The Shea’s YBA Winter basketball program is unlike any school basketball, travel basketball, or recreational basketball program that you will find. It’s a first-come first-served basis and not a tryout format, and is open to players from all over to Cape Cod. We hold the Shea’s YBA Draft prior to each season, in which all registered players are expected to attend a one-hour evaluation of skills and drills, followed by pickup games. This allows coaches to rate players prior to drafting, and ensures the teams are balanced as evenly as possible.
We hold a 10 game regular-season equipped with 4/5 practices spread out throughout the season. The program takes place at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center on Saturdays and Sundays between the hours of 1:00–8:30 PM. League awards Including MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Player, All-Star Game MVP, 3 Point Shootout Champion, and others, are given out at our annual All-Star Game and Award Ceremony, which is equipped with a 3 Point Shootout at halftime. The playoffs consist of a best 2 out of 3 format, with the first team to win 2 games advancing to the next round.
There are 2 subsets of the winter basketball program that each participant is expected to attend. The 1st is The Shea’s YBA Lend a Hand Program. The Lend a Hand program consists of community outreach projects that take place throughout each year (primarily in the fall). Whether it be a Shea’s YBA event, accompanying us in efforts to collaborate with other local nonprofits, or assisting with town projects from time to time. Prior to completion of the winter program, each player is required to complete at least 4 hours of community service in some aspect of the Shea’s YBA Lend a Hand Program.
The 2nd event is the Beyond Basketball initiation event, in which we recognize former players with our Hall of Fame inductions, handout uniforms for the upcoming season, introduce players to their teammates and coaches, and invite guest speakers to speak to the group from a place of personal experience and expertise. These guest speakers primarily focus on one or more of the following topics: substance abuse awareness and the dangers of addiction (Our number 1 topic and priority), the truth about the street life and crime awareness, diet and exercise, anti-bullying and treating others with respect, and proper social media protocol – what’s okay and what’s not.
Shea’s YBA is free of charge to all participants that complete their community service prior to the start of the basketball season. For those that do not, a $50 deposit will be required on the night of the draft, and can be refunded upon request after completion of the players required community service (Please see our deposit/refund policy for further details). Shea’s YBA also offers free homework help/tutoring sessions to all program participants. These sessions are carried out by current and former teachers and local professionals and college graduates of the community. These sessions are available by appointment beginning at the start of our winter program (early December) and continuing through the end of the school year.
Shea’s YBA is truly a youth development program and is not tolerant of players disrespecting other players, referees, or coaches of the program. We have a strict 3 strikes and you’re out policy for players that disrespect others and consider themselves above the standards of the rest of the program. A strike is giving out for conduct deemed detrimental to the league. Although there are some things that will automatically warrant a strike, many of them are situational and easily avoidable by being positive and bringing a good attitude.
What Makes Shea’s YBA Different?
* Shea’s YBA Is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit listed under the charity division of Massachusetts.
* “Beyond Basketball” education and initiation event.
* Mandatory “Lend a Hand Program” community service projects that assist local nonprofits and town projects, as well as individual elderly/veterans/disabled Cape Cod residents. These projects assist the greater community and teach the participants to work for what they get.
* Each participant receives a year-long membership to the Hyannis Youth and Community Center (HYCC) to have somewhere to go to hang out, play basketball, or use the computer lab for entertainment or homework purposes.
* Free basketball league with the elements of an expensive program.
* NBA team names and logos.
* Shea’s YBA All-Star Game with 3 point shootout at halftime!
* Best of 3 playoff format (Typically one-game playoffs in school and recreation basketball) throughout the playoffs.
* Strong anti-bullying and conduct regulations to ensure all players have a safe, fun, and fair atmosphere to hang out and enjoy basketball.