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Oct

23

Basketball Season Update

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The preliminary schedule for the 2018-19 basketball season is complete and has been reviewed by all coordinators.  The schedule will be frozen until Friday morning, at which time it will be released to everyone on the web site.

All parishes/schools were sent an email on the evening of November 9th providing details on the schedule review process which must be completed by midnight on November 12th.  If you are a basketball coordinator and did NOT receive this email, please email the league.

In the meantime, parents should be filling out Liability Waivers (girls who played in fall volleyball DO NOT need a waiver for basketball) and parishes should be submitting rosters to the league.

Also please checkout tournaments that our parishes and schools are hosting on the boys league page and girls league page.


 

Oct

09

Boys Basketball Placement Meeting (10/17)

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A meeting will be held at All Saints on Wednesday, October 17th at 7pm to finalize the placement of boys 6th-8th grade teams into Levels 1 through 5. During the registration process (which closes on 10/16), coordinators should be registering for a specific level for each team but during this meeting we will validate all of the registrations and make sure everyone is in the right place.  All boys basketball coordinators who have teams in 6th-8th grade should attend this meeting.  Dave Caldwell will be reaching out separately to girls coordinators via email.

As a reminder, volleyball tournament trophies will be available for pickup for those hosting championship and consolation games on Sunday, October 21st. Information on the trophy pickup and placement meeting will be emailed to all coordinators this week.


 

Sep

27

Volleyball Tournament Notes

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Here are a few notes about the tournament and how teams were seeded.  Also, please remember a representative from each parish listed needs to pickup their trophies at All Saints on Wednesday, October 17th.  We will be holding a basketball meeting that evening so if your parish is represented at that meeting, have them pickup the trophies.  If your parish boys basketball coordinator cannot attend that meeting, then please send someone to pickup your trophies.  They will be available between 7pm and 9pm.

Tournament Trophy Distribution

Here are a few things to keep in mind for the tournament:

  1. 3rd-5th grade teams will be combined across all pods and then split into brackets based on record.  We will be building brackets of eight teams for the most part.  We will also try to balance out teams from different pods into a bracket and avoid first round matchups between teams that have played against each other.  These are a few reasons why the seedings might not make 100% sense based on winning percentage.
  2. 3rd and 4th grade quarterfinal and semifinal matches will be scheduled for 50 minutes the same as last year.  Also, we will schedule the opening rounds as quarter-final, quarter-final, semi-final to reduce the amount of time everyone is in the gym or waiting to play.
  3. A two referee system will be used for the Gold and Silver brackets in 6th-8th grade for the tournament only.  Coaches and coordinators, please plan in advance for the additional cost.
  4. Trophies will be given to all 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams.  All teams playing in a consolation match are expected to attend that match.
  5. We are well aware of club volleyball tryouts the weekend of the tournament.  A minimum of one hour was given between the start or end of a tryout to the start or end of a tournament game for a specific age group.  If club tryouts change, we will NOT be changing our schedule.  Please make arrangements to get your players/children to their tournament game on time.

 

Sep

27

Volleyball Fun!

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Pink Contest

Congrats to our winners for the Pink Out Contest in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. You were awesome. Though not everyone was a winner, most all submission pictures can be viewed here.

Best Pink Out to Support Breast Cancer Awareness - Gift Card

  • Coach Katie Paddock, St. Margaret of York, 4th grade volleyball
  • Coach Langworthy, St. Susanna, 5th grade volleyball
  • Coaches Michelle Dietz & Chuck Ackerman, Guardian Angels, 8th grade volleyball
  • Coach Ali Andrews, IHM, 3rd grade
  • Coaches-Kristina Raby, Katy Guggenbiller and Caitlin Hester, Cincinnati Christian School, 5th grade volleyball
  • Coach Nikki Castillo, The Bethany School, 5th grade volleyball
  • Coach Casandra Lapham, St. Margaret of York, 7th grade volleyball


  • Sep

    23

    Next Member Meeting Wednesday, 11/28

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    Our next member meeting will take place this Wednesday, November 28th at the Boy Scout Center in Evendale, time TBA but will either by 6:30pm or 7pm.  A more detailed agenda will be available the week of the meeting but tentative topics to discuss are:

    1. Winter Basketball Update
    2. League Leadership

    This is a very important meeting, please make sure you have at least one member of your parish leadership team in attendance.


     

    Sep

    11

    Volleyball Grade School Nights

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    McNicholas High School - 10/2

    Join McNicholas HS for their grade school night on  October 2nd. Any student K-8 wearing their grade school spirit wear will get in free for all Freshman, JV, or Varsity games! Games begins 430, 530, and 630. Rockets versus Roger Bacon Spartans!

    Fenwick Volley for Cure - 10/2

    Bishop Fenwick High School will be participating in the Volley for a Cure on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 6:30pm (4855 State Route 122 Franklin, OH 45005).  They are pleased to invite all grade school volleyball players to this event FREE of charge when they wear their school's volleyball jersey. 


     

    Jul

    31

    Girls Volleyball Season

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    The girls volleyball season is off to a great start!.  More information about the season is available by clicking any of the buttons below.  All parents should fill out a league Liability Waiver which is good for the entire 2018-19 school year.  In addition, coaches should famliarize themselves with the rules changes implemented for the upcoming season and can also read the very helpful coaches guide put together by league commissioner Doug Ruschman.

    A reminder regarding a few rules changes that have been implemented for this season:

    1. 3rd and 4th graders will play to 25 in the third set while 5th through 8th remains at 15
    2. Regarding "Volley Lite" balls for 3rd-6th graders ... any ball marked "u12/volley-lite" is appropriate.  The main point is that these grades should not be using "regular" volleyballs.

     

    Girls Volleyball Page Liability Waiver League Rules  Girls Volleyball Coaches Guide


     

    Mar

    29

    Fan Behavior

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    If you get a minute, watch this great media clip with Frank Martin, the head mens basketball coach at the University of South Carolina. He really puts youth sports into perspective!  Click on the GCCYS logo to view the video clip.


     

    Jan

    31

    Tournament Planning

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    All coordinators were sent an email on January 14th asking for available gym time for the season-ending tournaments with the deadline for submission being Friday the 19th. We will be reviewing this information over the weekend and putting together a plan that we will communicate to the coordinators at our next meeting. As a reminder the tournament schedule is as follows:

  • Boys 3rd-5th: Feb 15-18
  • Boys 6th-8th: Feb 22-25
  • Girls 3rd-8th: Mar 1-4
  • If your team does not plan on playing in the season ending tournament, please notify your coordinator no later than February 1st for boys teams and February 15th for girls teams. Thanks!


    Dec

    15

    Boys Volleyball Season

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    An updated Rules Document has been posted on the web site so please review.  Remember that there will only be a single referee for all 3rd-5th grade matches as well as 6th grade Silver matches this season. If you have any questions about our boys volleyball program, you can check out the boys volleyball page (League menu) or please contact Derrick Rahe, the GCCYS boys volleyball commissioner at boysvolleyball@gccys.org

    Please note the following changes to referees and how they are paid.  Programs are not Required to pay referees double if only 1 shows up for 6th Gold – 8th grade.

    1. 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th Silver:  Only ONE referee will be at each match.  ONE referee will be paid $20 total (coaches from each school should pay $10 at each match)
    2. 6th Gold: Two referees will each be paid $20 each, $40 total (coaches from each school should pay $20 total at each match)
    3. 7th & 8th: Two referees will each be paid $25, $50 total (coaches from each school should pay $25 total at each match

    Each player must have a waiver form on file with the league that is filled out by their parent or guardian.  These are only required once per school year so there is no need to fill one out if your son played in the GCCYS basketball league.

    Liability Waiver

     

     

    Nov

    30

    Boys Basketball Kickoff Email

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    The following email was sent on 11/30 to all boys basketball coordinators, athletic directors, and boys basketball coaches for whom we have a valid email address. Best of luck to all boys basketball teams this season. A similar email will be sent to girls coaches and coordinators in a few weeks.

    Boys Basketball Kickoff Email


    Nov

    19

    Girls Volleyball Schedules Now Available

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    The full season schedule for girls volleyball is now available (8/9 1pm).  These schedules were reviewed by the coordinators from each parish and feedback was provided to the league before the schedule was finalized.  Thank you to all parish coordinators for their feedback, almost all of which was incorporated into the schedule.

    Schedules can be found in a variety of formats from the Schedule menu (by Team, by Date, by Gym).  If you are a coach, you can also view a pre-filtered version of the schedule which only shows your team from your Coach Portal.  Others who created an account on the web site and subscribed to a team or teams, can view those schedules on their Subscriber Portal.

    It is important to note that now that the schedule is live, making changes to it will be very difficult.  Any feedback a coach might have with the schedule should be directed to their parish coordinator and not the league.  League coordinators are instructed to inform the league of any issues that might arise with the schedule and to work with the league and the coordinator of their opponent on reschedules.  The league will ignore any direct requests from coaches to reschedule or cancel matches.

    Thanks and have a great season!

    GCCYS and Amerileagues


     

    Nov

    18

    GCCYS High School League Info

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    For those looking for a high school league, SportsPlus will be offering this again for the 2017-2018 season.


     

    Oct

    04

    Moeller Youth Coaching Clinic

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    Archbishop Moeller High School is hosting their 27th annual Youth Basketball Coaches Clinic from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday October 20, 2018 at the school.  The clinic is designed for those who are coaching boys and girls in third through eighth grade.  Please read the flyer for more information.

    Moeller Coaching Clinic Flyer


     

    Sep

    22

    Purcell Marian Fall Basketball Camp

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    Purcell Marian will once again be conducting a fall basketball camp for boys and girls in grades 5th-8th on Saturday, October 21st from 10:30am - 2:30pm at Purcell Marian High School. Please read the flyer below for more information!

    Purcell Marian Fall Camp Flyer


    Aug

    02

    Lindsay's Law

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    The Ohio Department of Health has announced new legislation referred to as Lindsay's Law which addresses Sudden Cardiac Arrest in youth athletes.  The law went into effect on August 1, 2017.  GCCYS sent an email to all parishes during the week of August 1st to provide guidance regarding how this should be implemented for our member coaches, athletes, and parents.  You can read more about Lindsay's Law on the Ohio Department of Health web site:   READ ABOUT LINDSAY'S LAW 

    We have included links to resources below which might be helpful for our members, but please note that it is the obligation of the parish/school to make sure everyone for their program is trained and in compliance with the Ohio state law.


    The following resources were developed to implement Lindsay’s Law:

    For parents/guardians and youth athletes:

    For coaches:

    If you are a coach for an interscholastic sport and are licensed by the Ohio Department of Education, please visit their website for information about their training requirements around Lindsay’s Law.

    If you are a coach in a community program, please use the following resources:


     

    May

    23

    Notes from August 29th Member Meeting

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    Thank you to those parishes that were able to attend our member meeting this evening. We will be sending out a more extensive minutes in the next few days, but here are the highlights of the meeting:

  • The girls basketball season will run concurrently with the boys season this year. The season timelines have been updated on the girls and boys basketball season pages so please check them out
  • We have finalized the parish rebate methodology which is based on the total number of teams entered in the league since it was formed in the fall of 2015. Each parish will be given a rebate check at our next member meeting in September.
  • A transition in league leadership was discussed. The GCCYS board is discussing this topic and will be in touch with parish booster presidents in advance of the next meeting which will take place on Wednesday, September 26th.

  • Mar

    01

    Girls Volleyball Tournament Schedule Released

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    The schedule has now been released!  All coordinators were sent an email on Monday 10/8 giving them the opportunity to confirm their gym schedules.  REPORT YOUR TOURNAMENT SCORES IN A TIMELY MANNER.  Teams are advanced through the tournament based on a score being reported.  Good luck to all teams!

    NEW this year is a physical bracket which shows teams as they advance through the tournament.  In years' past, we displayed a static bracket which showed the game times and the first round matchups.  This new bracket will show the teams as they advance through the tournament (scores must be logged to advance the teams on the bracket) and will also show the scores of completed games.  Please note that this is not a responsive bracket and while you can view it from a mobile device, it is best viewed from a computer or tablet.  Horizontal and vertical scroll bars are available to help you view the entire bracket.   In some cases, the consolation game is not displayed on the initial view of the bracket.  You can view this by scrolling to the right.  All brackets have a consolation game.

    Also new for the fall volleyball season is a way to easily locate the bracket your team is playing in.  Choose the Find My Bracket link, enter the last name of your coach or your entire team name, and a listing of teams in your bracket will appear along with their seeding and record.  You can easily click on the bracket name to display the physical bracket.

    Check out the links below.  You can also access this tournament information from the Post Season Tourney option on the Schedule menu.  

    Find my Bracket Schedule by Bracket Schedule by Gym Physical Bracket


     

    Nov

    10

    Game Day

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    All parents should take a moment to read "10 Things Parents Need to Know" which is a great reminder to all. Coaches, if you need help tracking playing time for basketball, please print out and use the Basketball Player Tracker. League specific information is available under the new Leagues menu.

    Also as a reminder, the maximum gate fee that a parish/school may charge is $5/family, $3/adult, and $1/child

    Basketball Rules Basketball Player Tracker 10 Things Parents Need to Know


    Oct

    20

    Winter League Champion Shirt Order Forms

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    NEW DESIGN!! Here are the order forms for winter league division and tournament champions! Coaches or coordinators must order shirts by March 11th! Late orders will not be accepted.

    Division Champion T-Shirts Tournament Champion T-Shirts


    Oct

    11

    Basketball Registration Metrics

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    Basketball team registrations are now closed.  ALL TEAMS ARE NOW SHOWN ON THE STANDINGS PAGE.  We will begin the scheduling process on Monday.

    Registered Teams by Grade/Skill Registered Teams by Parish


     

    Jan

    20

    Inclement Weather Policy

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    As temperatures plunge below zero for the upcoming weekend, now is a good time to post a reminder about the GCCYS Inclement Weather Policy. As the GCCYS is informed of gym closings by parish/school coordinators, this information will be shared on the front page of the web site. In addition, games will be marked as postponed or cancelled which will trigger email and SMS text notifications to those that subscribe to Game Status Change notifications for teams affected. If we have a very large weather event, the web site might be put into maintenance mode in order to handle traffic. If this is the case, listings of closed gyms will appear.

    GCCYS Policy: Games/matches may be postponed due to extreme inclement weather where the safety of the coaches, players and spectators are at risk. It will be the responsibility of the parish/school site representative and coordinator, at the hosting school, to make the decision regarding the closing of their facility. The coordinator must provide notification to GCCYS a minimum of 90 minutes prior to the start of a game/match. All subsequent games/matches will be cancelled except in cases where it may be possible to re-open later in the day. If a host team's gym is open but the visiting team decides not to participate it will result in a forfeit. Request for postponement and reschedule will be accepted from coordinators only.


    Jan

    09

    Team Fee Payment

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    All league fees ($110 per team for all leagues) can be paid to "GCCYS" and sent to the following address:

    GCCYS
    PO.Box 42376
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45242

    Oct

    21

    Score Reporting (Coaches)

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    Here are several ways for the winning coach to log their game score.

    1. Subscribe to the Score Reporting Reminder notification and receive an email during your game with a link to the report score form (most coaches were auto-subscribed to this)
    2. Login to your Coach Portal and find games that need scores logged in the upper right hand corner of your portal (Coach option on Portals menu)
    3. Login to your Coach Portal and log or edit your game scores from your team schedule
    4. Your coordinator also has the ability to log your game scores if you are having difficulties

    Please note that you must have an account with coach level access in order to access a Coach Portal or subscribe to the Score Reporting Reminder notification. Accounts were created for all coaches. IF YOU CREATED YOUR OWN ACCOUNT, you most likely do not have coach level access unless you discussed this with the league. Game scores can be edited up to 14 days after your game in case they have been reported incorrectly. If you are the coach of the losing team and the score has not been logged after 3 days, please help us out and log the score yourself. Thanks!


    Aug

    26

    Unclaimed Coach Accounts

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    in early July, all teams for the fall volleyball season were set to "Approved" status which triggers the creation of web site account for coaches. If you received an email from the web site with account information but did not reply within 24 hours OR you never received an email, you need to claim your account. To do so, please request a new password by navigating to the Password Reset Page and enter the email address that your coordinator gave the league. If you are not sure which email address this is, then go to the Teams Page on the Organization menu and look for the email address associated with your team. When you request a new password, if the system does not recognize your email address or you never receive a subsequent email (it should happen within 30 minutes), please Contact Us and we will get it sorted out. Thanks!

    Also, please note that Yahoo has been systematically rejecting emails from our web site. If you have a Yahoo email account, please white list the email address communication@amerileagues.com or better yet, any emails from the domain amerileagues.com. If you have a non-Yahoo email address you can use as an alternative, that would be helpful as well.


    Aug

    25

    Game Change Notifications

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    Now that the initial schedule has been frozen for the fall leagues, we are going to activate game change notifications. From this point forward when a scheduled game has a change in location, a change in game time, or either of the two teams are changed, you can receive an email or SMS text message notification. In addition, when a new game is added to the schedule or a game is removed from the schedule, canceled, or postponed, you will also receive a notification

    In order to receive notifications, you must have a user account on the web site. Simply choose the organization you are associated with and then choose the teams you want to follow (up to 5). You can then choose the types of notifications you would like to receive. Please make sure you enter a valid email address and if you want to receive SMS text message notifications that you enter a valid phone number including area code

    A quick note about game statuses. A game starts out as "scheduled" and then when the game has been completed it will change to "completed" or "forfeited" if one of the teams does not show up. If one of the teams cannot make the scheduled game but the game will be rescheduled, it will be placed in "postponed" status. If the location or time of a game is changed, the status of the game will be changed to "rescheduled".


    Aug

    22

    Register for an Account

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    Account registration is now open for those that want to follow and subscribe to teams. To register, please click on the Register link in the upper left corner of the web site. You will be asked to choose a user name, password, and enter your first and last names and email address. Choose the organization you are affiliated with and then one of more teams (winter league teams will not be available until late October/mid November) from the parish/school that you want to follow. You can also choose to subscribe to a number of different email and text message notifications.

    Once you have created your account, you can login to the web site and will now notice a Portals menu which has a Subscriber option. By choosing that option, you will see your own personal portal with information about the teams you are following. PLEASE NOTE ... that coaches and coordinators have accounts with higher level access created for them. Coaches and coordinators CAN create their own account if they like, but PLEASE USE THE EMAIL ADDRESS that your school/parish supplied to the league. Coordinator or coach privileges will be added to your account after your organization contact information or team information has been communicated to the league.

    Regular account holders can choose to subscribe to the following types of notifications:

    1. Game Change Notifications - receive an email or text message any time a scheduled game is changed (new location or time), added, or removed from the schedule.
    2. League Announcements - receive an email of any league wide announcements that are published on the web site.
    3. Score Reporting Reminder - Coaches can choose to receive an email with a link to the score reporting form which will be sent during the game.

    Aug

    07

    NFHS Concussion Training

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    ALL HEAD COACHES AND ASSISTANT COACHES must complete the NFHS Concussion Training course before their first game. As a head coach, after you have completed the free, on-line training course on the NFHS web site, you can edit your coach account (after it has been created for you) on the GCCYS web site and specify the course completion date. This training is valid for up to 3 years upon completion of the course so if you have already completed the course in the past 3 years, you should simply enter your course completion date. In order to take the course, you must first register yourself and create an account on the NFHS web site. You will then be able to take the course.

    Please note that it is the obligation of the parish/school to make sure everyone for their program is trained and in compliance with the Ohio state law.

    NFHS Registration Take Course Check Completion Edit My GCCYS Account