Hastings Basketball: Traveling Program Description & FAQ

Our Booster Mission

Our children are our future and our program is designed to provide young people an opportunity to play organized basketball in a positive and motivational environment. This is accomplished by providing competitive learning and development opportunities.

Not only do we teach basketball skills and illustrate the value of basketball as a lifetime fitness activity but we also help young people learn responsibility, the importance of working as a team member and how to perform as a leader.

Winning is often a byproduct of successful programs, and our traveling team participants have been quite successful in basketball and in life. However, winning is not the critical objective. Joy associated with learning, personal success, and the development of confidence is our goal and we hope you can be a part of this very special program.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Can Play? ANY boy or girl from 4th through 8th grade, AT ANY SKILL LEVEL!. We try to form teams for advanced players at an A level, learning players at a B level and beginning players at a C level, so players are matched with competitors of similar skill. Many traveling players and teams have progressed from struggling to win C level games early in their traveling career, to consistently winning trophies at the A and B levels.

What Does It Cost? The cost for first time players who have never played traveling basketball before is only $100. The cost for 4th, 5th and 6th graders is $150, while the cost for 7th and 8th graders is $200. This cost is less than half the cost of typical Junior Olympic or AAU programs and covers tournament entry fees, gym rental, uniform and equipment costs. Confidential financial assistance is also available.

What Does "Traveling" Really Mean? While teams travel to tournaments outside of Hastings, the majority of our tournaments are held in neighboring communities. As a result, we often play in communities such as Cottage Grove, Woodbury, Oakdale, Apple Valley Lakeville, Rosemont, etc.

How Do The Players Really Learn? Coaches are screened and approved by the Hastings Booster board. Many coaches have coached youth basketball for years, and have played or coached in both high school and college. We also have a weekly skill night for players and coaches, which is professionally conducted. In addition, summer programs involving advanced players and varsity coaches are available beginning in June. As a result, coaches and players are constantly exposed to valuable learning environments.

When Do The Teams Play? Practices start in late October and continue until the last games are played in early March. All practices are at gyms in Hastings and they are typically 1 &1/2 hours long, 2 nights a week. We also have a 1 hour skills session 1 night a week. We normally have two to three tournaments per month and they take place on Saturdays and Sundays.The 4th, 5th and 6th grade teams typically have 6-8 tournaments per year while the 7th and 8th graders normally have 8-10 tournaments. Teams are also eligible to play in the state tournament which normally occurs in early March.

When Can We Sign Up? The simple answer is, ANYTIME before tryouts! We will have an official sign up time in Mid-September.  We also publish this information with the Hastings Star Gazette. However, you can easily enroll at by contacting the Boys or Girls traveling directors. Tryouts are generally early October.


Chad Langworthy, Girls Director

651 - 370 - 6578



Pete Zak, Boys Director

651 - 437 - 7018


They will send you a registration  form or you can print the registration form located on our web site on the handouts and registration form page.  

You can complete the registration form and send it along with your check to:

Hastings Basketball Boosters

P.O.Box 181

Hastings, MN 55033