The WBA Boys & Girls Travel Basketball Program tryouts will be conducted in the Fall for Grades 4, 5, 6, 7, & 8 for the upcoming season. To better inform you, and bring some clarity to the planned tryout process, the following information is presented in a “Question & Answer” format for your review.
What is the Travel Basketball Program tryout schedule?
At least 20 tryout sessions are required to perform the Travel Program tryout process.
Each grade in both the Boys & Girls Program are scheduled for 2 tryout sessions to complete the process.
After Session 1, either all players will participate in the final session OR players will be invited back with the results posted on the WBA website.
After Session 2, the players earning a team roster position are posted on the website.
When will the teams be determined?
The A, B, and where applicable C Teams will be determined after Final Sessions in all grades.
What if a player is injured and cannot attend a Fall tryout session?
The injured player procedure remains unchanged from prior years.
The player must register on-line. Player should contact their travel director to inform them of the injury and discuss further. When the player is released for regular activity, a tryout opportunity will be afforded to the player.
Who will evaluate the players?
The evaluators will primarily be prior year coaches from our program, as well as other volunteers with strong basketball knowledge. The coaches for this year's travel teams will not be chosen until the tryouts are complete.
How are the teams determined?
After the tryouts are conducted, the WBA board and travel directors will meet to select the teams. The criteria considered in the team formation are the results from the tryouts along with the coaches’ evaluations from last year’s season (for returning players), if applicable. For returning players, prior year attendance and commitment are also strongly considered in team placement.
The unique circumstances surrounding the 2020-21 season, especially whether players opted in or out of the season due to COVID-19, will have no bearing on the current year’s tryouts and evaluation process.
When will the coaches be determined?
The final selection of coaches will take place after the final rosters have been established for each grade. If your child is selected for a team and you are interested in coaching, please register on the website.
What is the commitment level of a travel team?
If selected for a travel team, it is expected that the player's WBA travel team will be their top priority over other sports or AAU teams. Players must be committed to attending every practice and game. Other sports and teams are not valid excuses for missing any events. Violations will result in reduction of playing time and will be factored in to future year participation in the WBA travel program.
Please keep this in mind when accepting a position.
Typically, each team can expect 2 practices and a minimum of one game per week. Westfield hosts most home games on Sundays but away games can be during the week or weekend depending on the host town's gym availability. Teams may also participate in select tournaments throughout the season.
How many players will be on a team?
As a town travel league, we are focused on being competitive while at the same time allowing all players to grow and develop. We plan to roster 11 players on each team.
**Due to Covid19 restrictions - these guidelines are subject to change.