According to Rising Stars President Paul Savramis, the organization sees competition and being a part of teams as a excellent way to apply life skills developed through basketball. Teams help build and develop character and important values such as leadership, responsibility, and setting goals. Rising Stars Travel Basketball is offered seasonally, beginning in the third grade and is available until they graduate. Rising Star’s goal is to keep kids enrolled in teams throughout HS and provide continuity, says Savramis.
Q: What is travel basketball?
Paul Savramis: Travel basketball is more competitive and demanding than intramural or in-house basketball. Teams are chosen through a tryout process in mid-September by the travel coaches. Traveling basketball is for those truly committed to developing their basketball skills and competing at a higher level. It requires a greater commitment and each player is expected to attend all practices and tournaments.
Q: Who should try out for Rising Stars Travel Basketball?
Paul Savramis: Boys and girls in grades 3 through 8 who are looking to learn the game and continue to play competitively while having a great experience are encouraged to try out.
Q: What about Boys and Girls in 9th grade and older?
Paul Savramis: Boys and Girls in grades 9 and above compete on their HS teams. We stay involved with them through training and clinics, but travel teams for those grades start in the Spring after the HS season is over.
Q: What is the tryout cost?
Paul Savramis: There is a $20 fee for tryouts, which includes a Rising Stars reversible practice jersey.
Q: How long is the traveling season?
Paul Savramis: The traveling season for grades 3-8 begins with tryouts in September, practices scheduled in mid October, and the first tournament of the season in mid-November. The season ends in March. After March, there are additional tryouts for AAU teams that travel out of state.
Q: Where do teams practice?
Paul Savramis: Rising Stars teams practice at numerous facilities on Long Island and Queens. Long Island Lutheran is the main facility.
Q: Who are the travel coaches?
Paul Savramis: All of our coaches are professional certified teachers who have either played or coached at the high school or college level. All instructors receive additional preparation and training by master clinicians with over 30 years of player development experience at the professional level.