General

Team Concept teams are scheduled to play an average of 2 tourneys per month or participate in a weekly league . Our youth programs each  train separately, usually in our facility at the Pearl Court.  

Players are all asked to attend clinic to participate in our team program.  Team fees must be paid in full.  We expect our players to make every effort to attend every game and every clinic.  We do not offer any fee reduction for players that cannot attend games or scheduled tournaments, nor do we penalize those that cannot make it to a TC event on a given day.  Team Concept will expect players to place their commitment to their TC team as a first priority ahead of other winter sports.  We encourage our players to play with their school-based teams, but not at the expense of attendance at TC practices, games and tournaments.

All parents and players are required to use our online registration system to sign up for ALL TC events.  Parents are not required to pay online, but must register even in they intend to pay by check.  Fees must be paid prior to participation.   

Parental Behavior
 
Team Concept expects all parents with daughters in the program to understand that our primary goal is long term development.  Behavior that is unprofessional in nature, disruptive to the group, or negative toward other parents, players, coaches or referees is counter productive to our mission. 

Team Concept parents agree to withhold complaints, suggestions or comments to any coach in the program at any game or practice site.  All TC coaches are happy to discuss anything and everything with parents when approached properly and at an appropriate time.  That time is never around other players or parents and never in the "heat of the moment".  

Coach Michael is available to handle any issues that may arise, but is adamant about parental behavior being positive and equally adamant that parents understand the role of the coach in the daughters' athletic lives and the boundaries within which parents must operate when allowing children to play team sports. 

Winning and Losing

Team Concept is about development and preparation for the future, first and foremost.  With that said, we are firmly committed to teaching our players the importance of the effort to win, the importance of the desire to win and the importance of the work and commitment required to win. Our program has had unparalleled success in the win-loss column, but we have been able to maintain a healthy balance between our development and our record.  We have been able to provide advanced playing opportunity for ALL of our players, not just a select few, and have seen that opportunity lead to success upon entering high school.  Nearly every Team Concept athlete has shown a marked improvement when returning to school ball or upon entering their chosen high school program.

Team Placement

Team Concept will field teams at most of the girls' levels between 4th and 8th and boys' teams at the 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th grade levels.  We will also field a Super Elite (TC Black) team on the girl's side and the Super Elite TC Navy team on the boy's side that will play in selected high quality events.  That team will be made up of the strongest players in our program regardless of age.  TC Black/Navy team members will play with their age group teams on most weekends. Those age group teams may play "up" to insure higher competition.

Team Concept is an elite program. Our best players have come to expect the opportunity to play with and against the very best.  Being on ANY of our teams places each of our players in very select company.  Team Concept will place players where they will have the greatest opportunity for physical and mental development and have the greatest opportunity for success.  Success breeds confidence and confidence entering high school is one our primary objectives.  Our rosters may be amended for a specific tournament or in a more permanent fashion based on the Team Concept's staff evaluation. 
 
Playing Time

Playing time WILL NOT be distributed evenly. Our goal is always to play as many people as possible for as many minutes as possible. We have done an excellent job of spreading minutes and opportunities evenly in the past and anticipate being able to do so in the future. 
 
Coaches
 
Normally, each of our players would like to be coached by our most experienced coaches in every game of every tourney or league we enter.  We have found that not only is that unnecessary for development, but is actually limiting to both our staff and our players.  Team Concept will continue to use the "Team Coaching" philosophy that has worked so well for us in the past. Each team will have a primary coach, but we will often rotate coaches during tourneys to insure that all our players at every grade level are exposed to all of our staff and that each of our players can be instructed by ANY of our coaches in a game environment.  

Schedules

Players will play an average of two tourneys per month. We may play more in one month and less in another, depending on availability.  

Travel tourneys which require an overnight stay may be scheduled for all groups and are a near certainty for the 7th and 8th graders. We also try and travel our more elite younger teams and will certainly play all of our teams "up" to insure the best competition     Those tourneys may require an additional fee when they are scheduled.  

Contact Information

Michael Abraham
Team Concept Basketball
tchoops@comcast.net