BLAZERS – A LEADING AAU/CLUB PROGRAM WEST OF BOSTON, MA


SEE BELOW FOR SPRING 2021 CLUB TEAM OPTIONS AND TRYOUT INFO!

In the past 3 years, Blazers Basketball Club advanced its position as the premier Basketball Club in the area, competing in the highest level tournaments in New England, and winning more than 40 tournament championships. In many grades, we have the strongest program West of Boston, winning 3 State Championships during this time. And while we're thrilled with our tournament successes, we're most proud of the unique program experience and progressive teaching methods we provide to our players. Learn more about our program by reading below and checking out our testimonials page.

What makes us unique? Read testimonials from MORE THAN 40 PARENTS!

Blazers Shooting Academy
After honing our Shooting Program for more than 5 years, we've formally established the Blazers Shooting Academy. Players that play on one of our Club Teams are eligible to join the Academy. During most of the school year, we work weekly with Academy players on improving their mechanics, mental focus, and confidence. The game has changed and being a consistently strong perimeter shooter is a game-changer for a player. We're thrilled to be driving the development of the next generation of elite shooters! Learn more at tryouts!


SPRING 2021 PROGRAM OPTIONS, REGISTRATION AND TRYOUTS:

Program Options this Spring: Almost all of our Club Team players also play at least one outdoor spring sport...and many parents are looking to stay "more local" and minimize schedule conflicts and player interactions, so we've established a number of options this spring. You'll find some detail for these options on the registration form where you'll specify your preferred option, but here's a summary:
Tournament Teams (Boys Grades 3-9, Girls Grades 3-6): play tournaments against other club teams. 2 practices per week and tournaments on 6-7 weekends from the end of March until late May or June. Pricing is roughly $650 - $850 based on team level and extent of schedule (practice schedule and pricing for each team will be defined in offers).
Trail Blazers Teams (In House Teams, Boys and Girls Grades 3-10): These teams play "in-house" games only. This provides schedule certainty for both practices/games and eliminates interactions with players from other clubs/geographies. Teams will have 2 sessions each week at the same times each week, including about 12 hours of practice time and 12 games. The fee is generally about 2/3 that of tournament teams (practice/game schedule and pricing for each team will be defined in offers).
Practice Players: For players that want to practice with a tournament team but will not be available to attend weekend tournament games. This arrangement would be finalized once it's clear the scheduled practice days will work for the player. The fee for a practice player is generally about 2/3 that of a regular player on that tournament team.

Tryout Format for Spring 2021: EVERYONE REGISTERS, NEW PLAYERS TRYOUT
All interested players should register now via the link below. In support of COVID Protocols and in general to minimize group sizes, generally speaking we will be holding in person tryouts mostly for players that have not played a full season on a Blazers Spring or Fall Club Team in the past 18 months (a grade 4 team or above, not counting the spring 2020 season). Please see the specifics of this approach on the registration page.

Our Spring 2021 Program:
Practices will start during early to mid March (based on the conclusion of playoffs for school/travel teams). We plan to play in 6-7 weekend tournaments (likely a combination of 1 and 2 day tournaments), doing many of the weekend tournaments during mud season in late March and April to make it easier for our players to participate in other Spring sports once the weather warms up. All tournaments are within driving distance. Our spring program will include 2 practices per week. We expect to offer a few different roles or "levels of commitment" (including a practice player role) to enable players that are playing other sports this season to participate on one of our club teams as well.

Tentative Tryout Times:
- Boys Grade 3-4: Monday 1/18 from 4:00-5:30pm
- Boys Grade 5-7: Monday 1/18 from 5:30-7:00pm
- Boys Grade 8-9: Sunday 1/17 from 7:15-8:45pm
- Girls Grade 3-4: Monday 1/18 from 5:30-7:00pm
- Girls Grade 5-6: Sunday 1/17 from 7:15-8:30pm
All tryouts are at The Shrewsbury Club in Shrewsbury (3 Tennis Drive). Based on registration counts in each grade, we will email registered families with final groups/times 1-2 days before the tryout.

*advanced 3rd Grade boys or girls that can comfortably play with 4th grade travel players may try out for our 4th grade program

Tryout Fee: $25 if registered by January 14th, $30 thereafter

Program Fee: $450-$850 based on team type/level and extent of schedule. If a player receives an offer, the team level, schedule, fee, etc. will be defined before a deposit is requested. New Tournament Team players will need a uniform kit which is a 5 piece kit for under $100! (Uniform Jersey & Shorts, Warm-up/Pullover, and 2 practice jerseys). Practice Players and In House team players do not need to purchase a uniform.

 

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Overview of our AAU/Club Team Program:

Come to Play D...and put WE over ME

We have both a Fall and Spring AAU/Club Team offering.  We're passionate about delivering a high quality Club experience, and our primary focus is to remain the area's premier Club 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 allow us to deliver a better player experience and more skill development. We participate in tournaments that challenge our players/team, including both AAU and non-AAU sanctioned tournaments.


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 curriculum that we have developed over the last 9 years. 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.

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"We just wanted to tell you that we had an incredible time helping out with the Special Olympics games this morning.  It was an exceptional experience for our son and I. To watch him cheer the teams on, really warmed my heart. Thank you for getting the kids involved in such an unique event and we are so proud to be a part of this organization.

B. - parent from Westborough