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Boys Travel

Jeff Couchman, VP of Boys Travel


Updated – 07/2018


The Travel program is designed to give boys with more advanced basketball skills the opportunity to play against other communities in a more competitive environment.  Tryouts are open to boys that live in Edina and/or attend school in Edina. Travel teams compete in 11 tournaments (4th graders compete in 10) that have been selected in advance by the EBA. Tournaments are held on weekends and games may be played on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Tournaments begin in early November and conclude in early March.


Participating in travel basketball requires a significant time commitment from the player and their family and should be the player’s primary athletic extra-curricular activity during the travel season.


EBA will be hosting a parent meeting to discuss the boys and girls traveling program in further detail and answer any questions from parents.


Date: Tuesday, September 18th

Time: 7:00 – 8:15pm

Location: Edina High School Activity Center Atrium


Registration opens August 1st and runs through Thursday, September 27th. The registration system will close at 11:59pm on the 27th. Glitches can happen when the system is overloaded. Do not wait until the last minute to register.  Late registrations will not be taken.

Parent coaches are used in 4th grade. Coaches in 4th grade will not be determined until the completion of tryouts and formation of 4th grade teams.  Paid coaches are used in 5th-8th grade. In rare cases, parent coaches may be used.


All coaches go through mandatory background check, concussion training, and coaching clinics throughout the season.

There are typically two practices per week.  Practices can take place on any weekday evening.  Practices are 1.5 hours long (usually 6-7:30pm or 7:30-9pm though some practices until 9:45pm may be needed due to 2018-19 revised school start/end times).  Practices can take place at either of the Middle schools, High school (both the main gym and activity center) or Community Center.  Teams may also have some practices at Good Samaritan Church and will have team training sessions at 43 Hoops (Hopkins).  Practices for travel teams begin the week of October 22nd



Provided the player is working hard and listening during practice and not repeatedly absent from practices or games, the EBA guideline is equitable playing time.  Each player should receive a minimum of 40% of the total team playing time over the course of a tournament.  Although this allows for coach's discretion, our coaches are reminded that traveling basketball's purpose is to provide skill development, game experience, and a positive experience to each member of a team during each game.


If you are going to miss practice (due to illness, injury, or religious, school, family event), please communicate with your coach ahead of time.  Missing practice and/or games adversely impacts the rest of the team’s practice and game preparation.  Repeated misses of practice or unexpected absences from practices may result in reduced playing time in subsequent games.



4th graders are given a new 28.5 inch basketball, 7th graders are given a new 29.5 inch basketball, and all players new to the EBA's travel program will be given an appropriate sized basketball.  All teams will have new uniforms this season so all players will be required to purchase the EBA uniform packet.  Uniform packets will consist of shooter shirt, jersey, and shorts.  The total cost is $99.  This season, we will be working with Nicklasson Athletic Company and they will be on hand during the first tryout weekend for players to try on, select, and pay for uniforms.  We will also have other EBA apparel on site to try on and purchase.  Stay tuned for more information coming prior to tryouts.

Each team will have a team sponsor whose logo will be printed on the shooting shirt. If you are interested in being a team sponsor, please contact Giovanna Ingram at giovanna1963@yahoo.com.


$680 total ($205 registration fee, $25 tryout fee, $450 travel fee) for 5th-8th graders

$525 total ($185 registration fees, $25 tryout fee, $315 travel fee) for 4th graders


Parents and players should be aware that there are additional costs for participating in the travel program that are their responsibility. Additional costs include uniforms, admission fees for the tournaments (usually $6-8/adult, $3-5/child per day), expenses of traveling to and from tournaments, and overnight lodging and food costs at the St. Cloud tournament in late February for 5th-8th grade teams).


The EBA's policy states that once teams are formed no refunds will be given except with a doctor's written excuse or a move out of the district.


If your child tries out and is not placed on a travel team, we (the EBA) will automatically enroll him in our house program. There is no need to re-register. Also, the paid travel fee and uniform fee will be refunded back to you. 


The EBA will coordinate a photo day during the season.


To ensure a fair, unbiased, and independent review of each player, EBA uses four independent evaluators during the first weekend of travel tryouts.  Our evaluators have almost 90 combined years of experience evaluating, coaching, and instructing players at all levels from grade school through high school.  All four have coached or currently coach AAU youth teams along with extensive experience coaching grades 4 through 8. Two of our evaluators have been high school head coaches at the freshman, sophomore, and JV levels with one of them also having been a head varsity coach in the metro area.  Combined with our varsity boy’s coach and staff conducting drills around dribbling, passing, shooting, and game situations, our evaluators have an opportunity to complete as accurate an assessment of our players as possible over the course of the tryouts.

It is important that parents and players understand that evaluators are looking for the players that will make up the best basketball teams and not just the tallest or fastest players, or those that make the best shots.  A successful and winning basketball team includes players that can rebound, play defense, pass the ball, shoot the ball and are willing to play within a team framework with a positive attitude.

If your player is unable to participate in tryouts, the parent of the player must contact the EBA (see "Contact us" at the bottom of thei webpage) prior to the tryout session.  Under certain circumstances approved by the EBA President, the VP of Boys Travel and the VP of Girls Travel (for example - religious, family event, or injury/illness when accompanied by a doctor or school nurse note), an excused player may be eligible and placed on a traveling basketball team even though they were unable to participate in the evaluations.

For further information on tryouts and player evaluation, click HERE to read the EBA's Travel Player Evaluation Guidelines (Boys)



When attending Boys travel tryouts, please refrain from wearing prior year uniforms or shirts with last names.  Pinneys will be provided with numbers and the evaluators will refer to pinney numbers while conducting evaluations.  Tryouts will take place on Saturday, September 29th and Sunday, September 30th at South View gyms and Sunday, October 7th, also at South Views gyms.  After tryouts on September 30th, late in the evening, 4th grade final teams will be posted on EBA’s website.  We will also post the list of 5th – 8th grade boys moving on to the final team placement the following Sunday.  Only the boys on that list should attend Sunday's (Oct. 7th) tryout for final team placement. 


The tryout schedule is as follows (note days 1 and 2 flip-flop grades in an attempt to accommodate other youth fall sports):


Tryout #1 Saturday, September 29- SV Gyms

8th Grade 2:15pm-3:30pm

7th Grade 3:30pm-4:45pm

6th Grade 4:45pm-6:00pm

5th Grade 6:00pm-7:15pm

4th Grade 7:15pm-8:30pm


Tryout #2 Sunday, September 30 - SV Gyms

4th Grade 2:15pm-3:30pm (Final 4th grade tryout and team placement)

5th Grade 3:45pm-5:00pm

6th Grade 5:00pm-6:15pm

7th Grade 6:15pm-7:30pm

8th Grade 7:30pm-8:45pm


5th – 8th Grade Team Placement Tryout Sunday, October 7th – SV Gyms

5th Grade 1:00pm-2:30pm

6th Grade 3:00pm-4:30pm

7th Grade 5:00pm-6:30pm

8th Grade 7:00pm-8:30pm


Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to try out time to check in.




A.  Throughout Evaluations

While the evaluator and paid coaches’ decisions impacting player’s making a travel team and placement on a specific travel team are final, if you have a question about the evaluation or team placement, those questions can be directed to the EBA and/or appropriate boys or girls traveling director.  

B.  During the Season

Issues or conflicts, after team selection, including, but not limited to playing time, conflicts among players, coaches, and/or parents, and any other team or individual related matters shall be resolved through the following procedure:

1. Players and parents should first discuss the matter with the team’s head coach.

2. If the issue cannot be resolved to the satisfaction of all parties, the matter should be presented to the appropriate traveling director for boys or girls travel.

3. If the issue still cannot be satisfactorily resolved, the matter should be presented to the EBA Executive Committee for consideration and final resolution.