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  Matrix AAU Season
Tournament FAQs

1.  When and where are the tournament games played? 

Numerous organizations offer tournaments throughout the DC Metro area and so the overwhelming number of tournaments entered are within the Metro area (Fairfax County, Prince George's County, Montgomery County).

Most tournaments are 4-games and games are played on Saturday and Sunday, generally two games played each day.  In rare cases some tourneys have Friday night games.   Some tournaments can be one-day events, with 3 games held in one day.

Unfortunately, game times and specific locations for each tournament are generally posted only a few days before the start of action.  And, it is very common for tourney schedules to change in the days before and even the day of a tournament.  This is not something that the Matrix organization or any individual Matrix coach controls - it is simply the nature of AAU tournaments.

Some of our teams may participate in 1-2 out of town tournaments over the course of the season.  Check with your coach for details on their schedule/travel plans.

2.  How long does the season last?
The spring season tournaments start in March and run through mid-June.  If a team qualifies for AAU Nationals and decides to attend, the AAU season will continue until Nationals is complete, generally in July.  Older Matrix teams will enter college exposure tournaments throughout July.  Younger teams may choose to participate in a local summer league through July.  Although the main AAU season concludes in July, some Matrix teams also opt to participate in fall league or fall tournaments, prior to county season.

3.  When will the team know its tournament schedule for the spring?
We know that it is important for families to manage their busy schedules when participating on a Matrix AAU team. 

As such, each teams should have a preliminary schedule completed by the end of March and much of that schedule may be penciled in at tryouts.  To maximize the benefit to the team, final schedules won't be completed until after each team is formed.

However, even once these schedules are distributed, they are subject to change as a variety of factors could arise after the issuance of the original schedule -- e.g., tournament changes, coach's availability, etc.  We will do everything we can to minimize changes to our tournament schedules. 

4.  What teams will be we playing?
We will primarily be playing AAU teams from around the DC Metro area as well as teams from up and down the east coast in the tournaments.  Our scheduling objective at tournaments will generally be to get match-ups against teams in which we will have a competitive game.  So this means that any given team could be playing younger teams, or older teams, Division 1 or Division 2 teams -- whatever gets us a good match-up.    

However, sometimes tourney schedules end up scheduling games vs. teams that are older or younger teams or teams in our own age group that just are not good match-ups.  The Matrix works hard to schedule competitive games, but in tournaments, this is not always within our control. 

5.  Is it a problem that our daughter may have to miss a tournament?
No.  That’s why most Matrix AAU team rosters carry slightly more players than a traditional 10 player winter roster.  All potential conflicts should be communicated to your daughter's coach as soon as possible. 

6.  What is the Matrix policy toward playing time during the AAU season?
All Matrix AAU teams are highly competitive "select" teams, not recreational teams.  As is the case with the overwhelming majority of AAU programs, the Matrix program does not provide for any type of "equal playing time" or "minimum playing time" policies for the players on a Matrix team.  

Yet as a program with a strong developmental focus (as compared with program where many players may rarely play), the Matrix is committed to providing significant playing time to all the girls on the team over the course of the season.   But this does mean that some girls may play more than other girls, and possibly significantly more in some games based upon the discretion of the coach and the game situation.  Playing time can vary greatly from game-to-game depending on player availability, game situations, on the court match-ups and other variables identified by the team's coach. 

Every coach may apply this general policy somewhat differently, but as long as the commitment to significant playing time over the course of the season is met, the coach is complying with the Matrix general policy on playing time. 

District and National Tournament games.  These games are generally intensely competitive and our teams will be playing these games to win -- period.  As such, playing time in these games could be especially tight. 

Last updated:  January 1, 2018.