NEWS: Fall Tryouts (August 16-21)

2018 Fall Season Club Tryouts

GRADE DATE TIME LOCATION
Boys 3rd Grade Wednesday, August 15 4:00-5:00 PM SCCCA Gym
Boys 3rd Grade Thursday, August 16 6:00-7:00 PM Beacon Park Gym
Boys 4th Grade Wednesday, August 15 5:00-6:00 PM SCCCA Gym
Boys 4th Grade Thursday, August 16 7:00-8:00 PM Beacon Park Gym
Boys 5th Grade Wednesday, August 15 6:00-7:00 PM SCCCA Gym
Boys 5th Grade Thursday, August 16 8:00-9:00 PM Beacon Park Gym
Boys 6th Grade Saturday, August 18 12:00-1:30 PM University HS Gym
Boys 6th Grade Monday, August 20 4:00-5:30 PM SCCCA Gym
Boys 7th Grade Saturday, August 18 1:30-3:30 PM University HS Gym
Boys 7th Grade Monday, August 20 4:00-5:30 PM SCCCA Gym
Boys 8th Grade Saturday, August 18 12:00-1:30 PM Woodbridge HS Gym
Boys 8th Grade Monday, August 20 5:30-7:30 PM SCCCA Gym
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SoCal Elite Club Teams


BOYS 2ND BLACK

BOYS 3RD BLACK

BOYS 4TH BLACK

BOYS 5TH BLACK

BOYS 6TH BLACK

BOYS 6TH GRAY

BOYS 7TH BLACK

BOYS 7TH GRAY

BOYS 7TH WHITE

BOYS 8TH BLACK

BOYS 8TH GRAY

GIRLS 6TH GRADE

GIRLS 7/8TH GRADE

Club Seasons


Winter

January – April
(Tryouts: early January)

Spring / Summer

May – July
(Tryouts: end of April / early May)

Fall

September – December
(Tryouts: August 16-21)

2018 Tournaments


January

Jan. 20-21: FBA Winter Classic

February

Feb. 3: Shootout Super Bowl Sunday
Feb. 17-19: SGV President's Day
Feb. 24-25: 5th–8th grades only

March

March 3-4: Shootout
March 10: Shootout
March 24-25: TBA

April

April 14-15: TBA
April 28-29: TBA

About The Club


Description

SoCal Elite’s Club Basketball Program is for those players who have progressed beyond the SoCal Elite Recreational Leagues or other City Leagues. Club Basketball is the best place to compete against the best youth basketball players and teams in the area. The SoCal ‘Elite’ will travel and play the top youth level teams in the area as well as some teams from outside the area.

Please understand that this is a high level of commitment and tournament weekends will take up most of the weekend. This is, however, the program for those players who want to be challenged and want to play High School basketball or beyond. SoCal Elite’s teams are formed through tryouts and feature non-parent professional coaches. There will be a full team tryout in September and additional tryouts, depending on how many players we need to add per season.

Each team consists of 10 players and there are two teams per grade level. The club basketball year is broken up into three seasons: Spring/Summer (April – July), Fall (September – December) and Winter (January – March). We expect that if you choose to play, you are fully committed to that season and expected to travel outside of the city to play in weekend tournaments and/or leagues. Most tournaments will be in Orange County, CA but this past year featured tournaments in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego & Las Vegas.

Commitment

We do not expect a year-long commitment, but we do expect a season commitment. For example, if you want to play club basketball and baseball, then you could play the first two seasons and opt out of the third season to go play baseball. All players and parents must sign a commitment contract before being selected on a team. We expect players and families to have a commitment to the team for the duration of the season.

Note: Once teams are formed, you will have to wait for someone to leave to take someone’s spot. There are no refunds and once you are on a team, you are on the team for that entire season.

Features

  • (2) indoor team practices per week.
  • Paid professional coach for all practices & games.
  • (1) or (2) club tournaments per month.
  • Optional weekly academy training on Tues-Wed-Thurs, 5 PM or 6 PM.

Club Coaches


Bim Okunrinboye

Director • Boys 4th Black & Boys 7th Gray
Played college basketball at SJSU; former college coach.

Jason Gan

Boys 6th Black & Boys 7th Black
Former high school coach with over 10 years experience.

Jamal Johnson

Boys 7th White
Played college basketball at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (D1 Big West Conference).

Marquis Bowden

Boys 3rd Black & Boys 6th Gray
Played college basketball at Life Pacific.

Sang Nam

Boys 8th Black & Boys 8th Gray
Club basketball coach with 8 years experience.

Mark Brunet

Boys 5th Black
Current high school coach with over 10 years experience.

Paul Hewitt

Girls 6th
Club basketball coach with 10 years experience.

Fidel Vargas & Patrick Lefler

Girls 7th/8th
Current high school coach with over 10 years experience.

Frequently Asked Questions


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 three times 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.

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.

The full Club year runs from mid-September to mid-August and is divided into three seasons: Fall, Winter and Spring/Summer. Each season runs 3-4 months.

Each week there are two 90-minute team practices, with a one-hour clinic practice on Fridays.

There are 8-10 players on each team at all grade levels. In cases where we have enough at a grade level to form two teams, there will be a Black and a Grey team. Players will be placed accordingly at the coaches’ discretion.

Each team will have a Head Coach. Friday clinics will be run by each and every one of our team coaches on a rotational schedule.

Club basketball is different from Recreational League basketball in that there is no guaranteed playing time for any player. Coaches will do their best to get every player in the game, but some players will play more than others.

We play in two tournaments per month. Most tournaments will have games on both a Saturday and Sunday. Some will be over holiday weekends with play over three days.

We realize that every family has schedules outside of basketball and like to plan their weekend in advance. However, tournament schedules in Club basketball are typically not set until the Thursday night before a tournament. Schedules are set by the tournament organizers and not by us, unless it is a SoCal Elite-sponsored event. We send out schedules as soon as we get them to give our families as much notice as we can. Please know that some scheduled dates can/will change due to changes set by the tournament host which are out of our control.

Most of our tournaments will be local. However, we will play in 2-3 out of town tournaments in Santa Barbara, San Diego and Las Vegas. These are scheduled during the Spring and Summer where travel does not interfere with school schedules. Hotel stay is recommended.

Tournament fees are calculated at the beginning of each season and are due with Club fees. However, every tournament charges an entry fee for spectators. Parents, grandparents, siblings, etc. will pay a daily fee and sometimes a parking fee for each car. The fee is set by the tournament host and is not controlled by SoCal Elite.

We ask that every player make a commitment they plan to honor for the entire season. Pulling out of the program mid-season is disruptive to the program and the team process. After one season ends and before the next one begins, each player will be asked to recommit for that upcoming season. This would be the point at which a player can move on to pursue other interests if he/she so chooses.

AAU basketball is the largest governing body of club basketball in the country. While not all tournaments are AAU sanctioned events, we will be participating in several throughout the year. We require that all coaches and players purchase the extended AB membership which not only allows us to play in AAU events, but also gives everyone insurance in any of our events. The membership is valid until September 1st of the calendar year regardless of purchase date.

Club basketball has a higher cost than recreational basketball. We offer a cheaper pay-all-up-front option or a two-pay option. Understand that we have to pay for the following: Gym rent for all practices, coaches, web management, and tournaments, which can add up when it is a small group. For a typical 4-month season, the cost is around $900 per player, which includes 7-8 tournaments and all practices and associated fees.

Uniforms are separate and not included in the fee as most players are returning. We only require players to purchase a new uniform if they do not have a current SoCal Elite club uniform.

If your son/daughter makes a team, SoCal Elite will contact you and set up a team meeting to introduce your entire team and answer any questions you may have. This will be done within the first week of practice. We will announce teams no later than 48 hours after the final tryout.