2018 Girls Spring/Summer OSA Select Basketball Program

About the OSA Crusaders Summer Select GIRLS Program

The OSA Crusaders are excited to bring you the BEST summer girls basketball program in the state of Nebraska, and we just keep getting better! OSA Crusaders Girls Spring/Summer Select Program is proud to announce our new partnership with adidas, making us Nebraska’s ONLY fully sponsored girls’ select program!

The ADIDAS UPRISING Gauntlet series will provide our top U16 and U17 players an opportunity that very few girls in Nebraska have had before and that only 32 teams across the country are invited to attend! They will play the best competition in front of hundreds of college coaches from around the country, giving our athletes maximum exposure during each of the NCAA live periods. As an added bonus, it will also allow them to be nominated for the Adidas Uprising All-American Camp and the Adidas Uprising U.S. Select team. All of these opportunities are exclusive to the 32 ADIDAS UPRISING sponsored teams, and our OSA Crusader girls are thrilled to be a part of this!

So how does this exciting news impact the OSA Program?

U16 and U17 GAUNTLET TEAMS – Our top U17 team will compete in the Platinum Gauntlet, and our top U16 team will compete in the Gold Gauntlet, with the chance to be crowned adidas National Champions! The OSA Gold and Platinum Gauntlet teams will compete in two weekends of league play. The first two events will seed teams for the National Championship Bracket, at one of the most prestigious exposure venues in the country, the adidas Summer Championships in Atlanta, GA.

adidas All-America Camp – Portland, OR
The Our adidas sponsorship will give these players the opportunity to be chosen to participate in the adidas All-America Camp in Portland, OR. Adidas is the only shoe company to put substantial funds into running a GIRLS camp of this kind. Chosen players will have their travel and lodging paid for and receive an abundance of exclusive adidas gear!  The adidas All-America Camp is attended by almost every National scouting service and also by USA Basketball representatives!

adidas Select Team USA – Overseas Trip
Each year 12 players are chosen from the adidas All-America Camp for an all-expense paid trip to Europe to play games against foreign competition. In 2017, the team visited and competed in Italy. Most of the shoe companies offer up a trip like this for their boys’ sponsored programs, but adidas is the only company to give girls this once in a lifetime opportunity!

U15 – U17 PREMIER TEAMS – Over the last several years, the OSA Crusaders program has developed into one that has proven to be a great opportunity for all of its participants.  OSA Crusaders Premier teams will have outstanding coaches, develop as sound basketball players, and will be exposed to significant recruiting opportunities. The U15 Premier team will compete in 5 summer tournaments, and the U16-U17 Premier teams will compete in 9-10 tournaments throughout the Spring/Summer season.  The OSA Premier experience is a great opportunity for multi-sport athletes and will provide players a successful avenue to recruiting opportunities and growth as basketball players!

U13 – U15 NATIONAL TEAMS  – Our top U13-U15 teams will compete in a combination of ADIDAS UPRISING Gauntlet events, national level tournaments, and NCAA certified viewing events. Our schedule will be extremely competitive and give our athletes maximum exposure opportunities. In addition, our teams will continue to be exposed to the highest level of skill development of any program in the Midwest! OSA National teams will be coached by highly qualified coaches who are committed to developing and preparing our players for the next level.

U13 and U14 PREMIER TEAMS  – The 7th-8th grade teams will play 9-10 tournaments between April and August. Tournaments will be a mix of MAYB tournaments and other credible tournaments that are within driving distance. This set of teams can count on great coaches who put development ahead of winning. In addition, excellent oversight of the program is provided by the OSA Leadership, namely Coach Brittany Wilson, Coach Charles Thompson and Coach Trey Altenhofen, and Coach Terrence Phox from which ALL players will benefit greatly.

5th – 6th Grade NATIONAL TEAMS – The OSA Select 5thand 6th grade summer program provides a great opportunity for athletes to enhance their skill sets and compete against high-level competition. New this year, our 5th and 6th grade National teams will have the opportunity to compete in the ADIDAS UPRISING Junior Gauntlet! Our schedule will be challenging and provide athletes an opportunity to compete against the best in the Midwest and around the country. 5th and 6th grade National teams will compete in 6 tournaments.

5TH Grade – 6TH PREMIER TEAMS – Our 5th and 6th grade Premier teams will compete in 5-6 tournaments between May and August. Tournaments will be a mix of MAYB tournaments and other credible tournaments that are within driving distance. This set of teams can count on great coaches who put development ahead of winning. In addition, excellent oversight of the program is provided by the OSA Leadership, namely Coach Brittany Wilson, Coach Charles Thompson and Coach Trey Altenhofen, and Coach Terrence Phox from which ALL players will benefit greatly.

3rd – 4th Grade TEAMS – The emphasis of the 3rd – 4th grade girls summer select program will be for these young athletes to develop fundamental skills and an understanding of the game through intensive skill academies, team practices, and competition.

Our team practices will provide athletes an opportunity to continue individual skill development as well as an understanding of offensive, defensive, and transition concepts. In addition to our weekly practice, we will hold Skills Academies throughout the spring and summer months, which will be administered by OSA Professional Staff and the OSA Elite Skills Training Staff.  These sessions will be solely dedicated to individual player development in which players will focus on various essential fundamentals and skills.

The last component of the summer program is the competition wherein our teams will participate in five – six tournaments. The games will provide athletes an opportunity to put into action the skills and concepts learned in the team practices and skill academies.  Tournaments will be a combination of local and regional tournaments.

3rd – 4th Grade Format:

  • Spring Practices: March 27st – June 2nd (approximately once a week)
  • Summer Practices: June 5th – July 31st (approximately once a week)
  • Spring Skills Academy: March 31st – June 2nd (Once a week)
  • Summer Skills Academy: Mondays and Thursdays June 11th – July 26th

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?

Tournament Schedules (subject to change)

U16 and U17 Gauntlet

  • April 13-15 Hall of Fame Showcase Wichita, KS
  • April 20-22 ADIDAS UPRISING Gauntlet Series Dallas, TX
  • May 11-13 May Madness Minneapolis, MN or Fiasco at the Fieldhouse Ames, IA
  • May 25-27 Midwest Showcase Omaha, NE
  • June 30-July 1 River Cities Jamboree Omaha, NE
  • July 5-8 Mill City Invite Minneapolis, MN
  • July 10-12 ADIDAS UPRISING Gauntlet Series Kansas City, MO
  • July 23-25 North Tartan Meltdown Minneapolis, MN
  • July 27-29 ADIDAS UPRISING Gauntlet Summer Championships Atlanta, GA

U16 and U17 Premier

  • April 13-15 Hall of Fame Showcase Wichita, KS
  • April 20-22 Spring Showdown Minneapolis, MN
  • April 28-29 MAYB Omaha, NE
  • May 18-20 MAYB Omaha, NE
  • May 25-27 Midwest Showcase Omaha, NE
  • June 30-July 1 River Cities Jamboree Omaha, NE
  • July 5-8 Mill City Invite Minneapolis, MN or Dakota Challenge Sioux Falls, SD
  • July 13-15 MAYB Omaha, NE
  • July 23-25 MN AAU Summer Jam Minneapolis, MN or MAYB Omaha, MN
  • July 27-29 Battle of the Best Ames, IA

U14 and U15 National

  • April 13-15 Hall of Fame Showcase Wichita, KS
  • April 20-22 ADIDAS UPRISING Gauntlet Series Dallas, TX or Be the Best Ames, IA
  • May 11-13 May Madness Minneapolis, MN or Fiasco at the Fieldhouse Ames, IA
  • May 25-27 Midwest Showcase Omaha, NE
  • June 30-July 1 River Cities Jamboree Omaha, NE
  • July 5-8 Mill City Invite Minneapolis, MN
  • July 23-25 North Tartan Meltdown Minneapolis, MN
  • July 10-12 ADIDAS UPRISING Gauntlet Series Kansas City, MO
  • July 27-29 ADIDAS UPRISING Gauntlet Summer Championships Atlanta, GA or Battle of the Best Ames, IA

U15 Premier

  • June 30-July 1 River Cities Jamboree Omaha, NE
  • July 5-8 Mill City Invite Minneapolis, MN or Dakota Challenge Sioux Falls, SD
  • July 13-15 MAYB Omaha, NE
  • July 23-25 MN AAU Summer Jam Minneapolis, MN or MAYB Omaha, MN
  • July 27-29 Battle of the Best Ames, IA

U13 National

  • April 13-15 Hall of Fame Showcase Wichita, KS
  • May 11-13 May Madness Minneapolis, MN or Fiasco at the Fieldhouse Ames, IA
  • May 18-20 MAYB Omaha, NE
  • May 25-27 Midwest Showcase Omaha, NE
  • June 3-4 ADIDAS UPRISING Junior Gauntlet Qualifier Wichita, KS
  • June 8-10 Midwest Girls Classic Ames, IA
  • June 30-July 2 ADIDAS UPRISING Junior Gauntlet Nationals Dallas, TX
  • July 5-8 Mill City Invite Minneapolis, MN
  • July 13-15 MAYB Omaha, NE
  • July 27-29 MAYB Omaha, NE

U13 and U14 Premier

  • April 28-29 MAYB Omaha, NE
  • May 18-20 MAYB Omaha, NE
  • May 26-27 MAYB Council Bluffs, IA
  • June 1-3 MAYB Omaha, NE
  • June 15-17 MAYB Lincoln, NE
  • June 22-24 MAYB Omaha, NE
  • June 29-July 1 River Cities Jamboree Omaha, NE
  • July 6-8 MAYB Lawrence, KS
  • July 13-15 MAYB Omaha, NE
  • July 20-22 MAYB Omaha, NE or Sioux Falls, SD
  • July 27-29 MAYB Omaha, NE

5th Grade and 6th Grade National

  • May 18-20 MAYB Omaha, NE
  • June 3-4 ADIDAS UPRISING Junior Gauntlet Qualifier Wichita, KS
  • June 8-10 Midwest Girls Classic Ames, IA or June 30-July 2 ADIDAS UPRISING Junior Gauntlet Nationals Dallas, TX
  • July 13-15 MAYB Omaha, NE
  • July 20-22 MAYB Council Bluffs, IA
  • July 27-29 MAYB Omaha, NE

5th Grade and 6th Grade Premier

  • May 18-20 MAYB Omaha, NE
  • June 1-3 MAYB Omaha, NE
  • June 22-24 MAYB Omaha, NE
  • July 13-15 MAYB Omaha, NE
  • July 20-22 MAYB Council Bluffs, IA
  • July 27-29 MAYB Omaha, NE

3rd Grade and 4th Grade Teams

  • May 18-20 MAYB Omaha, NE
  • June 1-3 MAYB Omaha, NE or June 8-10 Midwest Girls Classic Ames, IA
  • June 22-24 MAYB Omaha, NE
  • July 13-15 MAYB Omaha, NE
  • July 20-22 MAYB Council Bluffs, IA
  • July 27-29 MAYB Omaha, NE

Leadership and Coaching

The OSA professional staff and leadership is as good as it gets and is committed to working with your child 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 t utelage of our full time coaching staff, which includes coaches Charles Thompson, Brittany Wilson, Trey Altenhofen, and Terrence Phox, 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 child to grow and benefit from our program!

Practices

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 the Thunder, Spurs, and Cavs training camps, have been guests at the highly prestigious College Point Guard Camp (PGC), Metro Basketball Coach Athletics, and collegiate and high school practices.  The objective is for our players to be consistently exposed to the newest ideas and current trends in 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 productive for each athlete. Practice time will focus on skill development as well as offensive and defensive team concepts. Players will be pushed both physically and mentally, yet still have fun each time they attend. Our unique practice format allows for each player to focus on five key areas at each practice: shooting/scoring, defensive principles, transition, ball handling, and offensive team principles. One of our professional staff will be directly involved and hands-on with your child’s team practices.

Summer Skills Academy

Summer Select Skills Academy: These academies serve as a great compliment to team practices and the tournaments we play.  While competition and regular team practices are very important, our Summer Select Skills Academies are what put our players over the top, with an emphasis on developing impact players from an individual skills standpoint.  Specific focus includes:

  • High Level Skills Instruction & Repetition
  • Ball Handling
  • Shooting
  • One on One Moves
  • Decision Making
  • Specific Moves
  • Intense Transition

OSA Parent Testimonials

“All three of my kids have participated in the OSA select program, each with different challenges and talents. The growth of the players’ basketball knowledge and skill was evident with each year they continued to take part in the program. The training, the dedication of the staff and the attention to each kid’s individual strengths/deficiencies have made this a positive experience.

Stacy Watson

Over the past 7 years, I have seen the OSA Select program improve greatly. Their practice sessions are unm atched to any other program I've seen. As a result, I have witnessed the basketball skills increase greatly with my two children who are part of the OSA Select program.

Lisa Weber