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Welcome to the FSBL
posted 08/16/2014
 
Comments from the Commish
by posted 08/20/2014
 

 

 

Comments from the

Commish

 

Article #1

 

Hello Everone:

We are proud to announce the celebration of our 20th season in Ashburn.

“Comments from the Commish” is a new feature at FSBL.  I will be sending out comments, from time to time, about the league or issues that concern all of us. This is a two way street and I would love to hear from you as well.  And not just the complaints but also tell me what you like about the league.  So take the time to read my comments and don’t hesitate to share your comments with me.

My name is Craig Newman and I am the Farmwell Station Basketball League (aka. FSBL)  Commissioner.

I have served as your commissioner for the last thirteen (13) years.  I also hold the unique honor of being the one and only coach who has coached in the FSBL for the entire twenty (20) years.

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to FSBL.

FSBL is one of many youth basketball programs centered in and around the Middle Schools in Loudoun County.

The FSBL is an independent Virginia Corporation granted 501(3)c tax exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service. FSBL serves the youth in the Farmwell Station and Broad Run districts.  FSBL operates in coordination with the Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services (aka  PRCS) who provides facility and support services.

FSBL has one of the most stable programs in the county due in part to the longevity of the BoD members.  The current core of Commissioner and Deputy Commissioners have been in place for five (5) years.

The objective of the FSBL is to provide basketball recreation and skills instruction within a competitive environment for all players.  We endorse good sportsmanship and respect for each other, coaches, spectators and officials.

FSBL offers the following programs:

House league.  This program is primarily open to all boys and girls in the third (3rd) grade through the eight (8th) grade in the Farmwell Station district.  In addition, players outside the Farmwell Station district are also permitted to participate as long as space permits.  We especially welcome players who might get “closed out” or register late for their local leagues

Travel League.  This program is exclusively offered only to those boys and girls in Middle School grades six (6) through eight (8) who attend Farmwell Station Middle School or reside in the Farmwell Station district.

High School House League.  This program is primarily open to all boys and girls in the ninth (9th) grade through the twelth (12th) grade in the Broad Run district. In addition players outside the Broad Run district are also permitted to participate as long as space permits. Again, We especially welcome players who might get “closed out” or register late for their local leagues.

AAU.  This program is not currently active.  However we are looking for someone who is interested in managing our AAU division.  It will require someone who is willing to recruit players, form teams, adhere to AAU regulations and FSBL expectations and participate in AAU tournaments.  If all this extra volunteer time without pay sounds appealing then we would like to hear from you.

We have a strong core of vendors and enjoy a long term and symbiotic relationship with them.  Our vendors provide either products or services that we could not survive without.  Our vendors consist of: (presented in alphabetical order)   Broad Run High School, Professional Coach Trainers, Cheers Sports, Crown Trophy, Facility Attendants, Farmwell Station Middle School, NYSCA, Olson Photography, Positive Coaching Alliance, PRCS, SimmsShowers Attorney and Updegrove, Combs & McDaniel accountants.

We also have an outstanding core of sponsors who consist of: (presented in alphabetical order)  Ashburn Children’s Denistry, Cheers Sports, Crown Trophy, Fitwize4Kids, Family Denistry Ike Lans,DDS,  Huntington Learning Center, Olson Photography and White Orthodontics.

Whenever possible please be sure to patronize the businesses that support FSBL.

I encourage you to visit our website at www.fsbl.org.  You can learn an awful lot about the league by visiting our website.

The main page has current and upcoming events on it, tab to the BoD page, our calendar, league rules, weather, our sponsors, court status, schools in our program, links to other sports league and much much more. Take a look for yourself.

We are very proud of our website and we believe it is one of the best sports sites in the county.  If you want to learn more about the league, we urge you to attend our General Meeting which will take place on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 in the cafeteria at Farmwell Station Middle School beginning at 7:00pm.

I know there are some type “A”s out there and I need to fulfill your craving for stats. So here you go.

The primary schools in our district are:  Broad Run High School, Farmwell Station Middle School, Ashburn Elementary School, Discovery Elementary School, Dominion Trail Elementary School and Steuart Wellar Elementary School.  FSBL enjoys a close working relationship with all our schools.

Last season we had nine-hundred-sixty (960) kids participate in our league.  On a per-capita basis (meaning number of participants divided by number of middle schools) we are one of the largest basketball organizations in the county. We had one-hundred-twelve (112) teams consisting of eighty-nine (89) boys teams and twenty-three (23) girls teams. Another way to look at this is we had eighty-four (84) house teams, twenty-four (24) high school teams and four (4) travel teams.  We had two-hundred-four (204) coaches.  This included one-hundred-twelve (112) head coaches and ninety-two (92) assistant coaches.  We operate in six (6) primary schools. We have four (4) Board members who contributed over one-thousand (1,000) hours of their time to manage the league.

Those are the facts

Be on the lookout for my next comments

In the meantime do you have a comment for me, let me hear it.

Specific questions concerning the Boys or girls divisions should be sent directly to the applicable deputy commissioner.

Thank you for your support of the FSBL.


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FSBL Registration Information
by posted 08/16/2014
 

Registration will open for the Farmwell Station Basketball League's 2014 - 2015 season on September 1, 2014.  This year, the FSBL will not be accepting personal checks.  All registrations should be made online using debit or credit card payments.  Players from all Loudoun County schools are welcome to play in the FSBL House League.  The FSBL is also seeking Head Coaches in all divisions.


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What are Concussions?
posted 08/16/2014
 
 

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FSBL Girls Basketball Clinics
by posted 08/12/2014
 

The FSBL will be conducting 3 FREE Basketball Clinics for young ladies in the 3rd through 8th grade on Tuesday, September 9; Tuesday, September 16; and Tuesday, September 23, 2014.  The clinic will be led by FSBL Commissioner, Craig Newman and Girls Deputy Commissioner, Bryan Mabery.  Young ladies who want to improve their basketball skills or who are new to basketball and thinking about playing in the FSBL this season are welcome to attend.  Please bring a basketball if you have one.  Here are the details:
 

FSBL Girls Basketball Clinic #1
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
6:30 - 8:00pm
Steuart Weller Elementary School

 
We hope to teach a few fundamentals of basketball to our players.

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The FSBL is Playing for a Cure to Breast Cancer
by posted 08/08/2014
 

The Farmwell Station Basketball League will celebrate our 20th season this winter.  In recognition of this, the FSBL Board of Directors has decided to play this season for an important cause:  Breast Cancer Research.  During player registration, parents will be asked if they would like to make a donation.  We are hoping that every player in the league will make a donation.  Whether your donation is $5, $10, $25 or $50, every cent will go to the Susan G Komen Foundation on behalf of the FSBL players.  When the season begins, our Coaches will stand out on the sidelines in their pink coaches shirts.  In addition, the FSBL hopes to unveil a few fun initiatives this season that are sure to be a hit with all the players!


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Join the FSBL Board of Directors
posted 07/15/2014
 
The FSBL Needs YOU!
Player registration will take place for the FSBL on September 1st.  We're looking for a little help from some of our parents.  The FSBL is operated by parents, under the direction of a Board of Directors (league organizers).  The Board is always looking for "new blood" to keep the league moving in the right direction.  As we now start our 20th year in Ashburn, we are now actively recruiting individuals who will help guide the FSBL for the next 2 years.  If you love basketball, and want to help the FSBL continue to be a fantastic youth league for our kids, we want you to consider joining the Board of Directors.  Many of our positions require about 100 - 150 hours of volunteer service time from September 1st through mid-March.  Our biggest "crunch time" occurs from the end of September through the end of October as we conduct travel team tryouts, house league evaluations, and team player drafts for the 700 boys and girls who comprise the Farmwell Station Basketball League.  Please contact Aubre Jones, acting Boys Deputy Commissioner @ if you are interested in the positions of Boys Deputy Commissioner or Secretary / Treasurer.  You don't have to have a child still playing in the league to be on the Board.

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Outside of Doing Your Best In the Classroom:
posted 03/11/2013
 


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Act Pink!

 

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FSBL Athletes in Action!
 
Sportsmanship
Something to think about while watching your son or daughter play in FSBL games this season:

1.  These are kids.

2.  Basketball is a
      game.

3.  Parents should
      cheer for
      everyone!

4.  The referees are
      human and some
      times make
      mistakes.

5.  Your child is not a
      professional
      athlete playing
      for a million
      dollars ..... yet!


If you disagree with these statements, please contact FSBL Commissioner, Craig Newman:
  commish@fsbl.orgHe'd be happy to explain them to you!
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Court Status
Ashburn Elementary - Ashburn OPEN (8/29) 
Discovery Elementary - Ashburn OPEN (8/29) 
Dominion Trail Elem. - Ashburn OPEN (8/29) 
FSMS Aux - Ashburn OPEN (8/29) 
FSMS Main - Ashburn OPEN (8/29) 
Steuart Weller Elem. - Ashburn OPEN (8/29) 
Basketball Supplies @ Cheers
FSBL Rule 7.c

Parents are required to notify the FSBL Board Of Directors, within forty-eight (48) hours, when their child is suspended or expelled from school. If the BOD is not notified within forty-eight (48) hours of any such suspension/expulsion then upon discovery the child will be expelled from FSBL immediately for the remainder of the current season and the entire next season. 

Wear RecSpecs!
If your son or daughter wears regular eye glasses to see like those pictured below, they are not permitted to be worn in practices or games in the FSBL. Before the season begins, please have your player fitted for a pair of RecSpecs or another brand of prescription sport goggles.

Is Winning Everything?
"Losing is a learning experience. It teaches you humility. It teaches you to work harder. It's also a powerful motivator."

-- Yogi Berra