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NOTE:  If you plan to have your child tryout for travel basketball please read this page thoroughly and in its entirety.  This information applies to all of our travel teams but my be supplemented by the applicable travel head coach.


This year's Travel teams 

This year's intent for travel teams will be as follows but is subject to change:

4th Grade Boys and Girls

5th Grade Boys and Girls

6th Grade Boys and Girls

7th Grade Boys and Girls

8th Grade Boys and Girls


What is an ELYB Travel Team?

ELYB travel teams are single grade based teams for boys and girls (grades 5-8) living or attending school in the East Lyme or Salem School District.  Travel team’s consist of a maximum of 10 players and are selected via the travel tryout.  Players selected for the travel teams (5th – 8th grade) will play against other town’s travel teams participating in the Connecticut Basketball Conference travel league (ctbbc.org) and do not participate in ELYB’s town recreation program.


How do I sign up?

All players wanting to tryout for an ELYB travel are required to register in the general 3rd-8th Grade Registration (reg.elyb.org).  During this registration and if your child is in grades 5th-8th grade there is an option to indicate travel tryout participation.  If you selected that you did not want to participate and have changed your mind please contact the applicable travel coach (listed below) as soon as possible and you will be added to the list.


‚ÄčCommitment and Playing Time:

Families deciding to have their child attend the travel tryouts are committing their child to a higher level of basketball skill development, want to be a part of a more competitive, more demanding basketball experience, and are willing to make travel basketball the primary extracurricular commitment during the winter season.

Playing time is not required to be distributed evenly.  Recreational basketball mandates minimum playing time rules but there are no restrictions in Travel.

ELYB realizes that travel players participate in many activities that, on occasion, may require them to miss a game or a practice.  In such cases, please inform the coach as soon as you are aware of the conflict.  Consistent tardiness or absenteeism of practices and/or games will result in disciplinary action, including, reductions in playing time up to the removal of the player from the team.


Season Overview:


Practices will begin after tryouts (You will be contacted by your coach).  Practices will be held at Sports on 66 in East Hampton on Tuesdays or Thursdays and will be posted on the website once available.  This practice schedule is subject to change if East Lyme/Salem School gyms become available.

Anticipated Travel Practice Schedule (Subject to change)



ELYB Travel teams compete in the Connecticut Basketball Conference (ctbbc.org).     

The travel basketball season lasts into March, culminating with every ELYB travel team participating in the Neil Hoelck Tournament in Waterford.  Teams may also participate in other tournaments in CT and neighboring states during the season.


Cost and Fees:

If your child is selected for the team, you will be required to complete the online travel registration.  During that registration, in addition to the $95 general registration fee, you will be charged a $180 travel registration fee.  Also, during travel registration, all players will be required to have a uniform consisting of a jersey ($30), shorts ($15) shooting shirt ($15), and a practice pinnie ($10).  For returning players that played on last year's 5th-grade travel teams, uniforms are the same as last year and therefore you only need to purchase the pieces you require.  All other travel team players are required to purchase new jerseys and shorts.  (The old jerseys and shorts are no longer being made and all back stock is unavailable.)



Players should arrive at least 10 minutes prior to their tryout.  Players should dress in proper basketball attire (T-shirt, shorts, sneakers) and make sure they wear a shirt with a number on it.  If you do not have a shirt with a number on it, we will tape one on the back of the shirts for them.  Also, bring a water bottle (only water is permitted in the gym) and your own properly sized basketball. See the chart below for additional information.



Team Grade


Basketball Size

Travel Tryout Coordinator Name and Email

Girls 4th Grade travel Tryout

Tuesday October 24th

6:15-7:15 at Lillie B Haynes (small gym)

28.5 Dyson Cryer
Boys 4th Grade travel tryout

Monday October 23rd

6:15-7:15 at Flanders

285 Jon Roads

Girls 5th Grade travel tryout

Tuesday October 24th

6:15-7:15 at East Lyme MS

28.5 inch

Matt Ho

Girls 6th Grade travel tryout

Tuesday October 24th

6:15-7:15 at East Lyme MS

28.5 inch

Nikki Buzzelli

Girls 7th Grade travel tryout

Tuesday October 24th 

7:15-8:15 at East Lyme MS

28.5 inch


Girls 8th Grade travel tryout

Tuesday October 24th

6:15-7:15 at Lillie B. Haynes

28.5 inch

Scott I.

Boys 5th Grade travel tryout


Monday October 23rd 

6:15-7:15 at East Lyme MS

28.5 inch Jen Labrie

Boys 6th Grade travel tryout

Monday October 23rd

7:15-8:15 at East Lyme MS

29.5 inch

Chris Gianakos

Boys 7th Grade travel tryout

Thursday October 26th

7:15-8:15 at Lillie B Haynes

29.5 inch

Alan Maziarz

Boys 8th Grade travel tryout

Thursday October 26th

6:15-7:15 at Lillie B Haynes

29.5 inch

Jack Biggs


Player Selection Process:

While athleticism, size, speed, and basketball skill are important factors during the evaluation process, so are the focus, disciplined behavior, positive sportsmanship, and dedication to team play.  Players will be selected based on these criteria as well as overall team needs.  Players will be evaluated by the applicable Travel Head Coach with input from members of the ELYB Board, and/or other ELYB Travel Head Coaches and non-immediate relative coaches.  The final decision, however, is made by the head coach.  


 Notification of Results:

Travel Tryout Results/rosters will be posted for all teams on their applicable travel teams' web page (See Below) on November 20th at 6:00 PM or slightly thereafter.  This will be the only communication from the travel coach to players not on the travel roster with regards to travel results.  ELYB forbids travel coaches from discussing tryout results with players/parents that do NOT make the team unless a request is made by the player/parent to the board. 

Players not making the travel team will attend the appropriate Recreation League Division evaluation which will be posted on the website when available.


Travel Rosters will appear here when posted

4th Grade Girls                                4th Grade Boys

Coach: Dyson Cryer                          Coach: Jon Roads

Elisabeth Capone                              Cameron Coriaty

Leah Cryer                                       Gavin Francis               

Liana Melazzo-Shoaf                         Kole Johns

Madison Gore                                   Nathan Yakubu

Charlotte Keefe                                Austin Hale

Mahi Manthena                                 Everett Roads

Cerilene Argeris                                Jain Nikhil

Nova Harrington                               Jordan Liese

Samantha Bradley                             Luke Lecy

Gabriella Legg                                  Chase Anton


5th Grade Girls                                 5th Grade Boys

Coach: Matt Hopkins                         Coach: Jen Labrie

Paige Akeman                                   Bode Labrie

Stella He                                           Kashton Kaczor

Sonia Menon                                     Drew Joyce

Marykate Dunne                                Tanner Mainetti

Sydney Erban                                    Evan Stutt

Brooklyn Kuzak                                  Brady Donovan

Isabella Messier                                 Nico Russo

Maky Rojo Graham                             Colton Buhler

Ella Hopkins                                       Ben Lubeski

                                                        Finnegan Eident


6th Grade Girls                                 6th Grade Boys

Coach: Nikki Buzzelli                           Coach: Chris Gianakos

Karmella Buzzelli                                Blake Gianakos

Chloe DiVita                                       Alessandro Baggio

Emma Dmowski                                  Alexander Mitchell

Lily Ganacoplos                                   Tyler Sampieri

Riya Heera                                          Anthony Guevara

Taylor Maynard                                    Layne LeCara

Nora Parulis                                        Tyler Pape

Gianna Scalora                                    Maxin Fischer

Juliette Schneck

McKenna Wagner

Olivia Wlodarczyk


7th Grade Girls                                  7th Grade Boys

Coach: Jason Cordes                            Coach: Alan Maziarz

Mia Cordes                                          Evan Doyon

Clara Dueker                                       Colton Glover

Emma Knowlton                                  Roba Pereles

Brooke Brennan                                   Hayden Pine

Embry Kenney                                     Max Maziarz

Macy Spakowski                                  John Roberts

Peyton Swanson                                  Brayden Santos

                                                         Dylan White


8th Grade Girls                                   8th Grade Boys

Coach: Scott Eident                             Coach: Jack Biggs

Check Back soon                                  Greyson Biggs

                                                          Kyle Cellemme

                                                          Mihir Heera

                                                          Carter Hofer

                                                          Jake Sevigney

                                                          Henry Garabedian

                                                          Callan McNamara

                                                          Junyu Wang