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Q&A: What To Expect

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What grade level should we tryout for? -Tryouts are based on CURRENT GRADE and most, if not all, tournaments are as well.
  • When is the start and end of the “season”?  Practices will start in early April. We understand that there may be conflicts with school based youth teams that play into that time frame and potentially play in the state tournaments in early April. Wisconsin Focus tournaments typically start in April depending on conflicts that players have.The season will end late June for some. Most teams will end early to late July. Some teams may gather and play in the “off-season” if the coach is willing to fund for the tournament/s.
  • Number of practices and where will they be held? As part of our commitment to improving overall skills, our Focus organization offers more practice sessions than any other program.Typically, practices are two times per week for 1 ½ hours at St. John’s Military Academy in Delafield or University Lake School (4 miles north of St. John’s.) The practice times generally occur between 5-9:30 pm on M-T-W-Th.Friday-Sunday has been used more often the last couple years, so if that is what works for the team we can make that work.
  • How many tournaments will we play? - 2nd grade will play in the Center Court Summer League and possibly a tournament or two depending on the skill level of the team. 3rd and 4th grade teams will play 5-6 tournaments. All other grade levels play 6 -7 tournaments.
  • How far do we have to travel for tournaments?  – Tournaments are generally in the Waukesha/Milwaukee area with some approximately 1 ½ hours away in locations such as Libertyville, IL and the Wisconsin Dells. Some teams will travel up to 2 hours or beyond. An uncontrollable change in tournament location will sometimes up the travel distance for your tournament, so please have some patience. Teams may travel up to further distances for overnight tournaments if the coach and team decides its necessary.
  • How many players on a team and how many teams per grade level? – Each team will have 10-11 players. We expect to have two teams at each grade level with the possibility of having a third if the level of play warrants it. An alternate player may be added to the roster in the beginning or during the AAU season if a team is consistently missing with baseball or multi-sport athletes.
  • How many tryouts does each player need to attend? – We encourage each player to attend 2 - 3 tryouts for the best evaluation. Players are welcome to attend all sessions if they want to get outstanding work on their skills!
  • What is the expected commitment? – That is up to each family, but players should attend as many practices and games as possible.While we don’t punish a child for not being able to attend a practice because of another obligation, we do encourage them to attend as many as they can to avoid team disruption and to get the most out of their Focus experience. Doing so will provide players with work to improve, and optimal understanding.
  • When will players learn if they make a team? We will reach out to you about 2-3 weeks after the final tryout for the specific age level. In some cases, it may take longer to hear from us because getting responses and commitments take time, but you will hear from us either way. Thank you for being patient.
  • What is the cost to play? *Must be paid online*
    • $655 for 2nd-3rd grade
    • $715 for 4th-5th grade
    • $765 for 6th-8th grade
    • $850 for 9th-11th grade

** *There is an additional $85 uniform fee for ALL players since we are switching our uniform style (Sublimated) this 2019-2020 season.

  • When is player fee payment due?  The player payment is due no more than two weeks after the initial offer. We have changed this from previous years because of issues that have happened.
  • Are teams split evenly? – Teams are not split evenly.The players that rate the highest will be offered spots on the highest-level teams.
  • What do the Blue/White/Gray/Silver teams mean? – Our Blue teams are our highest evaluated players. Our White teams are our next highest evaluated players. Our Gray teams are then are next evaluated players after that. Our Silver teams are then our next evaluated players after that. On some occasions there are multiple kids evaluated at the same level, so we will have two or three competitive teams, but still need to color coordinate.
  • Can my son or daughter join the program if they play baseball or soccer? – Absolutely. We understand that spring and summer is prime time for multi-sport athletes. Whichever sport is in season is the one you need to focus on. Many of our Focus players play multiple sports and our coaches understand. We try to offer practices and tournaments that work for most team members. Those that attend the most activities do get rewarded for being in attendance, which provides them the best understanding and the most opportunities for overall improvement on their Focus team.
  • Philosophy on playing time? -  Club/AAU ball, along with basketball in general, is a very competitive sport. Our goal is to give our players the best opportunity to advance on and off the court. We preach about the fundamentals of the game and that is what your child will get the most attention on. No kids will just “ride” the bench in our program; however, playing time will not be equal. They will get opportunities to prove themselves on the floor as they develop.
  • When can we expect the practice schedule? – We leave the practice schedule up to the coaches who try to find times that work best for most their players.Once the team are established the coaches will then start to reach out to the team and ask for what days’ work best. Some coaches have times that work for them that you will have to work around. If you are picked for a team in the fall, you will not receive the practice schedule until the spring. Please note that for various reasons, last minute changes do occur with scheduling.
  • When can we expect the tournament schedule? – We provide the coaches with a list of tournaments to choose from when all teams are set, so you will expect to know a majority, if not all dates, shortly after that. Note that sometimes tournament dates will change due to coach’s conflicts or tournament cancellations. If you are picked for a team in the fall you will not receive the tournament schedule until the spring.
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  • Fall Tryouts? – Having fall tryouts allows us to get a jump-start on forming our teams for the spring/summer. There is NO fall league through Wisconsin Focus. We do however offer Training / Skills and Drills and a Focus Mini League for ages 5-9 (Boys and Girls)
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  • Skills and Drills/Camps/Leagues – Check the website tabs or email focuscoachdustin@gmail.com

 

  • Do you offer developmental programs in spring, summer and fall? Yes! Focus has a developmental program for players that want additional training along with those that are not chosen for a team or choose not to play on a team.The program’s mission is to provide excellent instruction and repeated skill work to help players continue to improve.These opportunities are open to all skill levels, both Focus and non-Focus participants. Please see our website at wifocusbasketball.org for all available opportunities and dates for our Skills and Drills Sessions, Camps, 3 on 3 Sunday Slamz and Focus Mini’s League.


We have been very fortunate to work with athletes from the following school districts:

Sussex New Berlin

Hartland

West Allis
Pewaukee Marquette
Watertown Waukesha South
Oconomowoc Waukesha North
Germantown Waukesha West
Wilmot Whitnall
Cuba City St. Mary's Elm Grove
Johnson Creek Waukesha Catholic Schools
Greendale Holy Apostles
Brown Deer Elkhorn
Glendale Waterford
Lake Mills Cudahy
Oak Creek Menomonee Falls
Lake Geneva Mukwonago
Muskego Lake Country Lutheran
Kettle Moraine Home Schoolers
St. John's NW Military Academy