Formation of the Matrix
The Idea That Became the Matrix The idea for what ultimately became the Matrixprogram was the 2002 sixth grade Arlington Travel tryouts for FCYBL teams.More than 35 girls showed up for tryouts, but only one team was formed.Even though his daughter did make the team, Matrix founder Jim Butler looked around the gym and thought, “I’ll take the next 12 girls and form a second team” and then he set about a plan to do just that.
The initial idea was to give a larger group of Arlington girls the opportunity to play select-level basketball and the first step was to build a team to compete during the spring and summer to make a case the next fall to form an additional travel team.
The chance to create more opportunities for Arlington’s girls to play select-level basketball was the major motivation to the idea that became the Matrix.
The Original Arlington Matrix
logo from 2003. The Logo
is courtesy of Steve Severn,
Formation of the Matrix After spending the 2002-2003 Arlington Rec season coaching the Fiery Dragons and following up with many of those same players cut from travel tryouts in October 2002, 18 players were selected in the Spring of 2003 and the first Matrix team was formed.The team’s first practices were held on outdoor courts at local parks and schools.
In a team vote, the players voted to select the name, Arlington Matrix for the team and the black and green colors from the Matrix movie were adopted as team colors.
The Matrix played .500 ball during summer league, laying the groundwork for forming a second 7th grade travel team in the fall.