Hopkins Girls Basketball Association Traveling Basketball

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2021 Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate?

HGBA provides an opportunity for 4th-8th grade girls to play on a traveling basketball team. Our program is for students who live or attend school within the Hopkins School District. In 2021, we will also field a 3rd grade team.

What is the schedule for traveling basketball?

Evaluations are held in September and practices begin in October. Tournaments begin in November and typically end with the Grade State Tournament (late February, early March).

When are practices?

HGBA athletes will practice twice a week for 1.5 hours a practice for 4th and 5th graders and 2 hours a week for 6-8th graders. Practices are held Monday-Thursday based on gym availability.

How much traveling is involved with Travel Basketball?

Most tournaments we attend are closer than you may think. Given that we live in the Twin Cities metro area, we have access to great competition nearby! The majority of our tournaments are about 30 min away. Tournaments vary between being 1-2 days and are held on the weekends. Teams 5th grade and above will participate in one overnight tournament (typically held in Rochester).

What does the evaluation process entail?

HGBA evaluations are conducted by our HGBA Coaching Director and Hopkins High School Coaching staff. Our evaluations take place over two days in September. Evaluation attendance is required. Players will be evaluated on individual skills, teamwork and game play. We encourage players to participate in our FREE pre-evaluation clinics held in September, Spring Skills Clinics and the Hopkins Royals Girls Basketball Camp in June as they are good opportunities to continue to grow as a player.

How many players are placed on travel teams?

We aim to place 8-10 players on each team. On occasion, there are times where we may need to increase our team numbers to 11. We try to place the girls at the right level for their skills and development, which can result in variations in team sizes. Our Coaching Director has the final say in decisions related to player placement and number of players on a team.

Can my athlete play up at a higher grade level?

HGBA believes that girls are better served by playing at their grade level and against same-age competition. To “play up,” a player must evaluate as a clear-cut top 3 player in the grade above. Nobody will be placed on a higher-grade team if that placement results in any players at that grade level being cut. Girls who play up one year should not expect to be playing up in future years.

What size basketball do we need?

3rd and 4th grade play with a 27.5 basketball 5th and above play with a 28.5 basketball.

My child is not yet ready for travel basketball, what other options exist?

There are lots of opportunities for kids to play rec basketball. Here are some close options that Hopkins school district kids have participated in:

Golden Valley Parks and Rec

Hopkins-Minnetonka Rec

Tonka Rec