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.
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.)
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.