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    Anyone have any experience with AAU Basketball?

    Not looking to turn this thread into which Iowa AAU leagues are better etc. But rather looking for feedback on any experience any other members of these forums has had.

    My girlfriend's kid just had his first tryout yesterday and made the cut. Got told the oblivious of needing to work on his understanding of the plays they run and other things which the coaches said will come with time as he is only 11 years old.

    Before any of you go off that he should be playing in the middle school league, the middle school he attends. The school district decided to eliminate all sports at the 6th and 7th grade level.

    The traveling part is what had me most concern, but with the team he is on the most traveling he will be doing will be within two hours of Des Moines so that his dad can make all of his games as well. How do the parents of the kids on the national traveling team afford both the time and money for this?



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    Re: Anyone have any experience with AAU Basketball?

    Our kids have been involved with a couple of different club AAU basketball teams for 4 or 5 years, both of them starting around 10 years old. The biggest part for us is that they enjoy the game and are fairly good at it so we thought this would be a good way to push them.

    The only thing I would caution is to look at the number of kids on the team and in that age group for the program. We were involved in a large program and they would attempt to have 30 - 40 kids in one age group practice on one floor and they really did not get much accomplished. These numbers can also be VERY frustrating at tournaments, as it is very difficult to get more than 8 player meaningful playing time. Also look at who will be coaching them and will there be ONE primary coach that will be assigned to the team and be at most of their games. Nothing is more frustrating than to have a coach show up to coach a game and he does not even know the kids or anything about the team.

    As far as travel goes we have been VERY fortunate to be associated with GREAT families that help each other out as needed. We have had other kids travel with other families to tourneys and have had our kids teammates travel with us. It is about getting a sense of comfort with them and a lot of that goes to the consistency that I mentioned with the teams.

    Good Luck - It can be a great experience if it is managed in the correct way.



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    Re: Anyone have any experience with AAU Basketball?

    Quote Originally Posted by cjb1978 View Post
    Not looking to turn this thread into which Iowa AAU leagues are better etc. But rather looking for feedback on any experience any other members of these forums has had.

    My girlfriend's kid just had his first tryout yesterday and made the cut. Got told the oblivious of needing to work on his understanding of the plays they run and other things which the coaches said will come with time as he is only 11 years old.

    Before any of you go off that he should be playing in the middle school league, the middle school he attends. The school district decided to eliminate all sports at the 6th and 7th grade level.

    The traveling part is what had me most concern, but with the team he is on the most traveling he will be doing will be within two hours of Des Moines so that his dad can make all of his games as well. How do the parents of the kids on the national traveling team afford both the time and money for this?



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