Welcome to East Marietta Basketball

East Marietta Basketball offers basketball to over 1100 boys and girls from the 3rd through the 12th grades in the Winter season and over 400 boys in the Spring.

Our Nationally recognized youth sports program is the most successful in Cobb County

(Jr NBA Program of the Week, February 2016).

Our fall/winter program includes regular season games, a post-season tournament plus an All-Star Game.

Our spring boys program includes regular season games and a double elimination tournament.

"Couldn't have said it any better"

A Message about the 2018-19 Season Minimize

July 15, 2018

Dear Parents & Players,

Welcome to our 50th season of East Marietta Basketball!!

With an enrollment of over 1100 boys and girls from the 3rd thru 12th grades, our program is the most successful Rec league in Cobb County AND the whole state of Georgia!! We owe that largely to our phenomenal group of volunteer coaches & administrators as well as the parents.

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In order to keep up our level of success, we still need more VOLUNTEERS to COACH as well as ADMINISTRATE. Feel free to step up and be part of our 50th magical season!! We also graciously welcome any funds through sponsorship support and continually rely on your charitable contributions to our Joyce Fox Scholarship Fund. Please check the box while registering to contribute in order to help those that cannot afford to play.

You no doubt have heard about the potential closings of many Cobb County parks and facilities this year, including Fullers Park. Our representatives have been busy monitoring this situation and are hopeful we can keep our gyms intact. However, the current Cobb County deficit will result in extra fees for some venues; so effective this year, the registration fee will be $220 per player from Cobb and $245 if they live outside of Cobb County if paid by the appropriate deadline.

After the deadline, the fee will be $240 for a Cobb County child and $265 for outside Cobb.

The deadline for:

  • 10U & 12UB/13UG is Sept 15th;
  • 14U & 18U is Nov 1st.

Each additional child in the same family is $210/$225 (you must register all players at the same time). FYI…..over 90% of the fees go to gym rentals and referees; the remaining portion for uniforms, trophies, basketballs, and operating expenses. We have exceeded our capacity for the past 6 years and had to turn away over 70 players, so SIGN UP EARLY to get a spot to play.

EVERY CHILD MUST REGISTER AND ATTEND TRYOUTS to be placed on a team. If however, we do not get enough VOLUNTEER COACHES OR LOSE SOME OF OUR GYMS, we may be forced to reduce the number of players proportionally and refund their $$. If this does occur, the vetting process will be based on registration numbers, which are assigned in the order that the registrations are received. Completing the online registration in a timely manner will ensure participation in the league for your child.

TRYOUTS/EVALS are conducted for coaches to judge each players abilities and thus equalize the teams. All teams in EMBL are drafted with PARITY as the ultimate goal. It is, therefore, MANDATORY to attend one of the TRYOUT/EVAL sessions offered at the appropriate age level. Failure to attend either session offered will result in your child losing his/her spot to a person on the waiting list. Please note that 14B, 18G, and 18B start their season considerably later and thus do not have their tryouts until November. Click here for tryout/evaluation schedule.

Don't wait! Sign up early to ensure your spot on the roster!

Due to excessive demand, we cannot accommodate every child that registers, so make every effort to sign them up prior to Sept 1st (OCT 21st for 14U & 18U). We will let you know via our website and FB when we have started a wait-list. There are no guarantees of participation once your child is on the wait-list, but we do our best to accommodate.

In that players drop out for a myriad of reasons, you will want to attend the TRYOUTS/EVALS even if they are wait listed! Be pro-active and register early. REMINDER: Failure to attend a TRYOUT/EVAL will EXCLUDE your child from the league.

As in years past, we have 2 different skill levels (Division 1 and Division 2) for ALL the BOYS groups (10U, 12U, 14U, and 18U.) Division 1 is generally comprised of the more skilled boys (TOP 20%) in the age group as they are older, bigger, stronger and faster. Both divisions are equally competitive.

Please go to the online registration link and follow instructions to complete the registration process. A CREDIT CARD is required for payment. Please contact the COMMISSIONER of your age group with any questions. This year, you can actually select the hour and session you’d like your child to attend!!

Refunds will only be given if EMBL is notified PRIOR to our DRAFTS (forming of the teams). There will be a charge of $3.00 withheld from the refund for a processing fee.

For the most part, games and practices are on the weekends for 10UB/G, 12UB, and 13UG. Because the 14U 7 18U groups form later and have less time to get their 9 regular season games in, there are weeknight games and practices throughout the 2nd half of the season on a limited basis. A team may hold 1 additional practice a week, but cannot ask parents or players for any additional $$.

During the 2-3 week pre-season, each team will have 2 practices a week. After the season begins, there will be 1 practice and 1 game a week. Again, the older groups (14U & 18U) do not start until November so they will have 2 games a week for 3 of the 6 weeks of regular season. The 10UB/G & 12UB/13UG groups will play over 9 weeks.

Please be advised our league is a competitive league. The regular season consists of 9 games followed by a Post-Season Double Elimination. Trophies will be awarded to the winner and runner up teams of the tournament.

We will conclude our season with In-House All Star games for each of the 11 divisions. They should be played between Feb 8-15th; however, dates are subject to change. Here at East Marietta, our LEAGUE Objective is to foster KEEN, bur FAIR competition, while building character within the boys and girls. Together with YOUR HELP, we are dedicated to maintaining the standard of quality that has been established over the past 49 years!

Here’s to #50 being the best yet!!

Board of Directors and Commissioners
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Important Message from the League Minimize

Fullers Park Potential Closing Update


Attention East Marietta Basketball families,

As you know, last week the East Marietta Basketball League Board of Directors was provided with the schedule of upcoming 2019 County Budget Town Hall Meetings as well as the projected deficit for the FY2019 budget. Officials project the FY2019 (October 2018 - September 2019) deficit to be roughly $30 million.

The Marietta Daily Journal recently ran a front page article that discusses a draft plan for closing several Cobb County Parks and Facilities which would create cost savings of nearly $3.4 million, one of which is our own Fullers Park. While this is just a draft plan and nothing has been set in stone, it is extremely alarming to the Board, and hopefully all of you, who cherish all that East Marietta Basketball has meant to your kids, your families and the community.

Here is the link to the article available at mdjonline.com. http://www.mdjonline.com/news/ plan-puts-cobb-parks-on- chopping-block/article_ 295bd99e-6851-11e8-9b62- ab6615f2acde.html

As a Board, we are asking that our commissioners, coaches, and parents try and attend one of the Town Hall Meetings (dressed in East Marietta BL attire), send comments directly to the Chairman and Commissioners, or phone the Commissioner’s directly to show how important it is to keep Fuller’s Park open.

Below is the context of the information shared with the Board by the Cobb County P.A.R.K.S. Department. Before final approval of the budget scheduled for July of the FY2019 budget, county officials are seeking public comments on the budget.

  • In an effort to prioritize the services provided by the County, the Commissioners have divided them into three categories – Mandated-Essential-Desired. The PARKS Department was placed in the Desired category and in difficult budget times, these will be the first services to be reduced or deleted
  • The PARKS Department is currently operating with 36 fewer full-time positions than it did in 2008. Of these 36 positions, 19 of them are in the maintenance operation division. Over 1000 acres of park land have been added to the system since 2008. The level of maintenance provided in the parks has systematically been reduced to reflect this.
  • While there have been no public discussions on the closing of parks or a reduction in services offered, it is understood that if this projected budget deficit is not addressed, operating costs must be reduced.

The final decision about the budget is made by a majority vote by the County Commissioners: Chairman Mike Boyce and Commissioners Bob Weatherford (District 1), Bob Ott (District 2), JoAnn Birrell (District 3) and Lisa Cupid (District 4).

The public may present information and opinions on the budget to the County Commissioners by email, phone, and in person during public comment sessions at commissioner meetings and at a series of public meetings on the 2019 budget.

A series of public input meetings concerning the 2019 County budget will be held in June and July. These are opportunities to hear pertinent budget information from the Commission Chair and for you to provide input concerning where you feel County tax dollars should be spent.

2019 County Budget Town Hall Meeting Schedule

  • Monday – June 18th @ 7:00pm – East Cobb Senior Center – 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta
  • Tuesday – June 19th @ 7:00pm – North Cobb Senior Center – 3900 S. Main Street, Acworth
  • Wednesday – June 20th @ 7:00pm – Senior Wellness Center – 1150 Powder Springs St., Marietta
  • Monday – June 25th @ 7:00pm – Freeman Poole Senior Center – 4025 South Hurt Road, Smyrna
  • Wednesday – June 27th @ 7:00pm – West Cobb Senior Center – 4915 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs
  • Thursday – June 28th @ 7:00pm – South Cobb Community Center – 620 Lions Club Dr., Mableton
  • Monday – July 9th @ 7:00pm – Sewell Mill Library & Cultural Center – 2051 Lower Roswell Rd., Marietta

Board of Commissioners board meeting dates and contact information are as follows:

  • 9 a.m. meetings - June 12 & July 10
  • 7 p.m. meetings - June 26 & July 24

Commissioners Contact

Mike Boyce, Chairman Mike.Boyce@cobbcounty.org 770-528-3305
Bob Weatherford, District 1 Commissioner Bob.Weatherford@cobbcounty.org 770-528-3314
Bob Ott, District 2 Commissioner Bob.Ott@cobbcounty.org 770-528-3316
JoAnn Birrell, District 3 Commissioner Joann.Birrell@cobbcounty.org 770-528-3318
Lisa Cupid, District 4 Commissioner Lisa.Cupid@cobbcounty.org 770-528-3312
Dr. Jackie McMorris, Deputy County Manager Jackie.McMorris@cobbcounty.org 770-528-2610
Mr. Rob Hosack, County Manager Robert.Hosack@cobbcounty.org 770-528-2612


Let's make a strong showing on Monday night at East Cobb Senior Center to keep our program going strong!!

See you there!!!!

Rob Stearns
VP Sales Ops and Marketing
East Marietta Basketball League