BayState Bombers: Welcome

Thursday, February 21



As of this writing, plans for the upcoming 2008 Spring season include boys teams at the 14U (8th grade) and 15U (9th grade) levels.  Go to 2008 Tryouts at the menu on the left for tryout information.

For other playing opportunities, check the Sports Notices on the Two Minute Drill page in the Cape Cod Times sports section.  Also go to for links to Massachusetts boys and girls AAU clubs.  Any further information regarding Bombers teams will be posted on this page.

Bombers tryouts are generally held in late February/early March and will be announced in local papers and on the website as they are scheduled.  To find information about a specific team, go to Teams on the menu at the left, then click on the team you are interested in.  Team pages will be added as coaches contact the webmaster requesting them.  Please note that all our teams do not avail themselves of the use of this website.

The BayState Bombers is Cape Cod’s largest and most longstanding AAU organization. In past seasons, under the leadership of founding Director Tom Madden, the BayState Bombers Basketball Club provided almost one hundred-fifty local youth, ranging in age from fifth graders to high school juniors, the opportunity to play on six girl’s and seven boy’s teams. Bombers teams play a Spring AAU tournament schedule running approximately from March to June. Team tryouts are generally held in late February/early March. AAU basketball is highly selective, players being drawn from broad geographical areas onto club teams which compete against teams from other clubs in AAU sanctioned open/invitational tournaments. Many AAU clubs feature A, B, and C level teams within a given age division.
AAU tournaments are held on weekends throughout the United States and can each draw as many as seventy-five teams or more to the various age divisions. A team may play anywhere from three to six games in two days in any given tournament. A BayState Bombers team may participate in anywhere from five to eight tournaments per season, generally traveling every other weekend to tournaments located in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Maine. Additionally a team will practice once or twice weekly depending on the coach’s discretion and availability of facilities. Player costs include a $30 registration fee payable at tryouts, approximately $40 for reversible jersey and shorts, and $200-300 for tournament fees and practice facility rental, if applicable. Team coaches are directly responsible for all costs so prompt payment is required. Players will also need meal and personal expense money on tournament weekends. Most teams will schedule one or two overnight tournament weekends per season and each player will be required to pay $25-30 per night hotel costs. 

If invited to join a Bombers team, players and families must weigh carefully their level of commitment. Within reason, players are expected to attend all games and practices. Participation in spring school sports is by no means ruled out, but coaches need to know that the players they have selected will be available to play and practice. Off-season basketball is for serious players who wish to work hard and improve. Parents are expected to contribute to team support through communication, attendance at tournaments, and transportation. All that said, BayState Bombers AAU basketball has been an exciting and worthwhile pursuit for many Cape Cod youth over the years. Team members play with the best players their age on the Cape and compete against the top teams in New England. New friendships are forged which transcend town and school boundaries as players practice, compete, and travel together. To be able to walk into a strange gym in a distant town and play with poise and confidence can be an exhilarating experience. After a season of AAU basketball, players can return to their school teams stronger, more knowledgeable, and better for the experience.
Good luck,
Steve Post, Head Webmaster
Coach, 2006 BayState Bombers 17U Boy’s Blue