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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about Nova 94 Feet and AAU basketball.  If you have a question that is not covered below, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at director@nova94feet.com

Q. How do I join a Nova 94 Feet basketball team?

A. Nova 94 Feet has open tryouts for all of our teams in February and March of each year.  Registration for tryouts will open in January.  All players that wish to try out for a team MUST register online and pay the nominal registration fee of $15.

Q.  What is AAU basketball?

A.  AAU stands for the Amateur Athletic Union.  AAU is a sanctioning body that sanctions regional and national events all around the United States.  AAU is split into different regions.  Nova 94 Feet competes in the Potomac Valley region of AAU (PVAAU).  PVAAU is constituted of programs in Montgomery County and Prince George's County Maryland, Washington, DC, City of Alexandria and Arlington and Fairfax County, Virginia.  Teams play in regional events to qualify for AAU Nationals tournaments in either Division 1, 2 or 3.  Teams that play Division 1 AAU are the most competitive youth basketball teams in the United States.  Our Girls teams compete in Dvision 1 AAU and our Boys teams compete in both Division 1 and Division 2 generally.

Q.  What is the time frame for a typical AAU season?

A.  All of our teams have open tryouts in February/March of each year.  The AAU main season runs from March through July (when AAU Nationals and other summer showcase events take place).  Teams will generally play anywhere from 8-12 tournaments during that time period.  Some teams may play in a summer league.  The coach of each team sets the team's schedule.  Some of your teams will choose to play year round, playing in the Fall and Winter seasons as well.  This is handled by the coach on a team by team basis.  If a team plays in the Fall and/or Winter there will be some additional costs.   

Q.  What is the difference between a Nova 94 Feet Orange team and a Nova 94 Feet Blue team?

A.  Nova 94 Feet Orange teams are the top team at a particular age/grade level.  Players that play on Orange teams are expected to make basketball their highest priority.  Orange teams will play more out of town events and will attempt to qualify for, and play at, AAU Nationals at the highest level the team can obtain.  Nova 94 Blue teams are also very competitive.  However, the Blue teams will play more regionally and are less likely to travel out of town for tournaments.  Players on Blue teams are expected to make basketball a priority, however multi-sport players for which basketball is not the highest priority fit in very well on Blue teams.  All players try out for both the Orange and the Blue team at one centralized tryout.  The Orange coach will choose his team first; the Blue coach will choose his team second.  Occasionally, if we have a very high turnout we will field a third team in an age grouping--a White team.

Q.  What are the typical costs to participate on a Nova 94 Feet team?

A.  The costs to take part on a Nova 94 Feet team will vary depending on the whether the team is Orange or Blue, and on the age grouping.  All Players need to purchase the uniform kit for that team for the Spring/Summer season.  The costs for the uniform kit are approximately $250-300.  Returning players may use their uniforms in the following season unless there has been a program wide uniform change.  Costs for Nova 94 Feet elementary and middle school age teams usually run about $500-650 for Orange teams and $400 for Blue Teams.  These costs include a program fee to Nova 94 Feet of $125, which covers program operational expenses such as insurance, equipment, coaches’ gear, and all administrative expenses.   The remainder of the fees cover costs for tournaments, practice space, coaches stipend (if any as many of our coaches are volunteers) and team functions.  High School age teams may have higher costs since they play in exposure events which have a higher entry fee.  Total costs for HS teams including uniforms can range from $800-$1300.  However, some HS teams will receive free gear under our affiliation with Adidas.  

Q.  Are there scholarships available for families that cannot the costs to participate on a Nova 94 Feet team?

A.  Yes.  Nova 94 Feet is committed to provide full or partial scholarships for all players that qualify.  On our Forms page there is an application which a player can submit to apply for a scholarship.  If approved the player will be advised what contribution is needed to participate on a Nova 94 team, and the program's scholarship fund will cover the remainder of the costs.  

Q.  Does Nova 94 Feet provide training for players?

A.  Nova 94 Feet runs basketball clinics in the Fall and Winter for players of all ages.  These sessions are very popular and fill up quickly and have been running for the past 5 years.  Nova 94 does not provide individual training for players--however, many of the Nova 94 coaches do provide such training.  If you would like a referral to a basketball trainer please contact us directly at director@nova94feet.com