We understand that many of our players may be nervous for the travel tryout process, especially those that may be trying out for the first time and do not know what to expect. In light of this, we have decided to share the evaluation sheet that the league will use this year at all of our levels so that our players can see the attributes that our evaluators are asked to consider. We posted this under the "Documents" tab at the left.
Though the actual drills will differ depending on the grade level, three or more independent evaluators will use this sheet to apply common criteria at each tryout to determine which players are most ready.
As a reminder, all tryouts are held in closed gyms – the only people that will be allowed past the lobby are the players, evaluators, and facilitators.
We are excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2017/2018 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). It is important that payment is made at the time of registration. Please note that there are separate registrations for players in 3-4 and players in 5-8; this is a change from last year. For those participating in a travel tryout, registration will close October 20th. TYBA (3rd - 4th, and 5th - 8th Grade Non-Travel) registration will close November 1st.
Fees. The registration fees for players in the introductory 3/4 league will be $160 per player, and players in grades 5 through 8 will have a registration fee of $180 per player. The additional cost for those making a travel team, required on account of travel league registration fees, additional referee costs, gym costs and uniforms, will be $140 per player. As a not-for-profit organization, we make every effort to keep the costs to our families as low as we can, and had to account for increased known operating expenses for the upcoming season. For those of you new to the league, please note that this is a "one time only" expense as there are no additional uniform fees for the families, and we do not require players to participate in any fundraisers. If this is a financial hardship for any players, please contact email@example.com.
3/4 Players. We offer separate boys and girls development leagues for players in the 3rd and 4th grade. This league will emphasize skills/drills development together with weekly games and 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). You do not have to tryout for a TYBA team and every interested player will be placed on a roster. Rosters will be determined following the selection of the travel teams. 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 are expected to be October 28/29 - final dates and times will be separately announced. Attendance at a tryout is mandatory for those interested in playing on a travel team; it is the only way to fairly evaluate players against their peers. We understand that there may be some inevitable conflicts with other fall sports, so we will advise as to the date as far in advance as possible so that arrangements could be made. Though we will look at all known conflicts (including flag football and soccer games) when we set the schedule, it is not possible to completely avoid all overlaps given our limited available gym time and the number of other fall sports.
Coaches. TYB is an all-volunteer organization that gladly welcomes and (as we have close to 30 teams each year) encourages and supports parents that are interested in coaching. If you have an interest in coaching your player’s 3/4 or TYBA 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 and chosen 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.
Parents’ Meeting / Questions. We are looking to schedule a parents' meeting during the month of September. Attendance at this meeting is not required but is strongly encouraged, in particular for: (1) those new to the program, (2) those transitioning from 4th grade to 5th grade, and (3) those interested in learning about the process for travel tryouts. 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.