Thanks to incredible coaches, players and parents, Team Huddle finished its 5th year of competition as strong as ever! Our oldest groups, black, silver and our TNBA group up north all represented the program well, the 2020 TNBA team finished as National Runners up in Washington DC, after having an incredible showing at the Run 4 Roses. Silver and Black also both went undefeated at Run 4 Roses and won their pool. Our 2020 class will be sending at least 13 players to the college ranks, leaving our total over our first 5 years at 55 players moving on from Team Huddle to play in college.
Cousy’s squad added a Battle in the Boro Championship, as the very best 2021 team at the second largest event in the country, to their National Runners up in DC the year before, beating many national powerhouse programs in the last two years. Our 2021 TNBA squad brought it in every tournament and has left itself in a great position for their recruitment this year! Both of our 2022 squads, Pink and Yellow, both represented the program in tremendous fashion! Both played and competed at a very high national level. Both have put themselves on the recruiting radar and both have continued to build for next year! Our 2023 class ended the season well and made a memorable run at the Run 4 Roses, with only 5 players! That day was special, and made us even more excited about our youngsters!
We are blessed to have completed our 4th straight year with multiple teams having kids move on to college. It’s also the third time that we’ve had three teams that had college commits, and the first time ever to have FOUR teams where kids moved on to playing in college! 2019 was a big year for us! This proves, no matter what you’ve heard or what the perception of AAU teams may be, we without a doubt do everything we can to place kids in the best situation for them and work as hard as we possibly can for them in their recruitment. There are no teams or players placed over any others.
None of this would have been possible without the outstanding commitment from the kids, parents and coaches. Thank you to everyone for helping us build a great program with a top-notch reputation, and helping us to continue to build on it! we look forward to 2020!
Though sadly we can never keep everyone happy, the program runs based off of principles that we’ve decided through experience and learning from other great programs and college coaches, are the most important and non-negotiable traits. Not all parents, players, or coaches will always agree with our decisions but the success has been proven and they will be followed or they will have to find a new place to play or coach, no matter how good they are or think they are. The program isn’t flourishing because we have the most talented kids, its successful because we have hard-working kids that do things right and follow the template given to them that creates success and college interest. Teamed with outstanding coaches that push our kids. With that said, here are some of the Team Huddle philosophies that you either follow, whether it’s a player, a parent or a coach…or play elsewhere…
• Getting better is ALWAYS the top priority, not winning. Wins in the spring and summer mean nothing, everyone wants to win, or you wouldn’t be there. However to make winning a bigger priority than getting better is foolish. If you work hard and play the game the right way, you will win. You can win all kinds of games and not get a bit better and you can also lose every game yet improve as a player. Winning does not necessarily equal better basketball players. We will always challenge our kids and put them in situations where they will have the odds stacked against them and challenged, that makes better players and people.
• Our defensive principles are very simple, and aren’t negotiable. We don’t press, zone, trap or run any junk gadget defenses very often. We stay disciplined and become the best on ball and team principled defenders we can be. That is the way to make better and college ready players. Any pressing that is done is very limited and used strategically, not on a regular basis.
• Offensively we focus on being the teammate willing to make the extra pass, and having great shot selection. We don’t run many plays, if any, so that practice time can be used to develop skill. We want to send kids to the next level that can make plays, not run plays.
• Our kids are expected to treat their parents, coaches, teammates and referees with complete respect. Any attitude, reaction to referees, whether it verbal or nonverbal will result in a loss of playing time. Furthermore we hold parents to the highest standard of behavior. We don’t allow or tolerate parents yelling at the refs, their child or the coaches. Any of this will result in a loss of playing time for their child. We do not tolerate parents acting inappropriately in any way, college coaches are also recruiting parents. If parents can’t follow those expectations their kid is not welcome in the program.
• Do not, I repeat DO NOT approach me strictly about playing on Team Huddle’s best teams or you wont play. You either want to play for Team Huddle and you trust where we place your daughter and know it’s the best fit for her, or you find somewhere else to play. Given our experience and extensive communication with college coaches, it gives us a good idea of what situation is best for each kid, a much better idea than any parent. Also some player placements aren’t based off of ability but rather availability and need. Given that many teams will have kids playing college ball shows that Team Huddle in itself carries plenty of college exposure opportunities as a whole, not just one team. Every team with will be in exposure events in the spring and summer.
Of course there are other points that will be covered if and when someone wants to discuss the possibility of playing with Team Huddle but these are the most important points put into place. I don’t recruit so don’t expect me to join the several AAU programs chasing and trying to persuade your daughter. If Team Huddle is something you’re interested in you will have to approach someone in the program, I can always be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.