About Us

The Carol Stream Youth Travel Basketball Association (CSYTBA) began in 2011 as a volunteer advisory committee working with the Carol Stream Park District to provide a travel basketball program for the youth of Carol Stream. In March of 2012 the CSYTBA was granted affiliate status by the Carol Stream Park District and began operating as an independent organization. During our first season (2012/2013) as an affiliate we offered four teams:

·      4th Grade Boys

·      5th Grade Boys

·      6th Grade Boys

·      5th and 6th grade Girls

With the opening of the Fountain View Recreation Center our plans are to expand our offering to include boys and girls teams 4th through 8th grades.

The CSYTBA mission is simply “To create a fun, challenging and competitive environment in order to teach the youth of Carol Stream the sport of basketball.”

We hold our Players. Coaches and parent members to the following core values:

Teamwork / Help Others

In a sport like basketball, teamwork is vital. It's critical for us to work together and help each other. But this is more than just basketball. This applies to all aspects of your life (help someone else and you help yourself). We will look to help others in life, with nothing expected in return. Developing strong relationships, respecting others, and showing sincere care to everyone around you will take you a long way in life. This is something we will embrace as an organization. We will constantly focus on the importance of teamwork and helping others...

"You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you." - John Wooden.

Positive/Proactive Attitude

We will strive to have a positive attitude in practice, games, and all aspects of our lives. Your attitude is what defines you. Your attitude affects you and the people around you. Your attitude affects your performance in games and practices. We will spend time thinking about the positive things, versus dwelling on the negative ones (mistakes). We will also have a "proactive" attitude. This means that life is what YOU make of it. Just remember that every moment, every situation, provides a new choice. And in doing so, it gives you a perfect opportunity to do things differently to produce more positive results. Having a proactive attitude is about taking responsibility for your life.  We will strive to have a positive and proactive attitude in everything we do.

Be Honest with others and True to yourself

For us to succeed we must have honesty and we must trust each other. This is one of the most important things you can do. Honesty applies to your life in countless ways and it can have different meanings. You must search for those meanings. For starters, an honest person is someone that can be trusted and relied upon. An honest person completes their agreements and promises. An honest person is also someone that lives with integrity and character. Be reliable and someone that others can count on. Be responsible. Live with integrity and character. Be a good sport. Be true to yourself.

Work Hard and Always Give Your Best Effort

In basketball and life there are certain things you can NOT control. But there is one thing you can control 100% of the time --- your effort. You have 100% control of your effort. ALWAYS give your best effort. There is no excuse you can give because you have control over it. We will never accept anything less than 100% effort. There is no substitute for hard work. The hard work will eventually pay off.


We will strive to show incredible perseverance and resiliency. It's critical to always persevere -- never give up and don't be afraid to make mistakes. Anything is possible through hard work and perseverance.

"Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did." - Newt Gingrich

"The true measure of a man is not how he behaves in moments of comfort and convenience but how he stands at times of controversy and challenges." - MLK

"The only real failure in life is one not learned from." - Anthony J. D'Angelo

"In order to succeed, you must first be willing to fail."- Anonymous

"It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer." - Albert Einstein

Enjoy the Moment (Have fun)

We are going to work hard, but enjoy this process. Enjoy the improvement. Have fun with it. Regardless of whether you always play, start, or do well. Yes, it will be hard work at times. Enjoy the process and learned from it. Focus on the things you are good at. Enjoy the process and focus your energy on the positive things. 

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