Basketball – Youth Rec League

Chatham Youth 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

Youth basketball is offered to Chatham residents in 3rd through 8th grades.  Grades 3 through 6 are coached by parents, while the combined 7th/8th grade leagues are coached by Chatham High School players.  Sessions are held on Saturdays running from December – February. The sessions consist of a short practice followed by a game.

  • 3rd grade is an introductory and developmental league, with the early weeks of the season heavily focused on developing important fundamental skills.  Scrimmages and games are introduced as the season progresses. 
  • The 4th grade league introduces more organized games but without playoffs. 
  • The 5th/6th grade boys and girls leagues are more competitive, with standings and playoffs.  There are also a few modified rules to encourage balanced participation and skill development.   
  • The 7th/8th grade boys and girls program is the most competitive league, run by the CHS head coaches. Regular season games are on Saturday mornings.  Playoffs are weeknights and weekends at the end of February. Teams are coached by Chatham High School players, a Chatham tradition. 

Please go to chathambasketballclub.org for program and registration information.

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