Frequently Asked Questions 

Team Progress

1. Philosophy: ​Our program philosophy is "Teaching over Trophies", meaning that each player's overall development will always take precedence over winning youth tournaments. We are always focused on the long-term result as opposed to "winning" in the now. We understand that at times this may not result in immediate success in the present, and we are 100% accepting of that outcome. Our program goal is to use the game of basketball to teach the game of life. We want to produce high-quality & high-character individuals that can succeed in all aspects of life, not just on the basketball court. 

  • Although we place long-term development and teaching over winning in the now, we are 100% a competitive program. We are not a recreational program in any way, shape, or form– we coach hard, train hard, and hold everyone accountable. In our program Details and Discipline is the way of life! You can not accomplish anything meaningful without paying attention to details and being disciplined in your approach, and that is the standard that we hold all of our players to, regardless of age.

    • Our focus is 100% on teaching and developing our players

    • We do not recruit or chase players on any level

2. Team Coaches | Coaching: We don't have designated head coaches that are assigned to a certain team, our lead staff is hands-on with every team's development and is in charge of running every practice and training session.

 

3. Season Dates:

  • Fall: September - November​

    • Tryouts are the first week of September​

    • Practice begins the week following tryouts

    • Games begin the first week of October​

    • Season ends the first week of November

  • Winter: December - February

    • Tryouts are the first week of December

    • Practices begin the week following tryouts

    • Games begin the first week of January

    • Season ends the last week of February

  • Spring | Summer: March - July (Spring and Summer seasons are combined for Progress Elite Teams)

    • Tryouts are in the middle of March

    • Practice begins the week following tryouts

    • Games begin the first week of April

    • Season ends the last week of July

4. Season Structure:

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

  • Each team will play 2-3 weekends per month:

    • Teams will play 5-6 tournament weekends per season​

    • Travel Teams (Spring & Summer) will play 6-8 tournaments

5. Location: Team practices and training sessions are split between PDX Sportscenter & The Courts in Beaverton:

  • PDX SportsCenter: 8785 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Portland, OR 97225

  • The Courts in Beaverton: 14523 SW Millikan Way # 110, Beaverton, OR 97005

6. Practice | Training:

  • Elementary: Two 90 minute Team Practices + One 90 minute Skills & Drills Session per week

    • Practices are closed to spectators, meaning no parents or family members are allowed to sit it on practices or training sessions​

  • Middle School: Two 90 minute Team Practices + One 90 minute Skills & Drills Session per week

    • Practices are closed to spectators, meaning no parents or family members are allowed to sit it on practices or training sessions​

  • High School: Two 90 minute Team Practices + One 90 minute Skills & Drills Session per week

    • Practices are closed to spectators, meaning no parents or family members are allowed to sit it on practices or training sessions​

7. Team Selection Process: We begin every season with a team tryout where we test each player's overall ability, skill level & IQ (understanding of the game), and ultimately decide which players make the cut.

  • All players must attend our tryouts to secure a roster spot–Including returning players.

    • We do not recruit anyone or make any promises to players

    • Players who are not available for tryouts will not be able to secure a roster spot for the upcoming season​

  • We will notify selected players via email within 24-48 hours after tryouts have been completed

    • Players will have 24 hours to accept the roster spot before the roster spot is given to the next player in line

 

8. Cost Breakdown: Families are fully financially responsible to cover the overall program cost – Both Team Fees and Travel expenses are 100% the family's responsibility.​

  • Making Payments | Due Date:

    • Invoices will be sent to families once a player accepts his roster spot, and 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

  • Financial Assistance: Financial assistance is available on a case-by-case basis. We understand that everyone's financial situation is different, and we are here to help as much as possible.

    • To qualify, families must submit proof of income and/or documented proof of being enrolled in a free or reduced lunch program within the school district.

  • Sibling Discount​:

    • Families with siblings in the program will receive a $100 discount off of each additional child's fees.​​

  • Payment Plans:

    • Payment plans can be arranged for families who may not be able to cover the total program cost upfront.

      • Plans require setting a payment schedule to be automatically deducted via bank draft or debit card.

        • To qualify for a payment plan, 50% of the team fee must be paid upfront.

        • Missed payments or late payments will result in players not being able to participate in any team activities until the payment agreement is met in full.​

          • Payment plans do not lower the total amount due, they simply allow smaller payments to be made towards the overall balance.​

  • Fundraisers: We understand that the overall program cost can be an overwhelming investment for families and that every family's financial situation is different. We have partnered with different fundraising platforms for Team Fundraising options to help offset the cost of the program for families and raise additional program funds that will go towards keeping the cost at a reasonable price and help even the playing field.

    • We will launch a 4-week Team Fundraiser at the beginning of every season (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer) which we also use to allow families to raise funds to help cover their Team Fees if needed.

      • All parties are required to participate in the Team Fundraiser

      • Families who choose to use the fundraiser to pay their fees must pay 50% of the team fee upfront before raising their funds.

      • 100% of all proceeds will go directly back into the program to cover: Additional court time and/or programming, player scholarships/sponsorships, to help families with travel, equipment, etc.

9. Attendance Policy | Commitment: Players are expected to attend all team events (practices, training sessions, and games). Exceptions can be made for emergencies, sickness, etc​. 

  • A player who is not able to attend at least 90% of all team events will not be allowed to secure a roster spot (unless arrangements have been previously 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

  • Players are not allowed to participate or play with any other basketball teams/organizations while playing for Team Progress (The ONLY exceptions are school teams during the Winter season).​

    • Playing for multiple teams during our season will result in automatic removal from the program.

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

10. Team Gear: The cost of team gear is included in your team fees. We do not charge extra for team gear or uniforms. Each player will receive a game uniform, practice jersey, shooting shirt, and T-shirt. Our High School Travel Teams will receive additional gear such as backpacks and hoodies, which will both be available for all players in the program to purchase separately.

  • Game Jerseys/Uniforms: Players do not get to keep their game uniforms. At the closing of the season, players will be asked to return their game uniforms.

    • Families will be charged for the cost to replace the uniform if a player loses it, does not take proper care of it, and allows it to get ruined, stained, dingy/dirty, etc.

  • Players are allowed to keep all other team gear: T-shirts, shooting shirts, hoodies, backpacks, etc.

 

11. Travel: Families are 100% financially responsible for all travel & lodging fees.

  • Elementary​: We do not travel with our Elementary groups.

  • Middle School: Middle School groups travel individually with their family.

    • Families are fully responsible for their travel & lodging accommodations and are allowed to make any arrangements they choose.

      • Additional fees may be required for travel tournaments and/or events

  • High School: High School groups travel as a unit and stay in the same hotel together with players, coaches & staff ONLY.

    • All travel accommodations for our High School groups will be arranged through our team Travel Agent.​​​

      • Hotels: DoubleTree or Hilton

        • Our hotels will always have daily breakfast buffets included

      • 2 Players per room

      • Supervised by Coaches – Strict guidelines/rules:

        • Set curfew, players must turn in their cell phones/mobile devices every night at 10pm, etc.

11. Team Communication: All of our team communication, schedules, and rosters will be handled through the TeamSnap mobile application which is available in both the Google Play and Apple stores (click here to download).

 

12. Code of Ethics:​​ Parents and players are both required to adhere to a strict code of ethics and sign contracts to participate in our program. Failure to sign and/or adhere to the contract will 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 can affect their standing with Team Progress. By being a member of Team Progress, players are now representatives of the Progress Program, so how players carry themselves both on and off the court directly represents our program and what we represent. Players are expected to be people of high character and carry themselves responsibly and respectfully in all aspects of life. This includes but is not limited to: home life, school, social media, etc. Failure to carry themselves responsibly and respectfully will result in disciplinary action, which may result in the players' suspension or removal from the program.

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

    • Yes​, parents' (or families') behavior both during team events and away from the program, or in the public eye can affect their child's participation with Team Progress. Parents and Family members of Team Progress are also a representative of the Progress Program. How they carry themselves during team events and in the public eye is a direct representation of our program and what we represent. Parents and Family members are also expected to be people of high character and carry themselves in a supportive, responsible, and respectful manner at all times, especially during team events. By no means will we as a program intervene in families' personal lives, but if we receive word of families being inappropriate we will take action. This includes but is not limited to: coaching from the sideline, arguing with referees/ coaches/opposing players or coaches, disrespecting facilities or staff, publicly bashing people, having inappropriate social media interactions, being disrespectful or discriminatory in the public eye, etc. Parents' or Family members' failure to carry themselves responsibly and respectfully will result in disciplinary action which may result in the players' suspension or removal from the program.

  • Players Code of Ethics: 

    • I understand that by being a member of Team Progress I am not only representing myself & my family, but I am now representing the Team Progress brand. Therefore, I need to always conduct myself positively, both on & off the court. (This includes at school, home, online, social media, etc.)​

    • I understand that by being a member of Team Progress I am not allowed to participate or play with any other team/organization while currently in season; (The ONLY exception is your school team during Winter)

      • If playing for my school team – Team Progress events must take priority over any other events during a schedule conflict.

    • I will use every effort to be a positive member of my team and exhibit good sportsmanship at all times – I will not talk back to or disrespect my teammates, referees, opposing players/coaches, or parents in any way

    • ​I will participate in all team activities/events/fundraisers and give 100% effort at all times

    • ​I will attempt to attend and actively participate in every practice and/or team event scheduled. If I cannot attend, I will provide my coaches in advance with an explanation of why I am not able to attend.

    • I understand that sports are an extracurricular activity and it is a privilege to participate. Therefore, I will conduct myself with such understanding & agree to keep my grade point average at a minimum of 2.5 or higher

    • I will always practice and play to 100% of my ability

    • I recognize that I am playing a team sport; therefore, the interests of the team shall take precedence over individual exploits.

    • I will not attempt to deliberately injure or harm another player

    • I will be a positive leader and try to uplift & encourage my teammates at all times & I will keep any moments of frustration to myself without speaking them out loud

    • I realize that if I fail to abide by the aforementioned rules and guidelines, I will be subject to disciplinary action that could include, but is not limited to the following:

      • Loss of game time

      • Suspension

      • Removal from the program

        • Suspension or removal from the program will not result in any percentage of a refund 

  • Parents Code of Ethics:​​

    • I will encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, and officials at every game, practice, or other youth sports event

    • I will respect the authority of the coach, team personnel & referees and not publicly state my disagreements or coach my child from the sideline

    • I will place the emotional and physical well-being of my child ahead of any personal desire to win

    • I will encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, and officials at every game, practice, or other youth sports event

    • I will place the emotional and physical well-being of my child ahead of any personal desire to win

    • I will demand a drug, alcohol, and tobacco-free sports environment for my child and agree to assist by refraining from their use in the playing facilities

    • I will remember that the game is for the children and not for the adults & will keep winning in perspective

    • I will do my very best to make youth sports fun for my child

    • I will ask my child to treat other players, coaches, fans, and officials with respect, regardless of race, sex, creed, or ability

    • I will make every effort for my child to attend all practices and games and I will give proper notification to the coach if they are unable to attend. (90 % - or can’t play)

    • I will strive to be a positive role model for my child and the other children in the program. I will encourage my child to learn to lose with dignity and win with grace

    • I will respect my child’s coach and do my best to have my child at all practices and games on time. I will recognize the importance of coaches as mentors & will do my best to communicate with them and support their decisions

    • ​I will do my best to make sure that my child participates in all team activities/events/fundraisers

    • I will see that all the requested fees are paid in full before my child participates

    • I understand that if I fail to abide by the aforementioned rules and guidelines, I will be subject to disciplinary action that could include, but is not limited to the following:

      • Verbal warning

      • Written warning

      • Parental suspension

      • Child’s removal from the program

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

13. Refund Policy​: We have a strict no refund policy. All team fees are invested directly into the program and towards covering program expenses that were required upfront before the fees are paid.

  • Injuries will result in a prorated credit towards next season

    • A doctor's note is needed for any injury credits