Dear Club Leaders, Coaches and Team Administrators,
Wishing you and your family all the warmth and joy
this Holiday Season has to offer. I am so thankful
for your dedication and devotion to our young athletes.
I look forward to working with you this coming year.
There have been several very important changes that
the AAU has implemented this year. First, all non-athletes(i.e.
coaches and administrators) must register with AAU
well in advance of their first event or practice and
then undergo a background screen. This is a confidential
and relatively easy process that is mandatory. No one
will be permitted to coach or participate in any way
unless they are an AAU member and have been approved
after the background screen is finished. I will assist
you in completing the process if you wish. I can be
reached at 516-351-6642. THIS REQUIRMENT WILL BE STRICTLY
ENFORCED AND THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS. The purpose
of this background screening mandate is the protection
of the children entrusted to our organization. It is
the first of a series of steps being taken by AAU.
The second critical step is the publication of rules
pertaining to the coach/player relationship. There
are a number of restrictions that must be followed.
This, again, is meant to protect both the player and
coach during the course of their interactions during
the AAU season..
There is also an online coaching course that is required
of all AAU non-athletes. The Positive Coaches Alliance
offers valid and effective guidance for all coaches
and is a helpful resource for all coaches.
The various Directors have established dates for the
Bi-Annual Sports Meetings. An important part of those
meetings will be an educational session regarding these
new policies. All are invited to attend. The dates
of the meetings are as follows:
BOYS BASKETBALL – January 16, 2013 @ 7:00 PM
GIRLS BASKETBALL – January 16, 2013 @7:00 PM
ATHLETICS – February 15, 2013 @7:00 PM
VOLLEYBALL – FEBRUARY 8, 2013 @7:30 PM.
All meetings will be held at the Island Garden which
is located at 45 Cherry Valley Avenue, West Hempstead,
I will be sending regular updates about AAU here in
New York. Please plan for the upcoming season now so
that this can be the best year yet for your teams.
Finally, do not hesitate to call me if I can be of