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[accordion title=”Boys Basketball FAQs” style=”boxed” open1st=”yes”][accordion_item title=”What’s the difference between a Select/Rising Star Team and a Spartan Rec Team?”]Koa’s Boys Select/Rising Star Teams are pure “select” teams formed through tryouts, whereas the Spartan Rec Teams are open to anyone. Both teams are professionally coached at a very high level, and are intended for players who are serious about learning the game. The Select Teams require more of a commitment in terms of time, game play, and costs. The Spartan Teams will only practice one day per week. Again, both programs have a high focus on player development and learning the game.[/accordion_item][accordion_item title=”Who is eligible for a Koa Boys Select/Rising Star Team?”]Boys who will be in the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th grade for the 2015-16 school year. Please note, the Rising Star League begins in 5th grade. However, 4th graders are eligible to play, and will be placed in the lowest 5th grade division.[/accordion_item][accordion_item title=”Who is eligible for a Spartan Rec Team?”]Boys who will be in the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th grades for the 2015-16 school year.[/accordion_item][accordion_item title=”How do I get onto a Boys Select/Rising Star team?”]We will be holding tryouts for our Fall/Winter 2015-16 rising 4th,5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade select teams in mid September, Click here for tryout info. All players must register – no walk-ons allowed.[/accordion_item][accordion_item title=”How do I get onto a Spartan Rec Team?”]That’s easy. Go to our website, www.KoaSports.org or simply click here to register. Based on enrollment, we plan to have teams for boys in the rising 3rd-8th grades. If you have any questions or are interested in bring over a pre-formed team, email Ben or give us a call at 301.229.7529[/accordion_item][accordion_item title=”Can I play on both a Rising Star Team and a Spartan Rec Team?”][/accordion_item][accordion_item title=”What happens if I do not make a Select/Rising Star team?”]So long as there is sufficient turnout, your athlete will be invited to play with a Spartan Rec Team. Based on enrollment numbers, we will have teams from Grades 3rd-8th with availability. We will place you on the appropriate team as long as there is availability.[/accordion_item][accordion_item title=”Can I only tryout for a Spartan Rec Team? Will my friends be on the team?”]No need to tryout for a Spartan Rec Team. If you’re interested only in a Spartan team, you will be placed on an age-appropriate team. In the open registration environment we are usually able to keep friends together. In fact, we often coach pre-formed teams in this league. Be sure to include any friends names at the player request prompt during online registration.[/accordion_item][accordion_item title=”I’m a parent coach – but I’d like to bring my entire team into the Spartan Rec program. Is that possible?”]Please talk to Ben about making arrangements. We are happy to coach your entire team as it currently exists. [/accordion_item][accordion_item title=”Who will coach the teams?”]At Koa sports, we believe kids can get the best training from experienced coaches and instructors. It is important that every Mom and Dad in our program read the Koa White Paper on The Importance of Learning from Non-Parent Coaches. All the coaches are required to go through extensive background screening. Furthermore, they are trained to follow the plans of our Advisory Board, made up of collegiate athletes and professional players. Full bios for many of our coaches can be found on our staff page (click here for bios). The Koa coaches will run the practices and coach the games.  The parents get to enjoy the games and cheer on all the athletes from the sidelines.[/accordion_item][accordion_item title=”What does a “professional” coach mean?”]In simplest terms, it means that the coach is required to (a) follow the practice plans designed and implemented by the Koa collegiate and professional players; (b) have extensive background screening performed; and (c) strive to adhere to our core values (POSITIVE, DEDICATED, TEAM FIRST, FUN!).[/accordion_item][accordion_item title=”What are the qualifications of the Koa coaches?”]All of Koa’s coaches are required to go through extensive background screening. Furthermore, they are trained to follow the plans of our Advisory Board, made up of collegiate athletes and professional players. All teams have interaction with our collegiate players. Full bios of some of our coaches can be found on our staff page.[/accordion_item][accordion_item title=”How many coaches will be at the Spartan Team practices?”]Most often there will be one coach per practice. Occasionally, we may have 2 coaches.[/accordion_item][accordion_item title=”How many coaches will be at the Select practices?”]Most often there will be one coach per practice. Occasionally, there will be two coaches. We would like each Rising Star group to get to know the Koa Hoops Staff.[/accordion_item][accordion_item title=”How many coaches will be at the Spartan Rec Team games?”]For the Spartan games in the Rec League, there will be one Koa coach.[/accordion_item][accordion_item title=”How many coaches will be at the Select/Rising Star games?”]Most often there will be one coach per Select game. Occasionally, there will be two coaches.[/accordion_item][accordion_item title=”How much parent involvement is required for the Select/Rising Star teams? Do parents coach?”]We believe players benefit from non-parent coaches doing the coaching, and parents doing the parenting. These are very separate roles. Please read our Koa White Paper on The Importance of Learning from Non-Parent Coaches Parents may be asked to assist on a periodic basis, but the Koa Coach is in charge. Note: We will need a Parent Manager for each team.[/accordion_item][accordion_item title=”What league do the Select/Rising Star Teams play in?”]Our Fall/Winter Select/Rising Star teams will play in the Rising Star Basketball League, and play roughly 10 regular season games with end of the season single elimination playoffs.[/accordion_item][accordion_item title=”What league do the Spartan Teams play in?”]The Spartan Teams will play in Koa’s in house rec league at the Woods Academy, and play roughly 8 games.[/accordion_item][accordion_item title=”What is the commitment required for a Koa Select/Rising Star Team?”]Select/Rising Star players are required to attend two 1.5 hour practices per week that begin in October. The Rising Star League begins in January that includes a 10 game schedule plus an end of the season single elimination playoff. Koa Select teams will also register in a pre-season mid December tournament. Koa expects that Select basketball will be the primary athletic commitment for the season. We totally understand about family trips and school work, but we are not lenient about missing Select/Rising Star basketball for other sports. If you also play on a Koa Spartan rec team, your Select/Rising Star game will take precedence over any rec league game. Your rec team coach will understand your select commitment comes first.[/accordion_item][accordion_item title=”How often do Spartan Teams practice?”]Spartan Rec teams will practice once per week for one hour and practices will begin in mid December.[/accordion_item][accordion_item title=”How long is the commitment?”]Koa Select/Rising Star players have a 1 season commitment approximately from the end of October to the first week of March. Spartan Rec players have the same 1 season commitment- games are early January to the last week of February with practices beginning in early December. The Rec season runs for about 8 weeks plus make-ups for weather cancellations with games beginning early January.[/accordion_item][accordion_item title=”Where will the practices and games be held?”]Practices will typically be at gyms in the Bethesda, Rockville, and Potomac area. Games will mostly take place in Montgomery County School gyms.[/accordion_it
em][accordion_item title=”How is playing time determined on the Koa Select/Rising Star Teams?”]On the Koa Select/Rising Star Teams, we will have starters and bench players. Most players will play in every game, but the amount of playing time is merit based. Of course, during practices there will be equal time spent on all players, irrespective of whether that player is a “starter.”[/accordion_item][accordion_item title=”How is playing time determined on the Koa Spartan Teams?”]For Koa Spartan Rec Teams, each player will play AT LEAST 2 quarters.[/accordion_item][accordion_item title=”What is the cost of the Koa Select/Rising Star Teams?”]The cost of the Fall/Winter 2015-16 Select/Rising team is $199/month. Here is last season’s cost chart: Rising Star League Fee-Gym Space- Select Basketball Coaching/Insurance Fee-  Select Basketball Uniform Fee [/accordion_item][accordion_item title=”What is the cost of the Koa Spartan Rec Teams?”]The cost of the Fall/Winter 2015-16 Spartan team for 3rd-8th graders is $330. Game shirts are provided by Koa. [/accordion_item][/accordion]

player who withdraws after the published registration deadline. If an additional replacement player can be found to take the spot of a withdrawing player, we will be able to refund league fees minus a 20% administrative fee. The administrative fee covers among other things, time spent (1) contacting new payers, (2) adjusting rosters, (3) new uniforms.