Association (SAA) is an organization that offers the youth of Sayreville the opportunity to take part in several sports or related activities.

We are a member organization of the Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth league. We have been the areas only sponsor of recreation basketball for all school age children for over 25 years. We have recently started a street hockey league and competition cheerleading teams.

We also offer various sports as part of our Buddy Ball Program, a sports program for athletes with special needs.

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Our Basketball Program

The basketball program is available to children in grades K-12, generally.   Players cannot be over the age of 18, regardless of grade, during the season. We will accept 4 year olds into the younger division, but ask that parents ensure they can handle it emotionally and physically (we may not be able to refund later, if you feel your child is too young).

The league is broken down into the following divisions: K-1, 2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-9, and 10-12. They are typically assigned to teams in their grade/age bracket.

The younger divisions, K-6 are generally co-ed. The two senior divisions 7-9 and 10-12 are gender specific.  If an appropriate number of female registrants occur in any of the K-6 divisions, then the league will create gender specific teams within their own division.

The divisions progress from K-1 (instructional, controlled) to 10-12 (competitive/Varsity) basketball.

D - K-1. This division’s main objective is to teach the basic skills of basketball.  Ball handling, defense and shooting are the 3 main areas of focus within this division.  We do not keep score, do not have referees and the ball, court and baskets are undersized.  Games/Practices are typically once per week with practice being 30 minutes and a 30 minute game immediately following.  See K-1 rules for further information.

D - 2. This division shares their objectives and focus with K-1.  The primary difference is seen in the playing of the game.  See 2 rules for further information.

The following Divisions play under modified NJSIAA/ NFHS official rules. Divisions have a “bracketed” playoff/championship format

3-4. This division typically has 1 hour of practice time and 1 official game per week.  See 3-4 rules for further information.

5-6. This division typically has 1 hour of practice time and 1 official game per week.  See 5-6 rules for further information.

7-9. This division typically has 1 hour (or more) of practice time and 1 official game per week. See 7-9 rules for further information.

This Division plays under NJSIAA/ NFHS official rules.

10-12. This division typically has 1 (or more) hour of practice time and 1 official game per week.  See 10-12 Division rules for further information.

Coaches, Parents, Teams, Team Rosters, Talent evaluations, Drafting, Rules and FAQ’s.

Teams

The full count of registered players will determine the number of teams. For the lower divisions, 7-9 players per team should be the goal.  7 or 8 would be best.  The more players the less game time they get and games for these divisions are 30 minutes.

For grades 3 and above, games are longer but total team count should not exceed 11. 9-10 is a good goal.

Team Rosters

Rosters will not be created until the registration period is over. Any additional joiners that are accepted will be added to teams in each division on a needs first basis, typically starting with smallest roster size, male/female ratio.

For K-1.  The full count of registered players will determine the number of teams. Kindergarten and 1st graders should be evenly distributed amongst the teams.   An even distribution of male and females should be made.

For 2.  An even distribution of male and females should be made.

For divisions above these, a talent evaluation followed by a formal draft will take place. See below

Talent Evaluations

Talent evaluations should occur for 3-4 division and up. It should be held well prior to the start of the season.

Format: Typically one night for each division in which the coaches can evaluate players for the draft.  Two hours are set aside and kids will be drilled in layups, jump shots and ball handling, etc.  To avoid “draft dodging” players who do not show up for the evaluation will not be allowed to be taken until the final round of the draft.  Any coaches who have a child that is draft eligible need not attend.  It is up to the coach to attend and to document his own findings.

Draft

All coaches will attend the draft, if the coach can’t attend, he can send an assistant or have the other coaches draft for him.

A lottery will be used to determine the draft order. If, and when possible, known players who are travel basketball or playing High School basketball should be identified beforehand.  The goal, primarily for the competitive divisions is consistent competition.

Coaches, who have a child playing on their team, will not be penalized due to that. The child will be taken out of the draft and the draft will proceed as normal, with that child placed on the roster at the end.  We must keep in mind that it will limit drafting in the round as explained below.

Registrants are divided by grade/age. Example:  For 7-9 division.  All 7th graders are drafted 1st, followed by 8th, followed by 9th.    Example: 4 teams, 20 registrants in 7th grade.  5 7th graders go on each team.  If the coach has a 7th grader, that coach drafts at normal, and takes his child last.  The coach can also defer and take his child first.  Children who are of an age different than the normal for the grade; will be considered as being in that age appropriate grade – example: A 16 year old freshman will be considered to be a sophomore.

RULES - 3-4, 5-6, 7-9 and 10-12 Division

All of these divisions utilize the scoring table and electronic scoreboard. Individual statistics will not be kept at the scorers table.  Scorers will track the use of timeouts and the amount of team/personal fouls.  In these divisions fouls are the same and broken down as follows:

  • 5 personal fouls – player removal*
  • 7 team fouls per half - bonus.
  • 10 team fouls per half - double bonus.

The scorekeeper will alert the officials of the fouls.

*Any player who commits 5 personal fouls in the game must be removed, regardless of age or division. We cannot let a player continue “cause it’s Rec, or Cause its 3rd grade” etc. If a player fouls out and is allowed to continue and gets injured, or causes another player to be injured we are subject to liability, as is the school, coaches and the officials. 

These divisions play NFHS/NJSIAA High School Varsity games, with any modifications listed below. Please see the current NFHS/NJSIAA rule book for specific rules.

10-12 -     Official High School Game – No modifications

 Time: Games consist of 4 periods, each 8 minutes, clock stops on every whistle.  

 Timeouts: 2- 30 second and 3- Full (1 Minute) timeouts per game.

7-9 - Modifications

Time: Games consist of 4 periods, each 10 minutes, with a running clock.  When 1 minute remains in each period, the clock will stop at each whistle. 

Timeouts: 2- 30 second timeouts per half “use them or lose them”.

Press Rule: The full court press can only be utilized the last 5 minutes of the 2nd and 4th periods.

3-4, 5-6 – Modifications

Time: Games consist of 2 half’s, each 20 minutes, with a running clock. 

Timeouts: 2- 30 second timeouts per half “use them or lose them”.

Press Rule:  The full court press can only be utilized the last 5 minutes of the 2nd and 4th periods.

RULES – K-1, 2

D - K-1

Format: 30 minute practice followed by a 30 minute game. Games are 5 V 5.  Coaches should have an assistant or parent monitor playing time as it should be equalized.  The goal of this is to slowly integrate the players into the game.  Practices are 30 minutes prior to each game, and that is not sufficient to teach anything.  Coaches should work on the basics.

These games can get quickly out of control if not properly managed. Slow the game down.  Offense should wait for the defense to set up, and then bring the ball up.  The coaches can correct the players while the ball is moving.

Points of emphasis:

  • Do not keep score
  • Do not call fouls
  • Offense - The ball should be equally distributed. Examples:
  • Different player brings ball down each time.
  • Different player shoots.
  • Pass to different players.
  • Defense – Make your defense stationary, they cannot move. Set up as 2-1-2.
  • Move them around to different positions.
  • Keep hands up
  • Practice rebounds

D - 2

Format: 30 minute practice followed by a 30 minute game. Games are 5 V 5.  Coaches should have an assistant or parent monitor playing time as it should be equalized.  See above, as the season progresses, the stationary defense can and should be slowly be removed.

FAQ’s

Where does my child play or practice?

Games and practices are usually at a borough/BOE controlled site. The locations of games and practices can change based on the needs of the borough and or the BOE.  Prior to the season all schedules are populated to show the location of each game.  Your individual coach will provide practice locations.  Any changes will be communicated via the Leagues communication tool.

What equipment is needed?

The league will provide a shirt/Jersey. Either gym shoes, sneakers, basketball shoes are mandatory.  In addition, typically shorts are worn.  Depending on the age group your child should be prepared similar to how they attend Physical education in School.

Do I have to be at practice? And Games?

Yes, unless your child is 18, anyone else is considered an unaccompanied minor. This is not a baby sitting service.  In the event your child is injured the police respond and they will take charge of your child.

How much will my son and daughter play?

For the younger divisions K-2 all playing time should be equalized. However, if a coach is by themselves, it’s hard to manage, feel free to volunteer and assist in order to properly track it.

For the older, competitive divisions playing time is up to the coach. These teams compete for the championship every season.  Talent and attending practice are the 2 main reasons that dictate playing time.

My son or daughter is really good, can they play up?

The needs of the league come first, so we cannot leave a team short handed. Yes they can, they can play in both divisions, if you so chose.  However, if playing in both means practices will be missed in either, then playing time on that team may be limited.  You will also need to sign a waiver.  Children wishing to play up into the 10-12 Division will only be accepted from the 9th grade, no exceptions.  Anyone wishing to play up in the 10-12 will need to be evaluated by every coach in the 10-12 division.

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