How was your weekend?
I was talking with a few friends and coaches last week and we were talking about how the AAU scene has changed and I wanted to share my thoughts with you.
Before I go into what I think has changed and not for the better, let’s discuss what’s great about AAU basketball
1. A chance for college coaches to see you or your team play.
2. Teammates and developing friendships
3. I was fortunate I had great coaches and learned a lot about the game, mentally and physically
Now onto, what I am not a fan of….
When I played AAU basketball, we had a state tournament and your team had to win the state tournament to advance to the AAU nationals. If you came in second, you weren’t going to the Nationals. There were other tournaments but not “the big dance”
Once you made the nationals, your team was put in a pool and had to win to to keep playing. Exactly, how the NCAA tournament is run
Think about it, I would argue if you were or going to be in Louisville, Chicago, DC and Atlanta, the athlete probably wants to play in college
So, let’s prepare these athletes for how the college season is run. You need to win or you go home
Mentally, you need to be prepared and your game needs to be on, or again, your team is going home
We wonder why most girls aren’t mentally tough anymore, part of the reason is they play multiple games during a weekend. The rarely play in a one and down situation and know if they don’t play well this game, there is always later or tomorrow
Another reason I am not a fan of AAU is the culture we have created as coaches and parents. Most coaches have an ego and just want their teams to win, but they don’t care how they win.
We teach these kids to be selfish and play for themselves so college coaches will notice them, we don’t teach team play.
Again, not all coaches and teams are like this, but we are going in a bad direction of not coaching and teaching our kids
We know that overuse, early sports specialization and lack of sports performance training is increasing the injuries in our young athletes. Every year, ACL injuries increase by 3%
We know that female athletes reduce their risk of non contact ACL injuries if they have 1 year or more of sports performance training experience.
We know the statistics, but I feel like most coaches don’t care, all they want to do is win.
Our job is to teach and shape these young athletes be a good player but also, great people. We need to think past their college or pro careers.
If these young ladies have an ACL injury, their chances of re-injuring themselves and developing arthritis is very high
Just something to think about…
These were just a few of my observations that I wanted to share
What do you think?
Hit reply and let me know your thoughts…
Your friend and coach,
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