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Xavier Youth Basketball Association ("XYBA") Summary

OVERVIEW

Xavier Youth Basketball welcomes student athletes of all abilities and stresses teaching basketball fundamentals, sportsmanship consistent with the Xavier way, and exposure to competitive basketball.  

Oversight and Support.  XYBA enjoys the support of our Xavier High School Varsity basketball coaches (Girls’ Coach BJ Buss, and Boys' Coach Matt Klarner), who provide vision and coaching guidance.   XYBA has a Board that consists of parent volunteers, the Varsity Coaches and the Xavier Middle School Principal, and which provides oversight and support to our program.


PHILOSOPHY

All teams are taught Xavier basketball philosophy, with advancements in skills, concepts and competition as our players progress into upper grade levels.  In general, grades 3-6 are organized into teams of similar talent, and players can expect to experience equitable (but not always equal) playing time.  At higher grade levels, Coaches have the discretion to organize teams based on player ability and the competitive nature of individual tournaments, with flexibility to move players between teams throughout the season.  At higher grade levels, all players are entitled to play each game but playing time may not always be equal. 


COACHES

Coaching is led by parent and community volunteers at all levels with instruction from the varsity coaches.  When possible, we seek to appoint non-parent head coaches at the upper grade levels.  All coaches are selected by the XYBA Board and must complete an application and complete VIRTUS training. If parents have an interest in becoming a coach, please contact any XYBA Board Member and apply through the “Coach Registration” tab on the website. 


PRACTICES

Each grade level will hold combined practices, normally 2-3 per week for 90 minutes, with older grades practicing more frequently.  While coaches will be flexible with family conflicts and school events, players are expected to be at all practices and scheduled games.


LEAGUE SEASON AND TOURNAMENTS 

  • League Season
    • Games in November through December with weekday practices & Saturday league games
    • Practices begin the week of October 28
    • The number of League games varies by age and venue
    • Boys Grades 3-5 will play in 3-week Heart of the Valley League
    • Boys Grades 6-8 will play in the new Fox Area Youth Basketball League
    • Girls Grades 3-8 will play in Bay Area Development League
    • Replaces traditional XMS Catholic League
  • Tournament Season (Reflects traditional XYBA tournament season)
    • Weekend tournaments January through March (season length can vary by age)
    • Grades 3-6 offer regular season (5 tournaments) plus an extended season option (3 tournaments)
    • Grades 7-8 offer single combined season (8 tournaments)
    • Players who wish to play in the Tournament Season are expected to first play in the League Season

This is subject to change depending on the level of player participation on a team and availability of tournament vacancies.  Tournament games are scheduled on weekends at the discretion of each team’s coach and based on tournament availability.  Many weekends, a team will play three to seven games.  While most tournaments will be within an hour’s drive, you may attend tournaments with longer travel requirements.


COST

XYBA requires a fee designed to cover the cost of the program, and financial aid is available to families in need.


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