All teams are required to have 3 players on the court at all times, with no co-ed restrictions. There is no limit to team roster size.
- Recreational: This division will feature teams that may have some skilled players, but also many inexperienced players. The majority of players in this division might be new to the fundamentals of basketball, including; passing, shooting and ball-handling. Teams in this division must have a “fun first” approach to every game. If the majority of the players are competitive in nature, the team should move up to a higher level.
- Recreational Plus: This division is for more experienced teams. Players can shoot, pass, and dribble comfortably, and the team is looking for more of a challenge than the Recreational level. Not all players in this division need to be highly skilled; but teams typically have a few players experienced in the sport.
- Teams/Groups/Individuals are expected to read the division descriptions and place themselves in the most appropriate division. If players are unsure of which division to register for, they are welcome to contact the office for further clarification or advice.
- The CSSC reserves the right to move any team up or down a division (regardless of where they registered) based on total registration numbers. The CSSC rarely runs odd numbered divisions, or divisions with a low number of teams, so in these cases division realignment is necessary.
All teams are guaranteed at least 4 games and a possibility to play up to 6 games total.
Although a Games Coordinator will be on-site to keep score and ensure the game runs smoothly, CSSC Tournaments are self-officiated, so each team must call their own fouls. Each team is responsible for reporting the score after each game is played.
There will be an optional Skills Competition where players can showcase their skills and win prizes.
Unfortunately, there are many instances in Alberta when the weather is not ideal and/or road conditions are poor: the CSSC will not cancel Indoor Tournaments due to poor weather or road conditions.
Teams are placed into a tournament or event on a first-paid, first-served basis. The CSSC will attempt to ensure that all teams and players get placed into the option of their choice. It is not uncommon to have tournaments and events sell out, so registering early is recommended. If players/teams cannot be placed, a full refund will be issued. The CSSC reserves the right to move teams from one division to another. This often happens with little notice once registration is closed, divisions are being finalized and schedules are being built. The CSSC makes every attempt to place teams in divisions that are most appropriate by evaluating past standings and assessing other teams within each division. Team rosters do change from season to season, however, new player information is not used as a metric for gauging the skill level of each team as a whole; placement is based on the success of a team/captain’s most recent season. Teams may be moved for a number of reasons:
- The most qualified teams may be moved to fill spots in a division with lower registration numbers than the one they have registered in. For example: If there are 12 teams in Recreational and 4 teams in Recreational Plus, the 4 teams with the best prior records may be moved to the Recreational Plus division to create balanced leagues at 8 teams each.
- Some teams register below their ability. If a team has recently done very well in a league or tournament or has won a championship in either, they should register in a higher division when available. If they do not, the CSSC will correct this by moving the team to the appropriate division.
- If there is a large number of registrations for a particular division, it may be split into subdivisions (eg. Recreational A, Recreational B). Occasionally, large groups of teams will be placed into new divisions as a form of subdividing. For example: If 24 teams register in the Recreational league, and there are no registrations at other skill levels, the teams may be subdivided into 8 teams in Intermediate, 8 teams in Recreational Plus and 8 teams in Recreational based on their previous standings with The Club.
All teams that get moved into a different division or get placed into a lettered division will be playing with the same teams they would have been placed with regardless of division name or letter.