The Woodinville Select Basketball Program is a feeder program for the Woodinville High School boys basketball program. Our mission is to develop basketball players who will attend Woodinville High School.
The purpose of the Woodinville Select Basketball Program is to develop the fundamental basketball skills of each individual player by teaching team concepts through quality coaching and practice sessions. The players who typically enjoy and benefit most from our program are those that:
- desire a more competitive experience than typically found in recreational leagues
- want to play with players of a similar desire and skill level
- are looking for the opportunity to practice more and play more games
We offer teams in grades 4 - 8 for boys who live in the Woodinville High School attendance area or are enrolled at any of the following schools for the 2016-17 school year: Leota and Timbercrest Junior High Schools; Bear Creek, Cottage Lake, East Ridge, Hollywood Hill, Kokanee (part), Sunrise, Wellington, and Woodin Elementary Schools.
Below is a list of frequently asked questions. If you have questions that aren't answered by the list below, please email
Who is eligible to play?
The Select program offers teams from 4th - 8th grade for boys that live in the Woodinville High School feeder pattern. We will consider exceptional 2nd and 3rd grade players who try out for the 4th grade team.
When are Winter season tryouts?
Tryouts are held in September on consecutive Sundays. Tryouts for the 2016-17 Winter season will be held on Sept. 11 and Sept. 18.
When is the season?
The Winter season runs from October through March. Teams will practice at least twice a week and play in 30+ games in 4-5 tournaments on the Eastside, in addition to league play against similar feeder programs in either the Eastside Travel League, the Cascade League, or the PEAK Boys and Girls Club League on Mercer Island.
When and where do you practice?
Practice locations are subject to availability each season, but the Northshore School District has always been great about helping us secure gym time. In the 2015-2016 season we predominantly practiced at Leota Junior High and Timbercrest Junior High. When those gyms are not available, we have practiced at elementary school gyms, Home Court, and gyms in the Maltby area.
Practices are held on weeknights starting in the first week of October. In the 2015-16 season practices were held between 6:00 PM and 9:30 PM, with the majority of early times targeted for younger teams. However, practice times do depend on both coach and gym availability.
We also offer skills training occasionally on Sunday evenings from September through November.
Is it a problem if my son plays another sport in addition to basketball during the season?
Participation in any select sport is a major commitment. Making basketball the number one sports activity during the season is essential to the success of both the team and your son.
The expectation is that Woodinville Select Basketball is the primary sport during basketball season and will supersede all other activities. Players that have too many unexcused absences will be restricted from playing in games and in some cases removed from the team. The detailed Attendance Policy for the 2015-16 season will be published prior to tryouts.
How much does it cost?
In 2016-17 our player fee is $700. Players will also need to purchase a game uniform that they can keep for approximately $120. To help cover the expenses, we offer fundraising opportunities and we offer a limited number of full and partial scholarships. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please contact the club president, Brian Riseland at
What is a "feeder" program?
Feeder programs limit participation to players that will attend a specific high school, so the Basketball Club of Woodinville teams are only for boys who live in the Woodinville High School attendance area and who plan on attending Woodinville High School.
What leagues do you play in?
We offer a team at each grade level in the Eastside Travel League, which is a league of similar feeder programs, predominantly of teams aligned with high schools in the KingCo Conference. When we offer a second team at each grade level, we place a team in the PEAK League on Mercer Island or the Cascade League.
Where are games played?
The majority, if not all, of the games in each league are held on the Eastside. The farthest we travel for league games is typically to Mt Si High School or Puyallup High School.
The tournaments we have played are in Redmond, Bellevue, Kirkland, North Bend, and Sammamish. Occasionally a team may opt to play in an AAU tournament and in those cases the farthest we have traveled is the Auburn area.
Are the players guaranteed playing time?
Playing time is earned on the basis of each player's effort, attention, commitment, and ability displayed in practice and in games. Players with the best ability to combine these skills will receive the greatest amount of playing time. Each player will play at least one full quarter of the game in league gams. All additional playing time is earned, not guaranteed. In tournaments, playing time is at the coaches' discretion.
How does this differ from an "AAU" program?
The biggest difference is that AAU programs have no geographic limits on where they source their players.
How does this differ from a recreational program like NYBA?
Recreational programs typically do not have tryouts and tend to offer fewer practices and games with varying levels of coaching expertise.
Do you offer activities outside of the Winter season?
When there is sufficient demand the club organizes teams in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. We also offer open gyms and training during the offseason.
I have a 2nd or 3rd grader who I think is an exceptional player, can he try out for the 4th grade team?
Yes we will allow him to try out. We make decisions on an annual basis about players at all grade levels playing above their grade level (eg. a 5th grader playing on the 6th grade team), therefore if a player "plays up" one year, he may not "play up" the following year depending on the structure of the team.
Are your coaches paid?
Some coaching positions are paid. Compensation depends on experience.
Do you allow parents to coach?
Our first priority is to find quality coaches with the background that we desire. If they have that background and happen to be parents, we are open to having them coach. In the older grade levels, teams are more likely to have a head coach who is not a parent.