1st and 2nd Grade Skills

The 1st & 2nd grade program teaches the fundamentals of basketball, including dribbling, passing and shooting.  Sessions are held at the River Falls Academy Upper Gym on Saturday mornings starting early November, running through mid-December.  The 1st Grade session runs from 8:00 to 9:00 and the 2nd Grade session runs from 9:00 to 10:00.  The instruction emphasizes that the philosophy at this level is to learn, improve and to have fun!  Each player will receive a River Falls youth basketball and a t-shirt.

3rd and 4th Grade Mini-NBA 

The in-house Mini NBA program for boys in 3rd & 4th grade begins with “Big Mondays” on November 7th, 14th and 21st. These sessions are used for skill development and player evaluation.  Following “Big Mondays”, comes “Super Tuesday” on Tuesday, Nov. 29th from 6:00 to 8:00pm at Meyer Middle School.  This clinic includes Coach Campbell and the boys’ varsity team (pending tournament schedule) demonstrating their skills and practice methods.  Practices are held every Monday evening.  Team skill development and games will be held on Saturday mornings starting Dec.3rd at Meyer Middle School.  The Mini NBA season will culminate with a tournament on Feb 4th also at Meyer Middle School (times TBA).  Equal playing time is a priority and each player will receive a River Falls youth basketball t-shirt.

5th – 8th Grade Traveling 

The 5th & 6th grade boys begin their traveling season with “Big Mondays” on November 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd.  These sessions are used for skill development and player evaluation.  Following “Big Mondays” teams will be divided equally and coaches will communicate practice and game times to players.  In 5th and 6th grade, like Mini-NBA, equal playing time is a priority and each player will receive a River Falls youth basketball t-shirt. 

The 7th and 8th grade boys begin traveling basketball as soon as the school fall seasons are completed (usually mid October).  After player evaluations, practice will usually be twice a week with tournament play starting in November.  School basketball will start after the first of the year, at which time traveling basketball will stop having regular evening practices, but will likely have 3-5 weekend tournaments during the school season.  Equal playing time is no longer guaranteed in 7th and 8th grades, but everyone will play at least 25% in each game.  More emphasis is placed on winning, but not at the expense of the other goals of the organization:  to play hard, learn and to have fun.  Coaches will communicate team assignments, practice and game times to all players. Each player will receive a River Falls youth basketball t-shirt.

Click here to view the 7th & 8th grade evaluation process.