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Oct, 2017

Updated Info on Evaluations Here

Thank you again for registering your son or daughter with Blue Eagles Basketball.  Please read this posting in full as it contains important information about the upcoming basketball evaluations.

Open gyms will begin in early November for kids registered at the 12c-16c age levels.  Open gyms provide kids with the opportunity to begin to refine their existing skills and to receive group instruction in advance of the coming season. Coaches at this age level will meet during early November to discuss team rosters, but final roster decisions will not be made or announced until after school tryouts have been finalized in mid-November.  You will receive an email in the coming week or two with more details on open gyms if your child is in the 12c-16c age level.

Evaluations for the 9c, 10c and 11c age levels are set for this Sunday, October 22nd, at Northampton Community College's Arthur L Scott Spartan Center (gymnasium).  The college is located at 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem.  We are excited to be using this beautiful multi-court facility to host all evaluations, which will be conducted independently by NCC's players and coaches.  Below is the schedule of evaluations:

Boys Competitive Divisions (ages 9, 10, 11 as of Sept 1, 2017)
9 - 9:30am    Registration 
9:30 - approximately 11am     Evaluations (9c, 10c, 11c boys)

Girls Competitive Divisions (ages 9, 10, 11 as of Sept 1, 2017)
Noon - 12:30pm   Registration  
12:30 - approximately 2pm     Evaluations (9c, 10c, 11c girls)              

We are asking you to have your child in a cotton t-shirt rather than a dri-fit/performance shirt for the tryouts.  We utilize stickers which will be placed on both the front and back of each child with a number so that evaluators can identify each child appropriately.  Stickers on the dri-fit/performance shirts tend to fall off easily.  This makes it harder for the evaluators to identify children correctly as well as it creates a mess for the gym floor as the stickers are extremely difficult to remove. We're blessed to be able to use NCC for this event and would like to continue our relationship on a positive note.  In addition to wearing a cotton t-shirt, we ask that your child bring their own basketball (please have your name on the basketball!) and a water bottle, if desired.

Children will be evaluated on their shooting, passing, dribbling and defensive skills in addition to their individual effort/attitude/game knowledge.  Your child should be dressed ready for the evaluation with shorts and appropriate shoes.

These evaluations occur to help facilitate the process of placing children of similar ability on team rosters.  This helps to foster skill development, allows coaches to more easily teach basketball skills across the entire team as well as fostering equal playing time.  Final rosters should be announced before the end of October.  Parents should expect practices to begin immediately afterwards so long as their assigned head coach has received their volunteer clearances.  No team will begin practices until the head coach has received their final clearances.

We are asking all parents to please arrive earlier in the registration time frame to ensure all children can be registered so the evaluations can begin on time.  No parents will be allowed inside the gym during evaluations.  Cleared head coaches only may be in the gym to observe, but will not be able to evaluate.  There is a small waiting room just outside the gym where parents can congregate during the evaluations.  You are permitted to drop your child off and then return to pick your child up as well, if you prefer.

Thanks again to everyone for participating with Blue Eagles Basketball.  Please email us at info@blueeaglesbasketball.com if you have any questions.  

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