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CYA Travel Basketball Program: Winter 2018-19

Program Summary

During the winter season, CYA offers players with higher skill levels an opportunity to participate in the countywide Fairfax County Youth Basketball League -- commonly known as "Travel" or "Select". 

Key information:

  • Travel coaches are re-selected each summer through an interview process.  
  • Tryouts are held for travel teams in grades 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th in early October. 
  • Players must attend at least 2 tryouts.  After tryouts, the coaches select 10 players per team. 
  • The number of teams per age group is determined by the talent available at tryouts (with a maximum of 3 teams per age group).  
  • Practice begins as soon as the teams are selected.
  • This program requires a greater time commitment from participants for practice (3 hours per week) and games (1-2 per week). 
  • The FCYBL season runs from mid-November through the beginning of March. 
  • Most games are played at gyms across Fairfax County (often outside the Chantilly area) and in Falls Church, Arlington, or Alexandria.

Player Eligibility

The travel teams are grade-based rather than age-based as they were in the past. This means anyone in the designed grade can participate as long as they are not more than 2 years older than others in that grade as of September 1st of that year.  For example, no player on the 6th grade team can be 13 as of September 1st of that year.  There are no more age exceptions.  All players will be expected to provide documentation of their current grade along with proof of address selected to a team (report card or a printout from FCPS SIS).

Eligible CYA players must reside in Fairfax County and, by FCYBL rules, are limited to our allocated zip codes (20171, 22033, 20151, 22124, 20120, 22030 and 20191) with two zip code exceptions allowed per team.

Note that FCYBL also strictly limits the number of players in 4th grade or below who can be selected to the 5th grade teams. For that reason, a separate qualifying tryout will be held for 4th graders prior to the 5th grade tryouts.  At this 4th grade tryout, a limited number of players will then be invited to participate in the 5th grade tryouts.


If you are interested in applying to be a Coach for the 2018-19 season, please begin by completing the application form.  Interviews with a panel of members of the Board of Directors will be held in late June with decisions on coaching positions made soon thereafter.

Open Gyms

In September, CYA will sponsor open gyms for each travel team grade (5th through 8th), which are open to everyone at the designated grade.  The travel coaches will supervise the open gyms providing some skills training and running scrimmages.  These are an opportunity for kids to get warmed up for the travel tryouts and season.  Participation is strictly voluntary.

Open gym dates will be posted the first week of September.  Travel tryout dates will be posted shortly thereafter.

Registration Information

Online registration for the Travel tryouts for Winter 2018-19 season will begin in early September (accessed through the Registration tab on the main CYA web page, www.chantillyyouth.org).  You must register (at no cost) for Travel/AAU tryouts in order to participate in the tryouts and be invited to join a team if selected.

Once the Travel tryouts conclude and the teams are selected, those players who made the teams will be sent an invitation to participate in our program and directed to register and pay for the Travel program.  Travel Program costs, uniform costs, spirit wear costs and any other supplemental fees will be determined and published here in the summer of 2018 prior to Open Gyms.

For those players who did not make the team, they will be notified and invited to sign up for our House program if they choose to do so. If someone signed up for House and made the travel team, they will be refunded that House registration fee.  

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