Travel Program Tryout Information


TRAVEL PROGRAM: Travel Basketball is open to boys and girls in grades 3rd - 8th grade for the coming school year.  All players must be residents of Allendale, Ho-Ho-Kus, Saddle River, or Upper Saddle River or attend a school that feeds to Northern Highlands Regional High School.



TRYOUT TIMING: Tryouts will begin around October 15th. Schedule to follow.


Travel Team Selection:

Tryouts are grade based with independent evaluators and coaches who score and rank players on dribbling, shooting, passing, defense, and knowledge of the game at “game speed.” Each team will have approximately 10 players. Independent evaluators and coaches will present the top recommendations for each team and rank the players who participated in the tryouts. The team will consist of the top recommendations.


All participants in the Travel Program must play with their grade level. Due to gym limitations this year, we will field a max of 2 teams per grade. The A and B teams will consist of approximately 10 players on each. The leagues we compete in subscribes to this format and division of play as well. If a player who wishes to participate in the Travel Program is injured and cannot participate in the scheduled travel team tryouts, he/she can request a tryout with the travel team as soon as he/she is able to resume play (Player still must be registered by deadline in order to receive a tryout). If the player cannot return to action prior to December 20th, he/she cannot tryout for travel during that season.


If the player requests a tryout with the travel team, he/she will be invited to attend a full practice of the team and will be evaluated relative to the other team players by an independent evaluator and the coach. If the player ranks among the top players, it will be the coach's decision whether to add the player to the roster. If the player does not rank among the top players on the court, he/she will not be offered a spot on the team. In no case will another player be asked to leave the team to accommodate the new player.


Playing Time:

We would like to make sure it is well understood that playing time will not be equal, nor predictable, throughout the season. Playing time is determined by the coach. It is typically earned on a weekly basis, and given to players based on a combination of things: skill, attendance, effort, schedule, opponent and other factors that will come up during the course of a season.


Travel Team Costs:

There is no cost to tryout for a team this year. Fees TBD.



New players will be required to order a new uniform.



Both leagues anticipate starting December 1st and run into March (includes playoffs). We anticipate each team will play a minimum of 12 games. Games will be played at an indoor facility and will follow all state and local protocols. We will provide more details about the leagues and gym protocols after




You can expect 1-2 practices each week throughout the season. We will look to get you in a predictable routine once the schedule is finalized.



The Travel Board will seek to have to two coaches per team. The A teams in grades 6-8 will have a paid coach and a parent manager/coach, grades 3-5 will have two parent coaches. The B teams will have two parent coaches. All coaches will be approved by the Travel Board. We aim to have coaches that have prior coaching experience and can increase our children’s basketball skills and in building teamwork. If you would like to be considered as a coaching candidate, please make sure you volunteer at registration and you will be contacted.



Scott Vandersnow (Boys)



Charlie Pettinato (Girls)