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New Canaan Basketball Association

Travel Basketball

Tryout Guidelines



  1. Complete the online registration for tryouts on or before September 22nd (Girls) and October 13th (Boys.) A valid email address is mandatory as all notifications will be sent by email.
  2. Each player must pay a $25 tryout fee.  Please pre-pay with a credit card through the online registration process. 
  3. Each player must complete an online release and medical authorization.  
  4. Players must attend all tryout sessions for their grade. 
  5. Players should arrive 10 minutes early to check in. Parents should drop off/pick up players in the Saxe hallway.  If you have specific information for the coach, please inform the check-in desk.


Tryout Evaluation Criteria

Players trying out for the NCBA travel program will be evaluated by paid coaches that may or may not be your child's grade level coach.  Please note that final evaluations are confidential and kept solely by the coaching staff.  They will not be shared with players, parents or anyone outside of a coaching role.  Players will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Offensive skills - movement/transition, dribble/drive, pass/catch, shooting and rebounding
  • Defensive skills - movement/transition, one on one, help, deny/steal, rebounding
  • Timing drills - shuttle runs, sprints
  • Comments on general observations


Selection and Communication of Team Rosters

Team rosters will be set by each coach in conjunction with the NCBA Coaching Directors (

Diane Burns, Girls Coaching Director and Danny Melzer, NCHS Boys Varsity Head Coach.) Rosters will be communicated via email no later than October 4 (Girls) and October 25 (Boys.)  A mandatory parent meeting will be held after team rosters are communicated - details to follow.


(Updated September 2019)