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Choosing a Grade and Skill Level for Your Youth Basketball Team

The American Youth Basketball TOUR (A.Y.B.T.) is a grade-based program. As a result, this does allow for students who have been held back or started late to have an opportunity to participate with their present grade. Any student athlete older than the posted dates and in that particular grade, AYBT feels would benefit most by playing with players their own age. Listed below are the age/grade relationships. There are no exceptions to this policy. Grades are based on the current 2016/2017 School year, not the grade that they are going into in the Fall of 2017.

Age/Grade clarification for the 2016-17 school year
4th grade/10u September 1st 2007
5th grade/11u September 1st 2006
6th grade/12u September 1st 2005
7th grade/13u September 1st 2004
8th grade/14u September 1st 2003
9th grade/15u September 1st 2002
10th grade/16u September 1st 2001
11th grade/17u September 1st 2000
12th grade/18u September 1st 1999

As an example: a player currently in the fifth grade but born prior to Sept 1, 2006 is too old to play in the 5th grade category. He/she must play on a 6th grade team or the team will have to move to the sixth grade division.

Grade Divisions for Boys and Girls Basketball Players

*Directors’ hold the rights to combine grade divisions at their tournaments.

Boys Basketball

  • 3rd-4th
  • 5th
  • 6th
  • 7th
  • 8th
  • 9th
  • 10th-11th

Girls Basketball

  • 4th-5th
  • 6th
  • 7th
  • 8th
  • 9th
  • 10th-11th

Team Ratings for Boys and Girls Basketball

As a coach, you and your director will rate your team as

  • Average (A)                 =     Division III
  • Good (G)                      =     Division II
  • Highly Skilled (HS)   =     Division I

A few things to keep in mind about team ratings

  • If you’re an all-star team, hold tryouts to select top players, or recruit players because of their skill level, it’s important that you play as a highly skilled team.
  • Since there are no trophies or awards at District Series Events, many teams will choose to play up or down a division, depending on skill level.
  • Whenever possible, teams are scheduled to play teams of similar skill level.

For a more detailed description of American Youth Basketball Tour policies, see our rules & regulations page.