*** Next Tournament: ZG Connecticut State Championships - May 2-3 - Hartford, CT ***
Below: Photo Of Spartans Elite 17U - ZG 2015 Under Armour Thoroughbred Champions
(L-R Standing) Corttney Feldman, Madison Purcell, Vianah Smith, Sydney Brown, Cait Corbett, Jenna Giacone, Rachael Feldman
(L-R - Kneeling): Gabby Giacone, CeCe Mayo
About Us: The Spartans Elite Girls AAU Basketball Club is a tax exempt 501(c)3 organization providing basketball opportunities for young amateur scholastic female athletes residing in the capital district area of upstate NY. We engage in a variety of fundraising activities as well as the solicitation of charitable donations to support our operating costs. The majority of our players participate in the NYS Section 2 "AA" HS classification.
Our Goals:The organization has two primary goals: first, to help each athlete develop the knowledge and skills, both individually and more importantly, as a team, to be successful in AAU play; and second, through discpline, practice, time management, exercise, and teamwork, prepare them not only for the challenges of AAU basketball, but also those challenges they will face in life.
Commitment: Participation on a Spartans Elite team requires a significant commitment from both players and parents. Teams normally practice twice a week,
for two hours per session. Tournament games are played on weekends, league games on weeknights. The season extends from mid-March thru early August each year. Teams may also participate in numerous scrimmages throughout the season per the discretion of each Head Coach. Practices are typically not conducted during school holidays, vacation periods, or closings due to inclement weather; however coaches may elect to practice or scrimmage at alternative locations in addition to scheduling tournaments during those same periods.
College Exposure: For those players aspiring to play college basketball, Spartans Elite regularly participates in numerous tournaments attended by NCAA D1, D2, and D3 College Scouts and Coaches. Via this website, we also provide those same individuals with secured access to player profiles, statistics, videos, and contact information; all intended to give our players an additional edge in the recruiting process.
Why Play:The reasons are many: Girls who play sports do better in school and are more likely to graduate than those who don't because exercise improves learning, memory, and concentration. Girls who play sports learn how to be successful through teamwork, a skill which will assist them throughout their adult lives.
Playing sports has hidden health benefits, girls who play sports are less likely to smoke and have a reduced chance of getting breast cancer and osteoporosis later in life. Playing sports builds self-confidence, girls involved in athletics feel better about themselves, both physically and socially; it helps them to stay in shape, maintain a healthy weight, and make new friends.
Playing sports helps girls relieve stress, which uplifts their moods and helps fight depression, plus, a team environment provides them with a network of friends and support both on and off the court. Playing sports promotes time management, another skill vital to their success both as a student and later in their adult life.