As of Saturday, November 5, 2016
The Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy is opening the doors for its first girls’ traveling team with a tryout session slated to run from 6-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10 at The Dalles Middle School.
Girls in the fourth, fifth and sixth grade from across the gorge are welcomed to attend.
Conducting the tryouts are coaches Ryan LeBreton and Stephen Stewart.
The program’s long-term goal is to help participants increase their skill in fundamentals with some travel games in the Portland area and beyond.
The team will travel for five weekends November through February for doubleheaders.
There are no overnight tournaments planned.
Cost to participate in the academy is $120 and will only be paid if an athlete is selected.
At the tryout, attendees are responsible to bring basketball shoes, have their hair in a pony tail and have a water bottle.
LeBreton said the team is looking at a multiple set of skills, ranging from dribbling and ball handling to passing, shooting form, speed and quickness, and an overall understanding of the game of basketball.
LeBreton plans to carry 10-12 kids for the fifth and sixth grade team.
Fourth graders are welcome to attend, but they will be competing against an older group.
CGBA coordinator Greg Cummings also announced that he will re-open boys tryouts for third and fourth graders on the same day as the girls to help fill all of the travel teams.
Like the CGBA facebook page for more information, or call LeBreton at 541-980-9889.
For questions on the boys tryout, call Cummings at 541-980-5978.