MetroWest (MW) is a program designed for those boys and girls in grades 5-8 who live in Wellesley (or are METCO students) and meet the age requirements (see below), and who are serious about playing competitive travel basketball. Typically, a MW player will have 2 mandatory practices a week (8th grade players only practice once per week on Saturday evenings) and one game each Sunday, with away games played in communities potentially as close as Natick or as far away as Attleboro, Bridgewater, etc. Regular season MW games will be played on Sundays beginning in early December, including mandatory games over February vacation, followed by playoffs in early March. Some coaches may opt to have their teams participate in pre-season tournaments, typically held Thanksgiving weekend. For additional information about the MW league, refer to the MetroWest website at metrowestbball.com
The goals of the MetroWest Basketball League are to:
Create an environment in which children and adults have fun with basketball
Teach basketball skills, rules and strategy to our players
Model and teach competitiveness with an emphasis on good sportsmanship
Promote increased self-esteem among our children and adults
With safety being of utmost concern to MetroWest, coordinators, coaches and referees should strive to avoid injury whenever possible
Boys and girls who are residents of Wellesley and currently enrolled in the5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades are eligible to try out for MetroWest.Additionally, students participating in the METCO program will be allowed to participate on a team from the town in which they attend school.
NOTE: Beginning with the 2009-2010 season, Metrowest implemented an age eligibility requirement to go along with its already existing grade requirement.
In order to participate on a town travel team a player must first meet the grade requirement; that is, the player must be in the grade associated with that team.
For the 2021-2022 season, the following age limits apply, by grade.
8th Grade – Must be born on or after September 1, 2006
7th Grade – Must be born on or after September 1, 2007
6th Grade – Must be born on or after September 1, 2008
5th Grade – Must be born on or after September 1, 2009
WYBA is a non-profit organization, and all of our programs are priced to break even. As you can imagine, the costs to run the MetroWest program have increased over the past two years--including gym space, professional coaching, and league fees. WYBA does not want cost to be a barrier to anyone participating in this program, and has a scholarship fund that many families have taken advantage of in past years.
Please be aware that financial assistance may be available - to learn more and/or apply, contact Nancy Williamson at
. All inquiries will be held in strict confidence.