Blazers - A Leading AAU Program West of Boston
In 2018, the Blazers advanced its position as one of the top Basketball Clubs in the area, competing in the highest level tournaments in New England, and winning more than 15 championships. In many grades, we have the strongest program West of Boston, winning 2 State Championships in 2018. And while we're thrilled with our tournament successes, we're most proud of the unique program experience we're providing to our players. Learn more about our program by reading below and checking out our testimonials page.
Our Spring 2019 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. Generally there are 3-4 games per tournament (all within driving distance of our base in Southborough, MA). 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).
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Saturday January 19th and 26th at St. Mark's School:
(25 Marlboro Rd, Southborough, MA 01772):
Note the times below are the final tryout times for Saturday 1/19. Please check back after Wednesday 1/23 for the final tryout times for Saturday 1/26
- Boys Grade 3* & 4: 8:30 - 9:50 (arrive at 8:20)
- Boys Grade 5: 9:40 - 11:00 (arrive at 9:30)
- Boys Grade 6: 10:30 - 12:00 (arrive at 10:20)
- Boys Grade 7: 10:15 - 11:45 (arrive at 10:05)
- Boys Grade 8: 9:00 - 10:15 (arrive at 8:50)
- Girls Grade 3*, 4 & 5: 8:30 - 9:30 (arrive at 8:20)
- Girls Grade 6: 9:30 - 10:30 (arrive at 9:20)
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).
Tryout Fee: $20 if registered by 12/31, $25 thereafter (the registration fee covers both sessions)
Can't Make Tryouts on the 19th/26th? For those players who are interested in trying out, but are out of the area on these dates, please contact us at email@example.com
* 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 skill curriculum focus, a strength & conditioning component, film reviews, and progressive teaching methods 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.
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 of several volunteering events). 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.