The Carmel Dads' Club offers a fun, challenging and competitive environment for advanced players who are ready to hone in on their basketball skills. We will focus on player development and improving each participant’s fundamentals and knowledge of the game.
ELIGIBLE GRADE LEVELS
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Grades
Tryouts will begin in mid September. There are three rounds of tryouts for each grade. It is expected that all boys will attend all rounds of tryouts for their grade if at all possible. The strongest players in each round will be invited back to the next round of tryouts. There will be cuts made in each round to get down to the final 32 boys for each grade by the end of the third round of tryouts.
The Pups season begins in late October and continues into March for regular season games and tournaments, and April for the State Tournament. Practice will begin after Fall Break with games starting around the middle of November, unless a team plays in a Halloween tournament in which case, they will start playing at the end of October.
The intent is to have the 8 strongest players play on the Gold team, the next 8 strongest players play on the Blue team, the next 8 play on the White team, and the next 8 play on the Grey team for each grade. It is the evaluators and CHS Coaching staff discretion to place 9 players on a team.
RECOMMENDED MAXIMUM GAMES PER SEASON
The maximum recommended number of games by the program is 40 games for 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders; 50 games for 5th graders and 60 games for 6th graders.
Based in part on a high demand for court time across multiple sports and age groups, Pups teams will typically practice 2 nights per week for 1 1/2 hours per night. Practices are generally held at the Carmel High School Fieldhouse Courts or at one of the Middle School Courts. Practice times typically start as early as 6:00 PM and are generally done by 9:00 PM depending on gym availability. Typically the younger teams (2nd-4th grades) get the earlier times and the older teams (5th & 6th grade) get the later times.