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Program Structure & Philosophy

In grades 4-8 Community Leagues, we continue to develop fundamental skills as we focus on the value of teamwork. We continue to focus on developing skills such as footwork, dribbling, passing and catching, shooting, defense and rebounding. Our primary goals focus on ensuring that the players have FUN, and improve their skills and understanding of the game over the course of the season, so they continue to develop a passion for basketball. A structured league is played at most levels. Games are officiated by local high school students who are learning to referee. Teams typically have one weeknight practice per week, and one game per week on Saturday. All players participate equally. Friend requests are not allowed. Teams are selected by player evaluations and draft process. All players are expected to participate in mandatory evaluations. Some leagues may be combined with, or play Community League games with neighboring associations. Balancing competition is the priority in selecting teams. Common jerseys give a sense of community and promote good sportsmanship. There is an opportunity to purchase professionally developed team and individual pictures. Season will typically run November into March, culminating with an exciting season-end tournament. All players receive an award for their participation.
 

Boys grade 4 and grade 5 teams, will compete in Community Leagues with all Chanhassen and Chaska teams.

6th, 7th and 8th grade boys will once again participate in the Southwest League (SWL), playing games against community league teams from Chaska, Minnetonka, Eden Prairie and Wayzata.
 
4th-8th grade girls will participate in the West Metro Girls Basketball League (WMGBL), playing games against community league teams from Chaska, Minnetonka, Eden Prairie, Edina and Wayzata.  Click Here for the 4-5 grade rules.  Click Here for the 6-8 grade rules.
 

Equal playing time is required and enforced, however CAA coaches are afforded a degree of latitude to temporarily reduce court time for players who display a distinct lack of commitment to the team. Coaches are required to communicate the specific reasons for court time reduction to the player and parents in a respectful manner, and to work with the player to help rectify the situation quickly. Coaches must keep CAA Basketball leadership informed of any reduced court time situations.

 
Cost     Grades 4 - 8 = $130 (After the registration closes, any new registrations will include a late fee)
 
Jersey New jerseys are available for $25, and may be used for multiple seasons. Players are allowed to use previous years' blue/gold reversible CAA Storm Basketball jerseys.
Registration
Registration for CAA Basketball is held during August and September. The only registration method is online at www.chanhassenathleticassociation.com. For assistance completing online registration, please contact any CAA Basketball board member.
Coaching
Anyone interested in coaching a team must complete the "Community League Coaching" registration on the web site. We encourage everyone's involvement. Coaches are expected to promote and practice exemplary sportsmanship, teamwork, fundamentals development, positive leadership, and FUN above winning.
Age Group Coordinators
Please put your volunteer skills and basketball passion to work for the benefit of the league! Age Group Coordinators are a key component of our success. You will be a liason between the CAA Basketball board and your child’s league. Responsibilities include:
·        Periodic communication with coaches and teams
·        Visit and observe occasional practices and games for every team in your league
·        Communicate league questions/concerns/issues/good news to the board
Please contact a CAA Basketball Leader to inquire about Age Group Coordinators.
Refunds
Refunds, if necessary, can be obtained by contacting the program coordinator.
·        Full refund if program has not started (prior to Evaluation Day)
·        Partial refund due to injury of participant
·        No refund if program has started (first practice), due to administrative and program costs
Gym Space
Gym space is prioritized by the age and level of the team. Older age groups get the larger facilities and traveling teams are allotted more practice time than Community League teams. Space allocations are determined by District 112 Community Education and are subject to change.
Important Dates for 2016-2017 Community League Season
 
Grades 4-8
 
 
Registration Starts
August 15
 
 
$25 Late Fee Assessed October 23    
Registration Ends
October 23
 
 
Player Evaluations - MANDATORY
All players and coaches must participate
OCTOBER 23


 
 
 
 
Player Draft October 23    
Rosters & Schedules Published
October 28
 
 
Jersey Sales & Pickup
TBD
 
 
Coach’s Clinic – MANDATORY
 
 
 
Practice Starts
 November 12
 
 
First Games
December 3 
 
 
Season Ends
* Boys Grades 4 & 5 Storm Hawks Tourney March 18 @ Chan HS
* Boys Grades 6, 7 & 8 SW League Tourney Feb 25-26 @ EPHS
* Girls Grades 4-8 WMGBL Tourney Feb 25-26 @ Mtka gyms TBD
 
 
Post Season Coaches Meeting
Monday, February 27, 2017, 7:00 PM @ CAA Basketball Storage
 
 

 

Evaluations for Grades 4-8 Community Leagues - October 23
Players' skill level will be evaluated and used for assembling equally balanced teams. November 1 is a MANDATORY Evaluation Day. All players and coaches need to attend and participate. Please arrive 20 minutes early to get checked in.