Delaware Girls Basketball

 

Player Resources

Basketball is a 12-month, year round sport.  In order to do well at the high school level, and to have a better-than-even chance of playing college ball, a player today must be willing to make a January through December commitment.  In many cases, this may mean giving up other sports and cutting back on a social life.  We'll summarize the basic non-scholastic programs that a serious, aspiring player might want to consider...

Off-Season Programs

AAU

Amateur Athletic Union.  AAU is involved in many sports, both youth and adult.  They specialize in off-season league play, and are probably the oldest such organization on a national basis. 

Girls Basketball is one of the more popular AAU sports.  Most starters on the better Delaware high school teams play AAU in the spring and summer.  Games are played usually on weekends - two on Saturday and another two on Sunday.  The level of competition is very high as almost every player in AAU (especially those in high school) is serious about and committed to the sport. 

AAU supports Girls Basketball from ages 9 through 16.  There are district and national championships for teams.  For individuals, there are also college "showcase" tournaments that give players exposure to college scouts and coaches.  These are usually held in June, July and August, and normally involve teams in the high school age brackets (generally 13U through 16U).

For more information about AAU on the national level:  http://aausports.org/

For information on AAU in the Delaware area:  http://midatlanticaaubasketball.org/

 

 

AYB / AYB Tour

American Youth Basketball.  AYB is a similar setup to AAU.  There are various levels of competition and team championships.

For more information on AYB / AYB Tour:  http://www.aybtour.com/

YBOA

Youth Basketball of America.  Still another off-season program.  YBOA supports ages 8 through 18, and uses high school rules for all age levels.

For more information on YBOA:  http://www.yboa.org/

Local Summer Leagues

In both the grade school and high school level, local summer leagues for girls have been on the decline since the late 90s.  The Diocese of Wilmington's CYM summer league program (grade school) no longer exists in its once classic form.  At the high school level, Stormin' Norman's (as such) ended after the 2001 season.  Efforts were made to replace it with varying levels of success.  The Val Whiting League of the late nineties/early 2000s morphed into what was called the Crozer League for awhile, then morphed again into the New Castle County Summer League.  This league is virtually the "only game in town" for high school girls interested in playing summer ball.  Teams are organized by school.  Girls whose schools do not participate in the league can get placed onto rosters under certain circumstances.  There are standings along with playoffs and a championship.

For more information on the NCCo League: http://sports.nccde.org/home/webpage12.asp

Programs for Individuals

Camps / Clinics

There are probably a gazillion (well, maybe not THAT many) coaches and former players who are putting on camps and clinics as a way for the individual player to not only improve her on-court skills, but to also get more involved in physical conditioning.  Camps and clinics are doing booming business and have become very popular.  Check DGB.com in May and June for specific camp information.

Click here for info on the Adidas Jr. Phenom Program

Shootouts

Shootouts are among the most interesting events in girls basketball.  Girls register for the shootout, show up at the gym, are assigned a team to play with, then they simply play basketball for two to four games.  All this is done in front of college scouts and coaches.  It's an exposure event.  A well-run shootout can pay huge dividends to a player.  Cost is usually under $200 per girl, and, if she gets a college deal out of it, it'll more than be worth the modest cash outlay.  Shootouts are a fantastic way for a solid player who might be on a weak off-season team to get the all-important "college look."  Shootouts are hosted by all sorts of organizations.  A good place to begin finding one is to ask your school or off-season (AAU, AYB, YBOA) coach about them.  They get email and letters all the time about these events.

DVDs & Videos

Getting a good practice/workout DVD or tape is a resourceful way for an average local player to actually get coaching from nationally known personalities - and for a bargain basement price.  Just go online and hit the old search engines!  You'll find plenty. 

Well, we hope the information on this page has given you some good ideas to improve your game.  You may want to look into doing one or more of the things detailed here.

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