Boys Basketball (Grades 6-8)

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 22nd, 2018 - Wednesday, December 19th, 2018.

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

  • TBD

Following tier placements, students will be equitably split into teams within their tier. 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. 

West Middle School Practice Schedule

Preliminary Evaluation Clinics

  • TBD

Following tier placements, students will be equitably split into teams within their tier. 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 on the following dates:

  • TBD

Tournament Schedule

  • End of season tournaments will take place before Winter Break, exact times and locations TBD.

Admission Prices

Admission will be charged for LEAP middle school basketball, football, volleyball, and wrestling activities. Admission may be paid at each event, or for the entire season with an All-Access Sports Pass. See prices below:

Single Event Admission

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

All Access Athletics Passes

All Access Athletics Passes are available for purchase and include admission to all LEAP and TCAPS athletic events. TCAPS All Access sports passes are not valid for MHSAA-sponsored events. Prices are $100 adults, $70 students, and $30 for senior citizens. Prices remain the same all year no matter what season in which the pass is purchased. Passes can be purchased from the LEAP Office, located at Central High School as well both high school athletic offices.

Director of Basketball Operations

East Middle School

  • TBD 

West Middle School

Helpful Information

  • Sports Physicals are required for Middle School Boys Basketball. Physicals must be turned in to the Main Office at East Middle School or the North Wing Office at West Middle School before the start of the season.External LinkDownload sports physical form
  • Transportation is NOT provided for this LEAP offering, transportation will be the sole responsibility of the participants parent/guardian
  • 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.
  • Weeks 5 through 8 will include each team/player playing two games each week and having 2-3 hours of on-court direct instruction each week with their coach.
  • 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 12th, 2018. 
  • 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. Summer Office Hours are Mondays & Thursdays from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. School Year 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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