Sunday, January 12th at 2:00pm – 4: 00pm
for Fierce Class of 2022
Fitzhugh Baptist Church Gym
Austin Select Basketball Tournament Schedule
Fierce 2022 has a goal of a 30 game schedule. We know this is tough with your family schedules. We have been invited to play in the San Antonio Spurs Tournaments based on our performance last year.
We will be playing in a Dallas Tournament and a Houston. In addition, we have begun exploration other locations, including the possibility of an Ireland tournament and training schedule with college coaches and other special plans. We will present some of these options to the families that make the team and make decisions after receiving input.
We recognize it is a great expense for families in time and money and take budget and ROI seriously. We also know the players are requesting to travel and some seek college exposure outside of Austin. We will be playing in some exposure tournaments in July during the NCAA live period.
We have a petition to become an Adidas Gauntlet team and they begin reviewing submissions in the first week of January. Once we hear back from the Adidas Gauntlet, we will then be formulating our tournament schedule. If we are on the Gauntlet, we are required to play certain Adidas tournaments.
Girls Basketball Tournaments Overview
75% of these tournaments are what I would call highly competitive to win. This will be a tougher schedule than the 2019 schedule. The basketball tournament logistics are often disappointing. The complete opposite of an Austin swim meet. We often don’t get game times until Thursday or Friday for a weekend tournament. There are indeed more real obstacles (like being at the mercy of school district facilities and scheduling etc) and there is the laissez-faire attitude of some people running the tournaments. We have aimed to take on the more reliable tournament providers, but there are no guarantees. Having two children of my own, owning a business, etc., my time is valuable too and we will do everything within our power to respect your time at a level not seen in Austin select basketball.
Fierce Girls Select Basketball Practices
Practices are not optional. If you miss practice, you don’t start and playing time is likely reduced. And yes that includes “excused absences.” Absences happen. Illness, injury, family matters, etc. And yes, sometimes the mental health day. Or a parent day (imagine that for a minute.) Your player not starting is not a punishment. It is simply about choices and consequences that they will be experiencing in life. This is likely the standard at their high school and beyond programs and we want to prepare them for that commitment.
These are tentative dates for practice. We will be surveying all prospects to ensure that attendance is a managable priority.
Team Practice is Tuesday night 7pm – 9pm at Fitzhugh Baptist Church
Skill Practice is 7pm to 8pm on Mondays. Unlike many other programs we are professional skill development trainers. We focus on skills and conditioning and athletic development 80% of our practice time. We won’t focus on plays and tactics.
HS Real Run on Wednesdays will be from 7 – 8:30 and will be optional / a la carte discounted price (because of some families’ inability to make Wednesdays). Assuming we have critical mass, they get to play against boys and I can tell you this is a HUGE advantage our program can offer. Normally this is a $200 program for ten weeks. We will discount it to Fierce families to $100.
All practices are at Fitzhugh Baptist Church Gym
Real Run Participation on Wednesdays
We have a program over at Austin Youth Basketball called the Real Run. It is for middle school girls. It is refereed pickup followed by 30 minutes of structured basketball specific conditioning and speed work. The girls love it, and leave with an intense sweat and a huge smile on their face. This is a real favorite and where they get a chance to try new things, work their butts off while laughing and smiling, and they are not coached. This encourages less robotic play, joy, and lessens the fear of failure. We strongly encourage your players to participate in this, which would get your child to work on their game 3 times a week. This program has increased joy, speed, and IQ because players can no longer blame coaches, parents etc.
This program is not required attendance but it has been added as a bonus option.
Girls Select Basketball Tryouts and Invites
Austin Fierce players who played in our Fall Akins League or last season have first priority. You have an invite. You have two days to accept the commitment to the schedule and pay the invoice via PayPal button below (if you have a cash flow issue, call me.) Once we determine who wishes to return, we will announce tryouts openings for remaining spots. We will need you to attend tryouts but you will be on the team if you are committed. And the prospective players trying out will be made aware of that in the interest of transparency.
Fierce has a waiting list of interested players now, and many are talented. We will have a team this year, unlike some other clubs who will have tryouts and may not be able to form a team. Your coaching staff is set. Your gym is set. Your practice schedule is set, and your tournament schedule is set. Curriculum and philosophy are set. We have a highly talented group of coaches and trainers and parents to support your most valuable asset… your
basketball player child.
Returning players or invited players can guarantee their spot with payment now. We do have more interest than available spots. We need to know how many spots will be available ASAP so all players can find the right fit within the deadlines that seem to move up each season. We need to announce this week how many spots we have available so need this commitment by Jan 1. If cash flow is a problem (the holidays are tough!) please call me to discuss. To speed this up we are offering a Dec. 30th $100 discount in pricing.
Austin Select Basketball Fees With Fierce $1499
Payment By 12/31/2019 $1399
What This Breaks Down to Per Hour of Basketball:
Your player will have 130 hours of basketball available to them. This breaks down to less than $11 per hour of basketball development. We are highly confident we have put together the best team and curriculum to help your kids reach their basketball goals. We know we could put together a lower price program. Hire a coach with no real experience or experience that does not help your player grow stronger. Someone who did not play at a high level. Maybe someone no longer passionate about the game or developing young people. We know we could have practice once a week and make believe we are all getting better and half our gym costs. We think that is a waste of time and money, so we tried to create a program that delivered results and the best value. We are confident you will see the value.
What Fees Don’t Include:
- Uniforms. We will be ordering new uniforms this year. We are finalizing talks with Adidas with Nike as a second option. Here were previous year for sample of quality. We do buy premium uniforms. We estimate total cost to be approx $200.
- Your travel and hotel expenses if we go out of town.
- Some social events that will either be a potluck or shared expenses. We are not going to Disney World no matter what Ellie says, so these are not big costs.
- Any tailgating expenses so we avoid expensive restaurants with bad food when we see a great opportunity to avoid concession stands and pizza before games.
- Player Insurance $16 per year. We will become an AAU team so we can qualify for coach, club, and player insurance.
- Additional tournaments over 10. There will be votes taken on that. Most will cost between $300 and $750 with coaching expense. Fees would be split between attending players.
Even More Summer Basketball?
If our players progress as we suspect, we will be playing in July. We do wish to provide them with a richer and more competitive experience this year, so please let me know via phone if your player has July commitments. We do have several college prospects and we will want to stick our toe into this madness this year so we can be more accustomed to the pressure next.
In addition to this schedule, we will try to schedule a few scrimmages at Fitzhugh Baptist Church,
Training & Camp Opportunities
Austin Youth Basketball holds personalized training groups and also many camps and clinics to help your child to progress. Your child will receive a VIP Code for 20% off during the season for any camps or clinics (at Fitzhugh location only) we hold to encourage their participation. Personalized training is a set fee but we will try to move your child past any waiting list we have depending on the time of year.