The Method to the Madness: Train & Play
Our team’s desire is to shift the emphasis of todays’ basketball from a culture of playground style, highlight reel hoops, to a focused and disciplined approach to the game.
Through our concentrated individual and team skill development, the game of basketball becomes a competition of strategy and percentages instead of a quest of highlights and hope.
Team Drive is comfortable being in the background shadows, while you and your team enjoy the spotlight. For us, it’s not about our accomplishments, it’s about yours.
(See what NBA Legend Kobe Bryant had to say on the American AAU Basketball Program to the right)
"I hate [AAU]. Because it doesn't teach our players how to play the right way; how to think the game; how to play in combinations of 3s. I think everything is a rewards system...
It's just a showcase. It's absolutely horrible for the game... I got lucky because I grew up in Europe and everything there was still fundamentals and all the basics. I think we're doing a tremendous disservice to our young players right now."
Hear From The Coaches
"I coached my son's AAU team for three years; it's a genuinely weird subculture... but what trouble me was how much winning is devalued in the AAU structure.
Very rarely do teams ever hold a practice. If mom and dad aren't happy with their son's playing time, they switch club teams and stick him on a different one the following week.
The process of growing as a team basketball player- learning how to become part of a whole, how to fit into something bigger than oneself - becomes completely lost within the AAU fabric."
- Steve Kerr, NBA Champion Player & Head Coach
"Nobody practices anymore, nobody works on their game anymore. Whereas back in the day, kids would go to camp during the summer, a week or 2 weeks. There would be a lot of pick-up games. They would learn.
What's happening now is these kids, they join a travel team, then they show up for games. They might practice one time a week. So over the course of a season, they may play 50 games and practice 5 times. So now they get to college, and they are lacking in so many fundamentals... I just don't think we're doing a very good job teaching the game at a high school level."
- Geno Auriemma, UConn
11x National Championship Coach