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Who is a good fit for the Academy?

We accept children from ages 5-17. Players should have some basic skills to be able to participate in the open skills clinics, but we recognize that our job is to help players improve. Often, for less experienced players, we recommend private sessions to gauge their talent level and identify whether they ready for our clinics. Please feel free to call us to gauge readiness.


If a player joins the Academy, will they automatically be placed with a team?

No. We periodically hold try-outs for our teams. Our teams are reserved for players we believe are ready for advanced competition.


Where do our teams compete?

Our teams will play in regular leagues like ARC that require us to play in various gyms. When appropriate, we will enter select tournaments. Games are typically played on the westside and across the San Fernando Valley.


Does a player need to participate in both the Academy and the team?
No. Our Academy is open to all players. While a player who makes our team is not required to participate in the Academy, it is highly recommended that they do. The skills they learn in the academy are directly applicable to team play.


Is my son guaranteed playing time if he makes the team?
While we do not guarantee a certain amount of playing time, it is our goal to give everyone valuable playing time and experience. In most cases, we aspire to allow all our players to participate in each game. Players must attend all practices or playing time will be affected.


What is the commitment to play on a Sterling Basketball Team?

We practice at least once a week and occasionally twice per week. We require every player to make every practice. We typically play in leagues where games are played on a Saturday or Sunday. Tournaments will only be played selectively and when the majority of our players agree to commit to specific dates.


Do I get a break on fees for siblings or if I refer players to the academy?

Absolutely. Siblings will get 20% off tuition. In addition, if a player refers a guest who enrolls in our academy, the referring player will get 20% off of the next month's tuition.


Where does all this happen?

Our academy and team practices are held at Emerson Junior High School and Westwood Recreation center. Please see our Calendar and Where pages for more information.

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