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GBA Girls Tryout Dates/Times
09/28/2014
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Dates for Boys Travel tryouts
09/28/2014
Dates for Boys GBA Travel tryouts are scheduled as follows:   Location...
Travel Division FAQ′s
08/29/2014
FAQ's What can my child expect from the tryout? The tryout...
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GBA Girls Tryout Dates/Times

Dates for Girls GBA Travel tryouts are scheduled as follows:

 

Location is Nayaug or Smith Middle School gym, enter in back of school

    

 All players should plan on attending BOTH tryout sessions for their grade.

 

         

DAY

DATE

GYM

TIME

GRADE

GENDER

Wednesday

Oct. 1

Nayaug*

5:00-6:30pm

5

Girls

Wednesday

Oct. 1

Nayaug*

6:45-8:30pm

6

Girls

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday

Oct. 2

Smith Main

5:00-6:30pm

5

Girls

Thursday

Oct. 2

Smith Main

6:45-8:30pm

6

Girls

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday

Oct. 3

Smith Main

5:00-6:30pm

7

Girls

Friday

Oct. 3

Smith Main

6:45-8:30pm

8

Girls

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday

Oct. 6

Smith Aux.

5:00-6:30pm

7

Girls

Monday

Oct. 6

Smith Aux.

6:45-8:30pm

8

Girls

 

 

Parents are welcome to accompany players to the registration table in the gym lobby.  A GBA Travel rep will be available in the lobby to answer any questions you may have.  Parents are not permitted in the gym at any time.


by posted 09/28/2014
Dates for Boys Travel tryouts

Dates for Boys GBA Travel tryouts are scheduled as follows:

 

  • Location for all is Smith Middle School gym, enter in back of school
  • All players should plan on attending BOTH tryout sessions for their grade, but please note:  we have large number of boys trying out, and expect to make a preliminary cut after session #1.  You will be emailed if your son should NOT attend the 2nd schedule tryout session.
  • We are quite aware of the perceived harshness of a cut after just one tryout.  While we would love to have all the kids back for session #2, the tryout process is about determining, after thorough and careful evaluation, which kids have a fighting chance to make a travel roster.  In fairness to those kids, we need to reduce the number of kids in the gym who we determine are not viable candidates.  It is possible that no kids are cut after the first session, if our evaluation suggests they have even a small chance to make a roster.  However, preliminary cuts or more likely than not.

 

More to follow on things you may want to know about tryouts.  For now, please take note of the dates:

 

Boys 7th grade             Oct 1 (Wednesday) and Oct 5 (Sunday)  5:00-6:45pm

Boys 8th grade               Oct 1 and Oct 5                                     7pm-8:45pm

 

Boys 5th grade             Oct 6 (Monday) and Oct 15 (Wednesday)  5:00-7:00pm

Boys 6th grade             Oct 6 (Monday)  and Oct 16 (Thursday)  7:00-9:00pm

 

Parents are welcome to accompany players to the registration table in the gym lobby.  A GBA Travel rep will be available in the lobby to answer any questions you may have.  Parents are not permitted in the gym at any time.


by posted 09/28/2014
Travel Division FAQ′s
FAQ's


What can my child expect from the tryout?
The tryout process endeavors to evaluate individual and team basketball skills.  Players can expect to be evaluated on shooting, ball handling, rebounding, passing, defense, etc.  Players will scrimmage as well.  Tryouts are expected to involve two sessions.  Some players will be advised at the end of the first session that they are not candidates for selection, and other players will be invited to attend the 2nd session.

Candidates' fitness level should be adequate to allow them to fully participate in all drills and scrimmages.

What is GBA Travel looking for in a player?
Basketball ability is a significant consideration.  However, other significant factors could be the player's size, hustle, speed, tenacity, instincts, etc.  In other words, it is entirely possible that a player with less developed basketball skills than another could be selected if the evaluators project that the player's potential warrants their selection.  We strongly encourage all boys and girls to not assume they won't be selected, particularly due to underdeveloped basketball skills.  Our goal is to develop those skills in players that have the potential.

How far do teams "Travel"?
The average drive to a road game is 20 minutes.  Some rides can be as long as 45 minutes, some can be 10 minutes.  No out of state games

What is the weekly time commitment?
The average number of practices are 2.50/week (some weeks are 3, some 2, and this often hinges on gym availability).  More often than not, teams play a game on both Saturday and Sunday.

Who does the evaluating?
Experienced GBA Travel administrators and their helpers. 

Can my child try out for a team older than his/her grade?
No, there is no "playing up" contemplated in the team selection process, regardless of the skill level of the younger player.  It is possible that an insufficient number of qualifed candidates tryout for a team, and GBA may consider an exception to this rule.  There may be other extenuating circumstances.  Such exceptions require the approval of the GBA Executive Board.

My child is involved in another activity during basketball season (snowboarding, soccer, hockey, music, etc.), and we'd like him/her to be able to split time among activities during the season.  Is this OK?
This is not OK for Travel basketball.  GBA serves approximately 1,500 players on a rec and travel basis, and those players who want to play basketball, but not to the exclusion of other activities, are encouraged to participate in our Rec program.  A player can participate in multiple activities, including Travel basketball, but the commitment must be made up front that when the activities conflict, basketball is primary.  This commitment can be a challenge for kids playing premier soccer, etc., so careful consideration should be given to attempting to do both activities.


Can a player participate in both Travel and Rec programs of GBA?
No.  The rationale for prohibiting Travel players from participating Rec is that they could have a too-prominent role in the Rec games, taking away from the non-Travel players.  We realize that it would be fun for the kids to play with and against classmates, but unfortunately it's not available.

When does the Travel season begin and end?
Rosters are set and practices for most teams begin usually around mid-October.  Basketball practices held in October or early November do respect the priority of fall sports, so don't worry about finishing the soccer or football, etc., season.  The season ends early March.

Are there playing time rules?
Yes.  Every player who attends practice and is generally in good standing on his team will play a minimum of 8 minutes per game, which equates to 25% of the 32 minute game.  While most of the towns we compete with do not have such a requirement in their Travel program, we do.  Coaches strive to exceed the minimum where possible, but the player has to earn the time. 

I'm interested in coaching, how do I submit my application?
All prospective coaches, including those that have been coaching in the Travel program, should complete Coach Registration on this website.  The prospective coaches' son/daughter must be a bona fide candidate for player selection.  Compatibility with the principles of the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is a must for all coaching candidates.

Are families discouraged from going away during December and February vacations?
No.  This is a gray area, but I think most coaches would have no issue with a player being unavailable during one of the school vacations.  Being gone for both vacations could be viewed as pushing it...player should discuss with his/her coach.

What size basketball is used in the various grades and leagues?
Boys in grades 6-8 use the regulation size ball (approximately 29.5 inch) 
Boys in 5th grade use the women's 28.5 inch ball.
All Girls use the women's size ball (28.5 inch).


by posted 08/29/2014
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