GBL Tryouts Sept 9th 2018

Updated Tuesday August 21, 2018 by Michael Milliner.

Brookwood GBL Travel Basketball

What is Brookwood GBL Travel Basketball?

The Brookwood GBL Travel Basketball program is a highly competitive youth basketball program affiliated with the Gwinnett Basketball League (“GBL”).  The Brookwood  Travel program strives to develop boys and girls in the 5th, 6th, and 7th grades with advanced basketball skills to compete against the GBL programs from other Gwinnett County cluster schools.  The primary goal of the GBL program is to prepare players for more advanced basketball competition in the future.  All players interested in participating on a GBL Team should be willing to commit to a more intense practice and game schedule.  Playing time is not guaranteed it is earned, and is at the coach’s discretion for all players on any given team.  If playing time is an important factor for the young athletes where they are guaranteed two (2) quarters minimum, then they should register for Brookwood  Basketball Association (“BBA”) Recreational League beginning on September 2018.

How much does it cost?
The Brookwood  GBL Registration Fee for 2018/19 is $400.00 for each player on a team.  The registration fee includes the player’s uniform (reversible jersey and shorts), GBL team registration fees, practice gym rental and game referees.  Additional cost, at team discretion, may apply for items such as uniform accessories, trophies, etc. There are no multi-player discounts, coach’s discounts, and no individual player scholarships available for Brookwood GBL teams.  Each game site hosting GBL games will charge a Gate Fee for all spectators, this fee is established by the GBL Board.

How do I register for GBL?
Players DO NOT pay any registration fees prior to trying out for the Brookwood GBL teams.  All players wanting to tryout must respond to the Head Coach for your player’s grade level.   In your email to the Head Coach, please provide your name along with your player’s name, contact information (cell phone), school attending for this coming school year, grade, and list all previous basketball playing experience.

After the teams have been selected by the Head Coaches, a mandatory GBL team meeting will be held where all players and parents/guardians will take care of the following items:

- Register for GBL and Pay Registration Fees of $400.00 to BBA GBL
- Fitted for Uniform
- Provide a Birth Certificate and Current Report Card (GCPS Parent Portal printout)

When are tryouts?
Brookwood GBL tryouts will be conducted at Five Forks Middle School.  All prospective players are expected to attend all tryout sessions unless notified by the Head Coach differently.  Please make sure to arrive at least ten (10) minutes early for check-in, the following dates and 

times are the specific tryouts for each grade level team:

Brookwood GBL Open Tryouts



5th Boys

6th Boys

7th Boys





Five Forks Middle

12 to 1:40 pm

1:40 to 3:20 pm 3:20 to 5:00pm    

Wednesday 09/12/18

Five Forks Middle

6 to 7:00pm

7 to 8:00pm

8 to 9:00pm


What are the eligibility requirements?

To be eligible to play on a Brookwood GBL team, all players must meet the following criteria:

1.  Must be currently enrolled in a Brookwood Cluster school.  Players attending Private School or Home School must live within the geographic boundaries of the Brookwood Cluster.  If the Private School that the player attends has a GBL team for their specific grade, then that player is NOT eligible to participate for BBA GBL teams.


2.  Teams are fielded for Boys (4th Graders may participate on 5th Grade Team if approved by the BBA GBL Director), 6th, and 7th grade levels.  All players must attend the tryouts for the team at their grade level.  The general rule for playing up is only when no team exists for their grade level may a player "play-up" at the next higher grade level.  Any players playing up must be approved by the BBA Basketball GBL Director.  Availability of teams for each grade level is based on participation levels and may result in BBA not fielding teams for certain grades.

3.  All players must meet the same academic eligibility requirements as the Middle School 8th Grade teams.  

What if my child attends a school not in the Brookwood District?
The GBL Travel League restricts eligibility for teams based on High School Clusters; therefore, individuals wishing to play in the GBL Travel League who live in the Brookwood Cluster must play GBL for Brookwood Basketball Association.  If a player attends a private school while living in the Brookwood Cluster, he is eligible to participate in the Brookwood  GBL Program provided their private school does not participate in the GBL program.  Alternatively, the BBA Recreational Basketball League is open to all students regardless of school or residence. 

When do GBL practices and games begin?
The start of practices will vary by team, but in most cases teams will begin practicing as early as September.  The practices will consist of two (2) 90minute full court practices a week with two (2) games each weekend beginning in November.

Here are key events/dates for 2018/19 GBL Teams:

Uniform Fitting/Parent Meeting                   TBD

Start of GBL Practices                             TBD

Lanier Jamboree                                         TBD

GBL Coaches Meeting                                TBD

GBL Jamboree                                           TBD

Start of GBL Games                                   TBD 

Start of GBL Playoffs                                  TBD

End of Season                                            Feb 2019

After the season begins, all GBL teams will practice a minimum of two (2) times per week and play two (2) games each weekend (typically one Saturday, and one Sunday).  GBL Basketball is a large commitment of time by the player and their families.  All players are expected to attend every practice and game.  Should the commitment become too much, the player may be asked to leave the team and there are no refunds for BBA GBL.

Where do the GBL teams practice/play?
Practices are held at the Brookwood Cluster School Gyms with some practices being held at auxiliary sites as communicated by your Head Coach.  There may be an occasion where the team travels to another location because of some available gym time or for a scrimmage against another team.  The Head Coach of each team will coordinate this and communicate with as much advanced notice as possible.

All games are played in Gwinnett County at either Suwanee Sports Academy or several participating High School Gyms within the County.


2018/2019 BBA GBL Head Coaches:                 


5th Grade Boys        Dewitt Walker      404-219-8271  

6th Grade Boys        Mike Milliner          678-576-3531  

7th Grade Boys        Robert Tidwell      678-508-7122 cell

GBL Director           Travis Oliver        470-557-4791 cell