FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE DEVELOPMENTAL LEAGUE AND THE TRAVELING TEAM?
The Traveling Team is a competitively-based program which participates in a league and in tournaments that will require travel outside of the area. The D-League is a skilled based program for kids to play against other kids within the community. All boys are highly encouraged to participate in the D-League regardless of them participating on a Traveling Team or not.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE ON A TRAVELING TEAM?
Boys in Grades 3-8 must be Grafton School District residents OR attend a Grafton Public or Private School with the intention of attending Grafton High School to be eligible to tryout for a grade specific team.
HOW DO YOU PARTICIPATE ON A TRAVELING TEAM?
Parents must complete the Registration Requirements listed below:
REGISTER TO PLAY - This process is done on-line
Complete and turn in the REGISTRATION PAPERWORK
Attend the TRYOUT
WHAT IF A PLAYER CANNOT ATTEND THE TRYOUT?
Please contact the Director at:
HOW MANY TRAVELING TEAMS ARE THERE PER GRADE LEVEL?
A second team at any level may be established if there are enough players AND coaches to make this additional team. Starting with the 2019-20 Season, if there are enough players and coaches for two 3rd Grade teams, the teams will be split equally by talent (and position) and will remain equally split each year through 8th grade (or until the Grafton Hoops Board, with the guidance of the Grafton High School head coach, decides otherwise). The teams will be re-equalized each year at tryouts. All other grade levels previously-established formats are grandfathered in, whether they are A (Orange) and B (Black) OR split equally. The Grafton Hoops Board is able to approve a change from an A and B format to split equally based on coach request, but a previously split equally team cannot go back to an A and B format. Coaches may also request Grafton Hoops Board approval to take equally split teams to WYBL and then combine the top performing players from each team into one "tournament team."
HOW ARE COACHES ASSIGNED?
The Traveling Teams are typically coached by a parent (or two) of kids on the team. Coaches may continue coaching in the program once they have been assigned to a team, unless there is cause for dismissal. You can check the "COACH CONTACT INFO" page to find out if a coach has been assigned or if there are any coaching vacancies/reassignments/changes.
If an opening becomes available it will be posted on the "COACH CONTACT INFO" page. Interested individuals can regiester to coach that grade specific team.
WHAT IS THE FEE SCHEDULE TO PLAY ON THE TRAVELING TEAM?
The anticipated Fee Schedule can be found on the "BOYS TRAVELING TEAM" page.
The Fees will be due immediately after a player accepts the invitation to participate and collected at the players first practice. This money is used to secure tournaments and pay the WYBL dues. Families should contact Kim Polack at in the case of financial hardship &/or to apply for a player scholarship.
In addition to the Fee Schedule, the player will need to place an Apparel Order with TBD. This order will include items that are "Required" to purchase, as well as items that are "Recommended' and/or "Optional."
IS PLAYING TIME EQUAL?
This is a competitive program and the players are unlikely to play the same amount of time in every game. However, coaches will look for opportunities to balance playing time during the course of the season. Coaches may determine playing time based on a player's ability, attitude, attendance and participation in practice. Any amount of playing time during games is NOT guaranteed.
WHAT IS THE LENGTH OF THE TRAVELING TEAM SEASON?
The season will begin with practices starting in late October or early November and the season will conclude in mid-March, or at the end of March. 5th-8th Grade ORANGE teams may experience playing into early April depending on the date of the State level tournament.
HOW MANY GAMES WILL A TEAM TYPICALLY PLAY IN A SEASON?
Most teams will play in 5 tournaments and there are typically 3 games per tournament. It is our goal for each team to play in the WYBL, which is 14-16 games and a end of season tournament of 3-6 games. Teams may play in additional tournaments at the discretion and additional cost to that teams' families. Total fees vary per team depending on number of tournaments and whether a team plays in the WYBL.
WHEN ARE PRACTICES?
Practices usually begin in early November. The practice schedule is decided once teams are selected and coaches are assigned. This information will be distributed to families shortly after teams are selected. While one of our biggest challenges is securing gym space and times, our goal is to practice at least twice per week. All practices are at John Long Middle School or Woodview Elementary School and the availabililty of space is be dependent on the JLMS activity calendar (such as voting, dances, JLMS athletic contests, etc.). We maximize the time we are allotted but you will need to sometimes be flexible.
IS THERE A PARENTAL COMMITMENT IF MY SON MAKES A TRAVELING TEAM?
It is the responsibility of the parent(s) to get their son to all scheduled practices, games and tournaments. Many players form "car pools" to assist with this commitment.
The GRAFTON HOOPS BASKETBALL PROGRAM hosts 3rd - 8th Grade Basketball Shootouts. It is during this tournament that we need parents to help run these Shootouts successfully. The tournaments are very structured and a great way to showcase our facilities and our players/teams.
All money raised goes directly back into the programs listed below:
Grafton Hoops Youth Basketball Program and Black Hawks High School Basketball Program