Coach & Parents,
Today is the last today to order apparel for pick up this weekend. If you order after today, it won't be available for pick up until April 29-30 in Salem. Online orders can be done through our store: OAB Apparel Store
If you have already ordered: Apparel orders will be available for pick up all weekend at Mid-Willamette YMCA. Doors will open at 8:30 am Saturday; 7:30 am Sunday. If you would like to coordinate apparel going to a different facility, please e-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
-Nick Larsen & Steve Adams
I made a really significant error yesterday before I started scheduing. A program out of Portland registered 3 teams for the Varsity Boys division through the multiple event registration platform and those didn't kick over to Hardwood Hoopfest tournament.
As a result, I had to make several small but very significant changes to Saturday and Sunday's schedule. Overall times changed at some facilities. Almost every team in the event is impacted in some way shape or form.
I tried to make changes as minor as possible, but there are a lot of changes. The website is updated. Please give the app about 10 minutes.
Coaches & Parents,
The schedule for this Saturday-Sunday is now available through the Exposure website: https://basketball.exposureevents.com/198899/hardwood-hoopfest/schedule It can also be viewed on our app. I have sent the schedule over to my web designer and anticipate it being posted to: http://www.oabbasketball.com by midnight.
APPAREL ORDERS -All Apparel orders can be purchased online at: http://www.oabbasketball.com or through our Web store: OAB Apparel Store We will have apparel available for pick-up at the Mid-Willamette YMCA all weekend. We will not have apparel available for sale on site! Please make sure to pre-order!
THANK YOU SPONSORS - We'd like to start by thanking our sponsors: Armor Zone Athletics, Christensen Fleet Card, B&B Towing, Ferder Casebeer LLC, Mega Foods, Southpaws Perfect Pizza, Nunn Group Tradition Real Estate and Surfaces Northwest. Their support of these events is vital to high schools in the Willamette Valley.
SOUTHPAW'S PERFECT PIZZA - Southpaw's Perfect Pizza has provided financial support to several West Albany & South Albany athletic programs as well as community facilities throughout Albany. We strongly encourage you to visit them if you are playing in Albany this weekend and get hungry.
REFEREE COMMUNICATION - JOIN THE REFEREE COMMUNICATION LIST
We have brought it back. Coaches, Players & Parents are encouraged to join the mailing list we send to our referees. We have found that when everyone is on the same page in regards to what is being communicated and what the expectations are, there are fewer problems in the gym. If you would like to view the communication our referees receive, please JOIN THE REFEREE COMMUNICATION LIST We will not use this to market events, the only communication you will receive from joining this list will be the same communication our referees receive.
NO SWINGING PLAYERS - Players are restricted to 1 team per weekend. 1 team means 1 team!!!! NO A 5TH GRADER CANNOT PLAY ON A 5TH GRADE TEAM AND A 6TH GRADE TEAM!!!!!! If you feel you have a situation that warrents an exception, we must approve it by 9 am Friday morning. This rule has been in place for a long time and can be found on our website: http://www.oabbasketball.com/rules
SCHEDULE IS FINAL...BUT PROBABLY ISN'T - Unfortunatley in 2023, the schedule is always subject to change. Last year, teams withdrew almost every week with COVID issues. This year the flu bug seems to hit every week. We don't refund for these cancellations, but we cannot stop them either. As much as we all want this to be behind us, it's still looming over events. We do our best in setting the schedule this weekend to minimize the impact that cancellations will have on an individual team. With that said, you must check the website and the app throughout the week for any changes.
UNIFORMS - The visiting team has the responsbility to make sure uniforms contrast to the referees satisfaction. Home/Away teams can be viewed on the venue schedule: https://basketball.exposureevents.com/198899/hardwood-hoopfest/documents Referees decision and any penalties imposed are final and not up for debate. Make sure you have multiple colors to wear!
SCOREKEEPERS - All teams are responsible for providing a scoreboard operator or someone to keep our "Game Sheet". This is a requirement, not a request!!!! This person is admitted free! The "Home" team will provide the scoreboard operator; the visiting team will keep the "Game Sheet". Home/Away teams can be viewed on the venue schedule: https://basketball.exposureevents.com/198899/hardwood-hoopfest/documents
SPECTATOR BEHAVIOR - Referees have discretion to assess technical fouls for spectator behavior and they are expected to do just that. If they choose to ignore spectators who are being verbally abusive or disruptive to the game, it will impact their future assignments. This is further discussed at the bottom of the message. If your parents get T'd...it came from me!
SCHEDULE CHANGES - I know a lot of kids have been out of school with the latest flu bug. That could impact schedules if teams are forced to withdraw. You must check the website and the app frequently for any schedule changes! Assume your schedule will change at some point!!!
FACILITIES OPEN – Facilites will open 30 minutes prior to the first game of the day. Do not show up early; you will be denied entry while we are setting up.
*2-16 Minute stop-clock halves. Last 4 minutes of the second half will run if the lead is 15 points or more. If the lead goes to 14 points or less, normal stop-clock rules will apply
*3-Minute Halftime (Might be cut down if we are behind schedule)
*3 Timeouts per game (1 additional per overtime up to a maximum of 3)
*5 fouls per player
*All Overtimes are 2 minutes
*No pressing or Trapping with a 25-point lead
*7th & 8th Grade Boys use full-size ball. Everyone else uses 28.5 (Girls Ball)
*Everything else is NFHS rules (INCLUDING JEWELRY RULES (CANNOT BE WORN OR TAPED))
I CANNOT BE MORE CLEAR ON THIS: I NEED REFEREES MORE THAN I NEED TEAMS. Yes, we do drop teams from tournaments and ban then from future events with no refund for parent conduct. Parents and coaches are not to confront an official for any reason after the game. Doing so could be a barrier to your programs participation in future events or even completing this event. Refunds will not be given in these instances. If you have issues with referees, read below. Make sure your parents have this information! You are responsible for the conduct of your players and spectators! Referees are instructed to issue technical fouls for spectator behavior!
COACHES - All of our officials are certified. If you have issues with our officials, please note the time of game and court. Call me Monday to discuss the issue. I do not deal with referee issues in the gym. Do not call me about officials during the weekend; you won't like the answer I give you. I can't waive a magic wand and make them better; nor will I move officials to a different court.
That said, You guys are my eyes and ears and I value your opinion as coaches. I want to have the best referees on the court as possible. I need to know who the weak officials are and who the strong ones are. This way, I know who to retain and who to let go. You have a voice, you just need to use it in the right, respectable way.
PARENTS - If you have an issue with a referee, you must direct it through your coach. Parents or coaches who confront an official after the game or verbally abuse an official during the game will be banned from future games/events. In some instances we will drop teams from the event with no refund for that event or any future events due to parent conduct. This is not negotiable. You are responsible for the conduct of your spectators. If anyone from your team verbally harass our officials, you run the risk of getting ejected from the gym. I will not entertain conversations of "they need to have thicker skin" or "what I said wasn't that bad....". You open your mouth, you take on the risk associated with it.
We look forward to hosting you this weekend,
-Nick Larsen & Steve Adams
(541) 517-4160 (Nick)
(503) 888-8346 (Steve)
Coach & Parents,
The list of teams and divisions participating this weekend is now available here: https://basketball.exposureevents.com/198899/hardwood-hoopfest/teams The field of teams is also visible on the Oregon Amateur Basketball app. It will be posted to our website: http://www.oabbasketball.com tonight.
Please make sure we have you slotted in the correct division. If you believe you have been slotted in the wrong division or wish to request a different division, you must e-mail me tonight: email@example.com
REGISTRATION OPEN LATE - We still have space available and have extened registration until 12 pm tomorrow. If you notice a team missing, please let them know they can still get registered. All registration can be done online at: http://www.oabbasketball.com
APPAREL PRE-ORDER -We have opened our online store for the latest OAB, PAC & General Hoop Lifestyle apparel. Check out our online store All pre-orders will be available for pick up this weekend at the Mid-Willamette YMCA. We will not be selling apparel on site. Everything must be pre-order.
CONDUCT ISSUES - We have zero tolerance for misbehavior from coaches, players and spectators. Referees have been told that trash talking and taunting is an autmoatic technical foul; no warnings should be issued. Additionally: Adults are expected to act like a mature adult at all times. Referee's have been told that there is zero tolerance for inappropriate conduct and are expected to issue technical fouls to players, coaches and SPECTATORS who choose to act inappropriately. Please make sure your spectators have this information; referees will lose assignments if they ignore inappropriate behavior.
REFEREE COMMUNICATION - JOIN THE REFEREE COMMUNICATION LIST We are bringing back a popular feature from years past. Coaches, Players & Parents are invited to join the mailing list we send to our referees. We have found that when everyone is on the same page in regards to what is being communicated and what the expectations are, there are fewer problems in the gym. If you would like to view the communication our referees receive, please JOIN THE REFEREE COMMUNICATION LIST We will not use this to market events, the only communication you will receive from joining this list will be the same communication our referees receive.
SCHEDULE REQUESTS - Potential game start times range from 8 am to 9 pm on Saturday and 8 am to 7:30 pm on Sunday. To request times outside of this window you must fill out a time request online: http://oabbasketball.com/time-requests/ If you are a traveling team, you do not need to pay for this time request or make a request for later start times on Saturday.
WITHDRAWL FROM TOURNAMENT - TEAMS THAT WITHDRAW FROM THE TOURNAMENT AFTER THE SCHEDULE IS POSTED FOR ANY REASON (INCLUDING ILLNESS OR COVID) WILL NOT BE GIVEN A REFUND OR A CREDIT. Our normal refund policy is 7 days. We have shortened it to anytime up until we start scheduling. However once the schedule is posted, we need to move forward with the event. Every cancellation causes us to move backwards.
SCHEDULES POSTED - Schedules will be posted to our website: http://www.oabbasketball.com Tuesday night by 10 pm.
VENUES - Games will be played at Mid-Willamette YMCA, South Albany HS, Albany Boys & Girls Club and Crescent Valley High School.
HOTELS/LODGING - Hotels can be booked through Lucid Travel.
Thank you for your support of Oregon Amateur Basketball events. We look forward to hosting you this weekend.
-Nick Larsen & Steve Adams
(541) 517-4160 (Nick)
(503) 888-8346 (Steve)
The following reports can be viewed, printed or downloaded.
More detailed reports can be found on the divisions page.
All event related questions should be directed to Nick Larsen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-517-4160.