Gwinnett Basketball League

The Grayson Travel League Basketball program is a highly competitive youth basketball program affiliated with the Gwinnett Basketball League (GBL). The Grayson GBL Travel program strives to develop boys and girls in the 5th, 6th, and 7th grades with advanced basketball skills to compete against the GBL programs from other Gwinnett School Clusters. These teams are managed to prepare players for more advanced competition in the future. Players interested in playing on a GBL Team should be willing to commit to a more intense practice and game schedule.

Note: Playing time is not guaranteed and is at the coach’s discretion. Athletes desiring a league where they are guaranteed playing time should register for GAA Rec League Basketball.

 

Eligibility

 

To be eligible to play on a Grayson GBL team, a player must:

  1. Must be currently enrolled in a Grayson Cluster school. Players attending private school must live within the geographic boundaries of the Grayson Cluster.
  2. Teams are fielded for Boys and Girls at the 5th (4th Graders may participate on 5th Grade Teams), 6th, and 7th-grade levels. Players must try out for the team at their grade level. The general rule for playing up is only when no team exists for their grade level may a Player "play-up" at the next higher grade level. Any players playing up must be approved by the GAA Basketball Director. Availability of teams for each grade level is based on participation levels and may result in GAA not fielding teams for certain grades.
  3. Players must meet the same academic eligibility requirements as the Middle School 8th Grade teams.


Note:  GAA REC League Basketball has leagues for any athlete from Kindergarten through their Senior year of High School who do not meet these eligibility requirements.

The GBL Travel League restricts eligibility for teams based on High School Clusters; therefore, individuals wishing to play in the GBL Travel League who live in the Grayson Cluster must play GBL for Grayson Athletic Association while students attending another High School Cluster must play GBL for the same High School Cluster Athletic Association.  If a player attends a private school or is home-schooled while living in the Grayson Cluster, he/she is eligible to participate in the Grayson GBL Program by providing proof of residence. Alternatively, REC League Basketball is open to all students regardless of school or residence.  GAA REC Basketball is open to all individuals.

 

Cost

 

The GBL Registration Fee will be $285 for each player plus an additional $90 uniform fee. The registration fee includes GBL team fees, gym rental, and referees. The $90 uniform fee includes travel-ball quality jersey, shorts, and shooting shirt. In an effort to minimize cost, the GBL uniforms will be used in returning years when possible. Additional cost, at team discretion, may apply for items such as uniform accessories, trophies, etc. There are no multi-player discounts and no scholarships available for Travel League Basketball. Families interested in those arrangements must register their athlete for GAA REC League Basketball. 

Registration

Players DO NOT pay registration fees prior to trying out for GBL Travel Basketball.  Players wanting to tryout must pre-register and arrive at tryouts 10 minutes early to check-in with the coach and provide name, contact information (phone numbers), school, and grade. Players may also pre-register at the try-outs.

After teams are selected, a mandatory team meeting will be held where players will take care of the following:

  • Register for GBL and pay $285 Registration Fee and $90 Uniform Fee
  • Fitted for Uniform
  • Provided Birth Certificate and Current Report Card

Tryouts

There will be tryouts sessions for each grade. Athletes are expected to attend all tryout sessions if possible; however, we will conduct a minimum of two tryout dates for players with conflicts. Tryouts will be held in September and the dates will be posted on the GAA website.  Athletes should be pre-registered prior to tryouts. Arrive early to check-in, obtain a name tag, and be ready to begin at the time shown below for their grade on each tryout date.

Practices / Games

 

The start of practices will vary by team, but in most cases, teams will begin practicing once per week on Sunday afternoon/evening in September. Towards the end of October, practice will increase to two times a week. Here are key dates for the GBL Season:


                                    Mid-November                                             Games Begin
                                    (no games during Christmas Break)
                                    Last Week of Jan-First Week of Feb            Tournament

After the season begins, teams will practice a minimum of 2 times per week and play 2 games each weekend (one Saturday, one Sunday.) GBL Basketball is a big commitment of time by the player and their family! Players are expected to attend every practice and game (and arrive early to each.)

Practices are held at the Grayson Cluster elementary or middle school gymnasiums, with some practices being held at auxiliary sites as communicated by your coach.  There may be an occasion where the team travels to another location because of some available gym time or for a scrimmage against another team. The coach of each team will coordinate this and communicate with as much advanced notice as possible.

All games are played in Gwinnett County at either Suwanee Sports Academy or several participating High School Gyms within the County.