The Traveling Program is the most competitive MBA program. There are girls' and boys' teams at five levels: 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th grade, 7th grade, and 8th grade. Teams will participate in weekend tournaments throughout the metro area. Not all players who sign up will make a team. Traveling teams are designed to challenge the individual players who want to compete at the highest competitive level. This program helps players develop basketball skills as well as provide an opportunity to implement those skills at a level that is comparable with that player's skill level. Traveling basketball can be highly competitive with a significant time commitment. Some of the key traveling program features include:
Our goal is to have 10 player rosters, however, roster size may vary based on:
To receive consideration for such an exemption based on item number 4:
Typically player 9 and/or 10 will also make the team. The Roster Committee may consider any of the following roster variances:
After considering any roster variances and any other material facts, final team roster recommendations will be determined by the Roster Committee. All Final Rosters will be announced by the MBA President.
If by combining grades, there will be enough players to create a team that would not otherwise be established, the MBA may consider allowing players to play up. Other extraneous circumstances may be brought before the board, however, the board strongly discourages playing up and such requests are likely to be denied. Any playing up request must be submitted to the board and approved in advance of the player evaluations. A player with tentative board approval must participate in the upper level player evaluations and score in the top 2 (they must also participate in their own age level evaluations). In no case will a player be allowed to play up if it displaces an eligible player of the appropriate age group.
4TH & 5TH GRADE TRAVELING
All 4th and 5th grade traveling players will be given approximately equal playing time. Actual time will vary game to game and tournament to tournament, but each player should play no less than 40% of the total game minutes in each game and no less than 40% of the total game minutes over the course of the season. Coaches may make reasonable exceptions for illness/injury, foul trouble, documented disciplinary issues, and failure to attend regular practices/games.
6TH - 8TH GRADE TRAVELING
Playing time for middle school traveling players is based on practice/game attendance, attitude, effort, sportsmanship, coachability, situation , and skills. Each player should play no less than 30% of the total game minutes in each game and should play no less than 40% of the total game minutes over the course of the season. Coaches may make reasonable exceptions for illness/injury, foul trouble, documented disciplinary issues, and failure to attend regular practices/games.
Each traveling player is provided with a full uniform (jersey and shorts). Uniforms under this program must be returned to the MBA at the end of the season. Parents failing to return either item will be required to reimburse the MBA $100 per item.
PLEASE WASH UNIFORMS IN COLD WATER ONLY. DO NOT MACHINE DRY. HANG-DRY UNIFORMS ONLY.
Players will be given a warm-up shirt, at no additional cost. Warm-up shirts will be kept by the players. Teams may elect to purchase other items at their own cost.
The Board will review/approve every head coaching position each year. The head coach may carry over from the previous year, provided that their child is placed on the same team as the prior season and feedback received on how the team was coached the previous year has been positive. The board may interview and select other candidates if the Board deems that it will benefit the program. If the head coach's player is placed on a different traveling team than the prior year, and the new team does not have a returning coach, the players parent/coach will carry over to the new team.
The following traveling teams are expected to have a returning head coach for 2019-2020 season. There may be cases where the head coach from last year is not yet confirmed but may still coach next season. In cases where a new coach will be selected, interviews will be held after rosters have been identified. Identifying a traveling coach as “expected to return” is not a guarantee that the coach’s child will make the team. If the coach’s child does not make the team, a new coach will be selected after tryouts. Grade level indicates the grade for the 2019-2020 season. This information is provided for transparency for those who may be interested in coaching next season. All individuals who wish to be a head coach or assistant coach should indicate that in their child’s registration materials, even if the head coach from last year is expected to return. If someone who does not have a child on the team wishes to be a traveling coach, he/she should contact Mike Cummins, Traveling Director, prior to the player registration deadline.
A returning head coach is expected for the following teams for the 2019-2020 season:
MBA will interview for head coach for teams that do not have a returning head coach on Monday, September 23, 2019 from 6-9 pm at Mahtomedi Middle School. Specific times will be scheduled with prospective coaches after rosters have been announced (after tryouts). If you are interested in interviewing for a traveling head coach position please hold that evening open on your calendar.