Frequently Asked Questions

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What is SoCal Elite Sports?

SoCal Elite Sports is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit youth sports organization. Founded in 2003 with just a few kids, SoCal Elite has transformed into the place to play for youth basketball. Combining first-class training, camps, club travel teams, and seasonal recreational leagues, SoCal Elite offers everything your child needs to become a better basketball player, and most important of all, have fun!

How is SoCal Elite Sports different from other youth sports organizations?

SoCal Elite Sports prides itself on providing the most enjoyable experience possible for its players. Beginning as early as four years old, players are able to start learning the game of basketball from an early age. SoCal Elite’s constructive playing environment at all age levels fosters substantial growth as both players and individuals. As a non-profit organization, SoCal Elite’s main focus is on improving each child’s overall experience, and continuing to perfect its wide range of services. Because of SoCal Elite’s status as a non-profit organization, it prides itself on assisting the community through youth sports. SoCal Elite donates money and sports balls to all local schools in IUSD every year. With your help and cooperation, we hope to donate even more to our local community and schools in the coming months.

Why should my child play in SoCal-Elite’s basketball leagues?

SoCal-Elite Sports prides itself on having the best youth basketball league in Orange County. What started out as a “Rookie League” for grades K-2nd has transformed into one of the largest youth basketball leagues in Orange County. After over 28 seasons, SoCal-Elite has tailored its league to meet popular demands and has remained in tune with the ever-changing ways of basketball. Basketball is a dynamic sport in which trends, styles and rules are constantly being tweaked. The key to SoCal-Elite’s success has been creating the most enjoyable experience possible for all players. Experienced staff members and coaches manage SoCal-Elite’s operations, which leads to a more productive environment for players. Unlike most youth basketball organizations, SoCal-Elite has four seasonal leagues in the spring, summer, fall and winter. This allows players to play year-round, if they so choose.

Why should I sign up for SoCal Elite’s Basketball Training Academy?

SoCal Elite Sports’ basketball training academy is unique because of its breakdown in skill level. The academy is broken down into three skill levels / grade levels. The academy is open every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday’s. The first level is for beginners and younger players. The second level is for intermediate players, or for those players who have graduated from the first level. The third level is for the more advanced players, who are usually older. The academy has multiple locations in Irvine.

What is ‘Auto-Debit’?

Our ‘Auto-Debit’ programs automatically deduct the program’s monthly fee from your account each month. Auto-Debit is not only easier on you, but the monthly payments are also less than if you pay on a month-to-month basis. This payment option allows you to conveniently make timely payments without having to worry about renewing your payment fees each month.

Which Academy level should my child attend?

Depending on your child’s skill level, you should try to match it to the corresponding academy level. Usually when a player is first starting out, he or she will start with the 4:00 group and work his or her way up. If the player has already been playing for a while, the 5:00 or 6:00 groups should work best.

Why should my child attend SoCal-Elite’s basketball camps?

SoCal-Elite’s seasonal youth basketball camps are a great opportunity for your child to learn the game of basketball in a friendly atmosphere. Each camper is placed with his or her age group and skill level to ensure a positive environment and an overall fun experience!

Why should my child play in SoCal Elite’s Club Basketball program?

SoCal Elite’s Club Basketball teams are a great opportunity for your child to play against the top competition in Southern California. This exposure to the best competition is paramount to a players’ improvement on a grander stage. Our club teams play in 1-2 tournaments per month and practice about twice per week in indoor gymnasiums. Playing on a SoCal Elite Club team is a great way to develop camaraderie with fellow teammates, all while playing against top-notch competition. Unique to SoCal Elite, we will assist you with any financial difficulties you have; our main focus is to make sure that those players who CAN play at the club level, DO play at the club level.

How do SoCal Elite’s club basketball teams work?

SoCal Elite’s club basketball teams have two (2) team practices with their head coach per week. In addition to two team practices per week, club players will also have access to weekly fundamental training at The Academy with SoCal Elite trainers. This system is designed to help your child improve as a basketball player and develop chemistry with teammates, all while allowing them to make time for other obligations. In addition, there is a mandatory ‘open gym clinic’ every Friday night for additional practice before the weekend.

What if I want a refund?

Please review the refund policy by clicking here: Refund Policy.

How are off-season leagues (Spring, Summer, Fall) different from Winter League?

The Winter League is the prime time for youth basketball. During other seasons (spring, summer and fall), most youth players play multiple sports or have other obligations. As a result, our Spring/Summer/Fall Leagues are just 6-10 games on Sundays and no practices during the week due to coaches having commitments with other seasonal sports; as opposed to Winter League, where there are fundamental and team practices each week. The Spring/Summer/Fall Leagues are our off-season leagues and are primarily for those players who wish to play basketball games year-round. If you would like additional practice during our off-season leagues, please join our SoCal-Elite Academy.

Why play in the Winter League?

For basketball, the winter league is the prime time for players. SoCal-Elite Sports’ Winter League offers a range of different leagues, which are separated by age, skill level and scheduling. SoCal-Elite’s Winter League offers the best, most organized experience for your son or daughter. With experience staff members and AAU-certified coaches, we guarantee that the SoCal-Elite Winter League will be your best basketball experience yet.

Who coaches the youth league teams?

Our coaches are volunteers. Every coach must become AAU-certified complete with a background check prior to coaching. Our staff members will assist any coaches who need help or who are coaching for the very first time.

What are the grade levels / divisions for league players?

The following levels of play are available:

  • Boy Rookie League: Pre-Kindergarten to 2nd Grade (Teams formed by Grade/Schools). Hoops lowered to 6-8′
  • Girls Rookie League: Pre-Kindergarten to 2nd Grade (Teams formed by Grade/Schools). Hoops lowered to 6-8′
  • Boys Youth League: 2nd/3rd to 8th Grade (Beginners to Intermediate; divisions separated by grade; teams drafted)
  • Girls Youth League: 3rd to 8th Grade (Beginners to Intermediate; divisions separated by grade; teams drafted)
  • Boys High School League: JV & Varsity Teams (formation of teams is flexible)

Why are Winter League games played on Saturdays and/or Sundays?

Unlike other youth basketball leagues, many of our leagues come with a choice to play on Saturday or Sunday, or both! This helps make our league flexible so that games are easier to fit into your schedule.

What is included in the Winter season registration fee?

8-10 games guaranteed, a SoCal-Elite official basketball uniform, trained staff and AAU-certified volunteer coaches, AAU referees, indoor skills training, a scoreboard operator and site directors, and staff divisional commissioners. SoCal-Elite plays “Real Basketball” with four quarters per game and guarantees equal participation for all players.

Where are games played?

All games are played at local IUSD / TUSD High School gyms, Concordia University, the Jewish Community Center (JCCOC) or at local community center gyms.

Who can play in SoCal-Elite Sports’ Winter Basketball League?

Any player who is age 4-18 years old is eligible to play in our Winter League.

How much of the game will my child play?

For our Rookie and Youth Divisions, equal participation for all players is guaranteed. For the Competitive and High School Divisions, participation is up to the coaches, but fair participation is always stressed.

How are teams formed?

For the Rookie Division, teams are formed by schools/areas. For the Youth and Competitive Divisions, teams are formed through drafts after evaluations. For the High School Division, teams can be formed on their own so that friends can play with friends.

How do I pay for a SoCal-Elite Basketball Academy membership?

The only way to register for a SoCal-Elite Basketball Academy membership is to sign up online. Please click here and select the academy you would like to join to begin the process.

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that changes the way the brain normally works. A concussion is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth.

If my child has a concussion, are there any "concussion signs" that I should be aware of?

If you observe the following things from your child, he/she may have a concussion:

  • Appears dazed or stunned
  • Is confused about an assignment or position
  • Forgets an instruction
  • Is unsure of game, score or opponent
  • Moves clumsily
  • Answers questions slowly
  • Loses consciousness (even briefly)
  • Show mood, behavior or personality changes
  • Can’t recall events prior to hit or fall
  • Can’t recall events after hit or fall

If my child has a concussion, what symptoms will he/she be experiencing?

  • Headache or pressure in head
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy or groggy
  • Concentration or memory problems
  • Just not “feeling right” or “feeling down”

If I suspect my child has a concussion, what should I do?

  1. Remove your child from play.
  2. Ensure that your child is evaluated by a health care professional experienced in evaluating for concussions. Do not try to judge the seriousness of the injury yourself.
  3. Keep your child out of play the day of the injury and until a health care professional, experience in evaluating concussions, says they are symptom-free and OK to return to play.
  4. Tell all of your child’s coaches about any recent concussions. Coaches should know if your child has had a recent concussion in any sport. Your child’s coach may not know about a concussion your child received in another sport or activity unless you tell the coach.

Can I help prevent my child from getting a concussion?

Every sport is different, but there are steps your children can take to prevent themselves from a concussion:

  • Ensure that they follow their coach’s rules for safety and the rules of the sport.
  • Encourage them to practice good sportsmanship at all times.
  • Make sure they wear the right protective equipment for their activity.
  • Learn the signs and symptoms of a concussion.

If my child suffers a concussion, how long will it take him/her to recover?

Concussions affect people differently. While most athletes with a concussion recover quickly and fully, some will have symptoms that last for days, or even weeks. Depend on a medical professional to clear your child before they return to play after a concussion.

Where can I learn more about concussions?

To learn more, click here.

Why do I have to pay a buy-out fee?

SoCal-Elite is always looking for volunteer basketball coaches for all seasonal leagues. If you are unable to, or do not want to, volunteer to help run SoCal-Elite’s basketball leagues efficiently, you are required to pay a ‘buy-out fee’ to cover the cost of bringing on additional SoCal-Elite staff members.

Why do I pay a processing fee during registration?

SoCal-Elite’s registration engine requires a credit card processing fee to complete any registration. This fee, 2.9% plus $0.30 per registration, is one of the cheapest processing charges in the eCommerce industry.

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