The New York Gauchos Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball program offers youth in New York City the highest quality athletic programming, academic support and enrichment, and opportunities for lifelong success.
Our elite AAU program, one of the longest-running and most successful after-school basketball programs in the country, has four competitive divisions for boys and girls. Each year we provide approximately 300 student athletes with an elite travel team experience, academic enrichment, and educational opportunities.
There is one team for each grade level from 2nd to 11th grades. Our four competitive divisions are:
The Gauchos Weekend Developmental Program (WDP) is the premiere basketball summer camp in NYC and is divided into two groups: Small Fry (ages 6-8) and Super Biddy (ages 9-12).
All participants will learn the basics of basketball including Dribbling, Passing and shooting. The program is conducted on Saturdays and Sundays and will be closed on Major holidays.
Our programming is broken into three distinct levels Grassroots & Futures, Tournament Leveland The Tournament Team.
Outdoor Season (Summer Programs) — HJTEP offers Summer programming for beginning players and high performance tournament level players. The Beginners Day Camp is offered at Howard Bennett Park and the Tournament Training Camp location is TBD.
Esu Ma'at — Tennis Consultant. Mr. Ma'at is a graduate of our program. Now a USPTA and USTA High Performance-certified teaching professional, he joined our staff in 2002 to ensure effective training of coaches and to develop intermediate and tournament level players. Since 2002, his coaching philosophy has produced over 100 section-ranked, 20 nationally ranked and 24 varsity student athletes on college tennis teams. Mr. Ma'at attended Farleigh Dickinson University on scholarship, where he played #2 Singles for 4 years; the last 2 years he was an All-American. He holds a Masters in Sports Management from Columbia University.
Simone Spigner — Assistant Manager of Tennis Programming. Ms. Spigner, a graduate of HJTEP, is a head coach of entry-level programs for our youngest players. She is a PTR-certified teaching professional with more than 10 years of experience in coaching. She attended South Carolina State University on a 4-year tennis scholarship. Simone was promoted to Assistant Manager of Tennis Programming in 2017.