Halftime Sports Travel Basketball Team

The Halftime Sports AAU Basketball travel teams are devoted to developing the skills of individual players with the collective goal of team success. Though success cannot always be measured by wins and losses, it is expected that the coaches and players will try to be competitive in all tournaments and games. Though competing is one aspect of the program, Halftime Sports expects that all players, coaches, and Halftime Sports parents, fans, neighbors demonstrate the highest level of sportsmanship always. It is our belief that a competitive program can be a positive experience for young people, especially when combined with a proper perspective that promotes character building and development.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Program Emphasis/Expectations:

The AAU Basketball travel teams are devoted to developing the skills of individual players with the collective goal of team success. Though success cannot always be measured by wins and losses, it is expected that the coaches and players will try to be competitive in all tournaments and games. Though competing is one aspect of the program, Halftime Sports expects that all players, coaches, and Halftime Sports parents, fans, neighbors demonstrate the highest level of sportsmanship always. It is our belief that a competitive program can be a positive experience for young people, especially when combined with a proper perspective that promotes character building and development.

Tournament Schedule
March 16 – 18, 2018 (Ga Invitational presented by LyfeWell)
Marc 30 – 31, 2018 (U.S Amateur Super Regionals)
April 13 – 15, 2018 (Hoops 2 Dunk Cancer Classic – No games on Sunday)
April 27 – 29, 2018 (LyfeWell Hoops Classic)
May 11 – 12, 2018 (9
th Annual Mother’s Day Classic – No game on Sunday)
May 25 – 28, 2018 (MEGA Showcase)
June 16 – 17, 2018 (Only the Best Classic)

(*) Games are at
Etowah High School
Roswell High School
Centennial High School
Chattahoochee High School
LakePoint Sports Complex, etc.
Note: Location depends on tournament

Team Practice:
Team practice includes two (2) 90-minute practice a week. An Additional night will be allotted for team skills sessions/performance training.

Playing Time:
While Halftime Sports coaches strive to give all players adequate playing time, playing time is not guaranteed in the AAU Basketball travel program. Amount of playing time is determined by the coaching staff and is based on attendance at practice, overall performance, attitude, and the ability to comply with team rules and regulations. It is our belief that all members of the roster are equally important and play a vital role in the team’s success. Players should expect to be treated equally, but this does not guarantee that playing time is equal.

Participation Fees:
2018 Regular AAU Season Costs is only $500

Refund Policy:
No refunds are granted in the event a player discontinues participation during the season. If a player becomes injured, quits, or is removed from the team for inability to comply with team rules, or otherwise chooses to end participation, he/she will not be entitled to any refund.

Community Service Project:
As part of the Halftime Sports AAU Basketball Program, our players are encouraged to participate in a community service project. 2018 Community Service Project information Coming Soon!

AAU BASKETBALL FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs):

Because joining the Halftime Sports AAU Basketball program is a large financial and time commitment, it is important to have all your questions answered prior to registering for tryouts. Please do not hesitate to contact our offices at info.halftimesports@gmail.com with any questions.

Q: Which team is my son/daughter trying out for?
A: AAU teams are based on grade level and age. Some players may be asked to play up a grade based on skill.

Q: What if my child cannot attend all tryout sessions?
A: Notification to the Office needs to be made immediately if a player cannot attend a tryout session and would still like to be considered for a team. The office will work with the parent to determine if the player should attend another tryout session.

Q: How many tryouts are there?
A: Tryouts consist of two 90-minute tryout sessions. Players are expected to attend both tryouts.

Q: Where are tryouts held?
A: Hopewell Middle School

Q: When are tryouts?
A: TBA

Q: Fees for tryouts?
A: Tryouts cost $0

Q: How do you evaluate players to ensure each player gets a fair tryout?
A: Players are put through basic basketball drills to evaluate his/her work ethic, hustle, attitude, shooting, passing, dribbling, rebounding, and defensive skills. Hard work, hustle, and good attitude are contributing factors in team selection. Even if a player has a difficult session and his/her shooting or game is “off” that session, other factors are still considered. All players are put through the same drills to ensure that the tryout process is fair.

Q: What experience should a player have before trying out for Halftime Sports AAU Travel Basketball team?
A: Players can have wide variety of basketball experience. It is important to remember because we are drawing from multiple communities (Roswell, Alpharetta, Milton, Johns Creek, Cumming), AAU teams are more competitive than most recreational or middle school teams.

Q: My child plays another sport (baseball, soccer, etc.) – would he/she be able to play AAU Basketball, too?
A: Yes, your child can still play AAU Basketball. Halftime Sports AAU teams have practice during the week. Games and tournaments are typically on weekends (some tournaments start on Friday evenings).

Q: How is AAU different from other programs or leagues?
A: The AAU program is much more competitive than recreational or local select leagues because it involves athletes from different communities playing on the same team, resulting in a better talent pool. Recreational leagues, on the other hand, consist of teams from one town or school, which means a smaller pool and less competition for team selection. The AAU program is also a bigger time commitment with practices during the week and games and tournaments on the weekends. It is also important to keep in mind that players who are unable to attend practice will also miss out on understanding what was covered in practice (for example, learning a play). Therefore, missed practices may have a significant impact on playing time.

Q: Is playing time guaranteed if my child makes a team?
A: Unlike some programs, AAU DOES NOT GUARANTEE playing time for any player. Coaches must weigh many factors to determine which players will start and who will be subbed in at every game. Coaches generally do not keep track of individual player’s playing time. If at any time you are concerned about your child’s playing time, please discuss this with the coach away from the event, never immediately after the game. Please keep in mind the broader goals of the program before taking issue with any player’s playing time.

Q: Who selects the players that make a team?
A: Halftime Sports coaching staff selects players based on a scoring system and observation.

Q: My child was not selected to a team, but I believe my child is a better player than players who did make the team. What can I do?
A: Deciding who makes each team is not an exact science. Halftime Sports staff will do their best to identify the top players. It is important to remember that all teams need different kinds of players to be successful. If you feel strongly that your child should have been selected to a team, contact Kim Coleman, Halftime Sports President directly @ kc.halftimesports@gmail.com.

Q: My son or daughter is very upset over not making a team; what should I say to him or her?
A: We understand that not getting selected to a team is a heartbreaking experience for any child. It is important that you explain to your child that giving his/her best effort is most important. You can share that many good players have not been selected to a team at one time or another. Players should evaluate the areas in which they need improvement and work to improve their overall skills.

Q: My child has made the team, now what?
A: You will receive an email from Halftime Sports welcoming you to the team and specific instructions on what happens next. Parent confirmation occurs by sending an email of acceptance to info.halftimesports@gmail.com and registering with a non-refundable $150 deposit within 48 hours of notification of team selection (which is applied to your program fee). A received payment means confirmation into the program. Parents must attend the Halftime Sports Parent Meeting, which explains the overall program objectives and expectations.

Q: When are the dates of the AAU season?
A: The AAU season runs from March 2018 through mid-June 2018.

Q: What is the cost of the AAU season?
A: Halftime Sports AAU Program Fees include practices, tournaments, AAU membership, gym rentals, coaches’ salary, and administrative costs. Halftime Sports 2018 AAU Regular Season Program fee is $500. You can review other
Georgia travel teams/programs fee’s, as they range between $750 – $1,500.

Q: How many tournaments are there?
A: Halftime Sports registers for 5-7 tournaments throughout the AAU Regular season.

Q: How many practices are there per week?
A: Each team has two, 90-minute practice per week.

AAU BASKETBALL AGE REQUIREMENTS: Regular Season

Competition in Boys AAU Basketball shall be in the following:

10 & Under Division
An athlete can be no older than 10 on August 31, 2018.

11 & Under Division
An athlete can be no older than 11 on August 31, 2018.

12 & Under Division
An athlete can be no older than 12 on August 31, 2018.

13 & Under Division
An athlete can be no older than 13 on August 31, 2018.

14 & Under Division
An athlete can be no older than 14 on August 31, 2018.

15U/9th Grade Division
An athlete can be no older than 15 on August 31, 2018. Grade Policy: An athlete who is in the 9th grade as of October 1, 2017 and who is no older than 16 on August 31, 2018 is eligible to play in the 15U/9th grade division.

16U/10th Grade Division
An athlete can be no older than 16 on August 31, 2018. Grade Policy: An athlete who is in the 10th grade as of October 1, 2017 and who is no older than 17 on August 31, 2018 is eligible to play in the 16U/10th grade division.

17U/11th Grade Division
An athlete can be no older than 17 on August 31, 2018. Grade Policy: An athlete who is in the 11th grade as of October 1, 2017 and who is no older than 18 on August 31, 2018 is eligible to play in the 17U/11th grade division.