Welcome to the 2022-23 information page for 5th-grade Edgemont girls travel basketball. Please review these FAQs:
WHERE AND WHEN ARE TRYOUTS? Tryouts will be held at Greenville on Tuesday, October 18th, and Thursday, October 20th from 6:30p – 7:45p.
DOES MY DAUGHTER 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 Tuesday/Thursday evening schedule beginning Tuesday, October 25th, and continuing through the winter. There will be additional practices and workouts periodically on other days (pending coach and gym availability). See below for the projected practice schedule.
WHO ARE THE COACHES? We are taking a “team” approach to coaching in the girls program this year. Our staff includes Dave Scagnelli, Joe DiMaio, Brian Davis, and Rob Sauerhaft. They will be assisted by experienced trainers from time to time.
By utilizing 2-3 coaches with each team on a rotating basis, the girls will benefit from multiple coaching styles at a low player-to-coach ratio.
WILL GRADES BE COMBINED? No. Each grade will have its own team. However, with 4 teams, we expect to hold some combined events (e.g. joint skills sessions and intrasquad scrimmages).
IF MY CHILD PLAYED TRAVEL LAST YEAR, WILL SHE AUTOMATICALLY MAKE THE TEAM THIS YEAR? No. Each season starts with a “clean slate” for all players. No spots are guaranteed.
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? Edgemont travel teams typically carry between 10 and 12 players.
CAN PARENTS BE INVOLVED IN SELECTING PLAYERS OR COACHES, OR HELP COACH THE TEAM? No.
WILL THERE BE OTHER BASKETBALL OPPORTUNITIES IF MY CHILD DOESN’T MAKE THE TRAVEL TEAM? Yes. Edgemont Recreation runs a winter program for 5th and 6th-graders
and Edgemont Hoops typically runs supervised open gym basketball throughout the school year. There are also a number of for-profit programs in the immediate area.
WHEN AND WHERE ARE GAMES? A standard travel season consists of ~14 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 primarily at 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 typically the weekend before 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 4 or 5 events per week. 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. In some situations (e.g. close games / playoff games), some players may play only a little. That reflects the competitive nature of travel basketball, in which playing time is earned based on each player’s attendance / commitment and performance in both practices and games.
CAN MY PLAY BOTH EDGEMONT TRAVEL AND EDGEMONT RECREATION BASKETBALL? Yes. Please note that Edgemont travel is not intended to replace or compete with Edgemont’s recreational program. The two programs coordinate schedules to avoid conflicts.
HOW MUCH DOES A TRAVEL SEASON COST AND WHAT DOES IT COVER? Season fees are typically in the $750 – $800 range, but can vary by team depending on roster size and number of team events.
HOW MANY BASKETBALL EVENTS DOES THE FEE INCLUDE? There are typically 45-50 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.
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