Welcome to Raptors Basketball
Raptors Athletics is the youth sports league servicing Castle Rock, Castle Pines, Sedalia, and Larkspur areas. Raptors Athletics operates under our area's existing Arapahoe Youth League (AYL) membership, the premier youth competitive sports league in the South metro Denver area.
AYL Basketball Teams:
Cherry Creek Bruins
Eagles (Denver Area)
Hawks (Parker Area)
Raptors (Castle Rock Area)
Spartans (Aurora Area)
Warriors (Highlands Ranch Area)
Uniforms: Uniforms include reversible Jersey/Short. Uniforms are ordered at the time of registration.
Size Chart: https://www.leagueathletics.com/Page.asp?n=154192&org=RAPTORATHLETICSBOYSBASKETBALL
Practices: Practices are typically held 2 times a week for 1.5 hrs. Locations are at local schools in Castle Rock, Castle Pines, Franktown or Sedalia.
Games: Games can be played on Friday evenings from 6pm - 9pm or Saturdays/Sundays from 8am - 9pm (regardless of grade/level). Home games are played in Castle Pines or Castle Rock. Away games are determined by AYL (visit www.AYLsports.org for a list of teams in our league)
Levels of Play:
Division 1: This level of competition is intended for kids who have been playing basketball consistently and understand fundamentals of ball handling and basic game rules. Teams that have played together in other leagues for at least 1 year should consider playing at this level. Returning AYL teams that have a greater than 50% winning record AND 65% or more of their players returning are encouraged to play at this level.
Division 2: This level of competition is intended for kids who desire a competitive basketball experience but may not have been playing on a consistent team in previous years or are just moving up from a recreational league.
All teams will be reviewed by the Basketball Board to determine if further division of age groups is necessary, based on teams registered. Divisions within age groups will be split into further groups: West, East, South and Midwest. The Board will work together to create groups based on standings history and coach information to provide for better competitive matchups. Based on the number of teams registered, separate playoff and championship games may be provided for groups as appropriate.
It is the AYL Basketball Board's goal to manage a program that is fun and promotes sportsmanship and a lifelong love of the game of basketball. Throughout the season we will post updates and other additional information so please check back periodically.