Blazers Basketball Club is an AAU Club in Massachusetts and the brand for the local basketball programs offered by Alpha Youth Sports, including skills clinics, summer camps, offseason leagues, and AAU/club teams. Founded by John LaMalva in 2011, Alpha Youth Sports is an innovator in youth sports, both locally with the Blazers Club, and nationally with its suite of digital services that support volunteer driven youth leagues across the U.S. We are at the forefront of developing teaching methods that accelerate skill development in young players.
Blazers Basketball Club – Our Story
After seeing AAU Basketball as a parent for a few years (through his son’s experience), Coach LaMalva, like many parents, was disappointed with the historical AAU/Club Basketball model. Just as he set out to drive improvements in how parent coaches are prepared to teach fundamentals in the thousands of community youth basketball organizations nationally (see Alpha Youth Sports below), Coach LaMalva also decided to create a Club Basketball model that would improve both skill development and the player experience. Within a few short years the Blazers model has delivered on this promise, driving accelerated skill development to more than 300 players annually through its array of programs (skills clinics, shooting programs, camps, and AAU/club teams). We are proud of the results to date and all of the positive feedback from parents and players. We are driven by a genuine passion for offering the area’s premiere programs. We are committed to the ongoing improvement of our current programs, and plan to create new and innovative programs that help local players grow and achieve their goals…both on the court and off.
About Alpha Youth Sports
Alpha Youth Sports pioneered the concept of a “Digital Coaching Platform”, which is a Software as a Service (SaaS) offering that addresses the #1 Challenge youth leagues face: Preparing Volunteer Coaches. Our first coaching platform, alphaBASKETBALL, went live nationally in 2014 and we launched alphaSOCCER in 2016. Our platforms are now supporting over 100 leagues in 30+ states, and we plan to launch platforms and other services for several other team sports. On an ongoing basis, the teaching methods we develop and evolve locally within the Blazers programs become part of our digital coaching platforms, so that both local players and youth leagues across the country can benefit from these methods.