COVID-19 sent the world into a tailspin in early March, and the virus has especially hit the sports world - particularly AAU basketball - extremely hard.
The 2020 spring and summer have been a virtual wash for most teams, and it has left tournament and event providers to make a number of pivots, both to their schedule and their day-to-day safety and health operations. The AAU was created in 1888 to give amateur athletes a unique platform to showcase their talents on a local, national and global state. To this day, the past six months have undoubtedly been one of the more trying times for the organization. AAU has proven to be the standard for amateur athletes, and safely implementing their moniker 'Sports for All, Forever' has been problematic for the past few months.
AAU returned in mid-July with their 15U World Championships, but the recent outbreak in Florida has caused the organization to shift focus. As the official media partner for the AAU World Championships, we have had to adjust our coverage accordingly, as well. Event dates are changing by the day, and the news has all-but-assured the world that nothing in the foreseeable future is 'guaranteed' to happen. Speaking to a number of grassroots coaches resulted in a similar answer muttered poetically by one elite grassroots coach:
"We have no idea what's going to happen."
The Amateur Athletic Union doesn't have the answer to that question, but regardless, they are set to return in a big way in August. Although a number of events were completely scrapped, AAU has been able together a formidable August schedule - one that likely isn't done changing.
Unfortunately, the 11U/5th Grade World Championships were the first event casualty. Set to tip July 31st-August 2nd, the event has been moved to play within the Junior Olympic World Championships as part of their Sunshine State. Our coverage will shift to covering this entire event set to take place in Space Coast, Florida. Over 50 teams will be in attendance scattered across five different age groups.
AAU takes two weeks off, then they return to Rock Hill, South Carolina for the 13U/7th Grade World Championships. The even, which has already been postponed twice and switched locations, is set to tip off on August 10th and run until the 13th. 20+ teams are expected to be in attendance for this event, which will crown two 13-and-under champions (DI, DII) and two 7th-grade champions (DI, DII).
The final World Championship event is the 6th Grade/12U event set to take place in Hampton, Virginia on August 30th - September 2nd. Also holding a DI and DII crown at each level, over 30 teams are expected to compete for the AAU crown.
Two notable clubs have already registered as the Tri-City Ballers 2026 (Tavares, Florida) & Boxers Basketball Club (Brockton, Massachusetts) will come to Hampton, Virginia, looking to showcase the talents on their rosters. Similar to the other events in August, we will be providing schedules, streams and news for the event.
Ultimately, this year has been and will always be unique for AAU, as COVID-19 took the world by storm. Many coaches and players are grateful at any opportunity to showcase the talent, and plenty should be on display at the August AAU events.
For fans coming to the events, stringent COVID-19 protocol will be in place. Masks will be required at all times for non-players and several safety procedures will be mandated across every participating team.
Fans who will not be in attendance will still be able to follow and keep up with action online. The Season Ticket will be providing live scores, video streams via BallerTV and all-tournament teams - giving the best players of the week the recognition and credit they deserve.
We are looking forward to some great, high-intensity basketball from our stars of tomorrow. Please check back to TheSeasonTicket.com for updates and articles of all August AAU events.