The 2016-17 season ended in March. We had a record year with 98 TBird teams in grades 1-12. Our teams played in CAYBL and CPYBL leagues. Unfortunately, the CAYBL league has closed down, so next year, all teams will play in the CPYBL league.
The TBird board is busy planning for next year. As you can see, we have updated our TBird website and moved it to the SI/Play platform. This move will allow the TBirds to provide new capabilities such as: on-line registration, improved emailings and text messaging to coaches / parents / players as well as an improved wepbpage look and feel. Make sure to create a TBird account (use the Signups Tab) and enter your email addrsss to receive future TBird mailings, even if you do not enter a player in the program.
Again this year, TBirds will be having FLIGHT SELECT and THUNDERBIRD teams.
FLIGHT SELECT represents the very best TBird players. These teams usually play in the CPYBL Athletic division. To play on a Flight team, you must pre-register on-line for FLIGHT SELECT and attend a mandatory tryout session on August 26th. The initial signup fee is $145. After tryouts, you will be notified if your child made a select team or not. If you make a team, there are additional fees for select teams to cover professional training, extra practice time, and a 20 game schedule. If you did not make a select team, you are eligible to apply your signup fee to be placed on a THUNDERBIRD team, or to get a refund.
THUNDERBIRD teams make up 90% of the TBird teams and are still considered very competitive basketball teams. These teams usually play in the CPYBL and High Rec and Rec divisions. The signup fee is $145, covering 1 practice per week, a 10 game season and a post season tournament.
NEW THIS YEAR
Based on feedback we received over the last few years, we are chaning our signup process this year. Details are still being fine-tuned (so they might change a little bit) but this is the plan as of today.
On-line signups will open on August 1 2017. Both FLIGHT SELECT and THUNDERBIRD players should sign up for all grades 1-12 as shown below. We will accept signups in grades 7-12 starting August 1 (this is new compared to last year). We will also accept late signups for Jr.High / HS players in grades 7-12 who do not make the school team. Those signup will run until approximately November 11, 2017. Best recommendation....if you know you want to play, signup before September 14th.
FLIGHT SELECT: Boys in grdes 2,3,4,5,6, Girls in grades 4,5,6, can try out. Pre-register from August 1 - August 24th. FLIGHT SELECT tryouts will be held on Saturday August 26, attendance is mandatory. A list of tryout times for each grade will be posted soon. If you plan to play THUNDERBIRD baskstball (see below), you do not have to attend the August FLIGHT SELECT tryout.
THUNDERBIRD: Boys in grades 1-12, Girls in grades 2-12, can participate. You should pre-register from August 1 - September 14th if possible. THUNDERBIRD in-person signups and assessments will be held on Saturday September 16 (tennative). If you played in TBirds last year, and will be playing for the same coach again this year (you need to confirm this with your coach), you will not need to attend in-person signups unless you have questions or want to re-check uniform sizes. Players that are new to the TBIrd program, or that do not want to play for the same coach again this year, are strongly encouraged to attend the in-person signups and gym assessments (4 gym drills).
We realize that these changes are new, but as our organization continues to grow, we felt the need to improve our processes and make your TBird experience better. Please let us know what you think.
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