Aim is to create AAU U-14 squad

The hope is to give basketball players who want to play, but don’t have the best opportunities, a chance to get that opportunity to learn, improve and show what they have.

The tentatively-named LeavCo Progress basketball program aims to create a U-14 girls’ basketball team with the intent of practicing through the spring and summer while aiming to participate in four to six tournaments.

The team is looking to gauge interest, focusing on players born between Jan. 1, 2005, and Dec. 31, 2006, who are from the Leavenworth, Lansing, Basehor-Linwood, Tonganoxie and Pleasant Ridge high school districts.

The kind of players the club is looking for are those deemed “marginal” or “off the radar” and who may be on the outside looking in when it comes to being recruited to play for selected AAU teams.

LeavCo Progress aims to take those players deemed secondary and teach them how to elevate their games as they continue to grow and develop as athletes.

The slogan for the team is that any player can progress if she is coachable, determined and competitive enough to push herself to become one of the better players around.

Skills the team hopes to develop are man-to-man defensive principles, abstaining from zones, teaching offenses not plays, ball movement, good on-ball decision making, good off-the-ball read and reactions, top-flight conditioning, the full-court game and transitioning from one side of the ball to the other. The team will stress selflessness, sharing and unity.

The program would like to first gauge local interest before committing to court facilities, setting fees and practice schedules.

They also aim to find local sponsorship from the community and give local youths something to participate in, buy into and excel at.

For more information or to express interest in getting your child involved, contact longtime Kansas City-area AAU coach Tony Woods at or before April 25.

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