skip navigation


Mercer Island Select Boys basketball for 5th-8th grades has completed our tryouts for the 2021-2022 season. Results and registration information for selected players is available on our Youth Basketball page.


What are the Covid protocols for 2021-2022?

Our Return-to-Play Covid protocols will adhere to the  current guidelines for sporting activities and the guidelines of our facilities partners.

What are the eligibility requirements for MI Select Boys Basketball?

Player 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 2021-2022 season start and when will it end?

We are planning a 13-week season, with team practices starting the week of November 1, 2021, and ending in February. School holiday weeks will be off.  Games are on weekends.

We are also offering optional pre-season skills development for selected players starting October 4 on Mondays and Wednesdays through the end of the month. Registration is available on our Youth Basketball page.

How many teams will there be?

We will have two teams per grade, depending on attendance at tryouts and assuming we have gym availability for all intended teams.  We will have the top team compete in the Eastside Traveling League and the second team 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 Eastside Traveling League is planning to resume for the 2021-2022 season, so the top team for each grade will participate in that league as in years past. The second team will participate in the winter Peak League and 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 their roster selections based on the combined observations of the attending coaches.

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. Current plan for coaches, subject to change, is:

  • 8th Grade ETL - Glen Dean
  • 8th Grade Cascade - Milad Jafari and Shane Spellman
  • 7th Grade ETL - Yan Fatien
  • 7th Grade Cascade - Russell Stell
  • 6th Grade ETL - Benson Sims
  • 6th Grade Cascade - TBD
  • 5th Grade ETL - Mason Azose
  • 5th Grade Cascade - TBD

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 the coach’s 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 other known conflicts when possible.

How much will it cost?

ETL team fee is $825 and Cascade fee is $695. The higher cost of ETL is due to the additional cost we have of hosting ETL games, in addition to the standard costs of league fees, gym fees for practices, coaching stipends, scholarships, and other costs associated with running our program. 

We will 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.

If you have a question not answered here, feel free to email us at