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Levels for parents to understand

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Quite often, we find that parents do not understand how competitive the AAU level is in New Jersey. Therefore, Rise as One Basketball assist parents in determining the appropriate level of each player. Many players come to our program as one of the best players in their CYO, Rec, travel, or town basketball team. The expectation that they will duplicate that same success in AAU seems natural. Unfortunately, this is not always the case unless a player plays and trains at a competitive level year around.

Rise as One’s specialty is the development of players. We recruit travel level players who are talented but still need to be developed. Many parents and players want the microwave success; however, this is not how basketball works. Becoming a skilled basketball player takes years of development.

Our results support this because our most successful teams have been together for three years. Unlike many other AAU programs, Rise as One does not make the generic claim that our program is for all ages and abilities. We want players who are dedicated to improving, willing to work hard, and who trust the process of development. If a player or parent doesn’t support our method, they should consider another AAU program who better matches their goals. We are a certified organization of USA Youth Basketball and Jr NBA we follow the same methods of each program.

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BEGINNER LEVEL

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This level will benefit the player who loves basketball but has never been taught the game.

If player lacks any skills below they are considered a beginner for AAU level:

  • Understanding of Tripe Threat
  • Basic Ball Handling Skills
  • Learning to Dribble with Proper Hand During the Game
  • Passing Form
  • One Foot Lay-Ups
  • Footwork Finishing/Shooting
  • Step, Slide, Backpedal Defense
  • Box Out Techniques
  • An Introduction to Proper Shooting Form
In order to advance to the Intermediate Level, Beginner Players need to know their strenghts and weaknesses as well as having a firm understanding of court awareness .

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INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

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This level is designed for players that have a solid grasp of the game and are ready for advanced basketball concepts.
Terminology such as weak side/strong side, reading defenses, traps, and swings will be used.

If player can excute skills below they are considered at an intermediate level:

  • Transition Dribbling Skills
  • Advanced Change of Direction and Combination Dribble Moves
  • Speed and Quickness Techniques
  • Weak Handed One Foot Lay-Ups
  • Jab Step and Swing Through moves
  • Passing on the Move
  • On the Ball Jab and Retreat Defense
  • Zigzag Defensive Slides
  • Shooting on the Move
In order to move to the Advanced Level, Intermediate players will be challenged to compete at a higher level.

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ADVANCED LEVEL

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This level is designed for players who know the game, understand their strenghts and weaknesses and have a deep desire to be better than their peers.
The program will focus on important concepts such as curls, flares, help side defense, dig outs and early passes.

The curriculum will focus on:

  • Advance Game Time Dribble Moves to Score on Both Sides of the Court
  • Reading Screens
  • Post Moves
  • Rebounding
  • Gettin Open on the Wing
  • Wing Denial
  • Conditioning
  • Advanced Offensive and Defensive Footwork