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IMPORTANT>>>Please read regarding the Chico Team Camp for JV and Varsity Girls

Please note that the team camp is not part of the Jackson All-Stars promised tournaments. I just put that down as an option that players and parents will need to pay for. All Jackson All-Stars teams were promised five tournaments per season and that is not one of the tournaments. If you add all five tournaments up you would exceed that. Do not include that team camp. I haven't had a parent meeting about that yet which I state at the bottom of that tournament listing. It states on the bottom that a parent meeting is needed so I can explain to everybody how that works. I'm thinking about taking that down because that is not included as one of the Jackson All-Stars tournaments because that would give the high school girls team 6 tournaments and everybody gets the same amount of tournaments five only. So let's make sure we don't get it twisted if anyone made a mistake, it was me for adding that on there.

Practice Schedule for week of 06/18/18-06/22/18

Monday 06-25-18 -- North Salinas High School
12under boys and girls and 10under boys 3:45pm 5:15pm

Middle School and high school boys 3:30pm 5:00pm

High school girls and middle girls 5:30pm-7:30pm

Wednesday 06-27-18 -- North Salinas High School
12-Under Boys and 10-Under Boys and 12-Under Girls at 3:45p-5:30p
Middle School and High School Boys at 4:00p-5:30p
Middle School and High School Girls at 5:30p-7:30p

Friday 06-29-18 -- North Salinas High 



AAU Membership DUE

Each player is required to become a member of AAU (Amateur Athletic Union). You must go their website aausports.org and register your child. The fee is $14.00 for a youth membership. Once you receive your child's AAU card, please print an extra copy or make a copy for us. Please keep the copy on an 8 1/2" x 11" paper so that I can keep it in our binder with your child's paperwork. It is recommended that you or your child carry a copy of the membership card to the tournaments. You will need to put in the Jackson All-Stars club code so that your child is associated with our program. During the membership registration, you can put in your zip code and using the drop down menu, look for "Jackson All-Stars" or put in our club code and search our program that way. I will need a copy of the membership card prior to next weekend's tournament. Thank you!

AAU Club Code: WY5AD6




2018 Tournament Schedule

May 5-6, 2018 -- All Teams -- Rocklin CA -Done
Hardwood Palace                                               
1091 Tinker Rd.                                                  
Rocklin CA 95765                                              
Holiday Inn Express (8 minutes from the venue)
1398 E. Roseville Parkway
Roseville CA 95661
(916) 774-6060

I have blocked 26 rooms for Saturday ONLY. The price is $119.00 for a standard room with free breakfast included.
This is a VERY busy weekend so book today at this rate. Use Code: Jackson All-Stars

May 19-20, 2018 -- Boys ONLY -- Bay Area- Done
More information to follow

May 26-27, 2018 -- Girls ONLY -- Bay Area -DONE
More information to follow

June 2-3, 2018 -- Girls ONLY -- Hoops on the Hill -- Oakland Area-DONE
Hoops on the Hill is one of the toughest girls tournament around the Oakland Area. You must find your own accommodations if you wish to stay up there in that area or you can drive back and forth each day.

June 9-10, 2018 Boys ONLY -- NO Way- Out  16th annual Boys and girls Tournament-(For us Boys only this weekend)  - DONE

June 15, 16 & 17, 2018 -- All Teams -- Lake Tahoe Championship -- South Shore Lake Tahoe
You must find your own accommodations for the weekend -DONE


July 7-8, 2018 -- All Teams -- Heat Wave Classic -- Menlo Park Area
You must find your own accommodations if you wish to stay up there in that area or you can drive back and forth each day. 



Important Information for all parents and players

Only the 10-under boys that play with my 12-under boys team that have been coming to my 10-under practice on Fridays with be able to play on both teams this coming weekend and they know who they are. I requested with the tournament director to not let my 12-under boys team and 10-under boys play at the same time so those players can help out my 10-under team. If by chance they have a game at the same time they will play with the 12's which is a 6th grade boys' team. I will not take anyone that has not shown up for Friday's practice to help my 10-under team out. Thank you very much parents and players. This team is coached by Coach Jackson. Very important no parents or family members are allowed on the bench with any coach or helping out during practice. All my coaches are CPR and first aid certified as well as had background checks because they are coaching at the high school or middle school for the district and that's one of the main qualifications. Safety first for all kids. Parents,  please make sure your kid is at the game at least 30 to 40 minutes before game time tip-off. Every kid will always get to play in all games and not just a few seconds. There will always be kids that are more advance and will get more playing time then some of the other kids on the team. Playing time is not equal and will never be equal because of the level of play. but your child will get a chance to play and not just for a few minutes. But that does not mean half of the game. All coaches understand and know that is one of my number one rules all kids get in win are lose doesn't matter the main concern is to make sure every kid get a opportunity and a chance to develop into a player and sitting on the bench is not the way to get a child better. Please do not approach a coach about playing time after a game. I ask that you trust that each coach is going to be fair with all the players. I myself believe that they will.

Important Information for Parents

Hope all is well with everyone...just a few things that need to be quickly addressed. Parents: if you are going to attend practice and feel the need to talk, I ask that you do that outside please. It's very hard to conduct practice with parents making too much noise. We have a job to do and that's to get your child better. My coaching staff and I find it hard to talk over you when you can just step outside and take care of your business. If this is too hard for you to do, we're going to start having closed practices for all the parents. Also, I can't have kids running all over the place. The kids need to be with their parents at all times and not making a lot of noise please. Next, players are asked not to bring basketballs to practice. We have a lot of basketballs for them to use. They can only use them during their practice time. Once a team finishes with their practice time we strongly recommend that you take your child home. If you have two kids in the program and you need to wait on both to finish, we ask that the ones that are finished sit down with their parents and are not running all over the place. This is a big distraction that can lead to someone getting hurt. If you can't control this we will start closing practices immediately. Here's a question: At your work do you have your kids running all over the place? Are your friends talking to you while you are working? You can't do that with a co-worker or you will lose your job so why do this in my work place? It's called respect. So if you respect where you work then please respect where we work, as well. Thank you for your continued support of the Jackson All-Stars! Everyone have a great day!   


Policies and Requirements -- IMPORTANT -- Please Read

I want to make sure that everyone understands their responsibilities with fundraising before the first payment is due and we begin our fundraisers. Everyone should have received a yellow paper during registration that stated the financial responsibilities for each player. The cost for joining the Jackson All-Stars is $675.00 and NOT $1,000 -$1,100 that was going to be the cost this year. In order to keep the price lower, each player is required to participate in the fundraisers. This was information that was related to everyone during the registration days. Those who signed up after those days, during tryouts should have also received this information. Please see Coach Jackson if you didn't.

The first fundraiser will be the candy sale. Each player is required to sell two boxes for the club. Any boxes sold after that will go towards your balance. If you choose not to participate in the candy sale, an additional fee of $60.00 will be added to your balance. NO EXCEPTIONS!

The second fundraiser will be the free-throw-a-thon. Each player will solicit sponsors to raise money. You can ask for an amount per free throw made ($0.05, $0.10, $0.25, $1.00 etc.) or a flat fee ($1, $5, $10, $20, etc.). Each player will receive 1/2 of the total raised towards their balance and the club will get 1/2 of the total raised to go towards the club.

If you have any questions or need a copy of the form, please see Coach Jackson to discuss this as soon as possible. Thank you for your continued support of the Jackson All-Stars.

Important Information -- Please Read

This is just a friendly reminder to all players (all age groups) boys and girls. It is very important that you attend practice. Because once team practices officially start that will be how you earn your playing time along with how you perform in practice. I, myself, Coach Jackson will keep a daily list on who’s attending practice for all teams and players. I’m very grateful to you all for joining my program but, as I said from the beginning I run a fair program for all players. Parents please understand that you will not pick the practice you want to send your child to and expect them to play a lot in tournament games. My policy is that everyone plays but, I will not guarantee how much time that will be. The amount of playing time will be determined by your child’s ability which will be judged by me. With all due respect, I can tell right off that some parents think their child is actually better than they are at this point. I told everyone up front and I'm telling you again I will always be honest with you about your child. I have a lot of knowledge of the game. I would never put a player down, I will always give each parent my opinion on where I think their child is and where I'm going to play them at. Yes, there's a lot of kids and a lot of kids are behind where they supposed to be at this point. I'm willing to fix that if you give me the opportunity to do it my way. At the middle and high school level girls and my middle school level boys, they are almost close to where they need to be. I think there's a lot more they can give and need to learn. My l2-under boys and girls need work. I also think they need someone to believe in them and give them the opportunity to shine and that's what I am willing to do. Now don't get me wrong there are some awesome 12-under players out there that have some great skills that I can continue to work on and also help them learn the game better. Overall, I am blessed with all the amazing young players and I thank you all very much. I just like to keep it real. I don't coach your child on how good you say they are. I coach your child based on the level I and my coaching staff believe they need to be coached. So save yourself some time because I don’t want to hear what a parent thinks of how good their child is because 100% of the time we all think our child is the best and you should be but, sports don't work that way. If you just trust the process your child will be just fine. This post was not meant to offend anyone or run anyone away, I just like to be up front. There will never be any favoritism in my program not from me or my coaches. If I find out that anyone coaching for me plays favorites, that coach will be removed immediately. I expect it to be fair for all the kids. Also remember that playing time is not the same. Players that are more advanced will play more than those that are not quite there yet. However everyone will play in Every Game. I ask that all parents who have a concern address me and not my coaches because I'm the one that can fix it. I hope that we have a wonderful, competitive, enjoyable, friendly and hard working summer - a basketball season for all. I’ll end on this note, there are a lot of great, strong athletes in this program but, the best is yet to come. Just remember, we keep track of the players that come to practice. Also, this is a reminder that if you have a school function, your school function comes first. Have your parent give me a call to let me know what's going on and you will not be counted for missing practice if you have a school function (i.e. track meet, volleyball game, baseball/softball game, swimming, etc.) because your school function whether it be elementary, middle or high school should always come first. Thank you.

Why Jackson All-Stars?

The Jackson All-Stars program has been in the Salinas area for the past 20 years and is led by Coach Darren Jackson.  I have been coaching local middle and high school teams for the past 20+ years.  I currently coach at North Salinas High School as the Girl's Varsity Basketball Coach.  I have been with this program for the past 17 years and have reached a coaching milestone of 300+ wins with this program.  If you want your child to get better with their fundamental basketball skills, learn how to play team basketball, and have fun this summer then you want to join our program.
There are a lot of choices in the area for travel basketball but I am the guy that makes it happen.  I make sure that your child (regardless of the school they attend) will be ready for their basketball season.  I work them hard but all my players go on to make their school team and earn playing time.  I have worked with players from the Monterey Peninsula to South Monterey County.  I don't exclude any players that are willing to work hard to get better over the summer.  Now, I can't promise you Showcase Tournaments, NBA Player Camps or a College Scholarship.  I'm not a college scout so I can't make that promise.  We don't have fancy uniforms with all the matching accessories either.  What I can promise is that I will make sure that your child improves their fundamental skills, is treated fairly, gets playing time this summer, and has fun doing it.
The choice is yours.  You need to go and check out other programs.  Look at the whole program and then come check us out.  I am not going to knock other programs down to get your child.  I will not start early to get the local kids in my program first.  I will let my wins/losses record speak for itself.  Take a survey...look at all the local players (middle, high school, JC players) and ask them which team they played with at one point in their career.  I guarantee that
75%-80% have gone through our program.  I know that some boys players have left when I couldn't coach all the teams but I am rebuilding the boy's teams, bringing in new coaching staff, and making the commitment to this.  Other programs will try to knock me down, and tell you lies about what I don't do.  They will tell you that I am a Girl's Coach and can't do anything for the boys.  I'm here to prove them wrong.  I work with ALL players!  I'm not about name dropping or highlighting my
run-ins with NBA players or coaches.  If you look at all the local high school teams (boys or girls) in the area...which team is consistently in the Wins column?  North Salinas Girls.  Which local team consistently reaches the play-offs year after year?  North Salinas Girls. I am the BEST...hands down!  I have the records to prove it...I get results!  If you want the BEST for your child...you have to bring them to the BEST!  Plain and Simple...my program is here to stay! 
WE ARE the Jackson All-Stars and WE ARE "Building Tomorrow's Champions

We Are a Complete Skill & Development Program

Jackson All-Stars is a complete skill & development program for guards & post players. Shooting, passing, footwork, pick & roll, defense and mental toughness. Things that will put your child on the path to consistent improvement throughout our season and way beyond. We are also an AAU travel basketball program.









Unforgettable Quotes to Live By

"If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes" 

"Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books - especially the bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day"

"Young people need models, not critics."

"If I were a young coach today, I would be extremely careful in selecting assistants."   



Important Information for You to Know

Here are some very important things that you should know up front:  We will have some opportunities for players to make money to help out with their fees but all payments will be due on time for all players.  I do not make deals.  All players will pay the same amount whether you have one child or two children playing - the price will be the same for each child.  No discounts are available.  I'm sorry and please don't ask.  I am not willing to pay your child's fees to have him or her play for me. That won't happen...sorry.  My program is run on your club fees.  That's how I keep this program going.  After the first day of practice NO REFUNDS will be given back to anyone.  Even if down the line your child quits, he or she will not get a refund back and will be be responsible for the remaining balance.  Each parent will need to sign a contract with their child on the first day of practice, if your child is picked for a team.  This contact will explain all the things you and your child will be responsible for.  If you don't take advantage of the fundraiser opportunities that will all be on you.  Parents are responsible for getting their kids to tournaments and to practice on time.  We have opened practices so parents are welcome as long as they don't interfere with practice and their child.  Only parents that have a child in the program can watch practice.  People who we aren't familiar with will be asked to leave for the safety of your child.  Remember all players will play in the tournament if they attend practice.  NO practice = NO playing time.  Now is a good time to start saving your money so you won't have any problems taking care of your child's fees when the time comes.  Thanks and take care.  Go All-Stars!!

Inspiring Words by Coach Pat Summit


They don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care.

- Pat Summit

A few great quotes by Sue Phillips

-Respect, trust, and loyalty flows on a two-way street. Good rule of thumb to live by.... you teach people how to treat you.          

-Successful people make winning choices with every action.

-Players strive to play your hardest and do your best. Rather than trying to be the best.              

-Character is what makes Champions out of talent.

-Successful people surround themselves with "energy givers" not "energy vampires."                                                                  

-Coaches that don't put the time in with their players, find ways to blame coaches that do, when they are not successful.    
By Darren Jackson 

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Champions On and Off the Court!

Players that play with love - love for their team, love of the journey, love of the competition and a love for each other - will max out as a team. Love replaces fear, jealousy, envy, feeling sorry for oneself and anger. Love is the most powerful emotion.

You can't measure the heart of a champion. Be satisfied with nothing but the best. Always do your very best for that's what really counts. The way a teams plays as a whole determines it's success.

Think Like A Champion


Practice Like A Champion


Play Like A Champion


And You Will Become



Basketball Quotes


First master the fundamentals. ~Larry Bird

If you pay attention to the grandstands---it won't be long before you join them.

Practice to beat the best.

Good, better, best. Never let it rest until your good is better and your better is best.

Sometimes a player's greatest challenge is coming to grips with his/her role on the team.

Don't let what other people think decide who you are.

I've always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come. I dont't do things half-heartedly. Because I know if I do, then I can expect half-hearted results.

You can't get much done in life if you only work on days when you feel good. ~Jerry West

You have to expect things of your self before you can do them.

A winner is someone who recognizes his/her God-given talents, works his/her tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his/her goal.

Don't Coach Mad.

Failure is good. It's fertilizer. Everything I've learned about coaching I've learned from making mistakes.

Those who work the hardest are the last to surrender.


Things to keep you from being complacent in order to be successful:

Today I will do what others won't so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can't.

Too many people are thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, when they ought to just water the grass they are standing on.

99% of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.

Show me a person who doesn't make mistakes and I'll show you a person who doesn't do anything.

It's not what I ask of you, it's what you ask of yourself.

When life knocks you down, try to land on your back.  Because if you can look up, you can get up.

The best way to predict the future is to create it.

Strength doesn't come from what you can do, it comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn't do.

What Past and Present Players Have to Say

"Jackson All-Stars benefitted me by showing me it's not all about myself, but about the whole team. We learned to depend on one another and play for one another. The program made each player better in their own way. It not only helped us with the skills of basketball, but with life as well. Despite the hardships we go through each season, it made us strong-minded. Nothing is given in life, you have to work through it. Each obstacle we overcame during basketball made each of us more confident because we knew that we were capable of more than what we thought. Coach Jackson showed us that by working hard you can achieve anything. At practices, he didn't just stress the importance of doing well for a game but he stressed the importance of becoming successful in life. We not only became good athletes, but we became good students and leaders. As you grow up after each season of the program you become more of a leader. You learn that there are many people within the program who look up to you. Everyone completes their season with the mindset that you not only have to work hard on the court but off the court, too. Go Jackson All-Stars!"
~Cindy Cano - Class of 2008 (Now coaching at the middle school level)

"Every time you compete, try harder to improve on your last performance. Give nothing short of your very best effort."
~Mekayla Dacpano - Class of 2011 (Attends Hartnell College and plays "The game I love!")

"Our family has enjoyed a three to four year relationship with the All-Stars. We have two teenage sons that play on the traveling basketball team and what excites us the most about Coach Jackson is his fairness, honesty, and coaching style. Every kid gets a fair shot on the team, you never ever worry about where the coach is coming from because he's a straight shooter and we've seen a visible improvement in our son's basketball play. As a coach myself, I know the marked advancement, in our son's play, is due to solid fundamental coaching paired with challenging competition. When you see the basketball drills he employs to better his player's skills and the top level competition his teams compete against it will amaze you. Without a doubt Jackson All-Stars is the best choice."
~The Harrigan Family

"The Jackson All-Stars is a great program. I chose to play for this program for four years because I enjoyed it. Every time I always looked forward to practice and tournaments because it was so much fun. The teams altogether were built into a second family, a strong bond that's created throughout the season. The All-Stars contain a great coaching staff that help you on and off the court. Playing for them helped me improve on my game. It made me mentally strong and confident on the court to help me strive for success. I became ambitious and was always willing to work hard. I was taught how to respect and stand up for myself and believe in what I want. It was the little things that made me a better person and athlete."
~Amy Woo - Class of 2011 (Attends and plays for Mission College)

"Hi...I'm Jordyn Enos a two year veteran of the Jackson All-Stars and looking forward to entering my 3rd summer with the team in 2012. Coach Jackson's program has helped me improve my game a lot! Here at Jackson's we are a big family and learn to treat not only our teammates and competition, but everyone with respect. If you want to improve your basketball skills, I encourage you to come and try out. If you LOVE the game and are willing to put in the hard work and push yourself to get better, trust me, you will see the results. Don't think we don't have fun because we do but, it's the hard work you put into it, that makes the game fun when we play. When you walk through the gym doors, you better be ready to go to work because like Coach Jackson tells us, he can teach us all the drills but if YOU don't have it inside you to put in the effort, you will always be average."
~Jordyn Enos - 8th grader (Attends WMS) - Look out Stanford, Here I come!

"When our daughter (Jordyn) was in 5th grade, she was good enough with her athletic ability alone, to play on an all boys basketball team. Another father who had his daughter go through the Jackson All-Stars program came up to my wife and I and explained what the program was all about and how the player development skills would help Jordyn improve her basketball skills. As it turns out, the word "help" was an understatement. Working with Coach Jackson and his staff during her 6th grade summer, she came into her 7th grade season with an incredible advantage over her competition. The fundamental basketball skills they teach are invaluable. Her ball handling skills, court vision movement, leadership and most importantly the teaching of the complete "TEAM First" concept, has been laid as a foundation for her. In just one summer, she had learned to become a dominant player in her age group. In her 7th grade summer with the Jackson All-Stars, Coach Jackson and his staff believed enough in her progress to play her on both the 7th and 8th grade teams. This is where Coach Jackson and his staff set themselves apart from others. If your son or daughter is willing to put in the work and they improve beyond their age skills, they will patiently, move your child up, to ensure their skills continue to climb. Never letting them get complacent, playing them against kids that won't challenge them to move their game to the next level. This experience for Jordyn instilled a fearless competitiveness in her 8th grade season. She is again playing at an extremely high level and can't wait for the summer to begin working with the Jackson All-Stars again!"
~Steve and Debbie Enos

"Achievement is largely the product of steadily raising one's level of aspiration and expectation."
~Jack Nicklaus

"Today's practice must always be better than yesterday. If not, practice is pointless. You can stay the same or get better."
~Coach Darren Jackson


Basketball Blessing

A Blessing in Time of Defeat and a Time to Put it Behind You
Lord, someone else has won the honor that we thought should be ours, bless them. Someone else is enjoying the rewards We expected, bless them. Help us to remember that there is enough fame to go around. Enough happiness. And if we have not found ours this time, there will be other opportunities. This time maybe we weren't ready. Next time we will be. Or the time after that. Purge us of resentment; heal us of malice; soothe our disappointment. Don't let us impede our own progress by such emotions. Instead, let us ask a blessing upon the one who has beat us. To do so is to strengthen us. To do so is to draw upon a new source of energy and courage and optimism. We will rise up from defeat with joy. We will go forward enriched by this experience, spiritually growing. And as we bless them, we pray you bless us as a team and as a family. Thank you for this knowledge.


Inspirational Quotes

In order to have a winner, the team must have a feeling of unity; every player must put the team first ahead of personal glory.

We cannot be separated in interest or divided in purpose. We stand together until the end.

Some say you have to use your five best players, but I found out you win with the five that fit together best.

Always put God first and you can't go wrong.

The most important word - We.The least important - I.

The vehicle of accomplishment is fueled by teamwork.

Basketball...my world...any questions?

When we are one, we are #1!

Committment = Loyalty. Hard Work = Success. Pride = Yourself.

Winners train...losers complain...which one are you?

Individuals win games...teams win championships!

Guidelines to Follow

 Following these guidelines will help everyone get on the same page and on the way to becoming a true champion!

If a player is going to make great decisions on the court, they must be able to make great decisions off the court.

You have to expect things of your yourself before you can do them.  -Michael Jordan

You can't expect to hit the jackpot if you don't put a few nickels in the machine  -Flip Wilson

Other people may not have had high expectations for me ,but I had expectations of myself.  -Shannon Miller

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

The name on the front of the jersey is what really matters, not the name on the back.

You need to play with supreme confidence, or else you'll lose again and then losing becomes a habit.

The minute you think you've got it made, disaster is just around the corner.



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