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The Registration "In-House Evaluations" is not currently available.

If you have not yet registered,  In-House Registrations remain open until evaluations begin on 11/7 or 11/9 (see below).

If you are already registered, evaluations will be held at VandenBerge Middle School (door N) on Tuesday or Thursday, depending on the age of your player. There are no evaluations for the 1st/2nd grade division.

Tuesday, November 7th:

• 6pm - 7 : Grade 3
• 7:10 - 8:20 : Grade 4
• 8:30 - 9:30 : Grades 5, 6

Thursday, November 9th

• 6pm - 7:15 : Grades 7 & 8
• 7:20 - 9:10 : Grades 9 - 12

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to check in to receive a numbered evaluation jersey prior gym entry. If your son participated in the self-paced 10,000 shot 1,000 minute summer challenge, turn in your forms at this time as well.

Gyms will be closed to the public and only verified house coaches will be allowed to enter the gyms. If you want to be considered for coaching, please contact the House Coordinator, Josh Bantz.

Basketball apparel will also be available to purchase at this time. 

A general overview of the evaluation process is available on our website.  Use this link, search in the upper right, or see the House->Evaluations page.

We are expecting to announce teams within two weeks of these times for all divisions including 1st and 2nd grade.  All participants will be placed on teams, so expect an email from your coach for your team-specific information.

Other pertinent dates for the season:
• Practice begins the week of December 3rd
• Season play begins Saturday, December 9th
• Midseason Tournament, January 27th & 28th
• End-of-Season Tournament, February 24th & 25th

Parents of incoming 3rd and 4th grade players will receive a follow-up/welcome email after evaluations. There will be no parent meeting the evening of 11/7 as previously planned.

What's the differences between In-House and Travel leagues?

Elk River Boys Youth Basketball Association (ERBYB) traveling program focuses on the more competitive fourth through eighth grade student athletes, who make a larger commitment of time and effort. Traveling teams are formed through a tryout process that creates a minimum of two teams, which are tiered to form an “A” and “B” team. If there are both a sufficient number of interested players and talent, a third tier, or “C” team may be added. The ERBYB traveling season begins in mid October, and runs through mid-March. Traveling teams typically practice twice weekly, and will play in approximately 10 weekend tournaments over the course of the season.

Inherent to the success of the ERBYB traveling program is the level of dedication and commitment of the participants. Participation in the ERBYB traveling program DOES REQUIRE A GREATER LEVEL OF COMMITMENT than ERBYB house league basketball. We strongly recommend both parents and potential players consider their schedules and conflicts before trying out for traveling basketball. If players and parents have a clear idea of the level of obligation the traveling program demands, and are able to plan ahead to meet those obligations, it alleviates the stress caused to both the player and the team when a player misses practices, games or even tournaments. Please keep in mind that attendance at practice is as important as tournament games. Participation in another non-school traveling program during the season should be secondary to travel basketball.

All travel families are required to volunteer some time during the classic tournament to avoid the travel check deposit.

House and Travel Schedules

House games are played Saturday mornings at a local Elk River school. Practices are also local and are generally consistent, but this also depends on your team's discretion and gym availability. 

Travel tournaments are played weekends, with only the Elk River Classic tournament held locally. Other tournaments are determined by the travel director in coordination with the travel coaching staff. 

The schedules for current and prior travel tournament involvement can be found here and used as a guideline of the commitment.


Travel Program House Program
Additional Expenses Warm-ups, tournament gate fees and one out of town tournament. Registration is all inclusive
Competition Level Competitive level - play to win while continuing to develop team and player skills. Emphasis is on skill development.
Game Locations Most tournaments entered are located in the north metro area. There might be one or two out of metro tournaments. All games held at a School District 728 school (e.g., Salk, Vandenberg, Lincoln Elementary, etc.)
Games/Tournaments 10 weekend tournaments (generally Saturday and Sunday) 8 regular season games played on Saturdays. 2 tournament weekends (mid and end of season) played on Saturday and Sunday at ISD 728 gyms.
Parent Volunteer Requirements Mandatory Volunteer Requirements at the Classic Tournement - $200 refundable deposit. Volunteer time required to score games, set up chairs in gyms, and run clocks.
Play time Play time may NOT be equal Grades 1 thru 6 equal playing time
Practice Time Practice 2 to 3 hours per week Practice 1 to 1.5 hours per week
Season Length 5 month season (mid-October through mid-March) 3 month season (December - February)
Uniforms Uniform expense is approximately $70 to $85. Included in registration fee.
ERBYB Summer Skills and Camps Included in registration fee Included in registration fee.

Evaluation, Team Selection and Pre-Season Process

Evaluations are held for divisions 3/4 and older. There are no evaluations for grades 1 &2.

All participants are placed on a team

  • Grades 1 & 2 participants will be placed on teams by the division coordinator.
  • Older participants are selected after evaluations and placed on teams by head coaches, much like other leagues.

After teams have been decided, the head coach will notify the rostered participants. 

Due to the dynamic nature of registration, evaluations, team coordination  and the holiday break, team practices may not be known until just prior to when practices begin.

What To Expect for Evaluations

  • Evaluations will be conducted in four different sessions.  
  • Evaluations will consist of a variety of skill assessments and game-like play
  • Evaluators will rank each player bases on observations made during each session
  • Individual rankings will not be shared with players or parents
  • Evaluation sessions are closed. Parents and spectators will not be allowed in the gyms during evaluations
  • Evaluators will be selected by the ERBYB house director
  • Teams are selected on a draft basis, with each team receiving two of the highest ranked players
  • Coaches will notify the players of team draft results
  • All players must be paid prior to evaluations

In-House overview, by grade