What are the goals of the Northside Spartan program?
Our primary goal is to improve the skills of each player in preparation for their school season. We also want to develop understanding of the game and the work necessary to become a better player. For players who are exploring a college career, we strive to help them gain exposure and relationships with college coaches. Last, we want every player to have fun with their AAU experience through being part of family atmosphere with coaches serving as good role models.
How many teams do you have?
The number of teams we field depends on the amount and quality of players at our evaluations. We expect to create at 1-2 teams for boys grades 9, 10, and 11 in addition to one 7th grade and one 8th grade team. We will also field one 10th grade girls team, and additional girls teams if we have enough interested girls.
When does the season start? What's the schedule like?
Practices start immediately after evaluations and are usually held once per week (April-July). Schedules can vary based on the age group and team, but most teams play in 5-8 weekend tournaments starting in April going through July. Some teams will play in a summer league at the Fieldhouse in Fishers. High school teams (grades 8-11) will have no games or practices during the month of June to allow players to workout and play with their high school teams.
How much does it cost?
2018 costs will vary by team. In the past, costs has run between $475-$600, depending on the team (usually our high school "A" teams pay a little more to play a more comprehensive tournament schedule). Player fees are due at the first practice and cover practice gym reservation fees, tournament and league entry fees, equipment fees, jersey/shorts to keep, and a team t-shirt. Other team apparel will be made available to purchase at the beginning of the season.
My son has a busy summer schedule. Can he still play?
Obviously we're aware that summer schedules can be hectic and busy. We try to be as flexible as possible with other commitments, but we expect each player to be at each event (practices or games). We hate to put our coaches and teams at a disadvantage by accepting a player who has to miss a large portion of games. Making a Spartan team can be contingent upon be able to make all team functions.
Who all is invited to evaluations?
All players are eligible to come to evaluations. High school aged teams are restricted to accepting a maximum of three players from a single school to play on the same team.
Okay, I want to come to evaluations. What do I do now?
If interested in attending an evaluation session, send an e-mail to the co-directors at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, grade, school, height, and position so we can get you on the evaluation list. Evaluations are typically held in mid-March. That way we'll be able to send you information regarding evaluations. Or just show up during your appropriate evaluation date!