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 3rd Grade In-House information:
  • Program Eligibility
  • Program Philosophy
  • In-House League Objectives
  • Coaching Goals
  • Registration Information
    • Dates
    • Fees
  • Season Information
    • Season start & end dates
  • Team Information
  • Evaluations
  • Practice Information
  • Game Information
  • Tournament Information

Program Eligibility:  EPBBA, Inc. was created to provide boys who attend Eden Prairie Schools with an opportunity to compete and to develop their skills. 

Note:  This program is for Third Grade boys only! It is understood that some second grade boys may be of similar age and talent to many of the 3rd grade boys. However, there is a true shortage of gym space and coaches. Allowing one 2nd grade boy (no matter what the circumstance) into the program would set a precedent that could interfere with a 3rd grade boy having his optimal basketball experience. Therefore, the EPBBA has a firm policy that will allow no child, regardless of age, to be registered in the wrong grade.   Boys found to be registered under false pretense will be removed from their team and refund requests will not be honored. 

MYAS Recreation League End of Season Tournaments:  There are often third grade teams that will play in these tournaments. Our requirement is that the EPBBA is first priority and that kids don't miss association activities (games or practices) for these events. The end-of-season MYAS events are fun, and a good introduction to what comes with travel basketball.   There are tournaments that occur after the EPBBA season has ended, so you pick events that don’t conflict with EPBBA.   These teams are organized outside the EPBBA.  The grade commissioners are not involved in assigning or organizing teams.   For more information, contact the K-5 In-House Director.

EPBBA Program Philosophy

  1. Provide all participants with a positive experience from K-12
  2. Inspire each player to continue playing and to develop their skills
  3. Teach life lessons through positive interaction


In-House League Objectives

  • Provide a positive experience for every team member
  • Build a desire in every individual to achieve their personal best
  • Develop a team concept
  • Build strong fundamentals
  • At season end, every player should look forward to next year


Coaching Goals

  • Never get tired of teaching fundamentals
    • Correct player mistakes and teach, repeat
  • Be positive and constructive
  • Have practice plans well-prepared – it is the most valuable time to teach
    • A scrimmage without stopping to correct is not a good practice 

Volunteers:  For the EPBBA to run a successful basketball program, we need volunteers to coach. We will provide the K-3 coaching manual to all coaches with practice outlines for each week. Please indicate at least one volunteer job on the registration form.

  3rd Grade - In-House
Registration Information  
Registration Dates Sep 1 - Sep 15
Registration Fee $135 by Sep 15, $40 late fee applies to subsequent registrations
Included in Registration Fee Uniform Jersey, Team Basketballs, Practice & Game Court Time, & Referee Fees
Not included in Registrion Fee Shorts & Shoes
Evaluation Date, Time, & Location Click Here for Evaluation schedule
Season Start Date (estimated) mid November
Season End Date (estimated) end of February
Evaluations (to balance teams) Yes
# of players per team 8-9
# Practices per Week 1
Potential Practice Days Mon & Tue 
Practice length 1 hour 15 minutes
Practice Times 6-7:15pm, 7:15-8:30pm  *
Practice Locations Eden Lake *
# of Games per week 1
Potential Game Days Sat
Game Length 40 min (4-10 min quarters running time)/65 min limit
Game Times 9 am, 10:10 am, 11:20 am  *
Game Locations Eden Lake
Type of game 4 vs 4
End of Year Tournament No
Days of End of Year Tournament N/A

 * = Subject to change based on # registrations and availability of courts