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Girls Travel Program Details

The PENTUCKET YOUTH BASKETBALL Travel program is for players seeking a higher level of commitment and competition, playing in a competitive league against teams from other towns. Travel teams generally have 1.5 to 3 hours of practice per week with 1 to 2 games on the weekends.  In order to run an effective Travel program and maximize the number of players in the program, both players and parents should recognize that “Travel Basketball” requires a significantly higher commitment level than the In-Town program.

PENTUCKET YOUTH BASKETBALL is committed to maximizing the number of travel teams at each age level, subject to certain obvious constraints, including the number of available players at each age level, the availability of practice facilities, access to qualified coaches and the overall skill level of the players seeking to be placed on a travel team.

Travel players are not required to play on an In-Town Recreation Team, however it is encouraged.

Travel Basketball requires a commitment from players and parents to attend practices and games. Because rosters are small, teams are disrupted if players are unable to make the necessary commitment. Players who routinely miss practices or games will realize less playing time during games. Basketball should be your child’s primary sports commitment during the winter season.

ELIGIBILITY: In order to participate in Pentucket Travel Basketball, a player must reside in or attend schools in the towns of Merrimac, Groveland, or West Newbury.

PLACEMENTS:  Placements for each grade level
5th grade         Tuesday October 25th – Page School 5:30 PM

6th grade         Tuesday October 18th – Page School 5:30 PM

7th grade         Thursday October 20th – Pentucket High School 6:00 PM

8th grade         Thursday October 20th – Pentucket High School 7:15 PM

All players must try out for their respective grade's teams. To properly and fully assess each player, we will conduct one session of evaluations with skill drills and game situations. We will use fully independent evaluators that do not have a 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 multiple levels,  .  If necessary, we will hold call-backs to further determine placement.  Parents will be notified accordingly.

In cases where a player cannot try out because of a documented injury, but is expected back in time for the season, PYB will use its sole discretion in placing the player on a team and may use any information it deems suitable including prior year placement information or other information from coaches, etc. However, a non-injured player who fully participated in placements will have priority over a player who was unable to participate in placements in those rare cases when the players are deemed “equal” in the placement process.

Prospective players are encouraged to attend all placement sessions. In the event a player cannot attend placements due to a family event or other special circumstance and upon reasonable prior notice to PYB, we will use our best efforts to find an alternative  method of evaluation in order to obtain as reasonable an assessment as possible.

Parents are welcome to stay and watch, however we request NO CHEERING, CLAPPING OR COACHING from the sidelines. This is not a game or a competitive event, but rather an evaluation of players to put them on competitive teams for the upcoming basketball season.

PRACTICE & GAMES: Travel teams will practice once to twice a week beginning in late October or early November. Practices may be held on any night of the week including weekend days, providing there is no game scheduled for that day.  Games are generally held  Saturdays and Sundays.  Games run from mid-November through early March.  Games  could be scheduled on both weekends of February vacation and possibly over December break. Again, please consider the increased time commitment for practice and games when deciding whether your child will participate on a travel team.

LEAGUE PLAY: PYB is prepared to have two (2) travel teams per grade if we have enough interested players in each grade. The league consists of 12-16 game schedule, with playoffs following the regular season. Teams may  play additional "non-league games", which may vary on a team-by-team and grade-by-grade basis.

TOURNAMENTS & ADDITIONAL GAMES: All travel teams play in their respective league’s post-season playoffs that begin in early March. Additional tournaments and games may be scheduled during the season (i.e. during December break or February vacation) on a team-by-team basis, largely at the discretion of the coaching staff. Some tournaments and games may be an additional cost for an individual team.

PLAYING TIME:  As this is a competitive program, the minimum playing time in grades 5th through 8th is 4 Minutes per game. It is very important that parents and players alike are ready to accept that they may only play a minimum amount of time. EXACT PLAYING TIME MAY VARY GAME TO GAME.  Playing time should be looked at as a total over a season vs. a single game


PLAYER FEES: The fee for travel team participation will vary on a team by team basis.  Some coaches may include non-league tournament costs in the player fee, the 5th grade team will have their uniform cost included in their fee.  The fees are usually around $200/player 

UNIFORMS:  PYB decided a few years ago to have players purchase their own uniforms.  All new players or players who need a new uniform will be fitted during tryouts.  The cost of a uniform is $55 for a reversible shirt and shorts.  This cost will be included in the 5th grade team fee.  All other players will need to play for the uniform separately from the PYB fee.

TWINS/SIBLING PLACEMENT: Twins/siblings in the same grade will be evaluated and placed independently. Prior to the evaluations, parents may request twins/siblings be placed on the same team. Both players will be placed on the lower of the teams the players were evaluated for.

TRAVEL COACH SELECTION: Anyone interested in becoming a PYB coach should send a e-mail to PYB expressing their interest in coaching and include any information that should be considered when evaluating coaching candidates.  After the teams have been created by the evaluation process, PENTUCKET YOUTH BASKETBALL will identify and select the coach or coaches from a list of  candidates.  Coach selections are 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 children to experience different coaches as part of their PENTUCKET YOUTH BASKETBALL careers and development. All coaches will be required to complete a CORI check prior to participating in PENTUCKET YOUTH BASKETBALL.

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