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Travel Team Policies

Travel Policies

The travel policies are designed to meet the MYB mission while also providing an opportunity for youth athletes to advance their skills.

The travel program is organized based on age group to meet the needs of the children in their respective stage of development. The guidelines for each age group will vary.

Each year "travel teams" are organized by interested parents/coaches, generally from fifth through eighth grades that play teams from outside Marcellus and participate in tournaments.

If you're interested in forming or coaching a travel team and you want to receive financial support, uniforms, gym time and coverage under MYB insurance, please first contact MYB President; MYB Boys Coordinator and / or MYB Girls Coordinator.

Common Travel Policies

Opportunity

  1. All players are enrolled in the Marcellus School District and, if eligible, are enrolled in the MYB House League. Enrollment means they have filled out an entry form, they have registered and they fully participate in MYB House League practices and games.
  2. Every boy and girl enrolled in the MYB House League must be given the opportunity to participate in a travel team. If there are enough participants, each grade/grade grouping will be divided into teams to be organized by either the MYB boys or girls coordinator or the MYB travel coordinator.
  3. MYB will support travel opportunities for MYB House League participants provided that the travel opportunities are offered and open to all MYB House League participants. MYB will not support any travel team that has been formed without evidence of being completely inclusive to all house league participants in the corresponding age group.
  4. E-mail is an appropriate form of communication to invite the players to participate.
  5. The motivation for this inclusive policy is to avoid sending any messages to any child that they are not good enough to play on a travel team. Every child develops at a different rate and age and MYB does not want to prematurely discourage any child from participation.

Roles / Responsibilities

  1. The MYB President; MYB Boys Coordinator & MYB Girls Coordinator are responsible for:

a.     Deciding if travel opportunities are to be offered in a MYB season and at what grade level

b.     Assuring playing opportunity has been presented to all players

c.     Proper selection of teams and coaches

  1. Coaches and players are expected to represent MYB in a sportsmanlike manner at all times.   Coaches and/or players not showing good sportsmanship may be removed from the MYB team upon recommendation from the MYB Board after review of the events and circumstances.
  2. While any number of adults may be asked by the travel team head coach to assist in practices, no travel team may have more than two adult coaches -- one head coach and one assistant on the bench during games.
  3. Anyone wishing to be a head coach must be approved by the MYB Board and will need to complete any required coaching clinics/seminars depending on availability.   MYB will pay the cost for any required coaching required coaching clinic/seminar. It is recommended that assistants participate as well (MYB will pay the fee). If only one coach from a team can participate in the clinic, he or she will be considered the head coach by MYB.
  4. The MYB coordinators are responsible for approving coaches.

Team Selection

  1. The number of supported players in an age group is based on the number of approved coaches and gym time availability.
  2. In the event that there are not enough coaches to support 8-10 players per team, the program for a specific grade level shall be operated as a clinic (or similar). Children can still have the opportunity to scrimmage other teams.

Gym Time

  1. Travel team coaches are required to arrange gym time for practices and games through the MYB's Gym Time Coordinator.
  2. Gym time will be allotted in this priority:
    1. MYB House League

                                               i.     Games for all teams

                                             ii.     Practices for all teams

    1. Travel Teams

                                               i.     4th grade boys and girls

                                             ii.     5th grade boys and girls

                                            iii.     6th grade boys and girls

                                            iv.     7th grade boys and girls

                                             v.     8th grade boys and girls

Equipment

  1. Jersey tops will be purchased for each player.   It is the intent that the jersey tops be reused yearly until they are no longer presentable.   Each player/coach will be responsible for replacement of lost jerseys.
  2. Travel teams may utilize the MYB balls


Tournament Sponsorship

  1. The MYB Board will budget dollars each year to support travel team equipment and tournament entry fees for MYB approved travel teams.
  2. Each year, the MYB Board reviews the available funds and allocates the travel team funds which are distributed equally among all of the travel teams recognized by MYB.
  3. The amount budgeted is not guaranteed to support all tournament fees for all teams.
  4. The amount budgeted each year for each team will be based on funds available, number of teams, etc.
  5. Money to subsidize travel teams will come from fundraising activities specifically conducted to benefit MYB travel teams -- i.e. spring tournaments, etc.
  6. Parents and coaches will volunteer and help organize and run our two annual tournaments for the girls and boys. Teams that fail to support the tournaments will not receive money the following year from MYB.

Policies for Grades 2 and 3

The policies for this age group are the common policies and the exceptions listed below.

Team Selection

  1. MYB will support opportunities for students in these age groups to practice and play following the completion of the MYB House League, if coaches and gym time allow.
  2. All MYB House players of the appropriate grade level will be eligible to participate.

Sponsorship

  1. The MYB Board does not provide any financial support for this age group.
  2. Insurance coverage will be provided as long as the participation has been proven to be inclusive of and offered to all children in this age group.
  3. Coaches may use their gym time to invite teams from other schools to scrimmage.

Playing Time

Playing time in a game on a travel team must be equal for all players.

Policies for Grades 4, 5 & 6

The common policies for this age group are in place with the exceptions listed below.

Team Selection

  1. The selection of teams does not have to be equal in skill across all teams. It is acceptable to organize the teams to have an A level; B level, etc. The goal of team selection is to assure that the teams can be competitive if entered in tournament play.
  2. Team makeup does not guarantee future team rosters in subsequent years.

Sponsorship

Insurance coverage will be provided as long as the participation has been proven to be inclusive of and offered to all children in this age group.

Playing Time

Playing time in a game on a travel team is not guaranteed to be equal for all players. It is encouraged that every player plays in every game in which they are scheduled to participate.

Policies for Grade 7 & 8

The policies for this age group are the common policies and the exceptions listed below.

Opportunity

  1. MYB is open to support as many 7 th and 8th grade (or combined) teams as there are coaches willing to coach and players willing to participate.
  2. It is not required at this age level to provide an opportunity for all children to participate in a travel team, e.g. opportunity for this age group does not have to be fully inclusive.
  3. Any child that desires to play and can prove they can play to an acceptable level shall be allowed to play.

Team Selection

The selection of teams is left to the coaches and overseen by the appropriate MYB coordinator. Team makeup does not guarantee future team rosters in subsequent years.

Sponsorship

Insurance coverage will be provided in this age group.

Playing Time

Playing time on a travel team is not guaranteed to be equal for all players. It is encouraged that every player plays in every game in which they are scheduled to participate.



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