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Boys Basketball (Grades 6-8)


Middle School Athletics / Basketball -
Fall 2020

About Middle School Basketball

LEAP middle school basketball welcomes 6-8 grade students of all ability levels and experience. This 8-week program of educational athletics will focus on skill development, gaining an appreciation for the sport of basketball, and teamwork. Effort, attitude, and commitment will directly influence individual growth within the program. A high level of sportsmanship will be expected of all involved with the program. It is our goal to prepare as many young student athletes as possible for involvement at the next level. Students are evaluated by the Director of Basketball Operations (DOBO) as well as the other coaches on staff. They use a rubric that is created by each varsity head coach to assess certain skills and abilities. All students are then placed into 3 tiers based on their evaluation results. Our program philosophy is that students do best when they can learn and grow at the same pace as their peers, regardless of grade level.

Season Start & End Dates

Monday, October 26, 2020 - Wednesday, December 16th, 2020

As of: 10/16/20

  • Safe Return to Play: MS Basketball will follow MHSAA guidelines for safe return to play. A few key changes that will be required this season include:
    • Competition limits– no more than 4 teams at a location.
    • There will be no end of season tournament.
    • The complete report of basketball specific information can be found HERE.
  • Face Coverings: Masks will be required without exception. Per MHSAA guidelines, there is no medical waiver exempting any students. Should your son choose to play, he will be required to wear a mask at all times.
  • Spectators: Spectators will be limited & will be required to mask while in our facilities. Limitations may vary from game to game (seating capacity limitations vary from 40-400 people dependent on facility). For all games we will be airing on the side of caution to protect our season and our ability for students to attend in-person school. We do not want to shut down due to people attending an event that do not absolutely need to be there.

DUE TO COVID-19:       NOTE: FinalForms -is in addition to a sports physical and registering to play the sport, if you did not check out and pay in Eleyo you ARE NOT registered.

  • Athletes must pass a daily screening & temperature check. This year we will be utilizing FinalForms to complete the daily screening process. Final Forms is an online forms and data management service that is currently utilized by our High School Athletic Departments.
  • ALL STUDENTS MUST REGISTER FOR A FINAL FORMS ACCOUNT SO PROPER SCREENING/MONITORING CAN TAKE PLACE.
  • Please register at: https://traversecity-mi.finalforms.com and follow the prompts to create your account, create your students, and sign your forms.
  • If you require any support during the process, scroll to the page bottom and click “Use Support,” or feel free to contact our office. NOTE: During parent registration, you will need to input your students’ TCAPS email address. It will be helpful to have that info available ahead of time in case you do not know it!
  • ONCE YOUR STUDENT IS REGISTERED, PLEASE ADD HIM/HER TO THE SPORT 'BASKETBALL' FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR.

Practice Schedule

Practices during any one-week may include any of the 7 days during the week and will be between 1 and 3 hours long on any given day (based on the availability of the coach). Practice start times will range from immediately after school to 8 pm during the week and from 9 am to 6 pm on Saturdays and/or 1 pm to 6 pm on Sundays. Once student athletes are evaluated and placed on a team, you will be contacted by his coach and receive the practice schedule for the remainder of the season.

Check-in Process: Check-In will begin 15 minutes prior to the start of practice each day. Students should come dressed in work out clothes, tennis shoes and bring a water bottle. Once screened, cleared students will be permitted to practice. Any students who do not pass the initial screening will be sent home. 

East Middle School Practice Schedule

Preliminary Evaluation Clinics

  • Monday, October 26, 2020
    • 6th Grade - 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
    • 7th Grade - 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
    • 8th Grade - 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020
    • 6th Grade - 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
    • 7th Grade - 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
    • 8th Grade - 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday, October 28, 2020
    • 6th Grade - 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
    • 7th Grade - 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
    • 8th Grade - 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Thursday, October 29, 2020
    • 6th Grade - 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
    • 7th Grade - 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    • 8th Grade - 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Individual team practices will begin the week of: November 2, 2020. 

Coaches will be reaching out to players/families regarding practice days/times.


West Middle School Practice Schedule

Preliminary Evaluation Clinics

  • Monday, October 26, 2020
    • 6th Grade - 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
    • 7th Grade - 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
    • 8th Grade - 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020
    • 6th Grade - 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
    • 7th Grade - 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
    • 8th Grade - 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday, October 28, 2020
    • 6th Grade - 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
    • 7th Grade - 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
    • 8th Grade - 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Thursday, October 29, 2020
    • 6th Grade - 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
    • 7th Grade - 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    • 8th Grade - 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Individual team practices will begin the week of: November 2, 2020.

Coaches will be reaching out to players/families regarding practice days/times.

Once team placements are final, you will be contacted by your student's coach and receive the practice schedule for the remainder of the season. 

Game Schedule

Games will be scheduled between 4 pm and 8 pm beginning November 4, 2020. Team game schedules will be communicated to players through their coach.

**all dates are subject to change based on the availability of officials**

Admission Prices

Admission will be charged for middle school basketball season. 

  • Adults - $3.00
  • Students - $2.00
  • Children 5 & Under - Free

Sports Punch Cards

Sports punch cards available for $40.00 - these include 45 - $1.00 punches. 

Passes can be purchased from the LEAP Office, located at Central High School as well both middle school middle offices and Central/West Athletic offices.

Director of Basketball Operations

East Middle School

  • Dan McGee    mcgeeda@tcaps.net

West Middle School

  • Lisa Peoples    PeoplesLi@tcaps.net


Sports Physicals:

Middle School Athletes must have an updated physical on file each school year. Sports physicals must be dated April 15th, 2020 or newer, and can be used for the entire 20-21 school year. For 2020-2021, TCAPS is accepting a new Health Questionnaire that students who had a valid sports physical in 2019-20 (completed on or after April 15, 2019) can complete with required signatures to meet the pre-participation health status requirement in 2020-21. This NEW health questionnaire is a 14 question form that if all answers are 'no', then the 2019-20 physical on file is good for next year and can be found HERE.

  • Incoming 7th & 8th graders: Students who had a valid physical for the 2019-20 school year do not need a new physical if you answer NO to all 14 questions on the form & submit it prior to your sports season.
  • Incoming 6th graders: will need a new physical dated April 15th, 2020 or later.
  • 6th-8th graders that did not have an up to date physical will need a physical dated April 15th, 2020 or later.
  • If you answered YES to any of the 14 questions, you will need a new physical.
  • If you answered NO to all of the questions, you may still go get a new physical if you choose.
  • This is all in response that Dr. offices and clinics have said it will be difficult to see all athletes prior to the start of fall sports.
  • For more information on this process, you can access a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for this new Health Questionnaire form by clicking HERE.
  • If all answers are NO, email or mail the signed form to: TCAPS LEAP 1150 Milliken Dr. Traverse City, MI 49686 and we will mark your physical valid for next year.
  • Do you need a new physical? Download and print the TCAPS physical form here, and then please call your family physician to schedule a physical for your child. Mail completed physicals to: TCAPS LEAP 1150 Milliken Dr. Traverse City, MI 49686

Helpful Information

  • District provided transportation is NOT available for boys basketball season.  Parent/guardian transportation is required for all practices and games.
  • Preliminary evaluations will begin during the first week. When evaluations are complete, students will be assigned to tiers for the second part of skill development, practices, and team placement.
  • Once teams have been established, practice will include 4-6 hours of on-court direct instruction each week. Practices during any one-week may include any of the 7 days during the week and will be between 1 and 2 hours long on any given day (based on the availability of the coach and facilities). Practice start times will range from immediately after school to 8 pm. Weekend practices may be scheduled and would range from 9 am to 6 pm on Saturdays and/or 1 pm to 6 pm on Sundays..
  • Games will be officiated by registered officials, score will be kept.
  • Games will be between teams of the same tier and will include games within each school and against teams from the other TCAPS middle school.
  • Green/Black tiered teams will have outside teams included on their schedule. Those teams will be invited to play in our gyms on our identified game nights.
  • PDF DocumentFAQ - Basketball

Participation Fee

  • Cost: $125.00
  • Reduced fees are available to those who qualify for the free and reduced meals program. Participation fees for those that qualify are as follows:
    • Reduced Meals Participation Fee: $70.00 if registered by the deadline.
    • Free Meals Participation Fee: $40.00 if registered by the deadline.

Milk Crate Basketball Assistance

Need an “Assist” this season? LEAP is proud to partner with Milk Crate Basketball, a local nonprofit organization assisting KIDS IN NEED with resources to play and enjoy the game of basketball. Through donations and merchandise sales, Milk Crate Basketball provides kids with a wide range of items needed in order to play and enjoy basketball — shoes, basketballs, hoops, athletic wear, registration fees, etc. [PDF DocumentDownload the Assist Application for this season.]

Want to learn more about Milk Crate Basketball? For more information: visitExternal Linkwww.milkcratebasketball.org.

Registration Deadline & Details

  • Deadline: Friday, October 16th, 2020. 
  • Registration deadlines are final. Late registrations may not be accepted after the posted registration close date.
  • Register for your school below.
  • If your child does not attend a TCAPS school, select the "Non-TCAPS" option.
    • In an effort to be a good community partner, LEAP will accept non-TCAPS students when possible. Space is limited and enrollment may be capped for various offerings. For high demand activities TCAPS students will receive priority.

Payment is required at the time of registration. To register online using a Discover, MasterCard, Visa, or ACH (via a checking or savings account) please register below. Payment with cash or check can be made at the LEAP office located at Central High School, 1150 Milliken, Traverse City. Please use the 1st (smaller) auditorium entrance - we are located just inside the doors to the right. Office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Please call the LEAP office at 231.933.6570 for more information.

NOTE: Registration is not complete until your course appears in your dashboard. You will also receive an email from Eleyo confirming your registration. If you do not receive the confirmation email or see the course in your dashboard, be sure you have not left any course items in your shopping basket. If you need assistance please call the LEAP office (231.933.6570). If you did not receive an email from Eleyo or see your course in your dashboard, the payment did not process and the student is not registered.

6-8 BBB- EMS Closed

  Dan McGee


TC East Middle School
Mon Oct 26 & Wed Dec 16
12:00 - 12:01 AM

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  Lisa Peoples


TC West Middle School
Mon Oct 26 & Wed Dec 16
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LEAP Office
Mon Oct 26 & Wed Dec 16
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Price: $ 125 00

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