Nauset Youth Basketball Club: Welcome
Youth & Middle School Program Description
Now entering its eighteenth season as a charter member of the Cape Cod Youth Basketball League (www.capehoops.com), Nauset Youth Basketball Club was formed to provide a high level of instruction and competition to young, committed players. This season NYBC plans to field 8 grade-specific teams of 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, & 8th grade boys, and 5th, 6th, and 7th grade girls to play in the CCYBL.
Last season 4th, 5th, & 6th boys, and 6th girls practiced evenings, twice weekly at Orleans Elementary School and Eddy Elementary School. Nauset Regional Middle School will continue to offer interscholastic basketball this season and will likely field boys and girls A & B teams with 7th & 8th graders eligible. NYBC, then, will again follow the model used by the great majority of CCYBL clubs, offering two pre-season and one in-season evening practice per week to individual 7th & 8th grade boys and 7th grade girls teams, those teams competing weekends in the CCYBL. These teams are not meant to supplant the NRMS teams, but to exist side-by-side with that program and offer additional opportunity for those desiring weekend games for both interscholastic players and others who want to play a wider-based and more highly competitive range of teams. We have secured evening practice time at Nauset Regional High School for 7th & 8th graders and will likely additionally use Eddy in Brewster during the pre-season. We are very grateful to again use the NRMS gym Sundays for our home games as we have the past eight seasons.
Please read the following for a more general description of our program.
The CCYBL includes “town teams” from the Cape & South Shore extending from Nauset to Plymouth North and along the South Coast to Dartmouth as well as teams from Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. CCYBL games begin the first weekend of December, with Christmas vacation off, and conclude with single-elimination playoffs before February school vacation. Regular season games are held on Saturdays and Sundays over the course of 7 weekends, generally to a total of fourteen contests per team, depending upon the number of teams per division. Individual teams and players have the option to participate in one or more of the open/invitational tournaments held throughout the region beginning in late February and into March at additional cost. NYBC practices will begin the last week in October and continue throughout the season. 4th, 5th, & 6th boys and 5th & 6th girls practices are held twice weekly, evenings, generally at Orleans or Eddy Elementary. 7th & 8th practices will be held evenings at NRHS on a weekly basis with more practice time available in Brewster in the pre-season. NYBC teams will once again use Nauset Regional Middle School as their home floor. 5th grade girls in the past played an “in-house” schedule--all their games one day per weekend at Bourne Middle School--but will for a fourth season now have the same home/away schedule as other CCYBL divisions. All CCYBL games are refereed by two IAABO "patched" officials.
NYBC coaches are committed individuals with a broad range of basketball experience who donate considerable time and effort toward the instruction and improvement of their players and teams. Participation on an NYBC team, therefore, requires a serious commitment from both the players and parents. There is significant travel involved. In addition to the game schedule, each team will have one or two one-and-a-half hour practices per week, depending on grade level. Within reason, players are expected to attend all games and practices. Those who wish a more casual schedule or to play a second winter sport should avail themselves of their respective towns’ fine recreational basketball programs. Players are expected to keep up with their schoolwork so that they may honor their commitment to the team. As NYBC is not affiliated with any town or school recreation program, the costs for referees, uniforms, equipment, and league membership must be borne by the participants. The NYBC player fee for the 2015-16 CCYBL season is expected to be one hundred-fifty dollars ($150). For those with genuine need, financial relief is available.
Although these prospects may seem daunting to some, participation on an NYBC team has been an exciting and worthwhile pursuit for many area youngsters over the last seventeen seasons. Players receive advanced instruction in all phases of individual and team basketball skills. While players are expected to work hard and dedicate themselves to improvement, they also have a lot of fun playing and learning. To see a team of nine- or ten-year-olds walk into a strange gym in an unfamiliar town and play with poise and confidence is an exhilarating experience. Players and their families are able to forge new friendships beyond their individual towns and schoolmates, as players develop strong relationships with new teammates and parents assist each other with transportation and team support. With half a team’s games in a Nauset gym and a number of CCYBL road games this side of the canal, the travel schedule is not as overly taxing as might seem immediately apparent. Aside from athletic development players benefit from the larger life lessons gleaned from basketball such as commitment, discipline, sportsmanship, selflessness, hard work, and personal responsibility. If invited to join an NYBC team, a player will have the opportunity to develop with the same coaches and teammates over the course of several seasons while playing against the top competition on the Cape and in Southeastern Mass.
Tryouts are generally held in late October and will be scheduled for Nauset High or other area gyms as time and space permit. Sign-up meetings are announced via the Nauset Regional Email Blast and on our website http://www.eteamz.com/nybc earlier in the month. Dates and times will be announced by email, in the schools, and at the website when they are determined. On the website, look for links on the menu at the left for Sign-Up Meeting and Tryout Info before an upcoming season. In order to be eligible for a team a candidate must currently be enrolled in the appropriate grade and reside in one of the four towns comprising the Nauset Regional School District. Additionally, NRMS students from Provincetown and Truro are eligible without exception. Interested parties must pre-register in order to participate. Among other criteria, players trying out will be evaluated on the bases of overall athleticism, basketball skills, effort and the ability to concentrate and follow instructions. Positional size and skills must also be taken into account.
If you are interested in trying out, or would like more information, please contact Steve Post at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 508-737-4847. Tryout flyers are currently distributed through the Nauset Regional School District weekly Email Blast.
Thanks, and good luck! See you around the gym--Steve Post, Director, NYBC