Tryouts for AAU hoops planned for Sunday
February 29, 2012
Steamboat Springs — A revamped AAU basketball program is gearing up for a new season, with tryouts scheduled for Sunday at Steamboat Springs High School.
The High Altitude Basketball AAU program will hold tryouts from 3 to 5 p.m. for boys in sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grades, as well as for high school students.
High Altitude Basketball features five teams — one for each middle school grade and a high school A and B team.
The cost is $350 for players, with the AAU season running from Sunday to July 1. Players can expect to play in more than 20 games throughout the season.
"We've made a lot of improvements," said Devin Borvansky, president and coordinator of the group. "We play such powerhouse teams."
The schedule involves weekly practices with tournaments across the Front Range on the weekends. The teams generally play other teams from the Front Range, including several all-star teams.
This season, Steamboat is expected to travel to tournaments in Brighton, Highlands Ranch, Thornton and Colorado Springs, among others. Teams are guaranteed at least five games in each tournament.
The program has been in place for middle school teams in the past, but this will be the first year for the high school teams. The program's success seemed evident this past preps season, with six freshmen who played AAU ball last year making the varsity team.
"We play high-level teams and it's super competitive," Borvansky said. "These kids start seeing athletes they've never seen before. Plus, they're getting another 20-plus games in a year."
Sunday's tryouts will focus on player skills. Borvansky said it's common throughout the year for a player to play up or down a level.
"We go around and get as many different looks as possible," Borvansky said. "You always see the same teams in your conference. This year, it's a great look at the rest of the state."
For more information about the AAU program, call Borvansky at 970-291-9448 or email email@example.com.
To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com