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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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Team Fee Payments will be collected on Tryout Day
Southwest Slam Program Details

  • There is the possibility of more than one team at each grade level (or no team if there aren't enough players
    trying out)  Teams will have 9 or 10 players on roster. 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 22-23: Spring Jam at Sioux Falls Pentagon
             May 6-7: MN Heat Tournament (Twin Cities Metro)
             May 20-21: MN Fury Shootout
             June 3-4: NorthStar Hoops Report State Tournament
             June 10-11 or June 17 (one day): TBD

Alternate tournament weekend options could include:
April 29-30
May 13-14 which is Mother's Day weekend
May 28-29 which is Memorial Day weekend

- Schedule is tentative at this time and may be changed right after tryouts if there is a need to do so due to
coach availability or a potential lack of available 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 1-day/3-game

- There is also the potential to play more than 5 Tournaments at an additional cost per player to cover entry if the team wants to
continue playing into the summer.

  • Practices will be in Marshall or surrounding area. There will be around 12 practices throughout the season.
    The first practices will be on April 5th (Wed) or 6th(Thur). Typically one practice per week or possibly two
    early in the spring or 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 also check out the 2016 team rosters/schedules linked above for an idea of practice and tournament

  • Cost is $525.00 per player…includes Jersey, Shorts, and Warm-up Shirt...which are yours to keep. Cost for
    returning players using last season's uniform will be $475. New warm-up shirts will be provided.

  • Although there is no fee to tryout, we will need a commitment by the night of tryouts 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

The 2017 Spring Season is Slam Director Andrew Dahl's 11th year of forming spring teams out of SW 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 2017-18 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 2017.  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 tournament area or drive to tournament and back each day.  Discounted
"team hotel" rates may be available as most past teams have preferred to stay together at the same hotel when
possible. Can provide assistance to a "team parent" to help set these up.
Parental Waiver Form
Previous Season Rosters
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...but please fill out the Online Registration form below if you will be attending tryouts)

(times listed are for current 2016-17 grade level)

@ Marshall Middle School (401 S. Saratoga St, Marshall, MN 56258)

6th Grade BOYS – 9:00am to 10:00am
7th Grade
BOYS – 10:15am to 11:15am
8th Grade
BOYS – 11:30am to 12:30pm
9th Grade
BOYS – 12:45pm to 1:45pm
10th Grade
BOYS – 2:00pm to 3:00pm
11th Grade
BOYS – 3:15pm to 4:15pm

6th Grade GIRLS – 9:00am to 10:00am
7th Grade GIRLS – 10:15am to 11:15am
8th Grade GIRLS – 11:30am to 12:30pm
9th Grade GIRLS – 12:45pm to 1:45pm
10th Grade GIRLS – 2:00pm to 3:00pm
11th Grade GIRLS – 3:15pm to 4:15pm

Alternate Tryout:  If unable to attend on April 1st, please contact AndrewDahl@HoopsTraining.com to
potentially set up another evaluation time or method.

- 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.
2017 Southwest Slam - Team Tryouts
2017 Southwest Slam - Spring/Summer Printable Tryout Flyer