1. What are some of the specifics about Matrix AAU teams’ practices? Overview. The Matrix AAU teams practice twice a week starting in mid-March. Teams may practice occasionally in late February depending on player, coach, and gym availability. Unless a team is playing in a national tournament in July, the last formal practice will be in early-to-mid June.
Practice times. Practices are typically 90 minutes. Early practices usually start at 6:00 p.m. or 6:30 p.m., with the later practices starting at 7:30 p.m. or 8:00 p.m.
Practice locations. Our teams practice in both Arlington and Fairfax Counties, and we are assigned multiple gyms from each jurisdiction that we then parcel out to each team. As each Matrix AAU team has its own unique geographic dispersion of players, our goal is to offer centralized practice facilities for each team so as to share the travel burden fairly equally. We also aim to provide appropriately-sized gyms for each team. At the same time, our coaches work around their own availability as well as the availability of their players, so there are quite a few variables in assigning practice slots.
We hope to have a rough idea of practice slots and locations at the time of tryouts for each age group, but the precise schedules will be confirmed by each coach once the teams are selected.
2. What are the practice requirements for the Matrix AAU teams?
Our coaches want players at practice as much as possible as they believe that practice is where huge improvements in skills development can occur.
The general policy is that players should attend at least 75% of the team's practices. Click here and read FAQ #3 for more details on this policy.