The primary goal of the Albany Capitals Girls Basketball Club is to assist each player in our program to improve her individual basketball skills by providing knowledgeable coaching, along with the opportunity to play with and against the highest level of competition. An equally important goal of the club is to develop character, teamwork, and sportsmanship in an enjoyable basketball environment. Players also develop new friendships established through the travel and competitive experience.
We take pride in the quality of our coaches. Capitals’ coaches are all knowledgeable, experienced basketball people who share a love for the game and a desire to teach its fundamentals. Nearly all of the Capitals’ head coaches have either high school or college coaching experience. The coaching staff also includes a growing number of former Capitals’ players.
The Capitals usually field 12 traveling teams, two each at ages 11 through 16. A player’s grade and age determines the age level at which she must compete. Click here for Age Determining Dates policy.
All teams are selected based on annual open tryouts conducted by Capitals’ coaching staff. Up to 12 players are chosen per team. Tryouts are usually held anytime from January to March. Tryout dates are published in the sports pages of local newspapers and on this website. Please check often.
Capitals’ teams compete in at least six tournaments during the spring and summer. These tournaments are generally held on weekends at locations that often necessitate one overnight stay. Some teams, if qualified, may compete in National AAU Tournament events at their respective age levels. Each team will compete in one of the Club’s own tournaments that are held each year at Siena College and U-Albany.
Teams practice at least twice a week, usually on weeknights. Practice sessions provide time for the development of individual skills and team concepts. Defensive and offensive strategies are covered. Players are expected to learn the system during these sessions, so that game coaching can reinforce concepts and procedures that have been taught.
A Capitals’ player is a contributing member of a team. She is challenged in practice sessions and is provided opportunities during game situations to display her basketball skills. All players receive playing time; however, some players might receive more playing time than others. The amount of time that a player receives is determined by several factors such as match-ups, foul trouble, attitude, attendance at practices and games, work ethic and attendance of college coaches who are evaluating a player.
Many girls have aspirations to play college basketball. The Albany Capitals provide those girls who wish to pursue basketball in college numerous opportunities to demonstrate their basketball abilities at AAU tournaments attended by college coaches and recruiters. Over the course of our existance, many Capitals have earned scholarships to continue their basketball careers at Division I and II colleges and universities. In addition, many players have gone onto rewarding careers at the Division III level.
The Albany Capitals charge an annual player participation fee that is used to defray the cost of enrolling teams in tournaments, gym rental, insurance, equipment, coaching stipends and other basic operating needs. As a federally recognized not-for-profit corporation, the Capitals have managed to keep this fee very reasonable compared to similar programs through judicious cost management, fundraising, and the contributions of its many volunteers. Consult the Capitals’ website prior to tryouts for the most current participation fee. This fee is payable at the time a player is selected for one of our teams. Also, players who are new to the program will have to purchase a uniform that is very competitively priced. The cost of travel to tournaments (transportation, meals, and lodging) is the responsibility of each player. If the cost of participation is a concern, the Club President may be consulted concerning alternative financial arrangements.