Upcoming AAU Team Tryouts:
Spring 2018 AAU Teams: Tryouts for Grades 4-8 are on January 15th & 20th
See below for program information and pricing, and click here to see testimonials from more than 30 parents
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Tryout Schedule for Saturday January 20th at St. Mark's School:
(25 Marlboro Rd, Southborough, MA 01772):
- Please Note Adjustment to Times:
- Boys Grade 3*: 9:30 - 10:45 (arrive at 9:15)
- Boys Grade 4: 9:30 - 10:45 (arrive at 9:15)
- Boys Grade 5: 10:30 - 11:45 (arrive at 10:15)
- Boys Grade 6: 9:45 - 11:00 (arrive at 9:30)
- Boys Grade 7: 8:00 - 9:30 (arrive at 7:45)
- Boys Grade 8: 11:00 - 12:00 (arrive at 10:45)
- Girls Grade 3*: 8:45 - 10:00 (arrive at 8:30)
- Girls Grade 4: 8:45 - 10:00 (arrive at 8:30)
- Girls Grade 5: 8:45 - 10:00 (arrive at 8:30)
Players are encouraged to attend both sessions (players that attend both tryouts generally fare better than other players in the same skill band that don't). Note that the registration fee covers both sessions.
Tryout Fee: $20 if registered by 12/28, $25 thereafter
* Advanced 3rd Grade players that can comfortably play with 4th grade travel players may try out for our 4th grade program
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Overview of our AAU Team Program:
Come to Play D...and put WE over ME
We have both a Fall and Spring AAU Team offering. We're passionate about delivering a high quality AAU experience, and our primary focus is to remain the area's premier AAU program. At the heart we are innovators, not content with the status quo of club basketball in this area. We have developed a unique Club Team model, including a strength & conditioning component and film reviews, that allows us to deliver a better player experience and more skill development.
Our Skill Development Philosophy:
We have a strong focus on developing fundamental skills in our players, and prepare them to go into a game ready to play smart and team oriented basketball. We love helping players see how fun and effective this style of basketball can be. To accomplish these goals, we leverage the youth basketball skill development model and progressive teaching methods we have pioneered and that are now used by youth basketball leagues across the country (see alphaBASKETBALL on our About Us page). Unlike many clubs, we remain focused on helping our players develop the core skills and mental approach that will help them in the long run, and we look to minimize time spent on tactics that many clubs focus on so their unskilled players (that lack fundamentals) can win a game this weekend.
Our Spring 2018 Program:
Practices will start during the week of March 5th (at the conclusion of the travel basketball season). We plan to play in 6-7 weekend tournaments, doing 4 of the weekend tournaments during mud season in March and April to make it easier for our players to participate in other Spring sports once the weather warms up. Our spring program will include 2 practices per week, a strength & conditioning focus added to more than half of the practices, and we will use film training in a variety of ways (which has proven to be a highly effective teaching tool).
Full Time Players: $725
Practice Player: $325 (attending practices but not tournaments)
Part Time Player: TBD based on scenario
More than Just Basketball:
While we are proud of the skill development we see in our players, we are very aware that our mission extends beyond basketball. We recognize that we have an opportunity, and responsibility, to have a positive influence on the character development and maturation of the club players that participate in our program for several years. As an example, we use group volunteering to teach the value of giving back to the community (hopefully you can see some pictures on this page that include a car wash we held to benefit the Worcester County Food Bank, and spending an afternoon on a farm harvesting vegetables for it). At tryouts we will share some information on other ways in which we look to leverage the club environment to have a positive influence at various ages.