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Fall Clinics:  Grades 5-8
Matrix Fall Team Camp -- "Matrix FTC" is Now FREE

What is Matrix Fall Team Camp (“Matrix FTC”)?                
Matrix  FTC is a two-week, three-session camp for returning Matrix players and players interested in training with Matrix coaches and possibly playing for the Matrix in the future.  Working with their Matrix teammates and coaches, players attending Matrix FTC will be developing their game by focusing on the following areas:


  • Skills Development – developing individual player skills (1 hour, 15 minutes)
  • Matrix Madness” – the term we created to describe unsupervised play by players, emphasizing 3x3 games in both half court and full (short) court (45 minutes) 

Matrix FTC is designed to provide skills training for players wanting to improve their all-around basketball skills in advance of Fall tryouts and the upcoming fall-winter season and to give our players the chance to “just play”.  

We’ve continued the Matrix Madness component to Matrix FTC for 2011 as we think players, especially female players, don’t get enough opportunity to play unstructured basketball and so Matrix Madness will give our Matrix players a chance to “just play!”

We strongly encourage all our returning Matrix players in Grades 5-8 to participate in Matrix Fall Team Camp; players in Grades 5-8 not currently playing for the Matrix are also eligible and are encouraged to attend Matrix FTC.

Advanced 4th Graders, or 4th Graders with prior AAU experience, are encouraged to attend the Grade 5 sessions if they would feel comfortable working with 5th Graders.

Matrix FTC will be held on two Sundays and one weeknight from September 18 through September 25.  Click here to register now for Matrix FTC. 

Matrix FTC is Team Based; New Players Welcome 

Matrix Fall Team Camp will have four separate sessions each of the two Sundays and one of two weeknights, with separate sessions by age group.   


At each session, the Black team (Division 1 National team) coach of the age group will lead the session, supported by the other Matrix coaches for the age group and/or other Matrix coaches to help keep the player-to-coach ratio low.  In most cases, players will work closely with their teammates from the prior season.  Matrix coaches from other teams will work with the teams’ coaches so that players are getting lots of reps and assistance with developing their skills.

The Black team coaches leading each group are as follows:


Grade Black Team Coach
5* Liz Reed
6 Jim Butler
7 Dave McRae
8 Phil McConnell

* Advanced 4th Graders, or 4th Graders with prior AAU experience, should attend the 5th Grade session. 

Players that were not on a 2011 Matrix team are strongly encouraged to attend if they are interested in joining or learning more about the Matrix. 


Matrix Black Coaches Looking for Players to Add for Fall League

The Matrix Black teams for Grades 5-8 will be competing in fall league this year and the Matrix FTC is an excellent opportunity for players to be seen by the coaches of these teams.  The coaches will be looking to add players for fall league as we typically carry expanded rosters for fall league due to potential conflicts.  The Black team coaches will be closely watching the players at Matrix FTC for possible candidates to add to their teams.

Components of the Matrix FTC:

Skills development.  Some of the skills and activities to be included in the skills development portion of Matrix FTC include: 

·         Ball handling 

·         Passing 

·         Shooting, with emphasis on footwork 

·         Rebounding and defense  

·         Footwork and conditioning 

·         Offensive moves 


Matrix Madness.  Matrix Madness will focus on “small-sided” play designed to give players more touches of the ball in unstructured play.   

Approximately half the time will be spent playing half court 3x3 (4 games at a time) and other half of the time will be 3x3 full court, going side-to-side (2 games at a time).    Since this is designed to be unstructured play, girls will call their own fouls and play their own games.  Our Matrix coaches may interject concepts or teaching points on occasion, but for the most part, we’re going to let them “Just Play.” 


Parents are welcome to watch Matrix Madness.  However, there will be a strict NO COACHING/NO INSTRUCTIONS from the sidelines rule.  This is unstructured play and the girls need to be on their own for this.  Thank you. 


Dates, Times and Location of Matrix FTC

Matrix FTC will be held at the following locations on the following dates (click on location for directions to the facility):
.  September 18 at McLean
HS in McLean

.  September 20 at Swanson MS in Arlington -or- September 21 at Kenmore MS in Arlington

.  September 25 at Annandale HS in Annandale

The session times for each Sunday are listed below: 

Time* Sept 18
McLean HS
Sept 25
Annandale HS
10:00am - 12:00pm Grade 8 Grade 8
11:30am - 1:30pm Make-up (all grades) Make-up (all grades)
1:00pm - 3:00pm Grade 7 Grade 7
2:30pm - 4:30pm Grade 6 Grade 5
4:00pm - 6:00pm Grade 5 Grade 6


* Times overlap as we will be using both gyms at the schools.  If you have a scheduling conflict on either Sunday session, you can attend the make-up time slot.

The session times for the two weeknight sessions are: 

Time** Sept 20
Swanson MS
  Time Sept 21
Kenmore MS
6:30pm - 8:00pm Grade 5   6:00pm - 7:30pm Grade 6
7:30pm - 9:00pm Grade 8   7:30pm - 9:00pm Grade 7

** Note:  If you have a scheduling conflict for your session, you can always attend another age group's session.  We’ll break into subgroups based on age/skill level for both the training and Matrix Madness sections of Matrix FTC.

Cost and Registration -- Matrix FTC is Now FREE

The fee for a player to participate in the the Matrix Fall Team Camp is FREE for the three days.  Click here to register online.  When registering, make sure you select, “Matrix FTC.”   


Online registration closes on September 17 at 11:59 PM.      



Last Updated:  Wednesday, September 14, 2011.