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Hingham John Barker Basketball

Hingham Basketball 2020-2021

John Barker Basketball is hopeful that we will be able to play competitive basketball this winter.  As everyone knows, the current situation has presented many challenges to launching a 2020-2021 season.  As of right now the state is still not allowing organized competitive youth basketball games.  Additionally, in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID, local schools are not allowing 3rd party organization to rent their gyms.  However, we would like to begin preparing for a season if the state allows one and we can find sufficient gym time to host a meaningful amount of games.  


All scenarios below depend on the State of Massachusetts allowing a competitive basketball season.  Currently games are NOT ALLOWED.  We anticipate the state ruling on allowing or not allowing a season by November 1st.  


Travel Basketball: For travel basketball we are opening tryout registration.  We are not scheduling tryouts until the state gives the green light for competitive basketball.  We do not anticipate this decision before November 1st.  In the event a season is allowed, we would like to have all interested players registered for travel tryouts so we can move forward ASAP.  If you are interested in having your son play travel basketball this season please follow the link below to register him.  We anticipate only fielding 3 teams per grade for 6th, 7th and 8th grade, 2 teams per grade for 4th and 5th grade and one team for 3rd grade.  We will hold all games and practices at Starland, Thayer Sportsplex or the Wolves Den.  Practices may start as early as 3:00 with games being held on both weeknights and weekends.     

Barker In-Town Basketball:  In the event competitive basketball is allowed by the state we will do everything in our power to have in-town basketball.  Challenges include limited gym space since we do not have access to any school gyms in town.  Please stay tuned as we continue to work through the unique challenges this year presents.  


High School Division: The High School Barker season also depends on the state allowing competitive basketball.   If a season is permitted then we anticipate hosting games for this division at the South Shore Sports Complex in Hingham.  However, this depends on the ruling by the state which is not expected before November 1st.  



John Barker Board of Directors  

Volunteer Registration

Barker is an all volunteer organization and we cannot do it with you!  If you have signed up to coach please take a moment to fill out the volunteer registration and CORI check below.  This will only take about 10 minutes and is required by Massachusetts State Law.


2020-2021 Barker Basketball Key Dates

Key Dates

TBD                          Travel registration Registrations Open (Town TBD)

TBD                          Travel Tryouts 

TBD                          CORI forms for Travel Coaches due 

TBD                         Travel Team selections made and players notified

TBD                          Travel Practice may start

TBD                          In-town player drafts may begin

TBD                          CORI forms for In-town coaches due

TBD                         In-town practice may start

TBD                         Travel regular season starts

TBD                          In-town regular season starts

TBD                           End of Barker Season

TBD                          End of Travel season, subject to playoff status

Barker In-Town Basketball Guide

Dear Parents and Players,

See below for some answers to questions you may have.


  • Hingham youth basketball program for boys in grades 1-8. 
  • Program emphasis is on skill development, sportsmanship and fun.


  • All players will be placed on a team.  There are no cuts.  There is however a total enrollment limit for each grade required because of constraints on gym time, number of teams, etc.  So be sure to register early.
  • Teams are formed by grade through a player draft.  The draft is conducted by all the coaches in the league together, under the oversight of the grade coordinator. 
  • No requests to place a particular player on a particular team will be honored independent of the draft process. 



  • Games are played every Saturday between December 8 and March 23, with the exceptions of Dec 29, Jan 5, and Feb 12.
  • Each grade will have the same blocks of time in the same gyms around town every Saturday.  Within that block, your game time will vary.  Gyms used are HHS, HMS, East School, South School and Derby Academy


  • Grades 4-8 will may have a one hour of practice per week when gyms/players and coaches are available.  That practice will be in the same place and at the same time each week. Generally, the 7th and 8th grade teams elect not to practice and just play the games. We will find some practice time for all though if they want it!
  • Grades 1/2/3 have a combined practice and game on Saturdays


  • Playing time in Barker is allocated equally to all players.  Each coach is given a chart directing substitution patterns by quarter based on the number of players on his bench.  This is policed rigorously.


  • Participation in Barker for the season is $125 for the first player registered per family, $100 for the second player and $50 per player after that.
  • Scholarships are available.  Please contact the Barker In-Town coordinator, or your grade coordinator for more information.


Concussion Awareness

Concussion awareness is a top priority for all coaches and directors of the John Barker Basketball Program.  For additional information on concussions, how to recognize the symptoms and what to do in the event of one, please see the documents and link below.

Matt Packard

Barker In-Town Basketball Director

Seth Rogers

Travel Basketball Director & Summer League Coordinator

John Mannion

Barker High School Director

Michelle Grady

Schedule Coordinator



Dennis Kelly


Mark Tyburski

Vice Chairman

John Battaglia


Leo Peloquin


Bob Kniffen

HHS Varsity Coach