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The Summer Hoops Circuit Survival Guidy Guide, and Much MORE! AAU Basketball Travel Tips, Recovery Tools, and How to Eat on the Road

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!



Episode 3 - Dean McAsey on Navigating the Recruiting Process

This episode is a MUST-LISTEN for any young athlete with dreams of competing in college! Dean is the owner of Athletic Recruitment Consultants and he's been helping high school athletes gain the exposure necessary to earn money for college and reach their dreams for 20+ years. 

Dean is my go-to guy when it comes to college recruiting. He packs so much knowledge and expertise into this interview that I cannot wait to share with parents, players and coaches!

Check out Dean's site HERE.

Please share this with any young athlete or parent you know!