Travel Basketball is an optional program for those children interested in pursuing more competitive basketball. Travel teams are available to boys and girls in grades 4-8, participation levels permitting. While all players are welcome and urged to attend travel tryouts, all players should be aware that team sizes are limited and that cuts are an unfortunate part of the tryout process.
Travel tryouts will begin on October 1, 2017. A tryout schedule by grade can be found on our website here. A detailed memo on the tryout process can be found by clicking here.
Schedules, standings and directions are available on the Metrowest Basketball League site: www.metrowestbball.com.
The 2017-18 Travel Basketball season runs from December 3, 2017 through February 25, 2018. Playoffs are scheduled for February 28 through March 3. There will be no Travel Basketball from December 18, 2017-January 6, 2018.
Travel teams play games on Sundays and practice one to two nights per week.
Please note that while SYBA highly encourages all travel players to play town basketball, especially at the younger grades, for the 2017-2018 season,SYBA will NOT require travel players at ALL grades to play town basketball for this season.
All travel tryout players must be previously registered for town basketball in order to attend a travel tryout or be named to a team, unless specific permission is otherwise granted.
Southborough's Travel Basketball program is part of the Metrowest Basketball League, an independent organization which operates and governs all teams and games in its programs. Parents should be aware of the following aspects of Travel basketball:
Travel is a competitive league for players of higher skills. While all players are welcome and urged to attend tryouts, all should be aware that team sizes are limited and that cuts are an unfortunate part of the tryout process.
SYBA has a minimum playing time rules for each grade. For 4th grade teams the minimum playing time is half the game. For 5th through 8th grades it is approximately 40% of each game or 12 minutes per game. The travel games are more competitive and the coach has discretion on playing time.
Travel players are required to pay an additional fee for participation in the program. The basic fee for each player is will be between $200 and $250 per player, which covers costs of the Metrowest Basketball League, fees for use of our school gyms and costs of referees. Individual coaches may enter teams in area tournaments at additional fees. You will be billed for travel fees via this system once travel tryouts are completed. Any fees paid for town registration will be applied towards travel fees, if and as appropriate.
Each Travel team generally plays 12 games, with about 6 at Southborough gyms. The remaining games are played in area towns and may require travel time of up to 45 minutes or more each way. Southborough does not control scheduling, and all games are on Sundays. Younger players tend to be scheduled for games in the mornings or early afternoons.
Coaches are selected from parents of children on each team, wherever possible. This occurs immediately after Travel teams are selected. Any parent interested in a coaching position should alert SYBA's Travel Coordinator,
or Assistant Travel Coordinator,
. Please provide an email with a description of a) your coaching experience, if any; and b) your goals and philosophy as a youth basketball coach. Coach selections will be made from among qualified applicants by a sub-committee of the Board of Directors.
Fee Structure for 2017-2018 Travel Basketball:
Travel Basketball Only Fee Grades 4-8: $250 per player
Travel Basketball Fee Grades 4-8 if ALSO play Town: $200 per player (plus the Town Only Fee of $120 per player)