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HYR Winter 2019 Basketball/Futsal!

HYR Basketball and Futsal Winter 2019 

All practices and games will take place at either St. Paul United Methodist Church 2000 Douglass Blvd or the Douglass Community Center at 2305 Douglass Blvd.  There are over 100 parking spaces in St. Paul's parking lot in the alley, and parking at the Douglass Community Center is next to the gym.  Please take a look at the map links below to see where to park and the court layout inside the building. 

St. Paul Map and Court Layout

HYR Douglass Community Center Map

Here is the schedule for practice nights and times for all teams this season:

HYR Futsal and Basketball Practice Schedule

Here is the schedule for all games for the season:

HYR Futsal and Basketball Schedule

Here is the list of the team shirt colors:

HYR Futsal and Basketball Team Colors

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


HYR Winter 2019 Basketball and Futsal offers divisions for youth ages 5 through 15.  To sign up, click the "Register" link on the HYR Home Page. If you already have an account, click "Login" to start the registration process.  The cost for the season is $67.

This is the first time we have offered Basketball in a long time.  We are also offering Futsal (indoor soccer on a gym floor).  Because this is the first time, we are not creating the divisions until close to the season.  We will create divisions based on the number and age of registrants for each sport.  By January 2nd, we will assign all players to age appropriate teams for each sport. To keep people informed, we will give registration numbers to registered participants every 2 weeks. 

The gym at St. Paul has an 80' x 50' full basketball court gym that is divided into two 50' x 40' courts.  One court will be designated for Futsal, and one designated for Basketball, and a large net will separate the two courts to prevent the ball from one sport from getting in the way of the other simultaneous game. 

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. 

Games wil begin on Saturday, January 12th and run every Saturday through March 2nd.  All divisions play games on Saturdays with a randomized schedule between 9 AM and 3 PM. 

All games are at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 2000 Douglass Boulevard.  Most practices will also be at St. Paul, but if the number of teams grows, we may have some practices at other locations in the Highlands. 



Is this Upward basketball? 
No.  St. Paul was an Upward Basketball league for several years  Now, Highlands Youth Recreation (HYR) will be running a basketball and futsal league in the winter of 2019.

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  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 Saturday, December 29th at $67.  Beginning Sunday, December 30th,  there will be a $10 late fee added, and placement is not guaranteed. 

When is the season?
The season runs from January 7 through March 2, 2019.

How many practices and games each week?
There will be one 1-hour practice and one 1-hour game per week. 

Where will practices and games be held?  
All games and practices will be at the gym at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 2000  Douglass Blvd (Corner of Douglass Blvd and Bardstown Road across from the Douglass Loop).  A map of the property is linked on the HYR Basketball/Futsal Page.

Based open the number of registrations, there is an outside chance that there will be a second overflow gym required for some practices.

When will I find out my team assignment and practice night?
HYR Will take all of the registration info on December 30, 2018 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 7th.) 

Where do I park?
St. Paul has some parking along Douglass Blvd, but it has over 100 spaces in parking lots off the alley.  Please refer to the map linked on the HYR Basketball/Futsal Page.

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. 

How many players are registered?
(This will be updated weekly)
As of November 29th, there are 70 basketball players registered and 45 futsal players registered with a month to go.  I expect those numbers to be 1.5 to 2 times that high by the time the season starts. 

What is the age distribution?
As of November 29th, here are the stats:
Basketball has predominantly players registered who are 10 years and under. 
Futsal has even distribution for players ranging from 5 through 15 years old. 

What are the ages for the different divisions?
As of December 10th, this is the way I assume the divisions will be broken out, but the divisions may get shifted slightly. 

Division 1: Age 5 - 6
Division 2: Age 7-9
Division 3: Age 10-12
Division 4: Age 13 and older

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]

Will there be a division 3 or Division4 for basketball?
There are only a few basketball players registered now over 10 years old.  I will evaluate that number on December 18th and contact the registered players about the status.  My minimum for a division would be 14 players (2 teams, each with 7 players).I told several people at the open gym on November 29th, parents of basketball players over the age of 10 can do one of two things: 

1.      Register your basketball player.  If we do not have enough for a viable division, HYR would of course refund your registration fees. 

2.      Send an email to Patrick Fitzgerald: [email protected] indicating your interest   In the division, and I will make my totals on December 18th based on the actual registrations and the "interested" emails.  

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. 

Are the rules for each sport posted on the web site?
The rules are being tweaked and adjusted to fit HYR.  They will be finalized and posted by December 30th.


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