2019-2020 Travel Season Information
The Concord Carlisle Youth Basketball Travel Program enters competitive travel teams for boys and girls in grades 4 through 8 in the MetroWest Travel Basketball League. There are typically one or two teams in each grade level, depending on player interest and availability of coaches. We place teams in one of five Metrowest divisions based on the level of talent of the team, and teams can move up or down a division in the playoffs based on their regular season record.
Player and Parent Commitment:
The CC Youth Basketball Travel Program is a competitive program. Due to the limited number of players on each team, the CCYB expects that parents and players will make basketball the player’s number one sport during the season (November 4 to March 15). If your player has schedule limitations that need to be considered, it may be possible to place the player on a different team to accommodate his or her schedule. Please let the appropriate Boys or Girls Director (contact information below) know about this limitation before tryouts. For players who want to play in a program with less commitment, Concord Recreation offers a recreational in-town basketball program.
Practices for the season begin the first week of November, and playoffs extend into the first two weeks in March, with a break between the Christmas and New Years holidays. We do not schedule games the first weekend of February break, but families are expected to be available for games the second Sunday of February break. Please plan on travel accordingly.
Players in grades 5-8 are expected to commit to two 60 to 75-minute practices per week and up to two games on weekends. Players in grade 4 will have one or two 60-minute practices each week and one game on Sundays. We encourage players to consider playing in the Concord Recreation league, and have coordinated our schedule to allow for players to participate in both programs.
Parents are expected to assist coaches at home games managing the scoreboard and scorebook, and at away games managing the scorebook. Training will be provided for anyone who is unfamiliar. We also expect a parent volunteer to facilitate communication with the team and act as team manager.
Tryouts (Saturday, October 5*, 2019):
*Changed from Saturday, September 28 due to Kicks for Cancer and gymnasium conflicts.
- There will be a single, extended tryout for the CC Youth Basketball Travel Program that will be held on on Saturday, October 5 at multiple locations in Concord. Online advanced registration for tryouts is required. If you did not register prior to the deadline, please e-mail the Boys or Girls Travel Director (contact information below).
- It is expected that if a child is selected for a team that you will accept the position on that team. If your child is not 100% committed to playing, you must inform the Boys or Girls Director in advance of the tryout. All players who are offered spots will be placed on their respective teams and your household accounts will be charged the full season registration fee when they are assigned to a team.
- The cost of trying out will be $25/player, which will be reduced to $15/player if you register prior to September 1. Fees are used to cover the gym space and the independent evaluators that help us form the rosters. They are independent of season fees and are not refundable if your child is not offered a spot on a team.
- While we understand that there may be conflicts with other sports, we expect players to prioritize the tryout. There is no perfect time to schedule tryouts, and we believe we can better compare players in a single tryout versus the two-day tryout format used the two previous years. Both the independent evaluators and prior year coaches will provide input in determining player rosters.
- In cases where a player cannot try out because of a documented injury, prior notification must be sent to the Boys or Girls Director (see below for contact information). In addition, the player must be registered for tryouts. We will use our sole discretion in placing that player on a team.
- We encourage all players to participate in some level of fall basketball prior to the tryouts. The Patriot Hoop Clinics are a great way to get back in basketball form with a minimal commitment.
- Girls tryouts will be held according to the following schedule and will be managed by the Girls Travel Director.
- 4th grade girls: 8:30 am - 10:00 am - Nashoba Brooks School
- 5th grade girls: 8:30 am - 10:45 am - Nashoba Brooks School
- 6th grade girls: 11:00 am - 1:15 pm - Nashoba Brooks School
- 7th grade girls: 1:30 pm - 3:45 pm - Nashoba Brooks School
- 8th grade girls: 4:00 pm - 6:15 pm - Nashoba Brooks School
- Boys tryouts will be according to the following schedule and will be managed by the Boys Travel Director.
If there are aspects of your child's game that need to be improved, summer and fall preseason are the best times to work on them. There are a number of clinics and private training options in the areas that are available.
Selection Process and Team Structure:
- The school grade that a player will be in the fall of 2019 determines the team, and while there are some limitations on age. While Metrowest allows players to "play up" one grade level, CCYB is discouraging that policy. Exceptions will only be made in the interest of creating complete teams at a given grade level.
- We typically have two teams at each grade level from 5 through 8 and one team at grade 4. These numbers are deteremined by several factors, including the number of players who try out and are capable of playing travel basketball, the amount of available gym space, and the willingness of parent volunteers to coach teams. The final number of teams per grade is not determined until after tryouts.
- The Selection process for the various grades and teams will begin as soon as all tryouts have been completed, and will be based on prior year coaches evaluations, the scores of the independent evaluators, input from this season's coaches, and the position needs of each team. Attributes such as coachability, attitude, and hustle are considered as well as pure basketball skills. It is critical that parents and players understand that we do not simply rank players from 1 to X and take the top 11 players for team "A" and the next 11 players for team "B". Playing time is not equal in travel basketball, especially from grade 6 onward, and it may be more beneficial for a player's development to play more and take on a leadership role of a "B" team. We consider the needs of the team in terms of players at a position, as well as the needs of the player, when making roster decisions.
- Teams are typically formed with two skill levels that play in two different divisions in Metrowest. This year, our top level teams will be Maroon and our next level teams will be White, which are the official Concord-Carlisle school colors. In certain age groups, we may have two teams that play in the same division. CCYB endeavors to place our teams in Metrowest divisions that will be competitive and offer a balance of winning and losing (i.e., a record of 9-9 is a successful season). We balance this division placement with non-league games against teams that may be placed in a higher or lower division.
- You will be notified via e-mail as soon as the selection process is finalized. It is critical that you have configured your e-mail to add firstname.lastname@example.org to your safe sender list. Instructions for doing so can be found at https://www.leagueathletics.com/EmailSettings.html.
Coaching Volunteers and Coach Selection:
CCYB is actively looking for coaches. Coaching a CCYB team requires two things -- basketball experience and availability -- and oftentimes these skills can't be found in a single individual. We have found that a team approach to coaching works well, with a more experienced basketball player/coach helping to develop practice plans, and a parent who doesn't travel actually running the practices. CCYB also offers coaching clinics and provides materials to help develop practice plans.
Coaching a CCYB team does not require a coach to have a child on the team, so if you know someone who would be a good coach, even if they can't make a full commitment, ask them to reach out.
All coaches must agree to undergo a CORI check in order to participate in our program. Parents who are not CORI-checked are not allowed to act as a coach in practices or at games, so if you are considering helping out here and there please make sure you get your CORI completed.
The CCYB travel program is a competitive program, and equal playing time is not guaranteed and should not be expected.
Playing time is at the coach’s discretion. There is no set rule, nor set amount of playing time per game, as many factors affect the amount of playing time in any given week, tournament, and/or game. The following factors will be considered relative to playing time: 1) skill level and applied basketball knowledge, 2) attendance at practices, 3) attitude, 4) work ethic and hustle, 5) situations, 6) matchups, 7) foul trouble, 8) fatigue, and 9) injury. Coaches will manage the playing time of each player based on the aforementioned factors. Parents should set this expectation and review these guidelines with their player(s).
That said, every player should see a few minutes of playing time every game. If a parent feels that there is an issue with playing time, they should address it with the coach or the Boys or Girls Travel Director.
The program fee for the 2019-2020 travel season will be $365 per player, which includes the cost of gym time, referees, league fees, and up to two tournament fees. The cost increase from last season is directly related to increased gym rental costs.
Uniforms are charged separately, as not every player needs a new uniform every season. The expected cost of uniforms this season is approximately $125 (jersey $75, shorts $25, personalized shooting shirt $25).
Optional clinics with professional coaches will be offered eight Sunday mornings during the season for players who want to work on specific skills. These sign ups are separate. Cost is $80.
** Please note, the cost for the team is for the regular season (November–March) and DOES NOT include the Patriot Hoop Clinics.
**If you are in need of financial assistance, please contact the Boys or Girls Travel Director at the bottom of the page prior to tryouts. We have a limited number of scholarships available.
Uniforms and Equipment:
Jersey numbers are assigned by CCYB and remain the same for the duration of the player's involvement in the program. They MUST NOT be changed without coordinating with CCYB administration. We maintain a unique set of uniform numbers for each grade level, so we need to ensure there is no overlap if participants try to get a uniform from an older sibling or friend. This can cause major issues with Metrowest and can be grounds for penalties for us. Your child's assigned jersey number can be found on their profile on the CCYB website.
We are currently evaluating options for uniforms for the upcoming season and will publish that information here when it becomes available.
Each player is expected to have a uniform, indoor basketball shoes, and a mouth guard (highly recommended). A number of basketballs are provided by the program for each team, but many players choose to bring a ball to practice. We encourage families to support Brine's sporting goods by purchasing their balls locally. We use Spaulding 500-series balls in practices and 1000-series balls in games.
If you will be purchasing your own basketball(s), please note the proper basketball size:
Girls grade 4: standard junior 27.5" ball
Girls grades 5 through 8: standard women’s 28.5" ball
Boys grades 4, 5, and 6: standard women’s 28.5" ball
Boys grades 7 and 8: standard men’s 29.5" ball
Practice and Game Schedule:
Practices: November 5, 2019 - End of Playoffs
3 Preseason Tournament Games: Friday - Sunday before Thanksgiving
12 Sunday Metrowest League Games: December, 2019 - February, 2020
6-8 Saturday Non-League Games: December, 2019 - February, 2020
Metrowest Playoffs: March 1 - 15, 2019
Total Games: 21 + Playoffs
CCHS Fall Clinics:
In addition to our clinics, we strongly encourage participation in those offered by the CCHS varsity basketball coaches. We emphasize that participation is not mandatory, but it is a great opportunity for all players to work on their skills in preparation for the winter basketball season. You will find the clinic information at https://www.patriothoopclinics.com. Registration for the fall is currently open for boys and girls.
Marc Caruso, Boys Travel Director, 978-618-7906, e-mail
Tom Isenberg, Girls Travel Director, 617-480-4961, e-mail