Traveling basketball refers to teams organized through a tryout process that compete against similar teams from other communities. Traveling basketball programs typically organize around high school boundaries and often serve as feeder programs for the local high school teams.
The traveling basketball season runs from early October through early March. Teams play in weekend tournaments against other traveling teams from the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota. Most tournaments take place in the Twin Cities metro area and teams have the option of playing out-of-town tournaments in places such as Duluth, Mankato, Rochester and/or Wisconsin Dells.
Teams organize by grade and skill level. Players in grades 3 through 8 may participate in traveling basketball. Players may compete on A, B or C teams.
The cost to participate in traveling basketball is typically between $200 and $400 per year. The cost depends on the number of tournaments played as well as the number of players on their respective team.
Registration takes place in August and early September. Tryouts occur in mid September. Teams begin practicing in early October. Teams practice two nights per week. Practices run though early March.