Newburyport Boys Basketball Youth Leagues Rookie Development Teams Travel In-Town Camps Clinics Registration

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Below are the travel team selections for 2018-2019.  Coaches will be contacting players in the coming days

5th Grade 6th Grade
Grady Smith Henry Walker
Aiden Martyn Sebastian Peterson
Steven Amorosino   Merrick Barlow
 Brady Kebler Finn Mone
Ray Arcand  Finn Brennan
Gregory D’Ambrosio Ben Corneau
Cal Atherton Ben Brooks
Zayd Leanna Mark Mosesian
Greg Guckenberg Colin Fuller
 Jack Devlin Sam Craig
Thomas Thoreson  
7th Grade 8th Grade
Colin Klapes Henry Acton
Connor Stick Will Walsh
Duncan Coir Aiden Blunt
Iyobosa Osazuwa Bryan Mendes
Liam Devlin Adam Bovee
Logan Jones Will Gagnon
Matt Hurley Luigi Cesca
Connor Spinney Will Thorenson
Peter Osazuwa Jonah Mack
Sean Miles Jack Hadden


For any questions regarding Newburyport Travel basketball, please feel free to contact:

Brian Roberts, Email:


NBBA Travel teams are for grades 4-8.  Our teams compete in the Cape Ann Youth Basketball league for grades 5-8, and we also place teams in the Eastern League for grades 4 and grade 8 for the 2016-2017 season.  Travel teams will practice twice a week, starting in mid November.  The regular season begins the first weekend in December, and runs through the beginning of March.  Teams could have games on both Saturday and Sunday throughout the winter, in addition to tournaments around the holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Feb vacation).  

Tryout dates are posted on the Home page. We are looking for the most talented, hard working, and dedicated players to represent Newburyport Travel Basketball, in a fun and competitive league!  Players must live in Newburyport, or attend school in Newburyport.  Players from the IC, River Valley etc. are eligible and encouraged to attend tryouts. 





NBBA 2017-2018 Travel Teams – Selection Process


CAPE ANN LEAGUE – The NBBA enters travel teams, Grades 5-8, into the Cape Ann Boys Basketball League, and one team (4th grade) for the Eastern Basketball League. Both leagues are part of the newly formed North Shore Basketball Association. NBBA players in each grade level are evaluated and 10 boys are selected to play on each of the Cape Ann League and Eastern League teams.  There are minimum playing time rules for all teams in the Cape Ann & Eastern League.  Home games are played at the Newburyport High School gym or Bresnahan elementary school on Saturday afternoon and away games are played in nearby towns.  Teams will also participate in tournaments during the season.  The CAL/Eastern Playoffs are held at the end of the season.


Player Evaluations and Team Selection Process:

The NBBA believes that player evaluations and team selection should be an open process that reduces questions about roster decisions.  We also understand that any ranking of players is subjective and can lead to disagreements.  The procedures followed by the NBBA are designed to eliminate any bias and result in formation of the most competitive teams.


Selecting players for the Cape Ann & Eastern League teams will involve the following:


  1. Outside Professionals – The NBBA has contracted with the New England Warriors Basketball (Brian Bourdon and Ben Shaw) to assist with running clinics and evaluating players.
  2. Independent Evaluators -- Individuals with basketball experience that are NOT directly associated with the team or have a child participating on the Cape Ann or Eastern League team will help evaluate players.  The Board selects these independent evaluators for each grade.
  3. Coaching staff for Cape Ann & Eastern League teams -- The coaches often have the best knowledge of players at each grade level.  They've seen the boys practice, play games and participate in off-season clinics/leagues.  Coaches will play an important role in constructing the teams.
  4. NBBA Board -- Final rosters for the Cape Ann & Eastern League teams must be approved by majority vote of the NBBA Board members.


After all players register for NBBA, we will hold player evaluation sessions for grades 5-6-7-8.  All players are encouraged to attend tryouts for travel teams.  It is a good experience, regardless of whether kids make the team.  During these sessions all players will be evaluated in the following categories:

  • ATHLETIC ABILITY (quickness, jumping, coordination, strength)
  • BALL HANDLING SKILLS (dribbling, passing, catching)
  • SHOOTING/SCORING SKILLS (jump shots, foul shots, layups)
  • DEFENSE & REBOUNDING (man-to-man, steals, boxing out, offensive boards)
  • UNDERSTANDING THE GAME (court awareness, knows the rules)
  • ATTITUDE & COMPETITIVENESS (coachable, good teammate, hustles)


The Outside Professionals, Independent Evaluators and Coaches will be evaluating players during the two separate 90 minute sessions. We encourage all the evaluators to discuss players and share their rankings by position throughout the process.  After the 2nd tryout session, the Coaches are responsible for submitting a final roster (10 players) to the Board.  The Board must approve the roster by majority vote. 


The Coach's final roster will be based on all available information, including: 1) performance during past seasons in the NBBA leagues; 2) evaluations by Independent Evaluators and Outside Professionals; 3) personal experience coaching players; and 4) performance during the Clinic and Tryouts.  The goal is to put together the best NBBA teams to compete in the Cape Ann League.  It is understood by all that the best TEAM might not include all the best individual players in that grade level.  A successful team must have ball handlers, scorers, defenders, rebounders and role players. 


Once the Board has approved the final rosters, the rosters will be posted on the NBBA web site.  Coaches will contact players after rosters are posted.  If the player does not wish to join the Cape Ann or Eastern League team for whatever reason, that player will be assigned to NBBA In-Town League team at a later date.  The Coach may then select another player from the list of alternates to complete the Cape Ann or Eastern League team roster.


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