Sutton Youth Basketball: Travel Program

Friday, October 3
2014-15 Travel Information

We are planning to have a full season of travel basketball for the kids of Sutton.  In addition, we expect to have about the same number of players and teams as we have for the past few seasons... as usual the determining factor will be:

  • interest by players.
  • volunteers to support. 


Sutton Gym Space.

There is only one gym in Sutton, the elementary gym.  We are not going to have any priority on getting gym time in the Elementary gym.  As the season progresses, we might get some spots, but we will not be planning on it.

Sunday, October 27
2013-14 Sutton Travel Program

Travel Program.

The Travel Program participates in the SCMYBL, competing against like age players of surrounding towns.  The travel program is more demanding and is a bigger time commitment than our Recreation League.  A few of the basic requirements to be eligible for a travel team are:

·         The girls Travel Program have teams for grades 5, 6, 7 and 8.  (Age restrictions may apply in some cases).

·         The boys Travel Program have teams for grades 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. (Age restrictions may apply in some cases).

·         Potential players must participate in at least one of the two tryout dates. 

·         Evaluators evaluate and choose the best skilled players that “make” the team.


In recent years, the Travel Program has expanded the number of teams.  Typically we try to get at least one team in the league for each grade, however for some grades we’ve had zero teams and some we have had two teams.  The number of teams for each grade will be solely the decision of the SYB board.  The decision has many factors, however a couple of the key factors are:

·         Number of eligible and dedicated players for a given grade.

·         Qualified  and dedicated coach (determined solely by the SYB board)

·         Facility availability.

In the cases where we may have multiple teams at a certain grade, the teams are divided into an “A” group and a “B” group.  The “A” will be a stronger basketball group; as such will participate in a stronger division of the SCMYBL than a “B” group.  NOTE:  a player’s participation from previous seasons does not secure or guarantee a certain spot on future travel teams.  Players will move up and down.  In some cases there may be cuts.

The evaluation process of tryouts is difficult for our volunteers, and each year we evaluate and tweak the process.  This year we are adding additional “independent” evaluators to help with the process.