Tag Archives: AAU Basketball

The growing disparity between good and bad in girls basketball

I picked up the USA Today featuring this week’s high school girls top 25 and looked though the scores. I focused primarily on the California schools, as those are the ones who I know the best. The scores are outrageous … Continue reading

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AAU, High School Basketball, and the Question of the Off-Season

The debate about AAU/club basketball and high-school basketball is nothing new. Every year, it seems, supporters of each faction argue about the pros and cons of each, as if each is a single entity. As I have written previously, the … Continue reading

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Do Systems Develop Better Basketball Players? A brief examination of one European club, a typical AAU schedule, and a typical high school team

Note: I originally wrote this on June 2, 2009 on another site. Last week, I wrote about the weekly training schedule for the Unicaja Malaga junior teams. How does that schedule compare to the typical schedules of an AAU team … Continue reading

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Peak by Friday and Year-Round Competition

In the last week, I saw an advertisement for an AAU Tournament on the weekend on March 12-13 in southern California, which would be the weekend before the high school season concludes with the state championship games. I also saw … Continue reading

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USA Basketball, AAU and Talent Development

Last night, I read an article titled “USA Basketball: The new AAU?” by Eamonn Brennan. Brennan quotes Coach K who would prefer that more players played for USA Basketball rather than the numerous summer tournaments. However, USA Basketball faces a … Continue reading

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Nike Adopts the Cross Over Elite Development League

In 2006, I published Cross Over: The New Model of Youth Basketball Development because of the problems that I perceived with the manner in which we develop youth basketball players in the United States. While the media criticized the development … Continue reading

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Nike Adopts Cross Over’s Elite Development League

In 2006, I published Cross Over: The New Model of Youth Basketball Development because of the problems that I perceived with the manner in which we develop youth basketball players in the United States. While the media criticized the development … Continue reading

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Great American Basketball Bamboozle

The following is a graduate school paper for a Sports Sociology class that I wrote in 2004. In many countries, national governing bodies oversee youth athlete development. Not in the capitalist United States, where anyone can start an organization and … Continue reading

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Finding Solutions to the Youth Basketball Development Quandry

While I was out of town last week, several people emailed me an article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal about AAU basketball. While articles that dismiss AAU basketball certainly stoke the fire of high school coaches, what do … Continue reading

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Peak by Friday mentality in high school and club coaches

For a couple weeks, I have followed a fairly one-sided argument about AAU vs. high school coaches. Obviously 95% of those partaking in the conversation were high school coaches or former high school coaches, and they were not fond of … Continue reading

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