offered to all first and second grade boys and girls
who live in and/or attend school in Edina.
The focus of the Edina 1st & 2nd Grade Basketball League is to teach basketball skills including passing, defense, dribbling, shooting, basic techniques and coordination, and build upon the basics learned in the Kindergarten League. The 1st & 2nd Grade League encourages a positive learning environment, helps build confidence and self-esteem and provides positive feedback while striving for success.
Registration opens in early August and closes mid October. After that date, late registrations may be accepted, however a $25 late fee will be charged. Any registrations after October 15 will be placed on a waitlist. Any kids on a wait list are not guaranteed team placement.
Teams will be divided as follows: 1st/2nd Grade girls will play together (team make-up will be half 1st graders, half 2nd graders); 1st Grade Boys teams, 2nd Grade Boys teams. Whenever possible, teams will be selected from the same general neighborhood area and/or schools. Kids are not allowed to "play up". During registration each player is allowed one play-with request. A play-with request must be mutual between two players. If the request is not mutual, there is no guarantee of placement on the same team. Your child may be placed on a team where he doesn't know all of the kids. Please embrace that and let your child meet and play on a team with kids from other schools.
When and Where Do The Kids Practice/Play?
The season will begin in early November and run through late February. Eight - ten (8-10) games will be held on Saturdays throughout the season for the 1st & 2nd Grade players. These Saturday games are played on a rotating times at one of the elementary schools in Edina between 8:00am and 2:00pm.
In addition to the Saturday games, practices will be scheduled throughout the season on Wednesday evenings and on some Monday evenings These will also take place in the elementary schools. Practices will rotate between 6-7pm, 7-8pm and 8-9pm. We understand that 8-9pm can be late for some 1st & 2nd graders. However, if we cut off our gym times at 8pm we would have to cut the number of kids playing in our program by 1/3. We want to keep kids playing. So, if you are scheduled for an 8-9pm practice, please feel free to end practice early.
The 1st & 2nd Grade boys will participate in 3 clinics, led by Joe Burger and his staff. 1st & 2nd Grade girls participate in the Hot Shots program, led by Jonathon Buckley. Both clinics take place on Saturdays. Clinics, practices, and games will be added to all of the team's pages. Click on the TEAMS tab near the top of the home page. Then use the drop-downs to go to your team page. There you can view your schedule. You will also receive email/text notifications when events are coming up. Usually these notifications come to you the day of your event (sometimes the day before).
The 1st & 2nd Grade League is a parent-coached program, so volunteer coaches are needed. All coaches will need to register on our website, go through a background check and complete an online video about concussion management. A coaches training session will be held for all coaches. Each coach will receive a coaching manual (see below) that will include practice plans and information to help with teaching the correct fundamentals of the game.
Parent Meeting/Coach Clinic-Training Session
The EBA will hold a parent meeting in November in conjunction with a coaching clinic/training session for the 1st & 2nd Grade League. Date, location and time of that event will be posted soon.