Somerton Youth Organization has a proud tradition of excellence in its Girls Travel Basketball program. Many of our former players have gone on to successful careers playing at the high school and collegiate levels.
Travel teams are selected by competitive tryouts, and children who are not selected may be placed on a secondary travel team as numbers dictate. If you are unable to attend a tryout session, you must notify the coach of that age group that you are still interested in trying out. Tryout opportunities are limited, and players are encouraged to attend all tryouts for their age group. Please see the tryout schedule below the Age Policy.
Somerton Age Policy
At Somerton, players are required to try out and play on the team that is age- or grade- appropriate as specified by the tryout information on the website for that specific sport. Players who try out at the wrong age group and make the wrong team will not be permitted to participate in the season. Coaches will double check their sign-in sheets and registration forms to ensure that every player is age- or grade- appropriate. Other than the following exceptions, no players are permitted to play "up" for any reason:
Since SYO's travel program begins at age 7/ 2nd grade, first graders and younger are permitted to try out for the age 7/ 2nd grade team; however, in subsequent years, those players must again tryout for the age 7/ 2nd grade team until such time as they are age- or grade- appropriate to move up to an older team.
Players who were age- and grade- appropriate to participate with a specific travel team in the past IF the league in which our travel teams participates makes an adjustment to their age determination date that would allow that player to play "down." These players are "grandfathered" to the older team and can elect to play on either team. This does NOT apply to first graders who played previously on an age 7/ 2nd grade team.
If no travel team exists at a particular age- or grade- level, players at that age-/ grade- level may try out for the travel team one year older.
League Age Requirements:
The 2nd grade girls will compete in the NEPL, which is age-based.
2nd grade girls can't turn 8 years old before 8/1/2019.
Girls in grades 3 - 8 will compete in the ICBA, a grade-based league with a different age restriction.
3rd grade girls - must be in 3rd grade and can't turn 9 years old before 8/1/2019.
4th grade girls - must be in 4th grade and can't turn 10 years old before 8/1/2019.
5th grade girls - must be in 5th grade and can't turn 11 years old before 8/1/2019.
6th grade girls - must be in 6th grade and can't turn 12 years old before 8/1/2019.
7th grade girls - must be in 7th grade and can't turn 13 years old before 8/1/2019.
8th grade girls - must be in 8th grade and can't turn 14 years old before 8/1/2019.
*ICBA teams can have up to three players on the roster who are one year older but in the correct grade.
Athletic Director: Fran Young - firstname.lastname@example.org - 267 918-9651