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.
The season will begin in late November and run through early March.
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.
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).
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.
New this year! Games are moving to a 3-on-3 format this season.
Rules are as follows:
Two half court games will run in each gym (roughly half of each team per side).
Games are two 20-minute running time periods.
Half time length is to be no more than 5 minutes and can be eliminated if games are behind schedule.
Time outs are not allowed.
Unlimited substitution after made baskets or when ball is not in play.
Scoring: 2 points per basket inside the arc. 3 points per basket outside the arc.
When called, play resets at the top of the arch. No free throws.
Stealing off the dribble is not allowed. Stealing of a pass is allowed.
No blocking shots.
All other basketball rules apply.
Change of position:
Following a made basket or dead ball, the other team can check the ball in anywhere behind the arc. - Both feet and the ball must go outside of the 3-pt line at a change of possession.
A ball that goes out of bounds under the basket is checked in behind the arc. The half-court line is out of bounds.
Defense gets all jump balls.
A defensive rebound must be taken past the arc (this includes airballs). There are no "free backs".
No stalling. There will be a ref’s discretion 30-second shot clock. Failure to shoot in a 30-second period will result in loss of possession.
"Paper, rock, scissors" (PRS) will determine which team gets the ball first.
A coach or volunteer will monitor clock/time.
No scores will be recorded.
1st Grade Boys = 8 feet
2nd Grade Boys = 9 feet
1st & 2nd Grade Girls = 8 feet
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.