FIYA Basketball 2018 - 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 8th grade and below and Division 2 is for 6th and below. 

Each school team will play 7 to 8 regular season games.  The regular season will start the week of January 8 and and will end by March 2 for Division 1 with playoffs starting the week of March 5.  There are no playoffs for Division 2, but the Division 2 regular season will likely end on or before March 16.  

The deadline to register your school’s intent to participate in FIYA basketball is ON or BEFORE Friday November 25, 2017.  Please go to our registration page on the website and complete the online registration for basketball.  

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.  The dates and locations of such meetings will be shared later but note that they will occur the week of December 11.

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 John Mueller at johnmueller@onfiya.org or Nick Galvan at nickgalvan@onfiya.org.

 
 

Century Community Charter roars to victory

Bears capture 2017 Division 1 Boys Championship at Staples Center

Playing on the large court of the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on Wednesday March 15 2017, the Bears of Century Community Charter started out slowly scoring only 6 points in the first seven minutes of the Division 1 championship game against Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies.  However, the high octane offense started to find its rhythm and, despite the aggressive defense of LACES, Century Community was able to obtain a 13 point halftime lead.  The Bears kept their offensive pedal to the metal and won their first FIYA Division 1 Boys basketball championship by a score of 43 to 23.  Congratulations to both teams on an awesome season.

LACES knots up a perfect season with the 2017 Division 1 Girls Basketball championship

Unicorns defeat Culver City by 2 at Staples Center

Culver City Middle School and Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies (LACES) entertained the crowd at Staples Center on Wednesday March 15 in the Division 1 Girls Basketball Championship.  Both undefeated teams played tenacious defense and hustled to all four corners of the Clippers basketball court to fight for baskets.  Neither team lead by more than 5 points throughout the game.  With the score 23 to 21 in favor of LACES, Culver City had the ball with a few seconds remaining.  As hard as the Panthers worked to get a tying or game winning basket, the Unicorns were equally determined to prevent it.  In the end, defense prevailed and LACES won its first FIYA championship.  Congratulations to both teams on an excellent season.

Final Wave of Momentum Rests with Ocean Charter

Ocean Charter Wins 2017 D1A Boys Basketball Championship over The City School

The Boys Division 1A Basketball Championship was a game filled with exciting momentum shifts with The City School and Ocean Charter taking turns to shine on the court.  The City School, who had defeated Ocean Charter during the regular season, started out hot and took the early lead.  About halfway through the first half, Ocean Charter made their run to even the game and from there it was a seasaw battle.  Both teams displayed athleticism and team play.  In the end, Ocean Charter had the last momentum run which was enough to carry it to the championship with a 37 - 33 victory.

Irish Eyes Smile Upon Culver City

Panthers Win 2017 D1A Girls Basketball Championship over La Tijera

On St Patrick's Day, FIYA held its Division 1A Basketball Championship at Park Century School in Culver City.  The girls championship featured La Tijera versus Culver City and for the majority of the game, the Lady Tigers clad in green and white had the lead over Culver City by as many as 6 points.  While baskets were hard to come by, the Panthers kept clawing away and with over one minute left in the game finally caught and past their opponent.  Culver City won 23 to 19 to capture the championship.  Congratulations to both teams for a fine season.

MLC Rises to Top to Capture 2016 FIYA Basketball Division 1 Championship

Pandas Use Height to Win Canoga Park School's First FIYA Championship

On the floor of the Los Angeles Clippers in Staples Center on Monday March 28, FIYA held its Division 1 Girls Basketball Championship.  Two undefeated teams -- Palms Middle School of Los Angeles and Multicultural Learning Center of Canoga Park -- battled it out.  Palms, the defending FIYA champions from 2015, used their speed and accurate shooting to create a slight margin in the first half.  Yet, the Pandas of MLC used their height to create problems for Palms and to control the boards and score points underneath.  After taking a slight lead in the second half, the Panthers found a second level and opened up a five point with a few minutes remaining in the game.  MLC was able to hit a few key free throws and another put back basket to tie the game and send it into overtime.  Trailing by 1 point with two seconds left in overtime, Palms missed the front end of a single bonus free throw and once again MLC controlled the rebound and the 2016 FIYA Championship was theirs by the score of 36 to 35.  Congratulations to both teams for a wonderful season.  Click on Sports, Basketball and Girls Playoffs for pictures from the Division 1 Girls Basketball Championship at Staples Center.

3 Pointer by Culver City Crowns Centaurs as 2016 FIYA Division 1 Basketball Champions

Culver City Defeats Harry Bridges

After watching a thrilling girls basketball championship, Culver City and Harry Bridges boys teams entertained the crowd at Staples Center on Monday afternoon.  The boys played fast, jumped high, defended aggressively and worked hard to score baskets the entire game in an extremely well-played game.  Both teams entered the Championship Game with undefeated records of 10 wins and no losses and both teams played like champions.  Culver City lead 24 - 21 at the half and must have received an inspiring halftime speech as they opened the second half with a 10 to 1 run to obtain their largest margin.  However, the Bulldogs settled down and started chipping away at the lead when they finally caught the Centaurs with a few minutes remaining in the game.  A big basket and clutch free throws gave the Bulldogs the lead with less than a minute to go.  Culver City still had more left, nailing a huge three pointer from the corner to put them up 53 - 51 with 8 seconds remaining.  After a timeout, Harry Bridges diagrammed an inbounds play and were able to get off a rushed three point shot of their own that fell short, allowing Culver City to celebrate their first FIYA championship for their boys.  Congratulations to both teams for a wonderful season.  Click on Sports, Basketball and Boys Playoffs for pictures from the Championship Day at the Coliseum.

Wilders Prep Wins the Battle of Unbeatens in 2016 Division 1A Boys Championship

Eagles defeat New West to Join Lady Eagles as Perfect Champs

Wilders Prep and New West played solid basketball all season long and the two ended up facing each other in the Division 1A Championship on Friday March 18 at Park Century.  Fired up by the championship victory for the Lady Eagles earlier, the Eagles flew from the tip off and went on a 16 to 1 run to start the game.  New West eventually found some momentum and were able to get the deficit to single digits by halftime.  However, Wilders Prep had another fast start to the second half and doubled their halftime lead and ended up winning 42 to 30 to complete its perfect season and a double championship victory for Wilders Prep.

Talented Wilders Prep Girls Take Home 2016 D-1A Championship

Lady Eagles Complete Perfect Season

Wilders Prep Lady Eagles completed their Division 1A playoff run in the same manner it completed its regular season:  Constant defensive pressure leading to transition baskets and double digit victories.  One of their closer regular season games was against St Jerome and they faced their Westside League rival in the finals on Friday March 18 at Park Century.  Similar to their regular season battle, the Lady Eagles full court press and tenacious man to man defense eventually paid off and Wilders Prep won 29 to 12.  

2105 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

Frank Parent, Century Community Take D-1A Titles

The FIYA Division 1A Basketball Championship games were played Thursday before a packed house at La Tijera. In the girls game, neighborhood rivals La Tijera and Frank Parent battled it out, with Frank Parent holding on to a slim lead throughout and taking home the title. In the boys game, Century Community got out to a big lead but had to hold a furious rally from Culver City. Clutch foul shots down the stretch sealed the win for Century Community.

Congratulations to all four teams on great seasons.

 

Frank D. Parent - Girls Division 1A Champions

 

La Tijera - Girls Divison 1A Runner Ups

 

Century Community - Boys Division 1A Champions

 

Culver City - Boys Division 1A Runner Ups

 

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.