SWING is one of the elite basketball clubs in Wisconsin. It is a highly competitive basketball program designed for highly motivated, highly skilled players that want to develop their game and play against the best competition available for their age group.
If your child is self-motivated, is considered skilled for his age, and is needing more challenging competition, then yes, your child is ready to tryout for SWING.
The key benefits of SWING are:
We recommend attending all the tryout sessions. In addition to giving the coaches and evaluators a clearer picture of your abilities, it is an opportunity for you to work on your game and enjoy playing.
No. As much as we would like to give every player the opportunity to make a team, SWING is designed for the player ready and capable of playing at a highly competitive level.
Yes. Roster spots are earned, not given. Each year, many factors impact how many teams are created for a given level and which team players are assigned to.
SWING does not target having a certain number of teams. Rather SWING bases the number of teams on the number of qualified players. If enough players qualify to justify multiple teams then we will carry more than one team for a given level. Typically, we carry one team each for levels 9U-11U and two teams each for levels 12U-14U.
No. Teams are created based on player talent level. Therefore, the top 10 players form the A team and the next 10 best players create the B team.
Early in the season most teams typically practice twice a week. Once tournaments begin to take place practices usually scale back to once per week. However, each coach has the discretion to modify practice schedule as seen fit.
All practices take place in Waunakee.
No. Again, SWING is a highly competitive program and playing time is earned. Playing time based on performance, effort and game situation.
The season is designed for April - July, with a tournament or two each month. The coach for each team will identify the number of tournaments adequate for their level.
For the majority of youth teams, the tournament schedule consists of regional tournaments within a 2-hr radius of Madison. For elite 13U or 14U teams requiring a higher level of competition, they may participate in GNBA or NY2LA tournaments that attract teams from across the nation.
No. Although SWING teams compete to win their games, the success of the program is not measured by W/L's. Rather success is measured by the growth development of players over the course of the season. Everyone has fun playing tournaments, and there is value in playing tournament games, but more value comes from time spent in practices and skill development sessions.