Frequently Asked Questions
- When / how long is the MTBA season?
- What is the weekly time commitment?
- How long do practices last?
- What league/opponents will the MTBA teams be playing?
- Where are games played?
- Where are practices held?
- When are games/practices?
- What is the farthest distance we will have to travel?
- How many games are scheduled in the season?
- How much tournament participation is typical for MTBA teams?
Playing Time Questions
- In situations where a grade level has multiple teams, how will the teams be divided? (Even-skills vs. A/B teams?)
- What is the strategy for playing time?
- What is the tryout process?
- What will be evaluated during the tryout process?
- Will there be player cuts?
- What is the difference between travel basketball and recreation ball?
- What are the qualifications of the evaluators?
- If my child attends tryouts, what are the chances of making the team?
- My child has never played organized basketball. Is this league too competitive for them?
- When / How do we find out if our child made a team?
- Does my child need to tryout or have an evaluation?
- My child cannot make the tryout date. What are the options?
Volunteer Opportunities Questions
- What do I do if I am interested in coaching / volunteering?
- Are there opportunities for parents to help?
Questions and Answers
When / how long is the MTBA season?
- End-September / Early October: Initial MTBA Tryouts
- Mid-October: Final Tryouts + Team Selection
- Mid/End-October: Official Team Practices Begin
- Mid-November: Preview Scrimmages
- Early-December: Official League Games Begin
- Mid-February: League Tournament (Year-End)
What is the weekly commitment?
3rd and 4th grade teams will practice 1-2 times per week and play 1-2 games on Saturday and/or Sunday. 5th and 6th grade teams will practice 2-3 times per week and play 2-3 games on Saturday and/or Sunday
How long do practices last?
Each practice will be approximately 90 minutes long.
What league/opponents will the MTBA teams be playing?
All MTBA teams will play in the Central Ohio Basketball Association (COBA) league.
Where are games played?
Generally speaking, the COBA league away games are around the greater Columbus. All home games will be played at Bunsold Middle School or Marysville High School. Exact game locations will be determined through league scheduling and school/opponent availability.
Where are practices held?
MTBA teams will practice in Marysville Exempted Village School District facilities. (Example - Marysville High School, Bunsold Middle School, Navin Elementary School, etc.)
When are games/practices?
Exact game times will be determined through league scheduling and school/opponent availability. Generally speaking, Saturday games may occur any time. Sunday games are typically scheduled to start after 12PM. Since MTBA is a guest in the MEVSD facilities, MEVSD activities are prioritized ahead of MTBA. Therefore, MTBA teams must be flexible to make good use of the MEVSD gym availability. It is possible that practice dates will vary week-to-week, and practices times will vary within 5PM (start) - 9PM (end).
What is the farthest distance we will have to travel?
Exact game locations will be determined through league scheduling and school/opponent availability.
COBA opponents may include, but are not limited to, the following: Pickerington, Canal Winchester, Grove City, Columbus, Worthington, Westerville, Dublin, Hilliard, Marion, North Union, Jonathan Alder, etc.
How many games are scheduled in the season?
3rd and 4th grade teams will be asked to schedule a minimum or 12 games and a maximum of 16 games and participate in 1 or 2 tournaments.
5th and 6th grade teams will be asked to schedule a minimum of 18 games and a maximum of 24 games and participate in 2 or 3 tournaments.
Questions and Answers
In situations where a grade level has multiple teams, how will the teams be divided? (Even-skills vs. A/B teams?)
Teams will be split as evenly as possible during that evaluation process to form 2 teams for that grade level. Both teams will participate in the COBA league. We believe that this will allow for the most development to take place within that grade level.
What is the strategy for playing time?
We do not guarantee equal playing time for each player on the team. We do make the commitment that each player will be a meaningful part of their team. Playing time is determined by the coaches and game situations. Although some coaches may split playing time evenly, that may not always be the case. Typically, your player’s attendance at practice, ability to listen to instructions, attitude, work effort, and athletic ability are all taken into consideration for playing time. We must emphasize that each player will grow and improve most by the training they have at practice – which is approximately 180 minutes per week!
Questions and Answers
What is the tryout process?
Tryouts are held in early fall. All players are asked to attend the initial tryout date and 1 of the 2 other dates. At minimum we would like for players to attend 2 tryout sessions but may attend all 3 if they would like.
What will be evaluated during the tryout process?
The following fundamentals are evaluated during tryouts:
- Ball Handling
- Movement without the ball
Will there be player cuts?
Yes. Players will be cut based on the evaluation results.
What is the difference between travel basketball and recreation ball?
The level of competition at the travel level is much greater compared to the recreation level. Travel teams play in a highly competitive environment which requires a high skill set.
What are the qualifications of the evaluators?
The evaluators will be members of the coaching staffs for the boys and girls high school and middle school programs. Other evaluators may be selected by the coaching staff to assist in the selection process.
If my child attends tryouts, what are the chances of making the team?
The chances of your child making a team will be based on their skill level compared to other players at their grade level.
My child has never played organized basketball. Is this league too competitive for them?
COBA is a competitive league and usually requires players to have some basketball playing experience required to participate. However, we strongly suggest him/her to attend the evaluation sessions to determine if they are capable of competing at this level or not.
When / How do we find out if our child made a team?
Cuts will be confidentially announced at the completion of the evaluation held at the end of September. Teams will be confidentially announced at the completion of the evaluation period.
Does my child need to tryout or have an evaluation?
Yes. All players must be evaluated in order to be considered to play for an MTBA team.
My child cannot make the tryout date. What are the options?
Contingencies are allowed on a case by case basis. However, parents of players must understand that make up times will be limited and may not fit their schedule. It is strongly suggested to attend the preliminary evaluation if possible.
Questions and Answers
What do I do if I am interested in coaching / volunteering?
There are often openings for coaches and assistant coaches. During your child's registration you can check the box next to either the coaching interest and/or the volunteering interest sections. You may also contact one of the board members if interested. Coaching selections are made by the Board of Directors. A background check is required for any person who will have contact with the players.
Are there opportunities for parents to help?
We are always in need of volunteers for coaching, assistant coaching, scorekeeping, scoreboard operating, and many tasks that occur throughout the year. Anyone interested in helping should contact a board member or coach.