Travel Teams HCYP Basketball has a long-standing tradition of providing advanced basketball competition for girls and boys ages in grades 3 – 8 through its Travel Basketball Program. HCYP Travel Basketball teams today go the name HCYP Elite, originally known as the Sharks and recently merged with The Force. The HCYP Travel Basketball Program officially starts in September and runs through March, with numerous teams opting to continue their competition into the spring and summer months, including AAU competition. The head coach for each team will hold tryouts prior to the beginning of the season, generally in September, and will chose their teams from those who tryout. Once the teams are chosen and all players are registered with HCYP Basketball, basketball practices are assigned. At that point, the head coach and his or her staff will guide the team through the season including selecting which leagues and tournaments they will compete in, including the HCYP Basketball Sunday Travel League (winter season). Team Tryouts All prospective players must attend all tryouts unless directed otherwise by the coach. All tryouts will be held from September to early-October at a local Howard County Gymnasium. The exact time and location for all tryouts will be set and announced by specific team coaches. We also encourage parents/players to email the coach directly at the school your son/daughter are attending to be included on their emailing list for tryout updates; coaches email addresses are listed on this page. Travel head coaches will be announced and posted over the summer months. The HCYP Basketball Sunday Travel League (Winter Season) HCYP Basketball Sunday Travel League is open for boys in grades 6, 7 and 8. The league is open to any teams meeting the grade requirement. The Travel League is divided into two sub-divisions, Varsity and Junior Varsity (JV); which allows HCYP Middle School League Teams (which play on Saturdays) to play in the Sunday Travel League. All HCYP Travel Teams must compete in one of these sub-divisions: JV Division: 6th & 7th Grade Teams (B Level) Varsity Division: 7th Grade & 8th Grade Teams (A Level) PLAYERS COMMITMENT Players must demonstrate a commitment to their Team and the HCYP Program. Players must be IN COMPLIANCE with the HCYP Travel Eligibility requirement. Player must pay his/her fees in full prior to participating in the program. Once a player is ROSTERED (selected to a team), they cannot opt out of playing for that team. If a player chooses to opt out, the player cannot participate in any HCYP program for the current year. In addition, the player will not be permitted to try-out for Travel Basketball the following year. Further if a player opts out after the team selection process, the registration fee will NOT be refunded. This does not apply to an injured player. Earning a position on a travel or middle school team does not guarantee an automatic position in future years. All players must tryout in subsequent years. Attendance at practices and tournaments is mandatory, unless the coach permits the absence. Important Note: Travel and Middle School team players MAY NOT participate simultaneously in the HCYP Recreational Program, or play for another travel level team. For further Information Contact: Robert Worthington HCYP Basketball Travel and Middle School Basketball Commissioner email@example.com News and Announcements New Basketball Website Welcome to the new HCYP Basketball website! Here you can easily navigate to the areas of your specific interests and easily register for the divisions in which your child wishes to participate. Take time to peruse the website and contact us if you have any questions at Connect@hcypbasketball.org.