FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Which team should my son try out for ?
A: For the 2013 AAU season, players should tryout out for the grade they are currently going to school in. This will put you in the best scenario for your child's chances to make the team. However, if you do not see you child's grade, please tryout for the grade older. We will re-evaluate based on the number of kids in the tryouts to which grade team they will participate as.
Q: Can I try out for a specific coach’s team ?
A: Yes, players can try out for a specific coach’s team. When you turn in your registration form and check in, please note which coach you are planning on trying out for. If you are hoping to tryout for the highest qualified team please let the tryouts gym director know so we can alert the team coach. BUT don't expect that you know the coach, that you will make his/her team especially if it is for an older division.
Q: What if my child cannot make all of the try outs ?
A: Players should try to attend both try-outs (these consisting of 2 weekend dates). It is recommended that players make both try-outs to give them the best opportunity to be evaluated. If a player is going to miss a try-out please notify us. Coaches and evaluators will not be aware of why players are not at a tryout without advanced notification. This does not help potential players’ chances of making a team. Exceptions may be made, by allowing a player to tryout at one the following practices for that team.
Q: How are coaches selected ?
A: Coaching is a volunteer position for Tallahassee Amateur Basketball. Coaches will receive a travel stipend to defray the cost of transportation, and hotels. Background checks are done on all coaches thru the AAU. All Head Basketball coaches are experienced coaches with a background in coaching basketball at the youth or high school level and years of playing experience.
Q: How do you evaluate players to ensure each player gets a fair try out ?
A: Players are put through basic basketball drills to evaluate the skills of shooting, passing,
dribbling, rebounding, and defense, as well as team play. All players are put through the same drills to ensure that the try-out process is fair.
Q: What type of experience should a player have before trying out for an AAU Club Team ?
A: Players can have wide variety of basketball experience. It is important to remember we are drawing from multiple communities, AAU teams are more competitive than most City, YMCA , School, or Upward teams.
Q: My child plays another sport (Baseball, Lacrosse etc) – would they be able to play AAU Basketball also ?
A: During each Spring/Summer AAU season we ask that our program be your child's top athletic priority. Our AAU program is much more competitive than recreational and local travel teams because it involves kids from different communities playing on the same team resulting in a better talent pool. AAU is also a bigger time commitment with practices during the week and tournaments on the weekends. It is also important to keep in mind that players who are unable to attend practice will also miss out on understanding what was covered in practice (ex: a particular play). This is important to understand because it could effect playing time.
Q: Is playing time guaranteed if my child makes a team ?
A: Unlike some programs, there is NO GUARANTEED playing time on TAB teams for any player. Coaches must weigh a number of factors for each and every game as to which players will start and who will be subbed in. Coaches generally do not keep track of individual players playing time and the worst thing you can do as a parent is go up to a coach right after a game and ask him why your child was in for only one minute and 16 seconds. First of all, contain your emotions and issues, and call and discuss with the coach away from the event. Second, our coaches and other bench personnel do NOT keep track of playing time and if that is all you are concerned with then you have missed the broader goals of our program.
Q: How will the players be selected for a team ?
A: Through the try-out process players will be evaluated on their coach-ability, basketball skills, knowledge, athleticism, and attitude. Coaches and evaluators will weigh all these factors in selecting team members. Each player will be selected based on the best opportunity win and their role with the team, not who can beat who one-on-one.
Q: Who selects which players make a team?
A: Multiple evaluators (these being non-biased coaches and program directors/mangers) are assigned to evaluate all players trying out for the team. Along with each Head Coach, input from non coach and evaluators will make a collective decision in selecting who makes the team.
Q: My child was cut and I believe my son was a better player than players who did make the team.
A: Deciding who makes each team is not an exact science. Each evaluator/coach will do their best to identify the top players. It is important to remember that all teams need different kinds of players to be successful.
Q: My son did not make a team; what should I say to him ?
A: We understand that getting cut from a team is a heartbreaking experience for any child. It is important that you explain to your child that if they gave their best effort that is what is important. Many good players have been cut at one time or another, Michael Jordan was once cut from his high school team. Players should evaluate the areas that they need improvement in and work at them. Generally players who have been cut will be given an opportunity to remain with the program someway as a practice player, team manager and/or local tournament participant.
Q: When and where do the tournaments take place?
A: The tournaments are on weekends and are usually within 5 hours travel time. The bulk of tournament play will be in North FL and additional tournaments will be all over FL, GA, AL, SC, TN and LA region.
Q: When are Registration and Tryouts? When do tournaments start and finish?
A: Registration/Tryouts begin mid-February, 2013. Tournaments will start in April and continue through July.
Q: What does the T.A.B player fee cover? Are there any additional fees?
A: The fee covers membership and insurance, uniform usage, coaches travel stipend, gym rentals, administrative fees, 2013 T.A.B T-shirt and up to 10 tournaments. The fee does NOT include additional player’s apparel(i.e: shoes, socks, protective gear, bags, etc). Players on national/travel competition teams have additional fees such as hotel, transportation, and meal expenses. Parents are expected to provide travel arrangements for ALL events. Exceptions may be a National Tournament and/or summer tournaments during the week. Coordination with the Head Coach is mandatory.