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 late September and early October for details.
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.
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 $255 + uniform if new to the program. We change uniforms aproximately every 3-4 years. Uniforms are about $60 for shorts and jerseys.
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. Expect approximately 20 games per season.
What leagues do you participate in?
Girls play in the NWBP, and boys play in the BTBL. Please see their sites for additional info. Coaches may choose to play their teams in more leagues. This is done at their discretion and is an additional cost to parents.
Do you play in any tournaments?
Yes all teams play in 3 tournaments throughout the season. Our first tournament is the PIT Tournament in early December. Our second is the River Vale Tournament in mid December. And our third tournament is our own Hillsdale Invitational Tournament in March. Coaches may choose to play their teams in more tournaments. This is done at their discretion and is an additional cost to parents.
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 offseason, the chance to make the team or move up to the A team the following season. Also, during the season we strive to give each child a fair chance to not only contribute to their teams, but also further their own individual skills. To do so we have incorporated weekly skill clinics for each team into our program during the months of November and December. Our skill clinics are run by a local AAU basketball program.
Are there any additional commitments?
Each family is required to donate 3 hours per player of volunteer service during our annual Hillsdale Hoops Tournament in March. This is a very important fundraising event for us as we are able to offset many of our program costs via the funds collected during this tournament. Your volunteer hours can be fulfilled by working the concession stand, collecting admission fees at the front gate, or by working the clock or scorebook during a game. If volunteer hours are not met, your $75 check due at tryout registration will be cashed.
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