NJ AAU Basketball is growing in popularity. There are many teams to choose from but not many good teams. You need a team that has a dedicated coach, plays years round and is looking to help kids improve. The first thing you want to do is choose the right team.
- The AAU Team should only have one team per age group. Many teams just add teams as they get players. If 14 kids show up to tryouts they have two teams. Avoid these teams at all cost. They are only in it for the money.
- The coaching staff should have regular practices. One day a week for one hour is common – that is not enough. AAU Teams are dedicated to improving. Practices should be two times a week minimum.
- Your team should attend tournaments. Leagues are great but the tournaments is where you will compete against the higher level teams. One tournament a season is not enough! One a month minimum.
- Coaches should answer questions. Ask, how many tournaments will you be in, how often do you practice, where are practices, how many teams do you have per age group (one is enough).
Once you have found your team, get ready! Prior to going to any tryouts work on your skill! Coaches may disagree on the most important skill (they are all important) but comfort on the court comes from good ball handling. Learn how to move the ball with ease including dribbling through the legs, behind the back and of course the forward cross over. The best way to learn the basketball skills is by practicing and being part of a team.
To get on a good NJ team get to the basketball tryouts on time and
confident. Don’t worry about making the team – even if you don’t make the aau team you will learn the drills that coaches use to evaluate player. Remember what those drills are because you can go home and use those same drills to develop your skills. Coaches are looking primarily for players that can handle the ball well. If you are comfortable dribbling you will be comfortable playing. So practice those skills. Go to tryouts ready to play, prepared and show that you care and can work hard. The Pythons are one of the best basketball teams in NJ. It’s hard to get a spot on this team because they are a well respected team (players don’t leave often). If they do – tryout for this team! Pythons AAU Basketball tryouts are open to all players. A player can attend the tryouts for free. Bring a bottle of water because you can expect to get a good workout. Pythons coaches will run drills that will test your skills. Usually they end with scrimmages. You can expect a full court game or more likely three on three or four on four half court games.
The Pythons have AAU tryouts out of Red Bank NJ. NJ AAU Basketball Tryouts will be held on June 24th. Players can tryout for the team if they are in the 5th and 6th grade and are interested playing basketball year round. This is a good team with excellent players and this is a great opportunity for a basketball player looking for a team to improve with.