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Travel Program

Jeff Couchman, VP Boys Travel

Mark Gorius, VP Girls Travel

 

The EBA's Travel program is designed to give 4th-8th grade kids who live and/or attend school in Edina, the opportunity to play against stronger competition. It is expected that participation on a Travel team will be the player's primary extra-curricular activity during the travel season. 

Participating in travel basketball is a privilege requiring a significant time commitment from the player and their family. If participants are unable to make that commitment, they should not participate in the travel program. 

 

Tryouts

Tryouts for the EBA's Boys travel program are scheduled for September 23 and September 24. On September 24, cuts will be made. A list of those players not cut will be posted on the EBA's website on Sunday night. Players not cut will attend one additional tryout on October 1 where teams will be formed. Final teams will be posted to the EBA's website on the evening of the 2nd. Check the EBA's home page for the times of tryouts.

The schedule for boys tryouts are as follows:

Tryout #1 September 23 - SV Gyms

7th Grade 2:00pm-3:15pm

8th Grade 3:15pm-4:30pm

6th Grade 4:30pm-5:45pm

5th Grade 5:45pm-7:00pm

4th Grade 7:00pm-8:15pm

 
Tryout #2 September 24- SV Gyms

4th Grade 2:00pm-3:15pm

5th Grade 3:15pm-4:30pm

6th Grade 4:30pm-5:45pm

7th Grade 5:45pm-7:00pm

8th Grade 7:00pm-8:15pm

 
Team Placement October 1 - ECCGyms

4th Grade 2:00pm-3:15pm

5th Grade 3:15pm-4:30pm

6th Grade 4:30pm-5:45pm

7th Grade 5:45pm-7:00pm

8th Grade 7:00pm-8:15pm

 

Tryouts for the EBA's Girls travel program are scheduled for September 23 & 24th. Teams will be formed on September 25th and some cuts may be made then. Teams will be posted to the EBA's website on the evening of September 25th. 

The tryout schedule is as follows (use the same schedule for both days):

8:00am-9:15am - 4th grade girls

9:30am-11:00am- 5th grade girls/7th grade girls

11:30am-1:00pm - 6th grade girls/8th grade girls

 

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. Evaluations from prior year's coaches will be taken into account in the selection of players.

If your player is unable to participate in tryouts due to injury or illness, the parent of the player must contact the travel director prior to the tryout session. Players that are injured or ill at the time of tryouts may still be placed on a travel team at the time of the initial team selection. Factors involved in making this decision include anticipated recovery time, and player's past participation in the EBA.

 

Practices

Practices are scheduled to begin October 9 for the Girls travel teams. Practices begin October 20th for 4th grade boys and the week of October 24 for all other teams. Teams are scheduled for two 1 1/2 hour practices each week. Practices can take place in the community center, high school or middle schools and possibly in outside locations such as 43 Hoops, Good Samaritan Church, etc. Because of the number of teams, coach practice time preferences, etc. it is nearly impossible to have a consistent day/time practice time combination. We make every effort to stay off of Wednesday nights for practice, but can schedule them if the team/coach agrees they can practice on those nights. 

 

Coaches

Teams in grades 5-8 use paid coaches. Teams in grade 4 will have parent coaches. The EBA conducts an interview process to determine available coaches for each team. Exhibiting good sportsmanship and the development of players and their basketball skills are our primary points of emphasis in hiring coaches. Coaches are not required to play each player equally and coaches do have the right to bench players for disciplinary reasons.

 

Travel Fees

Fees for participation on 4th Travel teams include the basic registration fee of $195, a tryout fee of $25 and travel fees of $280 (total $500). Fees for 4th grade are lower due to fewer tournaments (8-9 vs 10-12). 4th grade families, please note: 4th grade teams will not be participating in the St. Cloud tournament. 

Fees for participation on 5th-8th grade travel teams include the basic registration fee of $195, a tryout fee of $25 and travel fees of $425 (total $645).

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 (approximately $100), admission fees for the tournaments (usually $6-8/adult, $3-5/child), 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). Players are also required to purchase a team shooting shirt. Each team will have a team sponsor whose logo will be printed on the shooting shirt. Shooting shirts will cost approximately $35. If you are interested in being a team sponsor, please contact Giovanna Ingram at . Please note: players in 4th & 6th grade will be required to purchase a new uniform. Any new players to the EBA in grades 5, 7 and 8 can purchase the same uniforms used by those grades. 

Travel parents will also be required to work at their respective tournaments (Boys Cake Eater Classic - January 27-28; Girls Classic - February 3-4). Work shifts include the admission table, concessions and scoring table, and are 4-6 hours in length. The EBA will compile a list of workers that you can hire to work your shift. It is expected that you will pay the person working your shift at least $10/hour. If you do not show up for your shift, or have not hired someone to work your shift, we will assess you $100 to pay for the shift workers we will need to hire to complete your shift.

 

Tournaments

The tournaments that the EBA participates in begin in early November and run through early March when our teams participate in the MYAS Grade State Tournament. The EBA also attends the SCAYBA (St. Cloud Area Youth Basketball Tournament) February 24-25, 2018.

Unfortunately going forward, our 4th grade teams will not be participating in this tournament. The reason for this change is that the Holiday Inn (nor any one hotel in St. Cloud) cannot accommodate all of our EBA families. In the past we've had 4th grade families stay at a nearby hotel. While the Holiday Inn tried to work with us on allowing all of the 4th grade families to "hang out" at the Holiday Inn, this created security, overcrowding and safety issues. Therefore, it was decided that only 5th-8th grade families will attend the St. Cloud weekend. 

The EBA hosts a social hour on Friday night of the tournament. This has been an EBA tradition for many years, and is the highlight of the travel basketball season.

The Holiday Inn room reservation form will be available after all tryouts have been completed. Holiday Inn reservations can only be done by mail or fax. Do not call the hotel to reserve your room. Rooms should be reserved for both Friday and Saturday night.

Photos

A photo day will be scheduled for all travel teams early in the season. 

Optional Apparel

We work with local vendors to put together a full array of optional apparel for our players to purchase. This may include sweatshirts, jackets, socks, etc. There is no requirement to purchase these items. Our vendors will be setting up online stores where those items can be purchased. General Sports will offer about 25 apparel items, Eastbay will offer shoes and socks.