We are excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2014/2015 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. Though we have been able to keep fees flat over the last few years, our increased operating costs have required fees to increase this year to $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. We will also expand the season-ending tournament and include more games with “patched” referees. 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. We are looking to greatly enhance the TYBA program this year with more tournaments, including an end-of-the-season tournament in each division with awards for the victors. Champions, an “MVP” in each league and “all-stars” will also be noted on the TYB website in perpetuity. We are also looking into upgraded basketball jerseys for the TYBA players and will explore an end-of-the year “champions” tournament with the champions of other local programs.
Tryouts/Travel Teams. We will be offering only one travel team in each grade for boys in grades 4-8 and girls in grades 5-8. Tryouts will be on October 18th for the boys and October 25th for the girls. 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. Times are TBD. Registration for travel will close on October 10th for boys and on October 18th for girls.
Middle School Teams. We understand that 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. Those that played in both programs last year really made big developments over the course of the season. 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 have already been selected. Assistant travel coaches will be determined by the head coach after the team rosters are assigned.
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. Unlike last year, we will not be providing a “cage” of basketballs at each location. 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 third week of September. In the interim, please email any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many players and parents ask about other opportunities to continue the development of basketball skills during the seasons when TYB does not offer any programming. Though, as a rule, TYB does not officially "endorse" any specific AAU programs, we are happy to share information that we receive about local programs.
In particular, we want to specifically congratulate Triton's own Dave Clay who has recently been named Head Coach of Mass Elite's National High School Team. In addition, Coach Clay has taken on the responsibility of Mass Elite's North Shore Player Development Instructor. They will offer a "Preseason Skills" clinic at their Danvers location for any interested players beginning on Tuesday, September 23rd.
More information can be found at www.masselitebasketball.com
Coach Clay, together with his varsity players, will be running a fall basketball clinic for boys entering into grades 4-8 in the fall. The clinic will take place from 6:00pm - 8:00pm on Sunday evenings at Triton Regional High School beginning on September 7th.
This will be a great opportunity for the players to learn the fundamentals of basketball that they can more effectively apply during games and should be a great tuneup for the TYB winter season.
For more information and/or to register, please go to www.trsd.net and click on the "Athletics" tab on the right-hand side - there will be a tab for camps and clinics.