AAU Australia to focus on coaching partnerships to grow the game
“Every part of Australian basketball benefits when our home grown talent plays in the US College system”, claims AAU Australia Co-Founder, Brett Stringer.
“And because not all talent who can make it to US College are playing in state championship rep, state or national teams, the success and growth of independent programs such as private academies, sports schools, and private school programs is essential.”
Armed with this thinking, underpinned by the idea that it takes a village to raise a child, AAU Australia has launched a ‘Basketball Village’ initiative focused on the growth and development of independent coaching programs that sit outside of state and national governing bodies and which will feed increased recruitment to US Colleges at all levels.
“The rapid growth of private coaching academies today is being driven by demand from players wanting more, and wanting dedicated, expert coaching to take their game forward”, explains Stringer. “There are many coaches offering outstanding services who are making a difference to these players’ development, and their existence will increase aspiring players’ chances of playing College basketball. We want to encourage the professionalism of these programs.”
AAU Australia’s ‘Basketball Village’ initiative will benefit member organisation through providing exclusive access or significant discounts to the innovative programs they have created to increase exposure to College coaches and the potential for player recruitment.
“Let’s make it clear”, says Unwin, “We are not in the player coaching and skill development game. Our focus is to provide exposure opportunities through our events to high level competition and our network of College coaches.
“School and academy coaches bring their teams to our events and extend the basketball education they are providing by sharing their in-game insights and encouraging players to perform the skills they’re learning in a competitive environment. It will be an excellent way for a coach to enhance his or her mentorship.”
Partner Programs will also have access to AAU Australia’s College Bound skill and biometric testing and their network of College coaches to whom all participants will be promoted. “We will provide all coaches in our network with player profiles that will be full of testing data”, notes Stringer. “And of course, all participants can provide us with their mixtape which will be part of the content on each player we give to our coaching network.
We believe that when aspiring talent sees other kids achieving their College goals through developing their talent at private academies and school programs, they will join up and also be part of where the success is.”
And that is the ultimate aim of the Basketball Village: to help grow programs dedicated to the development and growth of junior athletes. As Unwin reflects, it is the hope of success that keeps kids connected with their sport. “Working towards the realistic goal of playing College basketball not only keeps kids playing the sport they love, it keeps them in school and helps their attainment of so many vital life skills.”
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