Maryland Eastern Shore Basketball Wolf Pack : Welcome

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About Us

The MESB Wolf Pack organization (Eastern Shore of Maryland Boys & Girls' Basketball Club) is dedicated to the administration of a highly competitive and instructional "after season" basketball program for kids ages 8 to 17.

MESBWolf Pack provides an organized and disciplined environment for players to develop and to maximize individual and team basketball skills, sportsmanship and teamwork.

MESB Wolf Pack assembles competitive basketball teams in each age level for competition in local, state and national programs and tournaments, sponsored by national basketball organizations.

MESB Wolf Pack augments school programs by developing high school players for local schools and provides a forum for qualified players to display their abilities to college scouts for consideration for athletic and academic scholarships. The program is proud of its contribution to the success of its players with over 35 former players of the Wolf Packs and combined clubs having been awarded academic and athletic scholarships to programs such as: UMES, Salisbury, Wesley, Coppin State, Goucher, Bowie State, Bethune-Cookman, Delaware State, Howard, Lincoln, Morgan State, Towson, Wagner, Mercer, Old Dominion.

Player Placement:

The program is not for recreational purposes. It is designed for boys & girls who have a desire to play competitive basketball. Players are required to attend age specific tryout sessions. Age group assignment is based upon your child's age as of January 1st of the current year. Kids nine and under play in the age ten group. Tryout session dates can be found under the schedule section of this website.

*Players must register for tryouts by completing the MESB Wolf Pack Registration Form
*Players who have conflicts with tryout dates should call 302-519-6251 to arrange a session.

Team Assignments:

All players are required to tryout each year. There will be at least one team at each age level. At some age divisions we may have more than one Division I team. In addition, many of the age levels have developmental teams for players with potential to compete in Division I and who exhibit the commitment to work to improve his or her skills. All Teams play under the name MESB Wolf Pack.

Commitment:

MESB Wolf Pack is an advocate for education and works to coordinate school and other sporting activities and schedules to maximize the opportunities for its players. In general, there are two or three activities per week (practice and games). Weekday practices are held in the evening after 6:00 p.m. Players interested in the program are expected to commit to attend the activities to the best of his or her ability. Players who miss a team practice have the opportunity to attend a session for another team.

Coaching:

MESB Wolf Pack coaches are skilled in teaching basketball at a highly competitive level and exhibit appropriate temperament and sportsmanship toward players, fellow coaches and referees. Coaches are required to: exhibit the ability to develop individual player skills and be committed to the ideals of sportsmanship; have high standards of personal character and integrity; and have the time and resources to dedicate to the program. All MESB Wolf Pack head coaches have significant coaching experience in AAU or high school basketball programs or are former high level players. Assistant coaches will frequently be parents with former player experience, coaching experience or significant experience with the program.

Costs:
* Fees for players selected to play on a MESB Wolf Pack team are $ 200.00 per player.
* Fees include: coaching, clinics, most tournaments (excluding travel) and games.
* Fees are non-refundable.
* Fundraising activities and sponsorship support additional expense requirements

FAQs

 

Frequently Asked Questions about the MESB Wolf Pack and AAU

What is AAU?

AAU stands for Amateur Athletic Union. The AAU is a national organization based in Lake Buena Vista, FL , that is the one of the largest, non-profit, volunteer, sports organizations in the United States . The AAU is dedicated exclusively to the promotion and development of amateur sports and physical fitness, such as with the boys’ & girls’ basketball program where the Wolf Pack competes. The national AAU is divided into districts around the country. The Wolf Pack compete in the Maryland District, The national AAU girls’ basketball Web site is at http://www.aaugirlsbasketball.org /. Also, to get a flavor about AAU girls’ basketball, go to the girls’ basketball Message Board at http://aaugirlsbasketball.org/forum/default.asp and you’ll read comments from folks all over the country.

What is YBOA. Is a similar organization to AAU and sponsors many tournaments and our teams frequently play in these events.

Who are the MESB Wolf Pack?

The MESB Wolf Pack organization is one of the oldest and largest AAU clubs in the Eastern Shore District of AAU and has operated for more than 14 years in the Eastern Shore area. In a given year, the Wolf Pack will operate 1 or 2 or up to 6 or 7 AAU teams in some age groups to compete in the Maryland District Championships held each April and May. A major goal of the organization is to field highly competitive teams each year that will qualify for national AAU tournaments and play at a high level in other elite national basketball tournaments. The Wolf Pack is characterized as a regional rather than local organization or neighborhood club. The organization typically attracts players from all over the eastern shore of DE, MD, &VA area and some kids come from over two hours.

The Wolf Pack is a volunteer non-profit organization.

What are the goals of the Wolf Pack organization?

We want our players to develop as good basketball players and good young women. We want the girls to have fun, be competitive, learn sportsmanship and win. For the younger girls, our goal is to teach them the fundamentals of basketball so they can prepare for high school basketball and be successful. For our high school players, our goal is to assist them, their parents and coaches to prepare to play a big role on their high school team and for some to prepare them for college basketball and possibly receive college scholarships.

What are the rules of the club?

Proper conduct of parents and players is required at all times. We have both a parent and player code of conduct under downloads. Please read and follow. We urge parents to refrain from coaching or officiating from the stands and just be a fan of your son or daughter and their teammates.

What if my child is not a super star basketball player?

This program is also very dedicated to developing players and is a good fit for girls who want to improve at basketball but also have other activities. The developing teams often practice and play less than our Gold and Purple teams. Also they usually end their season about the time school is getting out. It is a major goal of the organization to have development teams to help develop players for school teams. The overall plan is to get each player to the next level. Teaching basketball fundamentals plays a big part of our program. We are about developing players and a benefit of that has been it helps bring in good players trying to get better.

Q. If my child makes an AAU team, are they guaranteed playing time or could they sit on the bench?

A. No player is guaranteed playing time. The selection process attempts to get the best players, on any given team, so competition for playing time is earned by player performance and effort. Every attempt will be made to get playing time for all players, but it is not guaranteed, for every game. However, except in very important games everyone will play some. Over the course of the season all players get their chance to play if they work hard. AAU Competition dictates great performance on the court and winning is necessary to advance in any tournament. On our developmental teams all players play a good bit in every game.


My child is a Super Star we think they need to play up an age will you permit it?

Our club has had a long list of high level girls who played major college basketball including high school all Americans, Kodak All-American and AAU All American and they played at their AAU age and all of their found the experience to be the right level for their development. See our Facebook page. The few times the club has permitted a girl to play up it was for reasons other than being a super star. If a team is so good they need a challenge we will routinely play the team as a whole up an age group.

When is the Wolf Pack season?

The primary season for girls’ AAU basketball is February through August, particularly for the most competitive teams that compete on the national level. Teams in age groups 14-under and above begin to organize at the end of the high school basketball season in February of each year. Some younger Wolf Pack teams in age groups 13-under and below may play outside the AAU season in the fall and winter in order to prepare for the AAU season but most play February to the end of the year except for teams going to the AAU Nationals. Many players on developmental teams take the summer off and end around the beginning of June.

What is the expected commitment of AAU basketball?

To some extent the level of commitment depends on the level of the team. The commitment for a Black and Gray team is greater than the other teams. The commitment can be a big one, but also one than can bring many rewards for your daughters. AAU is not recreational or “county” ball. The commitment also varies from team to team as some teams play more competitive schedules than others. The commitment principally involves time and money. Time because parents have to be committed to getting their daughters to practices and games, and money because the Pistols is a volunteer organization and parents are responsible for supporting their daughters’ participation financially. Practices could be around the corner or an hour’s drive because much depends on availability of facilities and where you live. Games are usually on the weekend. It is expected that a player will make all the games and practices but for players on developing teams playing other sports we will try to work with her on this issue. Most teams practice twice a week usually once during week and once on the weekend. While conflicts always arise in any endeavor, absences can disrupt the team’s continuity and chemistry and are not fair to teammates and coaches. The key thing is to always communicate what’s going on with your daughter to the coaches so they can plan accordingly. Players who play a school sport can usually play AAU as well.

Q. How far and how often does the team travel to play in tournaments?

A. We allow the coaches to determine when and where their teams go to play in tournaments. We do recommend that the coaches not play in tournaments during the weekdays. Most developmental teams play in mostly all local tournaments. Usually two tournaments a month. We are lucky in Maryland there is a tournament every weekend. Top teams do travel to out of state tournaments a few times each year.

Developmental

Q. Can a MESB Wolf Pack AAU participant compete in another sport during the AAU season?

A. Yes, but please make sure your AAU coach and the coach of your other sport(s) you may be participating in are aware that you are playing multiple sports simultaneously and that they do not have a problem with you doing so. School sports and our program usually work out to play both. While we do not mind our athletes to participate in other sports during the AAU season, we do expect our team to usually be given a priority (unless we have agreed to contrary in advance) in those instances where a conflict may arise. (An exception to that rule is when a school sport is involved and then we understand that activity must take priority.) Absenteeism causes problems with team harmony, performance, and overall chemistry on the court. AAU caliber basketball requires commitment from players, coaches, and parents. Coaches will do everything that they can to schedule tournaments when other sports do not interfere, however, State and National tournaments are scheduled by the AAU and we have no flexibility on them. Please make every effort to make sure your child is available for these weekends. Your coach will let you know the dates as soon as he can.




Q. How long are tournaments and how much can we expect to pay for admission at the tournaments?

A. Generally, tournaments run from Friday evening until Sunday afternoon, with each team usually playing between 3-5 games, per tournament. Entry fees are approximately $5.00, per day, for adults and $3.00, per day, for children. Sometimes passes are available for the weekend at a discounted rate.


Is there fundraising to support teams?

Yes, the Wolf Pack encourages teams to actively raise funds to support its teams if they travel. The organization is non-profit and has a Foundation, which is a tax-exempt, 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Fund-raising can come in many forms, from the soliciting of corporate sponsorships to carwashes to candy sales to support from family and friends to “bucket brigades.”

How are Wolf Pack teams operated?

The Wolf Pack organization serves almost as an “umbrella” to support our teams. Each team operates a unit within the structure of the organization – meaning each team is its own organization within the organization. The head coach is the leader of each team and is assisted in operating the team by assistant coaches, team manager, team mom, and for teams traveling a fund-raising coordinator. Usually interested parents of players on the team fill these auxiliary positions to assist the coach, players and team.

Who are Wolf Pack coaches?

In the older age groups, Pistols head coaches and assistant coaches are affiliated with many of the top girls’ high school programs in the area and usually have a strong basketball background. Over the years, coaches have been affiliated with public and private. In the younger age groups, coaches may be dads or moms with coaching experience.

How are players split into teams?

Age level coaches and others evaluate each player and recommend her for a level they believe will suit her level of skill and aggressiveness. Coaches then meet to draw up final lists for the age groups. Not all players who try out are offered spots on a team. However, we are very much a club that includes many developmental players. We sometimes will have up to 7 teams at an age.

Where and When are Try Outs or Evaluations held?

 Tryouts and Evaluations are being held various locations around the Eastern Shore Of Maryland. Please check the home page of the club website for more information.

AGE DIVISIONS IN AAU

There are eight (8) age divisions in AAU basketball. There is a division for every grade beginning at grade 4.

How long are AAU basketball seasons?

8u through 18u play from March through June or July depending on the MQT and if the team qualifies for the National Championships. However, most players on the development teams stop playing around the early part of June.

What is the Cost?

Player's Fee are $ 200.00 (plus $14 for AAU fees) which covers the following:

· AAU registration costs for the MESB Wolf Pack organization and individual players and coaches with an insurance waiver;

· Individual team registration for tournaments (approximate average per tournament for each team is $250 and some cost up to $900) and misc. games cost up to $75.00;

· Practice gym rental fees and insurance waivers;

· Equipment (basketballs, scorebooks, first aid kits, etc. Hotline and Web site maintenance, printing, mailing, etc.;

· Uniforms; and

· Etc.

Q. If my child receives a uniform; does he/she get to keep it?

A. No, we require that all uniforms are returned at the end of the season to keep our program one of the best bargains in AAU.

When will our team practice and compete?

MESB Wolf Pack coaches arrange gym times, scrimmages and tournament schedules and locations. All teams enter the state tournament; coaches make decisions about other tournaments.

How will I know on which team my child will play on?

Teams will be posted on the web  as soon as soon as possible after player evaluations.



AGE DIVISIONS IN AAU

There are ten (10) age divisions in AAU girls’ basketball. There is a division for every year beginning at age 8. The nine divisions would be: 8u, 9u (nine and under), 10u, 11u, 12u, 13u, 14u, 15u, Junior Eligible. We may have 18 you if there is interest.

How long are AAU basketball seasons?

8u through 18u play from March through June or July depending on the MQT and if the team qualifies for the National Championships. However, most players on the development teams stop playing around the early part of June.

What is the Cost?

Player's Fee are $ 200.00 (plus $14 for AAU fees) which covers the following:

· AAU registration costs for the MESB Wolf Pack organization and individual players and coaches with an insurance waiver;

· Individual team registration for tournaments (approximate average per tournament for each team is $250 and some cost up to $900) and misc. games cost up to $75.00;

· Practice gym rental fees and insurance waivers;

· Equipment (basketballs, scorebooks, first aid kits, etc. Hotline and Web site maintenance, printing, mailing, etc.;

· Uniforms; and

· Etc.

Q. If my child receives a uniform, does she get to keep it?

A. No, we require that all uniforms are returned at the end of the season to keep our program one of the best bargains in AAU.

When will our team practice and compete?

MESB Wolf Pack coaches arrange gym times, scrimmages and tournament schedules and locations. All teams enter the North Atlanta Girls Basketball tournament and the state tournament; coaches make decisions about other tournaments.

How will I know on which team my daughter/son will play?

Teams will be posted on the web  as soon as possible after player evaluations.


If you have questions, suggestions or comments please contact Dante Trader at dttrader16@gmail.com.

9u through 18u play from March through June or July depending on the MSQ and if the team qualifies for the National Championships. However, most players on the development teams stop playing around the early part of June.

What is the Cost?

Player's Fee are $ 200.00 (plus $14 for AAU fees) which covers the following:

· AAU registration costs for the MESB Wolf Pack organization and individual players and coaches with an insurance waiver;

· Individual team registration for tournaments (approximate average per tournament for each team is $250 and some cost up to $900) and misc. games cost up to $75.00;

· Practice gym rental fees and insurance waivers;

· Equipment (basketballs, scorebooks, first aid kits, etc. Hotline and Web site maintenance, printing, mailing, etc.;

· Uniforms; and

· Etc.

When will our team practice and compete?

MESB Wolf Pack coaches arrange gym times, scrimmages and tournament schedules and locations. All teams enter the North Atlanta Girls Basketball tournament and the state tournament; coaches make decisions about other tournaments.

How will I know on which team my son/daughter will play?

Teams will be posted on the web  as soon as possible after player evaluations.


If you have questions, suggestions or comments please contact Dante Trader at mesbwolfpackbasketball@gmail.com .

 

 

MISSION STATEMENT.

Through coaching and good competition we want to take each player to the next level. A detailed mission statement is on our web page.

 

OUR TEAMS.

We expect to have teams for 8u thru 17u. At some age divisions we may have a developmental team which may play in the YBOA program. Very talented players may play on more than one team within our club. Usually there will be two or three activities (practices or games) a week and players are expected to be committed to the program.. During the week, practices will be in the evening after 6:00 p.m. We do try to make our schedule work with girls who also play softball or soccer, but this program is more competitive than a church or recreation program and is not suited for everyone.

 

PLAYER PLACEMENT.

The program is NOT for recreation purposes. It is designed for girls who desire to play competitive basketball. The number of players selected for teams from the tryouts is determined by available coaches and the number of teams at each age level. We may not be able to accommodate all players. When there are two teams at an age level, one will be more competitive than the other.

 

ABOUT TRY OUTS. HOW DO I GET MY SON/DAUGHTER INVOLVED IN THE PROGRAM?

This is easy. Call 302-519-6251 or email me mesbwolfpackbasketball@gmail.com for the information and forms for the next tryouts for non-high school boys/girls. Tryout dates have yet to be announced. Please note that your son/daughter's AAU age is determined as of January 1st prior to the spring season. If your daughter was born on January 2, 1999 she is a 10u player but if she was born on or before January 1, 1999, she is an 11u. High School Tryouts: TBD. Boys/Girls who are in high school cannot tryout until their school's season is over. We will have a second tryout or make arrangements for high school boys/girls who are in the H.S.State Playoffs... Instructions for AAU membership are on our web site as well as club membership.

 

COACHES.

The club seeks coaches who have the ability to teach basketball at a highly competitive level and have the temperament to deal with referees and fellow coaches. The coach must be able to develop the individual skills of players, be committed to the ideals of sportsmanship, have high standards of personal character and integrity and have the time and resources to commit to the program. All of our head coaches have significant coaching experience either in AAU or coaching high school basketball. At this time, team assignments for coaching have not been made. Assistant coaches will frequently be parents, but most will have already been involved or have other significant coaching experience.

 

SPORTSMANSHIP AND CONDUCT.

We have a code of conduct for players, parents and coaches which are on our web for viewing. Sportsmanship and good conduct are requirements to be a part of this program.

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