Welcome to the 2022-23 information page for 4th-grade Edgemont boys travel basketball. Please review these FAQs:

WHERE AND WHEN ARE 4TH-GRADE BOYS TRYOUTS? Tryouts will be held at Greenville on Monday, October 24th, and Wednesday, October 26th, from 6:45p – 7:45p.

DOES MY SON HAVE TO ATTEND BOTH TRYOUTS? No. Only one is required, but we recommend attending both.

IS THERE A TRYOUT FEE? Yes. Please VENMO $20 to @Edgemont-Hoops or bring cash or a check to the tryout. It covers both sessions.

WHEN WILL REGULAR PRACTICES BEGIN? Regular practices will run on a Monday/Wednesday evening schedule beginning Wednesday, November 2nd and continuing through the winter. There will be additional practices and workouts periodically on other days (pending coach and gym availability). For the projected practice schedule, click here.

WHEN WILL GAMES BEGIN? League games will most likely begin the first weekend after Thanksgiving.

WHO ARE THE COACHES? The 4th-grade boys team will be coached by Ryan Lobban. He will be assisted by Brian Riley.IN WHICH LEAGUE DOES EDGEMONT TRAVEL PARTICIPATE? Our travel teams play in the Tri-County Basketball League.

WHAT CRITERIA ARE EMPLOYED TO SELECT PLAYERS? Deciding who should make the team is not an exact science. The evaluators will consider skill level, conditioning, position, basketball IQ, hustle, athleticism, coachability, selflessness, enthusiasm, attitude, sportsmanship, body language, and overall potential to contribute.

HOW MANY PLAYERS WILL MAKE EACH TRAVEL TEAM? We anticipate a roster of approximately 10 players.

WILL WE HAVE AN “A” AND “B” TEAM? No. Our league’s 4th-grade program only has one (“A”) division.

WHY HAVE CUTS AT THIS AGE? WHY NOT JUST HAVE A VERY LARGE ROSTER? Cutting is not preferred, but unfortunately there are practical limitations on how many kids can participate at the travel level. Large rosters are not manageable, dilute the experience for all, and render it difficult for coaches to prepare for competitive play.

CAN PARENTS BE INVOLVED IN SELECTING PLAYERS OR COACHES, OR HELP COACH THE TEAM? No.

HOW CAN I HELP MY CHILD PREPARE FOR TRYOUTS? Working on fundamentals is the best preparation. Click here for a curriculum.

WILL THERE BE OTHER BASKETBALL OPPORTUNITIES IF MY CHILD DOESN’T MAKE THE TRAVEL TEAM? Yes. Edgemont Recreation runs a winter program for 4th-graders. There are also a number of for-profit programs in the immediate area.

WHEN AND WHERE ARE GAMES? A standard travel season consists of ~12 regular-season games plus playoffs and scrimmages. Most games are on weekends but some are on weeknights. Travel practices and games will not conflict with Edgemont Recreation or EHS modified practices and games. Home games are played at Greenville and EHS. Away games are rarely more than a 30-minute drive from Edgemont.

WHEN WILL WE KNOW THE GAME SCHEDULE? Not until the first week of November. Opening weekend is likely the weekend after Thanksgiving. The regular season concludes in mid-February just before winter break. Playoffs commence after winter break and can continue to mid-March if teams advance.

HOW BIG IS THE TRAVEL COMMITMENT? The travel program requires a significant commitment. At some points during the season, travel players will have 3-4 travel events per week (plus rec). This level of commitment is necessary for players to build good habits, memorize plays, and develop chemistry with their teammates.

Before registering for tryouts, please make sure your child is able to prioritize travel basketball over other winter sports and activities. Please do not pursue a spot on an Edgemont travel team if you intend for your child to prioritize another winter sport or activity.

WE OFTEN TAKE FAMILY WEEKEND GETAWAYS IN THE WINTER. CAN MY CHILD STILL PLAY TRAVEL? No. There is likely to be a travel basketball event on every Sunday from late November through early March, except over school breaks.

IS PLAYING TIME EQUAL IN TRAVEL BASKETBALL? No. Every child will play in every game, but travel basketball is competitive and playing time is earned based on each player’s attendance / commitment and performance in both practices and games. Our coaches seek to achieve a reasonable balance of player development and strategy while making every effort to ensure that all players, regardless of skill level, have an opportunity to contribute in competitively appropriate situations over the course of the season.

HOW MUCH DOES A TRAVEL SEASON COST AND WHAT DOES IT COVER? Season fees are typically in the $750 range, but can vary somewhat by team. All program payments are allocated to expenses which include coaches/trainers, gym rentals, league fees, referee fees, equipment, and organization fees (e.g. insurance/accounting/tax). All day-to-day program management and administration is done on a volunteer basis.

HOW MANY BASKETBALL EVENTS DOES THE FEE INCLUDE? There are typically 40-45 on-court events (practices, skills training sessions, scrimmages, and games) over the course of an Edgemont travel season.

IS TRAVEL BASKETBALL FOR EVERYONE? No. Compared to recreational play, it is more serious and, at times, somewhat intense.

WHO ORGANIZES, FUNDS, AND ADMINISTERS EDGEMONT TRAVEL BASKETBALL? Edgemont travel is organized and overseen by Edgemont Travel Basketball Inc. (d/b/a Edgemont Hoops), a New York State nonprofit 501c3 corporation. Click here to learn more about the organization and its board of directors.

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