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2021-2022 SPR Travel Basketball

Saco Parks and Recreation is excited to announce the return of our Travel Basketball program for the 2021-2022 season!  This season we are offering divisions for boys and girls in grades 3-6 and participating in the Maine Event Travel League!

Please see below for more information about our current plans for the season including division info, a general season overview, eval dates, league updates, and more!

Registration for evaluations is open through Sunday, October 24th. Register today!

Travel Basketball League Info 2021-2022
The Travel Basketball program is open to Boys and Girls in Grades 3-6. The Maine Event Travel League through XL Sports is the league we are participating in for 2021-2022. The league this season has options for divisions that include single grades and combined grades. Saco Parks and Recreation will determine which divisions our teams will participate in based on registrations, coach availability, and participant age and ability.

Overview of the 2021-2022 season
SPR Staff: Steve Brown and Meghan Gribbin
Registration Fee: $175.00
Fee covers all costs to enter into leagues, players clinics, tournaments, referees, practices & uniforms. All fees include uniforms and a shooting shirt. Uniforms must be returned at the end of the season. Players keep the shooting shirts.
Practices start Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Practice Location: Saco Community Center Gym
League Schedule: November 20, 2021 - February 20, 2022
Picture Day: Saturday, January 8, 2022
Masks are required for indoor practices and games for all participants, coaches, staff, and spectators. Parents are required to wear masks in the Community Center during drop-off and pick up. All COVID-19 prevention protocols will be evaluated to follow guidelines at the time of the program.

Evaluations at the Saco Community Center - REGISTRATION REQUIRED. See activities to sign up.
Girls Travel Basketball Evaluations: Monday, October 25, 2021
3rd & 4th Grade Girls: 6:00PM - 6:45PM
5th & 6th Grade Girls: 7:00PM - 7:45PM

Boys Travel Basketball Evaluations: Wednesday, October 27, 2021
3rd & 4th Grade Boys: 6:00PM - 6:45PM
5th & 6th Grade Boys: 7:00PM - 7:45PM

Register for evaluations online using the activity options below.
• We will be collecting a fee for evaluations
• When you check out, a $100.00 deposit will be due - this is the evaluation fee and will be applied towards the team fee balance (see next bullet point)
• If your child makes a team, this fee is applied directly to the team fee (it is not in addition to the fee). Final balance is due by November 1st, 2021.
• If your child does not make a team, the evaluation fee will be refunded in full.
No refunds will be available for anyone who makes a team but quits after teams are announced.
Pre-registration is REQUIRED. Participation of a non-registered attendee is at the discretion of the Saco Parks and Recreation Department and will be based on the total number of remaining spots at evaluations. Following evaluations, adding participants will be at the discretion of the department.

Evaluations and Cuts
Evaluations for some advanced programs such as travel basketball are held to determine that the participants meet a minimum qualification to participate in that activity. This season we are asking that participants trying out have a minimum of one year prior experience in recreation or travel basketball.

Cuts will be made if the number of players outnumbers the available positions in an activity. Only those meeting age or grade guidelines will be allowed to tryout. If there are not enough players to run the program the Saco Parks and Recreation Department may choose to open up tryouts to other ages or grades depending on the governing body these activities play under. Non-residents who have made a team will be grandfathered as a resident for cutting purposes in future consecutive years.

The cutting of participants will follow this order:

1. Resident or Non-resident not able to safely train or compete in an activity causing a danger to themselves or others.
2. Non-Saco resident: non-residency is based on where your taxes are paid, not what school you attend
3. Saco Resident not able to make the minimum requirements
4. Saco Resident scoring/evaluated lower than the maximum amount of players/participants allowed

*Registrations will not be accepted at the evaluation. You must preregister at before and bring a copy of the receipt to the evaluations. If your child’s name is not on the sign up sheet or you do not have the receipt to prove you signed up they will not be allowed to tryout. Participation of a non-registered attendee is at the discretion of the Saco Parks and Recreation Department and will be based on the total number of remaining spots at evaluations. There will not be alternate evaluation days or times – players MUST attend their assigned time. Following evaluations, adding participants will be at the discretion of the department.

For multi-household families, residency status will be determined by the town where the primary guardian resides and the school in which the child attends.

Non-residents will not be allowed to tryout for programs that are offered in their town of residency unless they have been cut from that program. Proof of this must be supplied with registration.

Volunteer Coaches
SPR Youth Sports Programs rely on volunteer coaches. To start the Travel Basketball season on time, we need at least one coach in place for every team with additional support provided from other parent helpers. Ideally for the travel basketball program, coaches should have some prior experience coaching youth basketball (rec or travel) or knowledge of the sport. SPR can also provide training, support, and practice plans for new coaches. There are options to volunteer as a coach through your child's registration process. Thank you in advance for supporting our programs! If you have additional questions about coaching, please contact Steve Brown at

* Adjustments and discounts will be applied during checkout if applicable. *

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