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Travel Program

Welcome to the ERGYB travel page.  This page will serve as a resource for players and parents alike.  The travel season starts with tryouts in September.  Practices commence in October with the season running through the March state championships. 


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GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Travel basketball is a more competitive program and requires a much greater commitment from both the players and the parents.  Practices will take place in the evenings usually two times per week with tournaments being played about every other weekend.
  • Travel basketball is not an “equal playing time” program like the In-House program. Equal play is encouraged in 4th and 5th grade travel teams.  In 6th grade and above, coaches are encouraged to make sure all girls play a minimum of 25% of a given tournament. Coaches are also encouraged to put the most competitive team on the floor. However, there are many factors that can influence a girl’s playing time. In addition to skill level, they will include; Attitude, effort, practice attendance, sportsmanship (player and parent), competitiveness of the game and teamwork.
  • The majority of the tournaments will be within the metro area, with the exception of one overnight tournament.  In addition to the travel fee of $320 which covers the tournament registration fees and gym use, there are other financial considerations such as admission fees for spectators, uniform purchase if required, travel to and from tournaments, meals and concessions to take into account.  
  • Please note that parents of all travel players are expected to volunteer time during our Elk River Tournament which will be held in January.  In order to fulfill the necessary gate and concession slots for our locations, each family is expected to volunteer a total of 6 hours per player.  These hours can be divided in to two (3) hours shifts through the weekend.  For families with more than one player in our program, another 3 hour shift is required - maximum volunteer hours will be (9) per family.  A volunteer check for $200 will be collected at try-outs.  ERGYB will hold this check until the volunteer shifts are completed, and the check will be returned or destroyed.  More information will come out in December regarding signing up through our website for your volunteer hours.

  • TEAMS & TRYOUTS

    Team size will range from 8-10 players depending on the number of girls trying out and skill level.  The number of teams will be dictated by the number of participants and skill levels. All girls who are interested in playing travel basketball must attend the tryout session for your grade level.

    Tryouts will consist of a series of drills and game type situations that are conducted by a independent evaluators. Board members or parents will not be considered as evaluators. Tryouts will also be “closed” to everyone except the players, evaluators, coach candidates and Travel Director. Please note that players who attend tryouts may not make a Travel team. Girls not ready for the Travel program will be automatically registered in the In-House program if they do not make a Travel team and the cost differential will be refunded. Teams will be selected immediately following tryouts and posted on this website with the season officially starting in October.

Travel Program Refund Policy

● Travel Pre-Registrants NOT attending tryouts will receive 75% refund of fees paid.
● Travel Registrants not placed on a Travel team (cuts) will receive 100% refund of fees paid.
● Once team rosters are posted, there will be NO REFUND of fees or deposits.


Travis Johnson

Travel Director

Sarah Hoheisel

Travel Assistant


FEES

REGISTRATION: Early Bird $295 / After deadline $320

VOLUNTEER FEE: $200

A VOLUNTEER FEE WILL BE COLLECTED IN THE FORM OF A CHECK AND WILL BE RETURNED AFTER THE HOURS ARE FULFILLED 


Rochester Hotel Information:

Travel Families:

For our out of town tournament in February, we have rooms blocked for the Kahler Inn & Suites again.  You may go ahead and reserve your room now for 2019.  Rooms must be reserved by January 31, 2019.  We have a limited number of rooms in our group and after those are taken the prices will increase.

Kahler Inn & Suites
9 Third Avenue NW
Rochester, MN  55901

Check in:  Friday February 22, 2019    standard check in time
Check out:  Sunday February 24, 2019    standard check out time

ROOMS:

  • Standard 2 Queen:    $112.00
  • Mini Suite w/2 Double Beds:   $122.00
  • Mini Suite w/2 Queen Beds:   $132.00
  • Poolside and/or Balcony Suite: $147.00

Plus tax

To make a reservation, use this link: 
Elk River Girls Basketball @ Kahler Inn & Suites - RCYBA 2019  or you can call 1-800-533-1655 option 2. Be sure to tell them this is for the Kahler INN & SUITES, and part of the Elk River Girls Youth Basketball block of rooms.

If you have issues with them finding our block of rooms, please call directly to the hotel lobby at 507-280-6200.  Ask to be transferred to a "reservation specialist" and this will go to a different group that handles these types of reservations.  

Thank you!!