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FAQ About Changes and Philosophy of Harvard Youth Basketball Offerings


1. In addition to travel teams, Harvard basketball traditionally offered an in-town recreational program for boys and girls. Why did that stop?


Beginning with the 2016-2017 season, we are replacing the dual-track travel and rec offerings with a single, unified youth basketball program. We made this change in response to feedback from parents and to bring our program in line with virtually every other youth sport in Harvard.  In recent years, we’ve added a new – and quite popular – in-town recreational program for boys and girls in grades K-2. For grades 2 and over, we will now follow Nashoba Valley League guidelines and the practices of most youth sports in Harvard by offering a single program that includes travel to nearby towns for games.


2. Does this mean try-outs?


No. We welcome players of all abilities to join a youth basketball team. This is primarily a developmental program, designed to teach fundamental basketball skills and life-long lessons of team play and sportsmanship.


3. My child just wants to play at a casual level. Will this be too intense?


While all youth sports have a degree of competition, the Nashoba Valley League is structured primarily for development, not winning. Coaches endeavor to give players roughly equal playing time.


4. How will teams be formed?


Before the season begins, Harvard Youth Basketball leadership will conduct sessions inviting all registered players so that coaches and league coordinators can ensure that teams are fairly balanced. These are not tryouts.


5. My child wants to play on the same team as a friend. Can you accommodate special requests like that?


While parents may send special requests to their child’s league coordinator, the need for balanced teams is primary and we cannot always accommodate requests. Coordinator contact information is available at harvardbasketball.org.


6. What is the weather policy regarding snow and games/practices?


For those participants in Grades 3-8, the weather policy is set by the Nashoba League.  If the gym is open in the town where you are scheduled to play a game, then the game is on.  If you are uncomfortable driving or feel it is unsafe in any way, please just let your coach know and do not hesitate to skip the game.  We will do our very best to communicate in advance if there is a chance that a game or practice may be canceled.