Rise as One Basketball Club is one of the most prominent and successful AAU clubs in Northern New Jersey. We take pride in developing great basketball players from ages 8-19. Our professional coaches help players develop their skills and basketball IQ. We believe teaching court awareness is important and we do so through our core program curriculum.
Rise as One also develops players through different levels of competition. Our lower-level teams have a local and regional schedule that allows players to compete on their level. Our higher-level teams play on the national circuit. We believe that playing against strong competitors allows players to improve and gives more opportunities for players who want college exposure. Not only do we develop players on the court, Rise as One values teaching good sportsmanship, teamwork, and hard work to develop players off the court as well. Each player is extremely important to our organization and we strive to create a team environment that is beneficial for all.
Rise as One Basketball has an elite team of coaching staff. Our coaches have experience playing on the collegiate and/or professional level, which makes them competent and knowledgeable about how to play the game.Our coaches are passionate about basketball and their enthusiasm creates a great team environment for our players. Not only do our coaches improve our players’ skills, they also increase their basketball IQ. Learning the game of basketball from the neck up is extremely important, but can be underrated. Rise as One offers an advantage by utilizing experienced coaches who are paid professionals. Whether a player is in fourth grade or twelfth grade, they will learn not only how to execute fundamental skills, but more importantly why and when to use them through our core program curriculum.
Rise as One creates a team culture that is unlike any other AAU club. When you are a part of Rise as One, you are a part of a family. Rise as One fosters a positive environment of teamwork and sportsmanship in every team in our organization. Each player is treated with respect, no matter how long they have been with us.We have built our whole organization on the value and importance of the team. No one is bigger than the team. Our teams have an advantage in competition because they are stronger and play as cohesive units. This is because of the strong foundation we have built with players, parents and coaches. The team mindset ultimately gives each player the opportunity to play and gain exposure.
The Rise as One development system was created by our director of basketball, Kevin Houston. Kevin has extensive experience with developing young players. He has had the privilege of playing basketball at the collegiate and professional levels. He has been coached by some of the top coaches in the United States and Europe and understands what is needed for an effective coaching philosophy. His program curriculum has produced amazing results in just seven years. Both our 14U girls and our 12U boys won the New Jersey AAU State Championships and our 15U girls finished in second place. All coaches follow the same program curriculum to give the players the best chance to perform year to year. This is the way Division I colleges implement their programs. Players get better from year to year if they are in one system instead of switching strategies from coach to coach, which is what most AAU clubs offer. Rise as One also stands out from other programs because we are certified by both USA Youth Basketball and Jr NBA.
Practice is truly what makes players great. Unlike most AAU clubs, we offer players two and a half hours of practice two to three times a week. Our practices give players the opportunity to work on their skills and add elements to their game. They allow players to learn aspects of the game in a way they cannot do on their own. Our coaches recognize the importance of practice and they utilize the time to make sure all players improve. Because our core program curriculum is taught at each level and age, players have one uniform approach to the game. This allows them to reach their maximum potential as they build on their development each year they play with Rise as One.
We know that our athletes’ success on the court is only a part of their training. That’s why Rise as One has worked to build a truly inclusive culture, which involves forging bonds between the players, coaches, and parents. We believe it is important to consistently reinforce values in order to help our players internalize them. Our values such as hard work, knowledge, attitude, perseverance, teamwork, coachability, and handling success and failure well are qualities that will serve our players well on and off the court. We have amazing, committed parents that are immensely proud of their contributions to our inclusive and positive environment. When parents are totally committed to our values and understand that playing time is earned and not given, it makes it easier for our organization to coach players that respect and internalize the core values of the program.
Rise as One provides opportunities for exposure to college recruitment that many AAU clubs cannot offer. Our high level of competition allows players a better chance to play in front of college coaches. Rise as One aids in this process by giving parents and players a recruiting guide. This guide offers a step-by-step outline of the recruiting process and what to do. It also explains the rules of the NCAA for Division I, II, and III. Rise as One has a “College Night” information session which aims to answer questions parents and players have about the college recruitment process. The NCAA process can be tricky and sometimes stressful. Rise as One acknowledges this and we wish to help players and parents as they navigate this difficult process.