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Travel Program

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. Equitable 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.

Additional Costs

The majority of the tournaments will be within the metro area, with the exception of one overnight tournament.  In addition to the travel fee that 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.  Travel registration fees increased last year.  Many if not all of the tournaments we participate in raised their tournament fees to eliminate spectator gate fees. The tournament ERGYB hosts in January will follow this model as well.

Required Volunteer Hours

Parents of all travel players are expected to volunteer time during the tournaments that we host. 

In order to fulfill the necessary slots for our locations, each family is expected to volunteer a total of 6 hours per player with a family maximum of 9 hours.

These hours are divided in to two 3-hour shifts. For families with more than one player in our program one additional 3 hour shift is required.

Only head-coaches are exempt from completing volunteer hours; otherwise a  volunteer check 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 November regarding signing up for your volunteer hours.

Teams

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.

Evaluations

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.

Coaches

Volunteer coaches are needed in order for Travel to be a success!

Travel coaches register online to collect information needed to issue gym permits and run mandatory background screenings. submit to a board interview before being player evaluations. Head coaches must also submit to an interview during the August board meeting.

Refund Policy

Travel registrants not placed on a team (cuts) will receive 100% refund of fees paid and be eligible for in-house registration at the rate from which the travel registration occurred. 

Travel registrants NOT attending tryouts will receive 75% refund of fees paid and will not be placed on a team.

After travel rosters are posted, there will be no refunds of fees or deposits.

See the current policies and handbook for additional refund policies.

Travel Season Details

Registration CLOSED for all grades
Player Registration Form

Coach Registration due by August 7
Coach Registration Form
Coach Interviews
August 14 at ER Golf Course
After you have registered, you will be sent
details to submit background checks and
complete concussion training.

Coach meeting, practice time selection &  equipment distribution
September 24 at 9:00 am
Must register as a coach prior to this meeting

Early Bird Ends
August 26

Evaluations
5th Grade: September 15
6th Grade: September 20
7th Grade: September 13
8th Grade: September 22

Located at Vandenberge. Check-in begins at 5:30.  Tryouts begin at 6:00. Parent meeting at 7:45.
Player registration closes the day of evaluations

Practice Starts
October 10

Season Begins
October 10

Team Photos
January 24, 2023, 5 - 8 pm, @ Salk

4th Grade Registration

Coach interviews
November 6
Coach meeting, practice time selection &  equipment distribution
TBD
Must register as a coach by November 1

4th Grade Early Bird Ends
October 14

4th Grade Evaluations
November 13
Player registration closes the day of evaluations
Coach registration 

4th Grade Practice Starts
November 14

4th Grade Season Starts
November 14

Rochester Tournament
November 19 - 20, 2022
Reserve your rooms at a discounted rate:
5th & 7th Grade Teams: Sleep Inn
6th & 8th Grade Teams: Comfort Inn

Elk River Girls Tournament 
January 7-8, 2023
Link to DIBS for volunteer shifts

MYAS Girls State Tournament
February 25-26, 2023
Multiple locations

End-of-Year Celebration
March 3, 2023

Elk River hosts MYAS Boys State Tournament
March 11-12, 2023
Link to DIBS for volunteer shifts

End of Season Coaches Meeting
TBD



Travel News

After School Skills Sessions

By Lora Meier 10/16/2022, 1:00pm CDT

Register now! Sessions begin Nov. 7

VandenBerge Middle School

3:30pm - 5:00pm on Mondays and Wednesdays

Nov. 7th through Feb. 22nd

$135/player

6th - 8th grade players have the opportunity to participate in an after-school basketball training program through ERGYB.  This year the program will be instructed by  Rachel Kaiser (Long).  The focus will be on skill development and conditioning.

Rachel Kaiser (Long) is a wonderful AAU coach and skills coach with the MN Suns for the last 15 years.  She has also coached with the Maranatha Christian Academy High School team for 3 years.    

Please contact Jessica Schafer if you have any questions.

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