On April 6, 2011, the FCYBL Council approved two changes to the FCYBL Rules:
Change to Grade-Based Teams By a vote of 13-4, the Council changed the rules for team formation to a grade-based system from an age-based system.
Starting with the 2011-2012 season, teams will be formed based on the grades that players are in for such season; there are very limited age restrictions, but generally teams will be formed based on what grade the player is in for that season.
This replaces the old age-based team formation rules whereby a player was eligible for a team based upon his/her age on September 30 of each year, with each team being allowed two "grade exceptions."
6th Grade Boys to Use 28.5 Inch Basketball In a unanimous 17-0 vote, starting with the 2011-2012 season, 6th grade boys will use a 28.5 inch basketball for league play. The 28.5 inch basketball has been used in 5th grade FCYBL boys' play for quite a while. The 29.5 inch regulation men's basketball will be used for boys' Grades 7 and 8 league action.
Girls will continue to use the 28.5 inch basketball in all grades for FCYBL play.