Evaluations and Tryouts
NAYB holds tryouts in the Fall for boys and girls in grades 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th. Those looking to make a team must attend at least one tryout but are strongly encouraged to show up for both dates. The tryouts are a combination of skills & drills and competitive games.
The NAYB Board facilitates tryouts using independent and unbiased evaluators to assess the basketball talent of each child.
Parents are not allowed in the gym during tryouts. The gym will be closed to all spectators during tryouts.
NAYB Board members, the children trying out at that time and the independent evaluators are the only people allowed in the gym during the tryouts.
Tryouts are to determine a Red and White Team for each grade and gender. The NAYB board determines the placement of the athletes based on the evaluations. The Red Team is typically the higher seeded team, and a White Team. In special circumstances, the NAYB Board, has the authority to add a 3rd team for any given grade. Any third team, is known as the Black Team. All team related decisions are at the discretion of the board.
Following tryouts, if for some reason, when you are placed on one of the teams, if you decline your position on that team, you will be deemed ineligible to try out the following season.
NAYB has an age eligibility requirement to go along with the grade requirement. Both requirements must be met. In order to participate on an NAYB team a player must first meet the grade requirement; that is, the player must be in the grade associated with the team they are playing for. For example a 4th grader plays with the 4th graders not with the 5th graders. Age limits also apply. For the 2019-20 season the following age limits apply by grade:
- 8th Grade – must be born on or after Sept 1, 2004
- 7th Grade – must be born on or after Sept 1, 2005
- 6th Grade – must be born on or after Sept 1, 2006
- 5th Grade – must be born on or after Sept 1, 2007
- 4th Grade – must be born on or after Sept 1, 2008
The date Sept 1, is used to be consistent with the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Rules and Regulations Governing High School Athletics.