Hustle & Heart

What is NGBA?

NGBA is a non-profit basketball club for girls in 4th-8th grade who wish to move beyond the casual nature of recreation league play into a more competitive environment.

Who is eligible to play?

Girls in elementary or middle school within the Newport High School service area. If there are not enough players from the Newport High School service area to complete a team, players may be accepted from non-Eastside Travel League (ETL) schools or from ETL league schools if released by the coach.

When are tryouts?

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 @ NHS
6:00-7:30 PM: 4-6th grades
7:30-9:00 PM: 7-8th grades

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 @ NHS
6:00-7:30 PM: 4-6th grades
7:30-9:00 PM: 7-8th grades

Is there a cost to try out?

There is no cost to try out, but you must complete online registration prior to trying out. Additionally, you will need a current AAU #. If you do not have one, they can be purchased for $14 at The NGBA club AAU number for the 2018/19 school year is WYW4B5. When purchasing your player's AAU number, you can attach it to our club number.

What is required to try out?

1. Each girl who trys out for a NGBA team must have a current Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) number PRIOR TO TRYOUTS. The cost is $14 and you can purchase your membership online at The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) is one of the largest, non-profit, volunteer, sports organizations in the United States. A multi-sport organization, the AAU is dedicated exclusively to the promotion and development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs.

2. Complete the ONLINE REGISTRATION (coming soon). You will need your current AAU # before you can complete the online registration. Online registration for tryouts will be open by September 1.

How long is the season?

The Fall / Winter season has practices beginning in mid-September and running through the final tournament (mid-March). Each team (4th grade - 8th grade) will play in a Winter league. The Winter league will be the Eastside Travel League. The Fall season will consist of 2-3 weekend tournaments as well as our own Cold Turkey Tournament. Each tournament will include 3 or 4 games during the Saturday and Sunday of the same weekend. Most tournaments are within a 45 minute commute from the Bellevue area. Most teams travel to one long distance tournament in March. These tournaments have proven to be a great experience for our players, families and coaches.

When and where are practices?

Each team will have 2 practices per week of 1-2 hours each. The younger teams won't practice as long as the older teams (7th & 8th grade). Practices will take place in school gyms near Newport High School. Some locations include Tyee Middle School, Tillicum Middle School, Chinook @ Ringdall Middle School, Newport Heights Elementary, and International School. Each year, NGBA competes with more and more organizations for gym space so please be understanding of last minute changes during the season.

When are games played?

League games are played on Saturdays or Sundays during the regular season that starts in December. It is not unusual to have 2 games in a weekend with one game on Saturday and one on Sunday, but sometimes there is a double-header. Tournament games can be played on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but most are played on Saturdays and Sundays. If your team is playing in a tournament, you can expect to play in a minimum of 3 or 4 games. Tournaments are completed during the weekend - no carryover to the next weekend.

What is the tournament schedule?

We have identified the following tournaments that we intend to participate:

Sklyine Tipoff Tournament
Early November 2018

Cold Turkey Tournament
November 23, 24, & 25

Issaquah Eagle Eye Tournament
Over President's Day Weekend

What is the cost?

The cost per player for the entire year (Fall & Winter seasons) is $600 which includes a NHS bag (new players only), two practices per week, league fees and approved tournament fees. Uniforms are available for purchase at an additional cost. Payment by cash, check, or credit card is accepted. Credit Card payments will incur an additional $25 convenience fee.

Are scholarships available?

The NGBA believes that if a girl has the talent, dedication and attitude to make a Newport team, she should be able to play for that team regardless of financial circumstances. While full scholarships are rare, they are available. Partial assistance is the more likely route for most players as it demonstrates a mutual commitment by and for the program. To be eligible, you need to qualify for the school free or reduced lunch program and provide that documentation to the NGBA. Extenuating circumstances may also be considered. Please follow up with a board member if you believe you qualify for a scholarship.

How many spots are available per team?

Each team will be limited to 12 players maximum.

Can a player play "up" for a team above their current grade level?

The NGBA is very cautious about players playing up (playing at a grade level higher than their current school enrollment). Playing up involves more than just basketball skill - it involves physical and emotional maturity. The NGBA recognizes that there are exceptions. A parent must request at least 7 days prior to tryouts to play up. The player may try out at both their grade level and one grade higher. Prior to a final decision, the player and the parents will meet with the NGBA coach coordinator and the grade coaches for the two grades involved, to discuss the potential benefits and problems of this action. The player may play up a grade if she is rated in the top three players in grade tryouts AND receives the recommendation of the NGBA Board of Directors and the NGBA coach coordinator. There is no appeal of this decision.