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3rd & 4th Grade In-house Leagues

Contact:Roger Bothwell

The Edina 3rd & 4th Grade Leagues are offered to all boys in 3rd & 4th grade,

and girls in 3rd grade
who live in and/or attend school in Edina. 
 

Please note: girls in 4th grade participate in the West Metro league.

 Click HERE for complete information about the 4th grade girls West Metro rec. league
2016-2017 Rules for the 3rd & 4th Grade League


Program Focus
The focus of the 3rd & 4th Grade League is to provide a fun and positive sports experience for boys in grades 3 & 4 and girls in grade 3. This League aims to develop the player's skills, experience and knowledge of basketball. Fundamentals and basics are the cornerstone of this league with an emphasis on Fun, Sportsmanship, Teamwork, Skills and Equal Playing Time.

Registration
Registration opens in September and runs through early October. After that date, late registrations may be accepted, however a $25 late fee will be charged. Any late registrations will go onto a waitlist. There is no guarantee of team placement if your child is on a waitlist.

Teams
Please note: based on our registration numbers teams for our in-house program will be formed as follows: 3rd Grade Boys, 4th Grade Boys and 3rd Grade Girls. 

Typically there are 8-10 players on a team. The EBA will honor one mutual play-with request per player for 3rd graders, but cannot guarantee a one-way, play-with request. 

When/Where Do the Kids Practice/Play
The 3rd & 4th Grade season begins in November and runs through the beginning of March. Final teams and schedules will be given to the coaches at our annual season kick-off event in mid-November called the "Jump Ball". Generally, players will be scheduled for 2 events each week. Events are categorized as practices and games.

Practices and games take place at Edina elementary schools (Highlands, Cornelia, Concord, Countryside and Creek Valley) on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Games are officiated by paid referees. Events are 60 minutes long and begin at 6:00pm. Practices and games can go as late as 9:00pm. Coaches, you are responsible to make sure that you are out of the gym by the end of your allotted time so the next groups can come into the gym.


Last year the following schedule was used:
Boys 4th grade played/practiced Mondays and Thursdays
Boys 3rd grade played/practiced Mondays and Tuesdays
Girls 3rd grade played/practiced Tuesdays & Thursdays
The schedule will be the same this year. In some cases when Monday Federal holidays fall, teams may have to be moved into another gym location on a different night of that week. Please follow your schedule carefully. A complete schedule of games, practices, clinics, etc. will be posted on each team's page. To access your team's page, click on the TEAMS tab at the top of the page and use the drop downs to access your team's page.

Basket Height
Baskets are set at 9.5 feet for 3rd graders and 10 feet for 4th graders.

Coaches
The 3rd & 4th Grade League coaches are parent volunteers. Please consider volunteering your talents and time as a head or assistant coach. Coaches are all required to register on our website, go through a background check and complete an online video regarding concussion management. Coaches will attend our season kick-off event in November where they will receive their team's uniforms, schedule and roster. Coaches will also receive a Coaches handbook and a couple of practice plans that will focus on teaching basketball skills to all players of all skill levels.


Varsity Game Events
The EBA will work with the high school coaches to try to schedule all 3rd & 4th Grade in-house teams with an opportunity to play a 5-7 minute game during the halftime of a boys or girls varsity game. The 4th grade boys will receive this opportunity, and depending upon availability, the 3rd grade teams may as well. The boys teams will play at the boys varsity games and the girls teams will play at the girls varsity games.

Rosters, Schedules and Rules

Rules
Click HERE to view the rules for the 3rd & 4th Grade League.
Rosters and Schedules are grouped by team on the website. Click on the TEAMS tab under the Edina Basketball Association banner. Use the drop downs to find your league and team.


Parent Responsibility
While your child is practicing/playing, you, the parent, are responsible for the actions of your other children. We ask that you keep them in the gym with you. They are not allowed to roam freely through the elementary schools. 

Uniforms/Basketballs
Each player will receive jersey. Each player is responsible for wearing gym/basketball shoes, bringing their own water bottle and their own basketball to practice and games. The 3rd & 4th Grade league uses a 28.5 inch basketball.

Photos

The EBA will coordinate a photo day one day during the season.

Fees
$175

Please note: once teams are formed the EBA will not issue a refund unless the player moves out of the district or we are given a doctor's note.