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Women’s Summer League

Women’s League Summer 2019

Congratulations to team POWER for winning 2019 Women’s Summer League and finishing a perfect 15-0.  For final results, click:   Womens_League_Sched_19

Each team plays 12 games except Team #10, In the Zone AAU, which has 2 byes due to conflicts with tournaments.  These games will not be made up.  Consequently, this team will not be eligible for the playoffs.  2 teams are playing double headers on Thursdays (Huskies and Wildlife).  Teams play everyone at least once (except team #10).  Reminder, to play in playoffs, players need to attend at least 6 games.


The season will consist of 12 games and a playoff between the top half of the regular season teams.   The season will run from:

Monday, June 10th to August 8th, 2019

Most games will be on Monday and Thursdays between 6:00 and 10:00 pm. All games will be at In the Zone.

League Policies

Double Headers: Some teams are traveling an hour or more to play in the league. Teams may opt for playing double headers to reduce travel time. Every attempt will be made to honor these requests; most of the time there will be a one game break between double-header games. Double Headers will only be for teams that want them.

There is no double rostering unless approved by the league director. Rosters will remain open until a team starts its third game. No additions will be allowed after that unless there are extenuating circumstances (serious injury, etc).

Please state uniform/shirt color when registering. Colors will be approved based on order of receiving league deposit.

Although there are no minimum or maximum age restrictions, this is an adult women’s league and rosters should reflect that. Younger players may play if they can handle it. League director reserves the right to prohibit players from playing if there seems to be a safety risk (i.e. a 5’1” 90 lb 8th grader probably shouldn’t be playing against college players).

Game Rules:

  • 18 minute halves, stop clock. Clock runs last 5 minutes of 2nd half if 20+ point lead.
  • Bonus on 7th  team foul, double bonus on 10th team foul each half.
  • Four 30 second timeouts per game; one additional 30 sec time out for each OT period.
  • 2 minute halftime.
  • 2 minute overtime followed by 1 minute overtime if tied after 1st OT.
  • No pressing by the team with the lead after a 20 point lead.
  • 5 minute grace period from start of game before forfeit is announced.     If a team needs another player, league director can approve substitute player. Forfeits need to be either accepted or refused before the game starts. Team must have 5 players to start a game.
  • Any player receiving a technical will be required to sit out for next 5 minutes of game time.
  • Any player or coach receiving two technical fouls for unsportsmanlike behavior in one game will be ejected from that game and will not be allowed to play in their next game.
  • Any player getting kicked out of 2 games due to unsportsmanlike behavior will be expelled from the league.
  • Other PIAA (high school) rules are in effect.
  • A player must play in or attend at least half of his team’s regular season games in order to participate in the playoffs.

Sportsmanship: Teams are expected to show good sportsmanship: no running up the score, no trash talking, no taunting, etc.

Spectators are also expected to show good sportsmanship. Yelling at the referees, talking to opposing team’s players, taunting, mocking, etc will not be tolerated.

In the Zone is a family place. Typically there are a lot of kids around. Some of our AAU teams come out to watch the games; players are expected to set a good example and act responsibly.

Profanity will not be tolerated.

The League Director reserves the right to remove anyone from the league and/or building, to restrict entrance to the facility, and to enforce appropriate behavior by players, spectators, coaches etc.

Officials: The registration fee includes referee fees. 2 qualified referees will be scheduled for each game. In the Zone will provide the clock operator/scorer. Each team should also supply a scorer to insure accuracy.

Uniforms:   Every player on a team must have the same basic color shirt and it should be numbered.

Miscellaneous: There should be enough time between games to allow for a brief warm-up for each team; however, warm-up time is not guaranteed and teams are not allowed to warm up on the other courts/baskets.   The half courts are reserved for members and paying walk-in customers.

Coaches, managers and parents are expected to adhere to the standard policies of In the Zone and abide by these rules.

The snack bar, and fitness area will be open during the games. Separate fees apply.

Communications:   League schedules, results, updates etc will be posted on this website and communicated via email to team managers.  Other administrative info will be relayed by email.

Registration: The entry fee is $650/team and is due in full by the first game. To reserve your spot in league, a $200 deposit is due June 4th.

The registration form with roster including player numbers is due before playing team’s first game.

Want to play but need a team?

Individual players can register and will be placed on a team provided there are enough individual registrations to create a full team. There will be a 7-9 man limit to these “house” rosters. Players should control substitutions to allow relatively equal playing time. There is no guarantee there will be a house team. Cost is $90/player and is due in full before the first game. Fee includes T-shirt.


League Director is Steve Turpening.  Email:

Honorary Director is Will Frantz

For a printable brochure with registration form, click here:  womens league summer19


Boy’s U17 Winter League

For the 2018-19 Schedule and game results click: u17 schedule UPDATED Mon  2/18  at 10:00 pm.

In the Zone is organizing a basketball league for boys 17 and younger during the 2018-2019 winter.  For a printable brochure with registration form click: U17 League Brochure2018   The season will start Saturday, December 1st and end Saturday, February 23rd.

There will be a 10 game regular season with a short playoff for the top 4-6 teams (depending on number of teams in league).  Most games will be played Saturday mornings between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm. There might be a few games during the week between 6:00-9:00 pm.  All games will be played at In the Zone; however, depending on the number of teams in the league, court time available, and whether some games might be played elsewhere (probably Palmer Community Center).

Player Eligibility:  Players need to have been 17 years of age or younger on September 1st, 2018 (born on or after 9/1/00), in high school, with PIAA high school eligibility left and not currently on a PIAA or other High School team.  Players may be rostered with other leagues (CYO, CBL etc.) but cannot be rostered on multiple teams competing in this league.

League Policies

Game Rules: 

  • 20 minute halves with running clock; stop clock the last 2 minutes of each half.
  • Four 30 second timeouts per game; one additional 30 sec TO for each OT period.
  • 4 minute halftime.
  • 2 minute overtime followed by 1 minute overtimes (no sudden death).
  • No pressing by a team with a 20+ point lead.
  • Mercy rule:  clock will continue to run during the last 2 minutes of the half and game if one team has a 20 point lead at that time.  Clock will stop during the last 10 seconds of each half regardless of score.
  • 10 minute grace period from start of game before forfeit is announced.
  • Any player or coach receiving two technical fouls will be ejected from that game and will not be allowed to play in their next game.
  • Any player receiving a behavior related technical foul or a flagrant foul will be required to sit out the next 5 minutes of game time (can carry over to next game).
  • Any player receiving a total of 4 behavior related technical fouls and/or flagrant fouls will be expelled from the league (no refunds).
  • The head coach of any team receiving a total of 4 behavior related technical fouls and/or flagrant fouls form any member of his team, the bench or personally will be fined $25 for each offense.  Initial fine will be $100 (Fines will be donated to Johnny MAC Soldiers Fund).
  • Teams must have at least one parent/responsible person over the age of 24 on the bench during games.
  • Other PIAA rules are in effect.
  • The League Director, Steve Turpening, has the right to exclude and/or expel players, coaches, parents, spectators or entire teams from participation and/or observation as he deems necessary for the good of the league or safety of those involved.

 Officials: The registration fee includes referee fees.  2 qualified referees will be scheduled for each game.  Most of the refs have varsity high school experience and/or college experience.   In the Zone will provide the clock operator/scorer.  Each team should also supply a scorer to insure accuracy.

Uniforms:   Every player on a team needs to have the same color shirt with numbers clearly visible. Players should keep the same number throughout the season.  In event the number changes, the official scorer must be notified.

MiscellaneousThere should be enough time between games to allow for a 5 minute warm-up for each team; however, warm-up time is not guaranteed.

Coaches, managers, and parents are expected to adhere to the standard policies of In the Zone and abide by these rules.

Registration Fees:   $725/team.  To register and reserve your spot complete application and mail with a $200 deposit by Sunday Nov 26th to:  In the Zone, 6870 Chrisphalt Drive, Bath, PA 18014.  Balance is due Saturday, Dec 2nd.

Registration fee includes referee fees, court time for games and clock operator fees.  This fee does not include practice time.  Due to issues with last year teams discounted practice time WILL NOT be given this year.  If practice time is needed, a 48 hour advance reservation is required and normal rental rates will apply.

Admission Fees:  There may be a nominal $1.00 daily admission fee for the U17 games. 2 coaches per team and players do not pay admission fees.

Rosters:  Preliminary rosters with Players’ name, DOB, and jersey # are due with deposit.  Final Roster is due before playing second game.

To be eligible to play in the playoffs, a player needs to be present for at least 5 regular season games.  This requirement includes injured players.

 Awards:  The league champion, as determined by the winner of the playoffs, will receive a team trophy and each player will receive a League Champion T-Shirt.  The runner-up will receive a team trophy.

Composition of League: There are generally two types of teams in the league:

1) Area athletic associations will enter teams into the league,  e.g Bethlehem Township Athletic Association.

2) Groups of kids and their parents can get together and form teams for the leagues.

If you want to play but do not have a team, ITZ will try to find a team that needs more players but there is no guarantee that a spot will exist.

Players, coaches and spectators are expected to act appropriately, show good sportsmanship, respect each other and maintain control.

Please note: Some people have been banned from In the Zone.  If one of these players shows up on a roster, they will not be allowed to play.  If they show up to watch, they will not be allowed in. 


Fall Training LeagueFuture Stars 


This fall, In the Zone will be running a basketball training league to help kids get ready for their winter season. The program will be held on Sundays from Oct 6 thru Nov 3, 2019 between 11:00 and 3:00 pm,

Each Sunday the training program will consist of 60 minutes of skills training and 60 minutes of games.  The 60 minutes of skills training will focus on approximately 20 minutes of ball handling, 30 minutes of shooting and finishing and 10 minutes of footwork, agility and conditioning.

Each week the instructors will pick teams and these teams will play games against each other. Teams will be based on ability, age, physical size etc.

Ideally, this is how the program will develop: about 30 boys and 30 girls in grades 5-9 will enroll. The girls will train 11:00-1:00 one week and then 1:00-3:00 the next week.   The boys will have the opposite schedule: 1:00-3:00 one week, then 11:00-1:00 the next. After the 60 minutes of skills training, the 30 kids would be split into six-5 player teams: 3 younger teams and 3 older teams. Two of the younger teams will play an 8-10 minute game on one court while the 3rd team rests.   The same will happen on the other court with the older teams. After the first 8-10 minute game is over, one team will rest and the third team will play. This rotation will continue for the hour: play 2 games, rest one game.

Depending on the situation, some kids might double roster, some kids might play with the older group and the younger group, some kids might move from older to younger or younger to older week by week, some teams might have subs. The goal is to get 3 roughly competitive teams in each bracket each week.

Please Note: There will always be some disparity between players on a team: someone is always going to be the oldest on the team; someone is always going to be the youngest; someone is always going to be the best and someone is always going to be the weakest. We’ll place kids on teams that we feel will result in competitive games. We’re not going to place kids on teams because their parents want them to play up, etc.

By not having set teams and standings, the focus should be more on skill development and teaching rather than winning the game or the league title. No MVPs, no All-Stars just training.

Coaches and Trainers:  The coaches and trainers will be local HS/college players and In the Zone AAU coaches.

Referees:   Games will have 2 referees each.

Dates and Times*

Girls 5-9th grades:

Sunday, Oct 6 , 11:00-1:00 pm

Sunday, Oct 13, 1:00-3:00 pm

Sunday, Oct 20, 11:00-1:00 pm

Sunday, Oct 27, 1:00-3:00 pm

Sunday, Nov 3, 11:00-1:00 pm

Boys 5-9th grades:

Sunday, Oct 6, 1:00-3:00 pm

Sunday, Oct 13, 11:00-1:00 pm

Sunday, Oct 20, 1:00-3:00 pm

Sunday, Oct 27, 11:00-1:00 pm

Sunday, Nov 3, 1:00-3:00  pm      *Times might change slightly if sign-ups warrant


Individual Registration:   Registration for this program is for individuals. You do not need a team to participate.   The registration fee for this program is $140. 2019 ITZ AAU players receive $30 off; fee is $110

Uniform Requirements.  Players need to have a blue/white reversible mesh jersey. If needed, one can be purchased for $20.

For a printable brochure with registration form click here:  Fall League ’19 brochure


Future Stars League (k-4), Winter 2018-19

In the Zone Basketball Club is conducting an instructional basketball program for boys and girls grades K-4th starting Nov 7, 2018 and continuing through Feb 23, 2019.

The primary focus of this program is to teach the fundamentals of basketball in a logical, sequential and technically accurate manner.

 This program will stress the fundamentals of the game.  If a player can’t dribble, pass, catch, shoot or play man-to-man defense, there is no sense running up and down the court trying to play games

Program Highlights

  • 2 practices/week.  One practice on Wednesdays 6:00-7:00 and one on Saturdays 4:00-5:00 pm (excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas vacation times).
  • Wednesdays will focus on skills.  Saturdays will feature skills and situational drills/games. We will; however,  work on individual skills throughout the entire program on both days.
  • Kids will be divided into ability groups, not age groups. These groups will change as kids demonstrate proficiency at the various levels and move through the program.
  • Kids will be promoted through the training program based on their mastery of certain skills (similar to the Belt system in martial arts)
  • The final stage and end goal is for each player to be proficient in all their individual and small group skills and be able to play full court games.
  • The emphasis during the games will be on instruction and learning—not on winning.  By de-emphasizing the score and playing in-house games (rather than pitting one organization against another), we can focus more on teaching, training and instructing.

Flow of the Program:

November will be devoted to individual skills such as ball handling, shooting, rebounding and 1 on 1 man-to-man defense. We will also cover basic rules of the game like, traveling, double dribble, personal fouls, 3 seconds etc.  On Saturdays we will play 1 on 1 games and “tournaments”.

December will be 2 on 2 month.  We’ll teach passing, pick and rolls, give and go’s, some basic offensive rotations, help defense, and off-ball rebounding.  On Saturdays, for those kids who are ready, we’ll  play half court 2 v 2 games.

January is 3 v 3 time.  Besides continuing to work on the all-important 2 man aspects of the game, the focus this month will be away screens, down screens, offensive rotations and help defense. And on Saturdays we’ll play half court 3 on 3 games.

February is full court game time.  Training will include transition offense and defense, backcourt rules, pressing, etc.  Everyone will receive instruction in game management (substitution procedures, jump balls, lining up for foul shots, etc) but only those kids that have demonstrated appropriate knowledge and skills will play full court games. Of course our goal is that everyone is trained to a point that they will be ready to play but that may not be the case.

The last 2 Saturday session in February will feature formal games complete with refs, fans and scoreboards.  These games will be the pinnacle of our program (similar to a dance recital or concert for those familiar with those programs)

Basketball Size and Basket Height: Most of the players will use an intermediate size (27.5”, #5) ball for this program.  Depending on the progress of the various groups, they might build up to a 28.5” (#6) size ball.  Most groups will start off with lower baskets (probably 8’) with the goal of building up to a standard 10’ basket as they progress through the training.  We feel it is more important that the kids demonstrate proper form on a lower basket than improper technique on a 10’ basket.

Frequently Asked Questions

 Why play 2 on 2 and 3 on 3? Both of these half-court formats stress fundamental basketball including pick and rolls, give and go’s and man to man defense.  Additionally by reducing the number of players on the court, individual touches and opportunities increase.  These small-sided games have been utilized in soccer for years.  Also, the “steal and lay-up” offense is eliminated and teams have to work in a fundamentally centric half court set to score.

Why In the Zone?  Our primary instructor and program developer has almost 15 years and thousands of hours coaching kids and teaching basketball.  Over the years, we’ve developed a training program and style that works.

How do I register and how much does it Cost?  You can register by completing the registration form included in  the printable brochure below and mailing with payment to In the Zone.  The registration fee for this program is $225 which includes 28 training sessions.  This works out to under $8/hour which is far less than activities like karate, mma, dance, gymnastics, etc.

For Printable brochure with registration form:  FutureStars18Broch