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How To Start An AAU Basketball Team

Starting an AAU Basketball team is the dream of many basketball coaches as AAU Basketball is the most competitive level of youth basketball in the country. Here are some pointers for building a successful AAU Basketball team.
 

AAU Basketball is one of the fastest growing segments of the youth sports industry. Club teams for both boys and girls range from players as young as 8 years old all the way through high school. When it comes to youth basketball, AAU is the most competitive level of play out there. So how does one get started?

To start an AAU basketball team, you obviously need players. When it comes to selecting your team, be sure to identify players that offer different skill-sets. Make sure you have several players that can handle the ball, rebound, shoot, and play defense. An important asset to look for in a player is coachability. Does this player have the will and drive to improve? To have a successful team, you don’t need an all-star roster. More importantly, look for players that can contribute in various ways and have a team-first attitude. Because there are no roster-size limits, you can have as few as five kids to as many as fifteen or more! I recommend somewhere between 8-10 committed players. You want to have enough depth on your bench in case of fouls, injuries, or players that are absent; however too many players will result in fewer available minutes and less chemistry on the court. Remember the more kids you have on your team, the harder it is to develop chemistry and to give players personal attention.

 

Once you have selected your team, it’s time to meet with the parents and lay out the basic expectations and costs. There are obvious fees associated with AAU basketball. Unlike a league where you pay a set fee up front, AAU costs can range dramatically depending on how many tournaments you enter, gym time for practices, uniforms and equipment, traveling fees, etc. Unless you have a sponsor, which may be difficult to obtain when you are just starting out, those costs are going to come from your players’ families. Keep in mind that the more players you keep on your roster, the more the team fees are divided; however that may also result in less game time for each player. In addition to explaining the costs, make sure to give parents an idea of your coaching background and philosophy, as well as what you expect from your players in terms of commitments. Good communication with your players’ families will be an important part of building a strong foundation for your program.
 

 

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AAU offers elite-level youth basketball competition. For that reason, you want to be well prepared before throwing your team into the fire of tournament play. When you feel you are ready to test your team’s mettle, do a search for the local AAU-sanctioned events in your area. While AAU basketball runs year round, the “peak season” for tournaments takes place between March to August. Tournaments come in all shapes, sizes, and formats. They can range in cost from anywhere to $ 125-$ 400 or more. In most cases, you are guaranteed at least three games and can expect to play on both a Saturday and Sunday of a given weekend.
 

 

So what should you expect in your first tournament? For the most part, your team will likely play against experienced teams from the metro area you reside in. Unlike youth basketball leagues that may emphasize sportsmanship and fun, AAU can be a bit cutthroat. There are no rules against continuous pressing or running up the score and at times talented squads may ruthlessly take it to less-experienced clubs. Be prepared to take your lumps early on, even if you have a talented team. Championship clubs are not built overnight.
 

 

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Over the course of a season, set realistic goals for your club and emphasize improvement. Also, keep things fun. Too often, the win at all costs mentality burns kids out and turns them off to continuing with the program. Make your players’ experience with AAU memorable and rewarding by helping them to improve their abilities and offering them opportunities to show what they can do. This will be the key to starting an AAU basketball team and building it into a successful one! .
 

 

For more information about AAU basketball or sport-specific training, check out Star Potential Sports Training.

Anthony is the founder and creator of Star Potential Sports Training (www.starpotentialsports.com), a sport-specific training portal. He is a certified personal trainer with an emphasis on youth sports training, and the head-coach and founder of the Tri-City Thunder Basketball Club.

A Trading Systems Start Trade Report

Somebody once asked me, “If you had to decide about a trading system by only looking at one performance report, which report would you choose?” My first reaction was that this was a silly question. There are many factors that must be considered when choosing a trading system. Besides many performance indicators and ratios, there are things such as the average annual return, maximum drawdown, the Sharpe ratio, margin requirements and robustness.

However, despite this wide array of information that must be considered, there is indeed one report that I have come to rely on more than any other report. This report has given me more comfort and confidence as a system trader than any other report. If I know that a system is properly created, I can almost use this report alone to decide about trading it! So what is this report? It is a “Start Trade Report”.

A trading systems Start Trade Report

In my opinion, a Start Trade Report can give the most robust, three-dimensional view possible of a trading system. It cuts through many pitfalls that come with traditional analysis and gets right down to the genuine heart of the matter. It even cuts through all the nonsense that comes up when looking at real-time performance.

I know what traders are thinking. I can hear it now. “Wait a minute, how can real-time performance be argued with?” Well, let me give an example that clearly illustrates this point, using one of my systems: Synergy.

In May of 2003, Synergy started a trade in London Copper. This trade became the most successful trade of the year. As of this writing (March 7th, 2004), this one trade has made profits of over $ 25,000 a contract.

Now, if a trader were using position sizing he might trade 2 or 3, or even more, of these, but here’s the thing: had they started a week or even a day after this trade was first made, they would have missed it entirely! Two investors trading the same system with the same investment size and the same money management rules could show a difference in their accounts of $ 25,000, $ 50,000, $ 75,000, or an even greater, more preposterous amount! They may have only started one day apart!

This can create tremendous confusion. One broker’s real time accounts can inexplicably appear to be far different from the real-time accounts of another broker, even when using the same trading systems.

Misleading Trading Systems Reporting

This phenomenon can also be used for dishonest or disingenuous purposes. It is possible for a trading systems vendor to simply cherry pick the best historical starting date to suit his purposes. He can choose a date right before a huge winner, or a series of winners. This can cause it to look as though the system needed little original starting capital and the return on invested funds was enormous. Choosing this date would mean that the first wins financed the rest of the trading.

But what if trading had started on a different date? What if that trader had even started on a date that was right before a series of losers? He might have needed 2, 3, or even 4 times the starting capital than would be needed had he started on a different date. His returns on the invested capital would be much less. In the worst-case scenario, he might have lost his entire investment before earning the profits shown.

Even if a broker or vendor shows an average of several of his accounts, this can still be a meager view and offer less than the needed amount of information. Theoretically, he could still cherry pick the starting dates of all 3 or 4 accounts, using each to show as much profit as possible. Alternately, he could have so few accounts to average from that the data suffers from what statisticians call a small sample size—not enough data to draw any valid conclusions.

An even worse offense would be if a disingenuous brokerage or vendor were to push some day trading systems because of the high frequency of trades and commissions they have the ability to generate, and then use some of his cherry picked “real time” accounts to “prove” that his strategy worked.

The point I am making is that there are countless ways that incorrect or intentionally altered start dates can impact performance, both in hypothetical reports and real-time performances. Traders need to rely on something better and more robust than much of what is currently available.

A Trading Systems Solution

What is the answer? Well, in my humble opinion, the answer to this is the Start Trade Report. The Start Trade Report runs tests on various systems as many as hundreds or thousands of times over the given period. It starts each test on a different date inside the period in which the trader could have made his new trades. For example, if there were 2,000 trades over a period of 10 years, the Start Trade Report will retest the system 2,000 times, each time starting on the date provided for each new trade.

The Start Trade Report also makes sure to reset the equity back to the original starting amount with each test. This is necessary because when using position sizing, traders may skip some trades in the beginning when the equity is still small, but, it is not correct to look at the results of trades that a trader would not have taken. I have sometimes seen brokerage firms report on trades generated by my system that, based on their account size, many of my clients would not have taken. I have seen, for example, a $ 3,500 losing trade in a system where most clients would have skipped any trade with a risk above $ 2,000. The Start Trade Report knows which trades to skip and at which times based on the starting capital of the traders.

This report can also allow traders to evaluate performance based on the margin required rather than account size. This feature allows traders to see the entire spectrum of ALL the possible outcomes rather than just one.

Trading Systems Start Trade Report Summary

Here are a few things that a Start Trade Report can show traders:
1. What percentage of the first 12 months was profitable based on the 2,000 different starting dates?

2. What was the average first year performance of the system when averaged over the 2,000 different possible starting dates?

3. How much money would my account have needed to contain if, theoretically, I started on the worst possible date?

4. What would be the average account size needed to trade this system based on the 2,000 different possible starting periods?

5. What would be the average amount that I went under my original starting point? What about the largest amount possible over all 2,000 different dates?

This report allows traders to filter out much of the garbage found in typical performance reporting. The Start Trade Report can filter out many errors in reporting “real time” performance based on either a sample size that is too small or starting dates and accounts that are “cherry picked.”

I hope traders can see that this information is invaluable. I honestly do not know how a trader could ever trade any trading systems without it. When investors look at a system in this much detail, it will be surprising to them how much confidence this report can build, not to mention the comfort. Ever since my early days of trading, this report was the one that gave me the most peace of mind. It was the only report that comforted me when there were drawdowns. It allowed me to know whether we were in the normal ranges of the bell curve, or whether we were going through something extreme. It also gave me a realistic range of outcomes to expect in the first year of trading.

We believe that providing traders with these reports will not only give them an incredible edge, but also build their confidence immeasurably. Confidence is a valuable attribute for a trader to have when the inevitable drawdown comes. In my personal experience, it is thanks to these reports that I am able to remain calm even during the worst of times.

To get a copy of the Start Trade Report please send us an email.

Dean Hoffman
DH Trading Systems

This trading systems article was written by Commodity Trading Advisor Dean Hoffman. For more about the Relativity trading system please click on the links.

A Trading Systems Start Trade Report

Somebody once asked me, If you had to decide about a trading system by only looking at one performance report, which report would you choose? My first reaction was that this was a silly question. There are many factors that must be considered when choosing a trading system. Besides many performance indicators and ratios, there are things such as the average annual return, maximum drawdown, the Sharpe ratio, margin requirements and robustness.

However, despite this wide array of information that must be considered, there is indeed one report that I have come to rely on more than any other report. This report has given me more comfort and confidence as a system trader than any other report. If I know that a system is properly created, I can almost use this report alone to decide about trading it! So what is this report? It is a Start Trade Report.

A Trading Systems Start Trade Report

In my opinion, a Start Trade Report can give the most robust, three-dimensional view possible of a trading system. It cuts through many pitfalls that come with traditional analysis and gets right down to the genuine heart of the matter. It even cuts through all the nonsense that comes up when looking at real-time performance.

I know what traders are thinking. I can hear it now. Wait a minute, how can real-time performance be argued with? Well, let me give an example that clearly illustrates this point, using one of my systems: Synergy.

In May of 2003, Synergy started a trade in London Copper. This trade became the most successful trade of the year. As of this writing (March 7th, 2004), this one trade has made profits of over $ 25,000 a contract.

Now, if a trader were using position sizing he might trade 2 or 3, or even more, of these, but heres the thing: had they started a week or even a day after this trade was first made, they would have missed it entirely! Two investors trading the same system with the same investment size and the same money management rules could show a difference in their accounts of $ 25,000, $ 50,000, $ 75,000, or an even greater, more preposterous amount! They may have only started one day apart!

This can create tremendous confusion. One brokers real time accounts can inexplicably appear to be far different from the real-time accounts of another broker, even when using the same trading systems.

Misleading Trading Systems Reporting

This phenomenon can also be used for dishonest or disingenuous purposes. It is possible for a trading systems vendor to simply cherry pick the best historical starting date to suit his purposes. He can choose a date right before a huge winner, or a series of winners. This can cause it to look as though the system needed little original starting capital and the return on invested funds was enormous. Choosing this date would mean that the first wins financed the rest of the trading.

But what if trading had started on a different date? What if that trader had even started on a date that was right before a series of losers? He might have needed 2, 3, or even 4 times the starting capital than would be needed had he started on a different date. His returns on the invested capital would be much less. In the worst-case scenario, he might have lost his entire investment before earning the profits shown.

Even if a broker or vendor shows an average of several of his accounts, this can still be a meager view and offer less than the needed amount of information. Theoretically, he could still cherry pick the starting dates of all 3 or 4 accounts, using each to show as much profit as possible. Alternately, he could have so few accounts to average from that the data suffers from what statisticians call a small sample sizenot enough data to draw any valid conclusions.

An even worse offense would be if a disingenuous brokerage or vendor were to push some day trading systems because of the high frequency of trades and commissions they have the ability to generate, and then use some of his cherry picked real time accounts to prove that his strategy worked.

The point I am making is that there are countless ways that incorrect or intentionally altered start dates can impact performance, both in hypothetical reports and real-time performances. Traders need to rely on something better and more robust than much of what is currently available.

A Trading Systems Solution

What is the answer? Well, in my humble opinion, the answer to this is the Start Trade Report. The Start Trade Report runs tests on various systems as many as hundreds or thousands of times over the given period. It starts each test on a different date inside the period in which the trader could have made his new trades. For example, if there were 2,000 trades over a period of 10 years, the Start Trade Report will retest the system 2,000 times, each time starting on the date provided for each new trade.

The Start Trade Report also makes sure to reset the equity back to the original starting amount with each test. This is necessary because when using position sizing, traders may skip some trades in the beginning when the equity is still small, but, it is not correct to look at the results of trades that a trader would not have taken. I have sometimes seen brokerage firms report on trades generated by my system that, based on their account size, many of my clients would not have taken. I have seen, for example, a $ 3,500 losing trade in a system where most clients would have skipped any trade with a risk above $ 2,000. The Start Trade Report knows which trades to skip and at which times based on the starting capital of the traders.

This report can also allow traders to evaluate performance based on the margin required rather than account size. This feature allows traders to see the entire spectrum of ALL the possible outcomes rather than just one.

Trading Systems Start Trade Report Summary

Here are a few things that a Start Trade Report can show traders:
1. What percentage of the first 12 months was profitable based on the 2,000 different starting dates?

2. What was the average first year performance of the system when averaged over the 2,000 different possible starting dates?

3. How much money would my account have needed to contain if, theoretically, I started on the worst possible date?

4. What would be the average account size needed to trade this system based on the 2,000 different possible starting periods?

5. What would be the average amount that I went under my original starting point? What about the largest amount possible over all 2,000 different dates?

This report allows traders to filter out much of the garbage found in typical performance reporting. The Start Trade Report can filter out many errors in reporting real time performance based on either a sample size that is too small or starting dates and accounts that are cherry picked.

I hope traders can see that this information is invaluable. I honestly do not know how a trader could ever trade any trading systems without it. When investors look at a system in this much detail, it will be surprising to them how much confidence this report can build, not to mention the comfort. Ever since my early days of trading, this report was the one that gave me the most peace of mind. It was the only report that comforted me when there were drawdowns. It allowed me to know whether we were in the normal ranges of the bell curve, or whether we were going through something extreme. It also gave me a realistic range of outcomes to expect in the first year of trading.

We believe that providing traders with these reports will not only give them an incredible edge, but also build their confidence immeasurably. Confidence is a valuable attribute for a trader to have when the inevitable drawdown comes. In my personal experience, it is thanks to these reports that I am able to remain calm even during the worst of times.

To get a copy of the Start Trade Report please send us an email.

Dean Hoffman
DH Trading Systems

This trading systems article was written by Commodity Trading Advisor Dean Hoffman. For more about the Relativity trading system please click on the links.

Start your career with Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013

Currently the scenario is totally different. Trends are changing quickly. The demand of IT certifications is increasing day by day. Microsoft certifications are best certification in IT field which has great demand at international level too. These are prestigious certifications which are recognized at international level. These certifications are very helpful for your bright future career that helps to polish your abilities and internal skills.

Microsoft 70-331 exam certification is one of the best Microsoft certification which is also known as Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013. This certification is available in two different languages like English and Japanese. This certification is specially designed for IT professionals who take interest in setting up, establishing, implementing, and handling SharePoint Server 2013 set ups in either the information center or in the cloud.

It is necessary for the individual to have advanced knowledge and skills about the certification in which he take interest. It will help him to understand the terminologies of the certifications. Candidates must have at least four years  of hands-on experience planning and maintaining SharePoint and other core technologies upon which SharePoint depends, including Windows Server 2008 R2 or later, Internet Information Services (IIS), Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 or later, Active Directory, and networking infrastructure services.

Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 is one of the best certification which is very helpful to built up your future career. It enables the candidate to succeed in his Professional career. Once you achieved this certification the organization will surely trust and give you more value because they know that you can provide the best solutions. This certification has great name in IT world and is one of the best leading certifications in this field. It plays an important role to enhance the internal skills and capabilities of an individual.

Every certification needs efforts, latest knowledge and information to pass the exam in first attempt. In big organizations there is a strong competition. Their HR department just hires certified IT professionals who have good experience and knowledge for the required field. Certifications show the eligibility of an individual for the field.

To win a certification is not an easy task. It helps to boost up you future career and keep the status of the individual up to dated according to the new trends in the IT field. It helps to improve the IT proficiency of an individual. You can get good job easily and get on your path for success.

 

Emily Carol is specialist in different IT certifications and has passed the certifications like Microsoft 70-331 exams. Thanks for reading this article in which she told about the experience of these certifications. There are many other topics related to IT certifications are coming soon.

Bo Knows RTG – The Start

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