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Rookies Program (2nd Grade Developmental Basketball Program)


The BYBA Rookies Program is an 9-week co-ed developmental basketball program for 2nd graders.  Each week, a coach will lead a 1 hour and 15 minute session with between 24 and 32 players.  A minimum of four adult parent coaches will help with each session.

Each week, there will be series of whole group demonstrations on individual and team skills.  After each of these demonstrations, we will break down into 4 small groups and practice these skills.  Players will also participate in fun drills and contests each week.

During each session, the players will learn team concepts by playing controlled half court games of 3 on 3.  At the end of each session, the participants will play full court games of 3 on 3.  Later in the season, we will build up to controlled games of 4 on 4.

In the 9th week, the players will participate in individual and team competitions.  The top performers in each competition will receive medals.

The emphasis in the “Rookies” program will be on teaching the participants “how to play” rather than “running plays” and “winning games.”  Each week, we will build on the previous week’s skills and concepts.


2019-2020 Rookies Dates:

Saturday, November 16, 2019
Saturday, November 23, 2019
Saturday, December 07, 2019
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Saturday, December 21, 2019
Saturday, January 04, 2020
Saturday, January 11, 2020
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Saturday, January 25 2020


Location:  Rookies have traditionaly taken place at Winn Book.  We expect this to be the case but will not know until gym booking are confirmed.


Times:  Session 1:  8:30 am - 9:45 am      

             Session 2:  10:00 am – 11:15 am  

             Session 3:  11:30 am – 12:45 pm (Session 3 will only be added if there are enough players)

Note:  Players will be placed in sessions based on program needs.


Limited Availability:  Because of limited time and space, this program has only 64 openings.  If we have enough interest we maybe able to open up a third session. 


Eligibility:  Boys and girls in grade 2 who live or attend school in Belmont are eligible to be “Rookies.”


Equipment:  Younger players need to use a smaller and lighter basketball to learn how to shoot properly.  We will be using a 27.5” youth basketball in our demonstrations and games.  BYBA will provide basketballs at each session.  BYBA will provide a reversible shirt/jersey for each participant.


Parent Coaches:  We are looking for parents to serve as assistant coaches.  If interested, please register via the Registration Online page for the Parent Volunteer Program.


Registration Fee:  The fee for the “Rookies” program is $135 per player.