When will AAU be back in Ohio?

spirit454

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Good, but there’s hard stipulations. A lot of one on one and little team stuff at this point.
IT is a start and most of us will take it. With things changing for the better at the rate they are, in two more weeks we could be relaxing the guidelines and by the end of July we could be allowed contact.
 

spirit454

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Absolutely, I think for the most part, the football/basketball kids are going to have to choose one or the other over the summer.
Then, basketball only kids will have to decide whether to play AAU or with the HS team. Plus, gyms will be scarce if team summer leagues are going H2H with AAU tournaments. I guess one could be during the week and the other on weekends but that is gonna be a ton of stress over a short period where kids are playing 12 to 15 games a week, not counting whatever practices there are.
Plus, there will be situations where an AAU coach is also a varsity coach so how do they manage that?
Yeah, it's going to be a mess.
Most of the AAU programs have canceled. Even if the tournament was to still organize, find a place to play and located workers and officials the number of teams to attend could make the tournament a wast of time. Most tournaments make the majority of their income from the younger teams, say below U15. Without a high number of those teams and considering the gym availability competing with HS teams you may not have many options.
 

spirit454

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I have heard that high level high school AAU events, i.e. EYBL, UAA circuits will not take place this year.
I would think this would be the normal for many organizations since total activities were closed and they are still not open. It takes longer than a few weeks to organize, schedule and promote a beneficial tournament for all. Even if mid June did open to full contact, promoting a mid-late July or August tournament would be difficult. And the later it is the more you deal with reduced teams anyway because of fall sports.
 

Lorain coach

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With the guidelines in place -training will be All individual with no one else touching the ball or anyone else providing defense whether token or full go. I would also say that many schools will not be opening for at least 2-4 weeks for safety and liability issues. This opening seems to be more about conditioning and weight lifting for football.
 

spirit454

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With the guidelines in place -training will be All individual with no one else touching the ball or anyone else providing defense whether token or full go. I would also say that many schools will not be opening for at least 2-4 weeks for safety and liability issues. This opening seems to be more about conditioning and weight lifting for football.
Small groups are allowed and most schools have more than one ball so not sharing a ball should not be a problem in a large gym with multiple hoops and a lot of space.
 

BASESWIMPARENT

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How is circuit basketball a money grab?? If a kid makes the team, the team covers all expenses (food, hotel, travel, gear). Each team is given a lump sum of money from the shoe company for being on the circuit. Only expenses for parents is if they want to also attend the games. That is their choice if they want to spend $$.
This is what I heard too. My son knows of a boy on the circuit. Does not cost his mother a penny but the guy is gone a lot during the big months of May and July?
 

BASESWIMPARENT

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And just like with soccer there is a free portion, but that is reserved for the elite of the elite. To use that as the defense of a youth sport would be disengenous to say the least. The overwhelming portion of both competive youth soccer and basketball is an expensive endeavor for families. That expense is largely due to capitalistic preying on these families by organizations, leagues, and tournaments. The idea of "If I can train better and more, get on the best teams, playing the most games, and traveling the furthest to the biggest tournaments, I'll get my kid a leg up on my neighbor" has taken over our society in every youth sport. The organizations, leagues and tournaments know this and are capitalizing on it. So they keep milking people for all they can get away with.
Honestly Philly, I have not been able to find a sponsored soccer team now that the DA is gone. I don't think the highest level ECNL teams are free to the parents but I may be wrong. But regardless, your point about AAU is well taken.
 

Talk some sense

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And just like with soccer there is a free portion, but that is reserved for the elite of the elite. To use that as the defense of a youth sport would be disengenous to say the least. The overwhelming portion of both competive youth soccer and basketball is an expensive endeavor for families. That expense is largely due to capitalistic preying on these families by organizations, leagues, and tournaments. The idea of "If I can train better and more, get on the best teams, playing the most games, and traveling the furthest to the biggest tournaments, I'll get my kid a leg up on my neighbor" has taken over our society in every youth sport. The organizations, leagues and tournaments know this and are capitalizing on it. So they keep milking people for all they can get away with.
I've coached spring / summer ball in a large organization, and they aren't making much if any money. At around $400 a kid (with scholarships for financial need which I used about once a year), there isn't much left after gym rental for practice, tournament entry fees, and a couple of sets of uniforms. Of course parents have other expenses if they go to games, and they give up a lot of time. But a lot of parents have kids that just like to play and this is where the games are in these months.

As for the tourney sponsors, I would guess that they have a lot more dropping through to the bottom line.
 

SVillegrad

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This is what I heard too. My son knows of a boy on the circuit. Does not cost his mother a penny but the guy is gone a lot during the big months of May and July?
I can say this is correct because I went through the process, though the one I was dealing with was a new program to Northeast Ohio, but it's a former NBA player who already has an Adidas backed Guantlet team. So the Cleveland team was going to play regional this year and hopefully move up to The Gauntlet next year. Plus, even though this team wasn't going to be on the circuit they were given the green light to use the name and the Adidas uniforms (and if they played in an Adidas tournament had to where Adidas shoes). So, technically since it wasn't a circuit team yet, there was a "charge" but TBH, if your son (or daughter) is good enough, you should not have to pay a dime even if it's not an elite team. Mines been playing for three years on some mid level teams and I haven't had to pay a dime outside of some travel expenses unless I wanted to be at an out of state tournament.

With that, I do know for a fact that there are definitely plans to have AAU in some fashion this summer. Just got a message about a team in the Akron area that has four tournaments scheduled and wanting to see if mine was interested in joining. It's a team that already has two of his HS teammates on it, but it looks like they are allowing up to four from the same school now, from the little I have been told. I'm still trying to get more information about it, though.
 

cincyhoops

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NCAA extended their recruiting dead period thru the end of July. So there won’t be any college coaches at AAU tourneys in July. I would expect that to limit some of the AAU events in July.
 
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