Faith: We are a faith-based program. We use competitive sports as a vehicle to teach Biblical principles. We utilize materials from the Fellowshp of Christian Athletes extensively in that pursuit. Our athletes are taught to play sports to glorify God, versus themselves.
Balance: We emphasize a balanced approach to athletics, teaching that basketball ranks fourth behind God, familiy, and academics. We try to accomplish this through sensible scheduling, reasonable accomodation to spring sports schedules, and coaches who teach through positive reinforcement.
Fundamentals: The most common criticism of AAU basketball is that skill development is sacrificed to win games. Our coaches do not take short cuts to win games. Sixty percent of our practice time is devoted to skill development.
Crossfire launched its AAU Basketball program in 2011 with one 7th grade girls’ team. That team proceeded to win the Minnesota State AAU Basketball Championship, and qualify for the National AAU Tournament in Clarksville, TN.
Since then we have had several teams place high in both state and national competition, providing those players with exposure to college coaches around the country.
Having said that, we approach AAU basketball from a different perspective. We have shown it is possible to win state championships, play in national tournaments, gain exposure to college coaches, etc. and still emphasize skill development and life balance.
Tryouts for Crossfire AAU basketball teams playing in the spring of 2017 will be held in late August and early September of 2016. Details regarding the tryouts will be posted on our website around August 1 of this year.
Information regarding the tryouts will also be sent via e-mail to current Crossfire families around August 15, 2016. For more information or questions involving Crossfire basketball, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.