BYBA Rookies

Rookies Program (2nd Grade Developmental Basketball Program)

The BYBA Rookies Program is an 9-week co-ed developmental basketball program for 2nd graders. Each week, a coach will lead a 1 hour and 10 minute session with between 24 and 32 players. A minimum of four adult parent coaches will help with each session.

Each week, there will be series of whole group demonstrations on individual and team skills. After each of these demonstrations, we will break down into 4 small groups and practice these skills. Players will also participate in fun drills and contests each week.

During each session, the players will learn team concepts by playing controlled half court games of 3 on 3. At the end of each session, the participants will play full court games of 3 on 3. Later in the season, we will build up to controlled games of 4 on 4.

In the 9th week, the players will participate in individual and team competitions. The top performers in each competition will receive medals.

The emphasis in the “Rookies” program will be on teaching the participants “how to play” rather than “running plays” and “winning games.” Each week, we will build on the previous week’s skills and concepts.

Tentative 2023-2024 Rookies Dates:

Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023
Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023
Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023
Saturday, Jan. 6, 2024
Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024
Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024
Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024
Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024
Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024

Rookies have traditionally taken place at Winn Book. We expect this to be the case but will not know until gym bookings are confirmed.

  1. Session 1:  8:30 am - 9:40 am      
  2. Session 2:  9:45 am – 10:55 am 
  3. Session 3:  11 am – 12:10 pm 

Note:  Players will be placed in sessions based on program needs.

Boys and girls in grade 2 who live or attend school in Belmont are eligible to be “Rookies.”

Younger players need to use a smaller and lighter basketball to learn how to shoot properly. We will be using a 27.5” youth basketball in our demonstrations and games. BYBA will provide basketballs at each session. BYBA will provide a reversible shirt/jersey for each participant.

We are looking for parents to serve as assistant coaches. If interested, please register via the Registration Online page for the Parent Volunteer Program.

The fee for the “Rookies” program is $150 per player.