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Welcome to FCYBL

The Fairfax County Youth Basketball League ("FCYBL") is a not-for-profit organization comprised of member youth clubs and recreation centers. Our mission is to enable the youth of its member organizations to compete, learn, grow, and develop basketball skills while playing on their neighborhood teams.

FCYBL is made up of member clubs and does not accept individual players or teams. For a full list of clubs please see our member club page

Honor the game

Conduct Points of Emphasis

Coach heaping verbal abuse on official

The FCYBL Sportsmanship Committee met on December 8th to discuss three separate incidents; a game suspended due to a fight, a game suspended due to a head coach’s profanity, and another coach who could not refrain from calling the game for the officials.  

These are disappointing behaviors.  Games suspended, players exposed to bad behaviors, and physical violence.

Therefore, FCYBL has requested our officials make a point of emphasis on our CONDUCT rules to reduce unacceptable behaviors. We’ve asked them to apply the penalties per FCYBL and National Federation High School (NFHS) Bench Technical rules below. Note: Any use of profanity will result in an automatic expulsion.

FCYBL Rules - http://www.fcybl.org/Page.asp?n=16256&org=FCYBL

Section 9 – CONDUCT

Improper conduct on the part of coaches, players or spectators may result in expulsion from the gym, or in extreme cases, forfeiture of the game.

No coach, player, parent/guardian or spectator is to:

1) refuse to abide by an official's decision; or
2) be guilty of objectionable demonstration by throwing equipment or any other forceful action: or
3) be guilty of heaping verbal abuse upon an official for any real or imaginary wrong decision or judgment; or
4) be guilty of an abusive verbal attack upon a player, an opposing coach, official or spectator; or
5) at any time, lay hands upon, push, shove or strike an official; or
6) be guilty of physical attack as an aggressor upon any player, opposing coach, official, spectator, Recreation Building Director or school staff.

NFHS Rules


ART. 1 . Commit an unsporting foul. This includes, but is not limited to, acts or conduct such as: 

a. Disrespectfully addressing an official. 

b. Attempting to influence an official’s decision. 

c. Using profane or inappropriate language or obscene gestures. 

d. Disrespectfully addressing, baiting or taunting an opponent. 

NOTE: The NFHS disapproves of any form of taunting which is intended or designed to embarrass, ridicule or demean others under any circumstances including on the basis of race, religion, gender or national origin. 

e. Objecting to an official’s decision by rising from the bench or using gestures. 

by posted 12/15/2022
Developing Youth Players

Coaches - FCYBL is committed to improving the skills of our participants in a safe environment. We launched the Development Working Group this season to identify best practices used to improve player skills.  The 5th Grade Girls Division II pilot now underway is collecting data on how these best practices might help.

To date, we've identified youth basketball organizations with positive messages and guidance including the Positive Coaching Alliance, and USA Basketball.  I'd like to share guidance from the "Basketball for Coaches" website by Coach Mac (Trevor McLean). Titled "How to Win Every Youth Basketball Game". Coach Mac describes 8 terrible tactics that will win you games but fail to develop our players.  Well written - fast read - and sound advice. Please give it your consideration for all of our teams 5th through 8th Grade.

Let’s recap the 8 most common ‘terrible tactics’ youth basketball coaches make:

1.       They play their 5 best players as much as possible.

2.       Run a tight 2-3 zone.

3.       Run a full-court press.

4.       Don’t allow players to play multiple sports.

5.       They intimidate young referees.

6.       Only allow their best players to control the basketball and shoot.

7.       Force big players to only play in the post.

8.       Only run set plays on offense.



by posted 12/12/2022
What to do when you overmatch an opponent?

At some point in your coaching career, you are likely to coach against an overmatched opponent.  They may be missing players, having a bad day, or perhaps be in the wrong division.  Whatever the cause, your team clearly and significantly overmatches them that day.

FCYBL has two rules that apply to mismatches:

  1. VHSL Mercy rule allows for a running clock when the lead reaches 30 points, in the second half, should both coaches agree.
  2. FCYBL forbids winning by a margin of more than 40 points under the premise that it is poor sportsmanship and it does very little to develop player skills. FCYBL has adopted penalties to deter coaches: The first violation results in a one-game suspension for the head coach, the second results in a forfeit loss and a two-game suspension, and the third also results in a forfeit and a head coach suspension for the remainder of the season.

So what should you do in a mismatched game? 

  1. Recognize that you are in a mismatch
  2. Manage your pace of scoring
  3. Reduce your defensive pressure
  4. Always be respectful of opponent and the game

More tips available here: Tips (corrected link)

Also posted on the FCYBL.org website under "Documents"

by posted 12/12/2022
5th Grade Girls Division II - Pilot

In an effort to improve player development, FCYBL is running a pilot this year for the Girls 5th Grade Division 2 league.

New: More on the rules, nuances, rationale, and skills that 5th graders should acquire here: Pilot

The Development Working Group adopted a modified rule set that removes Zone defenses and Zone presses.  By moving the defense to man-to-man only - we hope to open the floor - and improve scoring. In addition, coaches will have a much smaller playbook and focus on fundamentals of man offense. 

The Rules:

1. No Zone defenses in any setting.

2. Man-to-man press is permitted until the lead is 10 points.

We held a coaches clininc on Nov 19 and had a great turnout. All of the coaches are committed to running this pilot.


by posted 11/22/2022
2022-2023 draft season dates


2022-2023 FCYBL season schedule  
All dates are subject to change!    
We will have a 14 game season    
  FCYBL Meeting  
Saturday, October 01, 2022 Tryouts begin  
Monday, October 10, 2022 Zip code exceptions due  
Saturday, October 15, 2022 Team Declarations Due  
Tuesday, November 01, 2022 Final division placements No team-division changes after this day
Tuesday, November 15, 2022 Player registration deadline  
TBD Mandatory Coaches Clinic  
Monday, November 28, 2022 Weeknight games begin  
Saturday, December 03, 2022 Weekend games begin ALL Leagues  
Saturday, December 03, 2022 Pool play begins for boys and girls 5th grade teams  
Monday, December 19, 2022 Start of winter break No games
Wednesday, December 21, 2022 Final 5th grade division placement  
Friday, December 23, 2022 5th grade placement appeals due  
Tuesday, January 3, 2023 Resume play  
Mon, January 22, 2023 MLK holiday No games
Monday, February 20, 2023 Presidents day No games
Playoffs Please note dates may get pushed back due to events out of our control  
TBD Playoff games start  
Saturday, February 25, 2023 Weekend playoff games  
Saturday, March 04, 2023 Championship weekend  
Saturday, March 11, 2023 Championship weekend, if necessary  

by posted 10/12/2022
Gym Issues on Game Day
If Fairfax County Schools are closed then ALL FCYBL games are canceled. Click here for current FCPS School Closures.


Check the Gym Closure Status Websites and Hotlines:

  • Fairfax County Public Schools:  Current Alerts
  • Fairfax County Park Authority:  703 324-5264
  • Arlington County Parks and Recreation:  703 228-4715



Call Fairfax County-NCS Athletic Scheduling: 703 609-8870


Call FCYBL Scheduler, Charles Chandler: 703 856-2715


Alternate contacts to be used if you cannot reach the county and/or Charles.

  • Commissioner: Dave Vennergrund: 703 772-5867 
  • Chairman: Steve Bergstrom: 202 321-6090


Call our Referee Commissioner: Curtis Smith: 571 643-6516 or Vincent Wright: 678-989-6911

Please contact ONLY if there are no referees on site.



Call FCYBL Commissioner: Dave Venegrund: 703 772-5867 ​

and Email EJ Thomas:  ejt1609@aol.com 

Clock are stored in these locations


Please note:  At times schools cancel gym use, but do not inform us. If this is the case the after-hours county rep. will try to resolve. We must respect their decision and not argue with the school, the county rep, or gym monitor FOR ANY REASON.

by posted 01/07/2022
School Closures (Weather)
Gym Closure Policy: When FCPS are closed all FCYBL games are cancelled.
Click here for current FCPS School Closures.

Click here to see the FCYBL policies re: inclement weather. 


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