Thread: AAU Basketball
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Old 05-13-2010, 03:13 PM   #8
Rake2204
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Default Re: AAU Basketball

I played AAU when I was younger but it retrospect it honestly feels a little like overkill. I guess I understand the logic of basketball being available to all those who wish to participate a lot, but there's something about AAU, from a coaches' perspective, that just seems a little over the top and kind of dirty. The motivation seems to sort of shift from just having fun to hyper-competition and feeding players to the old guys in sweatsuits who want you to come play for them.

Again though, it seems like a fulfilling experience to a lot of kids, so I can't really dispute that. Maybe it's the recruiting process I object to; as if these guys are trying to court all these players. It feels creepy and a little unsavory.

I guess it depends on what a player is looking to get out of playing basketball.
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