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Q. Why do we have tryouts for Athletic teams?

A.  Our league (CPYBL) has an Athletic, Hi Rec and Recreational league.  Last year, our community required players to play in the recreational league to be eligible to play in the athletic league.  This meant players who wanted a more competitive basketball experience played on two teams and paid for 2 registrations.  The CPYBL passed a rule where players could only be on 1 roster so we had to change our format.  Therefore, the only change this year is that players can’t be on two rosters and must choose which league they want to play. 


Q.  Why did we keep the athletic option and not just go back to rec only signups?

A.  The CPYBL offers 3 different levels of competition.  This is different than almost any other sport played within our recreation association.   Our goal in allowing the athletic option is to try to find the right level of competition for each player in our program where players are not only challenged, but also can experience success.


Q.  What if my child wants to play with his friends and they are playing in the athletic league?

A.  Kids in the same grade will still practice together regardless of the league they play in.  They will be coached by all coaches from each team in an academy style format learning the same skills.  The only separation occurs during game day so please register your child for the most appropriate league based on interest and skills in basketball and not based on what friends are doing. 


Q.  Which league is right for my child?

A.  We are allowing parents to make this determination on whether they would like to tryout for an Athletic team.  First, we would recommend you consider what your child’s interest is in playing a lot of basketball at a very competitive level.  Next, consider the time commitment as the athletic league will have 20 games and much more travel as you most likely will be playing teams from Oak Hills, Hamilton, Middletown, Lakota, Sycamore and others.  Also consider your child’s skills development.  Referees will be calling the games closer at this level and also the minimum playing requirement is different.  Players in the athletic league are guaranteed only a 1 quarter minimum vs. at least 2 quarters in the recreational division. 


Q.  If you take the best kids off the recreational teams, will they be able to compete.

A.  These teams will be playing the in recreational division where we feel our teams will still be competitive.  Previously, these teams competed in the High Rec divisions.           .


Q. Why is there a cost difference between athletic and recreational leagues?

A. The cost difference is based on referee fees for 10 extra games and the higher league fees that will be charged by CPYBL and the cost of an additional tournament that the athletic teams will be allowed to play.


Q. What happens if 20 people sign up for the athletic league?

A.  In theory, the athletic league has no limit on teams we can enter so we could enter 2 teams.  In practice however, the athletic league is going to be a very competitive league made up of kids who were selected from a tryout so these teams may have a very difficult time competing.  If we have a large large amount of registrations for the athletic league in a particular grade, then we will have a tryout before the season to assess the players skills.  They will form teams based on the tryout that will be a best option for BOTH the athletic and rec teams.  For example if 13 kids sign up for Athletic and 3 kids sign up for Rec, then we will form 2 teams of 8 to make sure both the athletic team and rec teams have an appropriate number of players.  The numbers for each team will vary team by team, year by year and will be determined once all registrations are in.  If a player moves from the athletic to the recreational league, a refund will be given for the cost difference.


Q.  Will there be tryouts?

A.   Yes, if we have too many kids registered for Athletic option vs. the Rec option, there will be tryouts. Depending on depth and numbers of kids in the class, either 1 or 2 athletic teams will be formed and the remainder in the recreational program.  Teams will be formed with input from outside evaluators and MRA basketball board members.


Q.  What happens if only 4 players sign up for the athletic league?

A.   These 4 players will be moved to the recreational league and place on teams in that division. Refunds will be given for the difference in costs.


Q.  How can the athletic teams compete if we don’t have our own practice time?

A.  We feel skills development is the most important coaching point at these ages.  Teams may want to take 20-25 minutes at the end of each practice to put in a simple offense, defense, press breaks and out of bounds plays, but majority of practice should be on skills development.