FAQ’s

Can players participate on teams outside of the Jr. Eagles program and also on a Jr. Eagles team?

During the traditional Winter season, consisting of mid-October thru early March, players are expected to prioritize the Jr. Eagles Basketball program. This means players are expected to attend all practices and games scheduled for their Jr. Eagles team even if this means missing practices and games for the non Jr. Eagles team they are affiliated. This also applies to athletes juggling off season training for a Spring, Summer or Fall sport.

Players are expected to disclose any non Jr. Eagles team affiliation during their registration for the Winter season.

During non-traditional seasons, players who desire to pursue opportunities outside of the Jr. Eagles program are welcome to do so. If a player wants to participate on a Jr. Eagles team while also playing on a non program affiliated team, players are expected to disclose the non affiliated team. We ask for this information so we can make every attempt to not schedule the two teams against each other.

Why do we require players to prioritize their Jr. Eagles team during the Winter session? Teams are ranked based on their expected roster composition. CNR uses these rankings for the purpose of creating a competitive schedule. Should a player who is expected to play on a Jr. Eagles Team not prioritize their participation and miss practices and games, it’s highly likely the teams ranking should be adjusted. It’s not fair to the remaining players to be playing games against higher level teams without the full compliment of their expected roster.

Beyond learning the skills of basketball, we aim to teach participants in the Jr. Eagles program the power and strength of being part of a team that is accountable to each other, trusts each other and grows together. These attributes of successful teams can not be maximized if players are picking and choosing when to support their teammates.

If a player is choosing to participate on a 2nd team for the purpose of additional skills training / game opportunities, keep in mind we are open to rostering a player on multiple Jr. Eagles teams for the purpose of getting additional playing opportunities when appropriate. We’ve had many players over the years play on a team at their grade and up a grade level at the appropriately competitive levels allowing the player to maximize practice / skills training opportunities.

 

Do Volunteers Coach teams?

Yes, we are a volunteer driven organization and will need assistance coaching teams at all grade levels.

A big part of our program is developing coaches as much as it is developing players and young people.

How do families see practice and game schedules

We have adopted the TeamSnap platform allowing families to see all practice and game schedules via the TeamSnap website or app.

How often will teams practice?

Normally, teams would practice twice per week with practices usually lasting 60 to 90 minutes.

Currently our Jr. Eagles teams will not be practicing as we don’t have access to public school gyms due to the pandemic.

When practices are able to be held again, they will be held in the evenings at Frontier Middle School, Discovery Ridge Elementary, Liberty High School or other Wentzville schools as available.

If my child wants to train more often than 2x per week, can they?

Yes, we have players who want to practice more than 2x per week and we invite them to join practices for other teams. Our practice plans are developed by our high school coaches with most of our time dedicated towards developing fundamental basketball and decision making skills needed to play at the high school level.

Is the Jr. Eagles Basketball program a “select” program?

Yes. The Jr. Eagles Basketball program is targeting aspiring high school basketball players. While the program would ideally be able to accommodate all future Liberty High School students interested in playing, limited space for practicing requires we select players most prepared to compete at the levels required to play in the CNR Basketball league.

Is the Jr. Eagles Program a year round program?

We will have teams participating in all of the four CNR Basketball League sessions (Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall) with the Winter league being the largest.

Not all of our players will participate in the non-traditional seasons (Spring, Summer and Fall) and that is completely o.k.  We encourage those interested in playing other sports to take a break from basketball and develop as athletes playing their soccer, baseball, football, softball, etc. For those players who do want to keep playing some basketball during the non-traditional seasons we’ll have a team for them.

 

What are the costs associated with participating in the program?

We don’t operate the Jr. Eagles Basketball program for the purpose of generating a profit. All costs incurred are merely passed down to the participating families. Costs from previous seasons can be found under the Coach’s Blog section of our website.

2018-19 Winter Fee Structure

What grade levels do you have teams?

We offer teams at grade levels 3-8 (Boys and Girls) with capable 2nd graders able to participate on a 3rd grade team.

Where and When do games take place?

Games during the Fall, Winter and Spring sessions will be played on Friday evening, Saturday or Sunday. Games during the Summer session are played weeknights, Monday – Thursday.

CNR (the league we play in) will look to schedule half our games in our geographical area (St. Charles County) with the other half of our games played at gyms located in West County, North County, Central St. Louis County or South County.

You can expect to make the trip to areas like Fox High School or Lindbergh High School once or twice a season.

Where do teams practice?

Teams will practice at a Wentzville Elementary, Middle or High School or at Lombardo All-American Athlete center. Most of our practices are held at Frontier Middle School starting at either 7pm or 8pm.