Winter FAQ

How many players make the team?

10 players make our A team. 10 players make our B team. If we have enough players that are travel level caliber we will look to form a third team.

How are teams chosen?
Does everyone make a team?

No, everyone is not guaranteed a spot on the team. We do offer an A and B team for each age group.

Do players get equal playing time?

No. AAU Basketball is different from rec. in this aspect – Because AAU is at a much more competitive level, playing time is earned based on each player’s performance in both practices and games. During Practice, every player will be given the same instruction and the same opportunities. During CLOSE games the coaches will do their best at getting everyone playing time in the first half. In the second half, the player’s that were performing the best will be put in to go for the win.

If my child tries out, do they automatically make the team?

Due to the limited number of spots on the team and the level of competition in AAU programs, not everyone is guaranteed a spot. Player’s are chosen based on ability and skill. In the event there are enough travel level player’s to form two teams, A and B teams will be formed.

What options are available if my son does not make a team?

Tri State Thunder will be running an in-house league during the spring season at a convenient location in Greenwich CT. The league is open to players of all abilities, no tryouts required. All teams in the league are coached by Tri State Thunder coaches. Teams are broken up by age and ability. Players can request to be placed on teams with friends. Details will be available at tryouts.

What are practices like?
How often do teams practice?

During the winter, teams practice twice a week for 1 hour. (20+ Practices for the season)

When/where are practices?

Teams practice will take place at a convenient location in Greenwich CT.

3rd Grade – Mon/Wed 5:30-6:30pm
4th Grade – Mon/Wed 6:30-7:30pm
5th Grade – Mon/Wed 7:30-8:30pm
6th Grade – Tues/Thurs 5:30-6:30pm
7th Grade – Tues/Thurs 6:30-7:30pm
8th Grade – Tues/Thurs 7:30-8:30pm

When are the games?
Where are the games?

Games are held at: Hooperstown (Mt. Vernon, NY) and House of Sports (Ardsley, NY).

What is the commitment level?

We are looking for committed players, but we understand the demands on your children’s busy schedules, so we are flexible when conflicts come up.

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