Why did you create the Mass Commanders/ICE Basketball program?

We wanted to support as many kids as possible to excel as student athletes and have the opportunity to play college basketball if possible/if they choose. The merger will allow us to advance this goal, through better competition, skill development, and exposure to college programs.

What does AAU stand for and what is AAU?

The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) is one of the largest, non-profit, volunteer, sports organizations in the United States. A multi-sport organization, the AAU is dedicated exclusively to the promotion and development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs.

Is the Mass Commanders/ICE Basketball program a registered AAU club?


Is the Mass Commanders/ICE Basketball program a Non-Profit Organization?

No, but we have created a nonprofit arm which is MCIB & Friends Corp. which is a 501(c)(3).

How competitive is Club/AAU?

Club/AAU is the highest competitive level of sports right before the collegiate level.

Does the Mass Commanders/ICE Basketball program participate in Social media?

Yes, we currently use Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Instagram – @MassCommanders & @IceBasketball

Twitter – @MassCommanders & @_icebasketball

Facebook – www.facebook.com/masscommanders 

Is it true that the Mass Commanders/ICE Basketball program have banned sports drinks from practices and games?

Banned is a strong word, but we don’t like them. Here are the reasons why….

Most people believe that sports drinks are the best alternative to replenish lost fluids and electrolytes when exercising, but that’s simply not true. Many sports drinks contain as much as two-thirds the sugar of sodas. They also typically contain high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), artificial flavors and food coloring, none of which contribute to optimal health.

Sugar After Exercise

Furthermore, consuming sugar after exercise will negatively affect both your insulin sensitivity and your human growth hormone (HGH) production.  Ironically, while these drinks are often referred to as “energy” drinks, in the long run the sugar they contain does just the opposite. After causing a quick explosion of energy, your energy plummets as your pancreas and other glands do all they can to balance out the toxic stimulation to your blood sugar.

Too Much Sodium

Most also contain high amounts of sodium (processed salt), which is meant to replenish the electrolytes you lose while sweating. However, a far better option is to simply add a small amount of natural, unprocessed sea salt to your water. Contrary to processed salt, this natural salt contains 84 different minerals and trace minerals that your body needs for optimal function.

Coconut Water as an Alternative

Another excellent option when you’re sweating profusely is pure coconut water. It’s one of the highest sources of electrolytes known to man. Some remote areas of the world even use coconut juice intravenously, short-term, to help hydrate critically ill patients and in emergency situations.

And, if your sports drink is low-calorie and sugar-free, be warned that it likely contains an artificial sweetener, which is even worse for you than fructose.

Does the Mass Commanders/ICE Basketball program participate in AAU regional/national or Grassroots regional/national tournaments?

If a team gets a bid/invite to play for a national/regional title we will make every effort to go. Since the Mass Commanders/ICE Basketball program have started  we have played at a National/Regional tournament from 2012 to present.

Are there any additional fees to participate in Regional/National tournaments?

There are additional fees which include tournament fees and gym rentals for additional practice time to prepare for nationals. The gym rental fee and the tournament fee for nationals will be paid for by the parents collectively. Parents will need to provide accommodations for their family as well.

How do you handle the payments for canceled camps/workouts etc.?

The Mass Commanders LLC/ICE Basketball DOES NOT issue refunds on any of our offerings. Credits only.

Do Mass Commanders/ICE Basketball camps comply with Massachusetts Board of Health regulations?

Mass Commanders/ICE Basketball do not run camps/clinics. Camps/Clinics are ran by Team RiB. Camps/Clinics comply with the regulations set forth by the Massachusetts Board of Health. Each camp location is individually licensed by each local Board of Health.

Are the coaches qualified?

All of our coaches are qualified. CORI/SORI and OneSource checked. Each coach has CURRENT knowledge of todays basketball environment.

What is the cost of the Mass Commanders/ICE Basketball program?

The Mass Commanders/ICE Basketball program dues will vary on the season. Prices as as of Jul. 15, 2022 – PM EST

Spring 2023 teams – $899 per player

Summer 2022 teams – $599 per player

Fall 2022 teams – $699 per player

Practice/Developmental Player Spring/Fall – $500 per player

Developmental player slots will be limited at 2-4 spots per team.

How many players will be on each team?

Each team will consist of 10-12 full time players and 2-4 development players. Development players only participate in practice.

How many teams does the Mass Commanders/ICE Basketball program have?

The Mass Commanders/ICE Basketball program will have teams for 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, and Varsity grade boys.  To provide a full experience we will have multiple levels of teams for each grade as long as a team is competitive.

Why are you potentially going to keep a full roster?

In the past 16 years of coaching youth from 3rd-11th grade I have rarely been able to field a full team. Allowing a full roster gives the coaches and organization some wiggle room for expected and unexpected absences.

What’s the difference between a full-time player and a practice/development player?

Full time players participate in all tournaments. Development players do not play in tournaments unless we are short players. Practice players do not receive a uniform.

Does the Mass Commanders/ICE Basketball program participate in a Summer League?

The Mass Commanders/ICE Basketball program will continue throughout the summer to keep all players active and tuned up for the upcoming Fall Club season and Winter High School Basketball season.

What’s the benefit of being a practice/development player?

Development players will benefit by being able to continue practicing at an extremely high level with knowledgeable coaches on-site. Also, development players get to participate in unlimited practices for 2 age groups.

What does the Club fee cover?

The fee covers, but is not limited to, the following: tournament entry fees, uniforms, gym rentals for practices, practice insurances, coaching fees, AAU player registrations, AAU coach registrations, AAU administrators registrations, website maintenance, advertising/marketing, and business fees.

What is a uniform package?

The uniform package consist of a uniform (jersey and shorts). If a player would like a shooting shirt and bag they can be purchased. Please contact a Rudy Crichlow, Jr. for ordering details

Are players issued new uniforms every season?

Players are NOT issued new uniforms every season. Uniforms will be replaced as they become to outdated, small, and/or damaged. Small/damaged uniforms must be turned in at the time when the new uniform is issued. Please notify a Director of the Mass Commanders/ICE Basketball program if your child’s jersey/shorts are too small or damaged. The Directors of Mass Commanders/ICE Basketball program are the ONLY parties that can approve uniform replacements. New uniform sets will cost $100.

How many games will the teams play in?

Each team will play in a minimum of 12+ games during the Spring Club season and 8+ gamess in the Fall AAU season. Any additional games will be paid for by the team parents.

Where will the games be held?

Tournaments will be held in MA, NH, ME, VT, RI, CT, and/or NY. Some of our VARSITY, and 10th grade level teams have traveled to VA, NC, NJ, PA, TX, GA, and FL. In the future teams will travel to other countries.

How many games are played in a weekend?

A minimum of 2 games will be played per tournament.

What days are the games played on?

Games are held Friday-Sunday, Saturday-Sunday, and/or 1-days held on either Saturday or Sunday.

Where and when are the practices?

Depending on the season practices can be held @ Wells Ave. YMCA in Newton, MA., West Suburban YMCA in Newton, MA., The Rashi School in Dedham, MA., John M. Barry Boy’s and/or Girl’s Club in Newton, MA., and/or Solomon Schechter Day School Newton, MA., and/or Newton Public Schools, and/or Needham Public Schools.. – Monday’s-Friday’s from 6-730PM, 630-8PM, 730-9PM, 6-7PM, 7-8PM, 8-9PM, and/or 6-9PM.

How many times per week are the practices?

Each team will practice on an average of 1.5-3hrs per week during the Spring and Fall seasons. Summer season teams will have a different form of practice.

How will practices be conducted?

In the Fall/Spring season each player will practice on average 1.5-3hrs per week which also includes Skills practices.  Each practice will be consist of skills improvement and team play. Depending on the level the team is will determine the practice itinerary. Players will be treated as athletes, not position players. Each player will work on fundamentals as well as advanced skills throughout each season.

How much will my child get to play?

Playing time is not a right.  Playing time is also not necessarily equal for all players.  Playing time for each player is solely at the discretion of his/her coach.  The coach makes this decision based on a range of factors: player performance, level of execution, player work/focus during practice, game situations and match ups, and game strategy.  Any questions related to a player’s playing time should:

  • Never be discussed or raised by a player or parent during a game
  • Discussed directly – and in person- with a coach
  • Focus solely on your child – no reference should be made to another player

What happens if my child misses a practice or game?

Please inform the coach directly if your child will miss a practice/game. By doing so you will give the coach ample time to prepare a new practice/coaching strategy.

What is the expected commitment level?

We understand the Mass Commanders/ICE Basketball program will boast many multi-sport student-athletes. With that being said, we understand we won’t have a full roster every game. Again, please inform you child’s coach so adjustments can be made to keep the team strategically competitive.