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You Should Join AAU — Here’s Why

Do you have questions about AAU? If so, we have answers! With the AAU basketball season coming up fast, we talked to Joe Crawford, Director of Basketball Operations, to provide a little more information about the perks of AAU membership.

Eastbay: What are some of the biggest benefits of playing on a team that competes in AAU events? Why play AAU team sports?

AAU: Lots of reasons! All of the accepted benefits of health, social interaction, and competition that are associated with participation in sports. A connection with the most well recognized national youth sports organization in America. High-quality events organized exclusively for AAU members on a local, regional and national level.  Different levels of competition within the events to meet the needs of the individual or the team. The best insurance coverage in the youth sports industry.  Coverage for liability and facilities, as well as sports medical and accident coverage for participants!

Eastbay: AAU provides a platform for a lot of athletes to get in front of college coaches. How big of a benefit is that?

AAU: The AAU offers competition in some events that meet NCAA certification for college coaches to attend and evaluate participants for consideration for scholarships.  In addition, NCAA Division III, Junior College, NAIA, and Community Colleges may attend any AAU competition to evaluate athletes.  The AAU has long been known as the place to see the best talent in America.

Eastbay: Not everyone is going to be a college athlete. What benefit does participating in AAU provide for your average basketball player? Whether that’s simply improving for your high school season or just having good experiences with your friends playing a game you love.

AAU: The AAU is inclusive!  All are welcome to join and play in AAU member events.  The AAU offers levels of competition that allow recreational or beginning players to enjoy the sport they love, as well as athletes who are vying for scholarships at the most prestigious universities and even at the professional level.  AAU’s motto is, “Sports For All, Forever.”

Eastbay: Do you have advice on how to choose your AAU team to get the best experience?

AAU: The AAU believes that parents and guardians are best suited to understand the needs of the individual in their care.  Typically, AAU member clubs hold “tryouts” to determine the competency of the athlete in a particular sport.  Some clubs offer multiple teams so that individuals of all abilities and skills may find a place to play.  Other clubs take only elite level players.  AAU encourages parents and interested parties to form their own neighborhood, school or community teams.  AAU staff can assist in the process of creating a team.

Eastbay: What advice would you give on how athletes can get the most out of their AAU career?

AAU: You’ve probably heard the adage, “you’ll get out of it what you put into it.”  It’s true in sports as well as life.  If you want to play sports and have fun, there’s a place for you in AAU.  If you want to commit time and resources to try and find out just how good you can become at a sport, there’s a place for you in AAU.  What level of player do you want to be?  AAU can help you achieve your goals!

Eastbay: If anyone is on the fence about joining AAU this year for some reason, what would you say to that person to encourage them to pursue it?

AAU: AAU currently offers 64 sports to its members. A membership in AAU allows the participant to play any of those sports and have insurance coverage for one low membership fee.  There are club fees, practice costs, equipment and other costs like entry fees for events which each person needs to pay, but overall, AAU offers more opportunities than any other organization in America!  Come and join us and enjoy sports for all, forever!

More information

If you’re interested in AAU, check out aausports.org for more information. You can also contact them directly with questions at 407-934-7200 or email them at aaubasketball@aausports.org.  Membership information can be found here.

 

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2 Comments

  • Bob Blanfoy:

    Great articles, proud to be a AAU LIFE MEMBER !

  • Randall Mitchell:

    Sounds fun want 2 join

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