2021 Tryout Info


Click below to register for our boys and girls October 2020 AAU tryout sessions. 

Tryout Questions?

NOV 2020 Program Update

We are excited to announce our program is now representing Ohio as an adidas Gold Gauntlet Circuit team.  We have hosted tryouts for the top high school players in Ohio and surrounding states and will continue to hold these as needed to fill teams.  

We will also continue to offer regional and local level club teams for boys in grades 4-12.   A girls skills based Juniors Pumas Academy for grades 2-4 will start this year along with girls AAU teams in grades 5-9. 

Our program structure is being updated to reflect these new program developments. We will post updated content below as it becomes finalized.

Core Values
Here are our core values:

Have an Open Mind to a Better Way
Create the Unexpected Experience
Embrace Adversity
Always be Teaching
Build Life Long Friendships

You will notice that none of them resemble Winning, Toughness, Grind etc. Those type of values should be expected and they have a home with your school sports, where practices and time spent as a player is more invested. Our program knows our role.

If we as coaches, along with the parents ,are executing with an open mind to do things better and create a unexpected experience for our kids, players, opponents, refs, etc, while in moments of success and in moments of adversity. Then in these teaching moments we will have the unique opportunity to influence lives and create bonds among each player, coach and family that will last a lifetime beyond the game of basketball.

Our opportunity is to prepare them for MS, HS, possibly college and life after sports . To many AAU programs try to mimic being a different version of school entities, or feel they are more important to a players success then their school. In essence our program should be a supporting subset of the athletic platforms that matter-- school sports. AAU travel basketball as a MID OHIO PUMA is about developing and preparing for school ball, not trumping those school experiences.

Program Structure

Our program consists of 3 divisions and a developmental league:

  • Adidas Team Division
  • Select Team Division        
  • Club Team Division 
  • Spring Developmental League

Adidas Team Division

Starting in 9th grade (15u)  each grade will have a Gold Adidas Team and a Silver Adidas team.

  • Rosters for these teams are built to compete in the top tourneys in the Midwest and the Nation.

Select Team Division

Starting in 7th grade, each grade will consist of anywhere from 2-4 Select teams.  

  • Select teams are built to compete in regional tournaments in states contiguous to Ohio

Club Team Division

We have anywhere from 4-6 club teams per grade level.  

  • Our club teams usually compete in 4-5 local tournaments and 1-2 out of state tournaments per year.

 The skill level of our club teams varies from competitive to developmental.

Pumas Spring Development League

The goal of this league is development. Our spring development league lasts for 8 weeks.  Players will come in once a week for 90 minutes, where they will do skill work with our MId Ohio Pumas trainers for 45 minutes and scrimmage for the other 45 minutes.  Members also get 2 skill workouts with our select and club teams.   

Team and Player Placements

Tryouts:  A simple 2-step Process

Grades 4, 5 and 6. 

Step #1:  Come to tryouts. 

Step #2: Within 2 weeks after tryouts kids will receive 1 of 2 invitations.

  • Invitation to be on a team. (Deposit due to hold spot)
  • Invitation to our spring development league.

Grades 7 and up. 

Step #1:  Come to tryouts. 

Step #2: Within 2 weeks after tryouts kids will receive 1 of 3 invitations.

  • Invitation to be on a select team. (Deposit due to hold spot)
  • Invitation to be on a club team. (Deposit due to hold spot)
  • Invitation to our spring development league.
Tryout Timeline & Format

Our tryout process begins in the fall prior to the spring AAU season. We typically have multiple tryout sessions across each grade level. Top level players can reach out to us via our contact page to inquire about openings.

We will spend some time getting to know the players through brief warm-up drills. We will then move right to open play 1 on 1, 3 on 3 and 4 on 4.

Current Coaches
Time Commitment Expected

We will practice at least once per week starting in mid-late February through mid May depending on the age group. HS teams will practice in July as well.
We will host a skill training night for the entire program once per week during the spring season at a location TBA.

Spring Tournament Schedules
We will primarily practice and scrimmage in the month of March. We have decided to have a select few teams play in this month, with the emphasis to better prepare teams to compete in April and May. For the most part families are on spring break, the HS tourney is being played, there aren’t a lot of great tourneys in March.
We shut almost every team down by June 1st. The HS teams will play 1-3 tourneys in July. a top 8th grade team may play a tourney in July.

We play in six tourneys for 4-6th and six/seven tourneys in MS and HS depending on the tourneys chosen, as certain tourneys cost twice as much as others. The schedule is budget driven.

We do not really travel any further than the contiguous states of KY, IN, MI, PA. Top teams may see Chicago, Nashville or Atlanta. Some parents may agree to take a team to one of these locations as a semi vacation/tourney weekend. We recommend a schedule to a specific coach but he has the final approval.

Expect this for 4-6th:
March: 2 tourneys (Buckeye Prep, New Albany, Dublin or FT Wayne, IN)
April: 2 tourneys we don’t play on Easter.
May: 2 tourneys

Expect this for MS:
March: 1-2 tourney (Buckeye Prep, New Albany, Dublin or FT Wayne, IN)
April: 3 tourneys we don’t play on Easter. (Local, Cincy, IN, KY)
May: 2 tourneys TBD
June: Maybe 1

Expect this for HS:
March: 0 tourneys
April: 3 tourneys we don’t play on Easter. (Indianapolis or Pittsburgh)
May: 1 tourney (May 5th FT Wayne)
July: 2-3 tourneys (Louisville, Grand Rapids, Indianapolis)

We don’t play a lot in May for HS due to proms, graduations, and there just aren’t a lot of tourneys where college coaches attend. We use this month for them lifting, training, college visits, ACT/SAT

Playing Time
This is earned. We are a development program, and we want teams playing in as many tourney games as possible to develop their competitive edge.
We want the coaches determining the best way to do that. We offer great instruction in practice and in our skill sessions, and that where your son is getting better. In tourney situations all players will play, not all players will play equally.
Coach Selection Process

We have a range of coaches- from college, high school, and middle school coaches to fathers who have a passion for the sport and are very good with the development of young men. A great coach is not determined by his ability to draw up the X and O’s. It is his ability to teach the game in a way that his players respond and get better.

You can become a better player losing every game, just as much as winning every game! Our coaches sign a letter of accountability we will share with you. This outlines our expectations.

Practice Locations
Coaching Interest
Email: An interview with founder Dave Mirgon will be conducted as well as a background/reference check.


Stay in the know for tryout and training opportunities.