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Thanks to all past participants
in the Spring Team Program!

Best wishes in all you do...on
and off of the basketball court!

- Andrew Dahl
Hoops Training & Slam Director
Any Questions, Comments, or Concerns?
Contact Andrew at
AndrewDahl@HoopsTraining.com or 651-592-6099
Athletes - please register online prior to tryouts
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Program and Team Information
  • There is the possibility of more than one team at each grade level (or no team if there aren't enough
    players trying out)  So please help spread the word about tryouts!

  • Teams will play in 5 Spring/Early Summer Tournaments.  The following is the tentative weekend
    tournament schedule for each team:

                        April 18-19 (possibly in St. Cloud, MN)
                        April 25-26 (possibly in Sioux Falls, SD)
                        May 16-17 (Twin Cities Metro)
                        May 30-31 (Twin Cities Metro)
                        June 6-7 (Twin Cities Metro or
June 7 Drake Bigler Invite in Marshall)
                        -alternate weekend options of May 2-3 or May 9-10 which is Mother's Day weekend

                        April 18-19 (possibly in St. Cloud, MN)
                        April 25-26 (Twin Cities Metro)
                        May 16-17 (Twin Cities Metro)
                        May 30-31 (Twin Cities Metro)
                        June 6-7 (Twin Cities Metro or
June 7 Drake Bigler Invite in Marshall)
  -alternate weekend options of May 2-3 or May 9-10 which is Mother's Day weekend
                        July 10-12 in Sioux Falls is also an option for one later in the summer

         - Schedule is tentative and may be changed right after tryouts if there is a need to do so due to
          coach availability or a potential lack of players based on information collected on the online sign-up form.

         - Most tournaments will be 2-day (both Sat and Sun) events with 3 or 4 games.  There could potentially be one
         or two 1-day/3-game tournaments

         - There is also the potential to play more than 5 Tournaments at an additional cost per player to cover entry

  • Practices will be in Marshall or surrounding area.  There will be 12 practices throughout the season.  The
    first practices will be the week of April 6th. Typically 2 practices per week or possibly just one if there isn't
    a tournament the upcoming weekend.  We will take input on practice scheduling from players on the team
    on the registration form or you may bring dates to avoid, etc to tryouts. You may check out the 2014 SW
    Slam page for an idea of practice and tournament schedules
  • Cost is $525.00 per player…includes Jersey, Shorts, and Warm-up Shirt (which are yours to keep)
 If you have both Black and White jersey tops from last spring and want to use those again, you may take $40 off
 of your team fee ($485)...or if you want to get and use a former player's jerseys that's fine also, indicate that on
  registration form

  • Although there is no fee to tryout, we will need a commitment by that night that you are willing to play on
  a team if selected.  Checks (payable to Hoops Training) or cash preferable.  Can also take credit cards
  through paypal.com.

Program Philosophy & Goals

2015 is Slam Director, Andrew Dahl's 9th year of putting together spring teams out of Southwest Minnesota.  

The goal each year is to give kids in the area a chance to:

- Gain valuable playing experience with up to 20 games
- Be challenged by playing with and against better players and athletes
- Experience a different coaching style and hopefully learn new skills, learn from game situations, and learn to
play with more intensity, aggressiveness, and toughness.
- Get out of a comfort zone of current teammates, coaches, role, and playing style.
- Come back an improved player ready to contribute at a higher level in the 2015-16 season!

All Southwest Slam teams will have intense practices with a focus on skill development and situational work
1) Finishing strong around the basket
2) Creating scoring opportunities with good footwork and fakes
3) Handling pressure - both dribbling, passing, and pivoting
4) Defensive intensity, communication, and boxing out

Not a lot of time will be spent on learning plays that won't benefit the kids in the future.  Each team will have a
motion offense and keep good spacing on the floor.  Defense will be primarily man-to-man with the option to
add a trap or press.

Playing Time
Coaches will be instructed to play each athlete in both halves of each game and at least 30% of the game's total
minutes while still trying to win the game and have the team's top line-up in during crucial times.

We have a number of excellent coaches on board for 2015.  We have not matched them to teams at this point.  
There may be a need for a couple more depending on numbers at tryouts.  Anyone interested in a paid
coaching position should contact Andrew Dahl at 651-592-6099 or AndrewDahl@HoopsTraining.com as soon
as possible.

No hotel rooms or transportation is provided.  Players & families will be on their own to decide where to stay.  
You may stay with friends/relatives in the area.  Discounted "team hotel" rates may be available as most past
teams have preferred to stay together at the same hotel when possible.
Parental Waiver Form
Club Basketball Teams (AAU) based out of the Marshall, MN area

***ALL ATHLETES*** in the area are invited to tryout!!! (There is no fee to tryout)

(times listed are for current 2014-15 grade level)

SATURDAY, MARCH 28th, 2015
@ Marshall Middle School (401 S. Saratoga St, Marshall, MN 56258)

6th Grade BOYS – 10:30am to 12:00pm
7th Grade GIRLS – 10:30am to 12:00pm
8th Grade
BOYS – 12:15pm to 1:45pm
9th Grade GIRLS – 12:15pm to 1:45pm
10th Grade
BOYS – 2:00pm to 3:30pm
11th Grade
BOYS – 2:00pm to 3:30pm

SUNDAY, MARCH 29th, 2015
@ Marshall High School (400 Tiger Drive, Marshall, MN 56258)

6th Grade GIRLS – 1:00pm to 2:30pm
7th Grade
BOYS – 1:00pm to 2:30pm
8th Grade GIRLS – 2:45pm to 4:15pm
9th Grade
BOYS – 2:45pm to 4:15pm
10th Grade GIRLS – 4:30pm to 6:00pm
11th Grade GIRLS – 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Alternate Tryout Time if cannot make time listed above:  Wed, March 18 - 7:30-9:00pm at Marshall High School
Or you may attend a different time on Sat or Sun if you have a conflict with your age group's scheduled time.
Contact AndrewDahl@HoopsTraining.com if that option is needed.

- Tryout Sessions may exceed the listed time if more evaluation time is deemed necessary.
- Please bring a reversible jersey or both light/dark shirts for scrimmaging situations.
- You may also want to bring a basketball to warm up with.  There will be a few on hand, but perhaps not enough for everyone.
- The boy/girl tryout times were staggered to hopefully avoid any Redwood Pacesetter tournament conflicts
- 5th Grade Boys or Girls may tryout for a 6th grade team
2015 Southwest Slam - Team Tryouts
Team Info/Tryout Results will be posted at 9:00pm
on Wednesday, April 1st.  Thanks for your patience