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Tryout for the Mpls Lakers

2022-23 Season Tryouts

Tentative Dates for 2022
Sept. 17-18

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Sept 18, 22 & 23, 2021 See you next Fall


Saturday, September 18
8:30-10:30am: 4th/5th/8th grade GIRLS

10:45am-12:45pm: 6th/7th grade GIRLS
1:00-3:00pm: 4th/5th grade BOYS

Wednesday, September 22
7:00-9:00pm: 7th/8th grade BOYS

Thursday, September 23
7:00-9:00pm: 6th grade BOYS

Please be aware that times may change. Please check here for updates


Midtown YWCA/Minneapolis Sports Center Map




Each player is required to register before tryouts.

Independent professional evaluators

We use a third party basketball evaluation company to assess our potential players during tryout sessions. This helps the Lakers organization objectively evaluate players in a fair and impartial manner in order to create the best possible and most balanced teams.


guide to team selection

Anyone who has coached a competitive team will understand the inherent pressures of tryouts.  Regardless of spot, age, grade, or skill level, choosing and forming teams with the best roster possible for a fun and postitive season of play will be one of the most difficult (and most stressful) decisions we have to make as an organization.

Ultimately, we will be faced with a number of tough decisions to make our final selections.  Keep in mind that every team will have different skill sets, different personalities, and most importantly, different coaching styles.

You will be informed via email whether you've been placed on a team or on a wait list. The roster formation process is typically 10-14 days.



Session times are when a player should be at the facility.

Each player will:

  • Be wearing a mask (including parents)
  • Check In
  • Receive a number
  • Get sized for a uniform
  • Get picture taken
  • Be wearing shorts, t-shirt & basketball shoes
  • Have a bottle of water (labelled with your name on it)
  • NOT be wearing Mpls Laker gear

Tryouts are closed to parents and all adults except for the evaluators; spectators are a distraction to them and to the kids. The Lakers thank you for your cooperation with this policy.

Parents will be invited to a Virtual Q&A session (Zoom) prior to tryouts. Stay tuned for more information and a date.

Unable to make a tryout date? Let us know and we can find a solution.



We are sanctioned by MYAS and provide skill appropriate experiences for Minneapolis youth basketball players.  We are members of the Minneapolis Basketball Coalition.

Boys and Girls teams will be competing during the current winter travel basketball season.

Player participation is open to all 4th through 8th grade girls and boys residing in Minneapolis and/or attending school within the city of Minneapolis. 

A high school varsity, junior varsity or 10th grade athlete may NOT join a non-school (community travel association) team.

Middle School athletes can play for their school AND for the Mpls Lakers if they so choose.


Waiver Information

Players must be residents of, or attend school in Minneapolis and must participate on the team nearest to their residence, or for the school team or community travel association where they are enrolled. Exception: If a player fails to make the roster of the team nearest their residence or school, they may participate with the next nearest team.

  • Athletes must try out and compete with the travel association within the community where they reside (this is considered to be the athlete’s Home association) 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. For the “split family” exception, the association that is located where the athlete attends school is considered to be their Home Association.
    • 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 their home association, they may participate with a bordering association.

If a player is looking to "waive" out of OR into the Mpls Lakers, they need to provide a fully executed Player Transfer Form to the organization representing the team, they would like to play for.

No player transfers will be approved for athletes who did NOT tryout for their Home Association.

Exception: If the Home Association wants to release an athlete that did not tryout for their program, they can do so at any time, however the release and the transfer to a bordering association must be completed before the November 1st deadline for player transfers. 


To inquire about potential openings on a team, please email Tisha Boarman ( or contact Tina Thousand (



Would your son or daughter like to play basketball, but you feel it might not be financially feasible? You can apply for a needs-based scholarship here. Fill out the form and it will be confidentially submitted to our treasurer.

If you are awarded a scholarship you will be notified after our tryout process. If your son or daughter is placed on a team you will be given a code to use for team registration.

Get your player ready for tryouts

Sign up for Boot Camp Training Sessions Sept 8 & 9.

Info & Registration

FALL CLINIC FOR 7th & 8th Graders

Mpls Lakers Fall Skills Development Clinic at Athletic Gaines

Ages: 7th and 8th grade Boys & Girls

Sessions: 4, 1 hour sessions

Dates: August 23rd thru September 16th

Times: 7:00-8:00pm

Monday (8/23, 8/30, 9/6, 9/13 ):
7th Grade Boys, 7pm
Tuesday (8/24, 8/31, 9/7, 9/14):
7th Grade Girls, 7pm
Wednesday (8/25, 9/1, 9/8, 9/15):
8th Grade Boys, 7pm
Thursday (8/26, 9/2, 9/9, 9/16):
8th Grade Girls, 7pm

Fee: $75 per player for 4 sessions



Effort & Enthusiasm


Tisha Boarman

Tisha Boarman

Vice President

Mpls Lakers Youth Traveling Basketball Program Inc

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Mpls Lakers Youth Basketball


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Platinum Level Supporters of Mpls Lakers Youth Basketball