When are tryouts and what are the requirements?
Hillsdale Hoops tryouts are open to all girls and boys residing in Hillsdale between the grades of 3-8 as of September of the current season Tryouts are free and usually held in late October. Please check our Welcome Page in early October for details. This is a TRAVEL program that is more competitive than the Hillsdale Recreation Basketball program run by the town.
Will my child definitely make a team?
We do not guarantee that all children trying out will make a team. We also do not guarantee that there will be a team for every grade/gender. Teams are dependent on participation numbers. If enough players tryout, then we will consider an A and B team for that particular grade/gender should we have enough volunteers to coach and enough gym time.
What is the commitment level of Hillsdale Hoops?
Hillsdale Hoops is a competitive travel basketball program. We expect a high level of commitment from every player in our program. If a child plays another travel sport during the winter, then we ask that you as the parent consider whether you will put our program first. If not, then please let us know during registration.
When does the season start and end?
The season begins in early November with practices. Games begin in early December and finish in mid-March.
What are the costs for the program?
Tryouts are free. If your child makes a team the season fee is $295+ uniform if new to the program. You can wear the uniform for multiple seasons, so it is not a yearly purchase.
What is the time commitment per week?
Plan on about 2-3 nights per week. In the early season we try to get in as many practices as possible. After the holidays, we usually practice once per week with 1-2 games. We are hoping to get each player 16-18 games and 14+ practices this season.
What leagues do you participate in?
Girls and boys both play in the BTBL. Please see their site for additional info.
Do you play in any tournaments?
Yes. Typically, we try to play in a couple tournaments throughout the season. We will be gauging which tournaments will take place this year (due to COVID) and entering teams, as much as possible.
Do you guarantee equal playing time among players?
The short answer is no. Playing time is based on skill level, effort, team commitment, attitude, as well as game situations. This is a competitive travel basketball program. However, we do encourage coaches to do their best to keep every player involved in the practices, games, and team experience as a whole...but ultimately playing time is the coaches decision. In other words, our goal as a program is for every player to have a positive growing experience win or loose throughout the season, but in a highly competitive travel basketball program we also realize that our program is not for everyone. If you are looking for a more relaxed basketball environment for your child, please consider the Hillsdale Recreation Basketball League.
Do you attempt to develop players?
Yes! One of the reasons that we hold tryouts each year is because we know children develop differently in both skill and athleticism year to year. We want to give each child who devotes themselves to basketball and works hard during the off-season, the chance to make the team or move up to the A team the following season. We also strive to give each child a fair chance to not only contribute to their teams, but also to further their own individual skills, and may incorporate skill clinics for each team into our program during the months of November and December. Skill clinics are run by a local AAU basketball program.
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