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 Shawna Carson, Coach Charles Thompson and Coach Trey Altenhofen, 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 Shawna Carson, Coach Charles Thompson and Coach Trey Altenhofen, 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