FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
ABOUT REC BASKETBALL
Below are some common questions. Additional information about the rec basketball program can be found at the Parks & Rec website.
Q: What COVID-specific rules are in place for the 2020-21 season?
A: Rec will only have practices for Grades 3-8 this season. There will be no programs for other grades. The program will consist of eight weekly practices, starting the week after Thanksgiving and ending in early February, at Center School. If any practices are canceled due to weather, health concerns or other reasons they will not be made up. Players must wear face coverings during all practices. A health form must be submitted before every practice. Only players, coaches and supervisors are allowed in the gym. No parents, siblings, etc., are allowed in the building. More details, as well as registration, can be found at the Parks & Rec website.
Q: What days are the practices?
A: Here is the tentative schedule. Weekday practices could start as early as 4:30 p.m. Parents will be notified of their child's practice slot in late November, and the slot might change during the season.
Monday evenings: Grade 7/8 girls
Tuesday evenings: Grade 5 boys
Wednesday evenings: Grade 8 boys
Thursday evenings: Grade 7 boys
Friday evenings: Grade 6 boys
Saturday mornings/early afternoons: Grade 4 boys
Saturday afternoons: Grade 5/6 girls
Sunday mornings/early afternoons: Grade 3/4 girls
Sunday afternoons: Grade 3 boys
Q: My child cannot practice on the day their grade was assigned. Can we request a different practice day?
A: No. Organizers set the practice days in advance in part so that parents can plan their schedule and so that we can be sure there will be enough gym availability. These days are set and only will change if an unavoidable conflict arises from our end.
Q: How are the Grade 3-8 teams formed?
A: Coaches submit player evaluations at the end of every season. Those evaluations are used when we form teams for the new season, attempting to create balance throughout the grade. Roster alterations may be made by league organizers during the season if deemed necessary.
Q: Can I request that my child play with a friend?
A: No, we cannot accept requests, as it would make it too difficult to organize balanced teams.
Q: Can my child sign up for travel basketball as well as rec?
A: Absolutely. If there ends up being a season of travel basketball we will work to minimize conflicts.
Q: Are there any requirements of parents?
A: Parents are required to inform their team’s coach if their child will be absent from or late to a practice, and pick up their child promptly when their practice is over. Parents are required to be respectful and courteous toward the volunteer coaches at all times. Disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated from parents, players or coaches. Violators could be subject to suspension from the program.
Rec (in-town) basketball is a program that is supervised by the Hopkinton Parks & Recreation Department. It is normally open to boys and girls in Grades K-12. Grade K-2 have weekly clinics, while Grades 3-12 have leagues, with one practice and one game per week. For the 2020-21 season, due to restrictions caused by the pandemic, there are only programs planned for Grades 3-8, and it will consist only of practices/scrimmages. There are no formal games.
For more details and registration information, visit the Parks & Rec website.
High school students interested in coaching can fill out an application here. Parents interested in coaching should indicate their interest during the registration process.