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As we look forward to the fall/winter youth basketball season, we find ourselves pushing up against district, city and state health guidelines once again.  Current fitness and youth sports guidelines allow for practices within groups of five plus a coach for Phase 2. As we remain in Phase 2 for the foreseeable future, we will not be allowed to run our regularly scheduled Spokane AAU league and opening season tournament. However, we are currently working with various youth sport agencies and facilities across the state to lobby for special considerations and updated guidelines for youth indoor sports. Once we know, you will know.  

We will continue to work with officials and be ready to play when possible. For now, we are planning for our Santa Slammer tournament December 19 & 20 with the hopes that we will be able to launch our program at that time. We are prepared with an eight-week schedule starting in January for our league.  

Like all of you, we look forward to filling the gyms with the sights and sounds of basketball once again. We want our kids to be playing for their wellbeing and for the love of the game.  

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.    

Matt Santangelo
Executive Director

KEY INFO FOR A SUCCESSFUL SEASON

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Spokane aau is spokane's youth basketball headquarters.

REGISTRATION

Spokane AAU is home to Spokane youth basketball. Registration for Spokane AAU is open. We are considered a Coaches’ League – simply the coach forms his or her team and then registers the team for the league season. Players must register as a team with a head coach and assistant coach in place. All teams must have at least one and no more than two assistant coaches.

Cost: $1,650/team – processing fee included

Please note: Once a player is rostered, they cannot switch teams. Also, all players can only play on one team.

INTERESTED IN PLAYING BUT DON'T HAVE A TEAM?

While Spokane AAU does not form teams, we do try to help connect non-rostered players with teams through our Free Agent Forum on Facebook. Parents and coaches can connect using the form to help form teams for the upcoming season 

SEASON SCHEDULE

The Spokane AAU season will consist of 10 games over 8 weeks (1/9-2/28). Regular season games will take place on Saturdays in venues throughout the Spokane area. Spokane AAU also hosts three weekend tournaments over the course of the season.

Please note:

  • Game time switches will not be allowed once the official season schedule has been posted and distributed.
  • A player can only be rostered on one team – for the league and the three tournaments sponsored by Spokane Regional AAU.
  • A player cannot switch teams once he or she has been rostered on a team.
  • If a team forfeits a scheduled league game, that team will not be eligible for the Championship bracket.

The Home team must wear a white jersey. The Visitor team will wear a dark jersey.

KEY DATES

  • August 19 – Registration Opens
  • December 19-20 – Santa Slammer Winter Classic
  • January 9 – AAU League Season Begins
  • February 7 – 8th Grade Boys and Girls All-Star Games
  • February 7 – Hot Shot Competition – Rd. 1
  • February 27-28 – League Championship Weekend
  • March 6-7 – Shootout Spring Classic Tournament
  • Fitz – High School Boys Clinic – TBD
  • Fitz – 8th Grade Boys Clinic – TBD

AGE GROUPS & DIVISIONS

Spokane AAU will be offering two skill level divisions – Division I and Division II – in each age group. 

The addition of the 3rd grade division for both girls and boys offers an opportunity for these young players to develop their skills while playing real basketball. Teams will be registered strictly on the basis of the grade in school for that school year, as of September. Any questions regarding grade level will be verified with the school listed by individual players. Any player that is in a lower grade level may play up a grade level.

DIVISION DESCRIPTIONS
  • Division I – A perfect fit for the seasoned team that has played an extensive amount of organized basketball and wants to use his or her skills to meet any challenge
  • Division II – An ideal fit for the player who is on a journey to enhance his or her basketball skills and reinforce their love for the game.

AAU CARDS

Each player and coach, including assistant coaches and the team contact (if he or she is also participating as a coach), is required to have a current AAU card to be involved in the league. This is a membership card that also provides supplemental liability and medical insurance during AAU-sanctioned events and activities. AAU card numbers are required on each team’s league and tournament rosters and the cost for the cards is separate from your team’s registration fee. You must provide a copy of those cards in your registration packet in order for it to be complete. Parents and coaches should also keep copies of the cards for their records.

 

AAU cards will be available after August 15.

Cards are not available for purchase in the league office. Cards may be purchased online through the National AAU website. AAU does not issue cards until the end of August prior to each league season.

For those who are purchasing multi-year AAU cards, you will be responsible to retain a copy of the AAU card and give it to the coach so that it can be remitted along with a registration packet each year until the card expires.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

In addition to our 10-game season, Spokane AAU will feature three additional events that add to the overall experience for each of our athletes. Whether it’s the culmination of six seasons in our program with the 8th Grade Boys and Girls All-Star Games or our free throw and three-point contest for players to show off their clutch shooting skills, Spokane AAU offers a season full of games, competitions and festivities. 

8th Grade All-Star Game

The 7th Annual Spokane AAU All-Star Game will take place on Sunday, February 7, 2021 at West Valley High School. Our 8th grade players will use the regular season as a chance to perfect their skills, with a select few having the opportunity to battle it out on the court!

Within Spokane AAU, every eighth grade coach nominates two players from their own team, and two players from other teams who they believe performed exceptionally during the season. The players with the most nominations are chosen, and the teams are formed for what have become some of the biggest games in January each season.

We want to provide our athletes with another opportunity to play and be celebrated,” explains Matt Santangelo, Executive Director of Spokane Hoops Association. “This is what our All-Star game accomplishes for our league.”

Rosters will be posted the week prior to the game 

Hot Shot Competition

The Hot Shot Competition is a great way for athletes to test their shooting skills against others. We offer both a free throw and a 3-point contest. Each team can qualify one free throw shooter and one 3-point shooter (they cannot be the same athlete). This is FREE for the athletes and gives a chance for every team to be represented in a fun competition. The Free Throw and 3-Point Hot Shot Competitions are always full of young athletes with the ability to shoot the lights out!

The names of each team’s two representatives must be submitted no later than Monday, January 20th to giff@spokanehoopfest.net. 

Round 1 will take place on Sunday, February 7, 2021 at West Valley High School with the Final Round taking place on Championship Weekend. For additional information regarding rules and times, download a copy of the 2020 Hot Shot Information form.

Championship Weekend

Championship Weekend will be held on February 27-28, 2021! Save the dates and help us celebrate our 32nd Anniversary and the teams that competed all season for a chance to participate in this exciting weekend. 

Join us on Championship Weekend to support Spokane AAU teams as they compete for a championship title. The 3rd and 4th place teams in each age group and division play on Saturday, and the 1st and 2nd place seeds compete on Sunday. These teams have put in countless hours of hard work and practice to prepare for what is set to be the biggest weekend of their season. 

On Sunday, players that competed in Round 1 of our Hot Shot Competition will have an opportunity to win it all during the half time games of their respective grades. Four competitors will advance from both the free throw and three point challenges to show us their skills during Championship Weekend. 

JERSEYS

Each team is responsible for its own uniforms. Uniform types may be either a reversible jersey or two separate jerseys. Regardless of type, there must be one white (home) and one dark colored (away) jersey for each game. Numbers must be on both the front of the jersey (minimum 4” tall) as well as the back of the jersey (minimum 6” tall), and must be centered vertically as well as horizontally. The numerals 6, 7, 8 and 9 are illegal and cannot be used alone or in any combination. The officials must be able to signal the jersey number with one hand. 

The following series of numbers can be used:
  •  0-5
  • 10-15
  • 20-25
  • 30-35
  • 40-45
  • 50-55

MANDATORY COACHES MEETING

The entire coaching staff (head coach and maximum of two assistants) for each team will be required to sign-off after attending the meeting. Only the head coach will be able to pick up the team’s packet – picture i.d. will be required. 

Meeting date TBD

If the head coach and assistant coaches do not attend one of the scheduled meetings, they will NOT be eligible to coach in the league during the upcoming season.