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HOW MUCH TIME AND TRAVEL SHOULD WE EXPECT WITH THE MBA?
August – September
The MBA will offer 3 skill sessions (approximately 1 per week) in August. $10 for each session. Tryouts will be on August 19, 21, & 22. All skill sessions and tryouts will be at Noblesville West Middle School gyms.
October – March
MBA teams will have two (2) 90-minute practices per week. The practices will be within Noblesville School gyms. 2 skill clinics with be offered in addition to team practices each month. Each team will play between 25-30 games. Games will be in the greater Hamilton County area, including Noblesville, Fishers, and Carmel. Some of our teams will have the choice to play at Best Choice Fieldhouse this year and games around the 465 loop in Indianapolis.
April – May
The MBA will offer 2-3 skill sessions (approximately 2 per month).
WHAT TYPE OF COACHING SHOULD WE EXPECT TO RECEIVE?
The MBA understands that the type of coaching your child receives is a major question most parents have. As with most youth programs, our coaches are made up of parent volunteers. Each parent interested in coaching a team are required to fill out an application and the MBA and Noblesville varsity staff review these. The selected coaches will be required to complete a Tier 3 background check provided by Noblesville Schools. Coaches will receive training through our coaching and skills clinics that will give them the tools to be successful.
TEAMS FORMED OUTSIDE OF THE MILLER BASKETBALL ACADEMY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE INDY HOOPS LEAGUE.
No. Any team interested and qualified to play in the Indy Hoops league must be associated with the MBA. This is an all school team league.
PLAYERS TO PLAY IN ANOTHER PROGRAM WHILE PLAYING IN THE MBA.
Players can participate in another program as long as it does not interfere with their MBA commitments. If a player chooses to participate in another program and there is a conflict, we require the player to make the MBA the top priority. You cannot play for a team in the same division at the fieldhouse. This is a Fieldhouse rule not ours.
WHAT IS THE TRYOUT FORMAT AND HOW WILL MY PLAYER’S ROSTER SPOT BE DETERMINED?
Players get a number at tryout registration desk. Tryouts will consist of stations (shooting, dribbling, footwork and finishing) and competitive basketball in 1v1, 3v3, and 5v5 format. This provides the evaluators with both objective and subjective data about each player. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend all tryouts, training sessions, practices, and games. We will divide the players up by skill level to a proposed roster at the conclusion of the tryouts. We will notified the parents by email of their placement, and they will only have 24 hours to accept or decline the placement.
MBA Director and Noblesville coaching staff will perform the evaluations. Evaluations are part science and part art form. We strive to get it right every time, but we will make mistakes on some evaluations. Our goal is to do our best to evaluate each player and place him at the appropriate level of competition in order to help him achieve the three goals of the MBA. It is important to remember that team placement in grades 3-6 does not guarantee or prohibit varsity success. The MBA goals are to teach the proper skills, develop a passion for the game, and develop character skills. The MBA believes doing this will help prepare players to become NHS varsity basketball players.
CUT PLAYERS AFTER TRYOUTS.
It is not a guarantee that every player who attends tryouts will make an MBA team. We realize that not every player who attends tryouts will be developmentally ready for the MBA level of competition. If desired, the MBA will help players find an appropriate level of basketball to continue their talent, character, and skill development.
WHAT DO THE FEES COVER?
The cost of the MBA for the 2019-2020 basketball season is $375. MBA is a Tier 3 club through the Noblesville School Corporation. This means that all participants must pay an annual $75 facility usage fee. This fee is included in our club fees. In addition, all game and practice uniforms, league fees, insurance, and administrative costs are included in our fee structure. Any remaining revenue is to ensure we have equipment, including coaches’ kits, training tools, basketballs, etc.
HOW WILL PLAYING TIME BE HANDLED AND HOW MANY PLAYERS WILL BE ON EACH TEAM?
Game playing time will not always be equal, but it will be adequate to develop the skills learned in practice and skill sessions. Players will learn to play and practice in an up-tempo style, which will improve conditioning and athleticism. Each MBA team will consist of eight (8) players.
WHO WILL DIRECT AND SUPERVISE THE MBA?
Coach Jason Foster will serve as the director of the MBA. There also is an MBA council that helps make decisions about the direction of the MBA. Coach Foster and the council will work and communicate with Coach Peckinpaugh to ensure proper teaching of skills and to make sure we met our MBA goals. Coach Foster will ensure MBA coaches have the training, resources, and support needed to reach the MBA goals. The council members are the high school coaching staff and advisors.
WHAT ARE THE PARENTS’ ROLE IN THE MBA?
The parents of each player are encouraged to support their son in both practices and games in only a positive way. The MBA requires that parents demonstrate respect toward coaching staff, the referees, the opposing team, and fellow parents. The MBA wants the parents to parent, the coach to coach, and the players to play. The MBA wants parents to allow their son to be coach so that they can simply enjoy watching him play basketball and grow as a young man. If an issue does arise, please always wait 24 hours before addressing it.
WHAT IS THE PLAYER’S ROLE IN THE MBA?
The MBA will expect each player to have the right attitude, be respectful, concentrate, and give his best effort in practices and games. The MBA requires players to understand both success and failure are a vital part of the learning process, and it is their responsibility to make themselves better through years of proper repetition in practice.