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2020 – 2021 TRAVEL INFORMATION LETTER

Updated 9/21/2020

 

 

Questions regarding the EPBBA Travel program may be directed to Scott Hussong, EPBBA Travel Director, at EPBBAtraveldirector@Gmail.com. Information will also be posted at www.epbba.org.

 

Registration: EPBBA registration will be held online. Players must register with the EPBBA for their grade by the end of registration period on Wednesday, September 16 @ 7:00 pm.

 

Key Program Elements:

·       The Travel program is designed to give boys with more advanced basketball skills the opportunity to play against stronger competition.

·       Tryouts are open to boys that live in Eden Prairie or attend school in Eden Prairie.

·       Travel teams compete in 10 tournaments that have been selected in advance by the EPBBA. Tournaments are held on weekends and games are played on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

·       Travel coaches may schedule two additional tournaments that the team agrees to at the team’s expense during the season. This ensures that all participants in the program will participate in an approximately the same number of tournaments and also allows for all participants and their families to have scheduled “weekends off” during the season.

 

EPBBA Program Philosophy:

·       Provide ALL participants with a positive experience

·       Inspire each player to continue playing and to develop their skills

·       Teach life lessons through positive interaction

·       Winning is an outcome . . . it is NOT an objective

 

Teams: The EPBBA sponsors up to four travel teams in 4th grade with up to 34 players selected   There are 8 players each on Team (1) & Team (2) and then 9 players each on Team (3) & Team (4). Team (1) will play an “A” schedule, Team (2) will play a mixed “A” and “B” schedule and Teams (3) & (4) will play a mixed “B” and “C” schedule. The final number of teams will be based on number of boys trying out and aligned against the projected level of competition.

The EPBBA sponsors up to five travel teams in grades 5 to 8 with up to 43 players selected in each grade. Players are selected for Team (1), Team (2), Team (3), Team (4) or Team (5). Team (1) will play an “A” schedule, Team (2) will play a mixed “A” and “B” schedule, Team (3) will play a “B” schedule, Team (4) will play a mixed “B” and “C” schedule and Team (5) will play a “C” schedule throughout the season. Teams (1) & (2) will have 8 players. Teams (3), (4) and (5) will have 9 players.

Travel Practice and Tournaments:

  • It is expected that participation on a Travel team will be the player’s primary extra-curricular activity during the Travel season.
  • We will LIMIT our teams to three (3) events a week, which is typically two (2) practices and one (1) tournament or three (3) practices.
  • Practices will start in mid-October and the season concludes with the State Tournament in mid-March.
  • Participation in other activities should not conflict on a regular basis with the Travel tournament and practice schedule. Parents will be given a tournament schedule at, or before, the first practice of each team. EPBBA will not schedule tournaments or practice over Thanksgiving weekend, during the Christmas/New Year’s break, or over the President’s Day weekend.
  • Participating in Travel basketball is a significant time commitment from the player and his family. The EPBBA wants players and families to be aware of this and take it into account as they consider participating.

 

Coaches: EPBBA conducts an interview process to determine available coaches for each team. Players are placed on teams before coaches are assigned. Every effort will be made to have coaches selected prior to the posting of the team selections. It is possible that at the conclusion of the tryouts a team may not have a coach. In that event, the parents of the players selected will be contacted seeking a volunteer to coach the team. In the event no parent volunteers to coach, the EPBBA will attempt to hire a paid coach. The cost of the paid coach will be the responsibility of the participants on that team. Exhibiting good sportsmanship and the development of players and their basketball skills are our primary points of emphasis. The playing time policy of the EPBBA is that each player will play at least half the game of every game in which the player participates. Coaches are not required to play each player equally and coaches do have the right to bench player for disciplinary reasons.

 

CLICK HERE for the Head Coach Travel Application

 

Tryouts: All boys who are interested in playing Travel basketball are encouraged to participate in the tryouts.

 

Evaluation

The tryouts will be conducted and the teams will be selected by the EPBBA. Participating as evaluators in the tryouts will be the EPBBA Travel Director, EPBBA Board members, Travel team coaches and Eden Prairie High School Basketball Varsity Staff. All evaluation sessions will include evaluators independent of the Travel program and independent of the specific grade being evaluated. Travel team coaches for their specific grade may be asked to participate as evaluators in the final tryout session

 

It is important that parents and players understand that the evaluators are looking for the players that will make up the best basketball teams and not just the tallest players, the fastest players, or the players that have the best shots. A successful 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. Parents should encourage their sons to attempt to demonstrate all of their basketball skills during the tryouts. Players demonstrating abilities in all facets of the game and that demonstrate the ability and willingness to play as a member of a team, and not as an individual, will be more highly-rated in the evaluations than players concerned only with making as many shots as possible. Evaluations from prior year’s Travel coaches may also be taken into account in the selection of players as needed.

 

Format in 2020

The tryouts consist of two sessions

·       All players will attend the first session on September 19.

·       Following the first session, all cuts will be made and up to 34 players will be selected for grade 4 and up to 43 players will be selected for grades 5 - 8. In the unlikely event a player asked to return for the second evaluation session does not show up, the EPBBA, at its sole discretion, may elect to place a player cut after the first evaluation session on a travel team.

·       At the conclusion of the second and final evaluation session, teams will be formed.

 

Notification

·       The players selected to return for the second evaluation session and the rosters for the Travel teams will be posted on the EPBBA website.

·       The approximate time that the results will be posted will be announced at the conclusion of the first and second tryout sessions.

 

Tryout Dates And Times: Tryouts consist of two separate sessions. A player must attend both sessions to be selected for a Travel team.  Situations preventing attendance at one or more sessions should be communicated in advance and will be addressed by the Travel Director and the EPBBA Officers on a case-by-case basis. These situations may also be handled under the injury and illness rules detailed below at the discretion of the EPBBA. Tryouts will take place at the EP High School Activity Center (EPHS) on:

Saturday, September 19, and

Sunday, September 27.

 

Players should report to EPHS at their designated check-in time. The specific tryout schedule for each grade is outlined below.

 

2020 – 2021 Travel Tryout Schedule

Below are the dates for the 2020 tryouts at the EP High School Activity Center (EPHS). Players should report to EPHS at their designated check-in time. Tryouts are held on two separate sessions and a player must attend both sessions to be selected for a Travel team.

 

Date

Grade

Check in Times

Tryout Times

September 19, 2020

8th Grade

8:10 AM

8:30 AM

8:30 AM

9:45 AM

September 19, 2020

7th Grade

10:00 AM

10:20 AM

10:20 AM

11:35 AM

September 19, 2020

6th Grade

11:50 AM

12:10 PM

12:10 PM

1:25 PM

September 19, 2020

5th Grade

1:40 PM

2:00 PM

2:00 PM

3:30 PM

September 19, 2020

4th Grade

3:45 PM

4:05 PM

4:05 PM

5:35 PM

 

 

Check in Start

Check in End

Tryout Start

Tryout End

September 27, 2020

4th Grade

8:30 AM

9:00 AM

9:00 AM

10:00 AM

September 27, 2020

5th Grade

10:00 AM

10:30 AM

10:30 AM

11:30 AM

September 27, 2020

6th Grade

11:30 AM

12:00 PM

12:00 PM

12:45 PM

September 27, 2020

7th Grade

12:45 PM

1:15 PM

1:15 PM

2:00 PM

September 27, 2020

8th Grade

2:00 PM

2:30 PM

2:30 PM

3:15 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parents are not allowed in the gym during tryouts unless they are participating in the evaluation process. There are no exceptions to this rule.

 

Details about a mandatory parent information meeting will be communicated separately.

 

If a player is unable to participate due to injury or illness, the parent of the player must contact the Travel Director prior to the tryout session. At that time the EPBBA rules governing placing injured or ill players on a Travel team will be reviewed with the parent. 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. The primary factors involved in making this determination include:

Anticipated recovery time: If a player is not expected to be able to participate in basketball until after December 14th, they will not be placed on a team at the time of the initial team selection but may utilize a mid-season evaluation when they are physically able to play.  If a player is not expected to recover until after January 30, they will not be placed on a team and will not be able to utilize a mid-season evaluation.

A player’s past participation in the EPBBA: A player’s former coaches will be consulted to obtain an evaluation of the player and the level of his play. This may involve discussions with both Travel and In-House coaches.

 

The EPBBA in its sole discretion will determine if players are allowed, or required, to participate in a mid-season evaluation. Mid-season evaluations consist of a player participating in practices with the team at the level they desire to try out for. The Travel Director, EPBBA Officers and the coaches from the specific grade level will watch the player participate in a practice or series of practices and if the player is determined to be better than 50% of the players on the team, he will be placed upon that team for the balance of the season. The player will pay the full Travel fee regardless of the length of the season remaining. A player may try out for a team at one level and if not placed at that level, may be placed on a team or try out for a team at another level. Players participating in mid-season evaluations may also be placed on teams to replace players originally selected, but injured subsequent to tryouts. Players missing tryouts for reasons other than injury, illness or unforeseeable family emergency may not utilize the mid-season evaluation process for placement on a Travel team. Unless a player is bedridden as a result of injury or illness, they must still attend the tryout session even if they are unable to participate. The EPBBA reserves the right to require confirmation from the player’s doctor as to the extent of his injury or illness and the anticipated recovery time.

 

Twins Policy

If a family has twins and both are trying out for a travel team the parents will need to decide how they want to handle team placement for their boys with one of the following options:

1. Each boy will make the team that is appropriate based on their individual evaluation.

2. If the desire is for the boys to be on the same team, the players will be assigned to the lower of the two teams. A player will not be moved up a team to allow the boys to be on the same team.

 

The decision of the parents must be communicated to the Travel Director prior to the third day of the evaluations. If no decision is communicated the boys will be placed on the appropriate team based on their evaluation.

 

Playing Up in Travel:  

The standard for a player to play with the next grade in our Travel Program is that the player must be clearly in the Top 5 players of the next grade.  Each player is evaluated during Travel Evaluations by several independent evaluators. If a player meets these standards in the collective view of these multiple evaluations and independent evaluators, and it is deemed appropriate for their development, they will be placed on the top team in the next grade. This will not be considered until a player has played at least one year on an Eden Prairie travel team in order to incorporate past performance and coaches feedback.  If a player is interested in learning more they should reach out to the EPBBA President and Travel Director. 

 

Travel Team Fees:

Fees for participation on Travel teams include (1) an EPBBA base registration fee and (2) a Travel Team fee of $420.00. The EPBBA registration fee will be collected from all players on September 27th. The Travel fee is collected at the last session of the tryouts from all players selected to participate in the last session. A team jersey and team shorts are included in the travel fee. Parents and players should be aware that there are additional costs for participation in the Travel program that are the responsibility of the participants. These costs include admission fees for the tournaments, expenses of traveling to and from the tournaments and overnight lodging and food costs at the Rochester tournament. Warm ups, shooting shirts, caps, duffle bags or any other sports apparel are additional costs at your own expense. These costs are not included in the fees paid to the EPBBA.

 

Parents of the Travel team participants are required to work at the EPBBA Travel Basketball Tournament on November 30 - December 2. In addition to the Travel fee, players selected for the last day of tryouts will bring a second check in the amount of $100. This check will serve as a deposit requiring the parents to work their designated shifts at the EPBBA Travel Basketball Tournament. If the parents decline to help at the EP Tournament, the $100 will be used to reimburse the EPBBA for the hiring of tournament workers. Checks from players whose parents do work their assigned shifts will be destroyed.

Travel Financial Aid:

To achieve our goal of allowing boys with more advanced basketball skills the opportunity to play against stronger competition, the EPBBA Board of Directors has developed a Financial Aid program. This ensures that any boy regardless of financial situation has the ability to play travel basketball.

The EPBBA Travel Basketball Financial Program details are the following:

• The Eden Prairie Boys Basketball Association will offer a scholarship program to cover the full cost of the current of the travel fee and the base fee of $125 or $140 (depending on the grade) if the player is a recipient of a free or reduced school lunch.

• As part of the registration process the parent will be asked if the player will be trying out for travel and if they are in need of financial aid.

·       Parents will be asked to provide their free and reduced lunch form to the EPBBA Financial Aid liaison.  Upon receipt of the documentation, the fees will be waived.

·       The EPBBA requests that parents work their designated shift at the EPBBA Travel Basketball Tournament and will expect the $100 deposit at the 3rd session of tryouts.  If you are unable to provide this deposit or are unable to work the tournament, please reach out to the EPBBA Financial Aid liaison.

Thank you for reviewing this information and for considering participation in the Travel program. We’re proud of the basketball experience we offer the participants in this program and look forward to another enjoyable basketball season.

Eden Prairie Boys Basketball Association