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Select Boys 2023-2024 FAQ


What are the eligibility requirements for MI Select Boys Basketball?

Players must either live on Mercer Island (a parent has home address on Mercer Island) or attend an elementary or middle school on Mercer Island because a parent works for Mercer Island School District.

When does the MI Select Boys 2023-2024 season start and when will it end?

We are planning a 20-week season, with team practices starting on or after November 1, 2023, and ending in March. School holiday weeks will be off.  Games are on weekends.

We are offering optional pre-season skill development for players in October. For more information, visit our Youth Basketball page.

How many teams will there be?

We plan to have two teams per grade, depending on tryout numbers. The top team will compete in the Eastside Travel League and the second team will compete in the Peak Winter League. Teams will also have the opportunity to participate in two tournaments.

How many players will be on a team?

Minimum roster size is 9 and maximum is 12.  Exact count per team will vary based on team registration.

Will the teams be structured as ETL and Cascade as in years past?

Yes. The top team for each grade will participate in the Eastside Travel League as in years past. The second team will participate in the winter Peak League. Coaches will decide on Gold or Silver bracket for their team.

How are the teams decided?

Coaches observe skill level and abilities during tryouts for each grade, then make roster selections based on the combined observations of attending coaches and best fit for each team. Team selection is based on many factors including, but not limited to, individual player development, team dynamic, player skills, potential, attitude, and effort. Making a team one year does not guarantee a player will make the team the next year. Historically there are roster changes from one year to the next. 

Can players play up?

No. The teams are organized first by grade level, second by skill level based on the skills/abilities observed by coaches during tryouts.

How are coaches appointed to teams?

The MIBBBC Board selects our coaching staff and appoints coaches per team. 

  • 8th Grade ETL - Yan Fatien
  • 7th Grade ETL - Yan Fatien
  • 7th Grade Cascade - Marcus Schiller
  • 6th Grade ETL - Tony Locascio
  • 6th Grade Cascade - Ardess Ballard
  • 5th Grade ETL - Jake Stenberg
  • 5th Grade Cascade - Ardess Ballard

When and where will practices be?

Each team will practice twice a week for 90 minutes. Locations will be an MISD gym or Peak.

How is practice schedule determined?

Practice schedule per team is determined based on coach availability first, then gym space availability. It is not possible to avoid all conflicts with other sports’ practices, but we do our best to avoid overlaps for known conflicts when possible.

How much will it cost?

ETL full season fee is $925 and Cascade full season fee is $795. The higher cost of ETL is due to the additional cost of hosting ETL games, in addition to the standard costs of league fees, gym fees for practices, coaching stipends, scholarships, and other costs associated program costs. 

Will we have to buy uniforms?

Returning players can continue to wear past uniforms if they still fit. New players and players who need a replacement will be able to purchase a new uniform for $75.

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