The Spartan Basketball program is a proud supporter of the HOPLITE BASKETBALL ACADEMY.  This organization helps young Spartans develop into the best they can be on and off the court.  We believe that the SPARTAN CODE is the foundation of how we can help these young men "Prepare For Glory".  Therefore, all those who volunteer, participate, play, coach, and support this organization we sincerely thank you!  Without this necessary first step to becoming a Spartan, our student-athletes would be at a disadvantage upon arriving on the Francis Howell Central Campus.  You can follow the Hoplite Basketball Academy on Twitter @HopliteHoops (Coach Keith Cissell) to stay updated on all things that pertain to our academy as well as to see the pics of games, practices, and camps.  

Please click HERE to view slides that explain why we believe the HOPLITE BASKETBALL ACADEMY is integral to being a Howell Central Basketball player

To Register For Tryouts Click One Of The Following Links And Complete The Form
Roster 1
Roster 2
Roster 3
Roster 4
(If you did not complete the registration form, you may still tryout--- just register at the door.

If for some reason this date does not work out for you, please contact me as soon as possible.  We may have a second opportunity to tryout on Monday, Oct. 28th and Wednesday, Oct. 30th from 6:30-7:30pm.  Team rosters will be created by October 29th and membership fees ($275) will be due by November 1st.


To sign up for the Hoplite Basketball Academy Training Sessions please register ahead of time.  There is limited availability (25 players) so those who sign up first will be given the opportunity.  The cost of each training session is $20 per player, and the fees will be collected upon arrival (cash or check payable to Hoplite Basketball Academy). Please note that when you sign up, you are potentially taking the spot of another athlete.  Therefore, once you register you are expected to be at the training.  Please call, or text, Coach Cissell if there are any questions (314-606-4036).

If the roster is full for the training sessions that you are interested in attending, you can still participate in the session      We do accept walk ups at the door!

Click HERE to fill out August registration forms.  
Click HERE to fill out September registration forms.

Click HERE to fill out October registration forms.

(if you can not open the registration folder, text me the information and I can fill it out for you)

This form will be used for attendance, so please fill it out whenever you plan on attending.  Parents are welcome to stay, but there may be few places to sit because we will use the entire gym.  If you do leave your son, it is with the understanding that the training session ends at 7:30 and a ride will be available for your son promptly.  Finally, parents please be aware that if your son  attends one of the training sessions you are authorizing the directors of the HOPLITE BASKETBALL ACADEMY to take whatever means are appropriate in case there is an injury and you cannot be reached.  Also, you are accepting that the academy, its trainers and coaches, or the School, cannot be help liable for any injuries sustained during training.  All activities and drills are designed with the mutual agreement that your son is in good health and may participate in all activities during training.


The Hoplite Basketball Academy conducted two camps this summer.  

1)  Shooting Camp- June 24-25 from 8-10am (4-6 grades) 10:30-12:30 (7th-Freshman)

2)  "Skillz-N-Thrillz" Camp-  this camp will emphasize ball skills and competitive games.





Click on this LINK to read about the history of the Spartan citizen-soldier known as a HOPLITE