AAU season is about to get started and players and parents are deciding which team they should play for. The question is which program should you invest your time in if you have multiple options. Whether your child is just starting to play basketball or your child has already been offered by a number of colleges, deciding the correct AAU team is very important. Here are four points that you should take in consideration when deciding which AAU team your child should play for. Although this post is discussing AAU teams these concepts can be applied to any program on any level.
LEVEL OF COMPETITION
The new AAU season is upon us and players will be competing for spots on various AAU teams. Make sure that whichever team your child plays for it is the right fit and most importantly it is preparing them to be successful when it is time to play high school basketball. The AAU season is often looked at a time where players can show they can play. The high school season is the time where players show they can play in a system, while being a student and maintaining their grades. Both concepts need to be mastered in order to earn an athletic scholarship.
The AAU season is about to begin and players will begin to compete. Player’s self-esteem will grow and parent’s hope and dreams will begin to build for the high school season. Unfortunately, most parents do not understand their child is not playing against the best competition. Parents and athletes are caught up in individual success and some will never stop to consider the level of competition. During intense AAU competition the elite players are separated from the rest of the pack. It is not unheard of for teams and or individuals to “play up” in AAU tournaments. Due to many games during tournaments it is hard to recognize teams are differentiated by divisions and talent. Just like the NCAA has divisions, so does AAU and if your child’s team is not playing in the Division I league, then the assessment of your child’s development maybe tainted. This façade may cause players to abstain from working on the weak areas of their game. Ultimately, the effect could keep players from making their high school team in the fall.
What to look for in an AAU team…
Players getting as much experience as possible on the court is extremely valuable and important BUT weigh the positives and negatives. During this off season it maybe more beneficial to invest your money in a camp and or a trainer. Spending money for your child to play open gym games will be a waste of your time and money especially if your child is not getting any better. Iron sharpens iron, is a great quote to think about when deciding what you should do. Which would be more efficient, invest in a trainer and or a camp and possibly play a few games on the AAU circuit or invest all your money on AAU team that is playing low-level competition?
Low-level competition is defined as players who are not college bound. These players are not ready to compete on the college level. High-level competition is players competing with each other who are college bound. As college bound players compete, they show what level of college they will perform well at. As you look at the different teams, ask yourself how many possible college players are there on the team. This question will not only let you know if your child should play on the team, but provide feedback on where your child is as a player.
Larry Roberson was born in Akron, Ohio in 1979. Played college basketball and for the IBL. Coached collegiately and is currently coaching high school basketball in Suitland, MD. Loves the game of basketball and is an innovative coach which strives to learn.