We’re making a ton of improvements to our AAU team structure nationally which you can read about in part 1 and part 2 of previous announcements, but we want to also update you on the upgrades we’re making to our PSB Charlotte AAU team structure.Continue reading “News: 2019 PSB Charlotte AAU Team Tryouts Now Available!”
“We just felt the timing was right to offer some of our cities the option to field more competitive teams as well as give those the teams the opportunity to play against the best competition possible, which UA Rise and UA Future offer.
Also, Pro Skills has been with Under Armour since we first started, so obviously these circuits being run by UA fits right into the PSB culture,” said Brendan Winters, Co-Founder of PSB and Director of PSB Club Teams.
Specifically, PSB Charlotte, having helped over 80 of its players go on to play at the DI, II, III levels in college since 2014, will feature its boys 9th-grade (15U), 10th-grade (16U), and 11th-grade (17U) Elite teams on the UA Rise as well as put a boys 6th-grade (12U), 7th-grade (13U), and 8th-grade (14U) team on the UA Future Circuit in the Southeast Region.
PSB Chattanooga will also be putting an 8th-grade (14U) boys team on the Under Armour Future Circuit in the South Region.
Lastly, PSB Denver will put its 10th grade (16U) girls team on the Under Armour Rise Girls Circuit and enter its 6th-grade (12U) boys team onto the UA Future Circuit in the Mid-America Region. We’re really excited for this opportunity, in particular, to be able to showcase our girl’s program in Denver!
Sim Frazier, Co-Director of PSB Charlotte Elite teams, had this to say:
“We are really excited about the opportunity for our players to compete on the UA Rise and Future circuits this year!
At the high school level, the Under Armour platform has been great for us in years past. The exposure and competition are second to none. Many of our players’ recruitment has benefited in major ways by playing in Under Armour events. UA Rise should be more of the same.
UA Future gives us a chance to expose our younger guys to a new level of competition. This as a great way to continue the development of our players and our organization nationally!”
So what exactly are the new UA Rise and UA Future Circuits?
We wrote a few weeks back about some of the awesome improvements we are making to our 2019 spring/summer season, and we mentioned that those were just “part 1” of the upgrades being made.
Well, we’re back with part 2 of the improvements that are going to be made to our AAU Club Teams in 2019!
Again, as a member of the Jr. NBA Flagship Network and an accredited USA Basketball Youth organization, we’re constantly striving to improve and create the best possible experience for our players, parents, and coaches, and we’re confident all of these upgrades we’re making in 2019 will do just that.
As we said, part 1 of the improvements we released to you previously mostly focused on the spring/summer season, while in this part 2, we’re going to look at the biggest change we’re making in all PSB team cities — extending the team membership into, at minimum, the fall, but in some cities, the winter as well.
So instead of signing up and playing for 4-5 months in the spring/summer, players will now be signing up for 8-11 months which will include the fall and/or winter season as well, depending on the city.
The reasons for this change are myriad, all are incredibly positive, and again, will allow PSB to create a better youth basketball experience, so let’s take a look at them below.
The Jazz, led by Craig Clark, will now have the opportunity for their coaches, players, and parents to join the Pro Skills Basketball family by playing with our PSB Winston teams and attending our various other programs and events in Winston-Salem and surrounding areas.
Brian Robinson, Program Director of the Stealers and Jazz said of the opportunity, “Merging the Jazz with Pro Skills will provide our participants with opportunities to become better basketball players year-round. Pro Skills has an established culture that fits what we are looking for. When you combine that with the avenues they can provide for our current and future participants, it was an easy decision.”
This is an exciting opportunity to PSB for a variety of reasons, but we’re especially looking forward to having to having the opportunity to positively impact even more kids in the Winston-Salem area.
This merger gives PSB Winston an even larger base than it already had, and with that, the ability to offer even more outstanding basketball opportunities in the NC Triad area.
PSB Winston is led by Joe Rybak who is a former DII college basketball player and current teacher and boys varsity basketball coach at Calvary Day School.
Of the merger, Coach Rybak, said, “This merger automatically makes our Winston presence stronger and gives us access to a large facility with the Gateway Y, where we can host large, high-quality events. But most importantly, the Jazz coaches, parents, and players are a great fit with who we are and what we do at Pro Skills. It’s just a win-win all the way around!”
For 2019, PSB Winston now expects for field 2-3 boys teams in every age group from 3rd through 11th grade. These teams will be based out of the Gateway YWCA as well as Calvary Day School and other surrounding area gyms.
PSB Winston will also host a few large camps at the Gateway YMCA, possibly including an NBA player camp, a high school showcase camp, and more to come!
If you want to learn more about PSB Winston, please visit our homepage here.
As of this writing, PSB Winston club team tryouts are not available for sign up but are up online for viewing where visitors can see grades, times, locations, and more. They will be available for sign up very soon, so please continue to check back and/or sign up for our Winston-Salem email list!
If you have any questions, please contact us by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 866-996-3888!
PSB is very excited to announce our first ever clinic in Lincoln, Nebraska!
Our New Year’s Eve Skills Clinic will take place on December 31 from 10:00am-12:00pm at the Weary Center on the campus of Nebraska Wesleyan University.
Open to boys in grades 4 through 12, this clinic is designed for players to improve their basketball skills and moves using a variety of drills and competitions. Games, contests and great coaching will make our PSB Nebraska clinic a can’t miss event for young basketball players in the Lincoln area.
We are even more excited to announce that this clinic will be directed by NWU assistant coach Chris Hamilton. Chris, a former college standout player and former DI coach, is currently in his first year on the bench of NWU after serving as assistant coach for Randolph Macon College in Virginia.
After a long playing and college coaching career, Chris is looking forward to serving the young players of the Lincoln and Omaha areas. You can read more about Chris here.
Currently, the Prairie Wolves of NWU are ranked #1 in all of NCAA DIII basketball and are coming off of a 2017-2018 season that saw the team crowned National Champions for the first time in their program’s history.
PSB encourages all young players to check out an upcoming game for the top-ranked team in the country!
Mark your calendars for December 31 at 10:00am and join coach Chris Hamilton and his staff for a fun-filled, educational skills clinic!
With a staff of experienced former and current college and pro players, clinics provide a great opportunity for kids to learn from players who have had success both on and off the court.
Click here to register!