What is AAU?
Who are the Northeast Rockers?
How does my daughter become a Northeast Rocker?
How is the age group determined?
What happens when tryouts conflict with other games?
What does my registration fee cover?
Are there additional fees beyond the registration fee?
When does AAU season begin and how long does it last?
What is involved in the commitment to a Northeast Rocker team?
What about communications?
What are the qualifications to be a Northeast Rocker Coach?
What is the Northeast Rocker's Policy on Refunds?


What is AAU?
The Amateur Athletic Union is a national organization dedicated to amateur sports and physical fitness programs. Amateur Athletic Union basketball is a very competitive, tournament-style program for girls, grades 3 through 11, who have the potential and desire for advanced basketball skills. Look on our links page for websites that will explain the national and local associations.

Who are the Northeast Rockers?
The Northeast Basketball Club, Inc. aka the Northeast Rockers is a non-profit AAU Basketball Organization that was founded in 1998 by local Northeast Philadelphia coaches who wanted to give area girls the opportunity to develop their basketball skills by competing with and against some of the best players in the Middle Atlantic Region. The Rockers strive to give Northeast Philadelphia girls an AAU experience with affordable player fees and convenient practice sites.


How does my daughter become a Northeast Rocker?
Potential Rocker players must register and tryout for the team. Registration begins January 1. The player fee is $350 (if postmarked by January 31st, after that player fee is $375). Tryouts begin in February.
The player fee must be paid prior to a girl trying out.

If a more flexible payment plan is needed, we are happy to work with you. The Northeast Rockers are committed to giving everyone the opportunity to play, regardless of a family's financial situation. Players needing a more flexible payment option should contact the Rocker Hotline: 267-798-5858.

Each team is determined by the coaches' evaluation of every player's performance. No player is guaranteed a spot on any team, regardless of previous rosters or affiliations to ensure that all potential players are given the same chance to earn a spot on a team. Players are encouraged to attend all tryouts so that the coaches can evaluate them fairly.

How is the age group determined?
The AAU announced that as of the 2011 season the Age Determination Date rules have changed to a grade-based system. Teams are now determined by a player's grade in school.

What happens when tryouts conflict with other games?
The Northeast Rockers respects the commitments players have to their school and club basketball teams. The Northeast Rockers also does not allow high school varsity players still participating in state or district playoffs to participate in tryouts. Aside from conflicts arising from those activities, players are expected to attend all the tryouts for their grade division.

What does my registration fee cover?
The fee covers 5 tournaments (including the Think Pink Jamfest and the Middle Atlantic DQT), AAU membership and insurance, gym rentals, and equipment.

Are there additional fees beyond the registration fee?
Additional tournaments beyond the original five will be deducted from the team's fundraising account. Coaches' expenses for overnight tournaments and National/Exposure events will also be deducted from the team's account.
The uniform fee is a onetime payment of $100.00 for new players.

When does AAU season begin and how long does it last?
The season begins in late March and runs through June. Teams that qualify for national tournaments can play through July. We also enter high school age teams in college showcase tournaments during the summer and fall. This allows girls to play winter (regular season) basketball with their high schools, neighborhood club or CYO teams.

What is involved in the commitment to a Northeast Rocker team?
There are at least two practices during the week from March through June. Practices take place within a 5 mile radius of Lincoln High School. Teams will play in 5 - 8 tournaments (consisting of four games - two per day) on select weekends. A player has to be able to make the District Qualifying Tournament. One tournament may require an overnight stay. 90% of the tournaments are local.

It is expected that a player will make all the games and practices. There are always conflicts but absences disrupt the team and are unfair to the players, coaches and teammates. Communication with the coaches is crucial about these items.

During the Think Pink Jamfest Tournament - April 30-May1 - all parents are expected to contribute their time and efforts for the operation of the tournament. It is expected that at least one parent per player set aside time during the Jamfest weekend and plan on lending a "helping hand" for both days.

What about communications?
This crucial aspect is covered on the team level by meeting with the coaches and Team Parents. The club communicates through the website, email, and the Rocker Hotline: 267-798-5858.

What are the qualifications to be a Northeast Rocker Coach?
The club looks for volunteers that can meet the demanding time commitment, have knowledge of the game from playing and/or coaching, and can organize and manage practices and games. Rocker coaches strive to keep winning in perspective while handling varying levels of parental interest, creating a team atmosphere, and working to understand the important impact a coach can have on a young player. Different age levels clearly need coaches with different abilities and outlooks. We try hard not to have a parent coach a Rocker team with his or her child on that team.

Our coaches are experienced, dedicated and accomplished individuals who volunteer their time to the Northeast Rocker AAU. They include former college coaches and players, high school coaches, and other qualified individuals; many of whom formally played for the Rockers and are now giving back to the organization today.

What is the Northeast Rocker's Policy on Refunds?
The Northeast Rocker's Policy on Refund is as followed:

ROCKER REFUND POLICY

  1. Girls not making a team will be refunded their player fee minus a $25 administrative fee.
  2. Girls who decline to play on the team they are assigned to will be eligible for a refund minus a $100 penalty which will be sent after the AAU season ends on 8/31/12.
  3. Players who suffer season-ending injuries or medical conditions must present written documentation from a doctor at the time of the diagnosis to the Rockers Board of Directors stating that the player is unable to play. Such players will receive a pro-rata refund after 8/31/12 provided that said player does not participate in any other sport activity during that time period, i.e. school or club summer basketball leagues, soccer, softball, etc.
  4. Players who quit the team once practices have begun will not be eligible for any refund.