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CGBA opens tryout phase for upcoming winter season

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 tentatively set to run on Sunday, Oct. 28 at a location to be determined.

“I’m looking forward to this season,” CGBA coordinator Greg Cummings said. “This is our fifth year officially running the CGBA. Our goals are to teach fundamental basketball skills, to have fun and to show kids what good basketball competition looks like.”

All participating athletes will be separated by third and fourth grades, fifth and sixth grades, and seventh and eighth grades for one-hour workout phases.

The actual number of teams and coinciding roster breakdowns will be based on participation and skill level.

Once the teams are selected in the first week of November, the CG Academy outlook is to practice with each team one or two days a week with another practice prior to tournament weekends.

There are plans to play in at least one out of town tournament per month beginning in December.

The locations will either be in the Portland/Metro area and/or Hermiston. The Dalles is slated to host tournaments on January 12-13 and February 23-24.

During the season, every CGBA team 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.

The participation fee for each athlete will be $120 and all money generated will either be used to pay for tournament entries, AAU costs 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 CGBA activities.

The jerseys will be the same used last year, 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 November 11.

If there are any questions about the program, call Cummings at 541-980-5978 or email

A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available this season. Inform Cummings of your interest in joining, as costs should not be a deterrent in participation.

The CGBA program is currently looking for coaches, and Cummings said if an adult has knowledge of the game, they can email a coaching résumé with a cover letter.

Check out the program’s Facebook page to get the latest news and information.


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