Question: My son is in third grade. Is traveling basketball the right place for him?
Answer: In most traveling tournaments, fourth grade is the youngest level of competition. Third graders are allowed/encouraged to try out if they are interested. If there are enough 3rd graders who have the ability to compete at the lowest level 4th grade, we will create a second team to be entered in 6 one day tournaments. Tournament schedule will run 1st week of December through 1st week of February. 3rd grade will also play in a SLP girls sponsored tournament in mid-November. If a separate "3rd grade" team is not formed, the highest ranking 3rd graders will be considered for a 4th grade team.
Our policy is that the tryout fee for a third grader will be refunded if they are not assigned to a team.
The other option for third grade is to play Park and Rec Basketball. The City of St Louis Park participates in a league with Crystal, Golden Valley, and Robbinsdale. This league starts in early January and runs for 10 weeks until mid March. Most teams practice one a week for 60 minutes on Tuesdays or Thursdays.