GBA is a volunteer-coached, youth recreational league that places high emphasis on fun, instruction/skill development, and good sportsmanship. Volunteer coaches needed! All head coaches may sign one child up for free provided they sign up for and attend one of the mandatory coaches training sessions. Interested in coaching? Call 860-536-5680. Registration deadline for players is Oct 23rd. A $25 late fee applies to anyone registering after the deadline and those players are placed on a Waiting List. A decision regarding player placement from the Waiting List is made after Nov 1st. Practices and Game Information will be sent out to families when they are determined. Age is determined as of January 1, 2022. All players must attend a skills assessment. Assessments are being held in conjunction with Groton Mystic Travel Basketball. Assessments will be held on Tuesday, Oct 19th at Sutton Park, 185 Fort Hill Road, Groton, CT 06340 and Saturday Oct 23rd at Farquhar Park, 20 Gales Ferry Road, Groton, CT 06340.
GBA assessments are being held in conjunction with Groton Mystic Travel Basketball. Assessments will be held on Tuesday, Oct 19th at Sutton Park, 185 Fort Hill Road, Groton, CT 06340 and Saturday Oct 23rd at Farquhar Park, 20 Gales Ferry Road, Groton, CT 06340. Age is determined as of January 1, 2022. All players must attend a skills assessment.
Tuesday Oct 19th at Sutton Park:
5:30 Micro Girls,
5:50 Micro Boys,
6:15 Junior Girls,
6:35 Junior Boys,
7:00 Senior Girls,
7:30 Senior Boys
Saturday, Oct 23rd at Farquhar Park:
2:30 Micro Girls,
2:50 Micro Boys,
3:15 Junior Girls,
3:35 Junior Boys,
4:00 Senior Girls,
4:30 Senior Boys
All players must attend skills assessment. This year assessments are being held in conjunction with Groton Mystic Travel Basketball. Both assessment times are open to all ages and will take approximately 1 hour.
Tuesday, October 22 from 5:30pm or 7pm - Grasso Tech
Saturday, October 26 frm 9am or -10:30am - Fitch High School
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- GBA Bylaws
- Game Schedules and Standings
- Practice Schedules
- Coaches Application and Volunteer Packet (for new coaches only)
- Coaches FAQ
Gerry Smith Sportsmanship Awards
The Gerry Smith Awards will be presented at halftime of a Fitch Falcons Game in February. Each team selects an individual on the team to receive the Award .
In 2005, the Parks & Recreation Commission initiated the creation of the Gerry Smith Sportsmanship Award upon the passing of Mr. Smith, a commissioner who served for many years. Mr. Smith's passion for basketball and his work as a youth basketball referee led to the creation of the award in his honor. The Parks and Recreation Commission recognizes the outstanding sportsmanship displayed by all players, but seeks to recognize those individuals who display exceptional teamwork, respect, effort and behavior.
For more information, please contact Ben Morse or call 860-536-5680.
Groton Parks and Recreation | 29 Spicer Ave., Noank, CT 06340 | 860.536.5680 | ParksRec@groton-ct.gov
What is the commitment?
Teams have two 55-minute practices a week and a game on the weekend. The season regular season runs 8 weeks and then all teams compete in the end of the season tournament.
Do I need to fill out any forms?
If you are a returning coach all you need to complete is a
New head and assistant coaches need to complete the as well as the Volunteer Packet. When filling out background check forms please note on the DCF form no blank spaces can be left. You need to put NA in any boxes that don' apply to you.
When are games and practices?
Girls divisions typically play Saturday mornings, senior boys Saturday afternoons, micro and junior boys on Sunday afternoons. We have a variety of gyms and times available for practice. Coaches select those times that work best for them.
What happens if a practice or game is cancelled due to weather or other event?
Games will be rescheduled typically for the following weekend. Make up games can fall on either weekend day or possibly a Friday night. If a practice is canceled due to weather it is typically it is just canceled and not made up. If we are bumped from a school for an event we try to schedule the practice in a backup facility when possible.
How are team selected?
We hold a player draft that the head coach or representative must attend. Coaches are given a player list with skill rating from skills day and from the previous season (if available) and any requests(want to play with friend, have certain coach etc.) Coaches then draft their team using information as a tool. We do not make any guarantees on requests. If a coach's child is rated as a 5 then they will be the first round choice otherwise they will be second round.
Key Dates :
- Coaches Meeting: TBA
- Saturday, Oct 27, Micros-8:00 am, Juniors-8:30 am, Seniors-9:00 am
- Thursday, Nov 1, Micros-6:00 pm, Juniors-6:30 pm, Seniors-7:00 pm
- Last Day to register for league: Thursday, Nov 1. After that, players will be put on a waitlist. If space allows the league fee plus an additional $25 will be charged to be placed on a team.
- Draft/Practice sign-ups: Tuesday, Nov 6 at 5:30 pm at Groton Comunity Center
- Coaches Training: Wednesday Nov 7 at 5:30 pm and Saturday, Nov 10 at 8:00 am
- Practices: Start week of Nov. 13
- Season: Dec. 1-2 through Feb 9-10. We try to be complete before President's Day weekend. However, if we are snowed out on the Feb 9-10 we may have games that weekend.