Dear Future OSA Select Parents and Players:

We are excited that you have chosen to check out Omaha Sports Academy’s Fall/Winter Select Basketball Program!

We are extremely proud of our OSA Select Program, what it has evolved into and for what the future holds.  Our players at all grade levels are learning the game, growing as athletes, and having fun in arguably the top youth sports facility in the Midwest! Our program has exceptional full-time employees 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 athletes are improving and playing “The OSA Way!”  We will continue to reinforce all skills with all players and take an approach that will not only benefit the players immediately, but in the long term as well. We accomplish this by teaching athletes a wide skill set, where they learn to play all of the different positions on the floor and do not get “pigeonholed” into a specific position in their formative years!

For the 2020-2021 season, we intend to offer the following number of teams:

3rd Grade Boys: (8)                   3rd Grade Girls (3)

4th Grade Boys: (6)                    4th Grade Girls: (3)

5th Grade Boys: (6)                   5th Grade Girls: (3)

6th Grade Boys: (10)                 6th Grade Girls: (3)

7th Grade Boys: (7)                    7th Grade Girls: (3)

8th Grade Boys: (8)                    8th Grade Girls: (3)

 

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 our great new facility!  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 that they have fun throughout the process. As always, we are highly committed 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 multiple full-time 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 AND TEAMS AT OSA!

For those who aspire to participate in junior high and beyond, it goes without saying that it is difficult to make a high school program.  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, and that those who play at OSA will have that edge and will be able to separate themselves at a junior high or high school 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.

Whatever your athlete’s end goals may be, we strive to help 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!.

Sincerely,

Bob Franzese

General Manager

402-504-1222, ext 1

bob.franzese@omahasportsacademy.com

So What Is The OSA Way?

  • Progressive Age Appropriate Skill and Schematic Development:

    Emphasis on mastering the core offensive fundamentals of shooting, scoring, dribbling and passing.

  • Up Tempo Style of Play Emphasizing Quick and Smart Decision Making:

    Mastering the core fundamentals will help our players maximize their ability to quickly and effectively make the right basketball play on each possession.

  • Primary Emphasis and Man to Man Defensive Principles:

    Mastering core defensive fundamentals by emphasizing how to vigorously defend the ball and basket area within the team concept.

  • Being an impact player in all aspects of the game:

    Integrating the core fundamentals on both ends of the floor to maximize the efficiency and productivity of each player in our program.

Why Choose The OSA Select Basketball Program For YOUR Player?

Leadership and Coaching

The OSA professional staff and leadership is as good as it gets and is committed to working with your athlete to ensure they develop a love for the game, grow fundamentally as a player, and have fun in the process! Our select coaching staff is highly qualified and under the direct supervision and tutelage of our full-time coaching staff with OSA General Manager and long-time coach, Bob Franzese, overseeing the entire program. We anticipate many of our coaches will be returning next season, and this type of consistency in our coaching staff is one of the many areas that will allow your athlete to grow and benefit from our program!

Practices

OSA Staff is always learning cutting edge trends and is not afraid to educate themselves on a continued basis.  In past years, OSA professional staff members have attended NBA training camps including the Thunder, Spurs, and Cavs, have been guests at the highly prestigious College Point Guard Camp (PGC), Metro Basketball Coaches Association, and collegiate and high school practices around town.  The objective is for our players to be consistently exposed to the newest ideas and current trends in youth basketball, allowing us to incorporate these trends into our highly successful core fundamental and schematic training.  You can count on OSA practices to be crisp, professionally run, and fun for your child!   Practice time will focus on skill development as well as offensive and defensive team concepts. Players will be pushed both physically and mentally, and still have fun each time they attend by being a part of a fun and nurturing environment.  Our unique practice format allows for each player to focus on five key areas at each practice: scoring, shooting, ball handling, passing, and offensive and defensive full court and half court principles and concepts.  OSA professional staff is directly involved and hands-on with your athlete’s team. This allows us to teach a progressive skill set and schemes to everyone in the program.

Games

Games: Our teams will play a competitive schedule consisting of both league and tournament play. We will challenge our teams by providing appropriate competition experiences where they will have a chance to grow. OSA leadership realizes that games are an extension of practices. Coaches reinforce to players to utilize the different skill sets that they learn during practice during their actual game time experiences. OSA leadership is actively involved in competitive game situations as much as possible.

Summer and Fall Skill Sessions

Summer and fall skill sessions allow additional opportunities for skill development outside of the traditional season. We will hold six Sunday evening workouts over the summer months and another three workouts in the fall . Players are highly encouraged to attend these sessions. We firmly believe that players have a chance to grow and develop during the summer months. These sessions are invaluable in allowing your athlete to focus on skill development, enhancing their ability to succeed. Our core concepts and fundamental training are implemented during these summer sessions and allow us to be ahead of the game when the season starts in the fall. This, along with our two summer camps and regular season practices , is what sets the OSA Select Program apart from the others.

Summer Camps: Elite Skills Camp and Evaluation / Team Placement Camps

Our Elite Skills Camp is an extremely valuable compone nt setting a highly energetic and competitive tone for the beginning of our off season development program. During this camp, the OSA Leadership staff will introduce and reinforce our core values on individual skill and team schematics regarding the OSA W ay from every detail to the administration and execution of each important concept. The Elite Skills Camp is a springboard to the Summer Sunday Night Workouts and the End of Summer Evaluation/Team Placement Camp.

The End of Summer Evaluation / Team Placement Camp provides an opportunity for our players to display the skills acquired through the summer camp and workout season. The camp provides a final opportunity for our players will be evaluated to decide team placement for the Fall/Winter Season . Our goal is to place players on teams where they are able to develop individually and collectively at a similar pace throughout the course of season. Although this is a very competitive camp, we will continue to emphasize player development an d team schematics throughout the entirety of the camp.

Process for Team Placement

Once evaluations are completed after the final evaluation camp in August, players will be divided into their respective teams, and those teams will be posted on our website.  Please keep in mind that players will not automatically be placed on the same level of team as this current year, as players will develop differently over the summer.  Those who take advantage of our workouts and camp sessions over the summer months will surely experience significant improvement.

OSA Parent Testimonials

Bob Franzese and the entire OSA organization is as first-class as they come. They have set the bar, not only in the region, but in the country. OSA is progressive and care about their student athletes on and off the court. Their consistent innovation and dedication to the families and community they serve is the reason they succeed. We are honored to be associated with Bob and his team.

Dustin Cooper

We drive an hour and forty-five minutes to practice each week. Truly, we have found out that we would drive even further because the coaching and facilities are worth it! Great families and atmosphere are what creates an opportunity for our daughter to be the best she can be

Anne and Skip Miller

Our experience through the years with both girls & boys OSA Teams has been phenomenal. This organization, this experience – it is all so special and rewarding for youth and families. We understand how a good coach can alter the game but, the great coaches change the direction of lives. During our time at OSA with three children at various levels of the game (JR Select, fall, summer teams & AAU) we experienced first hand how invested this organization is in our kids. No matter what team or level, they are given more than just top notch basketball skills, they are gaining life long character building skills and having so much fun doing it! Grateful to all the coaches and administration for investing in our kids!

Tasha Robinson

OSA coaches have taught my sons to be better people and players while building their individual skill sets. The ability to have multiple practices with additional teams each week, allows them to learn full court knowledge that isn't always available to other teams. Strict focus on fundamentals and new techniques, picked up from coaches throughout the country, give them an edge over other players in the area. Ultimately OSA prepares players to succeed at the next level.

Mike Dearking

I am grateful for how OSA has helped me develop as an athlete and as a person. The OSA coaches and community focus on developing the whole person. They understand that sports create a platform to make a difference in the world. Through partnership with ABIDE, the North Omaha community has been greatly impacted by the generosity of the OSA family. Thank you.

Josh DotzlerChief Executive Officer, ABIDE