ERAA Basketball Board Elections and General Meeting scheduled for April 18, 2018!
ERAA Basketball Board Election - Voting from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
General Board Meeting scheduled for 7:00 PM (All basketball families are welcome to come to the meeting to learn about what to expect for the upcoming season).
Congratulations to everyone on another great ERAA basketball season. With our 9th season in the books, it’s time to start focusing on the offseason. Our basketball board has four positions with expiring terms. An election for those four positions will take place at ERHS on Wednesday, April 18. This is a fantastic opportunity for YOU to get involved. With almost 500 participants, unmatched facilities, and a tremendous partnership with both our girls and boys high school coaching staffs, our program is one of the best in the state and positioned to continue to soar. It just needs YOU —along with your time, energy and ideas — to pick up the torch and help us run with it.
Descriptions of each position are available on the board members page. If you or someone you know is interested in joining the board, you can nominate yourself or another individual by contacting the Director of the Board via the contact info below. We also encourage you to attend our upcoming General Meeting on April 18 to vote for candidates in these four roles.
Three of the four positions up for election have incumbents running for re-election. Tricia Ritzer, our Girls Traveling Coordinator for the last eight seasons, is stepping down after an incredible run. Tricia has been on the board since the inception of ERAA, and we can’t thank her enough for her incredible service to our basketball community.
Board positions up for election on April 18:
Girls Traveling Coordinator: Tricia Ritzer (stepping down)
Coaching Development Coordinator: Tarek Tomes
Player Development Coordinator: Andy Christenson
Equipment Manager: Jeff Knupp
Note: All positions have voting rights on our basketball board and have a two-year term.
Thanks again for your interest and participation in ERAA basketball! We look forward to seeing you on April 18th!
The East Ridge High School basketball coaches offer great options for our ERAA girls and boys to continue to work on their basketball skills and development through the summer (see below for program details). Options for girls are similar to past years and include age-specific camps and open gym sessions. Coach Tesdahl and his staff have made changes to the options on the boys side. Notably, the weeklong camp that has previously been offered in June has been eliminated. Coach Tesdahl and his staff are instead offering two unique six week long camps for incoming 3rd-8th graders, each of which runs from June 11 through July 26. Typically players would select one of these skills camps. Each camp is comprised of 90-minute sessions four days per week. The Gold Standard Skills Development Camp is designed for serious basketball players with traveling basketball experience being preferred. The Skills Development Camp is designed for basketball players of all skill levels. Both Skills Development Camps provide a great opportunity to get on the court with our high school basketball staff and improve. Coach Tesdahl is also offering a Little Raptors program for incoming K-2nd grade boys.
Q: Why are they doing away with the weeklong camp for boys?
A: Coach Tesdahl and his staff prefer to work with players over a longer period of time. Instead of one week of camp, players will get six weeks of training in a camp-like atmosphere.
Q: Which boys skill development camp should I pick?
A: Both camps are good options that will see players spending up to 40 hours in the gym this summer. Of the two, the Gold Standard package is the bigger commitment with traveling basketball experience preferred. Players choosing this option have to be in the gym ready to go at 7:30 AM in the morning. These sessions will be more intense and demanding. The second session offers a later start and more of an open gym setting. The goal is to provide an outlet for more serious players to push themselves to the next level. Whichever option players choose, they will have a great opportunity to improve with the help from high school coaches.
Q: 26 sessions seems like a lot. What if we miss a few or an entire week?
A: It’s acceptable and even expected that players will not have perfect attendance. That said, we want to provide ample opportunities for those who do want to be in the gym and work on taking their basketball skills to the next level.
Q: Where do we sign up?
A: Register for girls or boys options on the South Washington County Community Education website. Click on “register” at the top, log in, and then you will be able to search for East Ridge basketball to see all the programs that are being offered.
East Ridge Summer 2018 Basketball Guide
Girls Camp for Elementary
Players will be grouped by age and ability, usually creating two or three age groups within the camp. Young players will learn valuable fundamental skills as well as the beginning steps of competition and teamwork. Many fun game-like competitive drills and skills contests will make this a fun four days of basketball. Players attending will receive an East Ridge basketball T-shirt.
Girls Shooting & Workouts for Middle School
The basketball shooting workouts are designed for East Ridge girls and will consist of repetitive game shots from game spots at game speeds, along with the fundamentals of free throw shooting. The workouts will consist of various competitive game-like situations. Players attending will receive an East Ridge basketball T-shirt. Camp will not meet the week of July 2-6.
Girls Shooting & Team Strategies Camp for High School
The basketball shooting workouts are designed for East Ridge girls and will consist of repetitive game shots from game spots at game speeds, along with the fundamentals of free throw shooting. The Wednesday Team Strategies sessions will implement offensive and defensive strategies for the East Ridge Girls Basketball Program in preparation for the 2018-19 season. Workouts will be led by East Ridge Girls Basketball Coaching Staff. Players attending will receive an East Ridge basketball T-shirt. Camp will not meet the week of July 2-6.
Girls Open Gym
This a summer long session that will provide an opportunity for players to come into the gym and work on basketball skills on their own. Supervision by the East Ridge Staff will be on hand at all times to provide guidance for their sessions. Camp will not run the week of July 2-6.
Boys Gold Standard Skill Development Camp $250
The East Ridge Boys Basketball Gold Standard Skill Development Camp welcomes all boys basketball players 3rd-8th grade who are serious about improving their basketball fundamentals and skills. Traveling basketball experience is preferred for the Gold Standard camp as the East Ridge Boys Basketball coaching staff will focus on teaching core game philosophies and principles to camp participants. All participants can expect to improve, learn and work towards becoming better all-around basketball players.
Boys Skill Development Camp $250
The East Ridge Boys Basketball Skill Development Camp welcomes all boys basketball players 3rd-8th grade who want to learn more about the game. The skill development camp will focus on building fundamentals and providing an opportunity for all participants to enjoy basketball by scrimmaging. The skill development camp will be more of an open gym setting for all participants to improve and learn more about basketball.
Boys Little Raptors Camp $75
The East Ridge Boys Basketball Little Raptors Camp welcomes all boys basketball players Kindergarten-2nd grade who want to enjoy and learn more about the game of basketball. Little Raptors camp will focus on basketball’s core fundamentals and provide all participants an opportunity to improve and have fun. All camp participants will be able to work with the East Ridge Boys Basketball Varsity players and staff.
Director of ERAA Basketball