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FAQs

Q:

WHAT IS THE NORTH METRO BLAZERS PROGRAM?

A:

The North Metro Blazers is a board-run homeschool basketball coop for boys and girls in middle school and highschool. 

Q:

WHAT IS THE NORTH METRO BLAZERS MISSION?

A:

The North Metro Blazers program exists to provide homeschool student athletes an opportunity to use their God-given athletic abilities at the varsity, junior varstiy and middle school level while glorifyin God in the process.
 
JV and MS Program:
  1. Player Development
  2. Competitiveness
 
Varsity Program:
  1. Competiteveness
  2. Player Development

Q:

WHAT ARE THE SEASON DATES?

A:

Practices typically begin in November and the first games are in early December. The JV and junior high teams are finished with their season after the third week of February. The varsity teams continue into mid-March in order to play end-of-season tournaments.

Q:

DO THE TEAMS PLAY OUT OF TOWN GAMES?

A:

This depends on the team level at which the athlete plays. The Jr High teams play almost all games against other Jr High teams in the metro area. The JV teams play a number of local teams (under 2 hours away), but will also play a some Saturday games that are over 2 hours away. The Varisty teams will also play a number of local teams (under 2 hours away); however, they have a couple tournements that will be on Friday and Saturday with up to two end of season tournaments that are mulitple night trips.

The goal of the organization, as much as possible, is to provide the ability for families to be home on Sundays.

Q:

WHERE DO THE TEAMS PRACTICE AND PLAY GAMES?

A:

SUBJECT TO CHANGE

The girls teams and boys Junior High team practices at Grace Fellowship Church in Brooklyn Park, MN, or Crossfire Youth Sports, Champlin, MN.

The boys JV and Varsity practice at St Bernard's Catholic School in St Paul, MN.

All home games are played at St Bernard's Gym.

UPDATE: Starting in January 2021, teams are projected to have practices and games at Free Lutheran Bible College in Plymouth, MN

Q:

AM I EXPECTED TO VOLUNTEER?

A:

Yes! North Metro Blazers is a basketball coop that is run entirely by parent volunteers. Everyone is expected to help. There are many different ways to participate in the program which is great way to support the team as well as get to know other homeschool families.

Q:

WHAT IS A UNIFORM RENTAL FEE? DO ATHLETES GET TO KEEP THEIR UNIFORM?

A:

The uniform rental fee covers the cost of supplying uniforms to the athletes. Unfortunately, athletes do not get to keep their uniform. Uniforms are approximately $150/athlete. The rental fee allows the program the ability to purchase new team uniforms every 4-5 years.

Q:

WHEN DO THE TEAMS PRACTICE?

A:

Please see the Practice Schedule page to see the times and locations. It is encouraged to talk with other parents (and possibly players) to work out carpooling arrangements.

Q:

IS MY CHILD GUARANTEED TO PLAY?

A:

The North Metro Blazer program's intent is to play competitive basketball, so playing time is not guaranteed. 
 
Our first priority is to glorify God through the use of the gifts that he has given each athlete. After that, the persepective changes according to team level as follows:
 
Jr High and JV team philosophy emphasis is as follows:
Athlete development
Competitive play
 
Varsity team philosophy emplasis is as follows:
Competitive play
Athlete development
 

Q:

ARE THERE ADMISSION FEES FOR HOME GAMES?

A:

Yes, there are fees for entry into home games. However, North Metro Blazer athletes' immediate family will be admitted without cost.

Q:

ARE THERE SEASON END TOURNAMENTS?

A:

Yes! The JV and Varisty girls and boys teams will play in 1 or possibly both of the Regional and National Christian Homeschool Basketball Championships.

Q:

ARE PARENTS REQUIRED TO TRAVEL TO ALL TOURNAMENTS?

A:

There is not a requirement for parents to travel to all tournaments; however, it is the parents' responsibility to make arrangements for their athlete if they will not be traveling with them. There are a number families who generously support one another with supervision, so it is encouraged to talk with others and work out a specific plan. It is NOT the responsiblity of the coaches to make these arrangements!

Q:

AT WHAT TEAM LEVEL WILL MY CHILD PLAY?

A:

That depends on the athlete. However, first year players will typically play on the Jr High or JV teams. Placement on the Varsity teams is at the coaches' discretion.

Q:

WHAT DO THE PROGRAM FEES COVER?

A:

The program fees cover the costs of gym rental for practice and games, officials for home games, team fees for most tournaments, and program insurance. 

NOTE: The fee for the Christian Homeschool NATIONAL Tournament in March is not paid for by the North Metro Blazers.

Q:

HOW ARE CONCERNS ADDRESSED?

A:

If the concerns are related to a specific team, the athlete is encouraged to speak with the coach of that team. If the concern is related to the program, the individual is encouraged to speak with a board member or email HERE.

Q:

HOW MUCH ARE THE FEES?

A:

PROGRAM FEE LINK