We hope that everyone is doing as well as possible through this pandemic, staying active, healthy and safe.
2020 has certainly been a year of firsts across many aspects of our lives. The Cary Basketball Association (CBA) has made it a priority since the pandemic started to think out of the box and do our best to create solutions on how to keep our kids active.
While we will not have a traditional CBA Rec season (due to lack of available facilities), we are excited to have basketball options available to all ages and skill levels.
CBA Rec Season Options - Kindergarten-8th Grade
The CBA is excited to expand on our partnership with Pure Sweat Basketball in Crystal Lake. As a result of Cary School District 26 and Fox River Grove School District 3 not allowing us to rent their gyms in 2020 or 2021, Pure Sweat has pulled together three (3) separate five-week Winter Basketball League sessions for Kindergarten through 8th grade starting as early as November 7.
All leagues will be run by professional Pure Sweat trainers and will not require CBA coaches or volunteers.
K-2nd will be coed and will meet once per week (Saturday OR Sunday) and will consist of 30 minutes of fundamentals development/training and 45 minutes of contests and competitions. COST: $75 per 5-week session
3rd-4th will be separate boys and girls sessions and will also meet once per week (Saturday OR Sunday) and will consist of 30 minutes of fundamentals development/training and 45 minutes of contests and competitions. COST: $75 per 5-week session
5th-6th and 7th-8th will be split into Boys and Girls Sessions and meet twice a week on Saturday AND Sunday, with Saturday dedicated to Skills Training and Sunday dedicated to Contests and Competitions - each 1 hour and 15 minutes each. COST: $125 per 5-week session
UPDATE: In a few very short weeks, we are filling up several of the sessions and age levels. After Friday, October 10, Pure Sweat will be creating a waiting list for any session that fills up, so be sure and register by the end of the week for these weekend sessions.
NOTE: these sessions will be limited to first come, first served. Pure Sweat is intending to open up additional sessions when/if these fill up, but please don't wait until the last minute or you may miss out on this opportunity.
CBA Rec Season Options - Falcons (H.S.)
We didn't want to leave our high school players high and dry this season, so we are in the process of working out the following details depending on court availability, high school parents willing to step up and volunteer and COVID restrictions and guidance.
October - CBA Falcons registration available online - we will email all high school families and post on the website once available. Rates are still TBD based on costs for proposed season
November - CBA Falcons Draft @ Galati's...limited to head coach and their child
December - CBA Falcons Holiday Tournament - likely over Christmas Break, but still being worked out based on availability. This will be the fist of three (3) tournaments and will be a random seed tournament. The results of the tournament will determine seeds for the second tournament in January.
January - CBA New Years Tournament - likely mid-to late-January and will be seeded based on the results of the first tournament.
March - CBA March Madness Tournament - this will be seeded based on the combined finishes from the previous two tournaments and will result in the 2021 CBA Falcons Champion.
Depending on court availability, we are planning to do a double elimination tournament for each of the three tournaments - likely over the course of Friday night, Saturday and Sunday (TBD).
Unfortunately, we won't be allowed to have spectators at these tournaments, but are working with some students to live stream (possibly via Facebook or other platform) each game so family, friends and alumni can enjoy.
CBA FALCONS UPDATE: Per our original email, we are planning to have up to do a Falcon's draft in late November or early December and play three (3) weekend tournaments - Holiday Tournament (December), New Year's Tournament (January) & March Madness (March).
In order to plan for these tournaments, determine numbers and pricing, we need anyone interested in playing in these high school tournaments (boys & girls) to please complete the following sign-up no later than Saturday, October 31.
This sign-up is just to know who is interested playing and parents that are interested in coaching and/or volunteering at these tournaments. Again, we are not currently planning on having any spectators at these tournaments in order to comply with COVID guidelines.
CBA Travel Options
The CBA is working with a number of non-school district venues to work out availability and pricing to be able to offer 2-3 practices per week for boys (3rd-8th) beginning in November and girls (5th-8th) beginning at the end of October.
GIRLS TRAVEL UPDATE: If you are interested in the girls travel program (5th-8th grade), please complete the following sign-up in advance of Wednesday, October 14. The girls travel program will likely be starting games and practices the last week of October, so it is important to fill out this sign-up form ASAP so the directors can reach out to you with more details.
BOYS TRAVEL UPDATE: The boys travel program has finalized their tryout schedule for ages 3rd-8th grade at LifeZone360 in West Dundee. The main tryout date is Saturday, October 24:
3rd & 8th Grade - 10:30-12:00 (Courts 2 & 3)
5th & 6th Grade - 12:00-1:30 (Courts 2 & 3)
4th & 7th Grade - 1:30-3:00 (Courts 2 & 3)
As a backup, we will have a second tryout on Saturday, October 31:
3rd & 4th Grade - 10:00-11:00 (Court 1)
5th & 6th Grade - 11:00-12:00 (Court 1)
7th & 8th Grade - 12:00-1:00 (Court 1)
The deadline for signing up for boys travel tryouts is Friday, October 23. All players interested in tryouts must attend at least one of the two sessions.
Depending on COVID guidelines and level of interest from families participating, competitive play (leagues, shootouts, tournaments) may begin before the end of 2020.
Pricing is still TBD for both, but the CBA will be handling payments in two payments - one in advance of the first practice in November and a second around January 2021.
NOTE: While travel is open and available to all kids, please know that just because your child makes the CBA Travel program, does not mean they will have equal playing time. However, it will be every coach's goal to have every kid play in each game. In addition, it is expected that travel players attend every practice possible and reduced playing time should be expected for any kid that misses practices unexcused.
Again, it was our goal to do our best to offer ALL girls and boys in our community an opportunity to play basketball in 2020 and into 2021. We look forward to your feedback and seeing your kids on the court very soon!
CBA Executive Board
Since 1993, the Cary Basketball Association has been providing basketball opportunities to the youth in our communities - kindergarten through high school. Today, the CBA offers both recreation and more competitive "feeder" program opportunities.
Grounded in good sportsmanship, the CBA provides the opportunity for players of all ages and skill levels to play with friends and compete at the highest level.
The CBA takes the safety of our players, coaches, families and opponents very seriously. As a result, we have developed the following forms to provide guidance, protocols and waivers necessary to be able to allow our kids to come back to basketball, safely.
CBA COVID Waiver - This must be completed by any CBA participant including players, coaches, scorekeepers, refs, etc. prior to participating in tryouts, practices, scrimmages, etc.
CBA COVID Guidelines - These are the guidelines that we have established for any CBA practice, scrimmage, or CBA Falcons tournament. Should CBA travel teams be participating in league play, tournaments, shootouts, etc. they will be required to follow the guidelines provided by the host/venue
CBA COVID Protocol - This is black and white and should be taken very seriously. It is also necessary for every team to provide a "health check" record for every player and coach for every practice, scrimmage or game to allow for tracing should one of our players/coaches or opponents contract COVID-19
All registered CBA player families have electronically signed the CBA Code of Conduct policy. Below is the policy for your review and understanding