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Frequently Asked Questions

What are registration fees used for?

The Waseca Basketball Association, Inc. is a nonprofit organization. All fees that are paid to participate in traveling basketball are used to support the program. Costs for traveling teams include tournament registrations, gym fees for practice, equipment, uniforms, insurance, and other miscellaneous expenses.

A reasonable participation fee for players shall be set each year by the Board of Directors to assure the operational continuity of the WBA.

What size basketball does my child need/use?

  • K-3 Boys and Girls: Size 5 (27.5")
  • 4 Boys and Girls: Size 5 (27.5")
  • 5-8 Girls: Size 6 (28.5")
  • 6 Boys: Size 6 (28.5")
  • 7-8 Boys: Size 7 (29.5")

Are out of town players allowed?

A player must attend a public school within the city of Waseca or attend a private school, or is home schooled within the ISD 829 boundaries. Players from communities other than Waseca may participate in the K-3 program if there is not a comparable program offered in their city of residence.  A paid registration is required to participate.

What is the length of the season?

The season typically starts the beginning of November and goes through February/March depending on grade level and tournaments selected.  

When and where are practices?

Teams will have a minimum of one practice per week, typically on Saturday’s.  Further practices may be scheduled by coaches with priority given to the 7th and 8th grade teams.  Unfortunately, there is a shortage of gym space and a number of conflicting events which make practice scheduling a difficult task. 

The WBA holds practices at WIS, WJSH, CIS and Hartley. 

How many tournaments are played?

The number of tournaments a team participates in depends on the age level.  The number of tournaments are as follows:

  • 4th grade teams play 6 tournaments including the Waseca Tournament
  • 5th grade teams play 6 tournaments including the Waseca Tournament
  • 6th grade teams play 6 tournaments including the Waseca Tournament
  • 7th grade teams play 7 tournaments including the Waseca Tournament
  • 8th grade teams play 7 tournaments including the Waseca Tournament

In the event a team has 14 or more players or splits into 2 teams, they will be allowed to participate in 3 additional tournaments or 2 additional tournaments and a league. 

Some teams may have opportunities to play additional tournaments if the host association offers a free entry to fill their tournament.  In addition, teams may opt to play in additional tournaments; however the payment of any additional tournaments is up to the team parents.

How are tournament selected?

The tournaments are selected by the coaches based on a number of factors including:

  • Location
  • Level of competition
  • Past history of tournaments
  • Relationship with programs
  • Schedule

​What is the policy on playing time?

K-3rd Grades:  Is an in house league with equal playing time for all players.

4th-6th Grades:  It is recommended that 4th-6th grade players be allotted as equal playing time as possible dependent upon participation in practice.  

7th-8th Grades:  Though every player is guaranteed playing time in the travel league, this does not mean equal playing time or playing time in every game.  Performance is used to determine playing time.  The four main criteria are:

  • Attendance at practice
  • Effort and focus
  • Attitude and coachability
  • Execution of specific individual and teamwork skills

How are teams formed?

In the event there is greater than 12 players on a team the WBA reserves the right to expand the number of teams or limit the number of players per team based on player talent and capability, available gym space for practices, and coaching resources.  This is done to maximize the benefit to each player.   

At the 4th-5th grade level, if it is determined that as a result of the number of players that teams need to be expanded the teams shall be divided as equally as possible based on skill and position.  

At the 6th grade level, if it is determined that as a result of the number of players that teams need to be expanded the teams shall be divided equally based on skill and position or divided into an A and a B team which will be determined by evaluations.  

At the 7th and 8th grade level teams will be formed with either an A and a B team or limited to one team which will be determined by evaluations.  If a player is not placed on a WBA team it is encouraged they participate in school basketball.  

How are evaluations made?

The Waseca Basketball Association, Inc. will utilize a panel of 3 members which will include a High School Coach, a WBA Board member and/or a WBA Coach and the Head Coach in the evaluation process.  Through the use of drills and scrimmages the panel will evaluate the players on a combination of the following:   

  • Previous knowledge of player’s skills, work ethic, and capabilities based on observations at summer camps, open gyms, skills camps, or any other basketball related activities.
  • Effort/Attitude/Coachability
  • Sportsmanship
  • Team play
  • Player physical ability
  • Competitive nature
  • Overall basketball skills
  • Team balance (Need to create a balanced team with perimeter and post players)

The duration of tryouts, the number of tryout sessions, drills used, and specific evaluation criteria may differ slightly between age group and between the boys and girls programs due to various factors, including the number of participants and talent level of the overall age group.

Those players that are interested in playing are required to attend the tryout dates for their specific grade.  Tryouts are held during October.  

Any candidate not selected to a team will receive a full refund. 

How do I get the Mobile App?

Sport Ngin has a mobile app for your Apple or Android device. With the app, you can follow your team's schedule and other team information. You can download it from your app store.

There is a link to the Mobile App on your team page, or see Sport Ngin's website for more details.

To add you team, click "Add a team" and enter the Team ID, which can be found in the upper right corner of your team page (by the link to "Download our Mobile App). Or you can search for "Waseca Basketball" and look for your team name (i.e. 4th Girls, 5th Boys, etc.).