MBA is a youth basketball program serving Bethesda, Gaithersburg, North Potomac, Potomac and Rockville. We specialize in preparing elementary and middle school players for their Middle school and High school teams. MBA is focused on training, skill devel

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Prime Teams and Core Teams

Prime Teams: MBA practices and games need to be first athletic priority. Players attend all practices and games regardless of schedule conflicts with non-academic activities. Prime teams are the most competitive teams we have in each grade.  We designate our Prime teams by using the color Red. 6th Red is our 6th grade Prime Time team.

Our paid and professional MBA coaching staff invites players to join these teams after tryouts. We only have one prime team per grade. Most Prime Teams practice two days a week for 90 minutes each day although some practice three days a week for 60 minutes. The schedule is based on our gym permits and coaches schedule each season.

Each team typically has around 10-12 players. We need 10 players at each practice so our teams can go live and work on team concepts and compete during practice. Playing time in games is directly influenced during practices. Players attitude, effort, skills, understanding of team concepts along with intangibles will determine playing time during games. 

The benefit of MBA is the training, the practices and the skills development that is done during our pracitices. Players that can execute during practices will be able to execute during games. Players that need more practice and development will get less time in games. All players will have equal time in all practices and training sessions to demonstrate their abilities and earn playing time during games.

 

Core Teams: Core Teams are the largest component of our team program. We typically have up to four core teams per grade. Our core teams are designated by the colors, Gold, White, Black and Blue. Our Gold is the highest level Core Team followed by White and so on...

Coaches invite players to each team after they are assessed during our tryout process. Most Core Teams practice three days a week for 60 minutes but some teams may practice two days a week for 90 minutes. The schedule is based on our gym permits and coaches schedule each season. 

Core Team players are placed on teams based on their skills, understanding of concepts and commitment. Our higher level core team players typically are offered spots on our Prime Teams. It is then up to the players to move up or stay with their current team were they may get the most playing time. We will do what is best for each player. 

All players can move up or down levels to benefit from more playing time, stronger competition and work on different positions. For example a Rim/Center on our highest level core team might be a Wing/Forward on a different team. Our goal is to help all our players at all levels reach their athletic potential, learn and have fun playing the game they love.

 

Returning Prime and Core team players will be guaranteed a spot on their same team each season. Players may be invited to move to different teams coaches feel will benefit them. Players never need to move higher or lower but they will have the option. Once in MBA players and their families can decide which team they want to be on accepting playing time changes and skill level difference. Every situation is different and we work with parents and players to help them make the best decision for them.

For example, a player who starts on the gold team and plays most of the game may not want to move to the red team and not get much time. Also, a player on the Red team who doesn't get much time may choose to move to the gold team where they may start or play more. 

Parents and players should understand we use our Prime and Core teams as a tool to organize players at the beginning of each season. Once the season begins and they practice and compete in games we can always make changes during or after the season depending what is best for each player.

 

Each team typically has around 10-12 players. We need 10 players at each practice so our teams can go live and work on team concepts and compete during practice. Playing time in games is directly influenced during practices. Players attitude, effort, skills, understanding of team concepts along with intangibles will determine playing time during games. 

The benefit of MBA is the training, the practices and the skills development that is done during our pracitices. Players that can execute during practices will be able to execute during games. Players that need more practice and development will get less time in games. All players will have equal time in all practices and training sessions to demonstrate their abilities and earn playing time during games.