Welcome to Dulles Youth Sports Travel Basketball

Our Travel Programs

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Select (4th Grade)

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FCYBL (5th Grade)

Our 5th grade travel teams enter the Fairfax County Youth Basketball Travel League.

Middle School (6-8)

DYS Middle School Travel League teams represent Lunsford, Mercer, and Willard Middle Schools.

We understand that kids have a lot of choices these days with sports and extracurricular activities.  In fairness to all the participants, and those who want to participate in the travel program, players must be fully committed to this program.  During the winter season, the expectation for Middle School and Select/Travel players is that they make the winter basketball team their #1 commitment.

Practices are twice per week, plus additional optional training sessions.  For Select and Loudoun Middle school - games are typically Sundays throughout Loudoun County, with some games in our home gyms.  For teams entered into FCYBL (Fairfax travel League) - games are typically Saturdays throughout Fairfax and Loudoun Counties. There are occasional weeknight games scheduled for the older age groups and/or in the event of snow cancellations.  Plan to budget 10-15 hours per week for the commitments.

Travel/Select players are not guaranteed playing time.  Playing time is earned by working hard at the practice, attendance at the team training sessions, as well as attendance at all of the tournament and regular season games.  It starts with the tryouts.  Players that are invited to the travel tryouts must attend at least one session to be considered for the travel program.  Players are strongly encouraged to attend all sessions.  The more the evaluators see the players, the better chances they have to make the team.

Players must be ready to work.  Hard work earns playing time.  Hard work prepares players for high school and beyond.  Hard work will be a part of all the travel practices and training sessions.  Hard work includes working outside of the scheduled practices on the craft.  Hard work is practicing hard knowing that sometimes the playing time will be limited.

Travel/Select is not for everyone.  Parents need to consider carefully if travel is the right program for your child, and to be honest, for the parents as well.  In addition to the role of keeping their commitment to the basketball program, parents also play a key role to keep the player's education as the primary focus.  When the players are in high school, they must maintain a minimum GPA to participate in the program.  SoLo cannot ask for that information due to privacy concerns.  The parents must step up and make sure all of our Travel/Select athletes are maintaining good educational fitness!  Not to mention serving as the role of taxi, nutritionist, equipment manager and more!  Remember, Travel/Select is a commitment for the parents as much as it is for the player.

The bottom line is to carefully consider if Travel/Select is right for the player AND the family before making the commitment.

Travel Team Formation & Process

DYS Basketball forms travel teams in grades 4 – 8. The total number of teams, as well as team composition, will be determined by the DYS Travel Board – all decisions are final.
Those wishing to participate in the travel program must register for our recreational (house) program and participate in preseason evaluations.  Players who receive a qualifying score, in preseason evaluations, will be invited to try out for one (1) of the programs below.


Select (4th grade travel):
Run by DYS where we recruit teams from other local programs to play.

FCYBL (5th grade travel):
We send teams to compete in the Fairfax County Youth Basketball (FCYBL) Travel League. 5th grade teams are typically formed and compete in FCYBL as follows:

  • Girls:
    • FCYBL Division 1: DYS Team 1
    • FCYBL Division 2: DYS Team 2
  • Boys:
    • FCYBL Division 1: DYS Team 1
    • FCYBL Division 2: DYS Team 2
    • FCYBL Division 3: DYS Team 3

Middle School (6th – 8th grade travel):
Teams are formed by Middle School* and compete against other Middle Schools in Loudoun County. Each middle school could have up to five (5) teams to represent their middle school as follows:

  • Girls:
    • Varsity (Typically 7th and 8th Graders)
    • JV (Typically 6th and 7th Graders)
  • Boys:
    • Varsity
    • JV
    • 6th Grade


* Players must meet eligibility requirements (school zone) for the Loudoun Middle School Travel Program to be selected to a team.

As noted above, travel tryouts are by invitation only, and are administered by an independent contractor - Evolution Basketball. DYS Basketball strives to ensure a fair and open process for players to qualify for the travel program. This is an annual, open process – meaning a spot on a team last year does not guarantee a spot on a team the following year. At least one (1) member of the DYS Travel Board attends each session, and local High School Coaches are invited to observe and consult.

Players must meet the minimum attendance requirement to be eligible for consideration for a spot on a travel team. If there are two (2) tryouts offered for a team, you must attend at least one (1) to be eligible for consideration. If there are three (3) tryouts offered for a team, you must attend at least two (2) tryouts to be eligible for consideration. It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you attend every tryout offered.

Exceptions to the minimum attendance requirement are reviewed by the DYS Travel Board for circumstances such as injury, family emergencies, or other special circumstances. Requests for exceptions must be submitted to the DYS Director of Travel.