Posted by Hardy on August 10, 2017 at 21:56:01:
In Reply to: Re: How AAU is dominating high school basketball posted by Easy Solution on August 09, 2017 at 08:42:10:
: If you play on your high school team, at any level, you should not be able to play AAU.
: Let AAU be the "rec league" for kids that love the game and want to play but for whatever reason do not play for their school.
: Nobody seems to get it. The kids want to play against other really good players from other parts of the country. The events are all "tiered." Meaning that yes, while there is an AAU team on every corner, they can't play much with the big boys, and, I just don't mean the shoe circuit teams.
Competition should be valued not hated. It's not the kids fault that the game has been taken over at their level by the adults.
You have "free agency" in high school and a lot of the top kids clustering at a few schools. Then, a lot of the better kids play on a shoe company sponsored team and can only play against teams from the same company for most of the year.
Between the high schools trying to do something 11 months out of the year and their trainers, the only real comp the kids get is playing AAU-again, I'm talking about the better players.
As for the lesser, or, some would say non-players, why shouldn't they be able to play on somebody's team in the off-season? It's their decision.
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