This is certainly not the update that we wanted to have to send out but unfortunately, we are going to have to pull the plug on the rec basketball program for this season. As many of you are aware, cases in our area continue to rise and we are at a point where we feel it is necessary for us to make this decision. Believe me that this was not an easy decision to make and everyone in our office wishes that we could have pulled this season off.
In all of our coaches’ meetings we have stressed the importance of this season and what it would mean for the kids. The goal for this season was to try and give every kid something “normal” in their life after so many things have been taken away from them over the past 9 months. Our hearts break for every kid in the program. From the 12th graders that were looking forward to their final rec season all the way down to the 2nd graders that were entering team basketball for the first time. While we are closing the door on the basketball league for this season, we are still going to try and put together some sort of alternative classes or clinics to get kids the exercise and socialization that they desperately need.
We cannot thank you all enough for being willing to give us a chance this season. Every parent that we have communicated with has been patient and understanding when we were coming up with our protocols. We understand that many of you will be frustrated with this decision, but we ask for that same patience and understanding.
Over the next few weeks, we will be issuing refunds back to your original form of payment. Every family will receive a full refund for the amount they paid this season. Our goal is to process these as quickly as possible, but it’s going to take some time to manually refund nearly 600 registrations. Most everyone should have registered online or over the phone this season, so your refund would go back to whatever credit card you used. If you registered via check or cash, we will have to process the refund back to you in the form of a check.
If you have registered for other programs with us in the past and have received a household credit, we are going to also refund those credits back to the same form of payment that was used for your basketball registration. This includes any credits from canceled hobby classes, camps, sports, etc...
Again, this is not an easy decision for us and certainly not one that we make lightly. We understand how much this program means to the community and we plan to come back better than ever next winter. Thank you all for your patience and understanding in this manner and please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.
Please see the list below for the gym abbreviation and location: 2/3 Grade: GYM-CENTR-GYM1 – This is the front half of the gym at the Falls Church Community Center. This is the side that is closest to the lobby.
GYM-CENTR-GYM2 – This is the back half of the gym at the Falls Church Community Center. Furthest away from the lobby.
6th-12th Grade GYM-MASON-GYM1 – This is the Main Gym at George Mason High School. Often referred to as “The Pit.” Bleachers are above the court.
GYM-MASON-GYM2 – This is the Auxiliary Gym at George Mason High School. It is closest to the parking lot by the football field.
GYM-CENTR-GYM – This is the Falls Church Community Center.
Falls Church will not be participating in the Fairfax County Youth Basketball League this winter. In the past we have entered 5th-8th grade teams in this travel basketball program to compete against other programs in the region. Based on the advice from the Fairfax County Health Department and the CDC, we have decided that it is in the best interest for us to opt out for this season.
Co-ed Youth Clinics
Early Hoopers Basketball Clinic
The co-ed Early Hoopers Basketball Clinic is a once-per-week
instructional clinic that focuses on the basic fundamental skills and rules of
basketball as it begins to prepare the participant for league competition. A
six-session course open to boys and girls currently enrolled in kindergarten or