Amherst Youth Basketball supports ~1200 unique boys and girls in grades 3-12, most of whom reside in Amherst, NY, a suburb of Buffalo.
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Amherst Youth Basketball (AYB) is a volunteer, non-profit organization that provides a basketball program designed to motivate the personal and educational growth of its participants by providing healthy, challenging instruction and competition. AYB offers basketball opportunities for girls and boys in grades 3 through 12. Amherst Youth Basketball has established and implemented a policy that provides equal playing time and instructional opportunities for every participant in its house league. The focus of the house league is on player development and the enjoyment of the game. Good sportsmanship is a requirement (Respect, Class, and Dignity), which must be demonstrated at all times by players, parents, spectators, and coaches.
Amherst Youth Basketball provides a variety of programs.
- Our core house league program provides an instructional league from October through March. The program is available to players who reside in the Town of Amherst or who are districted for those schools and are currently enrolled in grades 3 through 12. (Girls in Grades 3 through 8 may reside in Clarence; Girls in Grades 9 through 12 may reside throughout WNY.) Players may not be on their school's Varsity teams.
- Our travel program runs concurrently with our house league.
- During the Summer, we run an instructional program available for to those who have completed our house league.
- During the Summer, we run both a Boys and Girls HS League. Boys JV and Varsity teams play on Mondays, while Girls JV and Varsity teams play on Tuesdays.
House League Info
Registration in Amherst Youth Basketball is available to players at the appropriate grade level who meet the following criteria.
1. Reside in the Town of Amherst and/or
2. Reside in the Amherst Central School District or
3. Reside in the Sweet Home Central School District or
4. Reside in the Williamsville Central School District.
Excpetions to Residency
- Girls who reside in Clarence may register for Girls 3-4th, Girls 5-6th, and Girls 7-8th Grade divisions.
- Girls who reside in WNY may register for Girls 9-12th Grade division.
HS Varsity Players Eligibility
Players are ineligible to participate in AYB if they are on their HS Varsity basketball team. JV and Modified players are eligible to play in AYB if all other eligibility requirements are met, though we do recommend discussing with your HS coach - we understand that your HS responsibilities take priority over AYB.
Requests to Play with Other Players or at Specific Times
AYB makes every effort to create parity within a division. With the exception of seriously extenuating circumstances, we do not consider requests for a player to play with another player or on a particular coach's team. However, if there is an issue between two players, a player and a coach, or two parents, please let us know and we will make every effort to avoid a potentially difficult situation.
Requests to "Play Up" (with players in a higher grade)
AYB believes that the social aspects of an instructional/house league outweigh the potential for a player to gain more experience by playing with players in a more advanced grade. We believe that the players benefit from playing with and against students in their own grade at their school and their sister schools. On rare occasion, the board might ask a parent about having their child "play up." Requests to "play up" are not considered.
Playing Times for House League
AYB does not own nor does it control any of the courts that we use. Therefore, practice times and locations, as well as game times and locations will vary from week to week. Schedules are typically distributed one month at a time in order to minimize the changes that you will have to make to your schedule as we work with the facilities in order for them to do their best to accommodate our requests. (We receive numerous changes every week from the facilities that we use. We have found that a schedule is reasonably accurate if we do monthly distributions.) Please show respect for the facilities that we use and the staff at the facilities. Without access to these facilities, we will not have a league.
In divisions for 3rd-8th Grades, each team typically meets two times per week, once during the week between 5:30-10:00pm and again on Saturday between 8:30am-6:00pm at various sites. Each practice/game is one hour long. If a team practices more than this, then it is likely that additional times are not authorized by AYB and should be reported to the league following the appropriate chain of command.
Registration for the 2015-2016 House League Season
- The last day to register for Boys 3, Boys 4, Boys 5, Boys 6, Boys 7, Boys 8, Girls 3-4, and Girls 5 and/or 6 is October 11, 2015.
- The last day to register for the Girls 7-8th Grade division is November 29, 2015.
- The last day to register for the Girls 9-12th Grade division is November 29, 2015.
- The last day to register for the Boys 9-12th Grade division is December 6, 2015.
- Click here to register.
Players are enrolled on a first come - first served basis!!
- Divisions will close out even while registration is open.
- Early registration is encouraged as divisions typically fill up prior to registration ending. It is not unusual for 20-30 players who register a couple of weeks into the registration process to be placed on waiting lists, due to their division being full, and not get in to the league.
- Once a division is closed, additional registrants for that division will be placed on a waiting list and refunds will be issued if we are not able to accommodate the player within a reasonable time-frame.
Registration for the 2015 Summer Program
Registration is available through Sunday, June 7th for Boys and Girls who played in a 3rd-8th grade program in AYB during the 2014-15 season. Registration is limited to the first 40 such players to register per level. Registration is available on the Summer Program Page.
Amherst Youth Basketball was founded in 1978 with a 4-6th grade boys division and a 7-8th grade boys division. Coaches and parents officiated games with the exception of playoffs, which were officiated by high school officials. Parents stood on line at Mill Middle school to get one of the 150 spots available in the league.
In the 1990s, the first AYB Board was established, four girls teams were formed that played exhibition games against 6th grade boys teams, and a Boys HS league was introduced. Further, professional officials were used during all games.
In the 2000s, registration went from 350 to 950 players, the enumeration substition list was introduced, AYB went on-line with a website and registration, modern uniforms were introduced, relationships with local colleges/universities were solidified, and a 3rd grade division was introduced for both boys and girls.
During the 2010s, AYB led in the introduction of a WNY travel league, the trophy case at Clearfield was secured as an AYB display case, a Girls HS summer league was introduced, a summer program was initiated, HS players were used to officiate younger divisions on both the boys and girls side, and on-line parent surveys were collected.
For players/parents who might be looking for a more competitive situation, Amherst Youth Basketball has travel teams that complement the social and instructional aspects of our traditional house-league program by providing an opportunity for AYB's premier players to play against competitive travel teams from WNY during the Fall and Winter. In addition, there are other opportunities for players who are looking for a more competitive atmosphere in conjunction with or instead of the traditional AYB house-league. Board members can help direct parents to such organizations.
AYB does not own, nor does it control, any basketball facilities. AYB uses Town of Amherst's Clearfield Recreation Center and facilities in the Williamsville and Sweet Home school districts. AYB has practices/games at the Amherst Youth Foundation, The Chapel, Daemen College, and 1st Trinity Church. Therefore, we are at the mercy of the town, school districts, and other facilities in terms of the allocation of gym time.
AYB cancellations will be posted on our Facebook site, and via e-mail. Games and/practices are occasionally cancelled at the last minute due to circumstances at the facilities that we are able to use, as well as due to weather. Remember, AYB does not own, nor does it control, any gymnasiums. We are guests at all facilities. Please show respect for these facilities and the staff who work at these facilities.