Ballard Basketball is looking for players for our 8th grade girls "Ballard Heat" team. The Ballard Heat team is ideal for players looking to expand their game in a supportive team environment and prepare for high school basketball! If you are interested, please email Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to everyone who tried out for our Fall/Winter Season! We are looking forward to a great season.
Our next tryout will be in early March for our Spring/Summer season (March 14-July 31).
Teams: We have girls select teams for 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th. We will create multiple teams in an age-group if we can support them with coaches, gym space and appropriate competition. Our rising high schoolers will have a Fall-only season. 4th graders can tryout for the 5th grade team. No boys teams at this time. (Boys can play in our Fall In House League.)
Teams usually have 1 longer (2 hour) practice each week. These are mandatory for participation on the team.
Unlimited Trainings: Each player is also required to participate in one training session per week with multiple days/times available.. Players will be able to attend UNLIMITED trainings a week. We want players to take advantage of exposure to different coaches and types of trainings. If we have a wider variety of players at a training, we will divide the group with two coaches.
Games: Each team in 5th-8th will enter 9-10 local tournaments (or 27-35 games). HS teams will enter 4 tournaments. Regional tournaments are possible and will be discussed during the first parent meeting.
Tentative Fall Tourney Schedule:
5th/6th (Derek): Oct 9-10, Oct. 23-24, Nov 6-7, Nov 20-21
6th Courage (Taylor): Sept 25-26, Oct 9-10, Oct. 23-24, Nov 6-7
6th/7th Heart (Taylor & Carly): Oct 2-3, Oct 16-17, Oct 30-31, Nov 14-15
7th Fierce (Sara): Oct 9-10, Oct 23-24, Nov 6-7, Nov 20-21
7th Fearless. (Sara): Oct 2-3, Oct 16-17, Oct 30-31, Nov 14-15
8th Next Level (April): Oct 2-3, Oct 16-17, Oct 30-31, Nov 13-14
8th Heat (Greg): Sept 25-26, Oct 9-10, Oct 23-24, Oct Nov 6-7
HS Select (Ani): Sept 25-26, Oct 9-10, Oct, 30-31 Nov 6-7
HS All Star (Taylor): Oct 2-3, Oct. 16-17, Oct 23-24, Nov 6-7
HS Elite (Taylor): Sept 25-26, Oct 9-10, Oct 23-24, Nov 13-14
Commitment: Multiple Team Athletes - We want athletes to have the opportunity to excel in as many sports as they want. AND there are only so many hours in a week. We ask that Select players do not play on other Select basketball teams, to avoid conflicts at tournaments. Also, it may not be viable for athletes and families to manage more than one other sports team. The most common scenario is playing for the school fall and/or winter sports team and Ballard Select. This can work only because most school practices are right after school, so we will try to start most team practices and trainings after 6:00pm for middle and high school teams. Please note that continued absence from practices and games will likely translate into less playing time.
Playing Time: Playing time is determined by commitment, effort, skill, decision-making, mindset and what is best for the team at the time. Players are guaranteed 1 quarter of the tournament. If you are at the 1 quarter minimum, your coach will talk to you about why they are making that decision. We plan to keep game rosters at or below 10 players and every effort will be to create time for players to get quality playing time.
Player Evaluations: Player evaluations will be completed at the beginning, middle and end of each season. For HS teams, they will be completed twice- beginning and end. These will be written reports from the coach that will outline strengths, areas for improvement and ways to improve. The evaluations are meant to provide structure for conversations between players and coaches.
Game Film: Thanks to a parent with some cool tech, we are able to film many of our games this season. we will post these on a private YouTube Channel and design time to break down game film with the team.
Physical Therapy: Dave Self, owner of Magnolia PT, has generously offered to be our club's "Bumps and Bruises" PT. If your athlete has a strain, sprain or nagging pain, Dave can be reached via cell phone to work them into his schedule at no charge for an initial check and will give you advice about how to proceed. He and his staff are very knowledgeable, skilled and kind. His daughters went through our program and we have loved having him as a resource. Please let me know if you'd like to
Team Socials: This season, we will incorporate intentional team building events at the beginning, middle and end of the season. These events might include ropes courses, team dinners, team challenges and outings. These are an essential part of the Ballard Basketball experience and every effort will me made to schedule for full participation.
Parent involvement: This season, we are asking for some roles to be filled by parent helpers. More on these roles at the first Parent Meeting (day/time TBD).
Team Fees: Fees go towards coaching, gym rentals, tournament fees, team socials, player evaluations, equipment, insurance, and taxes. Players will get a MINIMUM of 115 hours of court time. Team fees are payable in monthly installments via Team Snap or offline. Financial Aid is available for anyone needing assistance. These fees are competitive with other clubs in the area.
Uniforms and Gear: If you don't have a uniform, you can order at registration. Ballard Basketball gear can be ordered by going to our Gear page.
** If you don't make a select team, you will be offered a spot in our In House League (go to the Fall In House League page for details).