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MVBA Traveling Tryouts

Try-Out Checklist

Boys & Girls try-out separately, per age group. Each day’s try-out is 60 - 90 minutes long, 

Getting Ready for Try-Out Day: As we hit the courts for try-outs, we ask that players arrive prepared and ready to play. Here is a quick try-out checklist:

  1. All players participating in try-out must be registered prior to the registration date, no exceptions. 
  2. Players must come dressed appropriately for basketball.
  3. DO NOT bring your own basketball. Balls will be provided.
  4. Players should bring a water bottle or beverage/sports drink.
  5. Players should be on site at least 15 minutes early (both days) to get checked in. Check in with the onsite volunteers who will have the roster for try-outs based on the online registration.
  6. Get ready to have fun, do your best, and play hard. 

Parents are welcome to stay and wait, however, parents are NOT allowed to participate in or watch the try-outs.

MVBA Traveling Basketball Try-Out Summary

WHO: Boys & Girls, grades 4-8 who reside or attend school in the Mounds View High School attendance area as identified by the Mounds View school district. 

WHEN: Traveling Tryouts are held in September.  

WHERE: Chippewa Middle School

WHAT: MVBA Traveling Basketball Program is a competitive league with A, B, and C level teams (depending on participation numbers) that play in Twin City area traveling tournaments.

  • Teams - The actual size and number of traveling teams the MVBA supports depends on the number and skill level of interested boys or girls at each grade level (4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th).

Tryout Specifics

Player evaluations are based on individual basketball skills (shooting, dribbling, passing with both left and right hand), effort/hustle, coach-ability and ability to play offensively and defensively as a team. Our evaluators run the players through a series of skill drills and game situation scrimmages. Registered players that do not show up for tryouts without contacting the MVBA - will automatically be placed on an In-House team. 

All players are expected to try-out both days. In cases where a player cannot try-out because of a documented injury or any other unavoidable extreme circumstances, but is expected back in time for the season, the player must notify the MVBA prior to tryouts and MVBA will use our sole discretion in placing that player on a team and may use any prior year information it deems suitable.  A player that does not try-out due to an injury may not move up in division (example: an injured player from last year's white team that cannot tryout may only be placed on the white or black team). 

A non-injured player who fully participated in try-outs will have priority over a player who was unable to participate in try-outs in those cases when the players are deemed “equal” in the evaluation process.

The Evaluators: The MVBA uses fully independent evaluators that do not have a child in the MVBA basketball program. They as a team evaluate the players and select the teams. All evaluators have been involved in youth basketball for many years with playing and/or coaching experience at multiple levels including AAU, high school or college.

Parents are not allowed in the gym during try-outs and MVBA board members are not allowed in the gym during their child's try-out session.

Team Placement: All traveling team placement decisions are final. Depending on try-out numbers, not everyone will make a traveling team. Players who do not make a traveling team have the option to play in the In-House league. Please let us know if your player will not participate in the In-House Program.

Team Announcement: We understand every player is anxious to find which team they will be playing on. We work diligently to communicate the Traveling Teams withing 7 days of the tryouts.

We appreciate everyone's assistance in helping us run a smooth and efficient try-out for the players.

Traveling Tryouts 101 Training Session Thanks

Thanks to volunteers and the players that came out for the Traveling Tryouts 101 Training session. We had a packed house.

We ran the players through a series of drills and game tryout scenarios to give the players a feel for what the evaluators look for during the upcoming tryouts.

Here is an outline of what was covered:

Traveling Tryout Team Placement

Thanks to all of the MVBA volunteers, evaluators, and players for making this year's tryouts a great experience.  

Not everyone will make a traveling team (or the team they think they should make) and that's OK. Our goal is to place each player in a spot where they will be challenged and can grow in their basketball development. It's only a snapshot of their basketball career. If they truly love basketball - they will continue to play and improve.

Parents and players - The MVBA applauds your support in this philosophy.

The 2019-2020 Traveling Teams are below.