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Frequently Asked Questions

Read below to find answers to frequently asked questions about our program. Please email with any additional inquiries!

Tryouts & Team Formations

How do tryouts work?
SPBA hosts two tryout sessions in September during which players are assessed by outside evaluators. No parents or other representatives are allowed to be present during the sessions.

How are teams formed?
Players are placed on teams based on:

  1. Tryout ratings provided by the outside evaluators
  2. Evaluation information from previous years' coaches (if applicable) 

The number of participants will determine how many teams are formed per grade level.  

How are team levels (A, B, or C) determined?
SPBA will register teams for tournaments based on A, B, or C competition levels. Our goal is to make sure that teams are placed in the appropriate competition level so they are challenged but also having fun.

If a grade level has four teams, SPBA typically forms one A, one B, and two C teams. SPBA makes every effort to ensure the two C teams are evenly split.


General Season Information

Do I need to live in St. Paul to participate? What are the boundaries?
Players must either reside or attend school within our boundary area: Larpenteur Avenue on the north, Highway 280 and Mississippi River Boulevard on the west, Mississippi River Boulevard on the south, Shepard Road and Rice Street on the east.

Where do SPBA traveling teams practice?
Practices are typically held at the following gyms in St. Paul:

St. Thomas Academy
949 Mendota Heights Rd, Mendota Heights, MN 55120

Cretin Derham Hall
550 S Albert St, St Paul, MN 55116

St. Mark's
2001 Dayton Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104

How many times per week do teams practice?
SPBA teams typically practice twice per week for 1.5 hours each night on Monday-Thursday. Practices normally begin the week after MEA break. 

What is the tournament schedule?
Tournaments for boys and girls begin in November. Teams typically play in 8-10 tournaments between November and March. Check the Boys and Girls Traveling sections for a list of the tentative tournaments for this coming season. These will be finalized in October.   

What is the cost to participate?
The season fee for 2023-2024 is $665. The funds go towards gym rental fees and tournament fees. Season fees  do not include uniform fees. If you need a new uniform this year, uniform costs are approximately $90 (shorts + jersey). 

Does SPBA offer financial assistance?
SPBA does offer partial financial assistance opportunities. If you would like to request financial assistance, please contact us. Our treasurer will work with you directly.