The Mukilteo Knights Boys Basketball Program was formed to prepare young, aspiring, boys basketball players for high school level play. Tryouts for each Knights team are held annually in September with team practices beginning the first week of October. The 5th through 8th grade squads play 18-20 games each per year in the Wesco AAU League against other select feeder programs. In addition, teams supplement games with outside tournaments on open weekends during the Wesco AAU season. The Knights' regular season ends in late February and concludes with the annual Wesco Championship Tournament the first weekend in March.
In addition to the 5th through 8th grade squads, 3rd and 4th grade Knights teams are formed in preparation for entry into the Wesco League once these kids reach the 5th grade. The 3rd and 4th grade teams will normally play in local youth leagues as well as supplement games with any available tournaments or scrimmage games with other Wesco 3rd and 4th grade teams.
Practices for all teams are held twice a week at local gyms in the Mukilteo School District. Player costs for the 5th through 8th grade teams run $320 for the season, (this does not include uniforms or tournaments). Players normally get at least 2 years of use out of their uniforms which reduces their financial commitment during their 2nd year of participation.
Player costs for the 3rd and 4th grade teams run $165.
Knights Basketball continually strives to keep player costs to a minimum. Considering the fact that many select sports programs charge as much as $1,500 to $2,000 a year for player fees, Knights Basketball is great value for the level of competition provided.
Most of the Knights teams play in 2 to 5 outside tournaments during the basketball season. The majority of these tournaments are held in the Puget Sound area, however in some cases, teams might travel to other parts of the state depending on time and cost considerations. Each tournament runs about $20 to $25 per player.
Team rosters are typically comprised of 10 players and playing time is earned, not guaranteed. Performance, commitment, effort, attitude and ability are rewarded with extra playing time. The goal of Knights Basketball is to play and develop everyone, but as a select program, there will be some variation in playing time among players.
The 8th grade squad has the option to go with as many as 12 players on their roster since most players at this age level will also play on their middle school basketball teams. One note worth mentioning is that Knights activities will NEVER conflict with middle school basketball games or practices.
Although space for players is limited, the Knights organization encourages ALL players to keep playing and improving their game. Players who don’t fill a spot on a Knights roster still have the opportunity to play basketball through local leagues or other select teams. Young basketball players grow and develop at different rates and at different age levels. For this very reason, Knights tryouts are held each year.
Any eligible player interested in Knights tryouts can CLICK HERE to add their name to our contact list. Correspondence should include the player's name, school and grade level. All eligible players MUST reside or attend school within the enrollment boundaries of the Mukilteo School District.