We will be using evaluators from outside our Youth Basketball Program. These evaluators will be using the following criteria:
1. Skills: Players who can perform age appropriate basketball skills and show the ability to continue learning new skills.
2. Athletic Ability and Potential: Players with the ability to learn and perform complex skills.
3. Attitude, Coachable & Approach to the game: Players who are positive, competitive and eager to learn.
4. Position: Players whose skills fit a specific need for the team's overall balance.
Teams will be posted on this website as soon as possible. We have a few athletes who are injured and can't attend tryouts. We will leave spots open on teams until the injured athletes have had a tryout. Teams might be adjusted after the makeup tryouts for the injured athlete(s). Players may move up to a higher team at that point but no players will move down because of the makeup tryouts.
We try to put 8-10 players on a team whenever possible. Sometimes we don't have enough players at a grade level for a 2nd team so we keep all players on one team instead of cutting players at tryouts. The same principle applies when we have 21-23 players at a grade level. We would form 2 teams with more than 10 players on each team instead of cutting players.
Players who are injured or can not attend tryouts due to another circumstance must notify Brian Bergstrom prior to the tryout dates. Email - firstname.lastname@example.org or call 952-449-8353.
Players will wear the same uniforms from last year. 4th Graders will receive a new uniform as part of their registration fee. Players who are new to Orono or players who have out-grown their uniform from last year will need to purchase a new uniform. Contact Brian Bergstrom at email@example.com. The orders need to be placed by September 15th in order to get them back before the first tournament in November.
We try to schedule 2 practices per week for each team. There will be some weeks when we don't have enough gym time available to accommodate this. Practices are scheduled in the late afternoons, evenings and Saturdays. We try to avoid scheduling Wednesday evening practices.
The 4th grade teams will play 20-25 games in tournaments and or leagues. The 5th-8th grade teams will play in 30-35 games in tournaments and/or leagues.
We hire paid coaches for 7th and 8th grade teams. That is the reason why the participation fee is higher for 7th & 8th graders.
We recruit volunteer parents to coach 4th, 5th & 6th grade teams. If we can't find a parent to coach we will ask the parents to help pay for a paid coach for their team.