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Turn In Your Candy Money

All Parents & Players please begin turning in your candy money Tuesday May 3, 2016.  ALL candy money needs to be turned in by Friday May 6, 2016.  Thank you for your continued support of the Jackson All-Stars!  Go All-Stars!!

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!

2nd Payment Due Wednesday 05/18/16

The second $200.00 payment will be due on Wednesday May 18, 2016.  Please remember that if you did not sell the 2 boxes of candy as required, you will have another $60.00 added to your account and you will owe $230.00 this payment.  If you sold more than 2 boxes of candy, we will credit your account the correct amount and let you know your updated balance.  Also, any money that is collected from the free throw fundraiser will also be credited to your account and you will be given an updated balance.  These amounts will come off of the $200.00 2nd payment.  For those of you that still owe from the 1st payment, all accounts must be brought up to date with this next payment.  In other words, if you didn't make the full $200.00 payment you must make up what you still owe this payment. Also $ 100 are  $130 will be due for all my practice only players will be due on Thursday May 19th at your practice. If you sold the two boxes of candy that each child had to sell you only need to pay $100 if you did not you will need to pay $130 and I will add the other  $30 to your last payment. All players had to sell two boxes of candy for the club. This was told upfront that include the kids that's only there for practice only. All the 5th and 6th grade boys team will need to pay your second payment of $ 200 are  $230 if you didn't sell two boxes of candy. This is due on  May 19th at your practice. Please make this a smooth transition. Thanks 

Free-Throw-A-Thon & Candy Fundraiser

You will start shooting free throws on Tuesday May 3, 2016.  I will let you know what gym you can come to on Tuesday to shoot your free throws,  I would prefer that you shoot free throws when there is a coach to monitor/verify your total amount, but if you want to shoot free throws on your own with a parent to verify the total amount then you can do that also.  I just ask that you please be honest.  Once you have the total amount of free throws, you can collect the money from those people that pledged per free throw.  Also, the candy money will be due on Friday May 6, 2016. Please count your money and make sure that all the money is accounted for before you turn it in.  You should turn in $60.00 per box.  We will count the money when it is turned in and verify that the full amount is there. 

Tournament schedule will need to change a little.

This weekend I need to make a few changes to the tournament schedule.  I have had parents inform me about graduation. So I am going to try and fix it so that everyone can make all the tournaments because that is the reward for all the players working hard to get to go and compete in the tournament.  With that said, I am going to make the changes this weekend so you can plan ahead.  I am not in the habit of changing things around so let's make this one work for all.  I will say the first tournament on May 14-15 will not change.  We are going to Rocklin California and play at the Hardwood Palace for our first tournament that's a go.  Thanks for your support of my program.  By the way,  great job again tonight players I was very impressed with your effort on the court.  I hope you all have a great, safe weekend and enjoy time with your family and friends.  See you at practice on Monday. Be blessed ~Coach Jackson 

2016 Basketball Tournament Schedule

We have made a change to the first tournament.  Coach Jackson wants all the teams to play in the same venue so that he can monitor all the teams since we have new players and new families with us.  By going to the Bay Area, we will be split into different areas within a 10 mile radius.  Thank you for your understanding.  Coach Jackson will also update the other tournaments so please continue to check the schedule. 


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

June 4-5 -- Jamboree Series -- Hardwood Palace -- All Boys & Girls Teams. This one will change we are not going to the same place over and over the date will stay the same the area will change.
Hardwood Palace
1091 Tinker Road
Rocklin CA 95765

June 17-19 -- Lake Tahoe Championship -- South Shore Tahoe -- All Boys & Girls Teams
Address to follow

July 9-10 -- Heat Wave Classic -- Bay Area (San Mateo CA) -- All Boys & Girls Teams
Address to follow 


I am going to add one more to make the 5 tournaments for each team.  I am looking to add that last one in the May 23-24 weekend.  I will also post up hotel information as we get closer to our tournaments.


Practice Times

Monday 05/02/16 -- North Salinas High School -- Both Gyms
6th/7th Grade Girls @ 6:15p-8:15p
High School Girls & Boys and 8th Grade Girls & Boys @ 6:15p-8:15p  

Tuesday 05/03/16 @ 6:30p-8:15p -- Harden Middle School
4th & 5th Grade Girls and Boys
6th Grade Boys

Wednesday 05/04/16 -- North Salinas High School
6th/7th Grade Girls @ 5:15-6:45p
High School Girls & Boys and 8th Grade Girls & Boys @ 6:30p-8:30p

Thursday 05/05/16 @ 6:30p-8:30p -- Harden Middle School
4th & 5th Grade Girls & Boys
6th Grade Boys 

Friday 05/06/16  -- North Salinas High School -- Both Gyms
6th & 7th Grade Girls @ 6:15p-8:30p
High School Girls & Boys and 8th Grade Girls & Boys @ 6:15p-8:30p

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.