Basketball opportunities for Boys and Girls in grades 2 through 6.
Players younger than 2nd grade can explore options at the YMCA. Players older than 6th grade will participate on school teams.
Boys - Rec
All Boys in our program are required to play in our internal Rec League.
Grades 2, 3 and 4 are run as individual grade leagues. Grades 5 and 6 are combined into one league. Each league is divided up into teams and participate in practices and games throughout the season.
Our Rec leagues typically have two activities per week with one practice during the week and one game over the weekend.
Boys - Travel
While all boys in the program participate in our Rec leagues, some players desire additional basketball opportunities and further growth. For these players we offer a Travel program.
While there is no tryout for our Rec program, players must tryout and be selected for our Travel teams.
Please understand and note that participating in Travel basketball represents a sizeable increase in time commitment and additional cost. Travel teams typically have an additional two weeknight practices per week plus a weekend external league game through December and January. Travel teams also participate in tournaments throughout the season but are mostly concentrated in the January/February time frame.
Numbers permitting, our goal is to have 3 travel teams at each grade level as the 7th and 8th grade teams have 2 equal teams of 12 players.
Because we do not offer a Travel program for 2nd graders, any 2nd graders with accelerated skills are permitted to try out for a 3rd grade Travel team. Please note that for players of similar skill levels, 3rd grade players will be selected over 2nd grade players.
Note: All players must play for teams representing the grade they are in. The only exception is 2nd graders who make a 3rd grade travel team have the option of playing in either 2nd or 3rd grade Rec and would participate on a 3rd grade travel team. No other players will be permitted to "play-up" a grade level.
Girls – Rec
All Girls in our program are required to play in a Rec League. Due to numbers, we are not able to run internal leagues on the Girls side and so the teams formed play in leagues in local external leagues (Barberton and Springfield for example).
We do have a workout for all the participating girls but it is only to help determine team assignments. All girls wishing to play are welcome to play and will be placed on a team.
While the goal is to have grade specific teams, numbers and skill levels sometimes mean that there is some mixing of grades.
Teams participating in external leagues typically have 2-3 activities per week with 1-2 practices plus a game on the weekend.
The only exception to the participation in external leagues is Girls 2nd grade. Girls in 2nd grade will have one practice a week to work on skills/drills and to have some scrimmage time to implement those skills in preparation for future years.
Girls - Travel
While all girls in the program participate in the rec activities mentioned above, some players desire additional basketball opportunities and further growth. For these players we offer Tournament play.
While there is no tryout for our League program, players must tryout and be selected for our Travel teams. There is an additional cost to participating on a Travel teams over the fees associated with the League teams.
The Travel Season will run the same timeframe as the Rec Season. At the end of 8-10 travel games the girls will participate in local tournaments starting in February.
We typically field as many Girls teams as we have players desiring to play.