and 4th Grade Fall Non-Competitive League is
intended to be a development opportunity for beginning
basketball players to teach them the basic skills and
understanding of the game so they can effectively compete
when they begin full-scale traveling basketball.
The focus will be on teaching,
rather than simply coaching, with both coaches trying to
help the players on both teams improve.
For a player, sometimes
hearing a coach other than your own make a point will leave
a more lasting impression.
By not keeping score
(officially or unofficially), we allow the less accomplished
players and teams to improve in an environment where they
need not be embarrassed.
If we as coaches all do our
jobs well, all of these players, when they start playing in
regular League meets, will be able to dribble a ball without
looking at it, not travel excessively, know how to shoot
with proper form, use a pivot foot, know how to set a
screen, understand proper defensive and rebounding position,
demonstrate good sportsmanship and, above all, enjoy playing
the game more than when they started.
There are separate playing divisions
for 3rd and 4th graders.
Games for 3rd grade teams will be played
on 8' baskets; 4th grade games on 10' baskets.
Third graders can play "up" in the 4th
grade Division, but 4th graders cannot play
"down" in the 3rd grade Division (this no playing
"down" rule is consistent with Great Northwest League rules
for grades five through eight, but does represent a change
from 2010 Non-Competitive League Rules).
Third grade teams that prefer playing games on 10'
baskets may play "up" together as a team in the 4th
Coaches in the 3rd and 4th grade Non-Competitive League who
have questions can call: