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Maine Event Hoop League


The Southern Maine Hoops League (SMHL) basketball program is a competitive travel league that is like clash soccer, football, and lacrosse. Our Kennebunk Hoops teams will play competitive teams from all around southern and central Maine. 

The SMHL league begins play in early November and runs through mid-February. Each team will play 12-14 games on non-holiday weekends, and there will be a single elimination playoff at the end of the season.  These teams will begin practicing the first week of November with 2 practices a week leading up to the first game and after that the teams can expect to have 1-2 practices a week. Games could either be on Saturday or Sunday. All games will be played in Saco and Portland  general areas. 

These teams will also most likely play in a local Thanksgiving tournament and a local Christmas tournament, and may also play in 1-2 tournaments in February and March.

The number of SMHL league teams we have each year varies depending on the number of competitive players that tryout. This year we are expecting to have 3-4 teams: 6th Boys, 6th girls, 5th boys, and 5th girls - or in some cases a mix of 5 and 6.

The cost per player for this team is $200 for the season. This will cover the league and the 4 tournaments that these teams will play in, over the 5 month season.  

One important difference between our Kennebunk Hoops teams and clash soccer/football/lacrosse is that NOT all players that tryout will make the team. Each of the teams will have around 10 players maximum, so depending on the number of players trying out, there may be players that don't make a team.   

Players on a SMHL team will NOT play in our RSU 21 local rec basketball program, as the seasons coincide with each other.

For those that choose to try out and play in the ME, we want to stress to you the time commitment required. The season runs from early November to end of March, which is a commitment of 5 months of basketball. Between the ME league and tournaments, they could be playing up to 25-30 games over this time span, plus have 1-2 practices a week. We want to make sure that everyone understands the time and commitment involved as it’s a long but very fun season. 


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