What are the AAU seasons?
Traditional AAU seasons are as follows:
3rd-6th Grade Boys & Girls – December to April/May.
7th & 8th Grade Girls – October to beginning of May.
7th & 8th Grade Boys – January to beginning of May.
9th-12th Grade Boys & Girls – March to end of July.
Why do I see AAU teams playing year-round?
Many AAU teams, or the core players of that AAU team, play in leagues year-round to keep training and improve. There are also random tournaments for AAU teams offered year-round, but attendance can be low or you will not play against the strongest AAU teams.
How much does AAU basketball cost?
This varies on several factors. All teams are different. Cost will depend on how often you practice and where, how many tournaments and what type of tournaments your team does, and if your coach is being paid for his time. There are also additional costs like uniforms and individual training (aside from team training in practices). Many teams do fundraisers, and some teams get sponsors. Remember the total cost does not include your travel expenses for tournaments, like hotel costs, food, gas, etc.
Can players car pool or share travel expenses by teaming up?
Yes. Those arrangements are made by parents at their own discretion.
How often does the average AAU team practice?
Twice a week during the season.
When and how often are tournaments?
Tournaments are on weekends. They can be Friday through Sunday, or just Saturday, or just Sunday. Tournaments are offered every weekend during AAU season, however teams will try to do something every other weekend or three weekends a month.
Is playing time guaranteed?
No. AAU is extremely competitive and playing time is not guaranteed.
Should I attend open gyms?
Yes. Open gyms are very important for learning about what type of team you are trying out for. You also may be able to get questions answered regarding plans for the team you’re trying out for.
What is the difference between open gyms and tryouts?
Open gyms give you an opportunity to see what is being offered by the club. For instance, how many teams they will have, who are the coaches, and what the skill level is of the other athletes trying out. Tryouts are conducted the same way as open gyms except you will find out who is on the team(s) at the end of the tryout.
Is there a cost for open gyms and tryouts?
Yes. $5 for open gyms. $10 for tryouts.
Do I need an AAU card?
If you make the team, yes, you will need to register for an AAU card.
How do I register for an AAU card?
The coach or the team manager will give you instructions on how to do so. Some teams will register for you and the cost is rolled into your team costs.
How far do you travel for AAU basketball?
This depends on the team. Some teams do local tournaments and only travel as far as Grand Rapids, Lansing, or Flint. Other teams venture a little farther and will go to Indiana, Illinois and Ohio. Higher-Level exposure teams will go to Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida, or wherever the higher level exposure events are offered.
At what age does college exposure and trying for scholarships become necessary?
9th Grade and up is when the teams will start doing exposure events. College coaches rarely look closely at 9th graders, however, if you stand out you will be put on lists to watch in the future. Most college recruiting happens at the tournaments in the summer going into his/her senior year.
How does recruiting work?
We have a program that teaches our 9th grade and up athletes on exposure teams (players wanting to play in college) how to aggressively and appropriately be recruited.