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Traveling Tryout Information

Tryout Dates for 2017

The Girls 4th-8th Grade Basketball tryouts will be September 9th & 10th at Eagan High School.

The Boys 4th-8th Grade Basketball tryouts will be September 23rd & 24th at Eagan High School AND September 25th at Eagan Community Center.

Grade levels will be assigned to tryout times below soon! Please check back.

Girls:

       

Saturday

Saturday

Saturday

Saturday

Saturday

Sept. 9

Sept. 9

Sept. 9

Sept. 9

Sept. 9

 

 

 

 

 

Pooling Day

Pooling Day

Pooling Day

Pooling Day

Pooling Day

9:00-10:30

10:45-12:15 12:30-2:00 2:15-3:45 4:00-5:30
         

Sunday

Sunday

Sunday

Sunday

Sunday

Sept. 10

Sept. 10

Sept. 10

Sept. 10

Sept. 10

 

 

 

 

 

Placement Day

Placement Day

Placement Day

Placement Day

Placement Day

9:00-10:30

10:45-12:15 12:30-2:00 2:15-3:45 4:00-5:30
         

Boys:

       

Saturday

Saturday

Saturday

Saturday

Saturday

Sept. 23

Sept. 23

Sept. 23

Sept. 23

Sept. 23

 

 

 

 

 

Pooling Day 1

Pooling Day 1

Pooling Day 1

Pooling Day 1

Pooling Day 1

8:30-10:30

10:45-12:45 1:00-3:00 3:15-5:15 5:30-7:30
         

Sunday

Sunday

Sunday

Sunday

Sunday

Sept. 24

Sept. 24

Sept. 24

Sept. 24

Sept. 24

 

 

 

 

 

Pooling Day 2

Pooling Day 2

Pooling Day 2

Pooling Day 2

Pooling Day 2

8:30-10:30

10:45-12:45 1:00-3:00 3:15-5:15 5:30-7:30
         

Monday

Monday Monday Monday Monday

Sept. 25

Sept. 25

Sept. 25

Sept. 25

Sept. 25

 

 

 

 

 

Placement Day

Placement Day

Placement Day

Placement Day

Placement Day

4:30-5:20

5:30-6:20 6:30-7:20 7:30-8:20 8:30-9:20

General Information about Tryouts

  • Tryouts will consist of two or three separate sessions.  Players will be independently evaluated by using drills, such as layups, dribbling, and shooting including 1 on 1.  In addition, players will participate in 3 on 3, 4 on 4, and 5 on 5 scrimmages, with rotating teammates and opponents.
  • Each player must attend all tryout sessions for his/her age group.  Any deviation from this requirement must be approved by the President in advance.  Players are expected to alter their schedules to attend tryouts.  Injured players should also notify both the President and Tryouts Director in advance and should plan to attend each tryout session as an observer.  Injured players may need to produce a doctor's note.
  • Players trying out should wear a plain t-shirt each day of tryouts.  Clothing must not have names or logos from any basketball team or camp in which they have participated.  For example, an "And One" shirt is fine; but a "Trent Tucker Camp" or "MDB" shirt is not. 
  • Please do not bring basketballs to tryouts.
  • Players will be issued a jersey for tryouts at the first session and are responsible for bringing this jersey to each subsequent tryout session.
  • Players are encouraged to bring a water bottle - no sports or energy drinks.
  • Tryouts are closed - parents, siblings and other spectators are not allowed in the gym while tryouts are being conducted.
  • Parents will be notified after tryouts whether or not your child has made a team. 
  • Players who do not make a team will receive a refund (less the $35 tryout fee) and these players are encouraged to sign-up for the Eagan In-House Basketball program (4-6th graders).  Your refund is not automatically applied to your In-House fee.
  • For players that make a team, no refunds will be issued once tryouts are complete.
  • At day of tryouts, please bring $100 check payable to Eagan Travel Basketball.  The check will be destroyed at the end of the season after parent volunteer hours have been fulfilled at the Eagan Tournament. 

Tryouts FAQs

How are tryouts conducted to ensure independent, objective, and appropriate decisions?

ETB makes use of the following strategies during tryouts: 1) equal opportunity; 2) team play and skill assessments; 3) independent evaluation.

  • Equal Opportunity: All players are asked to wear plain tee shirts without their names or past basketball team/camp/clinic participation on them. Each player receives a tryout jersey.  Throughout the tryout players are referenced by number only. In addition, team groupings for scrimmages during tryouts are changed several times so that each player will play with and against many different players.  An effort is made to equitably distribute height on the scrimmage teams.
  • Team Play and Skill Assessment: Drills are used to provide an opportunity for evaluators to observe basic skills. Scrimmages give evaluators a chance to observe skills, along with a player’s abilities to use these skills in a game-like situation.  Scrimmages also allow evaluators to observe a player’s approach to team play.
  • Independent evaluation: Independent, outside evaluators use the drills and scrimmages to place players into skill-level pools.  The Eagan Basketball Board does not participate in the actual evaluations. These pools model the team levels (A, B, C).

How are teams formed?

Once the skill-level pools have been formed (see above question), the ETB director and boys and girls coordinators look at which skill pool the coach candidates’ children have been placed in.  Within each pool the position of head coach for each team is offered to the coaching candidate with the highest rank after the interview process.  Coaches then place players onto available teams for the grade and gender based on pool placement.

Should parents/guardians observe their child during tryouts?

Tryouts will be closed - no parents, siblings, or other spectators will be allowed to watch tryouts.  The only people in the gym will be the athletes, independent evaluators, potential coaches, tryout helpers and board members necessary for tryouts. 

Why are so many more boys than girls cut at tryouts?

As we support and advance the place of girls in traveling basketball, we comply with Title IX and make every effort to allow interested and qualified girls to participate in ETB.  The number of girls who try out for ETB teams and who participate on ETB teams is significantly lower than the number of boys.

How can I get more information about what tryouts will be like?

There will be an informational meeting about tryouts for parents in September at the Eagan Community Center.  The time and place will be posted on our Calendar.
 

Tryout Videos

These tryout videos are examples of tryout drills. There will be some variations due to player age levels and tryout time constraints.

https://youtu.be/DYIBKvnDvs8  -  Layup and dribbling drill. Change of direction move at the two middle cones. Right handed dribbling and shooting on the right side and left handed dribbling and shooting on the left side.

https://youtu.be/FCpKRiwg7rs  - Shooting off of the dribble. Change of direction dribble at the cone and dribble to the elbow area for the shot. Rebound, Repeat dribbling to opposite elbow area for the shot.

https://youtu.be/tZQLDUqgyGY  - Shooting off of the catch. Start on the baseline and go around cone at the elbow area. Catch and shoot. Repeat on opposite side.

https://youtu.be/ILrFz3HnrOs  - 2 on 2. Defense starts with the ball and passes to offensive player in corner, the 2nd offensive player sets a screen and play continues until there is a made basket by offense or defense controls the ball. Evaluating defensive close outs, setting screens, communicating on offense and defense.