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6th Grade Boys VYI Basketball Team Intro

Welcome to the 6B Heather Gray Team!

LONG EMAIL AHEAD. Please take the time to digest everything below and do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions.

We completed the 6th grade boys draft last night I and am excited to introduce myself, Dustin Naughton, and Drayton Heard, as coaches of your son's VYI basketball team this season.

Drayon and I have coached basketball together in Vienna for the past four seasons and I have coached several youth teams in Atlanta prior to relocating to Vienna. Our coaching philosophy is focused on learning and development, playing together as a team and having fun. This is a house league, and while we are both extremely competitive, we will be focused on ensuring equal playing time and helping the boys improve individually and as a team. If you ever have any questions or concerns in regards to your son's playing time, position, or feedback on us as coaches I encourage you to call or email me.


We will be practicing Tuesday's from 5:30-7pm at Thoreau Middle School in Gym #2 and our first practice will begin this Tuesday, November 16th. We will have practice the following week, November 23rd, and then our first game will be December 5th, time TBD. I will be utilizing Team Snap for all communications, scheduling, and most importantly, player availability, so please be on the lookout for an invite. I ask that you update you son's practice and game availability 48hrs in advance, as it will make our lives easier not having to scramble to adjust rosters game day to ensure equal playing time.


We will be using a size 28.5 basketball and I would ask that each boy brings a ball to each practice but NOT to the games. As a team we were provided 2 balls, so if you do not have a ball and need to utilize a team ball that is fine.


Those of you who signed up for Building Director will be notified as to the game you are assigned after the game schedule has been released. I have not reviewed the volunteer pool yet, but can't imagine anyone being assigned to this for more than one or two games, depending on the size of the volunteer pool.


Only water is allowed in the gym. No food, Gatorade or even coffee for those early morning games.

1 - Masks: Coaches, spectators, volunteers - must wear masks AT ALL TIMES in the schools/gyms. Players must wear masks entering and exiting the school/gym. Players must wear masks while in the gym unless they are actively participating in games/practices - players must wear masks while on bench during games.

2 - Spectators: We are allowing spectators, but non-family members must maintain social distancing. Spectators are limited to ONE person per player. 

3 - COVID Reporting: Parents must report positive COVID cases or direct contact directly to the Commissioner (Jay Brigham and/or a VYI Assistant Basketball Commissioner (Debbi Dyson and Scott Tulino

The league will report to the county as necessary and provide guidance directly to the families. In general, there is still a 14 day quarantine, but this may be reduced based on clearance from FCHD depending on vaccine status.                   


Failure to comply with mask and spectator rules can result in a player/family being removed from VYI, spectators being no longer permitted at games, or a specific league being shut down.  


The entire COVID/Return to Play Policy can be found HERE.



Our team roster is listed below:

1  Burns, Elijah

2  Chris, Lukas

3  Chris, Nikolas

4  Gadaleta, Blake 

5  Heard, Weston

6  Rogers, Ryder

7  Wang, Derek

8  Zinzi, Frankie


I believe you should be able to access our team page HERE. If you have any issues accessing the link please let me know.


If you have any questions in regards to the above please let me know.

We look forward to meeting you and your sons and are looking forward to a great season!

-Dustin & Drayton

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