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Our Mission

The Newport Girls Basketball Association (NGBA) exists to promote the development of girl basketball players for high school play. The NGBA emphasizes dedication to basketball, superior coaching, and topflight competition as a means of honoring each girl's individual and team playing skills.

Below is a list of frequently asked questions. If you have questions that aren't answered by the list below, please contact the Select Program.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who is eligible to play?
The Select program offers teams from 4th - 8th grade for girls that live in the Newport High School feeder pattern.  We will consider exceptional 3rd grade players who try out for the 4th grade team.

When are season tryouts?
Tryouts are Tuesday, Sept. 17 and Wednesday, Sept. 18, 6-8:30 pm at Newport High School.

When is the season?
The Winter season runs from October through March. In October and November, teams will practice at least twice a week and play in 1-3 tournaments, including our own Cold Turkey Tournament.  From December - March, we will begin league play in the Eastside Travel League with 30+ games.  The first weekend in March typically has us competing in our "AWAY" tournament, typically in Seaside, Oregon.  The following weekend we participate in the Eastside Travel League final playoffs/tournament.

When and where do you practice?
Practice locations are subject to availability each season, but the Bellevue School District has always been great about helping us secure gym time.  Our primary practice locations are Tyee Middle School, International School, Newport Heights Elementary, Somerset Elementary, and Ringdall.

Practices are held on weeknights starting in the first week of October.  Practices are held between 6:00 PM and 9:30 PM, with the majority of early times targeted for younger teams. However, practice times do depend on both coach and gym availability.

We also offer skills training frequently on Friday evenings throughout the season.

Is it a problem if my daughter plays another sport in addition to basketball during the season? 

Participation in any select sport is a major commitment.  Making basketball the number one sports activity during the season is essential to the success of both the team and your daughter.

The expectation is that Newport Girls Select Basketball is the primary sport during basketball season and will supersede all other activities.   Players that have too many unexcused absences will be limited in their playing time in games and in some cases removed from the team.

How much does it cost?
Our total fee is $600.  Players will also need to purchase a game uniform that they can keep for approximately $120. To help cover the expenses, we conduct our annual Cold Turkey Tournament that all parents are required to volunteer for.  We also offer a limited number of full and partial scholarships. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please contact the vice president, Michael Ketchum. Inquiries are kept confidential.

What is a "feeder" program?
Feeder programs limit participation to players that will attend a specific high school, so the Newport Girls Select Basketball Club teams are only for girls who live in the Newport High School attendance area and who plan on attending Newport High School.  The only exceptions to this are 1) your school does not have a feeder program or 2) your school has more players than their team(s) can accommodate requiring a letter from your program's coach.

What leagues do you play in?
We offer a team at each grade level in the Eastside Travel League, which is a league of similar feeder programs, predominantly of teams aligned with high schools in the KingCo Conference.

Where are games played?
The majority, if not all, of the games in each league are held on the Eastside. The farthest we travel for league games is typically to Mt Si High School or Puyallup High School.

The tournaments we have played are in Redmond, Bellevue, Kirkland, North Bend, and Sammamish. Occasionally a team may opt to play in an AAU tournament and in those cases the farthest we have traveled is the Auburn area.

Are the players guaranteed playing time?
Playing time is earned on the basis of each player's effort, attention, commitment, and ability displayed in practice and in games. Players with the best ability to combine these skills will receive the greatest amount of playing time. Playing time is at the discretion of the coach.

How does this differ from an "AAU" program?
The biggest difference is that AAU programs have no geographic limits on where they source their players.

How does this differ from a recreational program like Boys & Girls Club?
Recreational programs typically do not have tryouts and tend to offer fewer practices and games with varying levels of coaching expertise.

I have a 3rd grader who I think is an exceptional player.  Can she try out for the 4th grade team?
Yes, we will allow her to try out. We make decisions on an annual basis about players at all grade levels playing above their grade level (eg. a 5th grader playing on the 6th grade team).   This is ultimately a coaching decision.

Can my daughter play up a grade?

If you would like your daughter to play up a grade for higher level of competition, you must send a request to the President of the board before tryouts. She will be evaluated by our coaching staff to determine if this an appropriate decision based on skills, maturity level, and number of players on the roster. Note upon assessment, your daughter must place in the top two of her class/current grade in order to be considered to play up by one grade.

Are your coaches paid?
Our coaching positions are paid. Compensation depends on experience.

Do you allow parents to coach?
Our first priority is to find quality coaches with the background that we desire. If they have that background and happen to be parents, we are open to having them coach.

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TESTIMONIALS

Coach Marlon coached for the 8th grade girls team this past year as well as leading a number of Friday Skills & Drills clinics.  His level of knowledge and experience was superb and made this year the best ever!  We'll miss you, Marlon!  ~ Hannah Ketchum

Newport Girls Select Basketball is a great program and my daughters went through it all 5 years. They learned a lot and it shaped the young women they've become and they've made lifelong friendships as well.  ~ Sue D. Nymm

They make the BEST tacos!  ~ N. D. Guerre

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