Bergen Travel Basketball League (BTBL)
Sportsmanship Award of the Week
I wanted to share the below email. His email really made an impact on me as I truly appreciated the time he took to reach out. Just wanted to let you know...Jennifer Lenkowsky, USR Coach From: craig henning Date: January 25, 2018 at 2:41:23 PM EST To: "email@example.com" Subject: Ramsey Team Blue Sunday Game - Introduction Hi Jenn, how are you? I just wanted to introduce myself(Ramsey Team Blue) as we are playing your team on Sunday. We look forward to a fun game. Dater School is located at 35 School Street in Ramsey. It is off our main street tucked behind the municipal building and police station. There is a big parking lot and a side parking lot. The entrance to the gym is right off the big parking lot through the double doors. My cell phone is 201-281-3723 if you need anything. A few coaches and referees have been talking recently confused about the defenses being played. The ref at our last game thought our league played only man to man. Ramsey does only play man to man and that is what we have played against mostly so far(with the exception of 2 games). I received an email from our town liaison that Jay Shevins sent to all liaisons today suggesting our league try to teach and incorporate man to man in the games at this age. Do you play man to man as well? I have 10 players for Sunday and we will be wearing a white. Since the game is finishing up at 1:15, if your team parents are looking to grab a bite to eat our Main Street is right there by the school. I would recommend Brady's Bar and Grill right by the train station or Ronnie G's brick oven pizza. Both are very kid friendly. Here are links to their websites: Thanks Jenn and I look forward to meeting you on Sunday and look forward to a fun game! If you have any questions please let me know. Craig 201-281-3723
Hello Jay, This is the Paramus 4th grade coach. I would like to nominate Dylan Banks, a player on the 4th grade Woodridge team from the Air Force Division. After a hard fought game between two undefeated teams, Dylan's team lost. Dylan and the entire Woodridge team played incredibly hard in a physical game. During the hand shake line, Dylan was incredibly gracious as he wished us a good game and praised our team's play. I've been in many hand shake lines before but this was the first time a player stood out to me in a hand shake line. I left the line just feeling really good that a 4th grade kid from an opposing team who just lost could be so genuine and gracious to the team that just beat his team. To top it all off, Dylan shows up 5 minutes later to share cookies with some of my players. Regards, David Cheng
Bergen Travel Basketball League (BTBL)
Welcome to the website of the Bergen Travel Basketball League (BTBL). BTBL provides an organized league format for Northern Jersey boys and girls TOWN travel teams to represent their towns by playing in a competitive environment against neighboring towns. 2017 was BTBL’s 15th year. 2017 was highly successful based on feedback from coaches, players, parents as well as additional towns who have joined in 2017. In 2017, 387 Travel Teams competed in BTBL. Boys Grades 4th – 8th had 5, 6 or 7 competitive flights and the Girls 4th – 8th had multiple flights as well. Over 2800 games were played. BTBL thanks each town, its coordinators and its coaches for their commitment to competitive youth basketball and most importantly for their support of BTBL. Special thanks to all parents for making it possible for their child to play in BTBL.
Boys and girls will compete in competitive flights from second grade through eight. Each boys division (4th – 8th) has a minimum of 5 flights. For the first time BTBL has a 8th flight in a grade. Each girls division (4th – 8th) has multiple flights with one grades having 4 flights. All divisions (2th – 8th) play a 14 game schedule beginning January 2nd and ending on the second Sunday in March. Playoffs leading to flight Championships take place in 4th – 8th grades. 3000+ games will be played over 100 gyms in the BTBL in 2018. Each flight represents a different competitive level of competition.
We keep it simple
The use of Referee Assignors (3) assures a fair and simple environment for teams to compete. Two Referees per game and Assignor fees are included in BTBL’s Registration fee.
BTBL recognizes the importance of Sportsmanship by selecting a female and male recipient to be recognized as the BTBL Sportsmanship of the Week Award honor. Winners have their story and picture posted on the Welcome Page of the BTBL Web site for a week.
In 2018, BTBL’s 16th year BTBL has grown to over 437 teams. Boys 2nd Grade travel basketball will continue for a 7th consecutive season and will have a record amount of teams. Our Boys 8th grade will have 8 flights and a record number of 65 teams.
BTBL pre-season exhibition season successfully began in BTBL in the fall of 2011. An inexpensive package of 6 exhibition games is offered from 11/16 – 12/22 as a tune up for the coming season. In 2017 43 teams participated in the preseason games.