Fall 2023 AAU

In the Zone is forming AAU basketball teams for girls grades 4-11 to compete in weekend tournaments during the Fall of 2023.

Our goal is to provide players with the opportunity to gain experience in competitive game situations, improve their fundamentals and help them take their game to the next level.   Our focus will be:

  •    Individual player development
  •  Improving fundamentals
  •    Teamwork and court IQ


Avon Mack will be running the Girls program this fall.


Practices:   There will be 2 practices per week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays between 5:30 and 9:00 pm and Sundays between 2:00 and 8:30 pm.  Practices start Tuesday, September 12 and conclude November 2.  There are no practices on the weekends of tournaments. Practice schedules will be set once the teams have been established. These days may change slightly. 


Tournaments:  ITZ Fall AAU teams will compete in 4 tournaments (about 9-10 games). 

Projected Tournament Dates: Specific tournaments will be set later;  the fall tournament schedule hasn’t been solidified at this point. Coaches can request playing on other dates depending on team availability. Projected dates are: 

  • Sep 30-Oct 1
  • Oct 14-15
  • Oct 28-29
  • Nov 4-5


TRYOUTS: All players need to attend tryouts (even returning players). Tryouts are Saturday Sep 2 and Wednesday Sep 6.


Saturday Sep 2 tryout times:

  •  12:30-1:40; girls grades 5-8
  • 1:45-2:55; girls grades 9-11

Wednesday, Sep 6 Tryout times:

  • 6:30-7:40; girls grades 5-8
  • 7:45-8:55; girls grades 9-11


Players need to attend one of the tryouts. If you cannot make either tryout, email Steve at sturpening@aol.com to make other arrangements.  There is a non-refundable $20 tryout fee which covers both tryouts.    


Everyone (even a returning player) needs to register for tryouts through Sports Engine. Link Below.


Registration Fees (Fall Season):  

 $390 Regular Player

$200 Alternate (practice player)

$360 sibling discount, 2nd child

$330 sibling discount, 3rd child


NOTE: Alternates are players that either cannot commit to the tournament schedule or did not make a team as a full player (more of a developmental position) but still want to workout and practice with a team. Alternates may play in tournaments if the team needs players and is invited to play by the coach. The Alternate position is not a play-games-when-you-can-make-it position, its a play-games-when-needed position.


Uniforms:  Players will wear practice jerseys and black/dark shorts for the fall.  Cost is $20 for the practice jersey. 


Boys program information will be posted separately.