STUDY: 37% OF KIDS DON’T WANT PARENTS AT THEIR GAMES

37% of kids dont want parents at basketball gamesRecently, we came across an article by FootballScoop.com that discussed a new study that came showed “37% of young athletes don’t want their parents at games” due to the pressure parents are increasingly putting on their child to perform.

The article also mentions that more and more colleges are now taking into account the parents when potentially recruiting a young player.

These colleges simply CAN’T afford to have parents around their program that might become a team/program “cancer.”

Moreover, the article’s main source talks about how reffing these days has become harder and harder due to the rising abuse by parents and fans from the stands.

All of this adds up to a really unfortunate reality in the youth sports world where players are feeling TOO MUCH pressure from mom and dad, parents are too caught up in their child getting a college scholarship, and referees quitting due to the abuse they’re taking.

Overall, youth basketball and youth sports, in general, can sometimes be a really negative environment.

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4 BENEFITS OF PLAYING ON THE AAU “B” TEAM

CMW_0295Here at Pro Skills Basketball, one of the main things we do aside from our basketball clinics and camps is our PSB Select “AAU” (also known as “club” or “competitive”) teams.

We’ve been running these AAU basketball teams for the last 6 years or so, and we’ve seen the tremendous value that AAU brings to young kids if done the right way. We now have AAU teams in the Charlotte and Lake Norman areas, Denver Colorado, and Greensboro NC!

One of the things we do in our PSB Select club is, if we have multiple teams in a grade, we form multiple teams and break them up into “A” and “B” teams, which we label “Gold” and “Black” (our club colors).

We do this for a number of reasons including, but not limited to:

  • Not wanting to “cut” young kids who want to play
  • Ability to give more kids a chance to play
  • More efficient distribution of playing time
  • More efficient development of skills all-around

However, forming a “Black” team or “B” team always causes some issues, sometimes amongst players, but more often, among parents.

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ULTIMATE GUIDE TO COLLEGE BASKETBALL RECRUITING

how college basketball recruiting worksOne of the main questions I get asked by parents time and time again is some variation of “how does college basketball recruiting work?”

And it’s understandable because recruiting can be a complicated and confusing subject.

In this ultimate college basketball recruiting guide, it is my goal to answer many of the basic questions and misunderstandings when it comes to college basketball recruiting.

Let’s start by first answering the question, what exactly does recruiting even mean?

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THE TOP 6 BENEFITS OF AAU BASKETBALL

Benefits of AAU BasketballIn my last blog post, I wrote about the problems with AAU basketball, but as I stated in the article, as an AAU coach and club director with Pro Skills Basketball (PSB) Select, I’m actually a proponent of AAU.

I’m not an outsider taking shots at something I know nothing about.

Rather, I simply think that some of the problems with AAU basketball could be solved if parents, coaches and organizations were, number one, aware of the issues, and number two, took some relatively easy steps to correct the problems.

Regardless, for this blog post, I want to flip the lens and examine the benefits of AAU basketball.

Once again, I’m talking about AAU basketball as the “catch-all” term like Kleenex and not speaking specifically about the real AAU basketball organization, although many, if not all of the benefits, do apply to the real AAU.

My last caveat is that, when talking about the benefits of AAU basketball, I’m talking about AAU done the right way.

What does that mean you may ask?

To me, that means the team is coached by an experienced and knowledgeable coach, has positive and supportive parents, focuses on skill development and teaching over winning championships and/or going to “showcases” at a young age.

AAU basketball done right focuses on the bigger, long-term picture over the short-term, win-at-all-costs mentality. That’s why it’s vital that players find the right AAU program or team, and once they do, AAU becomes highly beneficial!

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THE UNFORTUNATE PROBLEMS WITH AAU BASKETBALL

problems with aau basketballBefore we get into the problems with AAU basketball, let’s clear up a few things…

First of all, AAU stands for Amateur Athletic Union, which is a single organization, and a good one at that. Unfortunately for the Amateur Athletic Union, AAU basketball has become an all-encompassing term used to pretty much describe all competitive grassroots of basketball outside of school ball.

It’s similar to how Kleenex has come to mean “tissues”, even though Kleenex is actually a single brand/company. In this article, from here on out, when I talk about AAU basketball, I am talking about AAU in the general, all-encompassing sense, not specifically THE Amateur Athletic Union Basketball.

Secondly, I am an AAU coach and the director of Pro Skills Basketball (PSB) Select, Charlotte’s Premiere AAU basketball club, so this article is not a case of an outsider spewing uninformed opinions. In fact, I’m a proponent of AAU basketball. If I wasn’t, I wouldn’t do it or be involved with it.

There are some amazing benefits to AAU, but there are plenty of issues as well, which is what this article will be focused on.

Why? My hope is that some people may read this, get a clearer understanding of why something is a problem, and perhaps, work to correct the problem.

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