Big Chill Winter Classic FAQ
What is the Big Chill Winter Classic
This is AAU Australia’s premium mid-year event, open to teams from all levels of basketball including associations, domestic, school, coaching academies, or even friendship groups. But be sure you’re competitive, as the competition will be top notch.
When and where?
Big Chill will be played July 6-9, 2021, in Melbourne. As this is school holidays across Australia, it’s the perfect opportunity to get your team together and grow your game, get seen, and have a blast. Sure beats sitting on the couch playing 2K!!
Why should I play?
For any baller that’s serious about their basketball future, exposure is the key. This means exposure not only to the best quality competition available, but exposure to the College Coaches who hold your recruitment futures in their hands. To have any chance of being recruited, YOU MUST BE ON THE RADAR of College coaches. Full stop, end of story.
As with all AAU events, the Big Chill Winter Classic offers a completely unique level of exposure very few, if any events in Australia, can offer. Through the combination of our relationship with BallerTV, and our own Coach Connex NCAA Coaching network, your quality on-court performances can and will be seen by our talent scouts, and directly by NCAA coaches at all levels of the game. YOU WILL BE ON THE RADAR if you can perform at the Big Chill.
The timing of Big Chill is also critical to exposure as it will be right in the middle of prime College recruiting season, which means Coaches are looking, looking, looking for the next big thing that is right for their programs. Is that you?
No matter what level of College you aspire to, or which your game is suited to, AAU and its Coach Connex program can make you visible. Start your visibility, then, at the Big Chill!
What is the cost, and what do I get?
Cost of registration is $500 per team, plus the individual athlete cost of AAU membership. Each team gets a guaranteed 5 games, all filmed, 1 BallerTV event pass per team, free event entry for all registered players and the nominated team coach/team manager. Access to BallerTV over and above the 1 event pass to watch livestream and replays is according to their subscription options which start at $30 for the Event Pass. Game download costs vary based on subscriber level.
These are the tangible things you get. The intangibles are the experience of playing in a different environment that may be less structured and fosters the development of your game instincts, and encourages you to take the game on and stand out. You will play great competition, despite what any negative voices will suggest. The level of competition at AAU events is outstanding and your game will benefit.
You will also get the real chance to be exposed to talent scouts and College Coaches. Think about that for a minute and then think about where you want to go with the game. You cannot get where you want to go WITHOUT BEING SEEN by the right people. Simple as that!! And where are you going to go to get seen? No other tournament in Australia with open entry connects to Coaches directly on your behalf to put you on the radar and into the conversation. All players at Big Chill get this same level of exposure and opportunity.
Please note, all players MUST HAVE current AAU annual membership. There is a strict no pay, no play policy. AAU membership provides sports injury insurance.
But I am too young to go to College. How does the exposure benefit me?
That’s a good question. For anyone from yr 10 onwards, an exposure event like Big Chill can put you on the early radar for Coaches. At least it will get a line under your name as someone to watch. For those younger, the exposure you receive from playing at Big Chill is to what it’s gonna take to get to College.
Getting to, and playing in, College Basketball at any level is no easy thing. Sure, it requires talent, but it also requires a truckload of work, commitment, perseverance, and toughness. Knowing that through AAU events, you can be seen whether or not you’re in a state team, or playing state level, or going to high level schools, should keep you motivated to keep working at your game, and keep working hard in school.
Who is allowed to enter?
Firstly, the age groups are 14 & Under (14U), 16U, 18U, 21U. Our age groups are measured on the day before the tournament. So if you are 14 and under on july 5th, you are eligible to play the 14U comp, even if it means you turn 15 during the event.
Secondly teams from all levels of the game can enter. This means school, domestic, rep, private coaching academies, or just teams of mates. The key is to be competitive. We have seen amazing teams come and play past events from all of these categories. The Buffaloes, Pink Power, Raptors, Whitefriars, Berwick College, St Francis Xavier, RedRoo, Eastside Warriors, AAU Select, Longhorns, City Kings, Casey Titans, Sherbrooke Suns, Thunder, BTR Ballerz, Be Elite, Accelerate, Adelaide Warriors, Flames, Shogun, Western Force, Tsunami – the list goes on and on. All of these teams brought something special to the tournaments they played, and enhanced the quality of the experience. And when the best teams and players come, so to do the coaches who want to watch, and this helps everyone…and this is how exposure works!! Is your team going to be next?