This Winter season (2015-16) CYA offers a house recreational program for players from 1st through 12th grade; CYA also offers a travel program through the Fairfax County Youth Basketball League (generally for players in 4th to 8th grade). Games for the Travel and House programs begin in December and run through mid-March. Practice for the Travel program begins in mid-October. House practices begin in mid November for grades 1-8; practices for grades 9-10 begin in December (grades 11-12 have only 1 practice before the season starts and none during the season itself).
Online registration for the Winter program is will open in early September and will run until early November. Registration fees have not yet been set but are anticipated to be approximately $160.00 for grades 2-8, $170.00 for grades 9-12, and $120.00 for grade 1. Incorporated into these registration fees is a $20 CYA admininstrative fee, a $10 fee for the CYA indoor facilities capital improvement fund, and the $5.50 Fairfax County user fee (these fees are included in the registration fees listed above). Non-county residents pay an additional $30.00 as the Fairfax County user fee for non-residents is $35.50. For the travel registration fees, see below.
Beginning October 16th, a $25 late fee is assessed as well for all late registrants in grades 1-8. To be assured placement on a team, those in grades 1-8 must have registered by October 31st; beginning November 1st players in grades 1-8 will only be accepted if space permits in their league. High school age players will have until November 16th to register without a late fee.
HOUSE RECREATIONAL PROGRAM
The 1st grade program is strictly instructional, emphasizing skill development and basic understanding of the game. In 2nd grade, players are given the opportunity to test their skills in games that continue to focus more on instruction than competition. The 3rd through 12th grade house leagues are progressively competitive leagues, though with a great deal of emphasis placed on continuing skill development, teamwork, and sportsmanship. House teams for all grades play at Chantilly area gyms, with the exception of high school girls. Since the high school girls participate in a Friendship League with neighboring programs, they may play some of their games at gyms in Vienna, Fairfax, Burke and Annandale
Skills assessments (to assist in the player drafts) for Grades 3-8 are held in early to mid-November (grades 1-2 are assigned to teams by school and neighborhood). The schedule for these skills assessments will be posted in late October. During the Winter season, teams in grades 2-10 play one game and hold one 1-hour practice per week from December through February. Girls and Boys Grades 11-12 play 1-2 games on weekends but do not hold weekly practices. Tournaments for grades 4-12 are held in March.
SKILLS ASSESSMENTS: Girls Grades 9-12 and Boys Grades 9-12 do not hold skills assessments; teams are assigned through a draft (boys) or by the league administrator (girls) in cooperation with the coaches based on previous knowledge of participant skills. Grades 1-2 do not hold skills assessments as players are assigned to teams based on schools and neighborhoods.
COUNTY TRAVEL/SELECT TEAMS (FCYBL)
CYA offers those players with a higher skill level an opportunity to participate in the county-wide Fairfax County Youth Basketball League(commonly known as "Travel"). CYA’s FCYBL coaches are re-selected each year through an interview procress. During tryouts held in early October, the coaches select 10-11 players per team from among all those who participate in at least 2 travel tryouts. The number of teams per age group is determined by the talent available at tryouts (with a maximum of 3 teams per age group).
Travel tryout schedules are posted on the CYA Basketball scheduling website (http://cyabasketball.assn.la/). All players in the appropriate grades are invited to the Travel tryouts, regardless of whether they sign up for Travel or House basketball.
Travel team practice begins as soon as the teams are selected. This program requires a greater time commitment from participants for practice (3 hours per week instead of just 1) and games (1-2 per week). Most games are played at gyms across Fairfax County (often outside the Chantilly area) and in Falls Church, Arlington, or Alexandria. Programs are offered at 5th grade (formerly 10 and under), 6th grade (formerly 11 and under), 7th grade (formerly 12 and under), and 8th grade (formerly 13 and under for Boys, 14 and under for Girls). Note that the former age-based Travel divisions have been replaced by grade-based divisions so age-exceptions are no longer necessary.
By FCYBL rules, all CYA travel players must reside in Fairfax County and are generally limited to our allocated zip codes (22033, 20151, 20171, 22124, and 20120). However, each travel team is allowed 2 zip code exceptions (that is, two Fairfax County residents per team who do not reside in one of the 5 CYA-designed zip codes).
Travel players will pay the same basic registration fee as House players. Once they are selected to a team, they will be directed to another registration URL where they will pay a Travel supplemental fee of $150 that covers the extra gym cost for the Travel program in both the Fall and Winter and the FCYBL administrative fees. They will also be directed to a website where they can purchase uniforms, which is not included in the Travel registration cost.
For more information, see the Frequently Asked Questions page.