Programs 2020-21

Summer Clinic – June 22-24, 2021
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Rain date June 25 for Manchester courts players– if needed

The WBA is excited to announce the opening of registration for our annual 3-day Summer Clinic for players entering Grades 3-12 (as of September 2021). This year’s format will be different from previous clinics. Please carefully review the details below:

COED (Grades 3 & 4 Only)
Lynch Elementary School gym
9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


GIRLS (Grades 5-12)

Winchester High School field house
9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


BOYS (Group 1: Grades 9-12)

outdoors at the Manchester courts
9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


SESSION FULL: BOYS (Group 2: Grades 5-8)

outdoors at the Manchester courts
12 noon to 2:30 p.m.

The clinics are directed by the head coaches of the WHS boys and girls varsity basketball teams: John Fleming and Sam Mosley.

Due to the popularity of the camps, our limited venues, and Covid-19 regulations: SPACE IS LIMITED. The clinics will emphasize development of individual skills for players of all abilities. All Clinic participants will receive a T-shirt and Winchester mask.

A typical day includes:

  • Warm-ups, stretching
  • Individual skills and drills (dribbling, passing, shooting, footwork)
  • Games

 

IMPORTANT: A copy of a recent Physical (within one year of June 1, 2021) is required to complete online registration.

COVID-19 Protocols: The WBA is committed to providing a safe and fun youth basketball environment for all players and staff this summer. We are monitoring guidance issued by the CDC, Massachusetts state and local health departments to ensure that our COVID-19 protocols reflect current health and safety guidelines for summer clinic programs. Our COVID-19 health and safety protocols for Summer 2021 will be provided to the parents and guardians of registered players prior to the first day of the clinic. Failure to comply with these protocols could result in your child’s removal from the clinic. As indicated by the CDC, we strongly urge our staff and players (who are eligible) to be vaccinated before attending the clinic.

Fee $125
Open to: 3rd-12th grades
3 Days

Registration is now Closed

Closed

TOPS for Hoops

Bringing the joy and excitement of basketball to young athletes with disabilities

This program provides children with disabilities the opportunity to play basketball through rule and equipment adaptation. Athletes between the ages of 6 and 16 are invited to participate in a modified game of basketball once a week.  Everyone from anywhere is welcome.

A volunteer group of “Junior Coaches” serve as one-on-one buddies with TOPS athletes.

Fee $20
Open to: Girls & Boys, Ages 6-16
Sundays only

Closed

Saturday Night Hoops

Saturday Night Hoops, a fun, recreational basketball program at WHS that is open to all Winchester boys in grades 9 through 12 regardless of where they attend high school.

The program is held on six consecutive Saturday evenings, starting in January. The program provides friendly competition with games each week and playoffs on the last night. Boys will be divided into evenly matched teams and play with the same team throughout the program.

Included in the cost of the program, players will receive t-shirts and there will be music, pizza, and drinks each week.

Fee $50
Open to: Boys, 9th-12th grades
Saturdays only

Closed

Skills Clinic: 3rd Grade

The WBA Skills Clinic runs each Saturday from December through February. The purpose of the clinic is for children of all abilities to have fun, learn to love basketball and improve their individual and team skills.

The clinic content varies but includes fundamental skills like dribbling, shooting, footwork, defense and passing as well as 3v3 and 5v5 games. No previous basketball experience is required.

 

 

Fee $120
Open to: Girls & Boys, 3rd grade
Saturdays only

Enhanced Clinic: 4th & 5th Grades

The Enhanced Clinic for Grades 4 and 5 offers two sessions per week: one weeknight session of skills work, and Saturday league where players will play full court games.

Game schedule and team assignments will be distributed by the Age Group Coordinator following the initial sessions. Teams are formed to maximize player instruction and development. Weeknight skills sessions are optional for those players who just wish to play on Saturdays. Saturday games will be held at Lynch, Lincoln or McCall gyms.  No previous basketball experience is required.

 

Fee $145
Open to: Girls & Boys, 4th & 5th grades
One Weeknight & Saturdays

Recreational League Basketball

This program provides a competitive alternative to the existing Travel Basketball program, which requires a greater time commitment and cost.

Recreational league basketball is open to players at all skill levels and will offer scheduled league games. All sessions begin with 45 minutes of skills and drills followed by team play. Players will be divided into balanced teams, receive WBA shirts, and play games against their friends!

The league runs for 12 weeks on Saturday mornings beginning in December at McCall Middle School.

Please note that players registered for Travel Basketball are NOT eligible to participate in the recreational league.

Parent volunteers are appreciated.

 

Fee $125
Open to: Girls & Boys, Grades 6th-8th
Saturdays only

Travel Basketball  2020-21

 

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, plans for the 2020-21 WBA Travel basketball (Grades 5-8) season are subject to a number of variables, including, first and foremost, whether or not the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will actually permit basketball games to be played. That’s a variable over which the WBA obviously has no control, and we do not yet know what the state will decide.

Assuming, however, that travel basketball (Grades 5-8) is permitted, the WBA is open to registration for travel players as follows:

* In partnership with MetroWest Basketball LLC and a group of local towns, the WBA expects to offer travel basketball from January 2021 through March 2021 as follows: 

  1. Home and away games will be played at Millworks (Westford, MA - 45 minute drive) on Saturdays and Sundays with all participants, including players, coaches, and officials, required to wear masks. At this time, a maximum of two coaches and one parent per player will be permitted in the facility. Teams will be capped at ten (10) players.
  2. For competitive reasons, some WBA teams may be able to play in the Metrowest League with games limited to the following sites:  Mass Premier (Foxborough - 60-minute drive) and Dana Barros (Stoughton). These games will be played on Friday evenings, Saturdays or Sundays.The Covid protocols at the Metrowest Option 2 sites have not yet been officially determined. At a minimum, MetroWest will follow the Massachusetts safety standards for youth sports. At this time, it isnot known whether masks will be required or optional at these facilities (again, assuming basketball games are permitted). Teams will be capped at ten (10) players.
If for any reason Option 1 (Millworks) does not come to fruition, Option 2 remains open and, of course, subject to Massachusetts state guidelines.

As to both scenarios above, it’s important for families to know that the WBA currently does not have any arrangement for practice space - either for pre-season tryouts or the regular season. We are working to arrange for practice space at Millworks and exploring other arrangements. However, it remains unlikely that the Winchester Public Schools will permit youth teams to practice in their gyms this season.
Further, assuming Option 1 or Option 2 is available, the structure of the teams will require additional thought. The simplest method, particularly for Grades 6-8, would be to keep the same teams as last year.
To move forward, we need a FIRM indication of interest from WBA families NOW as to whether or not you will participate in travel basketball this year. To that end, if the answer is “YES”, please pre-register your player(s). There is a nominal fee of $25 associated with your pre-registration. That will be refunded or used as a credit towards a future programs if Massachusetts does not permit basketball this winter. If programs move forward you will be invoiced for the full amount of the program cost, estimated $250-300. 
We recognize that the decision to play or not play may not be an easy one for your family. Rest assured that no players will be “penalized” in future years (by relegation to a lower level team or some similar outcome) if their family decides not to play, or to pursue some other basketball opportunities this winter.
Refundable Pre-Register Deposit $25
Full Fee $TBD

Open to: Girls & Boys, 5th-8th grades
Schedule TBD

January 2021-March 2021

 

PRE REGISTRATION closes November 11th at midnight.

Closed

JumpStart

Want to get a JUMPSTART to the Basketball Season? This clinic runs for 90-minutes on successive Saturday's October thru November. This is a great opportunity for gaining some early pre-season skills workouts prior to the winter season.

Boys Coach: John Fleming, Winchester HS varsity head coach

Girls Coach: Kacie Quick, former Winchester HS and Connecticut College player, former assistant coach at WHS

The Jump Start clinics are organized by grade and will be held at Winchester High School.

Fee $80
Open to: Girls & Boys, 5th-8th grades
Saturdays