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New Canaan Travel Preparation Program

Winter 22-’23



Experienced, professional coaches will run a fundamental basketball skills and games program for 4th grade New Canaan boys from November 2022 through early March 2022. The primary objective of the program is to equip and prepare 4th grade boys for New Canaan’s Middle School Travel Basketball program beginning in 5th grade.  Spots will be limited to 22-24 players

Evaluations take place the week of October 31st; practices begin in mid-November, and the season ends in early March. 

Mike Evans, a former varsity head coach and NCAA Division 1 assistant, and a former semi-pro, college and high school all-state player, will oversee this foundational skills-based program that also includes intrasquad games and games against other towns’ teams. Mike’s website for basketball instruction can be found here.


While limiting roster spots at such a young age may be perceived as controversial, keeping an effective player-to-coach ratio is vital for learning and advancement. This program is designed for players with some previous experience playing basketball, and for players who demonstrate age-appropriate or advanced fundamental competencies. 

Curriculum + Schedule

The program will follow a strict curriculum, the features of which are but aren’t limited to ball-handling, defense, shooting, passing and in-game concepts. There will be roughly 30 practices, as well as weekend commitments for games against other towns. Practices will be twice per week at St. Mary’s Church in Norwalk from 7-830pm and games will be held on weekends at the Westport YMCA.  Weekend commitments will be at fixed times - same time and location weekly. There may be Sunday games, as well, depending what opportunities arise; we will communicate in advance of those situations. 


The cost - which includes reversible jersey, professional coaching, referee fees and facility rental, is $750 per player


Evaluation Schedule - Parents must refrain from entering the gymnasium.

***Attendance at 2 of the evaluation sessions at a minimum is strongly encouraged***

We will host three evaluation sessions to accommodate the fall sports schedule. 

Session 1: Wednesday, November 2nd, 7:00-8:30pm

Session 2: Friday, November 4th, 7:00-8:30pm

Session 3: Monday, November 7th, 7:00-8:30pm

Location: 669 West Avenue, Norwalk - St. Mary’s Church (access to gym via parking lot behind church, which is on Chapel Street). 


Weekly practices will be  Monday and Wednesday

from 7pm to 8:30PM depending on the number of teams at St. Mary’s in Norwalk.

Saturday Games will be from 2pm to 4pm at the Westport Y.


General Season Schedule




Nov 2 - Nov 7

Evaluations and Team Selection

We will balance the teams as evenly as possible

We cannot consider requests that seek to accommodate carpooling or having boys play with their friends. 

Nov 8th

Team rosters are communicated to parents

Schedule of practices and games released beyond December 10th (see below)

Nov 11, 14, 16, 18

Optional skill sessions for players 

We will try to have these take place during normal practice times.

Nov 21

First official practices

We do understand that the holiday week may disrupt boys’ availability. We ask for clear and early communication on this.

November 28 - 

December 2

Official practices 

Times + Days TBD



December 3 

Light scrimmaging + skills

At Westport YMCA.

December 5-9



December 10

First official games

At Westport YMCA.

December 11 

Potential for additional games 


December 12-16



December 17


At Westport YMCA.

December 18 

Potential for additional games 


December 19-23



December 24 – Jan1

Holiday Break – no basketball


January 2 - 6



January 7 



January 8

Potential for additional games


January 9-13



January 14


At Westport YMCA.

January 15

Potential for additional games


January 16-20



January 21


At Westport YMCA.

January 22

Potential for additional games


January 23-27



January 28


At Westport YMCA.

January 29

Potential for additional games


January 30 - Feb 3



February 4


At Westport YMCA.

February 5

Potential for additional games


February 6 - 10



February 11


At Westport YMCA.

February 12

Potential for additional games


February 13 - 17



Feb 18 - 26

Winter Break – no basketball


February 27 - March 3



March 4

Final Games

At Westport YMCA.