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SOAR Basketball Tryouts

SOAR Basketball  is for girls in grades 4 through 12  (current 2019-2020 grade), in the tri-state area of Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska. We have players from as far north as Wheatland, Wyoming, as far east as Gering, Nebraska, and as far south as Broomfield, who have chosen to play for the SOAR.  We are proud to be recognized by so many families from around our region as a first class club that offers highly competitive teams.


In this article you will find information about:

2020 Winter Tryout Dates/Times:

We hope you will join us December 2, 2019, depending on your grade from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm for girls competitive team tryouts.   The 2020 Winter Tryouts will be held at the Power2Play Event Center located at 5699 Crooked Stick Dr, Windsor, CO 80550.

At our Winter tryouts, we will be trying to fill openings on our teams in grades 4 through 8th grades and form additional teams if there are enough players within each age group.

If  you are looking for a boys team to play on this winter, please contact Steve Dortch at playball@feverhoops.com, or 970.631.9310 or CLICK HERE for more information about competitive teams forming for boys this summer.

WHO: 

Girls in grades 4 through 8th grades are invited to compete for spots on SOAR competitive teams.  

COST: 

$15.00 - Online

$30.00 at the door
 

SOAR charges a $15.00 non-refundable tryout fee.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

We encourage participating athletes to wear comfortable athletic clothing, basketball or gym shoes, and to bring a water bottle. Please no tights or leggings.

Our online registration system will guide you through registering your daughter for our tryouts.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

The tryout registration fee  is NON-REFUNDABLE.  The money SOAR collects for tryouts covers all expenses associated with tryouts.

Learn more about the different seasons on our Program Details Page.

Please contact Karin Nicholls if you need financial assistance or if you have questions about scholarships and/or fundraising opportunities.  We will do our best to make sure any player who wants to play for SOAR can play for SOAR, and that financial concerns will not prevent players from participating in our programs.

**Note: When completing the registration form, please select your child's current grade level during the 2019-2020 school year.

General Tryout and Competition Timeline

SOAR Basketball hosts three main tryouts each year, typically in March, August, and Late November or early December to form SOAR competitive teams.  At our spring tryouts, we form teams that compete in the late spring and summer season.  At our August/September tryouts, we form teams that compete during the fall and winter seasons.  At our December tryouts, we will fill any open spots on teams and organize new teams at high demand age divisions.
 

Our spring tryouts are usually held in March and teams begin practice and/or competing in April.  During our spring/summer season, teams may play in 5 to 6 tournaments in the months of April through July.  Some of our teams may choose to play in a summer league as well.  

The fall season typically runs from September through December.  The fall season consists of league play and/or tournaments.

The winter season typically runs from January through early March, ending just before Spring Break.  Winter teams play in a combination of tournaments and or leagues at P2P. They may also play in a few outside tournaments.

Tryout Reminders:

  • We offer one tryout session per grade level
  • Please contact the SOAR office via email at karin@soar-sports.com if you have a conflict with your scheduled tryout time.  We will make every effort to accommodate requests for a make-up date.  We cannot guarantee  an alternative date will be offered.  Make-up tryout sessions are scheduled by appointment only.
  • A non-refundable $15 fee (online only) or $30 (walk-in registrations) is charged to all tryout participants to help offset some of the costs associated with offering tryouts
  • Walk-ins are welcome, BUT we must have  a signed waiver in order to participate in tryouts
  • Tryout gym locations are not necessarily the gyms your team will practice in.  We utilize gyms in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Windsor

What to Expect From Tryouts - Tryout Format:

Please plan on arriving  to your tryout session 15 minutes prior to the scheduled starting time. This will allow time to complete the check-in process.  During check-in, we will process paperwork, take payment if needed, and take a photograph of each athlete.

Player tryouts will include fundamental skills evaluations, team concept skills evaluations, competitive drills, objective and subjective evaluation by multiple coaches, and evaluation of ability to follow directions from coaches.

In order to form a team, SOAR must gain commitments from 8-10 players per team.  When forming a team, keep the following things in mind:

  • A team is not necessarily comprised of the top 8-10 players in attendance at tryouts
  • Coaches attempt to determine which players are the best players at each position and which players will help the team be competitive in tournaments.  Furthermore, coaches seek players who compliment the skills of the other players being considered, and who will challenge their teammates and help them improve
  • Coaches attempt to select a balanced team which should include a guards, wing or swing players, and forward or post players
  • Coaches are evaluating overall basketball skill displayed, team play, and other intangible qualities including effort and court presence
  • Coaches seek versatile players who are capable of competing at multiple positions on both ends of the court

SOAR tryouts are open to families of athletes participating, and parents are encouraged to attend.  Parents are NOT allowed to coach or be on the court during the evaluation process, nor should parents ask the coaches questions directly and/or attempt to influence coaches while drills are being performed.

If you have questions about the tryout process, please contact Karin Nicholls via email at karin@soar-sports.com.

Elementary School Level Skills Needed to Succeed:

At the elementary school level, SOAR is a good fit for skilled players who have played in at least one season of basketball on a team, recreation or competitive level.  Although many elementary school aged athletes are still developing fundamental skills, here are some of the types of things Coaches are looking for during tryouts:

  • Can players pivot using either left or right foot?
  • Can players dribble with both left and right hand?
  • Do players have an understanding of and/or ability to shoot the basketball with proper mechanics from a range of 18 feet or less?
  • Can players shoot layups with either left or right hand?
  • Do players have a basic understanding of basketball concepts like screen and roll, blocking out/rebounding, moving without the ball, and man-to-man team defense?

Players in grades 4 through 6 wanting to play for SOAR should be prepared for the challenge of playing at the next level of competitive basketball.  Players moving from recreation to competitive basketball often go through a transition period during which they are challenged to learn new concepts, adapt to the speed of the game, and adapt to the increased quality of the talent both on their own team and  the teams against whom they compete.

Emphasis at the elementary school level is primarily on individual skill development, basketball fundamentals, and learning how to be a part of a team.  Although winning is important, at this level, winning is far less important than developing the player and helping players grow a love and respect for the game of basketball.  Although we expect our coaches to provide game opportunities for all members of their team throughout the season, coaches are not required to provide equal playing time to all members of the team.

Middle School Level Skills Needed to Succeed:

At the middle school level,  SOAR is a good fit for players who have played in 2+ seasons of competitive basketball and who have an intermediate/advanced skill level for their age division.  When assessing talent, Coaches are looking for players who may have the following skills:

  • Can players pivot using either foot and ability to incorporate intermediate/advanced footwork in their game?
  • Can players dribble with both hands and perform intermediate ball handling skills including various crossover dribbles and intermediate/advanced passing skills?
  • Can players shoot the basketball using the correct shooting mechanics from a range of 20 feet or less?
  • Can players shoot layups with either hand and to perform more advanced moves including reverse layups, fakes, and finishing moves around the basket?
  • Do players have an intermediate Basketball IQ - Understanding of basketball concepts and ability to consistently perform fundamental basketball skills including screening, blocking out, and moving without the ball?
  • Do players have an intermediate understanding of defensive basketball concepts including man-to-man defense, zone defense, help-side defense, and full court pressure?

At the middle school level, our expectations of athletes increase.  We typically attract athletes who have committed significant time and effort towards basketball.  This is the age at which athletes are honing individual skills and learning intermediate/advanced team concepts in preparation to play high school basketball.  Our teams will place greater emphasis on winning and on competing at the highest level possible.  Although we expect our coaches to provide game opportunities for all members of their team throughout the season, coaches are not required to provide equal playing time to all members of the team.  In a competitive game, coaches are given the autonomy to decide which players give their team the best opportunity to win.

High School Level Skills Needed to Succeed:

At the high school level, we typically attract athletes who have committed significant time and effort towards basketball.  Most of these players have played several years of club basketball and participate in their high school basketball programs.  Some of these athletes may aspire to play basketball at the collegiate level.  We find that our high school players have a high commitment level, strong work ethic, and eagerness to learn and compete against the best teams in our region.  Our high school teams will place greater emphasis on winning and on competing at the highest level possible.  Although we expect our coaches to provide game opportunities for all members of their team throughout the season, coaches are not required to provide equal playing time to all members of the team.  In a competitive game, coaches are given the autonomy to decide which players give their team the best opportunity to win.  When assessing talent, Coaches are looking for players who may have the following skills:

  • Can players pivot using either foot and ability to incorporate intermediate/advanced footwork in their game?
  • Can players dribble with both hands and perform intermediate  to advanced ball handling skills including various crossover dribbles and intermediate/advanced passing skills?
  • Can players shoot the basketball using the correct shooting mechanics from a range of 20 feet or less?
  • Can players shoot layups with either hand and to perform more advanced moves including reverse layups, fakes, and finishing moves around the basket?
  • Do players have an intermediate or advanced Basketball IQ - Understanding of basketball concepts and ability to consistently perform fundamental basketball skills including screening, blocking out, and moving without the ball?
  • Do players have an intermediate to advanced understanding of defensive basketball concepts including man-to-man defense, zone defense, help-side defense, and full court pressure?