Frequently Asked Questions
Please note that most of this FAQ does not apply to the 2020-2021 season due to modifications as a result of COVID. Check out the 2020-2021 Travel Info page for more information.
What is Concord-Carlisle Youth Basketball?
CCYB is a non-profit organization that was founded to provide a more competitive experience for our basketball players. Our all-volunteer staff runs a travel basketball program for boys and girls in grades 4 through 8 in the Metrowest Basketball League. We typically field one A and one B team in each grade from 5 to 8, and a single A team in 4th grade. In some cases, we may have more or fewer teams for a given grade based on player interest and skill level.
Who runs CCYB?
CCYB is made up of a Board of Directors (President, Vice President, Secretary, Clerk and Treasurer), along with a Boys and Girls Travel Director. Other volunteer positions include Gym Coordinator, Scheduling Coordinator, Advertising Coordinator, and Equipment Coordinator. Contact information can be found here.
What is the difference between Travel basketball and Recreation basketball?
CCYB only has responsibility for the Travel basketball program, while Concord Recreation runs the Recreation basketball program. The Recreation program consists entirely of players from Concord and Carlisle. The Travel program plays games against nearby towns.
What is the commitment to play Travel basketball?
The Travel program must be the players primary sport from mid-November until mid-March, and is a competitive program that requires tryouts. Teams have two 75-90 minute practices each week and usually start the first week in November. Up to 12 league games are played most Sundays from the beginning of December until the end of February, as well as up to 8 non-league Saturday games. Games can take place from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. There are no games or practices over the holiday break between Christmas and New Years, and no practices over February break. For February vacation planning purposes, games will only be scheduled for the second weekend in February. There will also be a two-day tournament the weekend prior to Thanksgiving in order to prepare for the season. Finally, playoffs can extend into the first two weeks of March, and potentially the third weekend in March if the team qualifies for state finals. It is expected that players will only miss practics or games for family or school reasons, and not to attend another sporting event.
More information on the current season can be found here.
What towns will the teams have to travel to?
The Metrowest Basketball League has hundreds of teams. As a result, most of the travel games we play are with neighboring towns within a 30-minute drive from Concord and Carlisle. Our typical opponents include Arlington, Sudbury, Belmont, Lexington, Medford, etc.
What are the types of games?
There are several types of games that we play. League Games are played on Sundays against other Metrowest League towns and count toward each team's standings and playoff seeding. Non-league Games are played on Saturdays, and may be against other Metrowest League towns or other league towns. Oftentimes non-league games are a chance for teams to play up or down a division, even if they are agains the same town. They do not count toward league standings but have a small impact to playoff seedings. Tournament Games are played the weekend prior to Thanksgiving, and potentially at other times based on team interest. They do not count toward the official season standings.
What equipment is required?
A pair of basketball shoes, a water bottle, a uniform (shorts, jersey, and shooting shirt), and optionally, a basketball. 7th and 8th grade boys use a standard, 29.5" basketball, 4th grade girls use a 27.5" basketball, and everyone else uses a 28.5" basketball. The program provides balls for practices and games.