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LEVELS FOR PARENTS TO UNDERSTAND

We want to make sure our parents and players understand how competitive the AAU level is in New Jersey so you can have appropriate expectations. Therefore, Rise as One Basketball assists parents in determining the appropriate level for each player. Many players come to our program as one of the best players in their CYO, Rec, travel, or town basketball team. It seems natural to expect that they will have similar success in AAU basketball, but unless an athlete plays and trains at a competitive level year-round, this is not always the case. Rise as One’s specialty is player development. We recruit travel-level players who are talented but still need to be developed. Many parents and players want the instant success, but this is not how basketball works. Becoming a skilled basketball player takes years of development.

We know this is true 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 our development process. If a player or parent doesn’t support our method, they should consider looking for a different AAU program which would be a better match for their goals. We are a certified organization of USA Youth Basketball and Jr NBA and we use the methods of these programs.

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BEGINNER LEVEL

This level will benefit the player who loves basketball but has never been formally taught the game. If a player lacks any of the skills below, they are considered a beginner for AAU: This level will benefit the player who loves basketball but has never been formally taught the game.

If a player lacks any of the skills below, they are considered a beginner for AAU:

  • Understanding of Triple Threat Skills
  • Basic Ball Handling Skills
  • Dribbling with Proper Hand During the Game
  • Passing Form
  • One Foot Layups
  • Footwork Finishing/Shooting
  • Step, Slide, Backpedal Defense
  • Box Out Techniques
  • Basic Knowledge of Proper Shooting Form

In order to advance to the Intermediate Level, Beginner Players need to know their strengths and weaknesses and have a firm understanding of court awareness.

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INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

This level is designed for players that have a solid grasp of the game and are ready for advanced basketball concepts.

At the intermediate level we use terminology such as weak side/strong side, reading defenses, traps, and swings.

If player can execute all of the skills below, they are considered to be at an intermediate level for AAU:

  • Transition Dribbling Skills
  • Advanced Change of Direction and Combination Dribble Moves
  • Speed and Quickness Techniques
  • Weak-Handed One Foot Layups
  • 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

This level is designed for players who know the game, understand their strengths and weaknesses, and have a deep desire to play at a higher level than their peers.

The advanced program works 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
  • Getting Open on the Wing
  • Wing Denial
  • Conditioning
  • Advanced Offensive and Defensive Footwork
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