Scott Phinney, VP of Girls Travel
Updated – 07/2018
The Travel program is designed to give girls with more advanced basketball skills the opportunity to play against other communities in a more competitive environment. Tryouts are open to girls 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.*
*Note: The EBA is currently looking into hiring a 3rd party organization to provide multiple basketball skills training sessions for the girls program. The plan would be to add this training to the program and reduce the number of tournaments by one. Stay tuned for more information.
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.
WHEN AND WHERE DO KIDS PRACTICE?
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 girls travel teams begin the week of October 8th.
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.
UNIFORMS / BASKETBALLS AND APPAREL
4th graders and all players new to the EBA's travel program are given a new basketball. All ages of girls travel play with a 28.5 inch 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
$680 total ($205 registration fee, $25 tryout fee, $450 travel fee) for 5th-8th graders
$525 total ($205 registration fee, $25 tryout fee, $295 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 her in our rec 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, the EBA uses independent evaluators during girls travel tryouts. Our six evaluators have extensive basketball backgrounds. Each have coached at the high school level (two are former head coaches). All of them played varsity basketball in high school, while four of them went on to play in college. All have worked at numerous basketball summer camps, attended coaching seminars, and currently work in education. They have extensive experience in youth traveling basketball tryouts, some dating back into the 1990’s! We are fortunate to have such an experienced, knowledgeable group of evaluators! Combined with our varsity girl’s head 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 (Girls).
2018-19 GIRLS TRYOUT SCHEDULE
When attending girls 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. After the Sunday tryout, teams will be posted on the EBA's website in the evening. Traditionally, 2-3 teams for each grade are formed, with 8-10 players on each team.
The tryout schedule is as follows (note days 1 and 2 flip-flop grades):
Tryout #1 - Saturday, September 29 - South View Gyms
6th Grade and 8th Grade 8:00am - 9:30am
5th Grade and 7th Grade 10:00am -11:30am
4th Grade 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Tryout #2 - Sunday, September 30 - South View Gyms
4th Grade 8:00am-9:15am
5th Grade and 7th Grade 9:30am-11:00am
6th Grade and 8th Grade 11:30am-1:00pm
Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to tryout 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.