As you read this piece, realize I live in Southern Indiana. Bobby Knight is still viewed as the greatest to ever roam the sidelines. The NBA is a joke because "they don't play defense"...
Let's just say AAU Basketball isn't a fan favorite. "AAU is ruining the game" is something I hear too often.
Personally, I absolutely love Travel Basketball. It gives players a chance to play with a new set of teammates, often from different backgrounds and different cities. Players get to travel with their parents and spend quality time in exciting cities and make memories that will last a lifetime.
From an exposure perspective, college coaches are almost exclusively attending travel tournaments nowadays. Why wouldn't they? They could come to a tournament near a major airport and see all of the prospects on their recruiting radar instead of 1-2 at a high school game.
With that being said, the name of the game is TRAVEL basketball. Basketball is a game of prediction/reaction, explosiveness, and precise timing and motor control.
Throw a young player on the court who is jet lagged, sleep-deprived, stressed-out, full of drive-thru junk food, and stiff from sitting in a plane/car for a day or two and it's hard to expect a memorable performance. Especially when you add the stress of college coaches and Overtime or In The Gym Hoops recording their every play!
Listen to my podcast below for tips to make the most of travel tournament opportunities this summer and beyond.
In the show notes I've listed a ton of additional resources and product links!
Please comment if there's anything else I can help with.
Hoop Strong this Summer!