FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Where will the practices and games take place? Team practices and skills clinics will take place in Westford and Lexington. We will enter AAU and/or Zero Gravity Tournaments. These will take place within no more than an hour's drive from the MetroWest area..
2. How will this all work, in terms of evolving state regulations and restrictions? We entirely understand that circumstances can change in an instant and that there are varied levels of comfort amongst families and players. We will offer players the options of playing in tournaments or just practicing with their team and attending skills clinics (for a lower fee). If circumstances change, families will have the option to opt in to playing tournaments later in the Fall.
3. What if we just want our son to not be on a team but still participate in skills clinics? This will absolutely be another option offered to players. Dates and details on these will be announced shortly.
4. What types of skills will players work on? There will be several but we will place particular emphasis on the areas that I see most lacking in emerging players: footwork, shooting, ball and team defense, and passing. That's just a few...there will be others! And whatever skills we work on will be applicable to 5 on 5 game play.
5. How many players will there be on a team? Minimum 9 - Maximum 12 (with every effort made to keep it closer to 9-10). With no more than 12, you can be assured your son will get the attention he deserves and the opportunity to play.
6. How many teams will there be? The number of teams will depend on the numbers of players interested in playing. I do expect multiple teams in some grades.
7. Will there be teams for high school players? Absolutely. High school teams will likely not be formed until a bit later as some high school Fall athletes do not know if their high school sport will be played.
8. So how is this different from other programs? Like anything, AAU and club teams can vary in quality. Regardless of your experience (if any) with other programs, I can promise you the following about this program:
We are organized, communicate consistently and clearly, and are entirely transparent. I am a father, teacher, and coach for close to 30 years. I know the challenges for parents balancing time, schedules, finances with doing what is best for our children. I will always be honest and work with you to make it work for you and your family.
We are transparent with our plans and offer flexibility and as many options as possible to give families choices, especially during these unprecedented times.
We are not a large program. You will not get lost amongst hundreds of players. We respond to emails the same day they are received.
All of our coaches either played for me or I know very well. Our coaches are enthusiastic, knowledgeable, relatable and kind. Our coaches do not make it about themselves.
There will be skill development, practices, evaluation and feedback. This will not just be all about the games.
Your son will get the attention he deserves, both in practices and games. He will play in every game and increase his confidence over the course of the Fall. He will be coached by knowledgeable and enthusiastic coaches who love teaching the game.
Your son will learn skills. Games are fun but at younger ages learning and developing skills are most important!
By the end of the season your son will have a clearer understanding of both his strengths and areas in need of improvement. If he aspires to keep playing at higher levels, I can guarantee he will know what he needs to improve upon to better his chances.
Your son will have fun and make some new friends! Elevation Basketball is open to players from multiple communities, thus players will have the opportunity to meet and compete with new friends and teammates!
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