NEWS: Fall/Winter Select Team Tryouts Coming Soon!

Pro Skills Basketball Select CharlotteTryouts are coming soon for our 2017 fall/winter season PSB Select teams. This year, we’ll have fall/winter teams in Charlotte, Denver, and San Antonio. See below for more details on each city!

PSB Select Charlotte

Pro Skills Basketball Select CharlotteTryouts for our AAU teams in Charlotte will take place in both the north and the south. These tryouts will be used to fill in any open spots from our 2017 spring/summer PSB Select teams.

South Charlotte team tryouts will be held on August 1-2 and 8-9 at Charlotte Latin School for players in grades 4-12. You can sign up now on our website!

North Charlotte team tryouts will be held on August 13th and 20th at Lake Norman Charter High School for players in grades 4-12. You can sign up for them here!

**Please note, we are using a new online registration system, so all new and returning players will need to create a new account.

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HOW HIGH SCHOOL & AAU BASKETBALL WORK TOGETHER

high school and aau basketballThe Role of High School and AAU Basketball

Often times people describe high school basketball and AAU basketball as incompatible, one is good/positive and one is bad/negative, and typically, AAU basketball bares the brunt of the negativity.

While AAU certainly has it’s downfalls, as I previously wrote about in a recent blog article, it also has a ton of benefits that I’ve also written about.

However, I firmly believe that high school basketball and AAU basketball can and should co-exist. If done right, together, they can compliment each other and help kids become the best players they can be, and moreover, greatly increase a player’s chances to go on to play basketball in college.

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NEWS: PSB COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER ALUMNI SCRIMMAGE

College Basketball Alumni Scrimmage

Recently, on May 23rd, Pro Skills Basketball Charlotte held an open-gym scrimmage for our PSB Select team alumni who now play college basketball.

We currently have over 40 alums now playing or committed to play in college who used to play for our AAU basketball teams, and many of them came out to play scrimmage.

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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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