FIYA Basketball 2016 - General Information

FIYA offers interscholastic basketball leagues for elementary schools.  We organize leagues based on factors such as geography, grade level and skill level.  Division 1 is for 8thgrade and below and Division 2 is for 6th and below.  Division 1A is for 8th grade and below but is intended for schools with smaller school enrollment and/or lesser experienced players; Division 1A is more developmental.  While FIYA reserves the right to make final decisions on where teams are placed, please let us know if you think your team would be a good fit for D-1A. Our goal is to provide the best experience for all teams so any feedback you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

 

Each school team will play 7 to 8 regular season games.  For Division 1 the regular season will start the week of January 11 and for Division 1A and Division 2, the regular season will likely start the week of January 18.  The regular season will end in March with playoffs for Division 1 starting in early March.  Please note that a portion of Division 1 playoffs may occur during your school’s spring break and the Division 1 championships for girls and boys will take place on March 24 or 28 at Staples Center.  There are playoffs in Division 1A but the championship will NOT be at Staples Center and there are no playoffs in Division 2.

 

The deadline to register your school’s intent to participate in FIYA basketball is ON or BEFORE Wednesday November 25, 2015.  Please submit the attached form VIA EMAIL to register your school’s intent to participate in FIYA basketball – phone calls and text messages are unofficial and therefore not guaranteed.  Any emails received after Wednesday November 25 will be placed on the wait list and will be added only if they can be accommodated.  Upon receipt of your school’s intent to register, we will send an invoice to your school.  Payments of invoice can be made at the mandatory coaches meeting.  The cost to participate is $450 per team which includes all fees (referee, facility, admin, etc). 

 

Please be sure to write down the days during the season that your school has a holiday as well as any special scheduling requests.  We strive to do our best to accommodate schedule requests but cannot guarantee every request can be met.  However, providing schedule requests PRIOR to the draft schedules being sent will significantly help in creating good game schedules and will limit the need for making changes to the draft schedule.

 

There are mandatory coaches meetings.  A representative of your school needs to attend just the meeting in the region where the school team will play.  If your school cannot send a representative to attend the mandatory coaches meeting, you should seriously consider NOT registering a basketball team for your school.  Here are the dates and locations of such meetings:

 

Valley Region – 5 pm on Monday December 7th at San Fernando Valley Academy located at 17601 Lassen Street, Northridge 91325.

Los Angeles Region – 5 pm on Tuesday December 8th at Kipp LA Prep located at 2810 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles 90023.

Westside Region – 5 pm on Wednesday December 16th at Frank Parent School located at 5354 West 64th Street Inglewood 90302.

 

Lastly, FIYA basketball games occur in gymnasiums at centralized facilities during the weekdays between the hours of 4 pm and 8 pm.  If your school has a gym or access to a gym, we are in need of gymnasiums to host the games.  We are certainly open to considering any gyms so long as they work within the parameters of our business model.  Please contact me or Nick Galvan at nickgalvan@onfiya.org.

 
 

D-1A BB Finals - Culver City vs Le Lycee

For the D-1A Basketball Finals Monday at Le Lycee Francais, there were four teams but just two schools – Culver City Middle School and Le Lycee Francais played for both the boys and girls championships.

On the girls side Le Lycee hoped the return of some players from injury would be the difference but Culver had other ideas. They raced to the lead early, but behind their home crowd Le Lycee refused to give up. A late run got them back in it but ultimately was not enough as Culver held on to claim the title.

The boys game lived up to the excitement of the girls game and then some. Hoping to avenge a regular season loss, Le Lycee came in prepared using a box and one defense to try to stifle Culver’s potent offensive attack. The teams battled throughout, with Culver able to build a small lead early that was quickly erased. The second half was back and forth and full of drama, but clutch foul shooting in the final minute allowed Culver to complete the sweep.

Congratulations to all four teams on great seasons.

Culver City - Champions

Le Lycee - 2nd Place

Culver City - Champions

Le Lycee - 2nd Place

D-1 Boys & Girls BB Finals

For any child growing up in Los Angeles, there is nothing quite like getting the opportunity to compete on the floor of Staples Center. For the La Tijera (Inglewood) and St. Jerome (Westchester) girls and Frank Parent (Inglewood) and Culver City boys that dream was realized Monday afternoon.

Before friends and family these four teams gave everything they had in hopes of capturing the 2014 FIYA Basketball Championship. First up were the girls, where La Tijera hoped to complete an undefeated season and St. Jerome vied to avenge an early season loss. The first half saw both teams battle valiantly, but ultimately the inside-outside combination of the Tigers proved too much for the Spartans and La Tijera emerged victorious as the 2014 Girls D-1 Champs.

On the boys’ side, Frank Parent had cruised through most of the regular season but knew they were up for a challenge against Culver City. As sixth graders, this Culver City group competed well in the first year of FIYA Basketball against 8th grade teams, and as seventh graders came up just short in last year’s D-1A title game; this year they hoped to take the final leap to end their season with a win and a championship.

In the first few minutes it seemed apparent this game would come down to the final moments, and the teams did not disappoint. It was a back and forth game throughout with Parent occasionally taking a lead that Culver would respond to with a run of their own, including in the final minute when Culver rallied to force overtime. Parent proved to have a bit too much in the extra period though, hitting the key shots that led to a 48-43 victory, and Frank Parent’s second of three FIYA D-1 Boys Basketball Championships.

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the schools and FIYA, and congratulations to all four teams on excellent seasons.

La Tijera - D-1 Girls Champions

St. Jerome - D-1 Girls Second Place

Frank Parent - D-1 Boys Champions

Culver City - D-1 Boys Second Place

D-1A Girls & Boys BB Finals

The FIYA Basketball season concluded Friday with the D-1A Boys & Girls Championship at Le Lycee Francais. First up were the girls, where Pilgrim looked to complete an undefeated season with a win in the title game, while opponent Culver City had other ideas, looking to avenge a regular season loss to the Patriots. Both teams battled hard throughout, but Pilgrim came out on top to claim their first FIYA championship.

In the boys game, Culver City came in as the undefeated top seed but they had not faced the Thunderbirds of Westchester Secondary. Competing for the first time in FIYA, Westchester Secondary looked to end their season on a high note, and did so in capturing the title.

Congratulations to all four teams on great seasons.

Pilgrim - Champions

Culver City - Second Place

 

Westchester Secondary - Champions

Culver City - Second Place

Basketball Final Four

 

It was an electric atmosphere at Challengers Boys & Girls Club for the 2014 FIYA D-1 Girls & Boys Final Four Thursday night.

In the first girls game, undefeated La Tijera looked to continue their dream season while Lou Dantzler had different ideas in hoping to avenge one of their just two losses. With a raucous crowd cheering every play, Dantzler held the lead for much of the game before La Tijera showed why they were the regular season champs by battling back to go ahead. Dantzler had one last chance but a three point shot rimmed out in the final seconds and La Tijera held on for the win.

The second game saw View Park and St. Jerome locked in a defensive battle. While St. Jerome led throughout there was no putting away View Park who refused to go down quietly. In the end though St. Jerome held on to advance to Monday’s Championship at Staples Center.

The girls of Spartan Nation hung around to cheer in hopes that their boys counterparts would join them on the Clippers floor, but the boys had the tall task of getting through Culver City who defeated them in the regular season.  At times during the game Culver City seemed poised to take control, but St. Jerome refused to be deterred. Despite trailing for most of the second half, St. Jerome railed to force overtime. In a game that left all participants and spectators exhausted, Culver City ultimately prevailed 58-57 by making several timely plays that led to victory.

The final game of the night pitted perennial power Frank Parent vs. West League rival Paul Revere. Revere gave Parent everything they could handle in their regular season matchup, but Parent was up to the task this time and was able to overcome the excellent effort of Revere to move onto the Finals.

 

With the Final Four games decided, the championship schedule is:

Monday March 10th at Staples Center

12 PM – Girls Finals – La Tijera vs. St. Jerome

1:15 PM – Boys Finals – Frank Parent vs. Culver City

 

Tickets are $10 per adult and $5 per student (8th grade and below) and will be available at participating schools on Friday or at the Staples Center 11th Street gate on Monday from 11 AM –12 PM.