ABOUT SUDBURY YOUTH BASKETBALL
Sudbury Youth Basketball (SYB) is a youth sports program available to all boys and girls in grades 3-8 in the town of Sudbury. The program runs from early November to early March (see KEY DATES for further info) and includes both an In-Town league that is like an intramural league and a Travel Team league (for 5th through 8th graders) that competes against teams outside of Sudbury.
Due to gym constraints and the tremendous growth in the program, the number of teams in each division is limited each season. Slots are filled on a first come first serve basis using registration dates/postmarks. Avoid disappointment and register early for the winter season. Be sure to save your registration Email confirmation for your records.
Click here to see our most Frequently Asked Questions or to find out more about the Registration Process.
See below for a description of our league structure and the different programs we offer.
The SYB In-Town league is a program in which all players participate and compete with other Sudbury youth. There are 4 boys and 4 girls divisions based on grade level (not age):
5th & 6th graders
7th & 8th graders
Assessments: There are no tryouts, but rather one Assessment Night per division where the kids run through drills while the coaches look on; the goal is to see how kids play so that we can then put together balanced teams and spread out the talent (see KEY DATES tab).
Practice Info: Once placed on a team, players will practice one night a week beginning in mid-November:
· Midget 3 (boys & girls) will have a combined practice/game on Sundays. Midget 4 practices (boys & girls) will be held on Friday nights; the gym location will remain the same but the start time will change from week to week, i.e. 1 week may be 5-6:20 pm, next week 6:20-7:40 pm & next week 7:40-9:00 pm
· Bantam practices will be on Monday or Tuesday nights and Cadet practices will be on Wednesday or Thursday nights depending on your coach's schedule and gym time availability - this isn't decided until late October. Practices will be either 6:00-7:30pm or 7:30-9:00pm.
Games: All teams are scheduled (subject to weather cancellations) to play a 10 game season beginning the weekend after Thanksgiving
· Midget 3 (boys & girls) will have a combined practice/game SUNDAY. NOTE: Midget 3 will play 3 v 3 games.
· Midget 4 (boys & girls) games will be on SATURDAYS
· Girls Bantam games will be on SATURDAYS
· Boys Bantam games will be on SATURDAYS
· Boys Cadet games will be on SUNDAYS
· Girls Cadet games will be on SUNDAYS
Post Season Playoffs: Midget 4, Bantam and Cadet teams participate in a post-season single-elimination tournament often referred to as "March Madness”. Midget 3 post season details are TBD.
Minimum Playing Time: There is a 50% minimum and 75% maximum playing time rule for all In-Town games.
Registration Fees: The fee for In-Town League participation is $150 per player for Midget 3, $240 per player for Midget 4, Bantam and Cadet, payable at the time of registration.
Coaches Needed: In-Town teams are always looking for coaches, particularly at the Cadet and Bantam levels. If you have any interest, please consider volunteering your time with your son or daughter. If interested, please indicate your interest by checking the appropriate area when registering your child and fill out the coach’s application found at the top of the home page.
SYB travel teams are a potential option for those seeking a higher level of competition against teams from other towns. The level of commitment for a travel team is greater and is not an option for everyone. Players who make a travel team are expected to make basketball their primary winter sport (see below bullets for explanation of time commitment). To insure fairness for all players wishing to play on SYB travel teams, players who miss an SYB travel team practice/game to participate with another basketball team or sporting activity may be subject to being benched for an equal number of events. For repeated occurrences, further action may be taken by the SYB board.
Unfortunately, there are always more players trying out for travel teams than we can accommodate, so please be aware there is a possibility your child may not make a travel team. Please note that if your child does not make a travel team, all players are welcome in our in-town league.
Try-outs (see TRYOUT DATES tab) are held for each grade-level and not all players trying out will be selected for a travel team (those players will automatically be placed on an In-Town team). Please consider your child's basketball ability and family commitment prior to registering to prevent possible disappointment.
Teams and Leagues: There will be typically be 2-3 travel teams for boys and girls in each of the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades that will compete in the Metrowest League (www.metrowestbball.com). Please note that the number of teams in each grade and each year can vary based on a number of factors including competitiveness/skill level of the players trying out, the number of players trying out, balance with the intown program, and availability of qualified coaching candidates.
Tryouts: Tryouts for each grade level will be held in late September / early October (see KEY DATES tab in the future for exact dates). Players must try out for their respective grade's team. In cases where a player cannot try out because of a documented injury (and is expected back in time for the season), we use prior year data and do our best to make appropriate placement. However, in cases where it is a very close call on placement between an injured player (not able to try out) and players trying out, we will place the injured player below the similarly rated non-injured players. Players are required to attend both nights of tryouts. In special cases where a player cannot attend try-outs due to a family or related special circumstance, upon prior notice and request to SYB, we will use our best efforts to have that player evaluated during try-outs for the next higher grade level in order to obtain the independent evaluator assessment.
Practices and games: Once selected for a travel team, players will practice twice a week beginning in early November. Practices for travel teams consist of 1 weeknight practice (could be on any night between Monday-Thursday). All travel teams will also practice or have games on Saturdays. Games are generally held every Sunday from the first week of December through early March. There will be games scheduled on one or both weekends of February vacation and possibly the last weekend of December break. Please consider the increased time commitment for practice and games when deciding whether your child will try out for a travel team.
Tournaments and additional games: All boys and girls travel teams usually participate in a Thanksgiving weekend tournament. All teams also play in Metrowest's post-season playoffs that begin in early March. In addition, depending on each individual coach, additional tournaments and games may be scheduled during the season (i.e. during December break or February vacation)
Playing Time Minimum: As this is a competitive program, the minimum playing time for each player on a travel team is 25% of a game (generally 10 minutes per game). FOR FIFTH GRADE TEAMS, THE MINIMUM PLAYING TIME IS 40% OF A GAME. Sudbury is one of the few towns, if not the only one, in the Metrowest travel league that has a minimum playing time rule. It is very important that parents and players alike are ready to accept that they may only get into 25% of the game. (40% FOR 5TH GRADERS) NOTE THAT THESE ARE MINIMUM GUIDELINES, AND WE ENCOURAGE COACHES TO PROVIDE AS BALANCED PLAYING TIME AS POSSIBLE THROUGHOUT THE SEASON. EXACT PLAYING TIME MAY VARY GAME TO GAME AND IF A PLAYER MISSES PRACTICES/GAMES, THAT MAY NEGATIVELY IMPACT PLAYING TIME.
Registration Fees: The fee for travel team participation will be a total of $440 per player - $240 is paid at the time of registration and the balance, $200, is due and payable at the first practice.
Player Assessment and Team Selection Process: Each year, to create the SYB travel teams, we start fresh and evaluate all players with a fully independent, blank slate and impartial assessment process. To properly and fully assess each player, we conduct 2 nights (3 focused hours) of tryouts with skill drills and game situations. We use fully independent "expert" evaluators that have no child in the grade they evaluate. All evaluators have been involved in youth basketball for many years with playing, coaching and/or officiating experience at all levels, including SYB travel, AAU, high school and college. The independent evaluators create the team rosters based on detailed live player assessments across multiple skill/impact areas, extensive evaluator group review and debate of each player, relevant prior year coaches' comments on the players, and insuring a good mix of positions/speed/size on each team. Players are evaluated in key skill areas including (but not limited to) ball handling, scoring, rebounding, defense, and game sense. During the player assessment and team selection process, the player names are not given to the evaluators and are not on the evaluator sheets – the evaluator sheets only have the players’ pinnie numbers (not names). See example travel player assessment form under the documents tab. Note, players all develop and grow at different speeds and year to year, we often do have players moving from in-town to travel and vice versa, as well as moving up or down travel team levels.
Twins/Sibling Placement: Twins/siblings in same grade will be evaluated and placed independently per the above process. Prior to the evaluations, parents can request that twins/siblings be placed on the same team, in which case both players will be placed on the lower of the teams the players were placed on - for example if one player is placed on the White team and the brother/sister player is placed on the Red Team, then, if the parents requested same team, both players would be placed onto the Red Team.
Travel Coach Selection: After the teams are created by the independent evaluation process, we identify and select the coach candidates amongst that team. Coach selections are then based on the candidate's expertise and experience in basketball, coaching, and other youth related leadership activities, as well as overall credentials, approach, and if applicable, prior year parent feedback. We recognize that having consistency in coaches year to year is valuable, and it can also be very positive for the kids to experience different coaches as part of their SYB careers and development.