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2017-18 Tryout Registration is Open

Register for the upcoming 2017-18 Travelling Basketball season Tryouts scheduled for Saturday, September 23rd and Sunday, September 24th.  

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Countdown to 2017-2018 Tryouts


2017-18 Basketball Tryouts Schedule

Basketball tryouts for the 2017-2018 Season are schedule for September 23rd and 24th!


Boys Schedule


Girls Schedule


September 23 & 24, 2017


September 23 & 24, 2017






   Boys tryouts are TWO days and players MUST attend BOTH days.


Girls tryouts are TWO days and players MUST attend BOTH days.


4th Grade: 9 to 10:30


4th Grade: 9 to 10:30


5th Grade: 10:30 to 12:00


5th Grade: 10:30 to 12:00


6th Grade: 12:00 to 1:30 


6th Grade: 12:00 to 1:30 


7th Grade: 1:30 to 3:00


7th Grade: 1:30 to 3:00


8th Grade: 3:00 to 4:30


8th Grade: 3:00 to 4:30


Tryout Process

There is a $20.00 try-out registration fee for everyone attending tryouts. This is non-refundable and must be paid online at the time of registration.  

At the time of the physical tryouts, players will need to check in at their appropriate site with the onsite volunteers who will have the roster for try-outs based on the online registration and must have their tryout fee paid in full.  

Players are selected for teams based on their tryout performance. Tryouts consist of both a Saturday and Sunday evaluation for all players. Players are evaluated by qualified coaches from outside the White Bear Lake District using a standardized numerical system of scoring. Players will be selected by rating result as well as position considerations. Each team needs to consist of a distribution of guards, forwards and centers. Coaches select the teams according to the by-laws.  

Scoring consists of 35% drills and 65% scrimmages. Each day involves a combination of both to provide the most opportunities for the players to shine. During scrimmages, evaluators are looking for the ability to score, offensive skills (passing and ball handling), defensive skills and team play. The WBBA attempts to field 2 teams each at the 4th-8th grade level for girls and boys. However, based on interest level we may have 3 teams at an age group.  Teams at the 4th grade level are typically split evenly, while 5th-8th grade teams will consist of an A and B team. Most teams consist of 10 players, however it is possible to have more or less on occasion.

To read more about the WBBA Traveling Basketball program


Tryout Check List

As we gear up to hit the court for the 2017-18 White Bear Basketball Tryouts in September, and we ask that players and parents arrive at the sites prepared for the day.

Provided below if a check list for WBBA Tryouts 

  1. Players must come dressed appropriately for basketball. This includes wearing comfortable shoes.
  2. Players should bring a water bottle or beverage/sports drink.
  3. Players should be on site at least 30 minutes early to be measured and checked in.
  4. Players who have not yet paid the $20 registration fee, this must be paid before your son or daughter takes the court. Please see the check in table to pay this fee if you have not already done so.

We appreciate everyone's assistance in helping us run a smooth and efficient try out for the players.

While you are welcome to stay and wait, parents are NOT allowed to participate in the try outs and will NOT be allowed to watch the try outs. If you have any concerns about this WBBA Policy, please contact your Youth Director.

Volunteers Needed for 2017-2018 Season

WBBA Volunteer Positions and Descriptions

There are several non-elected positions that support the operational aspects of the White Bear Basketball Association Board of Directors.  Below you will find the title and a brief description of responsibilities.  In some cases theses positions are filled and you will see the name of the volunteer, and with others there are OPEN positions and we are looking for great friends and parents within the community to fill these roles.  

If you are interested, please come to our next Board Meeting on Wednesday, June 14th at 6:30pm.


Registrar (Cindy Schmittdiel)

The Registrar is an administrative position responsible for creating the online registration pages on the WBBA website for players to sign up for tryouts and then for the basketball season.   The association has been using the Sportsengine online registration platform for several years, so creating new registrations typically requires copying prior year’s forms and making minor updates and changes. There are numerous help pages and easy to follow tutorials through Sportsengine to help with the task.  The Registrar also manages all the completed registrations to provide lists of registered players and track who still needs to do so. The Registrar works closely with the Treasurer to ensure all registration payments have been made; however, all monetary exchanges are done through the Treasurer.

Events Coordinator (**OPEN**)

The WBBA Events Coordinator primarily facilitates the parent volunteer committees for the Opening Tipoff Event at the beginning of the season (a dinner and brief introduction program for traveling basketball families) and the Final Buzzer (a short end-of-season closing program that features dessert and raffles, etc.)  The WBBA generally solicits volunteer parents from the 7th and 8th grades to help with serving food, managing raffles, decorating the gym, etc.  The Events Coordinator(s) primarily solicits this team of volunteers and works with WBBA board members and the volunteer committees in connection with these events.  The Events Coordinator would also assist in connection with certain other events as needed.

Fundraising/Business Outreach Coordinator (**OPEN**)

The Fundraising/Business Outreach Coordinator would develop and coordinate fundraising strategies outside of the WBBA’s primary sources of funding. (The primary sources of funds for the WBBA are player registration fees, varsity concession profits, tournament proceeds (net profit from team registration, gate admissions, and concessions at our boys and girls tournaments), and pull-tabs.) This position offers volunteers the opportunity to think creatively about soliciting funds from local businesses through donations, partnerships, event sponsorships, web banner ads, etc.

Concessions Coordinators (Nancy Thomas, Ann Seaton, & Kari Hurst)

While the concessions tables at varsity games and WBBA traveling tournaments are staffed by volunteers through a process largely managed by the Boys and Girls Program Directors, the WBBA needs one or more individuals to assist with tracking and purchasing inventory and managing the concession storage and “storefront” location at South Campus throughout the season.  Responsibilities include ensuring that adequate food and beverage inventory is on hand for high school games and the traveling tournaments, arranging for the proper closing and securing of the South Campus storage location after varsity games, and generally helping to make sure that the concessions equipment, etc. is in working order.  This position lends itself to a small group who might be able to divide tasks efficiently.

Parent Communication Liaison (Mike Swanson)

The position of Parent Communication Liaison was created to provide member families with an optional and convenient point of contact with the WBBA for the purpose of voicing concerns, suggestions, or any other feedback.  Parents and players can of course communicate directly with their coach or any WBBA board member, and the Association encourages participation in monthly board meetings, but in certain circumstances, parents may seek to voice concerns without having to attend a meeting or on a no-names basis.  The Parent Communication Liaison would serve as a conduit for parent and player feedback and report to the WBBA on any feedback collected from members.  The Parent Communication Liaison also can take the initiative of soliciting input from families by way of surveys, formal or informal meetings, or other strategies.

Webmaster (Mike Swanson)

The Webmaster position involves working closely with the WBBA board members to make the best use of the WBBA’s website to share information and promote basketball events at  This includes periodic updates to the website material, especially the headline announcements of upcoming events, as well as various other content and resources for WBBA member families.  The position also involves managing the process of sending “blast” emails to members (announcements and reminders of events, etc.) This position does not require a volunteer to create content, but requires some comfort with website maintenance.

Social Media Coordinator (**OPEN**)

In addition to the White Bear Basketball Association website, the WBBA maintains a Facebook page and Twitter account.  The Social Media Coordinator is responsible for updating the WBBA’s Facebook and Twitter accounts to post news and events.  Often, this will involve close coordination with the Webmaster to ensure that basic news postings, event reminders, etc. relating to WBBA activities are posted to the Association’s social media accounts as more and more member families get their news from Facebook and Twitter.  No significant information technology expertise required! Just a willingness to help the WBBA’s communications efforts and have fun with social media.  If easier, volunteers can split this responsibility among a couple of people, if desired.

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WBBA Monthly Association Meeting

The next White Bear Basketball Association Meeting
will take place on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

This meeting takes place at South Campus in Room 608 and begin at 6:30pm.

WBBA Meetings are open to the public, as all are welcomed and encouraged to attend a meeting during their time with the WBBA. The meetings are generally on the second Wednesday of the month.

If you would like more information on these meetings, please contact any one of the WBBA Board Members.

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