Amherst Youth Basketball
Amherst Youth Basketball supports 3rd through 12th grade boys and girls basketball in Amherst, NY, a suburb of Buffalo.
Amherst Youth Basketball (AYB) is a volunteer, non-profit organization that provides a basketball program 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. The league has established and implements a policy that provides equal playing time and instructional opportunities for every participant. The focus of this league is on player development and the enjoyment of the game. Good sportsmanship is a requirement and must be demonstrated at all times by everyone, players, parents, spectators, and coaches.
Registration for the 2013-2014 Season
Registration is open and ends October 13th for Grades 3 - 8. Registration for HS Girls continues until November 15th and registration for HS Boys continues through December 5th. Please click on the "Registration" link in the left column of this web site to register.
Registration in Amherst Youth Basketball is available to players at the appropriate grade level who:
1. Reside in the Town of Amherst and/or
Requests to Play with Other Players or at Specific Times
AYB makes every effort to create parity within a division. This is one of our highest priorities. With the exception of seriously extenuating circumstances, we typically do not consider requests for players to play together. However, if there is an issue between two players, please let us know and we will make every effort to make sure they do not play on the same team.
Similarly, we do not consider requests from coaches to have an assistant coach or for two coaches to co-coach unless they happen to wind up on the same team per the draft.
Practice and game times will not always be on the same nights during the week. We try to make the schedule as consistent as possible so that you can plan accordingly; however, please check with your coach and watch for cancellations especially during bad weather for possible changes.
In divisions for grades 3-8, each team meets two times each week, once during the week between 6-10pm and again on Saturday between 8:30am-6pm 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.
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, might the board ask a parent about having their child "play up." Requests to "play up" are not considered.
AYB Travel Teams and Other Competitive Basketball in WNYFor players/parents who might be looking for a more competitive situation, the player might be interested in trying out for an AYB travel team or complementing the social and instructional aspects of AYB by playing in an additional league/tournament team in WNY. Board members can help direct parents to such organizations.
1. In order to make teams as even as possible, it is critical that every player attend their evaluation.
2. At evaluations, there will be a parent meeting with members of the Board of Directors of AYB. Typically, this includes the President and the Level Coordinator. Important information will be disseminated to the parents about the season.
3. All evaluations are held at the Clearfield Recreation Center (near the corner of Hopkins and Klein). Please click on "Important Dates" in the menu to the left to see the schedule of evaluations.
Game cancellations due to poor weather conditions can be found on WGRZ-TV and WKBW-TV. Such cancellations will also be posted on our web site, our Facebook site (www.facebook.com/AmherstYouthBasketball), 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. Remember, AYB does not own, nor does it control, any gymnasiums. We are guests at all facilities. Please show complete respect for these facilities and the staff who work at these facilities.
AYB Awarded Grant Money (February, 2013)
The Morgan Stanley Foundation has awarded Amherst Youth Basketball a grant to be used to defray costs for the upcoming season of 2013-2014. The grant was made possible by Mr. Thomas Greenwald who works for Morgan Stanley. He initiated this by filing all the paperwork necessary for the foundation to evaluate our application for this grant. Mr. Greenwald has been involved for many years with AYB as a board member who has coached and he has been a coordinator plus he was the scheduler for many years. The AYB Board of Directors is very appreciative of his efforts in this endeavor.