Dear OSA Select Parents and Players:
At this time each season, we offer our current Select players the opportunity to reserve their spot in our program for the following season through the OSA Loyalty Program. By registering for the Loyalty Program, your child has the opportunity to bypass the fall/winter tryout process with guaranteed placement on one of our OSA select teams for the 2018 – 2019 fall/winter season. Those who register for the Loyalty Program can take advantage of a discounted rate compared to the fees that will be charged for all newcomers to our program following tryouts.
We are extremely proud of our OSA Select Program and what it has evolved into. Our players at all grade levels are learning to play the game the right way, and they are having fun in the process. Our program has four full time employees and three additional staff members in addition to each team’s assigned coach, who are involved in weekly practices and who get out on weekends to support and assist our teams to ensure that all teams and all players are improving and playing “The OSA Way!” Our goal is for each player to learn all positions on the court, not just one or two positions based on their current skills, athletic ability, or size. This will better prepare each player for high school ball, as we know their bodies will be changing throughout their youth basketball careers.
For the 2018-19 season, we intend to offer the following number of teams:
4th Grade Boys: (8) 4th Grade Girls: (2)
5th Grade Boys: (7) 5th Grade Girls: (2)
6th Grade Boys: (8) 6th Grade Girls: (2)
7th Grade Boys: (9) 7th Grade Girls: (3)
8th Grade Boys: (7) 8th Grade Girls: (2)
Note: Current 2nd graders who are playing up in 3rd grade can take advantage of the Loyalty Program and register for 3rd grade. We intend to field six or seven 3rd grade boys’ teams & two or three 3rd grade girls’ teams next season. Along those same lines, current families who have athletes entering 3rd grade next fall may also enroll them in the 3rd grade Loyalty Program, guaranteeing their placement on a team in the fall, and allowing them to bypass the tryout process in March.
It goes without saying that our program is in very high demand. This demand has only increased with the success of our program, the success of former players competing at the high school and college levels, and the buzz about our great new facility and all the “bells and whistles” it will offer! Last year, when we held our tryouts in March, as a result of having an extremely high percentage of our players enroll in the Loyalty Program, we held tryouts for anywhere from 1-8 spots in the various grade levels. While we welcome newcomers to fill any open spots we may have, it is our desire to continue on into the 2018-19 fall/winter season with our current players, as continuity is so important in basketball. It should be noted that current players who do not register for the Loyalty Program but decide to return to our program for the following season WILL be required to go through the tryout process. Each year we have minimal spots open and 40-50 players competing for them. This can only be a testament to the high demand to play at OSA.
We are committed to ensuring that your athletes have the best possible experience while participating in our program. Regardless of ability, it is our goal to facilitate each athlete’s growth, both on and off the court, and we will do everything we can to make sure they have fun throughout the process. We are more committed than ever to teaching the game, ensuring that our players develop fundamentally and improve significantly by teaching high level, yet age appropriate schematics which allow players to play offensively and defensively in all positions on the floor! There are not many programs throughout the country that have the amount of staff members overseeing practices, hustling to get to as many games as possible, and more importantly, who have genuine care and concern for each young athlete regardless of their age or ability level. WE ARE COMMITTED TO ALL PLAYERS AT OSA!
It goes without saying that it is difficult to make a high school program. As stated earlier, we believe that when you are trying out over the span of a couple of days with 75 or more athletes, a player needs to have an edge. We firmly believe those who play at OSA will have that edge and will be able to separate themselves at a tryout. It is always fun for us to see the results of the high school tryouts – each year we have a range of players who, at the youth level, probably wouldn’t have thought they would make a high school program. These same players end up making a high school team at some level, and some end up playing on a JV or even Varsity team as freshmen. In most of these cases, families would tell you that the training and experience they received from OSA was instrumental in expediting their careers! It is our goal for players to play a level or two higher than they would have had they not played Select through OSA.
The Loyalty Program has proven to be highly successful and a win-win for both OSA and our current customers! We strive to teach your athlete the key fundamentals and components of the game in a way in which they will develop a love and passion for the game. Sometimes we sacrifice the short term for the long term with the mindset that without the kids having fun in the process, it will really be all for nothing. Whatever your end goals may be, we strive to help you achieve them. We are proud of the sense of community that OSA has become and of the fact our players take pride in wearing the OSA uniform. We look forward to continuing to build on the success of the OSA Program!
To reserve a spot in the 2018-2019 Fall/Winter Select Loyalty Program, you must register with a non-refundable first payment of $300 by Thursday, March 1st. Online Registration is NOW AVAILABLE for those who choose to pay with credit card. All check and cash payments will require the completion and submission of the registration form and Parent/Player contract, along with payment directly to OSA. Complete registration information can be found on PAGES 10-12. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me!
Bob Franzese, General Manager
402-504-1222, ext 1