FAQs

Why did you join the Boston Bobcats?

I want to support as many kids as possible to excel as student athletes and have the opportunity to play college basketball if possible/if they choose. The merger will allow me to advance this goal, through better competition, time for skill development, and exposure to college programs.

What does AAU stand for and what is AAU?

The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) is one of the largest, non-profit, volunteer, sports organizations in the United States. A multi-sport organization, the AAU is dedicated exclusively to the promotion and development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs.

Are the Boston Bobcats a registered AAU club?

Yes.

Is the Boston Bobcats a Non-Profit Organization?

No

How competitive is AAU?

AAU is the highest competitive level of sports right before the collegiate level.

Does the New England Playaz Academy participate in Social media?

Yes, we currently use Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

What are your social media usernames?

Twitter – @NE_Playaz & @NEPlayazAcademy

Facebook – coming soon

Instagram – @NewEnglandPlayaz & @NEPlayazAcademy

Is it true that the Boston Bobcats have banned sports drinks from practices and games?

YES!!! Here are the reasons why….

Most people believe that sports drinks are the best alternative to replenish lost fluids and electrolytes when exercising, but that’s simply not true. Many sports drinks contain as much as two-thirds the sugar of sodas. They also typically contain high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), artificial flavors and food coloring, none of which contribute to optimal health.

Sugar After Exercise

Furthermore, consuming sugar after exercise will negatively affect both your insulin sensitivity and your human growth hormone (HGH) production.  Ironically, while these drinks are often referred to as “energy” drinks, in the long run the sugar they contain does just the opposite. After causing a quick explosion of energy, your energy plummets as your pancreas and other glands do all they can to balance out the toxic stimulation to your blood sugar.

Too Much Sodium

Most also contain high amounts of sodium (processed salt), which is meant to replenish the electrolytes you lose while sweating. However, a far better option is to simply add a small amount of natural, unprocessed sea salt to your water. Contrary to processed salt, this natural salt contains 84 different minerals and trace minerals that your body needs for optimal function.

Coconut Water as an Alternative

Another excellent option when you’re sweating profusely is pure coconut water. It’s one of the highest sources of electrolytes known to man. Some remote areas of the world even use coconut juice intravenously, short-term, to help hydrate critically ill patients and in emergency situations.

And, if your sports drink is low-calorie and sugar-free, be warned that it likely contains an artificial sweetener, which is even worse for you than fructose.

Do the Boston Bobcats participate in AAU National tournaments?

If a team gets a bid to play for the national title we will make every effort to go. Since the Boston Bobcats have started in 2013 we have played at Nationals 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Are there any additional fees to participate in the National tournament?

There are additional fees. There is a tournament fee and we will also need additional practice time to prepare for nationals. The gym rental fee and the tournament fee for nationals will be paid for by the parents collectively. Parents will need to provide accommodations for their family as well.

How do you handle the payments for canceled camps/workouts etc.?

The Mass Commanders/New England Playaz Academy DO NOT issue refunds on any off our offerings. Credits only.

Do Mass Commanders camps comply with Massachusetts Board of Health regulations?

Mass Commanders Camps comply with the regulations set forth by the Massachusetts Board of Health. Each camp location is individually licensed by each local Board of Health.

Are the coaches qualified?

All of our coaches are qualified. Each coach has CURRENT knowledge of todays basketball environment.

What is the cost of the Boston Bobcats program?

The Boston Bobcats will cost $550-750 depending on the seaso. We will also have a $350 cost for development players. Developmental player slots will be limited at 2-4 spots per team.

How many players will be on each team?

Each team will consist of 10-12 full time players and 2-4 development players. Development players only participate in practice.

How many teams do the Boston Bobcats have?

The Boston Bobcats will have teams for 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, and Varsity grade boys. The girls program has 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grade teams.  To provide a full experience due to the anticipation of huge turnouts at tryouts we will have multiple levels of teams for each grade.

Why are you potentially going to keep a full roster?

In the past 10 years of coaching youth from 3rd-11th grade I have rarely been able to field a full team. Allowing a full roster gives the coaches and organization some wiggle room for expected and unexpected absences.

What’s the difference between a full-time player and a development player?

Full time players participate in all tournaments. Development players do not play in tournaments and do not receive a uniform.

Does the Boston Bobcats participate in a Summer League?

The Boston Bobcats continue throughout the summer to keep all players active and tuned up for the upcoming Fall AAU season.

What’s the benefit of being a development player?

Development players will benefit by being able to continue practicing at an extremely high level with knowledgeable coaches on-site. Also, development players get to participate in unlimited practices for 2 age groups.

What does the AAU fee cover?

The fee covers, but is not limited to, the following: tournament entry fees, uniforms, uniform packages, gym rentals for practices, practice insurances, coaching fees, AAU player registrations, AAU coach registrations, AAU administrators registrations, website maintenance, advertising/marketing, and business fees.

What is a uniform package?

The uniform package changes depending on the season.  In the Spring season the uniform package consist of a uniform (jersey and shorts), gym bag, and shooting shirt. In the Fall season the uniform package consist of a uniform (jersey and shorts). Shooting shirt and gym bags are ONLY ordered in the Spring seasons. Players that play in 2 consecutive seasons will be given a shooting shirt and gym bag in the following Spring season. Ex. 1. Player A is a New England Playaz Academy player in the Fall season and continues into next year Spring season. Player A will receive his/her shooting shirt and bag in the following Spring season if and ONLY if they are still with the program. Ex. 2. Player A is a New England Playaz Academy player  in the Spring season and then the following Fall season. Player A will receive his/her shooting shirt and bag in the next Spring season if and ONLY if they are still with the program. If a player would like a shooting shirt and bag immediately they can be purchased for $70.

Are players issued new uniforms every season?

Players are NOT issued new uniforms every season. Uniforms will be replaced as they become to small and/or damaged beyond repair. Small/damaged uniforms must be turned in at the time when the new uniform is issued. Please notify the President/CEO of the New England Playaz Academy if your child’s jersey/shorts are to small or damaged beyond repair. The President/CEO of the New England Playaz Academy is the ONLY person that can approve uniform replacements. If the small/damaged uniform is not turned in the players parent(s) have the option to purchase a new uniform at the price of $120.

Why don’t new Fall players receive gym bags and shooting shirts?

It isn’t cost effective to distribute a full uniform package in the Fall due to the extremely short season. A player that returns in the Spring season will be issued a gym bag and shooting shirt.

How many tournaments will the teams play in?

Each team will play in a minimum of 6 tournaments during the Spring AAU season and 4-5 tournaments in the Fall AAU season. Any additional tournaments will be paid for by the team parents.

Where will the tournaments be held?

Tournaments will be held in MA, NH, ME, VT, RI, CT, and/or NY. Our ELITE level teams have traveled to VA, NC, NJ, and FL. In the future teams will travel to other countries.

How many games are played in a tournament?

A minimum of 2 games will be played per tournament.

What days are the tournaments played on?

Games are held Friday-Sunday, Saturday-Sunday, and/or 1-day tournaments held on either Saturday or Sunday.

Where and when are the practices?

Depending on the season practices can be held @ Pine Manor College in Brookline (Chestnut Hill), MA., The Rashi School in Dedham, MA., John M. Barry Boy’s and Girl’s Club in Newton, MA., Jewish Community Center in Newton, MA., and/or Solomon Schechter Day School Newton, MA., and Brookline Public Schools on Mondays – Thursdays from 6-730PM, 630-8PM, 730-9PM, or 8-9PM.

How many times per week are the practices?

Practices will be held  2 times per week for Spring AAU. Summer League teams do not practice. In the Fall AAU season each team will have 1 practice per week.

How will practices be conducted?

During each practice, 50-60% of the time will focus on individual development. The other 50-40% of practice time will focus on team play.

How much will my child get to play?

Playing time is not a right.  Playing time is also not necessarily equal for all players.  Playing time for each player is solely at the discretion of his/her coach.  The coach makes this decision based on a range of factors: player performance, level of execution, player work/focus during practice, game situations and match ups, and game strategy.  Any questions related to a player’s playing time should:

  • Never be discussed or raised by a player or parent during a game
  • Discussed directly – and in person- with a coach
  • Focus solely on your child – no reference should be made to another player

What happens if my child misses a practice or game?

Please inform the coach directly if your child will miss a practice/game. By doing so you will give the coach ample time to prepare a new practice/coaching strategy.

What is the expected commitment level?

We understand the Mass Commanders will boast many multi-sport student-athletes. With that being said, we understand we won’t have a full roster every game. Again, please inform you child’s coach so adjustments can be made to keep the team strategically competitive.