General Information: The IBA In-House program is an instructional program designed to teach basketball skills and sportsmanship. The Instructional program is less intense, less time consuming and less competitive than the Competitive Program. Instructional teams are primarily comprised of students from one school’s attendance area.
Eligibility: All students who attend schools in the Irondale High School attendance area are welcome to play in IBA Instructional sponsored programs. Students who are open-enrolled in our school district are also invited to play In-House basketball. Enrollment is limited to boys and girls in grades 3 - 8. Players must agree to abide by the Minnesota State High School League’s rules regarding: Mood-Altering Chemicals.
Registration Procedure/Fees: Please register online. The registration fee for the Instructional Program $125.00 2017-2018 season (maximum $300.00 per family).
REGISTRATION MUST BE COMPLETED BY SEPTEMBER 29, 2017. Registrations received after September 29th, you will be placed on a waiting list for future consideration as team space permits. Confidential financial assistance is available for those players who demonstrate financial need.
Team Formation/Notification: Teams will be formed by gender. Teams are formed at the 3/4 grade level, the 5/6 grade level, and the 7/8 grade level. An equitable number of players of each grade will be placed on each team. Players will be notified by their coach by mid-October. In the interest of offering a fair program for all players, the IBA appreciates you NOT requesting special consideration with regard to teams, coaches and teammates. Your understanding in this regard is appreciated. Whenever possible, teams are formed by school attendance areas to facilitate carpooling; HOWEVER, our primary objective must be to form fair and functioning teams.
Coaches: The IBA is dependent on volunteer coaches. Team rosters and coaching information are handed out at this meeting. In addition, a Coaching Clinic is offered by the IBA. Coaching staff will learn drills and skills at this clinic. The Coaching Clinic date will be in October.
Practice/Game Schedule: Teams can expect to practice one time per week for one and one-half hours per session. Practice days are usually Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays. Teams will usually play one game per week. Games are usually Saturdays with an occasional Thursday evening game. Practices begin in November with the game schedule beginning in mid November and continuing through late February.
Year-end Tournament: Boys and Girls teams at the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade levels may be involved in a year-end tournament mid to late February. Parents will be expected to assist at the tournament as tournament directors, timers, scorers, and admission and concessions workers. Proceeds from the tournament help offset some of our tournament expenses. Your support is appreciated.