ABOUT NAYB

Practices and Games

MetroWest plays games on Sundays from December through March. All teams are eligible for the playoffs that begin in late February and conclude in early March.  NAYB teams practice twice a week; generally one on a weeknight and one on Saturday. Official practices start the week after Thanksgiving and continue until the season is completed.  All players are expected to attend all practices and games. Players who routinely miss practices or games will experience less playing time during games. Since these teams are assembled according to tryouts and evaluations, if your child accepts a position on a team when offered, the expectation is that NAYB Basketball is your child’s number one priority if they are playing on multiple teams or sports during the season.

Players participating in NAYB may also participate in the North Attleboro Recreation Department basketball program. These are run independently and there could be conflicts with Saturday practices or games, so please be aware of that possibility.

Fees

The fee for the 2019-2020 season will be $385. The following is included in the fee:

  • Each player will receive a brand new full uniform (shirt and shorts), a practice jersey, and a shooting shirt to keep.
  • NAYB is only charging $60 for all three items ($110 value) as we are rebranding our organization for all grades.

Tournaments

The NAYB registration fee covers each team’s participation in one tournament. NAYB will pay for all teams to play in either the Mass Premier Holiday Jamfest (Red Teams) or the NAYB Killer B Tournament (White Teams and/or Black Teams). Each team may choose to participate in as many tournaments as they wish, but the cost for additional tournaments will be parent funded. Coaches will confirm team interest and cost prior to committing to additional tournaments.

Uniforms and Equipment

Coaches are provided with practice and game basketballs, first aid kits, ice packs and scorebooks for the team’s use. For the 2019-20 NAYB season, part of the registration fee includes parents purchasing their own game uniforms to keep. Practice jerseys and shooting shirts are included in the registration fee for only the 2019-20 season.

  • Any damaged or lost uniforms, practice jerseys and/or shooting shirts will need to be replaced at full cost, by the player.
  • At NO time should a game uniform have a players last names on it.
  • Players last names will ONLY be on their shooting shirts.

NAYB Minimum Playing Time Requirements

MetroWest Regular Season games consist of 4 – 8 minute stop time quarters.

  • 4th grade: 12 minutes per game; no less than 4 minutes in any half
  • 5th grade: 12 minutes per game; no less than 4 minutes in any half
  • 6th grade: 10 minutes per game; no less than 4 minutes in any half
  • 7th grade: 8 minutes per game; no less than 3 minutes in any half
  • 8th grade: 6 minutes per game; no less than 3 minutes in any half

Clarifications

  1. These playing time minimums apply to all Metro regular season and playoff games. They also apply to any tournaments entered as an NAYB team. A team is considered a NAYB team if NAYB pays for the tournament or if the team is using NAYB uniforms or equipment.
  2. Coaches may NOT play a player less than the minimum amount in one game and make it up to him/her in a future game.
  3. Players who fail to regularly attend practice or are disciplinary problems can – AND SHOULD – be penalized by playing below the minimum amounts above. In such a case, the coach must get PRIOR approval from the board before adjusting playing time. The player should also be informed as to why they are not playing minimum time. Example of how playing time can and will be adjusted for unexcused missed practices, with the support of the board:
    • During the metro season and playoffs, players are expected to attend regularly scheduled practices and games. If a player has an unexcused absence from a practice (i.e., practice for another sport) their playing time for the game that week will be reduced by 5 minutes and will sit out the first half of that game. If a player has an unexcused absence for a game, the player will not be eligible to play in the following weeks game. If there are two such occurrences the player will be suspended from the team.
    • While players are expected to attend them if at all possible, failure to attend unofficial NAYB practices (i.e., if the coach gets extra gym time) is not a sufficient reason for a player to play less than the minimum time.
    • There are no other playing time requirements; for example, players are not entitled to start any game or play in the 4th quarter.

Grievances

The NAYB board asks that when filing a grievance, you wait 24 hours before writing an email or making a call.  After 24 hours, the process is as follows: speak to your child’s coach first. If there continues to be a problem then come to the board

From time to time, a player, parent or coach might have a grievance with another player, parent, coach or NAYB. If a grievance does arise, please follow NAYB’s Grievance policy. The objective with any grievance is to resolve the issue at the most immediate level.

We advise parents and players to wait 24 hours following an incident. This gives all parties a chance to cool down, vent with others and/or seek advice from others, and attempt to see the other side’s point of view.

We then recommend you approach the individual you have an issue with, as they are probably the best one to recognize the issue and work with you towards a solution.

If a resolution still cannot be reached, the NAYB Grievance Committee should be notified of the issue following the NAYB Grievance policy.