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HYR Basketball and Futsal Winter 2020 

Open Gym at St. Paul Thursday, November 14th 6 PM - 8:15 PM

There is parking down the alley from St. Paul.  Click below for the map which includes parking. 

St. Paul Map and Court Layout

If you are considering signing up for one of the winter seasons of Basketball and/or Futsal, you are welcome to attend an open gym at St. Paul United Methodist Church at 2000 Douglass Blvd.  We will divide the gym into a futsal half and a basketball half and do a mixture of free play, drills, and scrimmage.  Although anyone can come at any time, our general guideline is that players aged 5 – 8 come between 6 and 7 PM and players generally 9 and over come between 7 PM and 8:15 PM.  

We will have a similar open gym night at St. Paul on Thursday, December 5th. 


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In the Winter of 2020, HYR will offer  Futsal divisions for youth ages 5 through 16 and Basketball divisions for players ages 5 through 12.  The cost is $67 per player.   Sign up continues through December, 2019.  Beginning December 29, a late fee of $10 per player is added.

The divisions for each sport will be as follows:

Futsal Division 1: 5 and 6 year olds
Futsal Division 2: 7 through 9 year olds
Futsal Division 3: 10 through 12 year olds
Futsal Division 4: 13 through 17 year olds

Basketball Division 1: 5 year olds
Basketball Division 2: 6 and 7 year olds
Basketball Division 3: 8 and 9 year olds
Basketball Division 4: 10 through 12 year olds

The age ranges are at best guidelines.  If you feel your player should play a division higher or lower than their age, there is a place on the registration to ask to be transferred to a different division.

This is the second time we have offered Basketball and Futsal (indoor soccer on a gym floor).    In 2019, a handful of players signed up for both sports, and we were able to schedule them without game conflicts. 

  By January 2nd, 2020, we will assign all players to teams.  We will send updates on registration numbers during November and December. 

All divisions will meet for one practice on a weeknight.  Practices begin the week of January 6th, 2020.  All divisions play games on Saturdays with a randomized schedule between 9 AM and 4 PM.   The season runs from January 11th through February 29th 2020.

In 2019, we had about 280 players sign up, and our practice and gym space were pretty tight with many teams practicing on one quarter of the St. Paul gym.  We have expanded facilities for games and practices this season, so we hope to expand the space and length of many practices (especially expanding the practice space for futsal).


All practices and games will be at one of three facilities: 
1. St. Paul United Methodist Church: 2000 Douglass Boulevard.  
2. Douglass Blvd Christian Church: 2005 Douglass Boulevard. 
3. Douglass Community Center: 2035 Douglass Blvd. 

We have 2 open gym nights scheduled for St. Paul United Methodist Church:  November 14th from 6 PM – 8:30 PM and December 5th from 6 PM – 8:30 PM.   Both times are part open gym, and part structured.  We are recommending that players age 5 -9 come between 6:00 and 7:00 and players 10 and over come between 7:00 and 8:30. 

HYR Provides a T-shirt for the team your child is registered to play on.  It is the family's responsibility to provide the player with apparel from the waist down including athletic pants, gym shoes, socks, and shin guards for futsal. 
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St. Paul Map and Court Layout

HYR Douglass Community Center Map


Here is the list of what equipment HYR provides and what each player should provide. 

HYR Basketball and Futsal Equipment List

Here are the latest versions of the Futsal and Basketball Rules

HYR Futsal Rules

HYR Basketball Rules

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is this Upward basketball? 
No.  St. Paul was an Upward Basketball league for several years  Since 2019 Highlands Youth Recreation (HYR) has been running a basketball and futsal league.

What is futsal?
Futsal is much like indoor soccer played on a gym floor.  It is popular all over the world.   Although the game rules are nearly identical to soccer, the size of the court make it a more finessed game of small touches and short crisp passes.    It prepares players very well for better ball handling when returning to outdoor soccer.   (Look up “Youth Futsal” on YouTube for examples)

How can I sign up?
Sign up is on line at www.hyrsports.com.  If it is your first season with HYR, start by clicking the "Register" button in the upper right hand corner.  If you have registered for previous HYR seasons playing other sports, click the "Sign Up" button in the upper right-hand corner. 

How much does it cost for a season?
The cost is $67 for the season. 

When is the sign up period? 
You can sign up through December 29th at $67.  Beginning Sunday, December 29th,  there will be a $10 late fee added, and placement is not guaranteed. 

When is the season?
The season runs from January 6 through February 29, 2020.

How many practices and games each week?
There will be one practice and one game per week. 

When will I find out my team assignment and practice night?
HYR Will take all of the registration info on December 29, 2019 and start the team-building process. We will finish the team building process by the end of January 1, 2019 and let families know their team assignment and practice night on January 2, 2019.  (Practices begin the week of January 6th.) 

 What does HYR provide?  

HYR provides a basketball tank top or a futsal T-shirt and a picture and award at the end of the season.  Players' families provide their own shorts, socks and shoes for basketball, or their own shorts, soccer socks, shin guards, and shoes for futsal.  

What kind of gym is in the facility?
The St. Paul gym is a 80'  long x 50' wide full court basketball court that can play two 50' x 40' games sideways simultaneously for the majority of the games.  The floor is tile.  For those games, court 1 is the court closest to the stairwell, and court 2 is the farthest from the stairwell.  When basketball and futsal games are played simultaneously, two nets that are 9 feet tall separate the futsal game on court 2 and the basketball game on court 1.  
If we have more basketball teams than futsal teams, we may run basketball on both court 1 and 2 for part of the day.  
Depending on the number of players signed up, we plan to run the oldest futsal players full court.  Please see the St. Paul diagram on the HYR Basketball/Futsal Page.

Where are the bathrooms and water fountains?
Hey, guess what? You do not have to use a port-o-potty or bring your water bottle.  At the top of the stairs, going away from the main gym entrance in the opposite direction, there is a water fountain between a men's room and a women's room. 

Can I bring snacks to the game?
St. Paul has asked us not to bring food or drink into the gym.  We rent the gym, and that includes cleaning the facility afterward.  Please have any snacks before entering or after leaving the facility.  Thanks.  

When will practices be? 
Practices will begin January 7th and will be on Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday between 6:00 PM and 8:30 PM for 45 minutes or 1 hour.   

When will games be?
Games will be for 1 hour on Saturdays at a randomized schedule between 9 AM and 4 PM.   It will likely skew towards younger players playing earlier and older players playing later. 

What about inclement weather?
If Jefferson County Public Schools is off school, practices that night will also be canceled.  If a Friday snow day occurs, or if there is weekend snow or ice, HYR will be in touch with St. Paul and advise the league by 7:30 AM on Saturday morning the status of games. 

How many players on a team?
Basketball and Futsal both play 5 players on the court.  Depending on the number of players registered, teams will have between 7 and 10 players on the roster. 

The ages are general guidelines.  Your player may be a big 6 year-old, a small 7 year-old, etc.  Our goal is to get players playing at a skill level comparable top their teammates.  (Size seems to be a bigger factor in basketball than futsal.)   If you feel like your player would do better to "play up" or "play down" to the next division that is different than their actual age, please send an email to Patrick Fitzgerald: [email protected]

 What type of defense will be played?

Because of clustering issues in youth basketball with players still learning to dribble and learning the rules of the game, we will enforce a 1 to 1 defense.  Teams will not be allowed to play zone defense. The way this is enforced is that players will wear a colored wrist band  (red, green, blue, etc.) the opposing team will also have a corresponding player wearing the same color wrist band.  The red player guards the opposing red player, blue to blue, green to green, etc. 

In addition, there will be no back court defense allowed in basketball.  After a score, the team with the ball will be allowed to advance the ball past mid-court before the defense can guard their players. 

If clustering becomes an issue in division 1 or 2 futsal, a similar rule may be put in place. 

What is the height of the basketball goals?
The goals at St. Paul are adjustable between 8’ and 10’ high.  Although this may get tweaked, we intend to start the practices with Division 1 playing on 8’ goals, Division 2 playing on 9’ goals, and all other divisions playing at 10’.

What size are the basketballs? 
Division 1 and 2 will play with rainbow colored basketballs that are 27 inch in circumference. 
Divisions 3 and 4 will play with orange and white basketballs that are 28.5 inches in circumference.

What is the size of the futsal goals?
Our futsal goals are 2 meters high x 3 meters wide.  Although the width of the goal is adjustable.

Divisions 1 and 2 will play on goals at 2 meters wide. 
Divisions 3 and 4 will play on goals at 3 meters wide.

What size are the futsal balls?

Futsal balls are designed to bounce less than a traditional soccer ball, are a little bit heavier and smaller. 
Game balls will be size 3 for divisions 1 and 2.
Game balls will be size 4 for divisions 3 and 4. 

SEND MORE QUESTIONS TO PATRICK FITZGERALD AND THOSE ANSWERS WILL BE POSTED HERE. 

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Louisville, Kentucky 40204
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