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AAU Program

Fielding 33 teams in the spring of 2018, In the Zone is one of the largest AAU programs in the Region. In 2018, we had 16 boys teams from 4th grade through 11th grade and 17 girls teams also from 4th through 11th grades.

AAU Basketball at In the Zone SPRING 2019:

In the Zone is forming AAU basketball teams for boys and girls grades 4-11 to compete in tournaments during the spring of 2019.   In the Zone Basketball Club is a fundamentals driven program. We believe that you never outgrow the fundamentals of a sport. We stress playing the game, not running the play.  Our goal is to provide players with the opportunity to gain experience in competitive game situations, improve their fundamentals and help them take their game to the next level.   Our focus will be:

  • Individual player development
  • Improving fundamentals
  • Teamwork and court IQ

In the Zone has entered an agreement for 2019 with Coordinated Health Sports Performance to conduct performance training in the form of Speed, Agility, Quickness and Strength training as part of  the regular weekday practices.  One 20-25 minute practice rotation will be spent training with a CH certified performance specialist.

Within this framework we will also:

  • Provide an average of 6 minutes of playing time each game for every player in good standing* (assuming 16 min stop clock halves; 5 minutes if 14 min halves).
  • Dedicate 20-30 minutes each practice to individual skills (ball handling, shooting, footwork etc)
  • Conduct skill workshops that will focus specifically on individual skills.

*good standing means that a player attends practice, knows the offense and defense, maintains a good attitude, plays team ball and displays good sportsmanship. If a player is not in good standing, playing time is not guaranteed.

Team Options:

PLATINUM Teams are National  A+ level teams and represent our highest level of play.  For grades 5-8, these teams compete for national titles. Grades 8-11 focus on national level competition and college exposure.  There can be significant travel involved with several overnight events (DC, Louisville, Chicago, etc)  Not every age level will have a Pt team.

ATTACK  Teams are A and B level teams that travel and compete in regional level tournaments.  These teams travel within a 2 hour radius that shouldn’t require overnight stays.  These teams will also play in some ITZ tournaments.

Spring to Sumer Training Program (SSTP):Those players not selected for an AAU team will be given the option of participating in the SSTP developmental program.  This program consists of the AAU skills and drills during the spring and playing in the 3v3 summer league.  This program is designed to enhance basic skills and develop court IQ.

 Alternates:Alternates are practice players. They practice with a team but do not play in games unless invited by the coach.  There are generally 2 types of alternates: 1) Athletes who play another spring sport and can’t make the time commitment to be a full player but still want to train. 2) Athletes whose skill isn’t quite high enough to be a full rostered player but still want to train, work on their game and get better.

 Tournaments:   In the Zone participates in a wide variety of tournaments.  Our Platinum teams play a national schedule and match up against the best teams in the country.  The Attack teams play a very competitive regional schedule and also play in some ITZ tournaments.

Basic Practice Schedule:  We practice 2 times a week for either 90 minutes or 2 hours each: once on a weekday between 5:30 and 9:30 and once on the weekend.  Generally 4-5 teams practice at the same time and rotate between half court, full court and the performance training area.

 TRYOUTS   

Tryouts are Sundays January 6 and 13:

  • 4-6thgrade girls        11:00-12:15
  • 7-8thgrade girls       12:30-2:00
  • 9-11thgrade girls      2:15-3:15
  • U10-12 boys             3:30-5:00
  • U13-14 boys             5:15-6:45
  • 9-11thgrade boys     7:00-8:00

Unless other arrangements are made, players need to attend at least one tryout and should attend both.  There is a non-refundable $35 tryout fee which covers both tryouts and can be applied toward the AAU registration fee.

Some teams from last year are already full and don’t need any players.  Some teams are looking to pick up a few players; others are wide open.

Uniforms: Players will be required to purchase their own uniforms. Uniforms will be reversible black/white and will cost $76 for a complete set. This will be a one-time purchase; the same uniform can be used year to year.  Players will also be required to wear practice jerseys at practice.  The blue/white mesh practice jerseys will still be used.  Practice jerseys can be purchased for $20 at the front desk.  Platinum uniforms will be handled the same way as in the past years (ordered through ITZ, cost $85).

 

Registration Fees:

Attack Teams: $715; includes 21 games

Platinum Teams:  $835; includes 27 games

 A $350 deposit is required within one week of being offered a spot on a team to confirm your spot.  Remainder of fee can be paid over 3 payments Mar 1, Apr 1, May 1.

To pay the deposit and accept your position on the team, use the link below:

http://inthezonesports.biz/event-registration

SSTP: $295 ($150 deposit, balance Mar 1)

Alternates:  $345 ($150 deposit, balance Mar 1)

*Due to the higher cost of NCAA certified tournaments, required NCAA coaching certifications, etc, Platinum players/parents may also be required to volunteer 10 hours at an ITZ tournament (keeping score, admissions desk, etc) or another fundraiser.

Additional benefits of playing at In the Zone:

  • Speed and Agility Training incorporated into weekday practices conducted by Coordinated Health Sports Performance
  • Open gym every weekday form 3:00-5:45 Mar-Jun (hours subject to minor changes)
  • Free skills workshops throughout the season.
  • 40% discount on 3 v 3 tournament fees (AAU member only) to 1/1/19
  • 40% discount on basketball summer camps for 2019 (not transferrable)
  • FREE skills and drills sessions during spring. 40% off summer, fall and winter sessions.
  • HUGE discounts on use of Dr. Dish and the Gun (up to 80%)!
  • You’ll have access to a vast number of training opportunities throughout the year.

 Agreements:

In addition to the registration form, players and parents will need to sign a Standards of Conduct Letter and abide by In the Zone’s policies and procedures.

 

AAU Age Bracket Determination:

AAU has gone back to age based eligibility standards for boys ages 6-14 but have kept the grade based standard for high school boys and all girls. The age determining date is August 31, 2020.

Boys: The boys actually have 2 different tiers; one grade based and one age based. For 9-11th grade, there is only one criterion: grade. Here are the brackets ITZ will follow:

11U No older than 11 on Aug 31, 2020

12U No older than 12 on Aug 31, 2020

13U No older than 13 on Aug 31, 2020

14U No older than 14 on Aug 31, 2020

15U/9th grade: in 9th grade and no older than 15 on Aug 31, 2020. Grade Exception: In 9th grade on 10/1/19 AND no older than 16 on Aug 31, 2020

16U/10th grade: in 10th grade and no older than 16 on Aug 31, 2020.  Grade Exception: In 10th grade on 10/1/19 AND no older than 17 on Aug 31, 2020

17U/11th grade: in 11th grade and no older than 17 on Aug 31, 2020.  Grade Exception: In 11th grade on 10/1/19 AND no older than 18 on Aug 31, 2020

Girls

11U/5th grade: In 5th grade on 10/1/19 and no older than 12 on Aug 31, 2020

12U/6th grade: In 6th grade on 10/1/19 and no older than 13 on Aug 31, 2020

13U/7th grade: In 7th grade on 10/1/19 and no older than 14 on Aug 31, 2020

14U/8th grade: In 8th grade on 10/1/19 and no older than 15 on Aug 31, 2020

15U/9th grade: In 9th grade on 10/1/19 and no older than 16 on Aug 31, 2020

16U/10th grade: In 10th grade on 10/1/19 and no older than 17 on Aug 31, 2020

17U/11th grade: In 11th grade on 10/1/19 and no older than 18 on Aug 31, 2020

 

AAU Frequently Asked Questions:

What is AAU?

AAU stands for Amateur Athletic Union and is one of the oldest and largest non-profit, volunteer sports organizations in the United States. It is a multi-sport program dedicated to the promotion and development of amateur athletes.

What is AAU Basketball?

It generally refers to tournament basketball. Instead of competing in a league and playing one or two games a week for 2-3 months, AAU teams play in weekend tournaments and typically play 3-5 games in one weekend. It is very common to play several games in one day. Each tournament is a stand alone event and teams compete to become tournament champions. Teams from all over the region compete in these tournaments.

AAU sanctions regional tournaments where teams complete to earn invitations to national tournaments.

There are several organizations that conduct tournaments and national level events. In the Zone runs “open” tournaments which means that any team can enter: school teams, recreation, AAU, travel, YBOA, etc.

Although not completely correct, recently the phrase “AAU basketball” has been used to refer to the general practice of competing in weekend tournaments.

What is In the Zone Basketball Club (ITZ BC)?

ITZ BC is an organization created to form and train basketball teams and players for participation in tournaments and leagues from March through June/July.

In the Zone has been fielding AAU teams for 10 years. We have grown from 3 teams the first year, to 33 teams the past few years which makes ITZ BC one of the largest AAU programs on the east coast. The In the Zone Basketball Club is a Level 2 AAU member club and is part of the Mid-Atlantic District.

Is there a lot of travel involved?

Generally with AAU programs there is a lot of travel.  Our Platinum Teams travel quite a bit.  The Attack teams travel within a 2 hour radius and play some tournaments at ITZ.  Our Defender Teams don’t travel at all.  They stay home and the competition comes here. This approach is especially appealing for families who have children participating in other activities and don’t want to devote an entire weekend traveling back and forth for games or spending extra money on hotel rooms.

My son/daughter plays another sport during the spring, can he/she still play AAU?

Yes, they can still play, but we do expect a certain level of commitment from players to attend practices and games.  We recommend the “Defender” teams for players who play a 2nd spring sport.  We realize there will be conflicts here and there, but players should be at almost all practices. It is assumed that players participate in AAU ball to get better so they can excel during the regular basketball season; it would be unrealistic to think a player is going to improve without attending practices. Additionally, it is not fair to the other kids on the team for a player to routinely miss practices or games. Not attending practices may impact playing time; although there is a fee for this program, that fee does not guarantee playing time. Players need to be in “good standing” to play.

Can my son/daughter play on more than one AAU team at the same time?

Technically, yes but we discourage it. It’s probably better to make a firm commitment to one team.

How competitive is AAU Basketball?

AAU Basketball is very competitive and is generally considered a higher level than school or travel ball. Kids that play AAU ball usually have committed to basketball as their main sport.

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For a printable brochure on our 2018 ITZ AAU Basketball Program click:  aau broch 2018

 

**** FALL 2019 AAU Program @ ITZ *****

In the Zone is forming AAU basketball teams for boys and girls grades 5-12 to compete in tournaments during the Fall of 2019.

For the 2019 Fall Registration Form click:  aau reg form Fall 2019

For a printable brochure, click:  aau broch FALL 2019

Practices: Practices are Tuesdays between 6:00 and 9:00 and Sundays between 5:00 and 8:00.  Practices start Tuesday Sep 3 and conclude October 29.

Tournaments: ITZ Fall AAU teams will compete in 4 tournaments.

Projected Tournament Dates

Sep 21-22

Oct 5-6

Oct 19- 20

Nov 2-3

TRYOUTS are Sunday, August 18, 5:00-7:00 pm.

  • Both boys and girls of all levels and ages will be trying out from 5:00 –7:00 pm
  • Those who played ITZ AAU in the Spring of 2019 do NOT have to tryout.

New Players need to attend the tryout. If you cannot make tryouts, email Steve at sturpening@aol.com to make other arrangements. There is a non-refundable $20 tryout fee which can be applied toward the Fall registration fee.

Registration:

  1. Returning players (those that played for ITZ AAU in the Spring of 2019) can register by making a $200 deposit. Deposit can be made in 3 ways: 1)  online at: http://inthezonesports.biz/event-registration  2) stop by ITZ and make the deposit in person  3) call in for credit card payment.

Payment of the $200 deposit will register and secure a spot on a team for you. The deposit is non-refundable unless player becomes medically unable to play.

  1. New players need to complete a registration form and bring it to tryouts along with the $20 tryout fee.  For new players, there is no online registration, no mail in option, no call in option and no email option.

Uniforms: Players will wear practice jerseys and black/dark shorts for the fall. Cost is $20 for the practice jersey.

Registration Fees:  $360

 Additional benefits of playing AAU at In the Zone:

  • Open gym every weekday form 3:00-5:45 Sep 1-Nov 18 (hours subject to minor changes)
  • 40% discount on 3 v 3 tournament fees (AAU member only) to 1/1/19
  • 40% off fall and winter skills and drills sessions and shooting clinics.
  • HUGE discounts on use of Dr. Dish and the Gun (up to 80%)!
  • You’ll have access to a vast number of training opportunities throughout the year.

 Agreements:

 In addition to the registration form, players and parents will need to sign a Standards of Conduct Letter and abide by In the Zone’s policies and procedures.