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AAU Basketball West Valley DRIVE Fall Season

2024 SPRING SEASON

 

March 11 to May 26
10 weeks of Basketball
3 practices a week (50% more than other programs)
Boys & Girls, 4th grade to High School
Spring Break: April 9-12 

5 Tournaments

Weekend

Tournament

Location

March 30-31

CalStars Tournament - 1 day

Oakland / Covert Hoops

April 20-21

East Bay - TBD

TBD

May 4-5

Covert Hoops - 1 day

Oakland or East Bay

May 11

Alicia Renee - 1 day

Oakland and Surrounding Area

 

https://basketball.exposureevents.com/204705/alicia-renee-anderson-memorial-shootout

May 25-27

Golden Gate Classic - 2 day 

San Francisco / 

https://www.baycitybasketball.com/tournaments-leagues/memorial-weekend-golden-gate-classic/

 

We are a AAU club with the following club code: RSYA4TF5

 

Tryouts for SPRING Season

3rd to High School Grades

Did you miss tryouts? Please contact us!

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For more information, please contact coach Toby or coach Carlos.

Coach Toby 619-302-8159
Coach Carlos 408-306-5546

 

 

Pick Up Games for friends and family

Come (re)discover why your children love basketball so much. Join us for some friendly pick up games. Adults only. 

You just need to show up at any of the sessions below, pay $5 and sign a waiver. You're all set!

Monday 3/18 Castillero 7pm-8.30pm
Thursday 3/21 Castillero 6:30pm-8pm
Monday 3/25 Castillero 7pm-8.30pm
Wednesday 3/27 Lawson 6:30pm-8pm
Wednesday 3/27 Lawson 8pm-9:30pm
Friday 3/29 Lawson 6:30pm-8pm
Friday 3/29 Lawson 8pm-9:30pm
Monday 4/1 Castillero 7pm-8.30pm
Wednesday 4/3 Castillero 7pm-8.30pm
Monday 4/22 Castillero 7pm-8.30pm
Friday 4/26 Lawson 8pm-9:30pm
Monday 4/29 Castillero 7pm-8.30pm
Monday 5/6 Castillero 7pm-8.30pm
Monday 5/13 Castillero 7pm-8.30pm
Monday 5/20 Campbel CC Main 6:30pm-8pm
Friday 5/24 Moreland 6:30pm-8pm

Varsity Boost by West Valley DRIVE

VARSITY BOOST Program

This is a flexible programcompatible with your High School Open Gym attendance, that focuses on basketball IQ and player development, but also puts those lessons to the test in 5 AAU tournaments.

 

Combine the best of AAU with the flexibility of personal training! 


Unlike traditional AAU seasons, you don’t have to commit to a fixed schedule. WVD offers 3 days of practice a week for 10 weeks.

Every day will consist of
- A block of individual player development,
- A block of SSG concepts (2-player and 3-player situations) and
- A block of 5v5 play to put those concepts to the test.
 
You start by purchasing a 10-practice ticket (renewable) and you choose which practices to attend on a day-by-day basis. Our only requirement is that you confirm your attendance one day in advance so that we can maximize the usefulness of our practices. Simple as that.
 
But make no mistake: The more regular your participation and the higher your commitment, the more this program will boost your readiness for the High School season! There are no shortcuts in basketball; just ask Kobe 
 
We will also attend up to 5 tournaments during these 10 weeks. Again, attendance to the tournaments is voluntary and will be confirmed the same week of the tournament. Those events will be charged the same as an additional practice.

What does the team color mean?

West Valley DRIVE organizes its teams in 3 tiers: Gold, Blue and Grey, following the colors in our uniform. These tiers correspond to different levels of competitiveness and also slightly different models of operation. This is a description of what to expect in each case.

Our philosophy for all teams

First and foremost, ALL teams at ALL levels of play receive the same amount of instruction (3 practices a week) and follow the same schedule (10 weeks of basketball instruction). They are ALL coached by the same head coaching staff, composed of current and past college and high school coaches, professional players, basketball veterans, etc. Our coaching staff has an extensive and succesful background at all levels of competition and instruction. You can learn more about our coaches here: https://www.westvalleydrive.com/coaches.

Our commitment and dedication to ALL teams is not only the same; it’s our gold standard. We strive to foster a love of the game and a healthy lifestyle as well as teach the ethical values of sportsmanship, dedication, perseverance, grind, teamwork, elegance in victory and resilience in adversity. We provide a caring and nurturing environment, where mistakes are learning opportunities and growth starts with self-confidence. To us, this is every bit as important (and probably more) than learning basketball moves.

In terms of basketball, we follow a common thread of playing uptempo, aggressive basketball, both on offense and defense. We work hard to help players go as far as their ability and work ethic will take them, with an emphasis on improving their basketball IQ as much as their technical skills. We are here to develop players and to develop teams by teaching them a broad set of skills, strategies and situations. Winning is a consequence of a job well done in practice. We don’t cut corners and never will. 

Gold teams

West Valley DRIVE has been blessed with a number of highly competitive teams throughout the years. The Gold teams are our travel teams and represent the highest level of competition that this club has to offer. They differ from all other tiers in a number of ways:

  • They attend the most competitive tournaments and are bracketed at or near the top of their class. They participate in exposure events and are ranked by the AAU tournament circuit.

  • They typically attend 1 or 2 tournaments more per season than other teams.

  • Tournaments require overnight travel with regularity (at least once or twice a season) and consequently additional expenses

  • For all practical purposes, these teams are handled as Varsity High School teams. Players have very distinct roles and responsibilities and also varying playing time. Players are expected to know and embrace their role in the team. They are coached to win.

  • Commitment to excellence is expected. While we pride ourselves in a caring, nurturing environment, we also expect a high degree of dedication and the desire and work ethic to excel. 

  • Given the additional tournaments, games and travel, these teams have a higher fee than the rest.

Blue teams

Our Blue teams are the most advanced of the developmental teams. They tend to be quite competitive and it’s not unusual that they do well in tournaments, but certainly not at the level of a travel team. Whenever we only have one team per grade, it will also be coined as Blue, so the level of competitiveness can vary between grades and between seasons.

Given the emphasis on player development, we emphasize giving all players sufficient opportunity to put to the test what they learn in practice. Hence, all our players play a substantial amount of minutes during games. Having said that, obviously not all players play the same amount, as playing time is earned through work ethic, attitude and skill level and ultimately it’s always at the coach’s discretion, but our philosophy is clear. 

All players are expected to show commitment to the team and a sincere desire and effort to improve. Attendance to practices and games is a must, but it’s certainly not sufficient. AAU basketball is not recreational and this obviously applies to all our teams, Gold, Blue and Grey.  

Blue teams are expected to prepare the players to maximize their chances of making the Middle School and High School teams by providing a broad and solid foundation on the skills of basketball, both individual as well as on a team.

Grey teams

Grey teams (before called SILVER) are the second of our developmental teams. The level of competitiveness is one step below Blue, although it depends greatly on the desire of that group of young players. We’ve had very successful Grey teams that managed to compete above expectations due to their intensity and grind, while developing their skills in the process. We love these Gray teams!

Same as with Blue teams, given the emphasis on player development, we emphasize giving all players sufficient opportunity to put to the test what they learn in practice. Hence, all our players play a substantial amount of minutes during games. Having said that, obviously not all players play the same amount, as playing time is earned through work ethic, attitude and skill level and ultimately it’s always at the coach’s discretion, but our philosophy is clear. 

All players are expected to show commitment to the team and a sincere desire and effort to improve. Attendance to practices and games is a must, but it’s certainly not sufficient. AAU basketball is not recreational and this obviously applies to all our teams, Gold, Blue and Grey.  

Gray teams are expected to prepare the players to maximize their chances of making the Middle School teams by providing a broad and solid foundation on the skills of basketball, both individual as well as on a team. We always rejoice when we see Gray team players evolve and graduate to Blue as the seasons go by!

Contact us for more information

Coach Carlos 408-306-5546
westvalleydrive@gmail.com

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West Valley Drive  
PO Box 414, Los Gatos, CA 95031  

Coach Toby 619-302-8159

Coach Carlos 408-306-5546

 
westvalleydrive@gmail.com