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AYB Club Team vs. Rec Academy 

The game of basketball can be a powerful tool in developing our youth. Arcadia Youth Basketball programs aim to provide the youth of Arcadia a place to learn, develop and grow through the love of basketball.  Our recreational and club programs focus on fundamentals, advanced fundamentals, and the basketball IQ of the game to help each individual maximize their potential as a basketball player.  

Rec Academy

Our recreational program is a great start for young players and players just beginning to explore the sport of basketball.  AYB recreational academy focuses on skills, understanding the game, and gaining confidence.  The rec league will work to progress with skills and instruct players on how to incorporate those skills into game concepts.  Rec Academy sessions are held once a week for 75 minutes.  These sessions include 30 minutes of skills and 45 minutes of gameplay.  The games are a play-to-learn style, refereed by the coaches who take time to reinforce the skills learned in practice.  The main goal is to have fun and learn the game of basketball.  Rec academy is offered to ages kinder thru 5th grade. Specific session information can be found here. 

Club Program

If you are looking for a more competitive program and are ready to commit more time to basketball, AYB’s club program is a great step up from the rec academy.  Our club program focuses on individual development, teamwork, and sportsmanship.  Club players will practice three times a week with games on most Saturdays.  We have a team for everyone who wants to participate and will be grouped by ability and understanding of the game.  Players will start at the developmental level for at least one season and will move up to the competitive level when the coaches feel they are ready.  Players must demonstrate the skill and maturity level necessary to compete on competitive club-level teams.  Our program offers teams for boys 8U thru 14U and girls 12U and 14U.  

The AYB Difference

If you ask our families what makes Arcadia Youth Basketball different, you may hear various answers.  They may tell you about our skills-based program.  You may be told that with less pressure, our players learn better.  Our focus is on skills and learning the basics that will serve them throughout their playing years.  Many of our families will explain how AYB was the perfect place to start their child in the sport of basketball and not an intimidating experience.  A key factor that separates us is that AYB is a coach-run organization.  All of our coaches are former college players and coaches rather than parent volunteers.   They bring real-world experience, organization, high standards, and fun to our young athletes during practices.  Whether you are choosing to start in our recreational academy or jump up into the club program, AYB has the advantage when it comes to fundamentals and competition. 


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