High School Hoops Blog
Starting a new AAU season
By Katie Peterson
Starting a new season of AAU can be an exciting, nerve-wracking, scary and
enjoyable experience. Your teammates can be old, new, or you might have a
mixed team. We always talk about how our first practice makes us all a little
nervous, since we haven't seen each other for a long time. On my AAU team
there are girls who have played on the same team for two years, one year, or
are just starting this season. Nevertheless, we have already become a team
that has gone 10-3 in our last three tournaments.
I love AAU because of all the experiences on and off the court. Some of the
experiences my team has had are going to Times Square in New York City in
between games and going to the top of the Washington Monument in Washington,
DC. We also just like to hang out at the hotel where we play kickball in the
parking lot (posts versus guards-posts won) swim in the pool, go shopping or
just watch movies in someone's hotel room on a projector. We have played on
many different courts in college campuses including Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, VCU,
Villanova, University of Richmond, Siena and NC State. Coming home from a
tiring day is always nice, but what I enjoy most are the games when you never
know who is going to win until the last few seconds.
That's one big difference between the AAU season and the school team. In AAU
the competition is harder, faster and stronger, whereas the school leagues you
usually know who your opponents are and how they play. Our last tournament was
in Richmond, Virginia, where college coaches surrounded the courts during the
NCAA recruiting season, and watched players adjust from one league to another.
Some of the girls on my team who are sophomores like I am think that having the
coaches there puts a lot of pressure on us, but then we realize that as long as
we don't give up, and have fun, it will be okay.
No matter what happens in AAU, a team always has to work together. As long as
you have fun and play your hardest, AAU is a successful season.
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