Playing spring basketball

Spring Basketball Travel Teams

Registration for tryouts are open. Here are the dates and locations:

  • March 11th (men) – Meridian, IDclick here
    • Homecourt, player check in 9:00 AM
  • March 12th (men) – Spokane, WA – click here
    • Trinity Catholic School, player check in 15 minutes before their session starts
    • 16U-17U 1-3 PM
    • 14U-15U 3-5 PM
  • March 18th (men) – Butte, MT – click here
    • Montana Tech
    • Check in at 12:30 PM
    • Session I 1:00-2:30 PM
    • Session II 3:30-5:00 PM

Scroll down to see the complete 2023 schedule

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About the Spring

Select Spring Basketball Teams range from 14U-17U and will compete in tournaments from March through May. These tournaments range from top NCAA certified events to the biggest non-NCAA certified events in the Northwest.

The spring basketball teams are designed to further a player’s development and prepare them for the summer. (Learn more about our summer program by clicking here). Players and families may start the spring a little unsure of the competitive levels that are beyond their local area but will finish the season with a much better idea of what competition looks like across the nation and will be better prepared to improve their game.

Additionally, players will leave the spring understanding that while there are a lot of options available, playing for a Select team will give you the chance to get the most out of your opportunity. In fact, Select Basketball will create new opportunities that may not be available with other programs.

How do I make a spring basketball team?

Players can make a spring travel team in one of two ways, depending on their age.

For players that that did not play with a team in the previous summer, there is a tryout in the spring following the northwest’s State Tournaments. There are multiple locations and players are selected from that tryout. To learn more about our tryouts, check out this YouTube video we made that explains the process.

Registration for tryouts will usually open in mid-January or early February.

For players that played in the previous summer, roster spots are filled based on a variety of factors including their performance during the previous summer, their high school season, and depending on a particular coach’s needs.

If you are curious about how we put our teams together, check out this YouTube video where we explain how teams are formed.

How much does it cost to play spring basketball?

The team dues for the spring basketball travel teams vary from year to year. The dues that each player pays cover the cost of tournament entry fees, facility fees, hotel rooms, and travel arrangements while we are in the tournament cities*.

The player dues do not cover food or transportation to and from the tournament. Players that make a team will be expected to pay for travel expenses to and from tournament cities on their own. However, our coaching staff is more than happy to make arrangements to have players picked up and dropped off before and after the tournament ends.

If you want to see how we figure out the cost of our spring basketball teams each year, you can watch this YouTube video.

*NOTE: during the Northwest Premier Invitational in Boise, players will need to take care of their own housing arrangements.

How do teams practice and travel in the spring?

The spring and summer travel teams differ a lot in how they travel and practice.

Typically in the spring, prior to our first tournament, teams will all gather in a convenient location to host a quick mini-camp. This is the best solution for everyone as our players come from all over the Northwest.

At the mini-camp, teams put in basic offensive and defensive game plans while building chemistry as a unit.

During tournament weekends in the spring, players will get themselves to the tournament cities. With the exception of the Northwest Premier Invitational tournament, Select will make the in-tournament travel and lodging arrangements. This is very similar to a college experience. During tournaments, we will travel as a team, stay in the same hotel rooms, eat together and compete together.

To see how our teams practice, you can watch this video on YouTube that explains the way we practice.

What type of development do spring players get?

Each age level has specific goals, though all teams have the overriding goal of helping players become better players, teammates, and people.

For 14U and 15U teams we are trying to open their eyes to another level of competition and understand what it takes to succeed as an individual. Often times at this age, players have not experienced a high level of competition outside of their local area or believe that they have already competed at the highest level. Additionally, players at this age are still learning what their maximum effort can be. Our coaches do an excellent job of presenting tough opportunities, teaching from mistakes, and getting maximum effort out of their players. The learning curve is steep but confidence and skill development at this level is often dramatic.

15U and 16U are evolving to the next level of becoming college-level players. They are starting to understand the amount of work it takes to be successful beyond their local area and realize they still have a ways to go. At this point, coaches are putting in more complicated schemes and expecting more production from their players. Off-season work has become critical and some players are starting to get passed up by harder workers while others continue to grind and move their way up the Select ladder.

16U and 17U players are now really “getting it”. If a player is able to make a 16U or 17U Select team it means they now possess a skill or set of skills that make them incredibly valuable to a team. The recruiting process is now in full effect and players are learning to make plays on their own within the structure of their coach’s philosophy. At this level, all players on Select rosters are the best of the best at their school and now it is the small things they do on and off the court that will separate them from the pack.

Who should play spring basketball and why?

Players that compete on spring basketball teams for Select are committing to all of the spring events, including the mini-camp and all tournaments.

To be clear, we are NOT discouraging players from playing other sports. In fact, we love players that also compete in baseball, track, soccer, etc.

However, if you are unable to do all spring events then you may want to consider waiting until the summer to tryout for a team.

Selecting a club program can be tough. This video lays out exactly what we are trying to do and how we will do it. Click here.

To watch a program overview, including EVERYTHING that Select Basketball does, click here.

2023 Basketball Schedule (updated 2/10/23)

PRO16 Schedule (click here to learn more)

  • April 21 – 23 – St. Louis, MO (NCAA Live Period)
  • April 28 – 30 – Wichita, KS (NCAA Live Period)
  • May 12 – 14 – Boise, ID (Northwest Premier Invitational)
  • May 26 – 28 – Phoenix, AZ
  • July 6 – 9 – Houston, TX (PRO16 National Championship, NCAA Live Period)
  • July 13-16 – Las Vegas, NV

Non-PRO16 Teams

  • April 21 – 23 – Phoenix, AZ (AZ Live Spring Showcase) (NCAA Live Period next to the Under Armour Association tournament)
  • April 28 – 30 – Seattle, WA (Premier Spring Showcase) (NCAA Live Period)
  • May 12 – 14 – Boise, ID (Northwest Premier Invitational)
  • May 20-21 – Auburn, WA (Premier Shootout)
  • July 6 – 9 – Southern California (NCAA Live Period)
  • July 13-16 – Las Vegas, NV

Travel Information

Players will need to get themselves to and from each tournament city in April and May. July is a little different and we will have more information for those players as we get closer.

Hotel (Parents, you are welcome to stay wherever you choose)

Updated 3/13/23

Phoenix – April 21-23 – Legacy Inn & Suites, 4470 South Power Road, Mesa, AZ

Seattle – April 28-30 – Sonesta Select, 14615 NE 29th Place, Bellevue, WA

Seattle – May 19-21 – Holiday Inn Express, 507 C St. SE, Auburn, WA

PRO16 Teams

St. Louis – April 20-23 – Holiday Inn Express, 11 Arnage Blvd, Chesterfield, MO

Wichita – April 27-30 – Holiday Inn Express, 4860 South Laura St, Wichita, KS

Phoenix – May 26-28 – Holiday Inn Express, 1600 South Country Club Dr, Mesa, AZ

Coaches Flights (for your information, flights subject to change by the airlines)