Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the season?
We plan to start the season in the beginning of November and end the season near the middle of March.
Why does the BBA hold evaluations?
If enough children sign up in a particular grade (grades 4,5,6) to make 2 or more teams, then the BBA will require those children to participate in evaluations. This will help our association collect data on each player so we may make the teams as even as possible. Evaluations will be held for the 7th and 8th graders to help us determine how to split the teams according to their skill level, if more than one team needs to be formed. We realize that having evaluations will not solve every issue and we are also aware that the players will accelerate at different speeds throughout the season.
When will evaluations take place?
We hope to hold the evaluations soon after we close registrations. Once we have determined a date and time, the BBA will send out a mass email letting everyone know what grades need to be evaluated.
How many practices per week can be expected, and how long are they?
For grades 4-6, your child will have 2 practices per week during the season. The days that your child will practice are typically Mondays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays with some occasional Wednesday or Friday nights if need be. Practices will be 1 hour long each evening. Practices are typically scheduled between 7-9pm. The Byron school district may let us rent some gyms as early as 6:00pm. We do our best to schedule the younger grades for the earlier practices.
For grades 7 and 8: If your child is to participate with the BBA, he or she will be required to sign up for school basketball and practices will be very limited. Our main focus for grades 7 and 8 is not to work on basic basketball skills but rather provide additional games for the players. Your coach may schedule random practices throughout the season to work on team plays before an upcoming tournament. However, due to limited gym space, 4-6 grade practices will take precedence for practices during the weekday evenings. Practices for 7th and 8th grade could very well be scheduled on a Friday evening or a Saturday morning. The BBA will not schedule practices during the school basketball season.
Are there any scholarships available?
Yes. Please contact our club president for more information.
What if I don’t want my child to play the maximum number of tournaments?
Depending on which grade your child is in, the number of tournaments will vary. Please check our philosophies page for more information. Teams can elect to play within the minimum/maximum allowed. If your child cannot make it for all the tournaments, please communicate that with his/her coach.
What if my child can’t make it to all the tournaments or practices?
The BBA recognizes that everyone has a very busy lifestyle. Children will not be penalized if they miss a few practices or games throughout the season. With that said, please keep in mind that it is fair for a head coach to pull someone from the court if the player doesn't know the plays that are being called. Biggest thing here is to communicate with your child’s coach.
Will there be a parent meeting before the seasons starts?
Yes. We try to schedule our parent meeting during the same time as the evaluation process.
Is there an alternative to Traveling Basketball?
The BBA does not have a in-house program. We recommend you check into the Champion Youth Basketball program in Rochester. All games are played in Rochester against other teams in the Champion Youth Basketball program. Please click here to be directed to their website.