Tips for Participating in a National Youth Basketball Tournament

For Parents:

  • Purchase and wear an attendance wristband.
  • Remember that the last day is single-elimination tournament format.
  • Arrange for the lodging and food/drink needs of your player.
  • Follow AYBT and hotel lodging guidelines.
  • Attend any special events.
  • Encourage your son or daughter and their teammates.
  • Avoid criticizing the other team, their coaches or the officials.
  • If possible, purchase some AYBT youth basketball gear for your son or daughter as memorabilia.

For Players:

  • Participate in special events.
  • Be prepared to play two games a day until the last day.
  • Behave according to hotel/AYBT guidelines at all times.
  • Play hard and to the best of your ability in all games.
  • Have fun!

For Coaches:

  • Produce age/grade/photo verification documents at registration.
  • Be aware of the benefits of staying at preferred hotels.
  • Watch for any schedule changes during nationals week and disseminate that information to team members.
  • Distribute giveaways.
  • Encourage parents to cheer for the players and avoid criticizing the other team, their coaches or the officials.