No - We do not have Drive5 teams. We host tournaments at the Drive5 Sports Center that are open to any area teams and coaches that want to participate, and we have the Drive5 Basketball Academy throughout the week that offers high-level instruction and player development. The Drive5 Basketball Academy is open to any youth player that wants to improve their skills as a basketball player and overall athlete. If you are interested in enrolling your child in the academy, we will meet with you and discuss the goals your child has as a player, and where they are currently at in regards to reaching those goals. We will place your child in an academy group that gives him/her the most opportunity to improve and have fun.
All players are encouraged to check out the Drive5 Basketball Academy, regardless of team affiliation. Although many players participate on competing teams outside of the academy, they are able to form friendships and enjoy a sense of community in the academy. It is absolutely invaluable for kids to be around other players who have similar goals and attitudes, and can push each other to improve and compete at their personal bests. If you would also like your child to play tournaments at the Drive5 Sports Center, please encourage your child's coach to take a look at our Tournament Series and register your team for some of our great tournaments throughout the year.
We encourage you to enroll your child at the Drive5 Basketball Academy so that he or she keeps improving their skills and getting lots of time on court throughout the week. Once we've worked with your child, we will have a good idea of teams and coaches in the area that are playing at the right level for him or her. While we are not directly affiliated with any teams, we often have coaches who notify us of available spots on their teams.
The Drive5 Tournament Series was created with you in mind. Drive5 is the perfect spot for you to get great competition for your team and have a world-class facility to practice in. By registering your team(s) in our Drive5 Tournament Series, you will be ensuring that they get to play a variety of other teams from the area in their grade level. With our Tournament League option (5 tournaments at a discounted price) you will automatically get FREE court time for practices every week during the 10-week session (a $400 value). Plus, you get first pick of additional practice time at 1/2 price ($20/hr).
The tournament series has teams of all experience levels, so your team will get a chance to play against all types of competition. They will always play against teams in the same grade level (unless a younger team chooses to play up).
At this time, Drive5 does not offer multiple divisions within each grade level. If there is enough demand in the future for the tournament series to support divisions, we will certainly consider this option, as we want every team to get the best quality of games possible. While it can be difficult as parents and coaches to watch a team struggle against more experienced teams, it is important to remember that every single game is a chance to learn and improve - and the better the competition, the better to learn from. The only way for a team to learn and improve is to get as much time on the court together, and individually, as possible. Outside of frequent game play, kids need to have specific fundamentals that they are working on during the week. If a child or team is frustrated by their performance in tournaments, the best thing to ask is "Are we practicing as much, and as hard, as kids on other teams?" If not, then it is highly recommended to add more practice time in through organized team practices and/or enrollment in the Drive5 Basketball Academy with our world-class player development staff. It's truly amazing how quickly kids can improve with the right focus and instruction.