Style of Play and Overall Philosophy
OSA teams have excelled over the years as a result of our commitment to position-less basketball. All players learn all positions and are encouraged to play on different parts of the floor. OSA is committed to excelling in transition, half-court offense and in special situations. Athletes have loved our commitment to getting up and down the floor and our fast and aggressive style of play! All of our athletes are encouraged to score from different areas of the court, and they are asked to step out of their comfort zone offensively and expand their game. Athletes at all levels will learn high level man to man principles that will help separate them from the rest! We don’t want role-players; we want to help athletes become COMPLETE PLAYERS!!!
Athletes who buy in and successfully complete the OSA Spring/Summer Boys Program can expect to dramatically increase their skill level and cerebral understanding of the game, further developing their love and passion for basketball.
OSA Leadership and Coaching
The OSA Boys Select Basketball Program is led by Charles Thompson. Coach Thompson has been with OSA for 10 years now, and he truly knows the “OSA Way,” which consists of teaching fundamentals and schematics at a very high level and assisting athletes in becoming impact players. Our participants all learn, improve, and have fun under Coach Thompson’s tutelage!
Our OSA professional coaching staff assists with all aspects of the program, with direct supervision and oversight from Bob Franzese, OSA General Manager and long-time basketball coach. Our coaches and leadership group are as good as it gets and are committed to working with your athlete to enable them to be the best they can be while teaching them a love and desire for the game of basketball. OSA teams can count on experienced coaches who put development first. The OSA program’s focus is to strengthen and improve each athlete’s individual skill set through attention to detail instruction, intense repetitions in practices, and competitive experiences. Our select coaches are highly qualified and are under the direct tutelage of our professional staff.
For high school athletes who aspire to play collegiately, our leadership and top-notch coaches will be instrumental in ensuring that athletes are recruited and then placed at the appropriate level.
Each OSA High School Coach is NCAA certified, and coaches at all levels must complete and pass a background check. OSA is a partner with the child advocacy group Darkness to Light (D2L), which provides comprehensive training and information regarding issues that are designed for the protection and safety of our athletes. As a continual effort to proactively educate our staff on this topic, this online training is required to be successfully completed by every OSA coach.
Teams will be assigned to play a National Team or Regional Team schedule. We expect to have multiple teams for each grade level assigned to the national team schedule, and multiple teams at each grade level assigned to the regional team schedule. CLICK HERE to view the 2021 Boys Spring/Summer Schedules. (Please note these are subject to change with adequate notice due to appropriateness of competition, COVID related changes, etc.)
Teams will practice twice a week throughout the spring/summer season. Each practice will place a premium on high level skill development, short sided games, transition drills and schematic development. ALL players are taught ALL skills and are encouraged to utilize those skills in competitive situations. All OSA team practices are run with great pace and consist of high energy, resembling upper level high school or collegiate level practices! Note: High School teams will take June off from practices and competition to allow athletes to focus on their high school teams.