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Jun

26

Girls Volleyball Divisions

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As girls volleyball teams are approved and assigned to divisions/zones, they will appear on the Standings page.  Please note the following about how this process works.

6th-8th Teams

6th-8th grade teams are registered by their coordinator into Level 1, 2, 3, or 4 with level 1 being the most competitive division and level 4 being considered as a recreational division which plays by a different set of playing time rules.  Our girls volleyball commissioner reviewed the registrations and we had a league meeting on June 24th to discuss with all volleyball coordinators.  Some teams were moved up or down a level from where they registered to try and find the best level of play for each team based on how that team finished last year and how their roster looks for the upcoming season.

3rd-5th Teams

A survey was sent out to all girls volleyball coordinators asking them to re-affirm (or not) the methodology used to group these teams into zones.  The results of the survey overwhelmingly confirmed the approach the league has taken since its inception four years ago.  Since all of the teams in 3rd-5th grade are considered to be "balanced" teams (i.e. talent is spread evenly across teams if a league member has multiple teams for a given grade), our member's first priority is to reduce travel time to away games for parents, players, and coaches.  Thus, teams are assigned to zones mostly be geography.  We would like to have fewer teams per zone (ideally 11 teams), however, it is also a high priority for our members to not play other teams from the same parish.  Since some of the larger parishes can have 3 or 4 teams per grade, we are forced to create larger zones with enough teams to avoid intra-parish matchups and to also avoid a team playing another team twice in the regular season.

We hope you find this information useful!


 

May

27

Registration Metrics

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If you'd like an idea how many girls volleyball teams have registered per grade/skill level, click on the button below to view some high-level registration metrics.  You can also look at the Standings page once registration is closed.  As we approve teams and assign them to divisions/zones, they will show up on the Standings page so you can get a better idea who your opponents will be for the upcoming season.

Registered Teams by Grade/Skill   Registered Teams by Organization


May

17

Amerileagues Summer Basketball Camp Series

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Players will sharpen their fundamentals and improve their basketball IQ through fun and challenging drills, in-game analysis, and off court training. Your camper will receive Elite Training from Elite Instructors. Our instructors are professional varsity coaches from area high schools. Players from 15 GCCYS member parishes participated in our 2018 camps!

Post Player College
July 26th-28th
Fri/Sat 9am-12pm; Sun 1pm-4pm

Point Guard College
July 26th-28th
Fri/Sat 9am-12pm; Sun 1pm-4pm

Shooting College
August 2nd-4th
Fri/Sat 9am-12pm; Sun 1pm-4pm

  • Boys and Girls Rising 3rd-8th graders
  • Camps will be held in the main gym at Sycamore high School at Sycamore High School
  • 3 day camps - $125 per camper
  • All campers will receive a reversible mesh jersey
  • Spots are limited, register today!
  • Learn More/Register


    May

    03

    Miami University Elite and Team Summer Camps

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    Miami University is offering two volleyball camps this summer at their main campus in Oxford. The Elite Camp will take place from July 7-9 and is available for rising 7th-12th grade girls while the Team Camp will take place from July 11-13 and is available for high school teams. Please click on the "Camp Info" button below for more information.

    Camp Info


    Apr

    28

    Boys Volleyball Tournament Preliminary Gym Assignments

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    The boys volleyball tournament is fast approaching and we have put together a list of preliminary site assignments for the tournament. The tournament schedule will be released on Monday, May 6th.

    Tournament Gym Assignments


    Apr

    04

    Roger Bacon Summer Basketball Camps

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    Roger Bacon High School is offering summer basketball camps for rising 2nd-9th grade boys and rising 3rd-9th grade girls. Choose a camp you might be interested in below and click on the button for more information.

    Boys 2nd-6th June 10-13 Boys 7th-9th June 17-20 Girls 3rd-9th June 17-20 All Summer Camp Info


    Jan

    18

    Game Reschedules

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    We are implementing a new policy regarding timing of game reschedules.  All game reschedules need to be submitted to the league by midnight on Wednesday nights for games taking place that weekend.  Our referee assignor needs time to manage this. Thanks!

    A reminder that game reschedules are worked by parish coordinators (the home team coordinator is responsible when rescheduling a game postponed due to gym closure) and submitted to the league for approval. When rescheduling games, please make them adjacent to an existing set of games at your school/parish or if that is not possible, please reschedule two or more games back-to-back. While not ideal, we will be able to get referees for weekday games if that is the only time available for your parish/school to host a game. Monday and Wednesday nights are preferable for our referees and please schedule 2 or more games together.


     

    Jan

    17

    Fan Behavior - Letter from OHSAA

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    All parents and coaches should take a moment to read this letter that the OHSAA recently sent to all high schools in the state of Ohio regarding fan behavior at OHSAA-sponsored sporting events. It is a stark reminder the direction fan behavior is heading and how it might affect the ability for children to play in organized sports in the future.

    OHSAA Fan Behavior Letter


    Jan

    02

    Boys Volleyball

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    The following are key dates for the current season:

     3/11  Rosters and Liabiltiy Waivers Due
     3/18  Season Begins
     4/15-19  No Games - Holy Week
     4/22-26  No Games - Spring Break
     5/6  Tournament Schedule Released
     5/10  Regular Season Ends
     5/13-17  Season Ending Tournament

     

    Oct

    23

    Basketball Season Update

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    The basketball schedule for the 2018-19 basketball season has now been released and is available for viewing from the Schedule menu and all portals.  This schedule should be considered "frozen".  Any comments or questions about the schedule should be directed to parish/school coordinators at this point.

    Parents should continue to fill 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.


     

    Sep

    23

    Next Member Meeting August 28th

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    Our next member meeting will take place on Wednesday, August 28th at 6:30pm at the Boy Scout Center in Evendale.  An agenda for the monthly meeting will be available a week before the meeting.

    Please contact Rob Stineman if you have any questions.


     

    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.


     

    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 (8/7 9pm).  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


     

    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:


     

    Mar

    01

    Boys Volleyball Tournament Info

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    All tournament schedules are now available.   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!

    Here are a few notes about the boys volleyball tournament:

    1. In order to reduce the number of days per bracket, all semi-finals and finals within a bracket will be played back-to-back-to-back.
    2. There will be NO consolation matches this year
    3. Opening round matches for 3rd-5th grades will be scheduled for 50 minutes as points don't last as long in these grades and we are playing the first to win two sets.  We schedule the girls volleyball tournament in the same manner.
    4. We were able to schedule around almost all conflicts for players.  This tournament is getting more and more difficult to schedule every year.
    5. 8th Grade Silver Bracket PLEASE READ - IHM won the opening round match against Cardinal Pacelli on Sunday evening so the semi-finals and finals of this bracket will be played at IHM on Tuesday as originally scheduled.  Thanks!
    6. A reminder that all matches in the tournament for the 6th Gold, 7th Gold, and 8th Gold brackets will have two referees.  Each coach should pay one of the referees $26 before the match begins.

    This physical 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.

    There is also a way to easily locate the bracket your team is playing in, although this is probably not necessary for boys volleyball due to the small number of brackets.  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, basketball rules were updated on 1/3 and all coaches were sent an email with information about rules changes.

    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


    Jan

    20

    Inclement Weather Policy

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    With snow in the forecast for this 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 (they can do this via the contact form or by contacting Amerileagues or GCCYS commissioners directly), 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

    Coaches - Score Reporting

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    Just a quick word about score reporting. The coach of the winning team is responsible for reporting the score of the game within 48 hours of the game being played.  Coaches can access score reporting from several places:

    1. There is a Report Scores menu option on the Portals->Coach menu
    2. On your Coach Portal, games that need scores to be reported will be shown in the upper right hand corner of the portal
    3. In the My Team Schedule section of your Coach Portal, you can report scores for games AND correct scores that were entered in error for up to 14 days after the game has been played
    4. You can edit your account and subscribe to Score Reporting Notifications.  You will receive an email during your game with a link to the score reporting form

    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