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Building Tomorrow's Champions!

Team fun day all players all age groups. This Tuesday at 5.00p at North Salinas high Salinas high

To all as requested by the players we are going to have a all teams fun evening startingat 5pm until 7:30p. Coaches will barbecue hotdogs and have pizza available. All side dishes will be provided by the players. Please make sure your side dish can feed 8 to 9 players. Parents are encouraged to participate in this fun event. We are a team of family values. We believe in helping one another out. This is not going to be fancy but organized. If you like to come hang out with you child parents and get to know about them this would be a great time to do that. Parents if you like to bring something that will be on you. I need all players to be there from all the teams. This event is a great idea that your kids came up with and I going to respect their great idea and make it happen players need toget there before 5pm to help set up. Thanks see you all Tuesday. 

All players final payment of $ 200 is due June 13th for all players no exception.

All players last payment will be due on June 13th right before our Lake Tahoe tournament. This must be taken care in order to participate in that tournament as wellas the rest of the season tournament. The last payment all players will need to pay $ 200. If you did not sell your two boxes of candy it's $ 230.00. So we all know that this date is coming in a few weeks please make sure you get this taking care of. No one has any credit on the last payment it the full  $200 are  $230. Thanks for been apart of my program. Much appreciated. Have a great 3 day weekend and most importantly be safe. Coach Jackson 

To all players and parents if your child is not coming to practice playing time will be The Limited

Like I always say fairness is everything to me. I totally understand that you are not able to make practice all the time but it is very important that you child be at practice so we all are on the same page of the coaches and their teammates on what's going on. We work very hard in practice and it is not fair to the one's who is there all the time and other just come every once in a while. If players are not there his or her playing time will be cut doing tournament games. They will get to play but not as much as the ones who is there all the time working hard. It will not matter if the one's that are not coming on a regular base is a better player than the player that come all the time. I will play the players that have committed to coming to practice. This is fair to all and that's what matters to me. Also it is one of the rules. Starting this week players need to be on time for practice if you are late there will be consequences. If you are missing practice because of vacation with family are sick I will not hold that against anyone. I believe in rules and commitment. I know you can't make it all the time and I understand. But what get me is a practice before a tournament almost everyone show up. Something about that don't seems right. Earn playing time and starting job in practice. Lose playing time for not been in practice. Lose starting job in practice. By not performing doing practice. I hope to see you all at practice on Monday. Enjoy your weekend.


Tournament Schedule Now Complete

The tournament schedule for this season is now complete and finalized.  I kept some dates the same but I am going to be taking teams on opposite weekends so that I can spend time with the boys and the girls teams.  I feel that this is the best way for me to able to coach each team and spend enough time getting to know each player.  This won't be an easy task and it does require more from my coaching staff and I but, I think this a better option for all.  I did make the tournaments more local without having to spend the night to help everyone out because I do have some families that have both a girl and a boy playing in the program.  Thank you for your cooperation and your continued support of the Jackson All-Stars!  Together...We Are Building Tomorrow's Champions!

Team Rules listed below. Very simple and straight to the point.

1. Be on time / must be in practice in to get playing time in games.              

2. Play hard.

3. Know your job.      

4. Treat others with respect at all times.

5. Always lead by example.

6. Stay away from negative players 

 7. Consequences for being late to practice. Coaches choice on discipline. We Are One All Together One Set Of Rules For Everyone. 

AAU Membership Required

Please register for your 2016 AAU Membership.  You will need to log-on to the AAU website: and register for a youth membership.  The cost is $14.00.  When asked, please put in the Jackson All-Stars Club Code:  WWCEW5.  You or your parent will need to carry a copy of your membership card and please give a copy of the membership card to Coach Jackson..  Thank you!



2016 Basketball Tournament Schedule

May 14-15 -- Nor Cal Challenge -- Hardwood Palace -- All Boys & Girls Teams
Hardwood Palace
1091 Tinker Road
Rocklin CA 95765

Jackson All-Stars hotel preference is the Holiday Inn Express.

Holiday Inn Express
1398 East Roseville Parkway
Roseville CA 95661
(916) 774-6060

Jackson All-Stars rate is $94.99 (QQ) and $99.99 (King Suite with sofa bed) 
The code for this deal is Jackson All-Stars.  You will need to call the hotel directly and tell them you are with the program.  You must say Jackson All-Stars for this rate.  They only have 15 rooms on hold...first come basis.  It is located 10-12 minutes from the gym.  It is in a very safe and clean area. I will stay there as well.

June 4-5 -- Road Dawgs Classic -- Bay Area -- Boys Teams ONLY 
Games will be played at Mission College and Overfelt High School -- 

June 11-12 -- No Mercy Classic -- Bay Area -- Girls Teams ONLY
Brackets and Venue Addresses to follow

June 17-19 -- Lake Tahoe Championship -- South Shore Tahoe -- All Boys & Girls Teams
Brackets and Venue Addresses to follow

June 25-26 -- Road Dawgs Classic -- Bay Area -- Girls Teams ONLY
Brackets and Venue Addresses to follow

July 2-3 -- Boys Teams ONLY
I am still waiting to confirm with the tournament director -- More information to follow will be playing this weekend

July 9-10 -- Summer Hoop Series -- Hardwood Palace -- All Boys & Girls Teams
Hardwood Palace
1091 Tinker Road
Rocklin CA 95765 


Practice Times

Monday 05/30/16 -- North Salinas High School -- Both Gyms  No Practice 
All teams off enjoy your day with your family and friends. Stay safe 

Tuesday 05/31/16 --
practice  maybe I need to check with school please check back ? 

Wednesday 06/1/16 -- North Salinas High School
6th/7th Grade Girls and 4th,5th and 6th grade boys and girls @ 4:00p - 5:45p -- 
High School Girls & Boys and 8th Grade Boys & Girls @ 5:45p-7:45p --  

Thursday 06/2/16 --
 PRACTICE boys only TBA gym please check back.

Friday 06/3/16  -- North Salinas High School -- Both Gyms
6th/7th Grade Girls & 4th 5th 6th boys and girls- NO PRACTICE 

 High School Girls & Boys and 8th Grade boys and girls. NO PRACTICE 

Please arrive 15 minutes early and be ready to practice.  You must bring your own water or gatorade and a towel (if needed). Please be dressed appropriately for practice. 
Girls:  Shorts, sweat pants, t-shirt, and athletic shoes. (No tank tops, no camisoles)
Boys: Shorts, sweat pants, tank top, t-shirt, and athletic shoes.


Only players that are in the program are allowed at practice along with their parents and no one else. If so, you will be asked to leave. Thanks!




Why Jackson All-Stars?

The Jackson All-Stars program has been in the Salinas area for the past 18 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 have to bring them to the BEST!  Plain and program is here to stay! 
WE ARE the Jackson All-Stars and WE ARE "Building Tomorrow's Champions





I stand by this statement just like Coach Pat summit

They don't care how much you know. Until they know how much you care.  

Congratulations Coach Jackson

Congratulations to Coach Jackson...he was recently awarded by the California Coached Association the Northern California Girl's Basketball Coach of the Year for 2014/15!  It is a very well deserved recognition!



Assistant Coach Roles. Reasons why good ones are hard to find list below.

Be Loyal to the program: One of the most Important roles of an assistant coach is to be loyal to the head coach and to the program. There are many influences and issues that many emerge during the course of a season. Make sure you always keep the best interests of the players, your program and the head coach in mind in whatever you do. Remember it's about the team and not you.

Be Available and Present: The best assistant coaches are the ones that are present all of the time. Make yourself available to the head coach and dedicate the necessary time needed to make the program successful. Put in the extra work and always look to go above and beyond your basic responsibilities as a coach.

Do the work: No job or responsibility is beneath you. As an assistant coach (and a head coach) you need to be willing to do the dirty work. Building a program and sustaining success are both done by putting in work that might not always be fun or filled with glory. Coaching is not for the faint of heart - it requires a tremendous amount of energy, effort, and time If you want to be successful, you must put in the work everyday.

Communicate with the head coach: Whether you are the freshman head coach or the JV assistant, you need to make sure the head coach is aware of everything that is going on in his or her program. Don't expect the head coach to solve all of your problems. for you, but make sure that there are no surprises in the program.

Know Your Role: As a young coach, it is easy to let your ambition take over. Make sure you don't overstep your bounds. Know what your role is in the program and fill it to your greatest ability. Do whatever the head coach asks of you and never forget that you are his/her assistant.

Give Suggestions: Find ways to contribute to the program when called to do so. Don't be afraid to give suggestions and understand that there is a good chance the head coach might not use what you say. However, it is important to give another perspective, another idea, and another plan. Don't take it personally if your idea gets shot down, and gloat if it is used successfully.

Promote a Unified Message: Stay on message. Don't contradict what the message of the program and the head coach is, even if you don't completely agree with it. Successful programs have a unified message. As an under-level coach, stick to the program that is in place and prepare your players for varsity basketball. All disagreements among staff members should be discussed privately. Successful programs almost always act as one.


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Rules for Basketball Parents - YouTube Video

Check out this we prepare for the start of a new basketball season, let us remember how to be supportive of our athletes! 

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



God Bless You and Your Family! 
I won't stop until we build the biggest and strongest program in the state of CA for all girls and boys all ages. Game on time!

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. 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!

Great NBA Commercial...Check it Out!

Who is the next NBA/WNBA Great??  Are you in the program?
Hard work, discipline, dedication to the game and drive can get you there! Go All-Stars!

Click on the link below to view the video



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.