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THE WFA WAY


At WFA, our mission is to strengthen company culture through sports by investing in the lifelong success of Employee-Athletes.  We do this by ensuring  safe, structured, authentic sports environments that promote teamwork, healthy competition, and inclusion. 

We are committed to ensuring our 4 core values fuel everything we do!

1. Embracing Diversity
WFA is committed to being an inclusive professional environment where all participants can learn, grow, and have fun.

2. Healthy Competition
Whether you are a beginner or advanced player, WFA has a place for you. We promote healthy competition based on skill and experience, not age or gender.

3. Safety and Sportspersonship
The safety of our Employee-Athletes is a top priority for us at WFA. We want everyone to feel comfortable playing and encourage all our Employee-Athletes to respect their teammates, officials, opponents, and the rules of the game.

4. Spirit
We are passionate about the power of sports at all levels and how it can apply to the workplace. We believe spirit fuels everything we do, and why should your company sports experience be any different?

 


BasketBALL FAQ


What is Workforce Athletics (WFA)?

  • WFA is the NCAA for Companies.  We strengthen company culture by investing in the lifelong success of Employee-athletes.

  • WFA produces transformative, authentic sports league experiences  and takes care of everything from hiring coaches, setting up practice and game facilities, to organizing inter-company league games.

  • Whether you are a once-upon-a-time college athlete or an aspiring athlete who has never played sports before, WFA has an experience for you and your company; seasonal sports leagues, sports clinics, and internal company corporate sports and wellness offerings.


What are key WFA terms?

  • Team Name: The specific company team you play on (i.e. KP 2, JMH 4, LinkedIn 3)
  • Division: The specific league your team will be playing in based on your team's experience and skill level (i.e. Division I & Division II)
  • Employee-Athlete (EA): From student-athletes to Employee-Athletes!!! (we skip the professional athlete bit)
  • Team Captain: Employee-Athlete on your team who is the liaison between WFA and your team.
  • WFA - Company Ambassador: The person at your company responsible for making WFA happen!  This could be your HR Director, CEO, or you!
  • WFA Coach: An amazing individual who is going to inspire, motivate, and coach you and your team.

What is the WFA basketball league?

  • For the past three years we have been growing our basketball leagues in the Bay Area and are proud to be offering our co-ed basketball leagues across 3 locations to our amazing partner companies and Employee-Athletes. We are fully sold out for our spring 2019 leagues. 

What are the dates of the WFA Basketball League?

Spring 2019: March 31 (Opening Day) - June 15

​​​​​​​*June 15 is regional playoffs. Top teams from each league location and division will qualify

  • San Francisco games will take place on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights in San Francisco.
  • East Bay games will take place on Wednesday and Sunday nights in Walnut Creek.
  • South Bay games will take place on Sunday afternoons in Atherton.

How are teams formed?

  • Teams are formed at the company level. Once a company decides they want to move forward with a WFA team or program, the company assigns an Employee-Athlete (someone who will be playing on the team) as the WFA ambassador and liaison.

How do teams and Employee-Athletes register?

  • Once a company has confirmed participation, WFA will send the company ambassador a unique registration link to circulate to all Employee-Athletes. All Employee-Athletes participating in the league must complete registration.

Where are games played?

  • We have great partnerships with outstanding facilities in the Bay Area and run leagues in San Francisco, the East Bay (Walnut Creek), and the South Bay (Atherton).


San Francisco Leagues: Gateway High School (1430 Scott Street, San Francisco)
*Parking: Enter Gateway Parking Lot off O'Farrell St.


East Bay Leagues:  Ultimate Fieldhouse (2675 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek)
*Parking: There is a large, free parking lot available onsite.


South Bay Leagues: Menlo College (1000 El Camino Real, Atherton, CA)
*Parking: There is a large, free parking lot available onsite.


When are games played?

  • San Francisco Leagues: Games are played between 6:30-9:30pm (one hour time slots) on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.
  • East Bay Leagues: Games will be played between 5:00-9:00pm (one hour time slots) on Wednesday and Sunday.
  • South Bay Leagues: Games will be played between 9:00am-5:00pm (one hour time slots) on Sunday.

    SF Division I Games: Mondays 
    SF Division II Games: Tuesday or Thursday 

What is the league format?

  • 5 v 5, co-ed.  WFA does not place rules and requirements around gender (Example: WFA does not require a female to be on court at all times). Coaches are expected to uphold policies around playing time and subbing as laid out in  "The WFA Way" and League Rules and Regulations.
  • 5 v 5, co-ed.  WFA does not place rules and requirements around gender (Example: one female must be on the court at all times). Coaches are expected to uphold policies around playing time and subbing as laid out in  "The WFA Way" and League Rules and Regulations.

Must all players on my roster be employees at the same company?

  • Yes! This is what sets WFA apart from other leagues. We 100% focus on companies and their Employee-Athletes. We want you to represent and play for your company! Please review the roster and sub policies in the WFA rules.

How do I know what division I will be in?

  • Rosters are formed based on Employee-Athlete’s playing experience, skill level and division preference. WFA will do its best to place teams in divisions that best meets the level of the team as a whole. At WFA’s discretion, they may change your game schedule or assigned team during the season to create a more balanced schedule.

*Division I: "Competitive-performance,"- former college or varsity high school players, high basketball IQ, play to compete, win, and have fun.

*Division II: "Competitive-recreational,"- some former high school players, mostly beginner/intermediate players, play to learn and have fun (winning is a bonus)!

*Division I and II operate under the same WFA Rules with the exception of substitution policies surrounding "balanced playing time."  See WFA Rules and Regulations for more informatoin on our substitution policies for Division I and II.


How much playing time will I get?

This depends on which Division you are playing in.  

  • Division I: Coaches and teams are not required to adhere to the mandatory substitution policy and are allowed "free subbing."  However, each player in attendance is required to start, play, and finish at least one quarter per game, unless they are injured and/or unable to play.
  • Division II: To promote balanced playing time, each player will be encouraged to play one quarter per half per game, unless they are injured, don't want to and/or are unable to return.  If a team has more than 10 players present the coach will ensure each player plays at least one quarter.

 


Can players play on multiple teams?

  • Yes, players can play on multiple teams, however they must pay each separate registration fee and the teams must compete in different divisions.  Employee-Athletes are only allowed to be on more than one team roster at the discretion and approval of WFA Management.

How long are the games?

  • Games will consist of four (4) ten (10) minute quarters with a one (1) minute break between quarters and a two (2) minute break for halftime.  WFA operates under a running clock.  Stop time will occur with ten (10) seconds or less in the 1st and 3rd quarters and with thirty (30) seconds or less in the 2nd and 4th quarters, respectively (unless a team is ahead by 20 plus points).  Games ending in a tie shall be decided by a two (2) minute overtime period.  Clock stoppage will occur in the last thirty (30) seconds.  If a tie still exists then play shall resume with a jump ball.  The first team to score a point shall be declared the winner (this could be one free throw made or a 2 or 3 point basket). 

When will I know my game schedule?

  • The official game schedule will be published at least one week before each league start date.

Do we have a practice?

  • Of course! We want you to feel comfortable playing with each other before jumping into a game.  This is also a great opportunity for your coaches to get to know you and your team.  Teams will have a one-hour practice prior to their first game.

Do games have referees?

  • Yes, all games will have two official WFA referees as well as a scorekeeper running the clock and recording stats.

Why do teams need a coach?

  • Why not? You had them when you were kids all the way through college right? Why stop now? The WFA leagues include coaches for every team. Our current WFA Employee-Athletes LOVE having a coach. There’s no team drama, no politics, just show up and play! Coaches set each Employee-Athlete and team up for success. Coaches will call timeouts, manage subs, and set up plays.  We believe in the I-R-M coach. A Coach who will Inspire you, Relate to you, and Motivate you!
  • We believe our coaches will be their best if they are able to connect with as many Employee-Athletes as possible.  Coaches are assigned to a division and league location rather than to specific teams.  This means your team will get the chance to work with two different coaches throughout the season.

Check out our current roster of amazing WFA coaches here


When is the cut off for adding players?

  • Registration closes on March 1 and rosters are frozen after Week 2 of games.  Adding players after March 1 and adjusting rosters up to the start of Week 3 will be at the sole discretion and approval of WFA Management.

What happens if a player on my team gets injured during the season? Can we add another player?

  • This depends on how many players are on the team roster.  If a player gets injured during the season and cannot continue playing, the Team Captain should notify WFA Management.  WFA Management will deal with these scenarios on a case by case basis. 

What will our uniforms look like?

  • Each registered Employee-Athlete will receive a custom high-quality performance reversible jersey courtesy of our Apparel partner, Champion.  Each team will have their company logo on the front of each side and a number on the back of each side.

How many players can be on my team?

  • The minimum is 8, maximum is 12.  

Can we have a co-ed team?

  • Yes! WFA creates rosters and divisions based on skill and playing experience, not gender or age. We encourage all genders to participate in the division that best suits their experience.
  • WFA extends professional expectations from the workplace into their organized sports leagues.  As such, all WFA leagues and experiences are co-ed, and we ensure the opportunity for the inclusion of all persons regardless of identity, and we affirm non-biased participation.  Company Employee-Athletes are encouraged to focus on personal growth, teamwork, and the spirit of sports participation. 
  • We have a zero-tolerance policy for those who are not able to uphold these expectations.

Who provides game balls and equipment?

  • WFA provides everything. All you have to do is show up and get your game on!

Where do we find the game schedule and league information?

  • Every team will have a team page on WFA’s website and league app, which is powered by SportsEngine. On each team page, you will be able to review standings, schedules, rosters, and chat with your coaches and teams!  You will also be able to RSVP for games, which is very important, so the coaches can plan accordingly.
  • You can download the SportsEngine app from the app or android store directly.
  • Visit our website for more information here

How do playoffs work?

  • After a 8 week regular season, every team will be eligible to participate in the Playoffs.  Final Playoff Structure will be determined during the course of the season based on amount of teams in each Division.  Teams will be seeded based on regular season record and tiebreakers will be head-to-head matchups and/or scoring differential.  *Note- Length of matches are subject to change to accommodate number of teams in playoffs.

Who should I contact if I have questions?



BasketBALL rules and regulations (SPRING 2019)

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Rules

  • The current NCAA Basketball Rules shall govern all games in the Workforce Athletics Basketball League unless otherwise specified herein.  *All rules shall be applied to both Division I and Division II play unless otherwise noted.*

length of games

  • Games will consist of four (4) ten (10) minute quarters with a one (1) minute break between quarters and a two (2) minute break for halftime.  WFA operates under a running clock.  Stop time will occur with ten (10) seconds or less in the 1st and 3rd quarters and with thirty (30) seconds or less in the 2nd and 4th quarters, respectively (unless a team is ahead by 20 plus points).  Games ending in a tie shall be decided by a two (2) minute overtime period.  Clock stoppage will occur in the last thirty (30) seconds.  If a tie still exists then play shall resume with a jump ball.  The first team to score a point shall be declared the winner (this could be one free throw made or a 2 or 3 point basket). 
  • All games shall start per the WFA Official Schedule.
  • ​​​​​​​WFA shall reserve the right to re-schedule any game or game location due to unforeseen circumstances.  There are no provisions to make-up games.  If a team cannot field an approved roster when scheduled to play, there will be no re-scheduling of the game.  All final decisions are at the discretion of WFA. 

 

employee-athlete eligibility requirements

  • Employee-Athletes must be an employee of their respective company they are representing for the game to be considered official.  In other words, if “Company A” has two teams (Orange and Black) and “Employee-Athlete A” is rostered on “Company A Orange”, that “Employee-Athlete A” may also substitute play for “Company A Black” to help them get to the minimum roster requirement of four (4) players.
  • All Employee-Athletes must wear the appropriate team jersey provided by WFA and black shorts (either WFA black shorts or other).
  • All Employee-Athletes must be pre-registered to play with team.
  • All Employee-Athletes agree to make their best effort to attend all practices and games.
  • All Employee-Athletes agree to complete WFA administered player surveys.
  • Employee-Athletes must have participated in at least two (2) league games to be eligible for the playoffs and/or post-season tournaments.  WFA shall have the final authority regarding a player and/or team eligibility.

uniforms and equipment

  • All Employee-Athletes will be provided with reversible WFA Company Team jerseys.  Company Team jerseys must be worn in order to participate in league play.  Employee-Athletes are highly encouraged to wear black shorts and non-marking gym shoes at all times during games. The HOME team will always wear white while the VISITING team will always wear black. Game balls will be provided by WFA. 

forfeited games

  • Teams failing to appear with four (4) approved and/or rostered Employee-Athletes at game time shall officially forfeit the game.
  • If a team is unable to field enough players from their roster for an official game (4), the game will be considered unofficial and will be recorded as a 10-0 forfeit.  However, to satisfy WFA's zero forfeit policy, WFA staff will happily facilitate a "modified" game.  A modified game will be played with officials and operate under 7:00 minute quarters with a running clock.  Score will be kept however stats will not be recorded for either team.
  • Any team found to be using unregistered or ineligible Employee-Athletes shall forfeit the games in which such Employee-Athlete/s participated.

specific rules

  • A team may start a game with four (4) Employee-Athletes and may finish with no fewer than four (4) Employee-Athletes. 
  • Teams are allowed a three (3) minute grace period after the scheduled game start time to provide four (4) Employee-Athletes to begin the game.
  • Individual player fouls will be recorded, and players will “foul out” after his/her fifth (5th) foul. *If a team has only 5 players (no subs) and a player commits his 5th foul, they will be allowed to stay in the game, however each foul that player commits after his/her 5th will be treated as a technical. 
  • Team fouls will also be recorded.  Teams are considered in the “Bonus” on foul number seven (7).  Teams are considered in the “Double-Bonus” on foul number ten (10).
  • Teams will be allowed three (3) thirty (30) second timeouts per game.  Coaches and/or players are allowed to call a timeout. 
  • There is NO shot clock.
  • Team fouls will carry over from the 1st quarter to the 2nd quarter and will reset back to zero at halftime.  Team fouls will carry over from the 3rd quarter to the 4th quarter and will also carry over to the first and/or second overtime (OT) period should one occur.

team captains

  • It shall be the responsibility of the designated Team Captain to have their fellow Employee-Athletes conduct themselves in a positive manner that is conducive to spirit of the league.
  • The Team Captain is responsible for representing his/her company and will act as the point of contact and liaison for WFA and their company.
  • When not playing, the Team Captain shall see that their teammates are kept off the court while a game is in progress.
  • Team Captains are responsible for ensuring that their teammates know and understand the WFA Basketball League Rules and Regulations.
  • Team Captains are responsible for conveying any league related information and schedules to their team.

playoffs

  • Regular season rules and format apply to playoff games.
  • All teams will compete in a single elimination playoff tournament.
  • Tournament seeding is based off regular season record within their respective division and/or overall conference standings.  Teams with the better overall record will be seeded higher.
  • To even the field for playoffs, only rostered players who have played in at least two games during the regular season are eligible for playoff games. If a minimum of 4 eligible players are not available for playoff games, the game will be a forfeit (however, an 'unofficial' game can be played).
  • If two team have identical records, tiebreakers will be determined by head-to-head matchup.  If necessary (teams each beat other during the season or did not play each other), point differential will be the final determining tiebreaker.

substitution policies (in game)

  • *Division II Play: To promote balanced playing time, each player will be encouraged to play one quarter per half per game, unless they are injured, don't want to and/or are unable to return. If a team has more than 10 players present the coach will ensure each player plays at least one quarter.
  • *Division I Play: Coaches and teams are not required to adhere to the mandatory substitution policy and are allowed “free subbing.”  However, each player in attendance is required to start, play, and finish at least one quarter per game, unless they are injured and/or unable to play.

substitution policies (before game)

  • If, for unforeseen circumstances, a team has fewer than 5 players at game time, and it is agreeable to both coaches and teams, the teams may either play a 4v4 game (will count
    as “official”), 4v5 (game will count as “official”), borrow a same-company player who is present (game will count as “official”) or, as a last resort, borrow a player(s) from the other team (game will not be “official”).
  • Teams may recruit a player(s) from their own company (regardless if they play on other WFA teams) up to a total of 7 players (roster + borrow = 7 max). If a company has multiple WFA teams, recruiting from those teams should be the first resort.
  • When the team is first aware of the shortage, they should alert WFA and let WFA know if they need assistance in recruiting.
  • Every effort should be made to get the roster worked out at least 24 hours prior to game time.
  • Any borrowed player will need to provide contact information (full name, email, phone), verification of employment by the team company, and must complete and sign a WFA waiver prior to the game (if not already on file).

officials

  • Officials assigned to games shall have complete control of the game.  They shall have the authority to banish Employee-Athletes and/or spectators from the game, the team bench, and the gymnasium for misconduct, delay of game, or for any other reason deemed necessary to uphold the integrity and spirit of the game.
  • Officials and Employee-Athletes may submit a report for league review within 24 hours after any game in which a protest is requested via email to info@workforceathletics.com.
  • Any Employee-Athlete who continues to direct negative remarks toward the official/s, or opposing players after being banished from a game, shall be suspended from further play in the league for such length of time to be determined by WFA Professional Staff.
  • It will be the WFA Professional Staff responsibility to enforce all rules of proper conduct and operation of the gyms and leagues.  WFA staff are responsible in assisting the officials in any manner necessary to maintain control of the game and conduct of the Employee-Athletes.

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