Hooptown Youth League, LLC - FAQs

1. WHEN DOES REGISTRATION OPEN FOR THE 2022 HYL SEASON?

Registration will open sometime during the week of August 28th. 

2. WHEN DOES REGISTRATION CLOSE FOR THE 2022 HYL SEASON?

Guaranteed Registration ends September 22nd.

3. DO I REGISTER MY SON/DAUGHTER AS AN INDIVIDUAL OR AS PART OF A TEAM?

Players will need to register as individuals. Parents/Guardians will then need to select which school their son/daughter will be attending for the 2022-2023 school year so that they are placed on their correct team. If there are too many or not enough kids to form a team, we'll combine with the nearest school in the same school district.

4. HOW WILL TEAMS BE FORMED?

Teams will be formed with the goal of matching skill levels each participant has registered for. We will be flexible to do the best we can in this. In some cases, we will need to combine neighboring schools or grades within a school. 

5. WHAT DIVISIONS WILL BE OFFERED?

  • K-2nd Grade: Register for Recreation ONLY
  • 3rd-6th Grade: Can Register for either the Recreation, Competitive, or the Advanced Competitive League

6. HOW LONG IS THE SEASON?

October 17th - January 7th & 8th:

  • Recreation, Competitive, and "Advanced Competitive" teams ONLY
  • 8 week season
  • 1-2 practices per week
  • 6 games total for K-2nd grade
  • 5 games for all others plus minimum of 2 games in the year end tournament
  • Practices and games take place at local elementary/middle schools
  • Games will take place on Saturdays
  • League Tournament at the end

    7. WHAT ARE 'ADVANCED COMPETITIVE TEAMS'?

    All 3rd-6th graders who sign up for Competitive & Advanced Competitive need to attend a Skills Clinic that will be hosted at each high school on Sunday, September 25th.

    • Attendance and team formation based on their High School

    8. WHAT IS THE SKILLS CLINIC?

    All 3rd-6th graders who sign up for Competitive or Advanced Competitive need to sign up for the Skills Clinic on Sunday, September 25th. Local varsity coaches and players in run the clinic while the Hooptown Committee evaluates each participant based of skill level. 

    9. WHAT IS THE TOURNAMENT SEASON?

    Teams have the opportunity to register for Spokane AAU tournaments if they are willing to form their own teams and pay a registration fee. Below are the dates for this years tournaments:

    Boo Ball Fall Classic - October 29-30, 2022 - AAU team registration required (no Hooptown league game conflict)

    Santa Slammer Winter Classic - December 17-18, 2022 - There will be a AAU division and School division

    January School Team Tournament - January 28-29, 2023 - School ONLY tournament, not an for AAU teams

    AAU Championship Weekend - February 25-26, 2023 - There will be a AAU division and School division 

    Spring Shootout Invitational - February 25-26, 2023 - There will be a AAU division and School division

    Girl's Washington Middle School State Championship - March 10-12, 2023 - Invitational tournament, must qualify 4th through 8th grade

    Boys Washington Middle School State Championship - March 17-19, 2023 - Invitational tournament, must qualify

     

    10. HOW WILL THE YEAR END TOURNAMENT FOR 3RD THROUGH 6TH GRADE WORK?

    The goal of the HYL end of year tournament is to create competitive brackets for all teams based off their division and team record during the season. Each team will play a minimum of 2 games for a chance to win the first HYL title. 

    11. CAN AAU 5TH & 6TH GRADE GRANDFATHERED TEAMS' PLAYERS ALSO PLAY IN THE HOOPTOWN YOUTH LEAGUE?

    AAU will continue to operate for 7th & 8th grades. It is operated by Hoopfest and no the Hooptown Youth League, LLC. To help facilitate the transition from AAU to the grade school Hooptown League the following accommodations were made:

    1. 2021/22 AAU teams from the 4th and 5th grade (i.e. 2022/23 5th and 6th grades) were offered the opportunity to grandfather their team in recognition of the fact that these teams have been together for multiple years.

    2. To make this happen, Hoopfest will operate AAU for 5th and 6th grade only for those teams requesting to be grandfathered.  

    3. The AAU schedule for 5th and 6th grade will be developed to enable those AAU players to also play in the Hooptown League. This will be done by scheduling AAU games in the morning and Hooptown games in the afternoon (or vice versa).

    4. The AAU teams will pay the normal AAU team fees and register as they have in the past as a team.  If any players also participate in the Hooptown League, they will register separately for the league as individuals and pay the applicable fee.

    12. CAN I PLAY IN OTHER YOUTH LEAGUES?

    Not if they have Saturday games during the Hooptown season, to do so would be a hardship for conflicting game times.