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Summary List of Quality AAU Progams in Pittsburgh Area

There are a lot of options available in the Pittsburgh AAU scene.  In compiling this list, we used our personal experience and the recommendations of the HS coaches, area coaches, players and our connections within the Pittsburgh Basketball Community.  We focused on programs that have great teachers, that focus on the women's game, and "do things the right way".  We strongly recommend that you attend a workout of tryout of at least 2 programs, this will allow for you to get a feel for the organization and find a good "fit" for what you and your daughter are looking for.  Clicking on the logos will take you to each of their websites to learn more about their programs.   A National Ranking of Grassroots/Club/AAU programs provided by Kenny Kallina of Max Recruits & JR All-Stars

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WPA Bruins 

The Bruins of Western Pennsylvania is a highly competitive AAU Girls Basketball non-profit organization founded in 1987. It is the Bruins’ intention to help grow girls’ basketball in Western Pennsylvania through extensive player development and exposure to competition at the highest national level.

Our teams are staffed with dedicated and highly qualified volunteer coaches to offer high-level instruction, guidance and motivation for players who are serious about working on their game.

The Bruins’ ultimate goal is to help the development of each and every team member so she may reach her fullest potential as a basketball player and as a person.

It is also our goal to provide players with the maximum opportunities to receive the kind of exposure and recognition needed to be recruited at the next level.

We are a very competitive tryout-based organization as we believe that competition brings the best out in every player and only those serious about being committed to working on their game and paying the price necessary to improve need apply.

Highly Competitive, Exposure AAU program

SLAAM Basketball is run mainly out of Oakland Catholic & other Pittsburgh Locations

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SLAAM, Students Learning Athletics & Academics through Mentoring, was created to enhance skills and solidify fundamentals of student basketball athletes; helping them achieve their maximum potential. SLAAM Basketball is committed to educating and empowering their players with confidence, commitment and integrity, while instilling a code of ethics built on honesty, responsibility, commitment and team work.  SLAAM basketball hosts clinics headed by some of Pittsburgh’s top athletes and coaches, multiple weekly team practices, individual training sessions, and both a local and national tournament schedule tailored to meet the needs of each individual team.


In addition to the team experience, SLAAM recognizes that every child has different expectations regarding playing post high school. SLAAM’s staff is prepared to go the extra mile to help students reach their individual goals. Included but not limited to assisting with the college recruitment process through production of highlight videos, player marketing, and showcase tournament placement.


SLAAM teams are headed by dedicated, responsible, and knowledgeable coaches from across the region.  SLAAM Basketball is looking for dedicated basketball players who are willing take the next step. Unlike other leagues, SLAAM is not a pay to play league. It is the goal of SLAAM to put together a cohesive, well rounded, and COMPETITIVE team. 

SLAAM works to create a family environment while fielding teams that are competitive on a national stage.

Highly Competitive, Exposure AAU Program

DRILL FOR SKILL runs mainly out of the D4S Academy in Monaca

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At Drill For Skill, we certainly love the game of basketball — but we love connecting with young people through our beautiful game even more. Skill development is the end result, but who a child becomes while pursuing excellence is the essence of our efforts. To that end, Coach Miller has operated Drill For Skill for more than 30 years on the following core beliefs:


•Every child is an athlete. And every child can become a BETTER athlete.

•We are teachers. And the court is our classroom.

•Relentless focus on the fundamentals is the pathway to mastery. 

•We know we’re not important enough to change the world — but we’re important enough to change SOMEONE’S world.

•Talent is never enough. With few exceptions, the best players are the harder workers.

•Our lives are a series of habits. It’s important to develop good ones at a young age.

•Trust. It’s everything.


See you in the gym!

April 2019 will mark the beginning of the DFS AAU Season. Athletes of all ages are welcomed to sign up for our regional 2019 AAU program. Geared towards exposing athletes to universities in the Mid & Northestern regions of the country PA, WV, NY, OH, IN, MD, NJ. Coach Miller and Drill For Skill having been operating in these recruiting networks for close to 60 years

Competitive, Developmental AAU Program

COLLEGE PROSPECTS OF AMERICA is run out of Sewickley Academy

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We as former athletes are committed to offering the very best resources and opportunities to all student athletes who want to learn, develop and refine their fundamental basketball skills at the highest level. 

We believe very strongly that we have created a unique high quality basketball organization with programs dedicated to teaching student athletes the necessary skills, fundamental development, core values and discipline that the game of basketball requires. 

We also created the program for our student athletes to compete at the next level and fulfill their dreams. Our primary objective is to teach each student athlete to play the game the “right way”. 

We are committed to the student athletes first and foremost and give our personal guarantee that any student athlete who fully commits to our program will see improvement in their game and together we will reach their goals.

With the upmost love for the game and the values we believe in – Respect, Family, Loyalty.

Locally competitive, Developmental AAU program

STEAL CITY is run out of Avonworth Area Schools

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Steal City basketball has been in existence for 28 years and our mission is to give girls the opportunity to grow not only as players but also as young women through a positive and encouraging environment for girls to develop their basketball skills. Our coaches are teacher’s first that provide quality instruction to develop the fundamental skills of all players.

For more information go to: or contact us at

Gus Costa 412-266-5740 or Christina (Costa) Thomas 412-266-5743

This program is designed to give girls the opportunity to grow not only as players but also as young women. Our mission is to provide a positive and encouraging environment for girls to develop their basketball skills. Our coaches are teacher’s first that provide quality instruction to develop the fundamental skills of all players. Our mission is to provide a safe quality-learning environment for all participants.

Strick Hoops Beaver is based in Beaver County.  Strick Hoops also runs a Westmoreland County Program

2019 AAU - By invitation only - Interested in an Evaluation please contact

Strick Hoops founder Sean Strickland has 20 years of experience teaching basketball to boys and girls at all levels. A successful career that is highlighted by his coaching appearances in the NCAA Tournament on both the men’s and women’s side of the game. Known for his love of Offensive Efficiency, Coach Strick’s teams have broken records in Scoring, Assists, 3-pt field goals made, 3-pt FG%, and Free Throw %.

Under the direction of Coach Strick and his coaching staff, Strick Hoops is committed to teaching basketball the right way, with a player’s development our #1 priority. Through skills training, camps, AAU, tournaments, and showcases, Strick Hoops is committed to providing the opportunities needed to help players reach their fullest potential.

We will have teams in Beaver County at the following levels:

• Girls 3/4th, - High School

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What makes Legendz Athletics different from most AAU organizations?

Coaching and Teaching 

Our Coaches and teaching philosophy is what makes, Legendz Basketball different from the rest. Our focus as quality coaches is to teach our student athletes how to be the best versions of themselves. Our staff is comprised of very experienced coaches, with backgrounds at all levels including NCAA Division 1,2,3, Junior College, and NAIA experience. We have Western PA High School Head Coaches with excellent track records for building programs and player development including multiple WPIAL Championships. We don’t only coach the game we teach the game.

In today’s world of AAU basketball, the focus is being skewed towards winning  instead making players better. We, the Legendz are committed to providing a high standard in which success comes from doing things the right way. We are teaching the kids HOW to play, instead of just playing. TEACHING the fundamentals of the game. Our highly experienced Coaches strive to teach and help each of our players to maximize their talents and knowledge of the game of Basketball. We create an environment and culture where learning is fun; where our coaches, players and their families form lifelong relationships.

Legendz Athletics is the Solution.

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Drive Basketball is excited to announce the areas first Club basketball option!


Drive's Club option features year round training opportunities, with a travel roster spot all for a fixed monthly price. There are NO additional charges for jerseys or tournaments. 


These teams require players with a minimal skill rating of A- or B+. Players who have not previously trained with Drive will be invited to participate in a free workout so that we can assess individual skill levels. We do not intend to "recruit" the best players we can find...instead, our intentions are to find players with a strong foundation and build upon each players abilities yielding a highly competitive team.


Currently we are seeking boys and girls players grades 4th through 8th for team compositions. Additionally, we have 3 roster spots remaining for our girls 9th grade team.  Training sessions and practices will be held at Wexford Sports and Courts.


If you have any questions, please  email or call 412.735.2160.


The monthly training options are as follows:

  1. Silver: $105.00 / month

  2. Gold: $155.00 / month

  3. Platinum: $195.00 / month 

Top Level All-Stars - is based out of the east side of Pittsburgh in the Kiski Area

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We are an AAU program founded in 2011.  We currently have 10 teams that consist of Boys 4th - 9th grade and Girls 6th - 9th grade.  Our teams are made up of some of the best youth basketball players in Western Pennsylvania.  Our goal is to develop and advance each players' skills in order to maximize their potential and push them to the next level. This means learning to compete at the highest levels of AAU basketball; enhancing their future playing experience.  While building our program, we have established one of the strongest reputations on the basketball scene of Western Pennsylvania. Over the years, the Top Level organization has helped to produce some of the top athletes around.  We pride ourselves on having a "players program"  where alumni continue their college career and still represent Top Level. 

Erudite Basketball is a High Quality Program that is based in Westmoreland County

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Introducing Erudite Basketball

Kids who are active and involved in sports are more likely to do better in school and lead healthier lifestyles as adults. The mission of Erudite Basketball is to develop the basketball skills of young women while encouraging excellence in the classroom. Our young student-athletes will grow as basketball players through a focus on the fundamentals which in turn allows them to become leaders when they return to their school teams in the fall. 

Focus on the Student-Athlete

A student-athlete is defined as a student who participates in an organized competitive sport sponsored by the school in which he or she is enrolled. Student-athletes must balance the roles of being both a student and an athlete at their school. The school could be a grade school or major university. Erudite Basketball was formed with the student-athlete in mind. Our coaches understand the relationship between academic achievement and athletic opportunity…and we reinforce that relationship regularly throughout the season. We actively recruit players who maintain a 3.5 GPA or better to ensure that our kids understand the importance of good grades.

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Western PA Hustle is an AAU basketball organization focused on skills and development.

We are comprised of girls from Franklin regional, Norwin, Penn Trafford, Gateway, Kiski  areas. 

Tim Schirmer

CHAOS IS A GIRLS ONLY ORGANIZATION - run out of Baldwin Middle School for Girls Up to 8th Grade

A little  information about CHAOS Girls Basketball.  This will be the 10th AAU season!  Our teams compete at local AAU Tournaments.  We had a team compete at the National level last year and they were the National runner up at the 8th grade level. 

CHAOS fees are substantially lower than most AAU programs.  Our coaches are volunteers and NOT paid but have many years of coaching experience and know and love the game.

Teams will practice twice a week and play tournaments every other weekend.  We begin tournament play in Mid March and complete our season at the end of May.  Teams may continue to play if agreed by all parents/players but will be at an additional cost.

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