The facilities and funding the professional teams enjoyed could not be even dreamt about by those playing for their own high school. Pardon the cliché, but times have seriously changed. With the presence of the Amateur Athletic Union or AAU, and the popularity it has amassed over the years in various athletic events, make sure that due attention is shown towards facilities and infrastructure – something that the kids always deserve. A lot of professional sportspersons today have a significant AAU base, and as such, these games today attract a lot of scouts.
The AAU Girls Basketball Nationals 2010 took place right after the American Independence Day, from July 5th to July 10th. In the 19 and under level, the top eight teams including the Maryland Buccaneers Thunder, Duval Lady Jaguars and also the highly anticipated Florida Lady Flash had participated. The coaches were seen with their respective teams as they headed to the appointed venue for the registrations on the 5th according to each team’s allotted time slots. Later one coach from each team headed for the Coaches’ meeting at five in the evening, in what looked like the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, while the players had to attend the mandatory ‘Complete Athlete program’.The AAU Girls Basketball Nationals 2010 had pools A and B where the teams were divided into – IN Baylor Basketball, FL Suncoast Wolfpack Gold, NO-MD Lady Shooting Stars – Europe, FL Lady Flash were in pool A, whereas VA Stafford All-Stars, FL Suncoast Basketball Club, GA Duval Lady Jaguars, MD Maryland Buccaneers Thunder were in pool B. The matches were somewhat exciting – Baylor and Suncoast Wolfpack qualified through to the Quarter-finals from Pool A, whereas from Pool B the qualifiers were Duval Lady Jaguars and Maryland Buccaneers Thunder. Amongst the teams in the QF, Wolfpack and Jaguars were yet to lose a match, so far.
In the semis, the Wolves lost to Stafford, who went on to meet the Buccaneers who came straight in from a victory against the Shooting Stars. The semis saw Suncoast Basketball Club lose out to the Jaguars from Georgia. The line up for the finals in the AAU Girls Basketball Nationals 2010 was MD Maryland Buccaneers Thunder Vs GA Duval Lady Jaguars, where the Jaguars beat the Buccaneers to lift the Championship Cup.