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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Program Philosophy:

In our program, we embrace the philosophy of "Teaching over Trophies." This means prioritizing the overall development of each player over winning youth tournaments. Our focus is on long-term growth rather than immediate success. We understand that this approach may not always yield instant victories, and we fully accept that outcome. Our ultimate goal is to utilize the game of basketball as a platform for teaching life skills. We strive to nurture high-quality individuals with strong character who can excel not only on the basketball court but in all aspects of life.

  • Competitive Yet Development-Focused:

    • While we prioritize long-term development and teaching, we are unequivocally a competitive program. We do not operate as a recreational program; rather, we coach rigorously, train diligently, and uphold a culture of accountability. In our program, "details and discipline" are fundamental principles. We firmly believe that meaningful accomplishments are only attainable through meticulous attention to detail and unwavering discipline. This is the standard to which all our players are held, irrespective of age.

  • Player-Centric Focus:

    • Our unwavering focus is on teaching and developing our players. We are committed to providing them with the necessary tools and guidance to reach their full potential, both on and off the court.

2. Team Coaches | Coaching:

We do not have designated head coaches assigned to specific teams. Instead, our lead staff members are actively involved in the development of every team and oversee all practices and training sessions. Each of our lead coaches brings extensive experience in playing or coaching basketball at levels beyond high school. Additionally, in instances of scheduling conflicts, assistant coaches may assume the role of head coach for games.

3. Season Dates: ​​

  • Fall Season:

    • Duration: September – October/November

    • Tryouts: Last week of August or the beginning of September

    • Practices Start: The week following tryouts

    • Games Start:First week of October

    • Season End: Last weekend of October or first week of November

  • Winter Season:

    • Duration: December – February

    • Tryouts: First week of December

    • Practices Start: The week following tryouts

    • Games Start: Middle of January

    • Season End: Last week of February

  • Spring Season:

    • Duration: March-May

    • Tryouts: Middle of March

    • Practices Start: The week following tryouts

    • Games Start: Middle of April

    • Season End: Last week of May

  • Summer Season:

    • Duration: July Only

    • Tryouts: End of May/beginning of June

    • Practices Start: End of June

    • Games Start: First weekend of July

    • Season End: Last week of July

4. Season Structure:

  • Practice and Training Sessions:

    • Each team will have 3-4 weeks of practice and training sessions before playing their first set of games.

  • Game Structure:

    • Teams will play no more than 2-3 weekends per month.

    • Teams will participate in 4-5 tournament weekends per season.

      • Academy Teams: 12-16 Games

      • Prep Teams: 16-20 Games

      • Elite Teams: 24-32 Games (Spring & Summer)

5. Practice Location(s):

Team practices and training sessions vary by season and team. We utilize the following facilities:

  • Muslim Educational Trust: 10330 SW Scholls Ferry Rd, Tigard, OR 97223

  • Mittleman Jewish Community Center: 6651 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219

  • Mt. Olivet Church: 17800 SW Kinnaman Rd, Beaverton, OR 97007

  • The Round: 4145 SW Watson Blvd. Beaverton, OR 97005

6. Practice | Training Format:

  • Academy Teams:

    • Two 90-minute team practices per week

  • PrepTeams:

    • Two 90-minute team practices per week

    • One 90-minute skills session per week

  • Travel Teams:

    • Two 90-minute team practices per week

    • One 90-minute skills session per week

    • Three weight training sessions per week​

  • Note: All practices and training sessions are closed to spectators. Parents or family members are not allowed to sit in on practices or training sessions unless permission is granted by our leadership staff.

7. Team Selection Process: 

At the beginning of each season, we conduct team tryouts and player evaluations to assess each player's overall ability, skill level, and basketball IQ (understanding of the game). Based on these evaluations, we determine which players make the final roster.

  • Mandatory Attendance: All players, including returners, must attend our tryouts to secure a roster spot.

  • Non-Recruitment Policy: We do not actively recruit players or make promises to individuals.

  • Tryout Attendance Requirement: Players who are unavailable for tryouts will not be considered for a roster spot in the upcoming season.

  • Notification Process: Selected players will be notified via email within 24-48 hours after tryouts have concluded.

  • Acceptance Deadline: Players who receive a roster spot will have 24 hours to accept it. If not accepted within this timeframe, the spot will be offered to the next player in line.

8. Financial Breakdown:

Families are fully responsible for covering the overall program cost, including team fees and travel expenses.

  • Payment Details:

    • Making Payments: Invoices will be sent to families once a player accepts their roster spot, and payments are due immediately.

      • Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Check, PayPal, CashApp, Zelle, and Venmo.

  • What Your Fees Cover:

    • Facility Rentals

    • Tournament & League Fees

    • Coaching Wages

    • Team Gear

    • Note: Travel fees are not included.

  • Financial Assistance:

    • Financial assistance is available on a case-by-case basis. Families must submit proof of income or enrollment in a free or reduced lunch program within the school district to qualify.

  • Payment Plans:

    • Payment plans can be arranged for families unable to cover the total program cost upfront.

    • Plans require setting a payment schedule for automatic deductions via bank draft or debit card.- 50% of dues must be paid upfront to qualify for a payment plan.

    • Missed or late payments will result in players being removed from team activities until the payment agreement is met in full.

    • Payment plans do not lower the total amount due; they allow smaller payments toward the overall balance.

  • Fundraisers:

    • Team fundraisers will be launched at the beginning of every season (Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer).

    • Participation in fundraisers is mandatory for all parties.

    • Families can use funds raised to help cover their fees, provided they are on an automatic payment plan and have paid 50% of the team fee upfront.

    • 100% of proceeds will directly benefit the program, covering additional court time, player scholarships, sponsorships, and assisting families with travel and equipment costs.

  • Sibling Discount:

    • Families with siblings in the program will receive a $100 discount on each additional child's fee.

​9. Community Service Commitment:

We are committed to giving back to our community. Each season, we will organize a minimum of one community service or outreach event.

  • All team members are required to participate in these community service events.

10. Attendance Policy | Commitment:

  • Players are expected to attend all team events, including practices, training sessions, and games. Exceptions may be made for emergencies, illness, or other valid reasons.

  • A player who cannot attend at least 90% of all team events will not be eligible to secure a roster spot unless arrangements have been discussed and approved with leadership.

    • Failure to attend all team events as scheduled may result in removal from the program.

      • Removal from the program will not result in any percentage of a refund.

  • Participation with Other Teams: Players are not permitted to participate or play with any other basketball teams or organizations while playing for Progress teams, except for school teams during the winter season only.

    • Playing for multiple teams during our season will lead to automatic removal from the program.

    • Removal from the program will not result in any percentage of a refund.

11. Team Gear:

Team gear costs, including uniforms, are included in your team fees. There are no additional charges for team gear.

  • Gear Included:

    • Each player will receive a game uniform, practice jersey, shooting shirt, and T-shirt.

    • Travel teams will receive additional gear such as backpacks, sweatsuits, and shoes. 

  • Uniform Replacement:

    • Families will be charged for the cost of replacing the uniform if it is lost or not properly cared for, resulting in damage, staining, or excessive dirtiness.

  • Additional Gear Purchase:

    • Additional gear is available for purchase by all players and families at any time.

12. Travel Policy:

Families are fully responsible for covering all travel and lodging fees.

  • Academy Teams: 

    • We do not engage in travel with our Academy groups.

  • Prep Teams: 

    • Progress teams travel individually with their families.

    • Families are responsible for arranging their travel and lodging accommodations according to their preferences.

    • Additional fees may be required for travel tournaments and events.

  • Travel Teams:

    • Travel teams travel collectively and stay together in the same hotel.–Players, coaches, and staff will be accommodated together.

    • Our team's Travel Agent will organize all travel arrangements for our Elite groups.

    • All hotels booked will include daily breakfast.

  • Lodging Guidelines:

    • Each room will accommodate two players.

    • Supervision will be provided by coaches, and strict guidelines will be enforced, including:

      • Set curfew

      • Lights out policy

      • Room checks

      • Players will be required to turn in their cell phones or mobile devices every night at 10 pm.

13. Team Communication:

All team communication, schedules, and rosters will be managed exclusively through the TeamSnap mobile application.

14. Code of Ethics:

In order to participate in our program, both parents and players must sign contracts agreeing to abide by a strict code of ethics. – Failure to sign the contract or adhere to the code of ethics may result in removal from the program.

  • Can my behavior off the court (school, social media, home, etc.) affect my participation with Team Progress?

    • Yes, players' behavior, both on and off the court, significantly impacts their standing within Team Progress. As representatives of the Progress Program, players are expected to uphold our values and ideals in all aspects of their lives. We require our players to demonstrate high character, responsibility, and respect in their conduct, encompassing their home life, academic endeavors, social media activity, and beyond. Failure to adhere to these expectations will result in disciplinary action, potentially leading to suspension or expulsion from the program.

  • Can my behavior as a Parent or Family member affect my child's participation with Team Progress?

    • Yes, the behavior of parents (or families) during team events and in public can significantly impact their child's participation in Team Progress. As representatives of the Progress Program, parents and family members play a crucial role in reflecting our values and principles. We expect parents and family members to demonstrate high character and conduct themselves in a supportive, responsible, and respectful manner at all times, especially during team events. While we do not intervene in families' personal lives, we will take action if we become aware of inappropriate behavior. This includes, but is not limited to:

      • Coaching from the sidelines

      • Arguing with referees, coaches, or opposing players or coaches

      • Disrespecting facilities or staff

      • Engaging in public bashing

      • Inappropriate social media interactions

      • Displaying disrespectful or discriminatory behavior in public

      • Failure to meet these expectations will result in disciplinary action, potentially leading to the suspension or removal of the player from the program.

15. Refund Policy:

We maintain a strict no-refund policy for all team fees. These fees are directly invested into the program and are essential for covering season-related expenses.

  • Injury Policy:

    • In cases of injuries, players will receive a prorated credit towards the following season's fees.

      • A doctor's note is mandatory to qualify for any injury credits.

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