"The battle you must win is in your mind, not on the court"
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The primary goal of the VYI Basketball program is to provide a recreational outlet for all school age youth, ages 5-18, in the Vienna area who have a desire to participate. During the 2019-2020 season 2400 children participated in our basketball program making it one of the largest in the area.
Fees for disadvantaged youth/financial hardship are waived
Winning is not emphasized in 1st-3rd grades
Teamwork is taught
Good sportsmanship is promoted
Another goal of the league is to facilitate the creation of balanced teams, with the intention of delivering well matched competitive games
All house league players are rated based on a league-wide assessment. Players are assigned to teams by a draft, or assignment at some younger age levels.
The county-level (select) teams are determined by tryouts. Players that do not make county teams are encouraged to play in the house league.
Games are monitored by League Commissioners to ensure equality, good sportsmanship and good coaching.
VYI Basketball is committed to giving the children of Vienna an opportunity to get on the court and play this winter. While we are excited about having a season, our foremost concern is the safety of our players, coaches, officials and families. To that extent we will put the following rules in place understanding we are following the guidelines of the CDC, the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD), the Governor’s orders, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) and Fairfax County’ Office of Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) for both for practice and competition.
VYI basketball will follow Covid-19 guidelines and requirements from FCPS, NCS and the FCHD. Under current guidelines, masks are required for everyone in a school and gym including coaches, players not in the game (i.e., on the bench) or actively participating in practices, parents, volunteers, and all spectators except for kids and referees actively participating in a game or practice. Pursuant to FCHD, FCPS and NCS guidelines and recommendations, spectators are permitted as long as we can ensure six (6) feet social distancing between spectators from different families. Accordingly, only one (1) spectator per player is permitted in the gym during games. Spectators are NOT permitted in the gym during practice, including house league assessments and county league tryouts. All volunteers, spectators, officials, players, etc. must comply with VYI and FCHD reporting guidelines.
Specific guidance regarding practices and games, as well as detailed reporting guidelines will be posted on vyi.org prior the start of the season.
All COVID protocols, including spectator availability, mask guidelines, etc., are subject to change at any time prior to or doing the 2021-2022 VYI basketball season based on requirements from FCPS/NCS and guidance from the FCHD.
It is anticipated that the FCYBL will issue guidelines for FCYBL games. VYI teams playing in the FCYBL will be required to follow the guidelines in this document for all practices.
Vogues is hosting basketball clinics for 2nd - 4th grade girls beginning in September 2021. These clinics will be a great opportunity for younger players to build their skills in a fun and positive environment. The clinics will be hosted by experienced Vogues and Vienna basketball coaches and supported by some of our older Vogues and Vienna County basketball players. Schedule and location is TBD. To be included in future communications and for additional details, please contact Perry Konstas at .
The following county coaches will be holding open workouts for those interested in trying out for county teams. To attend you must be registered and complete the covid waiver. All those interested in trying out for county must be registered for the house league (there is a box to check to express intent to tryout for the respective county team) and paid.
VYI Basketball needs league commissioners for the leagues listed below. In order for these leagues to proceed and start on time these positions need to be filled by October 2, 2021. This year VYI Basketball is creating a new position to assist league commissioners with administrative work such as building director schedules and coaching applications (“league administrative assistant”). If you are interested in volunteering to be a league commissioner or league administrative assistant please contact Jay Brigham (
), Scott Tulino (
), or Debbi Dyson (
VYI has received some complaints concerning the behavior of some parents, coaches and/or children using area sports facilities. While many of these complaints are eventually discovered to be related to other sports that are not related to VYI, we want to ensure our members continue to be respectful of the neighborhoods, schools, and parks that host our practices and events. Some of the specific complaints we’ve received include:
Parking in front of neighborhood houses and obstructing resident access
Walking through private property
Generally disturbing the peace and quiet of the people living around the fields and gyms
As stated previously, we don’t know if any of the incidents reported involve VYI parents, coaches or children but it is appropriate that we establish guidelines so that everyone knows what is expected of them. Anything a parent, coach or player does while attending a VYI activity reflects on VYI and all of us individually.
Use of area gyms and fields is a privilege not a right. VYI has an excellent reputation in the community and because of that we enjoy certain privileges. It is imperative that we maintain this reputation. We are guests in these neighborhoods and must conduct ourselves accordingly.
We will be amending the parents Code of Conduct rules to spell out specific expectations but here are some rules that we must all follow:
Parking on residential side streets is only permitted when all lots adjacent to a facility are full.
Do not park in the designated SACC (School Age Child Care) parking areas in school parking lots
When it is necessary to park on a neighborhood street we must be quiet and respectful of the residents and their property. This means there should be no yelling, littering or trespassing on private property.
Never park in such a way as to block a driveway or otherwise obstruct the resident from leaving their home or parking in front of it.
Make sure we leave each facility clean and free of trash.
Be a leader. If you witness inappropriate behavior intervene and report to a coach or commissioner as appropriate.
We appreciate your support in ensuring that we have continued access to the facilities that are vital to our sports programs.