How It Works
Boys & Girls 2nd grade – 9th grade. Please read below for information on all of the programs that we offer here at Bay City. Due to limited resources, we cannot offer a spot in our team program to every kid but our camps and clinics are always open to anyone!
Whenever possible we attempt to field at least 3 teams per grade level, 10-12 players per team. The teams are as follows:
Our Travel Team program is for the top team(s). They will play 2-3 travel trips during the spring/summer and 1 in the fall season. The travel team season will run March – July (spring/summer season) and September – December (fall season).
These teams play a local schedule and fewer tournaments than a travel team. They have a lower cost as well. The club team season runs March – June (spring/summer season) and September and October (fall season).
Our Select teams consist of the most competitive players for their age group, who will play a Division 1 or 2 schedule. This team will play the most tournaments, including several travel tournaments in addition to local. This team is for our most committed players and families, and all players should prioritize this team over other extracurricular activities.
Our Black and Red teams are very competitive/travel club teams for experienced and enthusiastic players, playing a Division 2 or 3 schedule, with some travel. Most Red teams are also travel teams.
Our Silver teams are club teams for players who have advanced beyond their recreational/school teams, and want to begin playing more competitively and are very passionate about the game. They will play a local Division 2 or 3 schedule, with most games in the Bay Area.
The Academy is a developmental program for players who are still learning the game. The focus is more toward individual skill development rather than team concepts. These teams will compete in-house with drills, competitions, and scrimmages.
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San Francisco has high-quality gyms, at a high quality cost. We currently rent gyms all over San Francisco for our teams to practice in.
All of our coaches are professional coaches with substantial coaching experience at different levels. Most of our coaches are currently coaching high school basketball in San Francisco. All coaches have been background checked before being hired.
For all travel tournaments, we cover our coaches’ transportation, lodging, and some meals.. All travel & accommodations for the players are a personal expense, and are not covered by the program. We do not supervise players except during games, although we do help arrange carpools and hotel room sharing.
Each tournament charges a tournament fee for each team, which Bay City will pay. We often exceed the number of tournaments we promise.
All Bay City apparel is high quality merchandise, and yours to keep. New players receive a reversible game uniform & practice jersey. All players will also receive a new additional piece of Bay City merchandise each season!
We carry liability insurance for all of our gyms and events
Tryouts for our Team Program occur twice per year, late February or early March, for the Spring/Summer season (March –July), and late August for our Fall season. (September – November). Our team program does not currently operate during the Winter. You can register for our tryouts online, generally at least one month in advance. Sign up for a free account to join our mailing list, and you will be notified when registration is open.
Each player in our program must attend our tryouts every season to be evaluated by our coaching staff. Within one week after the tryouts, each family will be notified via email whether or not their child makes one of our teams, and which team they made. Unfortunately, due to limited resources and the competitive nature of basketball, we cannot accept every player. We encourage each player to continue to try out in future seasons, if they do not make a team. We do our best to make the tryout process a positive experience for each player.
GAMES / TOURNAMENTS
The bottom line is kids love to play games, and we play most weekends. We pride ourselves on having excellent communication and an organized tournament schedule. We will provide each team with the weekends of the prospective tournaments at the beginning of the season. Each tournament is run by a different club and is therefore set up slightly differently each time. However, the following will be consistent:
3 games total for the weekend (typically 2 on Sat and 1 on Sun but can be vice versa)
Game times are anytime between 8a-8p, so please keep schedules open during the weekend.
Tournament Directors are required to get us brackets by Thursday evening, at which time we will review carefully and then send out via email. These emails require a response from each family within 24 hours, with your availability. We know that it is a challenge to receive the schedules so last-minute, however it is the nature of club basketball.
In the fall season, teams will participate in The City League, which primarily plays in the SF and Peninsula gym locations. Usually teams will play 2 games in a day and per weekend.
Each Travel team practices a minimum of 2x per week, and club teams practice a minimum 1.5x per week, but almost always have 2x per week.
All practices will be weekday evening between 4pm & 9pm. Typically our youngest teams practice earlier and our older teams practice later.
All practices are held at high-quality San Francisco gym locations.
For our club teams, we require a minimum attendance of 80% of all practices and games.
For our select teams, we require a minimum attendance of 90% of all practices and games.
If you are unable to attend a practice or tournament, please notify your coach/program director as soon as possible.