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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NEWS: OVER 20 COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYERS IN 3 YEARS

Pro Skills Charlotte College Basketball Players

Pro Skills Basketball of Charlotte has helped over 20 players go on to play college basketball in only 3 years! Specifically, through our competitive grassroots basketball club, PSB Select, we’ve been able to teach and coach players while also helping them get the exposure they need to be recruited to play college basketball. The list is not even finished as some players in the class of 2016 have not committed or signed yet, but the list includes 15 Division I college basketball players!

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PSB AAU BASKETBALL FEBRUARY PLAYER OF THE MONTH


Jillian Villanti, Lake Norman Charter, 7th Grade

Jillian Villanti has been playing AAU basketball with PSB Select for 3 years.  She is a starter for her Lake Norman Charter Middle School team as a 7th grader, and she is one of the leaders of this season’s PSB select team. Of Jillian, our Director of Girls Basketball, Courtney Willis, says, “Jillian is an extremely hard worker and great teammate. She’s always willing to dive on the floor and encourage her teammates.” Congrats Jillian!

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10 THINGS TO BE THANKFUL FOR IN YOUTH BASKETBALL

By: Brendan Winters

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What Pro Skills Basketball is Thankful for in Youth Basketball

With Thanksgiving approaching, there is so much to be thankful for, but I wanted to specifically reflect on the 10 things we, at Pro Skills Basketball, are thankful for in youth basketball.

So without further ado, here is what we are thankful for when it comes to youth basketball:

1. Parents who Simply Love to Watch their Kids Play

Many parents claim to love to watch their child play, but yet, while “watching”, they scream and yell at the refs, their child, the coach, and even sometimes the other team. I’m talking about the parents who truly just love to watch their child play, and sit there calmly, just enjoying the play of their child without all the screaming and yelling or at least yell with excitement and encouragement.

In fact, research has found that the best thing parents can say to their children after a game is simply “I love to watch you play”. Young children can misinterpret constructive criticism, and having too many “coaches” in the bleachers, on the bench and/or around the dinner table can be added pressure on kids. We are thankful for parents that understand the mission of our organization and can support their children without bad-mouthing others, screaming or fighting in the bleachers.

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