AUA is one of the most prestigious sports organizations you can participate in. High school coaches and college scouts recognize the talent that comes from the Amateur Athletic Union and its members. Joining a team or forming your own AAU team to participate in competitive leagues and tournaments is easy. However, there are certain requirements that you must follow when ordering uniforms. The following few paragraphs provide a basic overview of what to look out for when designing and buying basketball uniforms:
Home and outdoor sets:
This is where the initial cost comes in first. The AUA requires that teams have a “home” and “away” jersey to participate in league play. It’s quite surprising, considering the high school I played for only had one uniform for both. There are ways around this problem to make better use of the team’s budget when requested to have two separate uniforms:
1. Order reversibles! As long as one side is clear and the other is dark, a reversible will suffice in most AAU district leagues. Typically, reversibles can get a bit heavy, although a reputable uniform company can afford to make a lighter uniform to solve this problem. You can also choose to sublimate or screen-print the jerseys instead of the tackle-twill to lighten some of the weight.
2. Order a reversible jersey with standard shorts. Some uniform companies offer the option of purchasing a reversible jersey with standard single-sided shorts to match the design of the jersey. This is a cost reduction compared to ordering a full reversible, as generally one-sided shorts are much cheaper than having a reversible.
3. Order two swimsuits and shorts to match both. If weight becomes an issue or if the participating age group is less than 9/10, you can still order two separate jerseys and matching shorts. You can get a short color that matches the color scheme of both swimsuits, or get reversible shorts to go with either. The guarantees that the jerseys won’t be as heavy as the reversibles and can even be a relief for the mum of the team not having to wash the same uniform over and over again!
Personalization is a crucial part of the AAU uniform. Unlike the middle and high school game, most AAU districts allow the team to have unlimited customization on the uniform. The kids feel great, look professional and most of the time that translates to a little better play! Basketball is the flashiest sports uniform out there, so get creative with the piping, accents, sublimation and logos. A reputable uniform company should be able to provide you with a unique design from scratch and allow you to add just about anything you want to the uniform.
The numbering can generally be either twill, screen printing, or sublimation. But, again, districts vary, but most follow the following rules (quoted from the NJ AAU Women’s Basketball website): “Each player must be numbered on the front and back of the jersey with united arabic numerals.
The following numbers are legal: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 00, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55. (But double zero and zero cannot both be used for the same team ) The number should be at least 6 inches high in the back and at least 4 inches high in the front and not less than 3/4 inch in width. “
Hope this helps all AAU coaches and interested participants!