As of Tuesday, October 10, 2017
The Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy will again be organizing traveling basketball teams this winter for local boys and girls from the third-through-eighth grades with a tryout session slated to run from 12:30-3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15 at The Dalles Middle School.
From 12:30- 1:30 p.m., athletes in the third and fourth grades will hit the hardwood. Once that tryout is complete, basketball players representing the fifth and sixth grades are scheduled to duke it out from 1:30-2:30 p.m. After that, the seventh and eighth grade standouts will wrap up the day with a workout phase.
If you have a child that can’t participate in their own age group, they are encouraged to come during another session the same day.
The actual number of teams and coinciding roster breakdowns will be based on participation and skill level.
Once the teams are selected on Oct. 20, the CGBA outlook is to practice with each team one or two days a week with another practice prior to tournament weekends, with first practices set for Oct. 22.
The boys teams will participate in tournaments in Hermiston November 18-19, December 9-10, January 20-21, and February 10-11, and the CGBA is slated to host local tournaments in The Dalles January 13-14, February 24-25. There is also one more tournament that is scheduled March 10-11 that will happen throughout the Gorge.
CGBA coordinator Greg Cummings said his goal is to have each team play in one tournament per month with a potential several more exhibition games played in The Dalles versus adjacent community teams.
TD varsity head coach Nathan Morris and TD assistants Jim Taylor and Cummings have been very involved in the program, and TDMS Boys Basketball Head Coach Michael Cates is signed on to coach as well.
They also have already well-qualified coaches that are slated to coach the boys teams.
They are still looking for girls coaches for the 7th and 8th grade teams.
During the season, every CGBA group has practices and tournaments, so those coaches are around implementing the high school plays, defensive sets and expectations, so that the athletes are able to jump right into high school in full motion rather than having them learn all new play languages.
With all the tournaments and games scheduled each participant will be able to play in about 30 higher caliber games against teams from around the Northwest.
The participation fee for each athlete will be $120 and all money generated will either be used to pay for tournament entries, AAU fees or equipment.
There will be an additional uniform fee of $45 for fifth-through-eighth grade participants and the athletes will be able to use those for future years and use in other Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy activities.
The jerseys will be the same used in previous seasons, so if a child already has one, or has access to one, they will not be charged a jersey fee.
In order to participate all fees must be paid in full by Nov. 5. If there are any questions regarding the program and fees, call Cummings at 541-980-5978 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available this season. Inform Cummings of your interest in joining, as they don't want cost to be a deterrent in participation.
There has been some confusion with another basketball program that has recently started as well.
This program is organized by Brian Stevens.
Stevens is taking over the previous Parks and Rec Program. This is for athletes that would rather not travel and still be able to participate in playing basketball. More information on the local league can be found at Gorgehoops.com.
CGBA is having its annual donut fundraiser for $10 a dozen from BaKitchen, with half the proceeds going to the CGBA.
The CGBA program is currently looking for coaches, and Cummings said if an adult has knowledge of the game, they can email a coaching resume with a cover letter.