OSA CRUSADERS GIRLS

2021 SPRING/SUMMER SELECT PROGRAM

 

 

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 Girls 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 Basketball Program is run by Mitch Albers, Director of Basketball Operations and facilitated by our full time coaching staff, who all play a prominent role in the oversight and direction of this program. The OSA professional leadership is as good as it gets and is committed to working with your child to enable them to be the best that they can be while teaching them a love and desire for this great game! Our select coaches are highly qualified and under the direct tutelage of our professional staff.  The consistency in our select coaching staff is one of the many areas that will allow your child to benefit and grow from this program. The OSA leadership team meets weekly to discuss each team and player in our program. We leave no stone unturned in achieving our goal of helping your athlete be the best he can be.

COACH QUALIFICATIONS (MANDATORY):

DARKNESS 2 LIGHT TRAINING – As much as we are working to achieve success with our student-athletes on the floor, we must be diligent with addressing the details that impact their lives off of the floor as well. With that in mind, we must stay vigilant in addressing the perils in our immediate environment and sports community that could have an impact on the safety and well being of the student athletes we have been entrusted to develop.  As a result we have partnered with the child advocacy group Darkness to Light (D2L) to provide comprehensive training and information regarding issues that are designed for the protection and safety of our young athletes.  As a continual effort to proactively educate our staff on this topic, this online training is required to be successfully completed by each coach to continue to work with any of the young athletes at the Omaha Sports Academy. This includes all head coaches and assistant coaches of our teams.

OSA APPROVED BACKGROUND CHECKS – As a continual commitment to the protection and safety of our young athletes, we are constantly reviewing the conduct and actions of our coaches on a consistent basis. As a result, we have partnered with One Source to execute and monitor background checks on all of the coaches in the OSA Select Program. Background checks will need to be completed by all coaches who plan on working with young athletes here at OSA.

MANDATORY REPORTERS – In Nebraska, everyone is a mandatory reporter.  This means physicians, medical institutions, nurses, school employees, social workers or any other person who has reasonable cause to believe that a child has been subjected to abuse or neglect is required by law to make a report to the CPS Hotline and/or Law Enforcement. (Nebraska Revised Statute 28-711).  Rest assured that our coaches and administrators will do everything possible to ensure the safety and protection of our young athletes and will work zealously to protect all young people from any possible signs of physical or emotional harm regardless of the situation. Our coaches and administrators are trained to report any sign of child endangerment and abuse to the proper authorities.

 

Interested in becoming an OSA Coach? Contact Mitch Albers at Mitch.Albers@omahasportsacademy.com.

Tournament Schedules

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 Girls Spring/Summer Schedules.  (Please note that schedules are subject to change with adequate notice due to appropriateness of competition, COVID related changes, etc.)

Practices

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.

#ExposureAndDevelopment

High School Athletes

Development: Our organizational philosophy will allow your athlete to flourish and take their game to the next level. Players will develop their skills and confidence by participating in highly organized practices where there is a heavy emphasis on skill development. Players will also develop by playing a competitive schedule that fits their team’s abilities.  OSA high school coaches are NCAA certified and are of the highest quality.
Exposure:  OSA will lean on years of expertise and experience when creating a schedule that allows your athlete to gain the appropriate level of exposure.  Almost all, if not all, tournaments that we participate in will be live streamed, which allows athletes the opportunity to create media for recruiting purposes, and most importantly, gives college coaches the chance to observe the streams real-time, or watch the games at a later time.   The OSA leadership has great relationships with college coaches at all levels all over the country, and if your athlete aspires to improve their game and play collegiately, look no further than the OSA Crusaders!
The OSA girls program is led by Josh Keister, who has 24 years of experience at the division one and two level as a head and an assistant coach. His connections are second to none, and OSA is committed to helping your athletes achieve their dreams and fulfill their goals.
Teams will play 7-8  tournaments. Tournament play will take place in April, May, and July.  There will be limited play or practices for most teams in June to allow players to focus on their high school teams.

Youth Athletes

Development: Our commitment to teaching our players all skills and position-less basketball has proven to enhance our athletes’ game and set them apart from the rest!  In addition to having the area’s top coaches work with our teams, the OSA leadership team will assist your athlete’s team at practices and makes efforts to get to as many games as possible on tournament weekends.  Our program oversight is second to none!
Exposure: OSA teams and athletes will play a schedule that is challenging but fits their team’s abilities.  Players will be challenged by competing against teams from the midwest and beyond and being exposed to different skill sets and styles of play. Athletes can expect to play a diverse amount of teams that compete in a variety of styles. If your athlete is looking to have fun, grow as a person and a player, develop their love for the game, and aspires to compete at the high school level, look no further than the OSA Crusaders!

GIRLS SPRING/SUMMER 2021 TRYOUTS

(based on CURRENT SPRING Grades)

QUESTIONS about the OSA Girls Select Program?  Contact Josh Keister, OSA Girls Select Coordinator – josh.keister@omahasportsacademy.com