Basketball – Traveling

Chatham Youth Travel Basketball 
Please watch the Chatham Basketball Club website for information about the 2020/21 program.

The note below was recently sent to last years participants.  The program is only open to Chatham residents.

Hello Parents:
As many of you likely know by now, on Monday, Governor Murphy issued an executive order (attached below) that allows certain indoor practices and competitions to occur this winter, including basketball, subject to various safety and attendance protocols.  We are very excited about the opportunity for our players to have a basketball season this year, and, while there is still a lot of work to be done and decisions to be made, we are now hopeful that we will have a travel and rec season for our players in some form or another.  It may not be the same as prior years given potential limitations on gym availability and the number of games permitted, but we will be working very hard in the coming weeks to provide basketball access to as many kids as possible.

What we ask from parents is to be understanding if/when things change, and, when the season starts, to be helpful and cooperative in abiding by all guidelines necessary to keep the season going.  While we do not know exactly what our programs will look like this season, we will need more than ever the cooperation and support from parents.  Please consider coaching or volunteering this year and watch for more details coming soon.

The full CBC board held a meeting on Monday night, and we are working very hard to be ready if we obtain all of the required approvals to begin our season.  We will send additional messages soon to provide an update regarding the timing of travel tryouts, rec signups, and the start of the season.  We do not expect any travel games to begin until January.

Finally, if any of you plan to coach travel or rec for the first time this season, please make sure that you have completed the mandatory fingerprint and background check procedures.  Please contact Carol Nauta at Chatham Recreation ([email protected]) if you have any questions about that.

Thank you for your patience.

Chatham Basketball Club

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Chatham Youth Basketball 2019 Info

Below is information from the 2019-20 season.

  • Travel Registration and Tryout information for the 2019/20 season will be posted in late August/early September. 
  • As in prior years, all players selected to Travel teams will also be required to play in the Chatham Recreation League (typically Saturday mornings and early afternoons).  When players accept a spot on a Travel team, they will be required to register for both Travel and the Chatham Recreation League concurrently. 
    The Travel Team and Chatham Recreation League costs are expected to be similar to the costs in prior years. 
    The Travel Team costs will vary from team to team (based on specific team costs incurred, and will include costs such as referees fees and tournaments), but are generally expected to be ($200 – $350), plus any uniform costs (if your player requires a new uniform for the season). 
  • All players trying out are expected to attend both tryout sessions.  The evaluators will primarily be prior year coaches, as well as other volunteers with strong basketball knowledge.  The coaches for the travel teams will not be chosen until the tryouts are complete and will be announced at the time of team selection.  
  • Due to gym space limitations, 4th grade Travel Teams will be required to practice mainly in the smaller gyms on off-peak days, often with less notice, and will play most of their games away.
  • Travel team players will typically have 4 games/practices per week, plus required participation in the Saturday Chatham Recreation League, totalling 4-5 basketball events per week.  It is expected Chatham Travel will be the player’s top priority for who tryout and make a team.  Parents/players are strongly encouraged to look closely at combined commitments, with school activities and any other athletic activities.  Overbooking (then missing games/practices) is unfair to teammates, coaches, and the players who did not make a travel team.  Please only tryout if Chatham Travel will be the top priority.     

For information on the Travel Basketball Program, please visit chathambasketballclub.org.

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