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Bryan Dye, VP of Boys Travel

PROGRAM FOCUS

The Travel program is designed to give 4th-8th grade boys with more advanced basketball skills the opportunity to play against other communities at the highest level. This program is open to boys who live in or attend school in Edina. 

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. At no time can a player play on an additional Travel Team during the EBA travel basketball season.

REGISTRATION

Registration opens on August 1 and runs through Thursday, September 16, 2021. Unfortunately, late registrations will not be accepted. The Total Cost (listed below) must be paid in full prior to the close of registration. CLICK HERE to register.

NO GATE FEE TOURNAMENT MODEL: In light of COVID-19 during the 2020-21 season, many youth basketball associations modified the format of their travel tournaments to a “No Gate Fee” model. Under this model, hosting associations (ex: Minnetonka) charge more up front for teams to register in their tournament so that spectators (ex: Edina families) can attend without paying admission fees..  A number of associations will continue with this approach for the 2021-22 season.

FEES: Travel registration fees will be reduced from last year except that, as described above, there will be a pre-paid gate fee amount added to our travel registration cost which will effectively pre-pay your admissions at the No Gate Fee tournaments. To date, several of the boys’ tournaments we plan to attend have implemented this model. We will communicate which ones are No Gate Fee tournaments once the schedule is finalized.

2021-22 EBA TRAVEL REGISTRATION FEES 
Grade
4th
5th-8th
Travel Fee
$         400
$         555
Tryout Fee
$           25
$           25
Travel Cost*
$         425
$         580
Pre-Paid Gate Fee
$         205
$         225
Total Cost
$         630
$         805
* $100 decrease from LY 


ADDITIONAL COSTS: Parents 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 tournaments that don’t operate under the No Gate Fee Model (usually $6-8/adult, $4-5/child per day), expenses of traveling to and from tournaments, and overnight lodging and food costs at the EBA's out of town tournament to be determined.

REFUNDS: Refunds are available until registration closes on September 16, 2021 but are subject to a $25 Admin Fee. After registration closes, all refunds are subject to the sole discretion of the EBA board. Players who participate in the tryout process and are not selected for the Travel Program will be automatically enrolled in our House Program (there is no need to re-register). Please note, the $25 Tryout Fee is non-refundable, however the Travel Fee (less the cost of House Registration $185 for 4th Grade and $205 for 5th-8th Grade) and any uniform purchase (if made) will be refunded back to you in a timely manner.

UNIFORMS

The travel program requires that all participants purchase a complete uniform (jersey and shorts) every two years and a shooter shirt every year. The cost of the uniform ranges from $75 to $100 while the shooter shirt ranges from $20 to $30. Uniforms and shooter shirts are purchased directly from our apparel provider. Please note that it may be necessary to purchase a uniform in consecutive years depending on when your player joins the travel program. In addition to being a nice-looking warm-up shirt for our players, the back of the shooter shirt will include the logo of one or more of the sponsors who support the EBA. CLICK HERE for sponsorship information.

PLAYER EVALUATIONS

To ensure a fair, unbiased, and independent review of each player, the EBA uses independent evaluators during boys travel tryouts. Our evaluators have extensive basketball backgrounds including experience conducting youth traveling basketball tryouts. Combined with our varsity boys 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. CLICK HERE for detailed information about the tryout process.

PRE-TRYOUT CLINICS

There will be two, optional pre-tryout clinics offered by the high school coaches on Tuesday, September 21 at South View Middle School and Thursday, September 23 at the Edina Community Center. These clinics are meant to give players the opportunity experience the drills that will be used during the tryout process. The cost for these clinics is $30. CLICK HERE for the schedule by grade level.

Edina Football Association Participants: There will be a separate, optional pre-tryout clinic on Sunday, September 19 specifically for boys who play football. These players should not attend the September 21 or 23 clinics. We do not want you to miss football for an optional EBA clinic.

TRYOUT SCHEDULE

Presently, we are planning to hold tryouts on Saturday, September 25 and Sunday, September 26 at South View Middle School and/or the Edina Community Center. Team rosters for the 4th grade will be posted on the EBA's website on Monday, September 27. There will be an additional session for 5th-8th grade on Sunday, October 3 to determine team placement. Team rosters will be posted on Monday, October 4. Traditionally, 2-4 teams for each grade are formed, with 9 players on the A team and 10 on the B and C teams. CLICK HERE for the tryout schedule.

COACHES

Parent coaches are used in 4th grade. Coaches in 4th grade will not be determined until the completion of tryouts and formation of the 4th grade teams.  Paid coaches are used in 5th-8th grade. In rare cases, parent coaches may be used for these grades as well. All coaches will receive a mandatory background check, concussion training, and coaching clinics throughout the season.

PLAYING TIME

Provided the player is not repeatedly absent, working hard and appropriately engaged during practices and games, the EBA guideline is equitable playing time. Any absence due to illness, injury, or religious, school, or family event should be communicated ahead of time.

4th-5th Grade: Each player should receive a minimum of 40% of the total team playing time over the course of the season.  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.

6th-8th Grade: Same as 4th-5th grade except there is no minimum percentage. Coaches have discretion on playing time per player but are encouraged to have equitable playing time.

TOURNAMENTS

5th-8th grade boys travel teams compete in 12 tournaments and 4th competes in 11. Tournaments will be pre-scheduled by the EBA. This includes one additional tournament during the season paid for and scheduled 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. The tournament schedule will be posted once finalized.

PARENT MEETING

The EBA will host an optional Travel Parent Meeting on Tuesday, September 14 from 7:00 to 8:15pm in the South View Middle School auditorium. There will be a presentation detailing the key aspects of the travel program with ample time afterwards for Q and A. CLICK HERE to download the presentation.