The state of Illinois has released guidelines for Youth Basketball. The sport has classified as a 'medium' risk and is at a Play Level 1 & 2 which means we are allowed to practice, train and have intra-squad scrimmages (with parental consent).
As long as the states plan doesn't change, our plan will be to still run a winter season that is all in-house games. Having competitive in-house scrimmages is not something new to our program: we offer a summer league during the summer and during our youth seasons, phase 2 is called Battle Grounds. Both are intra-squad games, HOWEVER, in Battle Grounds Academy we will have 1 real referee per game. Our coaches will coach the teams to ensure competitive games as well as individual development.
Battle Grounds Academy will an evaluation in early October on the weekend. Dates will be announced Sept. 1st. After the evaluation, we will invite players into the Black Level or Red Level. The invites will be based on each players individual skill and how they preform during 5on5 at the evaluation.
Battle Grounds Academy will start the first week of November and end the 2nd week of February. It will offer 2 training sessions during the week and 2 (back to back) games on the weekend.
The weekly training sessions will balance between team drills and individual skill. The sessions will be 90 minutes in length. We will follow our facility guidelines and keep training groups to 10 players maximum and 3 groups on each court.
***Depending on the amount of players committed will determine which option we go with for game play. Since we are playing against ourselves, the goal is to have competitive games that are not redundant***
Option 1 - (Solidify Intra-Squad Teams:) After the evaluation, players will be slotted into two different talent divisions based on their evaluation performance. Within each talent division, we will divide teams equally to ensure competitive game play. This is the best option, since we are going to be playing intra-squad games only.
Option 2 (Weekly Mix Of Teams): After the evaluation, players will be slotted into two different talent divisions based on their evaluation performance. Within each talent division, we will mix teams up weekly and they will play two games (still with a real ref and our staff coaching).
Option 3 (Hybrid Option): After the evaluation, players will be slotted into two different talent divisions based on their evaluation performance. We will start the season by mixing teams up on game day. To increase the competitiveness (and fun), we will solidify teams for the last weeks and play an in-house tournament!
Games will be played on Saturday or Sunday. Players will play 2 back to back games. Games will be played against players who are within the Battle Grounds Academy at our facility.
Our Battle Grounds Academy program is the right choice for your player if the following matter to you as a parent:
Development: Your player is interested in playing games but not sacrificing individual development while doing so. Practicing on ‘plays’ is important but at this age there still needs to be a huge emphasis on individual development while teaching team concepts. The M14 System was created to ensure our professional coaching staff does not lose focus during the course of the season. The point of basketball is to play in the game (we haven’t forgotten that!) but at the youth level we believe individual development has to be a priority as well.
Coaching: ALL our coaches are employees of M14Hoops (part-time or fully employed). This allows the focus to be on every player and because the focus is on each player improving. Our coaches must pass our internal training classes to be able to coach a team as well and are managed by our Directors. This allows us to trouble-shoot any issues quickly and professionally.
If 1 or both of these items matter, our Battle Grounds Academy is the right choice for you!
Middle School Prep is how we classify all our 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade level. We classify this way to make sure parents, players and coaches always remember what we are preparing our players for. We always want our teams to be competitive and we have found a unique way to be competitive and still focus on development. We offer teams for every level players.
High School Prep is how we classify all our 7th and 8th grade level. We classify this way to make sure parents, players and coaches always remember what we the next goal in each players progression should be. We always want our teams to be competitive and we have found a unique way to be competitive and still focus on development. We offer teams for every level players.