In addition to our Recreational Basketball Program, Niwot Youth Sports also offers a Competitive Basketball Program. Our Competitive Basketball Program has leagues for both boys and girls. This program is for the more serious players in grades 5 through 8 who are interested in playing in leagues that travel to other gyms in the northern front range.
DIRECTOR OF COMPETITIVE BASKETBALL: Doug Van Riper
Niwot Youth Sports, Inc. is partnering with Niwot High School (NHS) to enhance and improve our competitive feeder basketball program. Our feeder program is for players in 5th – 8th grade who are interested in someday playing at Niwot High School.
Competitive can be a scary word for some, because you think the commitment is too large for your busy schedules; it admittedly does involve some travel for games. The teams will practice a bit longer, work a bit harder, and develop their skills faster; but the commitment is not yearlong and does not take too much of your time. The competition only helps to make the players/teams better. Competitive teams play two seasons; the fall season in October through November and the winter season, which runs January through February.
Many of us at NYS have had a chance to watch some of our younger recreation teams over the years, and noticed that a lot of the players are very capable of moving up to the competitive side. These players could and should begin to develop their skills at a higher level to give them a better chance to feed into high school basketball.
Teams will practice 2 or 3 days a week at either Sunset Middle School, or Niwot High School. League games are played on Sunday – usually two games each day. Teams will also participate in a couple of tournaments, including the Niwot High Roundball Tournament, usually held each year in early December.
We are returning to Gold Crown after spending two years in another league. Gold Crown will give us the best chance to develop players the right way and they have made some changes to their program that makes it more attractive for us to return.
|5 – 8
(Boys and Girls Leagues)
|Tryouts are mandatory and held in late August or early September.||Each of our teams may participate in as many tournaments and leagues as the coaches and families decide. We do strongly encouage our teams to support the Niwot High School Roundball Tournament in early December.||Each of our teams will have approximately two 1.5 hour practices per week from mid-September through mid-March. These practices are held at St. Vrain Valley School District schools and facilites. These practices are covered by the NYS Team Fee. Many of our teams practice more than two days per week using either public or private facilities.||Fee is approximately $275 and covers:
Approximately two practices per week
15-17 league games