2021-2022 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.
CCYB has published a COVID Policy on our website that will be refined as additional details are released by the state and will be updated for the 2021-2022 season by the end of September. We are requiring all players and coaches to wear masks at practices. Metrowest has not published rules on masks during games, but CCYB will comply with that policy. Please review the policy in detail, as we will have a zero-tolerance policy for violations.
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 8, 2021 to March 15, 2022). If your player has schedule limitations that need to be considered, such as skiing, futsal, etc. 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. Players who consistently miss practices or games will be removed from the team and refunds will not be provided. 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 week of November 8, and playoffs extend into the first two weeks in March, with a break between the Christmas and New Years holidays. We try not to 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 90-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.
- Please register early and take advantage of the earlybird discount! Given the uncertainty with COVID, we need ample time to adjust gym space based on enrollment.
- There will be a single opportunity to tryout for players the week of October 11 at Concord-Carlisle High School. Parents are required to attend a parent meeting for the first 15 minutes of the tryout.
- Tuesday, October 12
- 5:30 - 7:15 - Boys 4th Grade (Main Gym)
- 5:30 - 7:00 - Boys 5th Grade (Maroon Gym)
- 7:00 - 9:00 - Boys 7th Grade (Main Gym)
- Thursday, October 14 (moved from Wed. 10/13)
- 5:30 - 7:15 - Girls 4th & 5th Grade (Maroon Gym)
- 5:30 - 7:15 - Boys 6th Grade (Main Gym)
- 7:00 - 9:00 - Boys 8th Grade (Main Gym)
- Friday, October 15
- 5:30 - 7:00 - Girls 6th, 7th, and 8th Grades (Main Gym)
- Online advanced registration for tryouts is required - there is no on-site registration. If you did not register prior to the deadline, please e-mail the Boys or Girls Travel Director (contact information below).
- Due to significant issues last season with timely payments, we are requiring payment of the season fee prior to the tryout. If your child is not 100% committed to playing, you must inform the Boys or Girls Travel Director in advance of the tryout. Any player who is placed on a team but chooses to withdraw will be refunded 50% of the season fee.
- 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. Independent evaluators and prior year CCYB coaches will determine team placement.
- In cases in which a player cannot try out because of a documented injury, prior notification must be sent to the Boys or Girls Travel 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.
Team Selection Process and Team Structure:
- The school grade that a player will be in the fall of 2021 determines the team on which a player will be placed. CCYB believes strongly in playing with peers and does not allow "playing up" due to skill 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 each tryout is completed. Team placement is based a combination of prior year coach feedback, feedback of the independent evaluators, 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 second 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).
- You will be notified via e-mail whether or not your player is selected for a team. 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 minimum of 8 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, and escalate to the Boys or Girls Travel Director.
The program fee for the 2021-2022 travel season will be $385 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. We are offering a $15 earlybird registration discount through September 19. After October 3 at $25 late registration fee will be applied.
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).
** Please note, the registration cost DOES NOT include the Patriot Hoop Clinics (they are a separate organization).
**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.
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 Wilson 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 8, 2021 - End of Playoffs (March 13)
3 Preseason Tournament Games: Friday - Sunday before Thanksgiving
12 Sunday Metrowest League Games: December, 2021 - February, 2022
Metrowest Playoffs: March 1 - 13, 2022
Total Games: 14-18 + Playoffs
Fall Patriot Hoop Clinics for Boys & Girls:
We strongly encourage participation in the Saturday morning Patriot Hoop Clinics offered by the CCHS varsity basketball coaches, David Cohen and Amy Davagian. Participation is not mandatory, but it is a great opportunity for all players to work on their skills in preparation for both tryouts and the season. You will find the clinic information at https://www.patriothoopclinics.com. Registration 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