Dear WTB Families,
We are pleased to share that WTB is moving forward in our planning for the 2020-2021 Winter Season. As outlined by the MA Energy and Environmental Affairs, youth basketball programs will be permitted for game-play in Massachusetts, effective November 6th.
This decision by the EEA makes youth basketball in MA this winter possible. Over the past few days, we have been in close contact with the River Valley League (Girls Program), Merrimack Valley (Boys Program) and Basketball Boards in neighboring communities to determine next steps for this season – all with the safety of our players and families are paramount.
What does this mean for the WTB community?
We’re planning to move forward with Session 2 of Tryouts.
As you may recall, Session 1 of Tryouts was held earlier this Fall and included non-contact skills and drills. Session 2 of tryouts is now scheduled for Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6 at the Millworks in Westford, MA. This tryout will include scrimmaging – to ensure that all participating players may be evaluated on individual and team-based play.
The attached flyer includes a tryout schedule, guidelines and required safety measures for all participating players.
What does this mean for WTB players?
Participation in Session 2 of the tryout is mandatory in order to be considered for placement on a team. If you are unable to attend the tryout for any reason, please contact WTB President, Joe Maiella at email@example.com.
WTB will meet the week following the tryouts to evaluate player performance, roster teams and assign coaches for the 2020-2021 season.
Important note: In accordance with EEA’s current guidelines, all players enrolled in basketball programs affiliated with the state of Massachusetts, are strongly discouraged to participate in out-of-state programs and/or participate in any game scheduled outside of MA. If players do participate, they must adhere to MA travel policy guidelines. We acknowledge that many of our WTB families (including many of our families) have players that participate in AAU and club programs. We think it is a great opportunity for the players looking to elevate their game and get more touches throughout the season – as long as the EEA rules are followed.
What will the 2020-2021 season look like?
This winter, WTB is planning to participate in an 8-week season beginning January 9, 2021. There is a possibility of playoffs as TBD.
We are working diligently to secure a facility (closer to Wilmington) for teams to practice on weekdays.
What happens if state or league guidelines change in the days, weeks and months ahead?
In full transparency, we pivot. We will be forthcoming and communicate any and all information relative to player safety and program guidelines upon receipt. A back-up plan is in the works and will include organized skills and drills at facilities in the event game-play is deemed unsafe – with the intent that players will have some exposure to basketball during the long, winter months ahead.
While we remain enthusiastic and cautiously optimistic about the 2020-2021 season, we fully acknowledge that things can change – especially this year. We ask for your patience and continued support.
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