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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

General 

 

Question: What type of organization are you?

Answer: We are a 501(c)(3) multiple sport Athletic Organization located in Northwest Arkansas.

 

Question: What is your Tax Identification Number?

Answer: We do business as Arkansas Blazers Athletics but our TIN is 76-0752173 and under Arkansas Blazers Basketball.

 

Question: Will my child's minutes be guaranteed?

Answer: Minutes are not guaranteed. All minutes are earned and all of our coaches have the final say on how they will be distributed each game. 

Question: How many days a week do you practice?

Answer:  On average your team will practice twice a week but your coach will have the last say on any changes.

Question: Where will practices by located?

Answer:  Typically practices are held in the Bentonville/Rogers area but the demographics of where our kids are coming from could change that i.e. if we have a team full of mostly Fayetteville kids, it would make sense to practice in the Fayetteville area.

 

Question: Do you have paid staff?

Answer:  Our more experienced coaches may require monthly coaches fees but most of all of our coaches are volunteers staff/coaches that have full-time jobs in addition to their volunteering duties. Please be respectful when dealing with them as volunteers are hard to find and our organization would not exist without them. If you experience any problems with any of our coaches, please send all complaints to ArkansasBlazers@gmail.com immediately.

 

 

Cost

 

Question: What is my financial obligation? 

Answer: You will be required to pay a mandatory non-refundable registration fee. These funds will be used for your child's team only. Your funds will be used to cover tournament entry fees, gym rentals, uniforms, practice equipment, and any other administrative costs your coach deems necessary for coaching your child's team. Due to schedule and age differences, the actual amount varies for each team. Please see your coach for your required registration fee amount.

Question: What do you do with surplus money from sponsors and parents?

Answer: We want to show all our sponsors and parents that we're good stewards of resources we're blessed with. Each coach practices a great deal of frugality and will be challenged to make sure that all funds received last an entire season. We also know that sponsorship is difficult to come by, so we keep reserve funds on hand to help cover future administrative and team costs. 

 

Teams

 

Question: What type of experience should a player have before trying out for your organization?

Answer: Players can have wide variety of basketball experience. It is important to remember that AAU teams are more competitive than most high school, middle school, UPWARD, and local recreational teams.

Question: My child plays another sport (baseball, softball, soccer etc.). Would they still be eligible to play with your organization?

Answer: We leave it up to you and your family to decide if you can make it work for your schedule.

 

Question: Are there tryouts for your competitive teams? 

Answer: We don't have tryouts for our competitive teams but could change from year to year.

 

Question: How far do you travel? 

Answer: You will have to discuss this with your child's coach. Typical travel is usually within a 3-hour radius but our older teams have been known to travel further. Please see your child's coach for a detailed schedule.

 

Question: How often will my child's team travel for games? 

Answer: Each team will travel on average between 5-10% of the time within a 3-hour radius.  The other 90-95% will be spent playing games in Northwest Arkansas.

 

Question: Are tournament games on both days of the weekend, if so what times? 

Answer: A typical tournament will play games on weekends (Fri, Sat, Sun).  Since we don't make the schedules we ask that you set aside the whole weekend for games.

 

Question: What options do you have for parents who don't want to travel as much?

Answer: We understand that traveling can get expensive. Our coaches do a good job of limiting travel and try to keep games as close to our Northwest Arkansas as possible.

 

Question: Do you offer player sponsorship?

Answer: If you require financial assistance, please request a sponsorship application form from your child's coach. Due to limited funding, not every eligible child will receive financial assistance.

 

Question: Will we get to keep our uniforms?

Answer: No, all uniforms will belong to our organization. Each parent will be required to fill out a form releasing us from liability and promising you will return your uniform.

 

Question: How long does your season last?

Answer: All our sports programs will fall into one of two sessions.  Fall/Winter Session September - February or Spring/Summer April - August.

 

Question: Can my child be cut from their team?

Answer: Yes, please see your coach for details.  These cuts typically are associated with bad behavior either by player or parents.

Question: What does a typical game schedule look like?

Answer: On average your team will play in two tournaments per month.  Your coach will give you details if you provide you with a schedule to discuss.