PYB relies on many dedicated volunteers to provide programs covering about eight months a year. These programs can be segmented into four primary groups as follows:
Winter Travel Program
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Winter Season Options
PYB has two different options for the winter season:
- Travel program (boys & girls in grades 3 – 8)
- In-Town Recreational program (boys & girls in grades 2 – 9)
The travel program is structured for players that are looking for a higher level of competition and the program requires a higher level of commitment (i.e. longer season, more games & practices, etc.). Tryouts are conducted for all teams, and teams travel weekly to play games against other south shore towns.
The “in-town” program is less of a commitment and is more recreational in nature. Games are played in the Pembroke school gyms against other Pembroke teams; there are no tryouts and there is no travel involved.
PYB typically forms 1 or 2 travel teams per grade (for boys and girls in grades 3 – 8), and our travel teams have historically played in one of four travel leagues:
- South Shore Youth Basketball League (SSYBL) – boys in grades 3 through 8
- South Shore League (SSL) – girls in grades 5 through 8
- Old Colony League (OCL) – girls in grades 3 through 8
- Hanover University League – girls in grades 3 & 4
Travel team tryouts are held in late September / early October, and there is no cost to attend tryouts. There are 2 tryouts for each grade & gender; kids are only required to attend one tryout to be considered for a travel team, but are encouraged to attend both tryouts. Travel teams are typically announced in mid-October, and start practices in mid-late October.
Travel Team Commitment / Season
The normal travel team commitment / season consists of the following:
- Season – 4 to 5 months in length (mid-late Oct through early March)
- Practices – 2 weekly practices (each practice is typically 1 hour in length)
- Games (regular season & playoffs) – the total number of games ranges from 12 to 20
(1-2 games per week), depending on the league & grade; teams travel weekly to play home and away games vs. other towns across the south shore
- Tournaments – each team typically plays in one tournament during the season
- Uniforms – travel team shirts & shorts are provided, although the shirts must be returned at the end of each season (travel team shirts are expensive and are re-used each year to help keep registration costs down)
- Cost – average cost is around $300 per player; there is no cost to tryout
In-Town Recreational Program
This program is open to boys & girls in grades 2 – 9.
There are no tryouts for the in-town program. Registration typically opens in December and balanced teams are established based on skill level.
The normal “in-town” commitment / season consists of the following:
- Season – 2 to 3 months in length (January through mid-March)
- Practices – 1 weekly practice (each practice is typically 1 hour in length)
- Games (regular season & playoffs) – 10 to 12 total games (1 per week); all games are played in Pembroke at the Pembroke school gyms
- Tournaments – no tournaments
- Uniforms – reversible jerseys are provided to each player
- Cost – average cost is around $85 per player
The 2nd grade program differs slightly from the remaining grades; 2nd graders play for one hour each week, typically on Saturdays (30 minutes of practice time followed by a 30-minute game). The games are more instructional in nature, with coaches officiating and no official score kept.
The remaining grades are more competitive in nature; officials are used for all weekly games, scores are kept, and there is a playoff structure at the end of the season. Each team typically has a one-hour practice slot and one weekly game.
In-Town Summer Leagues
Summer programs generally run from early June to late August. The evening games are scheduled under the lights of the outdoor courts adjacent to the Community Center for age groups ranging from incoming 3rd graders to high schoolers. Sign-ups are held each May.
Pembroke Youth Basketball is also offering seasonal skills clinics. These clinic take place in the late summer and winter. The goal of the skills clinic will be to offer kids a format in which they can be taught the skills necessary to improve their games. Please see the NEWS page on this website for the latest info on any upcoming clinics.