Tryout Information - FAQ
What age groups/grades can try-out for TBA?
TBA’s program offers team tryouts from 4th grade through 8th grade.
Do you have both boys and girls teams?
Yes, TBA has both girl's teams and boys' teams from the 4th-grade level through the 8th grade level. Depending on how many kids try out determines if we can offer a team at each grade level.
When are tryouts?
Tryouts for the regular basketball season are typically in early to mid-September. Exact dates for tryouts will be updated to our Facebook page, the website, and an email with tryout information will go to last year’s players parents. Tryout dates and registration will be posted by August 1 each year.
What do I need to do to try out?
Anyone interested in trying out will need to register on the TBA web site prior to the tryout dates. The registration link for tryouts will be available by August 1 each year. Wear appropriate basketball attire and bring your own basketball to tryouts.
If I was on a TBA team last season, do I need to try out again?
Yes. Everyone has to try out each year.
What if I can’t make it to tryouts?
It is critical to make it to the tryouts in order to truly evaluate the skill level of all the kids amongst the group. However, if you have a major conflict (e.g. pre-booked vacation, wedding, priority school event, etc.) and aren’t able to attend either day of tryouts, contact email@example.com and we will review it on a case by case basis.
Can I try out for a grade/age group that is older than I am? Can I play up?
Everyone must try out during the session of their current grade and gender. TBA typically does not allow kids to play up. Kids will be assigned to teams based on their current grade during tryouts. However, if a child is older for their grade and their talent exceeds the level of play at their grade, it is at the discretion of TBA to determine if a child should play up.
How many kids make each team?
The number of kids on each team can vary depending on skill level and the number of people that try out. Each team will have anywhere from 8-12 kids.
How many teams are there per grade?
We try to have at least 1 team per grade level for both boys and girls. If we have a lot of kids try out, sometimes we will have 2 teams per grade – a GOLD team and a BLUE team.
When do I find out if I made the team?
You will find out if you made the team within less than 1 week after the tryout date. Exact dates will be communicated each year when you check-in for tryouts.
I didn’t make the team – can I try out again?
Absolutely! We encourage all kids to try out again the following season.
Coaching - FAQ
I’m interested in coaching a TBA team, how do I apply?
At any point in the year, if you are interested in more information regarding coaching, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Anyone wanting to coach will have to go through an interview process with some of the TBA board members.
Can I coach my child’s team?
While the goal of TBA is to have mostly non-parent trained paid coaches, that isn’t always possible or affordable. Therefore, there are some teams that do end up with parent coaches.
Do you have assistant coaches?
Yes, whenever possible, the goal is to have 1 head coach and 1 assistant coach for each team.
Are coaches paid?
All parent coaches are on a volunteer basis, however, they do receive a discount on their child’s TBA fee. Non-parent coaches are typically paid.
How much do you pay your non-parent coaches?
Payments for non-parent coaches are determined and based on basketball and coaching experience. Any paid coaches will be paid a flat amount for the season, receiving half at the beginning of the season and the other half at the end.
Sponsorships & Fundraising FAQ
Does TBA accept sponsorships?
Yes! We are a 501c3 and would love to partner with any companies looking to support their local basketball association. If you are interested in sponsoring TBA, please contact email@example.com
If I want to make a personal donation, can I donate to TBA?
Yes! Donations and fundraisers are what help keep TBA going. Any donations you make to TBA are tax deductible. Please send any donation questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Does TBA do any fundraisers?
Yes. Our main fundraiser is a Shoot-A-Thon in late fall. Players are encouraged to reach out to friends, family, neighbors and sponsor them during the shoot-a-thon with either a flat donation or a per shot donation (100 shot attempts per player).