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MVBA Traveling Tryouts

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

- 2021 Tryout Dates are 9/11 and 912

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).

ACTIVE PLAYER CLARIFICATION (Updated 8/25) Mask Guidelines

The Mounds View Public School District issued a notification that all students, staff and visitors must wear a mask (regardless of vaccination status) while inside the District’s buildings effective Monday, August 23rd.

This requirement is based upon guidance provided to school districts from the Ramsey County Department of Public Health due to the sharp increase in COVID-19 cases within Minnesota.

The Mounds View Basketball Association (MVBA) is required to follow all requirements imposed by the facilities that we rent for our activities.  Coaches, Spectators, and Facilitators must wear a mask all of the time in MV District Facilities. 


"Players that are actively playing do not need to wear mask on the court. 

HOWEVER - Masks are required at all times when players are watching or walking though the facilities. This includes all open gyms, tryout training sessions, tryouts, practices, games and other activities until further notice."

It can be reasonably assumed that masks will be required during the 2021-2022 basketball season for all  coaches and spectators. Mask guidelines for active players on the court will vary depending on the School District Facility policy. 

At this time MV District Facilities will allow the active players to play without a mask for our practices and in-house or travel games; however, as we’ve seen over the past year, the requirements can change rapidly.

Registration for our travel and in-house seasons is open until 5pm on September 10th.

If you have already registered for the season and would like to pull your son or daughter from the program due to the mask requirement, you must request a refund prior to 5pm on September 10th.

No refunds will be provided after this date due to COVID-19 restrictions (masks, spectators, etc.). Refunds will still be provided based upon our COVID-19 refund policy should any portion of the season be cancelled.

If you have any additional questions or wish to request a refund, please email

Thank you for your consideration and understanding while we navigate the changing conditions as the 2021-2022 season approaches.


2021 Tryouts will be on 9/11 and 9/12.

Boys & Girls try-out separately by their grade. 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 tryouts, no exceptions. The 2021-2022 Traveling Registration is closed. 
  2. BRING a MASK! Players must wear a mast as they enter the school and get ready to enter into the gym. Masks DO NOT NEED TO BE WORN when players are actively playing on the court. Evaluators and facilitators will be wearing masks. 
  3. Players must come dressed appropriately for basketball and bring a white (light) and black (dark) shirt with no numbers.
  4. At check in players will be given 2 stickers (Each day) with a unique number to use on their light and dark shirts during scrimmages. 
  5. Players should bring their own basketball. If players do not have their own ball, one can be provided for the tryout.
  6. Players should bring a water bottle or beverage/sports drink.
  7. Players should be on site (Chippewa MS) 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. Note that no players will be allowed into the gym until the prior group has cleared.
  8. Specific Tryout Times by Grade are listed on our Home Page.
  9. Get ready to have fun, do your best, and play hard.

Parents are welcome to stay and wait in their car or outside the building. However, parents are NOT allowed in the school to participate in, watch, or wait during the try-outs.

Tryouts 101 Training Session

Thanks for the wonderful turnout at our 2021 Tryouts 101 Training Session. Look for information about the 2022 session next summer.

You can always take a look at the outline (below) for some similar drills that the evaluators take the players through during tryouts. 

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. If you are not happy with your son or daughters team placement and decide to not play - you forfeit all tryout registration fees.

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 within 7 days of the tryouts.

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