What to expect at tryouts?
- Please come to tryouts at least 20 minutes prior to session. This will give you enough time to sign in, receive a number and warm-up.
- Be prepared to work hard!
- How will I know if my son/daughter made the team? After the last tryout date, teams will be posted on the Crossroads website. Please have patience with this process; we had over 250 kids’ tryout last year and expect more for this upcoming AAU season.
- What options are there for my child who does not make a team? For those who do not make a team we offer a new program the Crossroads Program.
- How many games do we play? The number of games will be determined by which team your child plays for. Our girls high school team plays around 50 games (not including scrimmages)
- How many practices will there be and where will they be held at? All teams will practice at least twice per week. Practices will be held at either Lafayette Township School, Sussex Tech, Green School or Sussex County College.
- When does AAU start and end? For all teams, Practices will start the second week of March. For the younger kids, the AAU season usually ends in June. For the older kids, the AAU season will end in July.
- How much does AAU cost? Cost varies depending on age group and team, with the high school teams being more expensive.
- Are uniforms included? Uniforms are sold separately. We will have a cost for uniforms in February.
- Who are the coaches? The coaches will not be determined until we find out how many teams we’ll have for the upcoming season. Every one of our coaches is more than qualified to help your child’s game get to the next level.
- Will there be showcase tournaments? Yes. For our girls high school teams and some select boy’s teams.
Crossroads Program (New)
AAU gets a bad rap for a lot of good reasons. For the last ten years I’ve seen hundreds of other programs put teams together that weren’t ready for the level. Just to make a buck they would accept anyone with legs and then send them into the fire. What happens next? Those kids spend the whole season getting their heads beat in, some never get the opportunity to even play, and eventually the child loses his/her love for the game.
After not only hearing but seeing this all to much I decided to start a Crossroads Program for players that are not quite ready for the rigors of AAU. These teams will have the SAME instruction as our AAU teams but will be playing in house games, and against local teams on a similar level. Practices will be twice a week except for on GAME DAY. It’s crucial for players to be able to test what they learn in a game situation, but now it will be in an environment where the competition doesn’t make it impossible to do so because of the way schedules work some of our AAU teams occasionally need a player or two for tournaments. Some (coach selected) players may have the
opportunity to play with our AAU teams for no additional cost. Playing time in AAU especially the older ages is completely up to the coach. This is an amazing opportunity for the players in this program. I look forward to seeing you all at tryouts!!!
“Opportunity doesn’t wait it just knocks, make sure you’re ready for it.”
Parents – Crossroads Basketball has worked hard to get great coaches on every level of our organization. With that being said our coaches are more than qualified to help your son/daughter to not only improve individually but also learn the game of basketball. If you choose to be part of this family there will be a parent contract along with a list of rules that will be strictly enforced to help the AAU season run as smoothly as possible.
Players – Players will also have to sign a contract. This states that they will work hard, listen, and be good teammates amongst other things. We strictly enforce this contract as well; our program has always had high character kids and we will continue to make sure it does.