1.What programs does HAA Basketball offer?
HAA Basketball is a member of the Nashoba Youth Basketball League and offers programs for children in Grades K-8, as well as in-town Adult Basketball.
Grades K-2: Co-ed program that meets once a week for 1 hour on Saturday mornings in the HES gym. Children are assigned to a team at the beginning of the season and play against one of the other Havard K-2 teams each Satrday. The hour format consists of roughly 30 minutes of practice and instruction and 30 minutes of game time.
Grades 3-8: Programs for these ages generally consist of 2 practices per week and 1 weekend game against teams from nearby towns. The groups are broken down as follows:
Boys 3rd/4th; Girls 3rd/4th; Boys 5th/6th; Girls 5th/6th; Boys 7th/8th; Girls 7th/8th
Adult Basketball: This co-ed program plays Monday and Wednesday nights from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm at the Bromfield high school gym. Starting the first full week of November and continuing through the last full week of March. A fee of $100 is required. This is pickup type play for men and women 18 or over.
2. Are there try-outs for the youth programs?
No. We welcome players of all abilities to join a youth basketball team. This is primarily a developmental program, designed to teach fundamental basketball skills and life-long lessons of team play and sportsmanship.
3. My child just wants to play at a casual level. Will this be too intense?
While all youth sports have a degree of competition, the Nashoba Valley League is structured primarily for development, not winning. Coaches endeavor to give players roughly equal playing time.
4. How will teams be formed?
Before the season begins, Harvard Youth Basketball leadership will conduct sessions inviting all registered players so that coaches and league coordinators can ensure that teams are fairly balanced. These are not tryouts.
5. My child wants to play on the same team as a friend. Can you accommodate special requests like that?
While parents may send special requests to their child’s league coordinator, the need for balanced teams is primary and we cannot always accommodate requests. Coordinator contact information is available at harvardbasketball.org.
6. What is the weather policy regarding snow and games/practices?
For those participants in Grades 3-8, the weather policy is set by the Nashoba League. If the gym is open in the town where you are scheduled to play a game, then the game is on. If you are uncomfortable driving or feel it is unsafe in any way, please just let your coach know and do not hesitate to skip the game. We will do our very best to communicate in advance if there is a chance that a game or practice may be canceled.