We are back and we kicked off our first basketball tournament with a great start! 7 teams were able to represent our club participating in 20 games over the weekend at Courtside Basketball Center in Rocklin, CA. It was a lot of fun watching our teams finally hit the court and enjoying each other’s company.[Read more…] about Spring Season Kickoff Basketball Tournament
After taking a year off because of COVID, we didn’t know what a return season would look like. With some of our core players moving on to some amazing teams/opportunities, we knew we are going to have to rebuild from the ground up. However, to our surprise, our season ended up on a positive note.[Read more…] about Ares Basketball first travel tournament
We are happy to announce that Ares Basketball will be hosting the local 2020 Jr. NBA Skills Challenge!
What is the Jr. NBA Skills Challenge?
The Jr. NBA Skills Challenge presented by Under Armour provides boys and girls, ages 13 and younger, the opportunity to showcase their basketball skills through a dribbling, shooting, and rebounding competition. The program is free for all 13 and under for both boys and girls.[Read more…] about 2020 Jr. NBA Skills Challenge
Ares Basketball is happy to announce a free fundamentals basketball clinic for the Tracy/Mountain House and surrounding communities. This basketball clinic will focus on fundamentals for athletes 9 to 17 years old. The goal is to work on fundamental basketball on both on the offensive and defensive end of the court.
When will the Basketball Clinic be?
Our very first clinic will be on January 30, 2020 in Mountain House. Times for the clinic are 6:30pm – 7:30pm for ages 9 – 12/13 and 13/14-17 from 7:45pm – 8:45pm.
To receive updates regarding the clinic, you can visit our free basketball clinic page to sign up.
Who is the Basketball Clinic for?
This basketball clinic is for boys and girls ages 9-17. We have two, one hour sessions depending on age/skill set. The earlier times are usually reserved for the younger age group while the later times are for older age groups that are normally more advanced.
Support this free clinic by purchasing one of our shits, hoodies, or rally/game towel! We look forward to seeing you there.
The Importance of Team Bonding
Coaching and competing in the AAU circuit is and can be tough. The competitive environment we find ourselves in can be an incredibly stressful situation that can create barriers with each other even if we have similar goals. Some folks realize how these barriers are created in an early stage of their experiences of life and are usually OK with not really understanding the other person or need a special bond to work well with others. However, the benefit in creating that special bond in a work environment or on a basketball court really makes a difference in overall performance.
Team bonding can come in different forms, in our case, we had the opportunity to gather our teams together and have a team bonding night at the Stockton Kings season opener against the Santa Cruz Warriors. Both these teams are affiliated with the NBA and compete in the G-League.
Bonding Events During the Kings Game
After speaking with our representative at the Stockton Kings, we found a perfect match for what our goal was with the teams. What better way to bond as teammates and parents than going to something they already enjoy! Practices and games there is limited time to get to really know your teammate and outside of the few hours you spend together during the week, there is no real time to hang out as a team unless planned out.
At the Stockton Arena, we were escorted onto the court to participate in the opening night “tunnel buddies” program the Kings had put together for us. Long description short, the teams got to participate in welcoming the players to the court and got to watch the opening ceremonies from the sideline. They had an absolute blast!
Once all the opening ceremonies were concluded, our group made way to our seats and gathered snacks along the way. It was family night so that meant $4 unlimited pop-corn, $2 hot-dogs, and $1 drinks. With the players and kids satisfied and excited, we enjoyed the game from some great seats.
The night didn’t end with just a great victory for the home team but a great time for the kids as well. At the end of the game, the teams had an opportunity to take a few shots on the court. The group made their way back out to the court as the game concluded and was able to interact more with the opposing team and entertainers who were court side leaving or getting ready to perform.
Overall, the experience was great and just right for the group. The players walked away with a better bond and a great night out. Over the last few weeks, I have seen the growth in the player’s chemistry on the court and has been helpful with the team bonds as a whole.