Tryouts for the 2021-22 season of HBA travel basketball are scheduled to take place in September.
Please read all of this information carefully.
First off, check our About Us page for information about the HBA program and policies so you understand the organization's team selection process and are aware of the commitment required by all players during the season.
Again this year, the HBA will form teams by using a combination of tryout evaluations and the most recent season's coaches' evaluations. Players who are new to the program -- including all incoming fourth- and fifth-graders for this season -- will be judged solely on their tryout evaluations. As in the past, coaches' evaluations and tryout scores will not be shared with anyone outside of the board.
The gyms will be closed to parents during the tryouts. You are welcome to watch from a window, but only players and evaluators will be allowed to remain in the gym so that we minimize the distractions.
Below is the schedule for this year's tryouts. Players in Grade 6 are expected to attend BOTH scheduled tryouts. Players should be at their tryouts a minimum of 15 minutes early in order to check in and receive a numbered pinnie.
ALL PLAYERS ARE REQUIRED TO BE REGISTERED FOR THE 2021-22 TRAVEL BASKETBALL SEASON PRIOR TO TRYOUTS.
Click here to connect to our AdminSports.com registration site and select "Travel Basketball 2021-22."
When you register, your child will be placed on a wait list and you will
not be charged a fee. At some point after tryouts, by Oct. 1 at the latest, you will
receive an email informing you whether or not your child made a team.
Those who are selected then will go back into the registration to complete payment.
PRE-TRYOUT CLINIC/PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT
The HBA will host a free pre-tryout clinic for players in Grades 4-5, followed by an
information session (for parents of all players) with HBA board members, on
Wednesday, Sept. 8, from 6-7:30 p.m. Click here for details.
Sunday, Sept. 19
Grade 8 girls: 5:20-6:50 p.m., High School Athletic Center
Grade 8 boys: 7-8:30 p.m., High School Athletic Center
Sunday, Sept. 19
Grade 7 girls: 5:15-6:45 p.m., Doyle Gym
Grade 7 boys: 7:05-8:35 p.m., Doyle Gym
Sunday, Sept. 12 AND Sunday, Sept. 19
(Players are expected to attend BOTH tryouts)
Grade 6 girls: Sept. 12, 1:15-2:45 p.m.; Sept. 19, 5:15-6:45 p.m.; both at Brown Gym
Grade 6 boys: Sept. 12, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; Sept. 19, 6:55-8:25 p.m.; both at Brown Gym
Sunday, Sept. 12
Grade 5 girls: 1:15-2:45 p.m., Doyle Gym
Grade 5 boys: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Doyle Gym
Saturday, Sept. 18
Grade 4 girls: 5-6:30 p.m., Doyle Gym
Grade 4 boys: 5-6:30 p.m., Brown Gym
For those with tryouts at the High School Athletic Center, you must use the
side entrance. The main entrance will not be open. Park in the lot in front of
the high school, then walk down the path that runs between the high school
and middle school, and the door is on the left about two-thirds of the way down.
Once inside, walk down the stairs and go through one of the doors on the right
to enter the gym.
Brown Gym is the main gym at Hopkinton Middle School. Park in the lot by the water tower and use the entrance there.
Doyle Gym is the lower gym at Hopkinton Middle School. Park in the same lot as you would for Brown Gym, but walk past the lower parking lot around the back of the building, on the side where the fields are. Go around to the part of the building that is closest to the fields, and the gym entrance is there -- facing the fields.
TRYOUT WAIVER REQUEST
If your child has a serious injury or there is another valid reason why they cannot attend a tryout, you may request a waiver. This does not guarantee you will be granted a waiver -- only that the HBA board will consider your situation and determine what would be most fair to everyone. You can access the waiver by clicking here.
The HBA is a guest in the Hopkinton Public Schools. As such, we are required to follow the rules set forth by the schools and the town. At this time (the month of September), anyone entering the schools — including the gyms -- is required to wear a face covering to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. This means children are required to wear a mask while at tryouts. Those who participated in the HBA clinics last year have experience with this. Those who did not participate last year or are new to the program, we encourage you to have your child practice playing in a mask now to help them get used to it. Players are allowed to remove their masks to get a drink, and they can walk outside and remove their masks to get fresh air as needed. But otherwise they are expected to have their mask covering their mouth and nose.
It is not yet clear what the rules will be when the season begins, but certainly there is a possibility that the mask mandate will extend through the winter. This would mean that not only are players and coaches required to wear masks, anyone who enters the gym to watch a game is required to wear a face covering as well. If you or your child or anyone you might bring to a game is not willing to adhere to this rule, please do not sign up for travel basketball this season. Anyone found in violation of this rule may be subject to punishment, potentially including removal from the program with no refund. The decision of the HBA board will be final.