After what can only be described as a very exciting regular season across the board for TYB, we are now set to begin our year-end tournaments.
TYBA - 3rd and 4th Grade
Our third and fourth grade teams will be playing in a double elimination tournament from 1-4 this Saturday (2/28) at Triton High School and Middle School. They will play 20 minute games and there will not be much time between games, so please try and move to your next game in an orderly fashion (people will be there to help players get where they need to be). Please be at the Triton gyms at 1:00 promptly so that we can begin on time. We will conclude with a championship game for each of the boys and girls, which will be followed by a brief award presentation for the winning teams.
TYBA - 5th and 6th Grade Girls
The two girls’ teams will be playing outside opponents this Saturday and will have a championship game on Saturday, March 7 at 4:30, followed by an award presentation for the winning team and the announcement of the MVP awards for each grade.
TYBA - 5th and 6th Grade Boys
Our five boys’ teams will compete in the semifinals this weekend, with the finals and the consolation games on March 7th. Note that two teams are playing a first round game Saturday morning, with the winning team moving on to the semifinals. After the championship and consolation games (played simultaneously) on March 7th at 1:30, there will be an award presentation for the winning team and the announcement of the MVP awards for each grade.
TYBA – 7th and 8th Grade Boys
Our four boys’ teams will compete in the semifinals this weekend, with the finals and the consolation games on March 7th. After the championship and consolation games (played simultaneously) on March 7th at 3:00, there will be an award presentation for the winning team and the announcement of the MVP awards for each grade.
Tournament of Champions
Triton is thrilled to be the founder and inaugural host of a Tournament of Champions. The winning team from each of our TYBA tournaments (5/6 Boys, 5/6 Girls and 7/8 Boys) will compete against the winning teams from the Newburyport, IC, Amesbury and Georgetown leagues. This single-elimination tournament promises to be an exciting event with all games on Saturday, March 14th at Triton High School and Triton Middle School.
Travel teams will complete their regular seasons this weekend and will begin their double-elimination playoffs mid-week next week (schedules should be received Sunday evening). Of our eight travel teams, it appears that six (!)will finish in the top of their division, which means that we get to host six first round travel games mid-week next week. Times of the first round games will be posted on the website and times/locations thereafter will be coordinated by each team’s coach and will appear on the league’s Facebook page.
This is a tremendously exciting time of year for our players, coaches and parents. We encourage everyone to come and be enthusiastic for your players and teams, but to recognize that we all need to be respectful of each other. We may have over thirty different teams in the Triton Youth Basketball program, but we are ultimately one community.
Though emotions may run a little bit higher this time of year, please be mindful TYB has a zero tolerance Conduct Policy posted on the website.
A father in the Triton community passed away unexpectedly on February 17th. Kevin Sicard had three children of his own in the district, and touched hundreds more through his contributions as a football and softball coach and as a supporter of Triton Arts. If anyone is interested in provided financial support on behalf of his children, a gofundme effort is underway.
After weeks of tryouts and evaluations, all of our TYB teams have now been formed and the season is underway. Some teams have begun practices this week, with all teams in the gyms starting next week. This is a great time in the season, full of excitement, promise and opportunity.
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.