Questions?

If you do not find an answer to your question, email: cara@little-dribblers.org

AGE
Q. How is age eligibility determined?
A. Age is determined by August 1st of the Tournament Year. For example, for the 2015 tournaments, you would use August 1, 2015 as the date to determine age.

Q. If a player was held back in school, can he/she play with his/her grade level instead of the age level?
A. During local league play, leagues may choose to allow players to play with their classmates. However, for regional and national tournaments, players must play in the correct age group as determined as of August 1st of the tournament year.

Q. Can a player play up to an older division. EX. Can a player who is 10 play up in the Major Division.
A. Yes. Players can play up to an older division but cannot play down to a younger division. Note: If a 10 year old plays up to the Major Division during the local league season, that player cannot be placed on the Junior Division All-Star team unless he/she played at least 50% of local league games in the Junior Division.

Q. Situation: A player turns 13 on August 1st. What division does he play in, Major or Senior?
A. The player is 13 as of August 1st so he qualifies for the Senior Division.


GENDER
Q. Can girls play on the boy’s all-star team?
A. The only way that girls can play on a boy’s All-Star team is if their town does not provide a separate girls league. If there is a girl’s league, then girls cannot play on the boy’s teams.


RESIDENCE
Q. If a neighboring town does not have a Little Dribbler league, can a child from that town play on our All-Star team?
A. In the National Division, the boundaries are “OPEN.” Therefore, a league can allow players from neighboring town to play in their league and/or All-Star team. However, National Division leagues are prohibited from taking players from other Little Dribbler league boundary areas.  In the Continental and American Divisions, in order for a player to be eligible for All-Star play, he/she must either live within your school district boundary area or he/she must attend school within you boundary area. Leagues can choose to allow “out of area” players to play in during their local league with the understanding that these players are not eligible for the tournament teams.

Q. Situation: You have a player whose parents are divorced. The child lives with mom in Lubbock and the dad lives in Levelland. The dad has joint custody. Dad wants the child to play Little Dribblers in Levelland. Is the child eligible to play since dad lives in Levelland?
A. Normally, the permanent residence of the child is used to determine eligibility.  However, in the situation of divorced families, situations vary widely.  Questions regarding the eligibility for a child to play in the town of the non-custodial parent must be submitted to us in writing.  We will consider each case based on its own merits.

Q. A neighboring town has a Little Dribbler league but does not have enough players to send a senior team to the tournaments. Can those senior division players play in our league?
A. No. Players must live or attend school within your school district boundary area in order to play on your All-Star teams. Exception: National Division.


UNIFORMS
Q. Our league does not have enough money to buy both a dark and a light colored uniform. Is it mandatory to have two uniforms?
A. It is best to have a light and dark jersey but it is not mandatory. You can purchase reversible jerseys or simply buy a white t-shirt with a number on the back to use as your light color just in case you play a team that has the same colored dark jersey.

Q. I have a player whose favorite number is 76. Can we use that number for his jersey?
A. No. Only numbers 0,1,2,3,4,& 5 can be used on the jerseys.

Q. I have a business who has volunteered to pay for our uniforms. Can we put a sponsor’s name on the jerseys?
A. Yes. Sponsors names are allowed on the uniforms.


ALL-STAR ROSTERS
Q. What is the minimum and maximum number of players we can have on a roster?
A. Continental Division the minimum number of players on an All-Star Roster is eight (8), the maximum number of players is twelve (12).
American & National Division the minimum number of players on an All-Star Roster is ten (10), the maximum number of players is twelve (12).

Q. Can we have thirteen (13) players on our All-Star Roster?
A. No. The maximum number of players on all rosters is twelve (12).

Q. Can we change our All-Star Roster after it has been submitted?
A. Yes. We accept roster changes up to the start of the tournament. Once the tournament has started, your roster is locked in and cannot be changed during that tournament.

Q. Can we make roster changes after the regional tournament or are we locked in to the same players for the regional and national tournament?
A. You are allowed to revise your All-Star Roster between the Regional and National Tournaments.


TOURNAMENTS
Q. What do we need to take to the National Tournament Coaches Meeting & Team Check In?
A. This is the time for you to provide the original or certified birth certificates for all of the players on your roster. You should take your current roster & player birth certificates. TIP: We recommend that you purchase clear page protectors and place your birth certificates in the protective sheets. This prevents the documents from damage and allows them to be examined without being handled.

Q. Can one coach from a league check in all teams?
A. Yes.

Q. What happens if we are unable to attend the Coaches Meeting & Team Check In?
A. The tournament host will provide a location for late check in. Teams must arrive at least 1 ½ prior to their first game to allow time for check in. Notify the tournament director ahead of time that you will be checking in late so that arrangements can be made to check in your teams prior to your first game.

Q. What happens if we cannot have the minimum number of players for our first game?
A. In the Continental Division, teams must have eight (8) players in order to start the tournament. In the American & National Divisions, teams must have ten (10) players in order to start the tournament. If teams do not have the minimum number of players required to start the tournament, they must forfeit the first game. They can still enter the tournament through the loser’s bracket as long as they have the minimum number of players. Teams are not considered entered into the tournament until they have successfully completed their first game.


BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR COACHES:
Q.  Do coaches have to do a background check every year?
A.  Yes.

Q.  What type of criminal history disqualifies a coach?
A.  Any type of felony automatically disqualifies a coach or volunteer.  Misdemeanors are considered based on the type of crime.  Most misdemeanors do not disqualify the coach.


MISC. 
Q. Can a player still play if he/she has a hard cast on his/her arm?
A. This must be approved by the head referee assigned to the tournament. Contact the tournament director who will then ask the head referee.