BlueStar-Florida Basketball Program
BlueStar-Florida is a program designed to assist young ladies in the state of Florida with their basketball development and goals. The program incorporates intense training, exposure to college coaches through competitive travel teams and recruiting consultation to help develop the best student-athlete possible.
Through our staff’s extensive knowledge and coaching experience, as well as the various resources available to our players, we can prepare them to compete at the next level and succeed off the court as well.
1. What is the BlueStar-Florida Basketball Program?
BlueStar-Florida is a program that provides training for players who wish to improve their game. It is designed to help the player whose goal is to have the opportunity to play at the college level. However, we can also help those players who are already being recruited and want to make an immediate impact at the next level. In addition to training players in our program we provide travel teams which will compete at events to gain exposure to college recruiters. Our coaches will teach team concepts that all players should know to be successful at the next level.
2. Who is Lisa Nuxol-Wilson?
Coach Wilson, the director of BlueStar-Florida, has over 16 years of coaching experience. She has been a head high school coach, assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the Division 1 level, as well as a head coach at the Junior College level. She has extensive knowledge in the recruiting process and the ability to evaluate talent for the next level. As a college coach, she helped to develop several all conference players. She has developed a great network of contacts in the college coaching world which will help the promotion of players from the BlueStar-Florida program. Since voluntarily leaving the ranks of college coaching, Wilson has been a national evaluator for BlueStar Basketball recruiting service. (www.bluestarbb.com)
She started BlueStar-Florida as a way for her to utilize all of her knowledge, experience, and resources in an organized program that can help young ladies achieve their dream through the sport of basketball.
3. Who are the coaches and consultants for BlueStar-Florida?
Our staff of coaches are made up of former college players and coaches who all have the same philosophy about coaching young players. We believe in total development, not just basketball skills. Off the court decisions and academic responsibility are just as important as skills on the court. You cannot have one without the other if you want to be a successful player and get to the next level. We also utilize the resources of Dr. Matt Wilson, who brings training for the mental aspect of the game through sport psychology and leadership training as well as academic expectations for college.
4. How do I get involved with BlueStar-Florida Basketball?
Contact the BlueStar-Florida Director, Lisa Nuxol-Wilson to find out when tryouts or developmental training sessions are scheduled. We have several different age groups available for travel teams. You will need a reference from your high school or middle school coach as well statistics from your most recent season. We also require a reference from a teacher or administrator in your school. We want good basketball players in our program, but more importantly we want good people with good character!
5. What events do BlueStar-Florida travel teams participate in?
The schedule for each age group and team will be set in advance once teams are made. Our select teams will always attend Blue Star Exposure Events (www.usjn.com) along with other exposure events in the southeast. We will choose our events based on the best way to get players the most exposure and compete against the best teams possible. All information needed for travel plans will be available in advance for parents. Practice schedules will be done in advance as well.
6. What age groups are available with the BlueStar-Florida Program?
- We will have tryouts for the following age groups in the spring: 13u,14u, 15u
- Limited spots are still available on our 16u Teams and will be invitational only.
- All Tryout dates will posted in January.
7. Why choose BlueStar-Florida?
BlueStar-Florida is a program that has a former Division I college coach as its director and team trainer. Through Lisa Wilson's experience and ability to develop players as well as knowledge of the recruiting process, all of the players in BlueStar-Florida will receive top notch training and consultation for the college level. BlueStar-Florida has a tremendous staff of trainers and coaches as well as resources to give players the development in all aspects of their game. We are committed to ensuring that parents and players are educated in not only what it takes to get recruited to the next level, but how to be successful once they get there!
8. What is Blue Star Basketball?
The Blue Star Report is the longest running girls basketball information service in the country. Blue Star originated in 1981 as a series of All-American camps across the country and as an evaluation report and newsletter. As the game grew Blue Star Basketball grew with it and created the nation's first dedicated girls basketball website in 1996. Blue Star Basketball has been sponsored by Nike since 1998, and continues to support our grassroots efforts.
Blue Star has become one of the most influential groups in the girls basketball world. Mike Flynn started selecting high school All-America teams in 1976 with the first Coach Magazine team. A number of today's college coaches were on those first lists. He was the first girls basketball editor for USA Today when they started their newspaper in 1982 and has served either as the selection chair or as a committee member of various pretigious groups such as the Gatorade Player of the Year program, the McDonald's All-America team and Parade Magazine.
Mike is presently the women's college basketball contributing write for The Sporting News doing their pre-season College Top 20 and College pre-season All-Amerca teams and serves as a consultant for Nike Global Basketball.
In 2002 Blue Star added it's Rising Blue Star Camp series in two cities (Philadelphia & Chicago) to help find the top 7th, 8th, & incoming 9th grade talent across the country. These camps have now expanded to nine cites across the country during the months of August & September.
Blue Star Basketball has a total of four staff members on the McDonald's All-American committee. 2007 saw Blue Star Basketball unveil a staff of nearly 20 former college coaches as evaluators to help cover all corners of the country. Our team of evaluators is overseen by Chris Mennig, a former college coach and recruiter for eleven years.
For a list of college subscribers and more information on the Blue Star Report, go to www.bluestarbb.com.
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Join our mailing list for updated info on tryouts and training programs! If you are interested in trying out for Blue Star Florida or joining some of our workout groups, please email the Director and you will be contacted with necessary information required at tryouts and when your age group will have tryouts. You will also be put on the mailing list for open gyms and training workout sessions. Email Lisa@bluestar-florida.com