We’ve received several inquiries regarding makeup dates for travel tryouts and thought that the collective TYB community might benefit from the answer.
It is of utmost importance to us that the travel tryout process is fair. Players often work year-round to be considered for these teams and it is our responsibility to ensure that the travel process is as unbiased as possible. This is a hard process that leaves dozens of players (and parents) disappointed with the outcome – it is often the first time that our players are put in an environment where they have to “make” a team.
At the end of the day, however, the tryouts are often a comparison of players against each other in order to determine their relative abilities. Accordingly, it is imperative that we have as many of the players in the same place at the same time, and reviewed by the same people, in order to ensure that all players receive the fairest evaluation possible.
We understand that there may be sacrifices required to make this happen – usually in the form of missing all or part of another sporting event or friend’s birthday party. This is not a great result, but it is necessary to ensure that the players are being reviewed on a level platform.
We also understand, however, that some conflicts are unavoidable – out of town family weddings, funerals, injuries, etc. – and we will try and find an arrangement that works so that no player is penalized unfairly. We may not have a solution right away, but we will try and find a result that is fair to both the affected player AND the other players that are being evaluated and considered for his/her team.
We are excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2015/2016 winter season. All registration and payment should be done through our website at www.tritonyouthbasketball.com (there is a “Register Online” button on the left hand side of the page).
Fees. We are happy to be able to keep fees flat from last year - the cost will be $155 per child (with a $50 discount on the third or fourth player from each family). The additional cost for those making a travel team, required on account of additional league registration fees, additional referee costs, and uniforms, will be $125 per player.
3/4 Players. We will again offer separate boys and girls development leagues for players in the 3rd and 4th grade. This league will emphasize skills/drills development with weekly games as well. There will be a season-ending tournament. All participants in the 3/4 league will attend an evaluation session that will be used to place players on relatively equal teams.
TYBA. Non-travel players in grades 5-8 will be placed on a TYBA team which will participate in either a “College” division (grades 5/6) or a “Pro” division (grades 7/8). Rosters will be determined following the selection of the travel teams. As with last year, there will be an end-of-the-season tournament in each division with awards for the victors, together with an “MVP” in each league.
Tryouts/Travel Teams. We will be offering one travel team in each grade for boys in grades 5-8 and girls in grades 5-8. Tryouts dates will be October 17th for boys and October 24th for girls - times will be separately announced. Attendance at a tryout is required for those interested in playing on a travel team. We understand that there may be some inevitable conflicts with other fall sports, so we wanted to advise as to the date as far in advance as possible so that arrangements could be made.
Middle School Teams. Triton Middle School will again be offering the opportunity to participate in after-school travel basketball teams for boys and girls. The Middle School season typically runs from tryouts in early December through final games the second week of February and all practices/games have been Monday-Thursday immediately after school. We encourage all 7th and 8th grade players to consider the Middle School teams in addition to the TYB offerings. Once the Middle School season begins, we will attempt to be sensitive to “over-scheduling” players that are participating in both the Middle School and TYB programs.
Coaches. TYB is an all-volunteer organization that gladly welcomes parents that are interested in coaching. If you have an interest in coaching your player’s team, please be sure to indicate so on the registration. Head coaches for all of our travel teams are separately identified by the travel commissioners in consultation with the executive committee. In order to maximize the fairness of the tryout process, assistant travel coaches will be determined by the head coach after the team rosters are assigned through the tryout process and are chosen from among the parents of the players that make the team.
Basketballs. We strongly encourage that each player in TYB have their own ball to bring to practice (and use at home). Size 28.5 for all girls and for all players in the 3/4 league. Size 29.5 for all boys in grades 5-8. If this is a financial hardship for any players, please contact email@example.com.
Parents’ Meeting / Questions. We are looking to schedule a parents meeting during the month of September. In the interim, please email any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Front and center with every youth sports organization is the need for RESPECT. At TYB, we take this very seriously and mandate that everyone involved with the program show respect for the players, coaches, parents, referees, other spectators, volunteers and the facilities where we have the privilege to play. Everyone needs to be aware of the guidelines that TYB has in place; on our website under “Policies” are both our Conduct Policy and our Player Protection Policy. Every player, parent, and volunteer is responsible for reading and reviewing these policies – we would encourage each family to review them together with their player(s). As stated in each policy, the failure to abide by these procedures can result in immediate dismissal from the program for the player/coach or the removal of the parent/spectator from a game or all future games.
Finally, please show respect for the schools and gymnasiums that we are fortunate to be able to use. Please leave them as you found them and pick up after yourselves when you leave. In particular, take all water/Gatorade bottles with you. Finally, no TYB invitee has any right to be in any other part of these schools other than the hallway, bathroom and gym. If people do not show respect for these schools, then we will lose the right to hold practices/games there and will have to shut down the program.
We are all here so that the players can have fun, develop some basketball skills, and, at the program’s best, learn a life lesson or two along the way. Let’s ensure those lessons are positive.