General Info

Please review some of the most frequently asked questions below. If you still have questions, please contact us!
Do players get to keep uniforms?

Yes. Our uniforms are made specifically for players, including their name, number and size.

How far do the teams travel?

Generally our teams play within an hour of Winchester. Occasionally, our teams will travel further and play in tournaments. Generally we make sure to communicate with parents to ensure that all players can attend these tournaments before committing.

What size basketball will players use?

Basketball size follows AAU rules:

  • All girls will use 28.5″ ball
  • Boys 6th grade and below will use 28.5″ ball
  • Boys 7th grade and up will use 29.5″ ball
When will will be notified of try-out results?

Final player selection will be made, and players/parents will be notified within a day or two after final tryout.

Do you offer any skills training or camps?

Yes we do!  Formerly Winchester Elite, now Winchester Rising Stars, will be holding a summer basketball skills training and summer camps.   Training will be for basketball players who are serious about taking their game to the next level.  Camp will be for one week, held in mid July and run from 9-4 daily. For more information, please visit our website or contact us.

Will parents be allowed to watch practice?

For younger teams (4th and 5th grade, boys and girls) parents are allowed to watch.  We ask that parents remain quiet and do not disrupt practice.  For older teams,  parents are asked to wait outside during practice, or sit in the lobby.  We want to ensure that players are focused on the coach during practice and getting the most out of their time with the team.  Parents can speak to coaches and will be allowed as long as its not a distraction.

When and where will practices be held?

Practice schedules will be determined once the team is formed.  Typical practices for team will be twice a week and we try to have training sessions for each team on Saturdays that we do not have tournaments. The schedule is always subject to change.

Our primary practice locations are local to the Winchester area.

How many tournaments will the team play in?

The goal is to play in 6-7 tournaments, with a 2-3 game average per tournament.

How much does it cost?

The total cost will be based on gym costs, uniforms, tournaments, etc.  Typically this is around $475 per season.  Please contact us for more info.  (Subject to change)

How many players will make up the team?

Typically, the team will carry between 8 and 10 players.  Ideally, 10 players is a good number for practices and scrimmages.  This will be determined based on how many players tryout, etc.  No more than 12 will make up a team.

What equipment should be brought to practice?

Players will need the following:  Basketball shoes, mouthpiece and basketball shorts.

What equipment will be provided to each player?

Players will be provided a reversible practice jersey.  The reversible jersey will replace the use of pennies during practices, scrimmages and drills.  Players have the option to buy an additional practice jersey if desired.  Players will also be provided with a uniform. (Jersey, Shorts and shooting shirt)

What if my child plays another sport?

While the occasional absence is bound to occur due to illness, family or other reasons… all players are generally expected to show up for all practices and games.  If a child plays another sport, the expectation is that basketball will be their priority, and the second sport will be missed if a conflict was to occur.  We want what is fair to the team and the other players on the team.  At the end of the day, we need team members who can be here and support each other.

What about playing time?

Each players playing time will be based on their skill set, the opponent, attendance at practice, and each players overall effort. Just like high school, college and other travel basketball programs, there is no guarantee that everyone will play equally. If players want to play, they must work to improve.

Will the team hold fundraisers?

Yes.  The team will work together and hold a fundraiser during the season.  Participation in these fundraisers will be mandatory, as these help to raise money for teams, equipment, gym rental and extra activities

Are there spectator fees to attend tournaments?

Yes. Some tournaments charge an entry fee into the tournament for spectators.  This fee varies per tournament.

Is there training available outside of practice?

The team will practice twice a week.  Occasionally, this will include special speed and agility training.    Additional training may be available.  See coach for details.

Are you looking for coaches?

We are always looking for great coaches.  We strive to ensure that our coaches all have the same values that the organization was founded on, along with a strong knowledge and passion for the game.  If you are interested in becoming a coach, please contact us.