The purpose of the first and second grade program is to provide a fun environment for developing a strong skill based foundation into the game of basketball. At this level players will introduced to a game environment utilizing 3 on 3 formats. Score will NOT be kept as our primary focus is to introduce principles of the game in a non-stressful environment.
When and Where Do The Kids Practice/Play?
The season will run from the first week in November to the last week of February. First and Second grade will practice Thursday nights (subject to gym availability) with a game on Saturdays at one of the elementary schools in Eden Prairie. Thursday practices will rotate between either a 6:00 or 7:00 pm start time and will last 60 minutes. Saturday games will rotate between an 8:30 or 9:45 am start time.
Registration opens in early August and closes mid-October. Any registrations after registration closes will be placed on a waitlist. Any player on a wait list are not guaranteed team placement. No player will be allowed to participate in practices/games until ALL fees are paid. Financial assistance is available for those in need on a case-by-case basis. Please contact our Treasurer for more information.
During registration each player is allowed one play-with request. A play-with requestmust be mutual between two players. If the request is not mutual, there is no guarantee of placement on the same team. Your child may be played on a team where she doesn't know all of the girls. Please embrace that and let your child meet and play on a team with kids from other schools.
For the EPGBA to run a successful basketball program, we need volunteers for head coaches and assistants. Coaching manuals and general practice schedules, outlining the basic skills relevant for your players will be provided for you to work from. No Coaching experience is required! EPGBA's coaching director, Denny Tape, is also available to provide additional resources to coaches on effective practice planning, and how to keep it fun. A Coaching clinic will also be scheduled prior to your first practice to equip coaches with the resources to help ensure a successful season.
We are also looking for volunteers to serve as grade level commissioners to help coordinate the league.
Each player will receive a basketball jersey. Players should bring their own (27.5") basketballs to practices/games.