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Club Basketball - Raleigh/Durham

Since 2004 By The Numbers…...

National Under Armour Grassroots Basketball Sponsored Program

4x Division I National Champions! 2006, 2013, 2013-NCAA, 2016-Adidas

Numerous Additional Organization National Championships!

26 AAU NC State Championships

Nationally known NCAA Exposure Program Resulting in 49 College Scholarships (Men/Women)

Annual International Basketball Tour for select Team Carolina players
Atlantis, Bahamas in 2015 (2 Teams)
Atlantis, Bahamas in 2016 (1 Team)

Our Own Home 20,000 Foot Training Facility

91 AAU Teams within Team Carolina

4 Locations in Raleigh, Asheville, Lake Norman & Columbia

Team Carolina AAU: What You Need To Know

Team Carolina has quickly become one of the largest, most comprehensive instructive based basketball organizations in the southeast. This past Spring, Summer and Fall-2016 season, OVER 91 TEAMS participated in the Team Carolina AAU Program (Raleigh-Durham and Asheville). Repetition is the key to success, and all of our teams train consistently on a structured and designed curriculum which dramatically impacts player development.

An Unparalleled Plan to Player Development

  • Multiple Team Practices (up to 3x a week)
  • Weekly Skills/Performance Training led by Professional Skills Trainers begin in November (3 months before team practices start)
  • Strength, Vertical, Speed and Agility WEEKLY training led by certified Strength trainer Jonas Richard
  • Tremendous NCAA Exposure Program
  • On-site NCAA Recruiting Advisor
  • Structured Curriculum for each grade level
  • Qualified Coaches committed to your child's development!
  • Teams will play  7-10 Tournaments in the Spring
  • Team Building Activities to impact Team Chemistry and Cohesiveness
  • Special Members only Event Nights with Celebrity NBA Trainers
  • Academic Accountability
  • Recruiting Advisor for NCAA Exposure Team Members
  • Spiritual Growth Opportunity with Sports Missions Outreach
  • Captain Leadership Training for each Team
  • Parent Education Webinars on topics affecting your child!
  • Spring Season Practices begin in February 

A Professional Strategy
On Staff NCAA College Recruiting Advisor

Each male and female athlete who participates on a Team Carolina Showcase Team is personally assigned to our on staff NCAA Recruiting Advisor, former ACC Standout at NC State, Avie Lester. Avie's experience and expertise enables every athlete with the necessary tools to enhance their opportunities for playing at the collegiate level. Avie connects with players and their families on an ongoing basis to discuss various strategic methods to best promote your son/daughter. These sessions are structured, organized and timely that follows a planned progression ranging from contacting colleges, writing letters, arranging un-official visits and much more. Specific calendars regarding the process begins with athletes in the middle school age groups.

More NCAA Exposure Tournament Opportunities
In addition to our on staff NCAA Recruiting Advisor, our athletes in 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th grades will have an expanded opportunity to attend the large NCAA Invitation Only Exposure tournaments during the open recruiting periods. Here you will play in front of college coaches in locations such as Atlanta, Chicago and other regional city events. Our coaches and staff will also be advising and instructing our athletes through practice "mock" college coach phone calls and "how to communicate" seminars. Further, each participating athlete will have access to their own online website personal recruiting page, and a much more comprehensive emphasis on recruiting preparation.

Nutrition Guidance & Academic Support
We are thrilled to have added to our affiliation a certified nutritionist who will be advising each team Head Coach on proper hydration and food diet throughout the AAU season. Further, our Academic Counselor will be working directly with each Head Coach on a scheduled basis to ensure athletes are maintaining good study habits, meeting academic objectives, and if needed, directed to where they may get the help needed.

Newly added Asheville, Lake Norman and Columbia Team Carolina Locations
Our expansion with six teams in each of our new regions enables you to have access to more effective resources for your continued development and team benefit. All of our supportive staff and trainers are directly involved with each location, the end result........YOU benefit.

Expanded Parent Education
In addition to our annual Signing Night and Parent Orientation, our Director of Development will be conducting continuing parent education seminars every 2 weeks for parents to attend regarding the most important issues affecting players today. These parent education webinar forums will be conducted on topics such as nutrition, playing with confidence, The role of a parent in club sports, stretching and injury prevention, strength and power training, improving your vertical jump, Skills and Private Training Recommendations, summer camp options and many more.

Year Round Skills Training
Every Team Carolina Athlete will have the opportunity to again attend Weekly Professional Skills Training led by our NBA Trainers Jonas Richard, Michko Massago & Avie Lester. These sessions, which begin in November for athletes named to a team from Early Spring Tryouts and will continue throughout the entire Spring AAU season (until June 1). This is included at no additional fee for all of our participants.

Nationally Renowned Nike Guest Clinicians Monthly
Team Carolina has contracted with the premier Nationally renowned NBA trainers, Nike's Ganon Baker and Damin Altizer to come to Hoops City during the Spring, 2016 season. Ganon will make one appearance in April while Damin will be on site every 3 weeks beginning in March thru May to make a major progresive impact on all of our AAU participants.

Organizational Structure
The Team Carolina Basketball Program which began in 2002, is a Non-Profit 501C-3 under the Amateur Athletic Union umbrella that offers intense competitive AAU Basketball Teams throughout the Carolinas; Lake Norman, NC, Columbia, SC and out of its host facility, Hoops City U in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. In the past five years alone, over 2,400 athletes have played AAU with Team Carolina which have achieved three (3) AAU Division I National Championships, multiple State Championships and a substantial quantity of players continuing their basketball playing at the collegiate level. We offer AAU opportunities in three levels of competitive play for Boys and Girls Teams Grades 2 thru 11:

                                                      Team Carolina - NCAA Exposure
                                                      Team Carolina - National

                                                      Team Carolina - Regional

Team Carolina Teams become a family over the course of the season. They bond not only while on the court, but also while traveling together, eating together, and through learning and studying together during basketball classroom sessions.

Learn more about Team Carolina AAU and its offerings in this short Power Point Presentation "Your Invitation to Join."

The differences between each program consists of the strength of schedule and level of commitment expected. The Team Carolina brand is a nationally sponsored program that enables our teams to receive invitations to the premier events in the country! Further details regarding all of our programs can be found under the Parents and FAQ Tabs located on the website.

Team Carolina's approach to coaching is balanced proportionately on individual skill development and team elements, as we believe that this will ultimately translate into success for the team and a stronger self-image in each player. We strongly believe in the potential of each player, and it is the goal of the Team Carolina Basketball Club coaches and administration to help realize that potential.

How We Differ From Other AAU Programs

  • We are committed to our mission of Developing the Holistic Student-Person-Player in Basketball, and have been successful for 17 years!
  • The Basketball Court is our Classroom. We believe in constantly teaching, educating, shaping and impacting each young person who participates in our program. Our unparalleled highly qualified Coaching Staff is committed to you!
  • Our own 20,000 square foot Home Facility is dedicated to you, and gives us the advantage of ensuring a positive, quality, safe and inviting location. Our AAU members have access to courts, fitness conditioning, sports psychology, cafe, academic assistance, recruiting guidance and talented staff members. It best reflects our staff, our culture and the environment to be successful!
  • Our own Recruiting Advisors walks you thru the process and remains engaged with assisting you with finding the best opportunity to continue your college eligibility.
  • We believe in a fast, high energy environment to better facilitate a lively action packed gym with a higher quantity of practice and training sessions!
  • A Year Round Program - Team Carolina offers year round programs for all athletes in the community and Year Round Training Included!
  • Extra Practice - Members may work out and practice on their own at no additional charge (space and courts available). Private coaching is also available throughout the year to work with players on their performance goals.
  • Custom Curriculum - The Directors have developed a custom curriculum for coaches, unique to AAU. Ultimately, players develop tremendously. The techniques are balanced into skill levels and provide a platform for growth and improvement as they graduate to new levels.
  • Communication is Key - The Team Carolina Staff is diligent about sending frequent email updates on all club activity and keeping the website current for tournament schedules, camps and clinics. The gym also features bulletin announcement boards with all new events throughout the year.
  • Community Service - Team Carolina prides itself on being an organization that is impacting others through community service work. 2019 events include collecting food for those in need, Toys for Tots Christmas Gift Program, "Shoot for the Cure" Shoot-a-thon and "Hoops for the Cure Classic" Tournament. Additional community service hours are available for our players to assist coaching younger players and their teams.