Q:  What is the difference between recreational basketball and travel basketball?

A:  Recreational basketball leagues are generally ran by a city.  The number one goal of recreational leagues is to have fun.  Games are generally held at one park, gymnasium, or city.  Travel leagues are very competitive.  Games can be played in different cities, counties, and states.  In travel games, full court presses and traps, half-court presses and traps are allowed from jump ball until the end of the game.  If a team is winning by at least 30 points, there will be a "running clock"; this means that the clock will not stop when the referee blows the whistle.  If the lead drops down to 20 points, the clock will once again stop on every whistle.  The skills of players in travel leagues are much more fine tuned than players in recreational leagues. 


Q:  Is there a set length of time players must play in travel leagues?

A:  No.  Playing time in travel leagues are entirely up to the coaching staff.  There are performance teams, where playing time is based on performance; and there are participant teams, where playing time is evenly distributed.  Most travel teams are performance leagues due to the competitive nature.    

Q:  When does the travel basketball season begin and end?

A:  Games for the travel season is typically from February to June.  Practice generally begins somewhere between November and January depending on the team.


Q:  How often are the games?

A:  The number of tournaments depends on how many tournaments a team chooses to enter.  Games are held on Friday, Saturdays, and Sundays.  Sunday play is often determined by how well the team plays on the previous two days.  There may be times where the players will have to participate in three games in one day.   

Q:  Do we have to pay to enter travel games?

A:  Yes.  There is a fee to enter games.  Generally a weekend pass can be purchased for approximately $15.  You can also choose to pay daily, but this will generally cost you more if you choose to attend more than one day.  There is generally no fee for children under a certain age.  The age is set by the tournament.