We urge anyone interested in the Mass WILDCATS to thoroughly read through the Frequently Asked Questions
so that your family may make a well informed decision on participation in AAU and with the Mass WILDCATS
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. What is AAU?
The Amateur Athletic Union is a National organization dedicated to amateur sports and physical fitness programs. For more information on the AAU, please go to: aausports.org or neaau.org
2. How does my child become a WILDCAT?
Register online and come to the tryouts. Tryouts are held around January/February for the Spring Season and early September for Fall Season. There is a $25 non-refundable fee associated with tryouts.
Refunds will only be made if a team is not formed.
*No player is guaranteed a spot on any team
3. How are the age groups determined?
AAU is grade based. Players will play at grade appropriate levels, unless we do not have a team at that grade.
4. How long is the WILDCATS AAU Season?
Our Spring Season usually runs from February to mid June and Fall Season runs from September through November.
5. What type of commitment is involved with the WILDCATS?
Each player is expected to attend practices and games. We understand unforeseen conflicts arise and players play multiple sports. Communication with the coach is crucial. Advanced warning allows for any necessary adjustments in practice or game routines. Each coach will establish team rules for missed practices. With that said, our goal is to maintain the integrity of our teams with the most committed and focused players.
6.How many tournaments & practices?
In the Spring, we usually do between 5-8 tournaments and have 2 practices during the week. In the Fall, we do 3-5 tournaments and 1-2 practices/wk.
7. Is there a lot of travel involved with the tournaments?
That is coach dependent, but most younger teams play locally in Massachusetts with occasional tournaments in other New England states and typically have one overnight tournament to allow the players to bond.
The older teams travel outside New England. If a team qualifies for National play and chooses to compete, travel will be required. Costs associated with travel are not included in the WILDCAT Tuition.
8. How do the tournaments work?
There are typically 4 games played per weekend (2 on Saturday/2 on Sunday). The hosting tournament creates the game schedule. Game times can range from 8am up to 8pm. There usually is no more than a 2-3 game break between games. We do not know game times until the Wednesday before that tournament weekend.
9. What is the philosophy on play time
At the Younger ages (5th-6th grade), we believe in a quality play policy. This affords the younger player every opportunity to grow and develop as a basketball player. The exception to this is during State, Regional & National Competitions
From 7th-12th grade, it is competitive-based play as we work to prepare the players for the real world.
No player is guaranteed any specific number of minutes during any game.
10. What are the Goals of the WILDCATS?
The WILDCATS support the true spirit of AAU athletics. We stress fundamentals and fair-play at a competitive level. As many new programs sprout up and others merge together continually retooling their teams each season (out with the old and in with the new philosophy), the WILDCATS proudly strive to retain our players, establishing a sense of pride in our programs.
11. What are the costs with the WILDCAT program?
There is a $25 non-refundable tryout fee and players must register with the AAU ($14). We try to keep fees to a minimum. Factors that my influence cost: practice facilities, number of tournaments, number of players on the roster, coaches stipends, uniforms, insurance & AAU fees. Uniform costs are a separate fee and are not included as part of the tuition. Spring Season tuition is generally between $500 - $775, Fall Season tuition runs about $300-600. There is a $150 non-refundable deposit required upon accepting a roster spot. This deposit will be applied to the tuition. Tuition is due in full by the teams first practice.
If your team travels to non-local tournaments, events or qualifies
for National play, there may be additional costs including travel, room, board and airfare. Team incurs coaches room and air costs.
12. What are the WILDCAT colors?
Our colors are navy blue, white and vegas gold.
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The Mass WILDCAT Programs
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