What is AAU?
AAU stands for Amateur Athletic Union. The AAU is a national organization and is one of the largest, non-profit, volunteer, sports organizations in the United States. The AAU is dedicated to the promotion and development of amateur sports and physical fitness, such as with The Seattle Pride Basketball program.
Who is Seattle Pride?
Seattle Pride is a member of the AAU and provides elite training for teams and individuals.
Where is Seattle Pride Basketball located?
Seattle Pride is located in West Seattle, Washington. Telephone number 206-941-9082. All practices are held at West Seattle High Schools or grade schools.
Who is coaching my child?
Seattle Pride is committed to providing top level basketball instruction with a select, experienced group of coaches and trainers. Please note that all coaches, trainers and/or volunteer coaches will be required to submit references, coaching experience, full background check and a signed Seattle Pride Code of Conduct Pledge. For more information on our current coaches, please see our coaches link on our website.
What are the Season costs associated with Seattle Pride compared to other organizations?
Seattle Pride Spring/Summer program 2014 cost is anywhere between $1200.00 – $1350.00 depending on age level and what team you are on. This includes unlimited training for the duration of the season and covers the cost of player fees, league and tournament entry fees, coaches stipends, and local traveling tournaments hotels for the players. There is an additional uniform fee which also varies per team.
What is included in our season fees?
Our season fees average $200.00-$225.00 per month depending on the age level. As an example, our Spring/Summer season is six months long so your season total is anywhere between $1200.00 to $1350.00. Your season team fees include: Unlimited weekly training, registration fee, league fees, 2-3 practices per week, coaching stipends, and 8 to 12 tournaments, and covers all players hotel and travel costs to Tournaments in Yakima and Oregon.
What are additional costs that may come up?
The only additional costs are:
- 1x Uniform Fees – (Players get to keep the Uniforms at the end of the year)
- Las Vegas Classic Tournament – (Each family will have to pay for flight/room/and food for their son). We will try to offset some of these costs through fundraising.
Optional/ NOT required – There are shooting shirts, t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, etc that are not required but can be purchased through the Pride Store.
Other Programs cost comparison to Seattle Pride for Spring/Summer program.
- Program A – $1900
- Program B – $1890
- Program C – $1690 (may also require additional fees for league, tournament and travel) Also other programs will just play in 5-6 tournaments compared to our 8-12 as well as make you pay for additional travel costs including hotels for each out of town tournament… Seattle Pride covers all costs for Portland & Yakima tournaments.
Length of Season, Practice?
The Seattle Pride Spring/Summer season runs from March to August. There are typically 2-3 practices per week with games on Saturdays and Sundays. Practices will normally run between 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Games times vary each weekend. We typically play in at least 2 tournaments per month from April-August and play at least 2 games on Saturday and Sunday each on tournament weekends.
What if my child makes a team and has multiple sports?
This is no problem. We will have several athletes play football, lacrosse, volleyball, soccer, baseball, etc. Due to the first part of the Spring/Summer season being practices and training and with the first game not until early April, we encourage you to still tryout as we do not offer a Summer only team.
What if I can’t make the scheduled tryout?
Each season we offer alternate tryout dates and times. Please check the tryout tab for the alternate schedule, register for tryouts and contact our Director of Basketball Operations, Jason Vann at email@example.com to inform him of your situation.
If I sign up for training one month, do I have to keep signing up?
No, training is on a month to month basis.
What if my child does not make a team?
Seattle Pride is a full service basketball training facility. We encourage your child to continue to work hard and remain in our training program and return for future tryouts.
Does my child need to try out every year to be placed on a team?