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Boys Basketball (Grades 6-8)


Middle School Athletics / Basketball -
Fall 2021

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.

All sports for the 2021-2022 school year are being planned as normal for a non-covid year. However, all activities are subject to change per MDHHS orders.
  • Safe Return to Play: All TCAPS sports will follow MHSAA guidelines for safe return to play.
  • Face Coverings: Per current MDHHS orders
  • Sanitization: Additional safety & sanitation measures will be in place.


Season Start & End Dates

Monday, October 25, 2021 - Wednesday, December 15th, 2021

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.

East Middle School Practice Schedule

Preliminary Evaluation Clinics

  • Monday, October 25, 2021
    • 6th Grade - 2:45 pm - 4:30 pm
    • 7th Grade - 4:45 pm - 6:30 pm
    • 8th Grade - 6:45 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Tuesday, October 26, 2021
    • 6th Grade - 2:45 pm - 4:30 pm
    • 7th Grade - 4:45 pm - 6:30 pm
    • 8th Grade - 6:45 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Wednesday, October 27, 2021
    • 6th Grade - 2:45 pm - 4:30 pm
    • 7th Grade - 4:45 pm - 6:30 pm
    • 8th Grade - 6:45 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Thursday, October 28, 2021 TIMES MAY CHANGE DEPENDING ON COACHES MEETING
    • 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 1, 2021. 

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


West Middle School Practice Schedule

Preliminary Evaluation Clinics TBD

Individual team practices will begin the week of: November 1, 2021.

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

Game Schedule

Games will be scheduled between 4 pm and 8 pm beginning November 8, 2021. 

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 - $3.00
  • Children 5 & Under - Free

Sports Punch Cards

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

Passes can be purchased at both Central/West Athletic offices.

Director of Basketball Operations

East Middle School

  • Dan McGee    mcgeeda@tcaps.net

West Middle School

  • TBD


Sports Physicals:

Middle School Athletes must have an updated physical on file each school year. Sports physicals must be dated April 15th, 2021 or later, & can be used for the entire '21-'22 school year.

Final Forms:

  • ALL STUDENTS MUST REGISTER FOR A FINAL FORMS ACCOUNT IN ADDITION TO REGISTERING ON THIS SITE.
  • 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 SPORTS S/HE PLANS TO PLAY THIS SCHOOL YEAR.

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 22nd, 2021. 
  • 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.

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  Daniel McGee


TC East Middle School
Mon Oct 25 & Wed Dec 15
12:00 - 12:01 AM

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Grades   6th - 8th

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  Lisa Peoples


TC West Middle School
Mon Oct 25 & Wed Dec 15
12:00 - 12:01 AM

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Grades   6th - 8th

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Price: $ 125 00
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Sep. 20th at 12:01 AM