City Youth League Basketball

City Youth League Basketball

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Life Long LM Resident

Los Angeles, CA

#1 Feb 24, 2013
What does everyone think of the program for youths? Seems like they have a ton of kids, but I have concerns that there is little instruction and the refereeing is questionable at best. I have two kids playing right now...
Basketball Fan

Whittier, CA

#2 Feb 24, 2013
Life Long LM Resident wrote:
What does everyone think of the program for youths? Seems like they have a ton of kids, but I have concerns that there is little instruction and the refereeing is questionable at best. I have two kids playing right now...
Park league is for recreational basketball. If your son or daughter is looking to have fun and get some exercise it is great. If they are more competitive and want to become a good player NJB or AAU is where they should be. All the leagues are good if you are in the one that fits your player's needs.
City League

Foothill Ranch, CA

#3 Feb 25, 2013
For the money City Gym is best. You pay a lot more at NJB for the same level of coaching. Maybe 1 in each division is better. If there is a good coach their kid is usually good so they move past the rec. NJB to all net. NJB is rec. also and the referees are questionable als. Good luck and play where you feel you get what you want out of it. Think about if your kid is going to play it as his primary sport and hen decide.
Fan of both Leagues

Whittier, CA

#4 Feb 25, 2013
City League wrote:
For the money City Gym is best. You pay a lot more at NJB for the same level of coaching. Maybe 1 in each division is better. If there is a good coach their kid is usually good so they move past the rec. NJB to all net. NJB is rec. also and the referees are questionable als. Good luck and play where you feel you get what you want out of it. Think about if your kid is going to play it as his primary sport and hen decide.
Coaching at the city league is nowhere near as good as coaching at NJB. Of course they are all volunteers, but the city league can be coached by high school students and my son even had a city worker who never played the game. Refs at NJB at least need to attend clinics and be certified. Park league uses high school kids. NJB practices 2x week for 2 hours each time while park league practices 1x week for 1 hour. NJB plays more games and plays against other cities in Championship Series, has playoffs, and All-Stars which allows the better players to play teams from other cities and states.
You are correct that City League is cheaper, but at NJB you get a real uniform while park league gets a t-shirt.
NJB has all-stars and all-net which allows better players to advance according to their skill level. Often times at City League the best kid dominates as they have nowhere to advance to. Check high school roster at LM and LH and you will see none of the players only played park league. I agree with the post that you should choose the situation that is right for your kid. There are good coaches in both leagues and bad ones as well. I challenge anyone who knows the game to get involved and improve the ranks of coaches available. I also commend ANY coach who steps up and gives their time to help the kids!!
City League

Foothill Ranch, CA

#5 Feb 26, 2013
The big difference is that the city is coed which isn't bad. Referees are employees not high school students but it is good for those who are not going to play in High School and want to play to get better and have fun. All Net is the way to go for those looking to play in high school. NJB's coaching staff has the same issue as all other sports, only a few good ones and then there's daddy ball coaches. Oh well that's life. Step up if you don't like it and coach. Leagues are always looking for coach's that can pass a background check.
Neutral Observer

La Mirada, CA

#6 Mar 3, 2013
While i find that the information that has be post on here as comments are strictly those of opinion. So let me lay out some facts: Fact that the referrees taht offciate games at the City Youth League all have a background in sports and have been hired because they are competent to do the job. Several members of the staff have been coaches at the high school level so their knowledge of the game is higher than most parent volunteers. Fact NJB does have all stars and championship series but 85% of the kids who play have played at the rec center and have moved on because staff openly encourages kids to move forward when they stand out skill wise. I challnege to show that the city isnt getting better as the number of teams this season exceeded 44 teams in comparision to the 28 NJB had. They are apples and oranges when you want to compare one is for sole learning and instruction while the other is for more competition. Lastly All-Net is the Highest level you can participate in at NJB. Do whats best for your own child. I have coached for the City League and Currently Coach NJB.
Fan of both Leagues

Norwalk, CA

#7 Mar 5, 2013
Neutral Observer wrote:
While i find that the information that has be post on here as comments are strictly those of opinion. So let me lay out some facts: Fact that the referrees taht offciate games at the City Youth League all have a background in sports and have been hired because they are competent to do the job. Several members of the staff have been coaches at the high school level so their knowledge of the game is higher than most parent volunteers. Fact NJB does have all stars and championship series but 85% of the kids who play have played at the rec center and have moved on because staff openly encourages kids to move forward when they stand out skill wise. I challnege to show that the city isnt getting better as the number of teams this season exceeded 44 teams in comparision to the 28 NJB had. They are apples and oranges when you want to compare one is for sole learning and instruction while the other is for more competition. Lastly All-Net is the Highest level you can participate in at NJB. Do whats best for your own child. I have coached for the City League and Currently Coach NJB.
You make some valid points, but just because you play sports does not mean you are a good referee. It is two different things and knowing the game as a player and being able to interpret the rules are apple and oranges. Referees must be trained and evaluated and work on their craft to become good at it. I have played coached and refer, and I can tell you the hardest of the three is being a ref.
Neutral Observer

La Mirada, CA

#8 Mar 6, 2013
I will agree with you 100% being an official is one of the hardest tasks especially at the Youth Level. However I will ask how do you know that the officials receive no training? Is this a fact or simply the opinion of a parent. While my child has participated their and I have seen some inconsistency from an official and maybe a lack of understanding. Their are a few officials that are on top of their game. I have myself officiated Football, Basketball, and Umpired Baseball and with every call made it is subject to opinion by every observer there. I believe that both NJB and the City Youth League serve the purpose that they set out to. NJB gives kids who are looking for a more competitive league the opportunity to play while the City Youth Leagues provide an introductory course in the sport.

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