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Registration open for travel basketball

All girls and boys entering grades 4 through 8 (for the 2009-10 school year) are eligible to participate in travel basketball.

Registration is $300 for girls and boys in grade 5 through 8. You may register online at or pick-up a registration form from the Farmington Public Library. Registrations must be received prior to tryouts (mid-September.)

Tthe traveling basketball program has chosen to waive the registration fees for all incoming fourth graders. The players will only be responsible for uniform costs which amount to approximately $110 and are used for a period of two years. These are dramatic savings in which the Farmington Travel Basketball Association hopes to increase the number of teams registered and drum up excitement for the game in the younger grades.

The fourth grade teams will play in seven scheduled tournaments this season including the MYAS State Championship Tournament. The fifth- through eighth grade teams play 9-11 tournaments over the course of the season throughout the metro area. The season play starts in November and continues through mid-March.

Tryouts are held in September. Players are scored based on drills and scrimmages. Players are then selected based on rating results and position considerations. Teams are formed with generally 8-10 players.

Practices begin shortly after tryouts and are generally held two times per week for anywhere from 1-2 hours per practice at schools throughout the district.

The goal of the traveling basketball program is to further develop each individual player's skills through quality instruction, an enhanced level of competition and the benefit of increased practice/playing time with an emphasis on sportsmanship and teamwork. These goals are accomplished by providing an adequate amount of practice time, participation in competitive basketball tournaments, discipline, commitment and effort from participants, coaches and parents.

For additional program information visit www.farmingtonsports. org/basketball/traveling. You may contact Travel Basketball via e-mail at