About PSB Denver Club Teams

Thank you for visiting the official website of Pro Skills Basketball (PSB) Denver, Colorado’s premiere competitive basketball club.

Our teams are instructed by experienced and knowledgable coaches whose focus is the improvement of our individual players, not simply winning championships.

Our mission is to prepare players for the next level of their basketball careers while also teaching them life lessons that will lead to success off the court as well.

ABOUT

Pro Skills Basketball (PSB) club teams are for intermediate to advanced level players. Each team is led by experienced and knowledgeable local coaches and are dedicated to the development of the individual players, not winning championships. We stress hard work and dedication over talent, and teamwork over individual play.

Our directors and coaches stress our “F.O.C.U.S.” acronym of life lessons to our players, which stands for Fundamentals, Overcome, Competition, Unity, and Sacrifice. Through these life lessons, we believe that our players are learning lessons that will help them be successful in anything the do, whether on the court or off.

HISTORY

PSB was started by Pro Skills Basketball co-founders, Logan Kosmalski and Brendan Winters, in the spring of 2012 in the north Charlotte area of North Carolina. Throughout the next few years, PSB Select grew to include boys and girls teams from 9U-17U and expanded to form teams in other areas and cities as well. Today the club is home to more than 50 boys and girls teams in Charlotte and Greensboro, NC as well as Denver, CO.

DIRECTORS

PSB Denver is directed by former Denver East High School, UC Irvine, and European professional player Ross Schraeder.

MISSION & VISION

Our mission is to prepare our players for the next level of their basketball careers, whether that be elementary, middle, high school, or college, while simultaneously teaching them important life lessons that will lead to success in anything they do off the court as well.

PSB’s vision is to change the win-at-all-costs, negative youth basketball environment to a more healthier, more positive environment through a focus on teaching, coaching, and learning.

BOYS TEAMS

The teams will be led by an experienced and knowledgeable coach and dedicated to the development of the individual players, not winning championships. We stress hard work and dedication over talent, and teamwork over individual play.

Our mission is to prepare our players for the next level of their basketball careers, whether that be elementary, middle, high school, or college, while simultaneously teaching them important life lessons that will lead to success in anything they do off the court as well.

This team will practice at various locations within the city limits of Denver, CO.  Previous locations have included Denver South High School, Good Shepherd Catholic School, Christ the King Catholic School, and others.

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GIRLS TEAMS

The teams will be led by experienced and knowledgable coaches and are dedicated to the development of the individual players, not winning championships. We stress hard work and dedication over talent, and teamwork over individual play.

Our mission is to prepare our players for the next level of their basketball careers, whether that be elementary, middle, high school, or college, while simultaneously teaching them important life lessons that will lead to success in anything they do off the court as well.

The teams will practice at various locations within the city limits of Denver, CO.  Previous locations have included Denver South High School, Good Shepherd Catholic School, Christ the King Catholic School, and others.

For tryout information, click on the TRYOUTS tab.

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GENERAL

Our spring/summer (March-June/July) season tryouts are held in early March. This is our main tryout session when ALL teams are reset and ALL spots are open.  Our fall tryouts held in late August are supplemental tryouts in which we look to fill vacant spots left open by spring/summer players who do not return for the fall.

If a player makes a team and plays during the spring/summer season, then they will possibly have the option to continue on for the following fall/winter season (if coaches, players and directors can commit to the fall/winter). However, if a player leaves the team for any reason then their spot will be forfeited and given to another player at tryouts.

See below for specific season and tryout info!

SPRING/SUMMER SEASON

The spring/summer season is our “main” competitive basketball season for boys and girls and runs from March through July for our 6th-11th grade teams. All teams will practice a minimum of 3 hours per week. 3rd-5th grade teams will play in the JAM spring league with games on Sunday’s (usually) along with 2-3 weekend tournaments over the course of 3 months for a total of 20-25 games.  6th and 7th grade teams will play in a series of weekend tournaments.  The tournaments amount to every other week pretty much and over the course of 3 months they will play between 27-35 games.

Players must commit to all months of the season. We understand occasional conflicts, vacations, other commitments, etc. and that is ok, but players still must commit to all months regardless.

ALL players, whether returning or new, must attend tryouts. To do this, we ask that all players register and pay the $15 tryout fee online as this helps the process go much smoother and be more efficient.

Please read through our very detailed Spring/Summer Season Club Policies & Procedures Handbook to get a thorough understanding of our club!!

DIRECTORS

Ross Schraeder - Pro Skills Basketball Denver
Ross Schraeder

Director of PSB Select Denver

FINANCIAL AID

It is our policy to provide basketball opportunities to players regardless of financial circumstances. In order to provide players with these opportunities, we offer financial assistance to youth participants meeting the guidelines listed here.

If you would like to apply for financial assistance, please fill out our financial aid form here and email or mail a copy of the official school lunch program letter. For any questions, please email us at info@proskillsbasketball.comor call us at 866-996-3888.

DONATIONS

PSB Select is a non-profit 501(c)3 company. ALL funds donated will be used to help players who require financial assistance. If you would like to make a donation, please use the Paypal form below. Thanks for you generosity!

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GENERAL

Q: What Separates PSB Select Teams From Other Basketball Clubs?

A: 1. Our dedication to the individual improvement of our players. Of course we play every game to win, but having the most talented teams and/or winning championships are not our goals. Our goal is solely to make every child a more skilled and smarter basketball player than when he or she joined the team while also teaching them important life lessons such as hard work, overcoming adversity, teamwork, etc. Read about our club history here.

2. We hand select knowledgeable and experienced coaches who are passionate teachers of the game. Not just anyone can coach with us. We do not hire fathers as coaches unless they are overly-qualified, and even that is rare. All coaches are also subjected to a background-check to ensure a safe environment for the kids. Read about our boys coaches here and our girls coaches here.

3. Last, but certainly not least, our intense and demanding, but positive environment. We are trying to change the negative culture of youth basketball through a more positive focus on teaching and coaching our players. Players, parents, and coaches are all required to sign our “Codes of Conduct”, which ensures a positive experience for everyone involved.

Q: Who Coaches the Teams?

A: Teams are coached by experienced and well-qualified local coaches. Some of our coaches are former college and/or professional players and/or coaches. Some are even current college players or high school coaches. Click our coaches link to see our past and current coaches.

Q: Does Everyone Who Tries Out Make the Team?

A: Our Select teams are NOT for beginners, but rather, for intermediate to advanced level players. Unfortunately, not everyone will make a team. Players are selected by ability and attitude. We offer player development programs through our parent organization, Pro Skills Basketball, for beginners and those who do not make a team.

Q: How Many Players Are On a Team?

A: There are typically 10 players on a team and that is the max, but some teams may only have 8 or 9.

Q: Do Players Get Equal Playing Time?

A: No. Although every player will get game minutes, playing time is earned based on each player’s performance in practice and games. Playing time is earned, not given.

Q: Are There A and B Teams?

A: If enough players try out to make a second competitive team then another team may be formed. These teams are typically divided into “A” and “B” teams.

Q: What is the Commitment Level?

A: We are looking for committed players, but we understand how busy kids are these days so we are flexible when conflicts come up. We ask that you at minimum make 90% of your teams practices and games.

Q: Can My Child Play Another Sport at the Same Time?

A: Yes. We have some players who play multiple sports. Some conflicts may occur, but players should be able to attend the majority of the practices and games, unless given special permission.

LOGISTICAL

Q: When and How Long is the Select Team Season?

A: The “main” competitive club basketball season is the spring/summer season when the teams play weekend tournaments. We hold tryouts between the middle and end of February after the school season and then start the season the first week of March and go through June or July depending on grade.

Our “secondary” season is the fall/winter season when teams play in Saturday or Sunday leagues. We hold tryouts between the middle and end of August and then start the season after Labor Day in September and go through February. Please click here to read more specific info about each season and for tryout information!

Q: Can I Only Play Specific Seasons?

A: Yes. We reset all teams each spring beginning with tryouts. Once those teams are formed, each player who played in the spring/summer has the option to continue on into the fall/winter season (3rd-9th grade only). The players already on the team must attend tryouts, but will already have a spot on a team. There may, however, not be any openings if all players decide to continue on into the next season. For this reason, we highly encourage players to attend the big tryouts in the spring when we are looking to fill 10 spots per team. To see when the next tryouts are, click here!

Q: When Are Practices?

A: Practices will be held two days per week, between Monday and Friday. The times are typically between 6-9pm aside from Friday when they are generally between 430-730pm. In some cases, younger teams may only practice once per week.

Q: Where Will Practices Be Held?

A: Practices for our Denver teams will be held at local Denver area middle and high schools, mainly in the East and South parts of the Denver city limits.

Q: Where Will Games Be? Will Teams Travel?

A: All PSB Select teams will play in local Denver or surrounding area tournaments and leagues. However, in the spring/summer season, middle school teams may play in the MAYB Summer Kickoff in Wichita, KS.  This will be discussed after the teams have been set.

Q: When Are Tournaments and Leagues?

A: Tournaments are held on Friday evenings (sometimes), Saturdays, and Sundays during the spring/summer season. Typically, each tournament has a 3 game minimum guaranteed. Leagues in the spring are typically on Sunday’s.  Winter leagues have games on Thursday, Saturday, and/or Sunday.

TOURNAMENTS & LEAGUES

Q: What Kind of Tournaments Will You Play In? MAYB, Power to Play, Just Play Sports, Rise Up, CYB?

A: After teams are formed, we will judge the level of competition that we feel suits each team. All types of tournaments will be considered, but we will do what’s best for the players and team in order to get the best experience possible. We may move a team up or down during the season depending on its level of success.

Q: What Do MAYB and CYB Stand For?

A: MAYB stands for Mid-America Youth Basketball.  They operate tournaments year round in the Denver area and in the midwest.  CYB is Colorado Youth Basketball.  They operate the most competitive winter league as well as a few tournaments throughout the year.

Q: What is the Difference Between These Organizations?

A: They are all similar organizations in that they all put on youth basketball/sports tournaments, but they can vary in the level of competition.

Q: Do I Need Memberships to These Organizations?

A: No

Q: When Do You Play in Leagues?

A: In the Spring season, teams in 3rd-5th grade will most likely play in the JAM league with games on Sunday’s (usually) at schools in the Denver area.  All teams will play in the JAM league in the fall season.

Q: When Days Do You Play in the Leagues?

A: Spring and Fall league games are typically on Sunday’s.  Winter league games can be held on Thursday, Saturday, and/or Sunday.

FINANCIAL INVESTMENT

Q: How Much Does it Cost to Play on a Team?

A: The select team fee varies by grade and gender, but is typically between $165-$225/month depending on player division and season. In the spring/summer season, all players will be required to purchase a $130-200 discounted Under Armour player pack one time at the beginning of their season, which is the players to keep.

Q: What Does the Club Fee Cover?

A: The club fee covers gym time for practice, coaches fees, tournament entry fees, game uniform rental, insurance, and a Pro Skills Basketball Select team membership.

Q: What Do I Get With a Pro Skills Basketball Select Team Membership?

A: This membership gives each player a discount of 20% off various Pro Skills Basketball programs, including Skill Academies, Clinics, and Camps!

Q: What Do I Get With The Under Armour ‘Player Pack’?

A: The Under Armour player pack is a steeply discounted pack of UA basketball gear and shoes. Again, it varies depending on grade and gender, but typically includes a practice uniform, 2 shirts, and a bag.

Q: Are Scholarships/Financial Aid or “Sibling Discounts” Available?

A: “Scholarships” based strictly on ability are not given. However, a limited amount of need-based financial aid is available. In these cases, the player and family must provide certain documents to prove financial aid is needed. Please see our Financial Aid page for more info.

We also have a “sibling discount” available. After the first full-price child, each other child that plays receives 25% off the monthly membership.

FALL/WINTER SEASON

The fall/winter season runs from September-October for the fall and November-February for the winter.

In the fall, teams will practice twice per week for 1.5 hours.  There could be an optional skills session day as well.  Teams will play in JAM league (or similar league) with games on Saturday’s or Sunday’s.

In the winter, teams will most likely have a set of skill sessions to choose from each week.  Aside from our 8th grade team who will stick with their normal twice per week practice schedule and league/tournament play, all other teams will play in 1 tournament per month in addition to their skill work.

Players must commit to all aspects of the season. We understand occasional conflicts, vacations, other commitments, etc. and that is ok, but players still must commit to all months regardless.

ALL players, whether returning or new, must attend tryouts. To do this, we ask that all players register and pay the $15 tryout fee online as this helps the process go much smoother and be more efficient.

Please read through our very detailed Fall/Winter Season Club Policies & Procedures Handbook to get a thorough understanding of our club!!