Reach One Teach One Basketball Academy is a skill development program. Our focus is building the fundamentals necessary to succeed at whatever level a player wants to achieve. We offer classes for grades K and up: group training, private training, semi-private training, workshops and team training. We also specialize in offering the best and most innovative camps. Our camps are skilled based and take place in the winter, spring, summer and fall.
What makes us different? We have assembled an incredible team of trainers that teach basketball and work with kids for a living.
They are passionate, enthusiastic and have the professional experience to take players from all levels to their ultimate potential. On top of that, over 70% of our coaches have or are working towards higher education degrees and many are both trainers and coaches.
Reach One Teach One Basketball Academy’s mission is to provide the highest quality basketball instruction in the world. Using the most innovative techniques, we keep student-athletes engaged while building confidence and self-esteem that will reach beyond the court of play.
With integrity and purpose, our goal is to develop tomorrow’s leaders, build lifelong relationships and give back to our communities to make for a more positive tomorrow. We use basketball as a vehicle to teach life skills.
The term Triple Threat, in its simplest form, refers to the offensive stance that allows you to pass, dribble or shoot on the basketball court. We take the term to the next level; to become a true Triple Threat, our players must combine their playing skills with hard work, a positive attitude and teamwork.
Reach One Teach One Basketball Academy strives to help students accomplish their basketball goals in a fun and educational environment.
Our goal is for every student to leave with a positive experience, realizing that lessons learned on the court can help shape their lives off the court as well. Education is a fundamental element of Reach One Teach One Basketball Academy, an element emphasized and ingrained into every student’s mind.
Reach One Teach One Basketball Academy started in 2006 with the idea of bringing a first-class attitude back to American Basketball. With passion and determination for helping kids.
PROGRAM COST (September 01, 2019 through August 31, 2021)
Presently, we do not have a full monetary sponsor. The cost of our program is moderately priced. The first year of the AAU program is the most expensive due to the uniform cost.
Skills Camps training starts October 29, 2019 and will concluded thru February 25, 2020.
Provide a world-class Club Experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who enters our doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle.
To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
WHAT IS AAU BASKETBALL????
What is AAU Basketball?
When you are done reading this you will understand what AAU Basketball is (and the different terms), know when you can and should start playing, understand the differences between AAU and school ball and why some players participate in more intense team ball while others do not.
When people ask about AAU ball, they are usually looking for a team to play on. Or they are seeking a way to get additional instruction for their kids. This section of the prospectus is intended to shed light on joining a team. Individual development, though it will always factor in to team stuff, is not addressed here.
When should players start AAU?
Leagues and teams are available as early as kindergarten. Between youth leagues, YMCA, Boys & Girls Clubs and other organizations, there will usually be opportunities to play.
While the first question is usually when a player can start playing with a team the more important question is when a player should start playing with a team. They should also ask what type of team they should play on. The age and type of team depends on the player’s goals, aspirations and where they are in their playing career.
Here is what we suggest as a guideline.
The “Why, How, What” Spectrum
Opportunities come at all different levels. An easy way to gauge where a player is at is by looking at why they are playing, how their abilities are progression and what type of competition level they are ready for. This is just an estimation and not an exact science.
Why are they playing?
We list this one first because it is the most important. The most successful players play because they love the game. That love keeps them motivated through tough times. Their love for the game was established because when they started playing, they had fun. Over time that love may turn from fun to work. But that makes sense. Most people that are great at their jobs love their work.
In the beginning basketball should be about having fun and developing a love for the game. As the player develops, that fun will evolve in to a love for working hard and developing as a player.
How are their abilities?
This is where you start looking at skill level and athletic ability. Some of this will naturally get better over time as the player grows and matures. The skill and basketball knowledge can only develop through hard work and practicing.
What level are they competing at?
Basketball is a team sport, so players will need to play on a team at some point. This means competition will now be a factor.
In the beginning, we suggest almost no competition until fundamental skills are taught and understood. If competition is introduced too early, then players lose focus on developing fundamentals and it may affect the level of fun they are having.
However, when skills are learned, and the player is having fun, now competition is a good thing. It puts those skills in to action and can give players a sense of accomplishment.
As players mature and get older, the level of competition will continue to rise. At the highest level, the competition is against the most elite players in the world.
Compare the player to the team
If a player joins a team then they will be competing in a league or tournament or both. Ideally, the player will be on the same place on the spectrum as the team. The hardest area to evaluate may be the competition level. Again, this is not an exact science but here are three things to consider:
• The rules of the league or tournament. At the lowest competition level, the rules may have items like every player must play equal time, no score keeping, and wins / losses are not counted. This is perfect for young players that need to work on the basics. At high levels of competition wins and losses are not only kept track of, but they also have bearing on post season play and if the coach gets fired.
• The way teams are selected. Are players assigned to a roster by a league director? Is there a tryout to make a team (or top team) or does everyone make a team? Are coaches out recruiting players based on skill? Are players being paid to compete?
• The teams you will compete against. Are they the same age or are you “playing up”? Are the players all from the same area or are they from everywhere
For improvement, ideally the competition level should only be at or slightly higher than the team’s level. This will challenge the players, take them slightly out of their comfort zone and create opportunities to improve without destroying their confidence. Confidence is huge for younger players.
At this point you have a better idea of what AAU basketball is. But why should players play AAU? Or is playing AAU at an early age a bad idea?
Why play AAU and what’s in it for me?
At this point you have a good understanding of what AAU ball is (also called travel or club ball). But you might be wondering why you should play?
In most parts of the country, team basketball in school doesn’t start until the 6th or 7th grade. This means that playing in an AAU league or on a travel team may be the only way to compete in games. This is a good way to get a head start and get a feel for team ball.
As players get older, AAU ball creates an opportunity to play more games throughout the year. To be clear, we are not saying that playing AAU should replace playing for your school. AAU basketball should supplement school ball.
Playing a lot of extra games throughout the year can be good or bad. If you are putting in the work to improve your individual skill set, love the game and are not burning yourself out then this is a good fit.
If you are just playing games but not working on your skill set, you may be reinforcing bad habits and slowing your development in the long run. Additionally, if you are giving up another sport you are losing the opportunity to learn how to compete and win in different roles.
Chances to improve your recruiting
As players enter high school and start considering their future, the opportunity to play in college may become a goal. One of the best ways for players to be seen is by playing on an elite travel or AAU team and performing well on the travel circuit.
What do you think?
These are three of the main reasons that we think players should consider playing AAU. For more information, be sure to download our free AAU Ball vs. School Ball cheat sheet.
How to pick an AAU team
At this point in your playing career there is a good chance that you have decided to play for an AAU team (also known as travel or club teams). You may have been asked to play on one or two. In fact, you may even be on one right now.)
But how do you find an AAU team that is the right fit for you?
Finding the right fit
The best way to find a fit is to make sure that your goals line up with the goals and priorities of the AAU team.