Frequently Asked Questions
Question: What is AAU?
Answer: AAU stands for Amateur Athletic Union. AAU is one of the largest, non-profit, volunteer, sports organizations in the United States. AAU is a multi-sport organization, the AAU is dedicated exclusively to the promotion and development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs. Although there are many basketball programs in the region, not all of them are affiliated with AAU.
Question: What are the benefits of playing AAU?
Answer: AAU basketball gives your child the opportunity to play up to 50 more games and practice 40 more times a year. By playing with players of your same ability, it allows players to develop in practice and compete in games against teams with similar talent.
Question: Are the Rhode Island Magic a registered AAU program?
Answer: Yes. Our club code is WY6CC9.
Question: When did the Rhode Island Magic begin as an AAU program?
Answer: The Rhode Island Magic was started in the Fall of 2015 with 5 teams. Since then, the Magic has tripled in size and has become one of the largest and most successful AAU programs in the region. The growth of the program can be attributed to talented and caring coaches who are passionate about the game, teaching players not only basketball skills, but life lessons as well. The parent testimonial section is great resource for parents researching AAU programs, and we are proud of the quality and quantity of our testimonials.
Question: What ages and genders does the Rhode Island Magic offer?
Answer: For boys, the Magic has teams at all levels from grades 3-12. Currently, we do not offer a program for girls.
Question: How does tryout registration work?
Answer: We offer convenient registration. We highly recommend you register your player online, prior to the tryouts, as it will expedite the tryout check-in process. You register your player online, but payment is not due until tryouts. You can also register in person the day of the tryouts. In that case, please arrive 20 minutes prior to the start of your tryout to register. A one-time non-refundable tryout fee of $25 is required, regardless of whether you register online or in person and that covers both tryout dates.
Question: Is it required that my child attend both tryouts?
Answer: It is strongly recommended that you attend both tryouts, but if you can't, you must attend at least one. It is extremely beneficial if your son can make both tryouts, as this gives the coaches more time to evaluate the player, which allows us to see if they are a fit for the program and also helps ensure that they are placed on the appropriate team based on their skill. There are always going to be conflicts with travel, CYO and other games during tryouts. I can only say, on our end, it is definitely helpful to be able to evaluate players twice.
Question: How do you evaluate players to ensure each player gets
a fair tryout experience?
Answer: All of our coaches attend both tryouts to make sure that the selections for teams are as accurate as possible. This allows us to have multiple coaches on each court to help run the drills and evaluate the players. We start with drills that measure individual talent before moving onto scrimmage situations for game play.
Question: How will players be selected?
Answer: At the tryout, our staff will evaluate and place players where we feel they will develop and contribute best to their team. Rhode Island Magic teams are divided into White, Blue, Black and Gray levels.
Question: How many players will be on each team?
Answer: Each team will consist of 10-12 players. Historically, only 4% of our teams have started with 12 players and all ended with 11 or less. 96% have had 11 players or less. In most cases, our top level teams from 8th-11th grade will have 10 players.
Question: If my child was on a Rhode Island Magic team
previously, is he guaranteed a spot this year?
Answer: No. Every season new players come in and out of the program and some players develop differently from one season to the next. Every player starts each season with the same opportunity to make a team.
Question: How much will my child get to play?
Answer: Playing time is not a right and is not equal for all players. Playing time is based at the discretion of the coach, but all players should expect play at least 25% of both halves of the game. The coach makes the decision about playing time based on a range of factors: player performance, level of execution, player work/focus during practice, game situations and match ups, and game strategy. Any questions related to a player’s playing time should:
*Never be discussed or raised by a player or parent before, during or immediately after a game.
*The Rhode Island Magic utilizes a 24 hour “cooling off” period, which allows time to organize your thoughts and have a meaningful discussion with his coach.
*Be discussed directly – and in person- with a coach.
*Focus solely on your child – no reference should be made to another player.
Question: When/Where are practices held?
Answer: Practice times for all ages will be for 75-90 minutes between approximately 5:30-9:30 pm, depending on their age. Most practices are held at Alvarez High School, conveniently located on the Cranston/Providence line and two minutes from Route 95 and Route 10. We also utilize the Johnston Indoor Complex, Moses Brown High School in Providence and Mount Saint Charles Academy in Woonsocket.
Question: How many practices are there in a week?
Answer: Each team practices twice a week. One of those practices focuses solely on skill development. For that practice, coaches use stations to teach and reinforce the main basketball concepts, utilizing drills that build on each other throughout the season. The second practice of the week is a team practice that focuses on skill development as well as team concepts of basketball.
Question: What happens if my child misses a practice or game?
Answer: Please inform the coach directly if your child will miss a practice/game, unless it is the skill development practice. By doing so you will give the coach ample time to prepare a new practice/coaching strategy.
Question: How many tournaments will the teams play in?
Answer: Each team will play in 7 tournaments during the Spring season and 5 tournaments in the Fall season. Most tournaments are held in RI, MA and occasionally CT and NH and almost always played on Saturday and Sunday. All of the tournaments that we enter are a minimum of 3 games and most offer the opportunity to advance to play more games.
Question: Does the Rhode Island Magic participate in AAU National tournaments and/or, for high school teams, play in tournaments during the live period in July?
Answer: Yes. Beginning in 8th grade, our top level teams from 8th-11th will travel and play at National tournaments, as well as other tournaments during the live period in the Mid-Atlantic and South areas. 8th grade will play at Nationals at Disney and has done so the past three years. For 9th grade, our teams will play through July and compete at the best tournaments during live periods. 10th and 11th will also play during the live periods and through July. More information regarding playing through July can be found at http://www.rhodeislandmagic.com/pages/S18_live_information.
Question: Are there any additional fees to participate in the National tournament?
Answer: There are additional fees. The additional fees cover the
tournament fee, additional practice time, as well as coach’s expenses. Parents
will need to provide travel and accommodations for their family as well.
Question: When will I be notified if my son/daughter made a team or not?
Answer: Players will find out within 1-4 days of the last tryout via an email from the director. This will be discussed in greater detail at the parent meeting during tryouts.
Question: How much does it cost to play for the Rhode Island
Answer: For the spring, the fee is $695 and for the fall, the cost is $495. If you need a uniform package, the cost is $85, which includes a reversible uniform, shooting shirt and practice reversible.
Question: What does the cost cover?
Answer: The fee covers, but is not limited to, the following: tournament entry fees, gym rentals for practices, practice/tournament insurances, coaching fees, AAU fees, website maintenance, and other miscellaneous fees. Included in the price is access to the recruitment portion of the website, which has a great deal of information about the college/recruiting process.
Question: How and when do I make payments for the season?
Answer: Once a player is selected for a team, full payment needs to be made at that time. Payments can be made either with cash, check or PayPal. If paying by cash or check, payments should be sent to the director either via mail or in person at the first skills night.