Any person who has properly registered with the Recreation Department, paid the appropriate fee, and is in the proper age level is eligible to participate. Those applicants who sign up after the deadline date will be put on a waiting list. After the forming of teams, players from the waiting list will be added in order of date of sign-up on an as needed basis to fill open rosters (in case of injury, parental decision to remove a youngster from the program, a family moving out of town, players quitting after the beginning of the season).
Being on the waiting list does NOT guarantee a spot in the program. Players will be assigned to teams, as needed, by the league coordinator at the earliest convenience. No player can be added to any team without the approval of the league coordinator and/or the President. If any applicant is not placed on a team after the fourth game of the season, the registration fee will be refunded and the application withdrawn.
The Dracut Basketball Program is only open to Dracut residents. There are no exceptions. If residency of a player is called into question, written certification of town residence must be provided to the board. If it is found that a player has participated in the league while living outside of Dracut, the matter will be turned over to the Board for investigation. Further, the team on which he played, may have to forfeit those games in which that player participated, and further disciplinary actions may be taken against the coach of his team if deemed necessary.
Participation at the Clinic, Junior, Senior, or High School League is based on grade level, not age. The board has the authority to make exceptions for players with skills not equivalent to their level for safety concerns. The Travel League is also determined by grade level, however, an age cap is set according to the rules set forth by the Merrimack Valley Youth Basketball League.
Clinic Program (Boys: Grades 2-4, Girls: Grades 1-2)
The Clinic Program is designed as instructional for those youths who have never previously participated in an organized basketball program. In some cases, a higher grade player with less advanced skills may be accepted into the Clinic Program, based on parental approval, space available, and never having played in an organized program before. In some cases, an advanced player may be moved up to the Junior League Program by the league coordinator and/or the President.
This program will consist of practice (when available) and games with no post-season schedule. The referees should offer instruction as well as officiate. They may stop the game at any time to point out specific rule violations to players, show them proper positioning on the court, or assist in any other aspect of the game. Above all, the Clinic Program is designed as a learning experience.
Junior League Program (Boys: Grades 5-6, Girls: Grades 3-5)
The Junior League Program is designed for youth players. Prior participation in the Clinic Program may prove helpful, but is not a requirement for enrollment. In some cases, an advanced player may be moved up to the Senior League Program by the league coordinator and/or the President. The Junior League also stresses fundamentals, but is executed at a higher level. This program will consist of practice (when available), games and a post-season schedule.
Senior League Program (Boys: Grades 7-8, Girls: Grades 6-9)
The Senior League Program is designed for older youth players. Prior participation in the Junior League may prove helpful, but is not a requirement for enrollment. In some cases, an advanced player may be moved up to the High School Program by the league coordinator and/or the President. The Senior League is slightly more competitive than the Junior League but playing time rules still apply. This program will consist of practice (when available), games and a post-season schedule.
Travel Program (Grades 3-8)
Dracut Basketball supports one travel team at each grade level for the fourth through eighth grades. Tryouts take place prior to the recreation program evaluations (normally in October). All players trying out for and playing in travel must be registered with the Recreation Department. In the fourth grade program, lower grade (normally 3rd Grade) players can be accepted and play in the 4th Grade division based upon skill level.
High School Program (Grades 9-12)
The High School Program is designed for participants in grades 9 through 12. Prior participation in the Senior League may prove helpful, but is not a requirement for enrollment. In some cases, an advanced player may be moved up to this program by the league coordinator and/or the President. Since the age group of players is higher, the emphasis focuses on a fun, stress-free atmosphere. The playing time rules apply for this league as well. This program will consist practice (when available), games and a post-season schedule.
Adult Program (Ages 30+)
The Adult League is open to anyone that is a resident of Dracut and is 30 years or older in age. The Adult League is a competitive league and playing time rules do not apply. This program will consist of practice (when available), games and a post-season schedule.