As teams are formed in the fall, rosters and schedules will be posted in the YOUTH area of the website. Please check back as we get closer to the season.
1st and 2nd Grade Skills
The 1st & 2nd grade program teaches the fundamentals of basketball, including dribbling, passing and shooting. Sessions are held at the River Falls Academy Gym on Saturday mornings starting early November, running through mid-December. The 1st Grade session runs from 8:00 to 9:00 and the 2nd Grade session runs from 9:00 to 10:00. The instruction emphasizes that the philosophy at this level is to learn, improve and to have fun! Each player will receive a River Falls youth basketball and a t-shirt.
3rd and 4th Grade Mini-NBA
The in-house Mini NBA program for boys in 3rd & 4th grade begins with “Big Mondays” in November. These sessions are used for skill development and player evaluation. Following “Big Mondays”, comes a “Super Monday” event in November. This clinic includes Coach Campbell and the boys’ varsity team (pending game schedule) demonstrating their skills and practice methods. Practices are held every Monday evening. Team skill development and games will be held on Saturday mornings starting in December at Meyer Middle School. The Mini NBA season will culminate with a tournament in February also at Meyer Middle School (times TBA). Equal playing time is a priority and each player will receive a River Falls youth basketball t-shirt.
5th – 8th Grade Traveling
The 5th & 6th grade boys begin their traveling season with “Big Mondays” in November. These sessions are used for skill development and player evaluation. Following “Big Mondays” teams will be divided equally and coaches will communicate practice and game times to players. In 5th and 6th grade, like Mini-NBA, equal playing time is a priority.
The 7th and 8th grade boys begin traveling basketball as soon as the school fall seasons are completed (usually mid-October) with a very limited practice schedule due to school basketball going on from mid-October until usually the third week of December. In January, practice will start to be more consistent, usually twice a week. Teams will have 6-8 tournaments from December until late February or early March. Equal playing time is no longer guaranteed in 7th and 8th grades, but everyone will play at least 25% in each game. More emphasis is placed on winning, but not at the expense of the other goals of the organization: to play hard, learn and to have fun. Coaches will communicate team assignments, practice and game times to all players.