Frequent Questions

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  • WHAT ARE THE DATES OF THE BASKETBALL SEASON?

    The basketball season ranges from September 1, 2015 – August 31, 2016.

  • IS IT MANDATORY THAT EVERY PLAYER SIGN UP FOR AAU?

    Yes, it is absolutely mandatory that all players sign up for their AAU Membership at www.aausports.org. When registering, sign up for the “extended benefits,” a $16 fee.

  • WHAT DO WE RECEIVE WHEN WE SIGN UP TO JOIN THE PROGRAM?

    Each player will receive an Excel Sports T-shirt, jump rope, and dribbling goggles. The jump rope and dribbling goggles should be brought to each team practice so you’re prepared when requested to have them.

  • HOW MANY COACHES ARE IN THE EXCEL SPORTS PROGRAM?

    We have 7 coaches in total. Coach Mike, Coach Brian, Coach Brandyn, Coach Jeremy, Coach Woodie, Coach Jaimel, and Coach Vernon.

  • ARE PLAYERS ABLE TO PLAY ON MULTIPLE TEAMS?

    Yes, based on the player’s skill set, in combination with the player’s developmental path. ANYONE PLAYING AT THE TOURNAMENT LEVEL, HAS TO BE TOURNAMENT READY… Our coaching staff will make these decisions, and make the appropriate request(s) to players and parents when necessary.

  • WHAT LEAGUES DOES YOUR PROGRAM PARTICIPATE IN?

    Our program participates in multiple basketball products throughout the valley, and the western region. We participate locally in youth leagues, competitive leagues, 3 on 3 tournaments, and weekend tournaments. Some of our teams travel to other states to compete in weekend tournaments.

  • WILL WE HAVE TRAVEL TEAMS IN OUR PROGRAM?

    Yes. Currently we have two teams for travel. Our 13U and 12U teams.

  • IF I SIGN UP FOR YOUR PROGRAM, DO I HAVE TO TRAVEL AND COMPETE?

    No. Traveling to compete is not a requirement for our program. Our coaching staff will evaluate your skill set, and our recommendations will be communicated to the player’s parent(s). Sometimes players are recommended to play on a higher skilled team, or older team within our program. The coaching staff will respect any objections to these recommendations by the parent(s).

  • WILL YOU BE REQUIRED TO TRAVEL IF YOU ARE SELECTED TO BE A PART OF THE TRAVEL TEAM?

    No. However, everyone will be given respectful notice in advance. If you are not able to attend a basketball event involved with traveling, then consideration will be given to whom the coaching staff believes is ready to step up.

  • IS YOUR PROGRAM AAU BASED OR GRADE BASED?

    We are an AAU based program, meaning the age and skill level of the players ultimately decides how we put the teams together. However, if we compete in a tournament that has the GRADE BASED guidelines, we have the ability to make up the team according to players in that specific grade.

  • DOES YOUR PROGRAM SUPPORT MULTIPLE SPORT ATHLETES?

    Yes, we support multiple sport athletes in their pursuit to compete in multiple sports. However, we do not support this at the detriment of their basketball team. For example, not being able to attend a game or two is different than not being able to attend a playoff game because of another sport. It’s not fair to the rest of the players on the team. This request will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine if it’s a good fit for our program.

  • WILL WE ESTABLISH MORE GYM TIME IF WE ADD MORE PLAYERS / TEAMS?

    Yes. When more teams mandate more gym space, we will accommodate that necessity.

  • WILL WE GET NEW UNIFORMS SOON?

    Yes. January 2016, we will get new uniforms. Thereafter, the beginning of every season, September 1st, we will plan for new uniforms.

  • HOW OFTEN ARE FUNDRAISERS SCHEDULED FOR THE PROGRAM?

    Expect to participate in one fundraiser per quarter. September 12, 2015, we conducted our “Weigh to Fundraise” fundraiser that included the donation of items from our families and others that supported the event. November 27, 2015, we have our “50/50 Raffle Fundraiser” at the Phoenix Suns vs Golden State Warriors game. Details to follow soon for our fundraising schedule.

  • IS THIS BASKETBALL PROGRAM ALL YEAR LONG?

    Yes and no. No for the tournament / travel players. Many of them take a break in the fall due to other interests. However, some remain active in the program all year long based on their preference. For the competitive players, yes, we compete in every season of the year.

  • WILL WE HAVE NON-BASKETBALL EVENTS FOR THE PROGRAM TO ALLOW THE PLAYERS TO SPEND MORE TIME TOGETHER?

    Yes. We recognize that this is needed to enhance the trust and chemistry between the players. This calendar of information will be posted on our website. Stay tuned…

  • WILL PLAYER DUES INCREASE IN THE 2015-2016 SEASON?

    program player dues are as follows: 8U Players (7/8 Years old), $25 per month 9U – 14U Players, $99 per month Not planning on having any price increases in the program in the near future. However, should circumstances beyond our control impact our program, we will do our best to provide ample notice of any change request. Our goal is to raise enough funds to eliminate team fees from the program entirely.

  • HOW CAN I HELP THE PROGRAM AS A PARENT, FRIEND OF PLAYERS, PARENTS, OR AS A FAN?

    We have many opportunities within our program that could use the support. Please contact our Booster Club via our website, and provide your area interest, or support with a general cause and we will get in touch with you ASAP!

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