MYAS BASKETBALL GUIDELINES FOR TEAMS AND ORGANIZATIONS
1. All coaches and administrative personnel must pass a background check within the last three years.
2. Per Minnesota State Law, all coaches and administrators must complete an accredited concussion course that needs to be renewed every three years.
ADDITIONAL WINTER SEASON REQUIREMENTS (November though the completion of the Grade State Tournaments)
3. Travel Team Eligibility Guidelines:
- Athletes must try out and compete with the travel association within the community where they reside or attend school.
- Exception: In situations involving “split families,” the athlete may participate with the association closest to the mother’s or father’s residence.
- If there is not a travel association within the community where the athlete resides or attends school, or if the athlete has been cut or restricted from the association, they may participate with a bordering association.
4. School Team Eligibility Guidelines:
- All athletes on a school team must attend the school in which they are playing for.
- The school team must be sponsored and supported by the school to be eligible.
- Clarification: Just because all the kids attend the same school does not necessarily mean they are eligible as a school team. The school must have a basketball program.
5. Organizations must have an open try‐out process and an open application process for coaching candidates.
6. The organization must provide a coaches education program.
7. The MYAS recognizes organizations that promote and implement programs for multiple age/grade levels. We do not recognize single teams formulated by any individual(s) not affiliated with, or recognized by a recognized organization, as described above or a bona fide association.
8. The sponsoring organization must be of perpetual nature (i.e. intend to be in existence from year to year).
9. The MYAS recognizes teams that emanate from organizations that have a democratic posture, meaning that the administrative structure of the organization must allow for open election of officers and open forums for parents and participants to voice their concerns.
10. Open/All-star and Renegade teams will not be allowed to participate.
- An “open/all-star” team is defined as any team that is comprised of players from multiple communities where recognized youth associations exist.
- A “renegade” team is defined as any team that is comprised of players who all reside in the same community or attend the same school, but who have chosen to bypass the local traveling association.
MINNEAPOLIS AND ST. PAUL BASKETBALL COALITIONS EXCEPTION (for the winter season)
Previously, the MYAS accepted “independent” teams from the cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis because neither community had a bona fide youth basketball association that represented their respective cities. That past practice has been terminated. The MYAS will recognize and accept teams that are coordinated and sponsored by recognized coalition member organizations ONLY! A complete list of coalition members can be found at www.myas.org. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU ALLOW THESE TEAMS THAT ARE AFFILIATED WITH THESE ORGANIZATIONS TO PARTICIPATE IN YOUR WINTER LEAGUES AND/OR INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENTS.
PAROCHIAL SCHOOL CLARIFICATION (for the winter season)
ANY legitimate parochial school system may roster players that are enrolled in multiple elementary/middle schools within that system. These parochial school system teams must declare and define reasonable boundaries of their "drawing territory." Those "drawing territories" will need to be approved by the MYAS Staff and/or MYAS Review Committee prior to the creation or acceptance of those teams. NOTE: In regards to the Catholic school system in the Mpls./St. Paul Diocese, the acceptable drawing territories have been previously determined as the boundaries of any respective Deanery or approved combination of Deaneries. All other situations will be determined on a case-by-case basis.