Find answers to the most commonly asked questions about our growing AAU program. We have multiple teams in Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz, Salinas, Aptos and Hollister, CA.
Q: Can my son or daughter tryout at any other tryout location if we have a prior engagement set for the local tryout date?
A: YES! You may sign-up for any 1 of our 5 different tryout locations in February and be evaluated for team placement in the location of your choice. Let the staff know the day of tryouts at "Check-In" which location you are trying out for.
Q: How many players field a team?
A: 10 players. We prefer this because of tournaments, our fast pace where we sub players often, and having ample to practice 5 on 5 during workouts.
Q: What are "LEGACY" teams?
A: These are ALL-STAR teams made up of select players from different chapters of The JONES Club who combine into one team for a tournament. For example: Top players from Salinas, Santa Cruz and Carmel may make up a "LEGACY" team that competes at the upper division at a tournament.
Q: Do we have to pay the full season tuition cost up front?
A: Yes, however in rare cases for families that are in critical need we provide a monthly payment plan option.
Q: My son or daughter has a buddy who wants to play with us really bad, but can't afford the cost. Are there adjusted rates or scholarships?
A: Based on the financial needs and household living situation, the LIVE LIKE GENO FOUNDATION will assist however we can so that every kid regardless of hardship has the opportunity to participate in the AAU experience with us!
Q: Where do you travel? Do teams stay overnight?
A: For the majority of our teams, they will participate in 7 total tournaments from April through May 25th. We travel to San Francisco, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Chico, Lake Tahoe, San Jose, Oakland and/or Salinas.
Q: How does transportation of the players work?
A: Families coordinate through our community contact app: SPORTSENGINE for carpooling and other travel accommodations. *Please note: Coaches are not permitted to transport players at any time.
Q: For overnight trips, do teams stay together?
A: What's cool about AAU is the bonding experience shared during hotel stays and team activities outside of games! We will coordinate deals with local hotels to try our best to keep costs LOWEST!
Q: When will we find out if we made the team?
A: Within 48 hours of the tryout you will be contacted with a decision.
Q: What days are practices?
A: Until we determine teams we don't know the facilities we need to secure. Once teams are identified we will secure our gyms and inform you of a consistent schedule. We will go Two days a week, staggered in some way so as to keep a healthy rhythm in going to the gym. For example: Monday & Wednesday - Tuesday & Thursday or Wednesday & Friday. It will depend on location and gym availability.
Q: Where are practices held?
A: Practices will primarily be held in one location in your area for the entire 13 weeks of the program. There will be a few dates where the school may have a conflicting event. During those dates we utilize an alternative facility to keep our practice schedule. You will be informed well in advance of this site location temporary change.
Q: My son or daughter is playing other sports at the same time. Will this conflict with the Jones AAU program?
A: The simple answer is yes. Experience has shown that the commitment to clubs and programs outside of The JONES will have an impact on the player and the team. We all depend on one another's contribution to our game plans, offensive plays and defensive schemes. If dates of other practices and/or tournaments fall on the same days as our practices and tournaments, it simply won't work. But, if the conflict is minimal, and you are transparent about when he or she will miss, then as a staff we are equipped to make adjustments to accommodate you. However, there will be no adjustment in program cost for predetermined missed events due to outside conflicts.