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Boys Basketball

SYA's Boys Basketball program provides the opportunity for boys to play regardless of prior experience starting with 2nd grade and going thru 8th grade. 

Elementary In-house Basketball 2nd thru 5th Grade

5th Grade Travel Basketball


Middle School In-house Basketball 

Middle School Travel Basketball

 Elementary In-House Basketball

Registration for the Basketball season opens on Sept 1st and runs thru assessment night in early November.

The number of registrations will determine if the teams are coed or if we can divide the teams into two leagues one for boys and one for girls 

Please note that payment for the program is due at the time of registration. Registrations will not be processed without payment. The system will only accept credit or debit cards, it will not accept checks or cash. If there is a problem with making payment using a credit or debit card contact the SYA secretary before starting registration at [email protected]

In-House, Second and Third Grade Division
This program provides second and third grade players with the basic understanding to the rules of basketball. The season runs December-February. Teams meet twice-a-week and stay local for practices and games. All team members are guaranteed playing time. Games are usually on Friday evenings at the Leitersburg Ruritan Community Center gym or at Smithsburg elementary school gym. Teams are kept small, and all team members will be guaranteed playing time.

In-House, Fourth and Fifth Grade Division
This program provides continues to teach players the basic understanding of basketball, develops basketball skills and starts to increase the level of competition. The season runs December-February. Teams will meet two to three times a week and stay local for practices and games. Games are usually on Friday evenings at the Leitersburg Ruritan Community Center gym or at Smithsburg elementary school gym. Teams are kept small, and all team members will be guaranteed playing time.

Registration for either division:
Players must create an account on the SYA website and register for the program before the assessment date. 

Please note that payment for the program is due at the time of registration.  Registrations will not be processed without payment.  The system will only accept credit or debit cards, it will not accept checks or cash.

To help us create teams that are as balanced as possible all players will have their current skill levels assessed.

Assessment for the 2022-2023 season will be held at Smithsburg elementary School:
Tentative dates for assessments are:


Wednesday Nov 9th
2nd & 3rd grader 6 until 7
4th and 5th grade 7:30 until 8:30
Register online before in-house assessments. 

Registration for this program is:
$30 Sept 1st thru Sept 30th. 
$45 Oct 1st thru Nov 10th. 
$70 After Nov 10th if space is still available on a team. 

This program depends on parents volunteering to coach and on businesses to sponsor the teams.  Parents can volunteer when the register their son for this program.


Middle School In-House Basketball:

This program offers a opportunity for boys to participate in Basketball team play.  It is designed for middle school boys that want to test and improve their skills in competition, but who may never have played before or are not quite ready for the intense competition of the travel league.  It is open to all 6th 7th and 8th grade boys.  Teams meet twice a week and stay local for practices and games.  All players will play at least one half of every game.

The season starts in December and runs until the end of February.  Practices and games will typically be on Tuesday and Friday evenings at Smithsburg Middle School.

Players must create an account on the SYA website and register for the program before the assessment date.  Registration opens Sept 1st and ends on Nov 15th.

To help us create teams that are as balanced as possible all players will have their current skill levels assessed.

Tentative Assessments for the 2022-2023 season will be at Smithsburg Middle School gym on
Tuesday November 15th
6th and 7th and 8th grade 7- 9:00 pm

Registration for this program is:
$45 Sept 1st thru Sept 30th. 
$60 Oct 1st thru Nov 15th. 
$80 After Nov 15th if space is still available on a team. 

This program depends on the parents to volunteer to help coach and on local businesses to sponsor the teams. 
Parents can volunteer to coach or sponsor teams when they register their son.



Boys Travel League Basketball

The middle school boys' basketball program consists of intramural and travel league teams. These leagues offer players different levels of play based on their skills and their desired level of competition. Our goal is for every child to participate in our programs, and we are proud to be able to continue this valuable opportunity.

Boys Travel League
This league is designed for the most competitive and committed players in the Smithsburg school district. Teams will compete against top players from Washington and Frederick Counties. The season runs from November through March with skills assessments in late October. Teams will meet multiple times per week (including Saturday/Sunday) and travel to various locations for practices or games. 6th 7th and 8th grade teams participate in the Washington County Middle School Basketball League and the Mid Maryland Basketball League. Our 4th and 5th grade travel team participates in the Greencastle Basketball League.

School Report Card Grade Requirement for Washington County League:
SYA participates in the Washington County Middle School Basketball League. This league has required that all student athletes have no more than one grade below a 70%. The league requires copies of the athlete's report cards at the beginning of the season and again in January after the 2nd marking period. SYA athletes that are or become ineligible may still practice and participate in non-league games but cannot play in league games. No refunds are given for players whose grades prevent them from playing league games.

School Report Card Grade Requirement for Mid Maryland Basketball League:
SYA participates in the Mid Maryland league Basketball League. The Mid Maryland league requires student athletes to maintain their grades. Players must maintain a 2.0 G.P.A and have no failing grades (below a 60%). Grades are checked at beginning of season and again when grading period ends. No refunds will be given due to failing grades.

Registration is a two-step process:
Step 1 register for basketball assessments. No money collected at this time.
Step 2 If selected for a team player will need to log back in, accept the invitation to play and pay the registration fee by credit or debit card.

The amount of playing time each participant receives is at the discretion of the coaching staff.

Basketball Tryouts for 2022-2023 season
Tryouts will be held in the Leitersburg Ruritan Community Center 21427 Leiter Street Hagerstown MD 21742
Players wishing to tryout must have completed the online registration. No money is collected until team selection.

6th grade tryouts Tuesday Oct 18th 5:30pm until 6:45 pm
7th grade tryouts Tuesday Oct 18th 6:30 pm until 7:45pm
8th grade tryouts Tuesday Oct 18th 7:30 pm until 9:00 pm
5th grade tryouts Wednesday Oct 19th 6:00 pm until 7:00pm
Make-up tryouts Wednesday Oct 19th 7:30 pm until 9:00pm (this makeup is for any player that cannot make the time slot for their grade)

Players, coaches, and evaluators are the only ones permitted in the gym due to limited space.
Players should remain outside until their assigned time.
They will be asked to sign-in and receive a number for identification. 

Registration fee for this year is $150 for the 6th 7th and 8th grade teams
Registration fee for this year is $120 for the 4th 5th grade team playing in the Greencastle League

Payment made after assessments and team placement is made

Registration is required prior to the tryout date.

Please Direct All Questions about the Boys Travel Basketball Program to the Boys' Travel Director: John Dinterman (2012-2023), [email protected]
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