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CYA Travel Basketball Program: Winter 2019-20

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". 

The Travel Program is not a developmental program.  The practice time is spent on team concepts and the expectation is that players are developing their fundamentals on their own time outside of practice.

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.  The coach selects the practice days and Gym locations. These may change as the season transitions from the fall county gym allocation to the winter county gym allocation.
  • 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. 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 age exceptions.  All players will be expected to provide documentation of their current grade along with proof of address selected to a team (typically a 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.


The coaches for the 2019-20 season will be determined following an interview process and evaluation of previous years parent surveys.  CYA strives to provide coaches who emphasize sportsmanship and fairness.

Open Gyms

Open gyms for each travel team grade (5th through 8th) 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 and times can be found on this site under the head coach name listed above.


Tryouts will begin Saturday September 29 and run through the first week of October. Check the schedule for the Div-1 Coach listed above in the tab labeled, "Team Web-Pages" on this site. If you cannot attend two tryouts, speak to the Coach to make arrangements to be evaluated.

Registration Information

You must be registered to tryout (there is no cost to register for tryouts).

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 2019 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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