NORTH FLORIDA ELITE/TEAM UPSTART We are a competitive youth basketball program providing opportunities for players within Jacksonville and the surrounding North Florida area. We emphasize Education and Life Skills as equal partners to Sports in the development of student athletes. We emphasize skill development in players. While winning is important, we do not feel it should come at the expense of skills development and fair play. We abide by a “Code of Conduct”. We will make this program fun for players. We want to create an environment of fun through hard work and enthusiasm. While an effort will be made to play every participant, it will not be guaranteed. A player must earn the right by demonstrating proper character and skills in practice. Team goals will be emphasized over the individual. We recognize that not everyone will be able to afford the fees to be part of “NFE/TEAM UPSTART”. The organization will assist players who need to raise funds for participation. We will work to develop relationships with local schools and recreation centers coaching staffs to leverage and share expertise and to promote the student athlete. In addition to AAU tournaments, we will participate in and other Youth programs that participate in state and national tournaments. Our goal is to provide MAXIMUM EXPOSURE! Sports Program The Sports element of our vision statement is basketball. It is the foundation of our program and it is used as the conduit to bring young people into meaningful prospects of life. Through basketball we can stress education and life skills, two elements that are given equal emphasis in the implementation of our overall program. We abide by the basketball rules and regulations of the Amateur Athletics Union (AAU) and other youth organizations that we maintain an affiliation. Our coaches are required by our bylaws to be NCAA certified to coach at major summer events. Our coaches adhere to a “Code of Conduct” that is monitored by the organization’s Board of Directors. Basketball practices will be conducted in accordance with an established plan. All practices are open to the public. Practices will be conducted normally only on weekends during the school year. Exposure tournaments will be scheduled to allow our players maximum exposure. Exposure tournaments are tournaments where college coaches will be in attendance to evaluate and recruit potential college players. These tournaments will provide our players an opportunity to display their talents. We use basketball, along with education and life skills, to achieve our primary goal. Our goal is to successfully prepare young men, both academically and athletically, for the opportunity to pursue a degree of higher education at the college level.