OVERVIEW: The BYBA Travel Program (Belmont Travel Basketball), 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. For players who cannot fully commit to the travel program and will have competing priorities over the winter should register for our In-town program.
All travel players are required to play on an In-Town team, although it is understood that there may be conflicts from time-to-time with the Travel program. The cost of the In-town program is included in the Travel Fee.
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 may realize less playing time during games. Basketball should be your child’s primary sports commitment during the winter season.
If you have constraints and are not able to fully commit to Travel Basketball as describled on this page but still want to play, please let us know so we can properly place your child on the right team. This will make it easier then having to move players during the season.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Over the past several years our Travel Program has seen tremendous growth. Last season, Belmont had the 2nd most Travel teams among the 70+ Metrowest League member towns. We find it absolutely wonderful that our town has so many children that have a desire to play Travel Basketball. At the same time we struggle with many challenges such as gym space, finding competitive teams to play against our lower level teams, having an inadequate number of players in a grade which results in having teams of less than 10 players or having to combine grades and the availability of qualified coaches.
As we assess the number of registered players this year we will take care in ensuring that the team structure is set up so we are able to run an effective travel program. Please be aware there is a possibility your child may not make a travel team. If your child does not make a travel team they will play solely in our in-town league.
ELIGIBILITY: In order to participate in Belmont Travel Basketball a player must reside in or attend schools in the town of Belmont during the 2017-18 school year.
REGISTRATION: The fee for travel team participation will be $335 per player.
• Registration opens May 1st and runs through June 16th
• Late registration start June 17th and includes a late fee of $50
Players who register after June 16th (during the late registration period) will be required to pay the full registration fee plus a $50 late fee and will be placed on a waitlist. The waitlist does not guarantee your child will be placed on a team.
Registration is not considered complete until the balance due is paid in full. If you register prior to June 16th and do not pay your balance until after June 16th, you are considered to have registered in the Late registration period and will be assessed a $50 Late Fee and your child will be placed on the waitlist.
Please keep in mind that there is a possibility that your child will not be placed on a Travel team. If your child does not make a Travel team your child will play in BYBA's in-town league. You will received a refund of your payment minus the in-town fee (and any shorts fee, if applicable)
No refunds will be issues after September 11th.
If you withdraw your child after Travel team placements you will be assessed a $200 Late Withdrawal Fee that will be due the next time anyone in your family registers for BYBA program.
UNIFORMS: A standard uniform (reversible jersey and shorts) is required for all Travel players. All new Travel players must purchase a reversible jersey for $35 and shorts for $30. Uniforms from the 2013-2015 Travel season can be re-used. If your child played in-town grades 5-8 during the 2013-15 season their jersey can be used, but shorts will need to be ordered.
The additional $65 for these two items will be automatically added to the registration fee of $335, bringing the total registration cost to $400.
Travel uniforms are also worn for In-town games.
TRAVEL UNIFORMS DURING THE SEASON CAN BE PURCHASED ON OUR WEBSITE, CLICK REGISTER NOW TO PURCHASE A NEW UNIFORM.
Try-outs: Belmont Travel Basketball requires all players be registered and fully paid to attend try-outs.
Try-outs for each grade level are expected to be held the last week in September and the first week of October. Specific details of dates and times will be posted early September.
All players must try out for their respective grade's teams. To properly and fully assess each player, we will conduct two (2) nights (3 focused hours in total) of placements performing skill drills and game situations. For 4th grade the Board may determine that only one try-out is necessary. Belmont Travel Basketball utilizes 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 playing, coaching and/or officiating experience at multiple levels including AAU, high school or college.
In cases where a player cannot try out because of a documented injury, but is expected back in time for the season, Belmont Travel Basketball will use it's sole discretion in placing that 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 cases when the players are deemed “equal” in the placement process.
Prospective players are encouraged to attend both placement sessions. In the event a player cannot attend placements due to a family or other special circumstance and upon reasonable prior notice, Belmont Travel Basketball will use its best efforts to find an alternative placement session (likely at the next higher grade level) in order to obtain as reasonable an assessment as possible.
If for some reason you do not want your child to be placed on the first team please contact us at
. Please be aware that if your child is assessed highly at placements we may not be able to honor these types of requests.
NOTE: PLACEMENTS WILL BE CLOSED TO PARENTS.
PRACTICE: Travel teams will practice once to twice a week beginning in early November. Practices may be held on any night of the week including Saturday in the event there are no games scheduled. The Travel registration cost of $335 includes one practice per week. If the Head Coach determines that the team will practice twice per week, an additional $50 per player (max $500 per team) will be due to cover the additional expense. This additional fee is a requirement and not optional. Please keep this in mind when registering for Travel basketball. If your child can not make two practices per week and they are placed on a team that is, they may be moved down to another team. If teams split a 2nd practice slot the two teams will split the expense.
GAMES: Games are generally held mostly on Sunday's, with some Saturday games as well. Games run from the first week of December through early March. Games will be scheduled on both weekends of February vacation and 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.
TEAMS & LEAGUE PLAY: Most teams will participate in the Metrowest League which consists of a twelve game schedule, with playoffs following the regular season. Teams will play additional "non-league games", which may vary on a team-by-team and grade-by-grade basis. Depending on the number of registrants we may combine grades to enable as many children to play Travel Basketball as possible.
TOURNAMENTS & ADDITIONAL GAMES: All travel teams playing in the Metrowest League will qualify for the Metrowest's post-season playoffs that begin in early March. Additional tournaments and games may be scheduled during the season (i.e. during December 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. This will be based on the total number of games scheduled for each team.
PLAYING TIME: As this is a competitive program, the minimum playing time in grades 6 through 8 is 25%, grades 4 & 5 the minimum playing time shall be 40%. It is very important that parents and players alike are ready to accept that they may only play 25% of the time (40% for 4th & 5th graders). EXACT PLAYING TIME MAY VARY GAME TO GAME.
NOTE: THESE TIMES ARE MINIMUM GUIDELINES, AND BELMONT TRAVEL BASKETBALL'S EXPECTATION IS THAT COACHES WILL PROVIDE AS MUCH BALANCED PLAYING TIME AS POSSIBLE THROUGHOUT THE SEASON. EXACT PLAYING TIME MAY VARY GAME TO GAME. IF A PLAYER MISSES PRACTICES/GAMES, THAT MAY NEGATIVELY IMPACT PLAYING TIME.
TWINS/SIBLING PLACEMENT: Twins/siblings in the same grade will be evaluated and placed independently. Prior to the evaluations, parents may request twins/siblings to be placed on the same team. In the event that there is a request for siblings to be on the same team both players will be placed on the lower of the teams the players were evaluated for.
REQUEST FOR TRAVEL COACHES: For each of the past two seasons, Belmont Travel Basketball has had 22 teams. With such a high number of teams our biggest challenge is to find enough volunteers to coach at each level. During the registration process we have been able to procure only 40% of the coaching positions necessary to run the league. It is only after the teams are formed and parents realize that we will not have teams, that the coaching vacancies are filled. If you have an interest in coaching please register to coach.
TRAVEL COACH SELECTION: After the teams have been created through the evaluation process, Belmont Travel Basketball will identify and select the coaching 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, but not necessary, and it can also be very positive for the children to experience different coaches as part of their basketball careers and development. For this reason Belmont Travel Basketball's coaching staffs will consist of one head coach and once assistant coach, unless circumstances warrant an additional coach. Coaching candidates will be asked to submit an online registration through the Registration page. All coaches will be required to complete a CORI check prior to participating in the program.
COACHES WILL NOT BE SELECTED FOR A SPECIFIC TEAM UNTIL AFTER PLACEMENTS ARE FINALIZED. WE WILL NOT MOVE A PLAYER DOWN TO A LOWER TEAM JUST TO FILL A COACHING VACANCY. IF WE DO NOT HAVE COACHES TO RUN THE PROGRAM WE WILL HAVE LESS TEAMS.