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2017 Girls Tryouts Kickoff

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2017-2018 Eagan Traveling Basketball Season Tryout Information


Mandatory Parent Meeting

When:   Wednesday, Sept 6
Where:  Eagan Community Center - Oak Room
Time:     7:00 p.m.


Girls Tryouts

When:   Saturday, Sept 9 and Sunday, Sept 10
Where:  Eagan High School Gym
Time:    See below for grade level assignment.  

**Players are required to attend ALL session times assigned to their grade level**


Boys Tryouts

When:   Saturday, Sept 23, Sunday, Sept 24 and Monday, Sept 25
Where:   Saturday and Sunday - Eagan High School Gym, Monday - Eagan Community Center
Time:     See  below for grade level assignment.

**Players are required to attend ALL session times assigned to their grade level**

 

**Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled session to check-in.

 

 

Girls

       
         
4th Grade 5th Grade 6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade
         

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

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. 10

Sept. 10

Sept. 10

Sept. 10

Sept. 10

 

 

 

 

 

Placement Day

Placement Day

Placement Day

Placement Day

Placement Day

8:30-9:30

9:45-10:45 11:00-12:00 12:15-1:15 1:30-2:30
         

 

Boys

       

 

       
8th Grade 7th Grade 6th Grade 5th Grade 4th Grade
         

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

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. 24

Sept. 24

Sept. 24

Sept. 24

Sept. 24

 

 

 

 

 

Pooling Day 2

Pooling Day 2

Pooling Day 2

Pooling Day 2

Pooling Day 2

9:00-10:30

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

 

**Please note the change in order of grade level for Monday night - first session is 4th grade, last session is 8th grade

         
4th Grade 5th Grade 6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade
         

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

4:30-5:30

5:35-6:35 6:40-7:40 7:45-8:45 8:50-9:50

 

 

       

General Information

  • Tryouts will consist of two sessions for girls and three sessions for boys due to a higher number of registered players for boys.  Players will be independently evaluated to determine individual skill level.  Players will be given an opportunity to demonstrate skill and ability through a combination of individual drills, partner and team related drills and 5v5 game play.
  • Each player must attend all tryout sessions assigned for his/her age group.  Any deviation from this requirement must be approved by the President in advance.  Approved absences are no guarantee of placement and pooling may be affected.  Players are expected to alter their schedules to attend tryouts.  Injured players should also notify both the President and Tryout Coordinators in advance.  Injured players will still be required to attend each tryout session as an observer and a doctor's note will be required.
  • Players trying out will be required to wear a plain white, black or gray t-shirt each day of tryouts.  Clothing must not have names or logos of any basketball related camps they may have attended.  For example, a "Nike" 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 check-in during the first session.  Players are responsible for bringing this jersey to each tryout session as it includes their number to be evaluated.
  • Players are encouraged to bring a water bottle as there will not be scheduled breaks to "go get" water.  Water bottles will be carried by players to each activity they will be participating in.  NO sports or energy drinks.
  • Tryouts are closed - parents, siblings and other spectators are not allowed in the gym while tryouts are being conducted. This includes non-tryout related basketball Board Members as well.
  • Parents will be notified individually if your child has not made a team prior to team postings. 
  • Players who do not make a team will be refunded the registration fee with the exception of the $35 tryout fee.  The tryout fee is non-refundable regardless the circumstance. Players who have not made a traveling team 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. NO EXCEPTIONS
  • Players are required to bring a $100 check payable to Eagan Travel Basketball to their first scheduled tryout session.  This deposit check will be destroyed at the end of the season once the player jersey has been returned in good condition and all parent volunteer requirements have been fulfilled. 

Tryouts FAQs

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

EBA 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 apply scoring for each player.  The scores of each player determine their pooling placement. These pools model the team levels (A, B, C).

How are teams formed?

Once the skill-level pools have been determined (see above question), the ETB Tryout Coordinator 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 ranking after the interview process.  The head coach assigned to team 1 will determine their team first utilizing the skill-level pooling.  After team 1 is determined, the next highest ranking coach candidate with a child in the subsequent pooling will be offered the head coach position and will be allowed to determine their team and so on for each subsequent pools/teams.

Should parents/guardians observe their child during tryouts?

The ETB tryout sessions are closed - no parent, sibling, or any other spectator will be allowed to observe tryouts.  The only non player persons allowed in the gym will be independent evaluators, coach candidates that have applied and been interviewed, hired court assistants (Eagan High School players) and required Board Members. 

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.