HomeWhy Academy vs League?

Discover the unparalleled benefits of our academy as the ultimate platform for players to explore youth basketball, ignite their passion, and be introduced to league play.

The difference between an Academy vs League

To gain a competitive advantage for their first-teams, professional sports organizations around the world invest in academy-style youth development programs. These programs have proven an effective strategy for identifying and developing youth players within a certain style of gameplay.

Traditional League Issues

These are the challenges that players and parents often face, which can unfortunately result in a negative experience.

Inexperienced Coaches

Coaches play a crucial role in shaping a player's experience. While volunteer coaches may have the best intentions, they often lack the necessary training in curriculum and coaching techniques. It is important to recognize coaching as a profession that requires proper training and expertise.

Unbalanced Teams

Teams that are chosen based on limited assessments may result in imbalanced teams, often favoring the more talented athletes on the court.

Deflating Experiences

Players who have a negative experience with coaching, games, and their development may become less inclined to participate.

Lack of Player Development

Due to the absence of proper training curriculum and the lack of trained coaches, players face challenges in developing their individual skills and building their confidence.

Lack of Preparation

Due to the limited duration of leagues, players often find it challenging to sufficiently prepare themselves. It is essential for players to have more time for practice sessions to prepare for league play.

How Magic Elite Addresses the Issues Found in Traditional Leagues

Player to Coach Ratio

Player-to-Coach Ratio

By maintaining a low player-to-coach ratio, Magic Elite coaches can more effectively communicate and teach athletes in the program.

Professional Coaches

Magic Elite coaches have at least varsity high school, collegiate, and professional playing experience, and each has experience developing youth basketball players.


Structured Training

A structured training curriculum provides athletes with direction and purpose in their training that can be worked on over long periods of time.


An academy provides adequate time for players to prepare, learn and develop before playing in a game format.


Which program is the best for my athlete?



Beginner | PreK - 1st Grade

This program is for our youngest athletes who are interested in basketball and is focused on developing coordination, basketball fundamentals, and basketball IQ.

2 Practices per Week
Trained Staff
Small Group Size
Structured Training Program
Consistent Year Schedule
Development Academy


Beginner / Intermediate | 2nd - 8th Grade

Players are introduced to Magic Elite’s unique approach to skill development and gameplay as they progress through various stages of our training curriculum.

2 Practices per Week
Trained Staff
Small Group Size
Player Evaluations
Structured Training Program
6 Game Season
Picture Day
Consistent Year Schedule
Youth Academy Teams


Advanced | 3rd - 8th Grade

Players will participate in competitive tournaments, have more training days and begin learning advanced skills and strategies in preparation for high school.

2 Team Practices per Week
1 Skill Training per Week
Experienced Staff
2 Tournaments
Film Study
Picture Day
Community Service Events
Consistent Year Schedule

The Yusuf Family

[Magic Elite] has created a great environment for these boys to flourish in. They have the right balance for hard work and fun. He pushes my son to his potential on the court and still keeps it fun for him to want to come back excited the next day. I have received numerous calls from Sean wherein he asks to speak to my son after practices and gives him tips on how to be a better leader on the court. My son broke his arm skateboarding last year and Sean encouraged him to come out to practice and dribble with the other arm, helping him continue to grow. He's always pushing him to do better while still building his confidence. Overall, he's been a great influence on my son both on and off the court.

The Latif Family

The Rookie Academy is awesome! Not only do the kids gain solid bball fundamentals but they enjoy every minute of it. My son Adam loves it and it has really lit a passion for bball in him. We came over from the east coast and the skills training here is head and shoulders above where we came from. I look forward to Adam being a part of Magic Elite for a long time.

The Schafnitz Family

We are so grateful to have found this program and that it is so close to home. Coaches Sean, & Andrew (along with the rest of the coaches) are doing an amazing job of teaching the game of basketball. There is no "going through the motions" here. Drills are changed-up and feedback is given continually to each player on a 1:1 basis. The program evolved outdoors with COVID, but didn't miss a beat and was able to adapt to effectively serve it's families. The program is passionate, relevant, competitive and caring; my son is growing and thriving in the game as a result.

The Roberts Family

Peter has tried many sports and been involved with several teams in the community. Nothing really "stuck" for us until we discovered Magic Elite. After his first week of practice, Peter advised that he had found his tribe and was ready to commit. He looks forward to basketball practice and time with his teammates every week. It is the highlight of his day. He is not only learning the skills of basketball from talented and experienced coaches, but he is also learning concepts such as teamwork, commitment, and integrity, all while having a ton of fun. Magic Elite is exactly the community and sports family we were looking for and we look forward to many great seasons together.

The Braun Family

Magic Elite has been an amazing experience for our son and the entire Braun Family. The coaching staff challenges our son to be a better player on the court and a better person off the court. The coaching staff does an exceptional job of reinforcing basketball skills while encouraging growth and development. Off the court, Magic Elite has done a terrific job of forming a community of families that enjoy each other's company. We have seen tremendous growth within our son and look forward to many more rewarding years as a Magic Elite family!

The Maddox Family

We have been a part of Magic Elite and have known Coach Sargeant for close to 3 years. Of note, one of Coach Sargeant's teams went undefeated one year and our son got to be a part of that. It was through that experience that he was exposed to other talented players who have grown up as part of the Magic Elite Club program. We are thrilled with our son's growth as an athlete - he doesn't necessarily want to be part of Club (yet); but we see him getting ready on his own and genuinely looks forward to going to practice twice a week. It's a late practice, but he still comes back with a great attitude, a good amount of sweat, and a smile. From what I have observed in the last 3 years - he's having fun and growing into a more mature player. We want to say thanks to all of the coaches - but a special shout out to Coach Andrew who has been a part of our son's basketball life - from the 4th grade.

The Tafreshi Family

Magic Elite, well they could not have picked a better name. After being part of two other clubs, and no disrespect to the other organizations or coaching staff we have found our home. The staff and coaches are wonderful. The coaching is great, they make sure that all players get the right amount of time and coaching as needed to bring the best out of the plyers. The best part is bringing the players together and that’s "MAGIC".

The Azadi Family

Magic Elite, well they could not have picked a better name. After being part of two other clubs, and no disrespect to the other organizations or coaching staff we have found our home. The staff and coaches are wonderful. The coaching is great, they make sure that all players get the right amount of time and coaching as needed to bring the best out of the plyers. The best part is bringing the players together and that’s "MAGIC".

The Warner Family

Being new to the area, we were looking for a club that has strong coaching and a clear approach to player and team development. Magic Elite has an approach using individual skills, 1-vs-1, and full team development to provide space for players to challenge themselves and each other; ultimately providing a better introduction to the game. Magic Elite has provided our son with meaningful training experience to be a better player, build confidence, and increase teamwork on and off the court. The atmosphere is positive and supportive, with good communication, and a high level of commitment by the coaching staff to the players – I would recommend Magic Elite to other players and families.

The Rosenblatt Family

Magic Elite Basketball is an exceptional skills and development program. Founder, Sean Sargeant and his team of coaches do an amazing job of creating drills that emphasize footwork, ball handling and teaching fundamentals and mechanics of the game. Their attention to detail and passion for the game are second to none and their commitment to player development is demonstrated daily in their practices and interactions.

Players are challenged to learn from mistakes and are often corrected and given instruction in a positive atmosphere. We have been especially grateful that this league has continued to find ways to stay open and safe during Covid. Our son loves working with Sean and the Magic Elite coaches, and looks forward to being pushed, working hard and being challenged both mentally and physically every time he shows up to practice.

The Condie Family

Magic Elite has been an essential part of my son's athletic development. From the skills development to the tournament play, the instruction and coaching has been first rate. The program is full of coaches who can teach all levels of skill development and in-game simulation. The icing on the cake is the positive approach they take and friendships the program has fostered amongst the kids. Highly recommended!

The Kraninger Family

Magic Elite has been a fantastic experience for our whole family. We've had all 3 of our children (1 boy, 2 girls) play in the program, and they all loved the fun, yet competitive environment that challenges them to bring their best. As parents, we appreciate that Sean and his staff focus not only on improving their skills and knowledge as players but on their leadership and accountability as young leaders for the next generation. If you attend a practice, you'll recognize that philosophy when you see the players run sprints not when they miss shots or make a bad pass, but for when they're lazy, take plays off or don't help their teammates up off the floor.

Magic Elite is also special because it feels like a family. Sean and his staff take time to get to know each player and family individually, and they create opportunities for all the families to get to know each other. When we've gone to tournaments like San Francisco and Las Vegas, our kids seem just as excited for the extra activities as they are for basketball. It's always a blast to hang out with other families at the pool playing marco polo, going to a warriors game or renting out a party room at Dave and Busters. Magic Elite is truly a first class program for the players and families. Thank you Sean, Andrew and the rest of the staff for such a wonderful experience.

The Nicholson Family

The coaches at Magic Elite are passionate about basketball, but more than that, they are passionate about promoting a growth mindset in life. I believe that we grow and learn best when our environment is socially and emotionally safe AND where mistakes are welcome (because they are learning experiences). The messages and coaching my son gets in this program align with this philosophy. The Magic Elite program coaches the whole human (physically and mentally) and for that I am grateful!

Ruttan Boys

The Ruttan Family

We have 3 boys that have played Rookie Academy and absolutely love it. They can't wait to start playing again. They are currently 6 and 7 years old and just starting to learn about basketball. The coaches are very experienced and do a great job of keeping it simple for their age and also making it a lot of fun.

The Cottrell Family

We are OBSESSED with Magic - it has truly been one of the very best children’s programs (of any kind) we have ever been a part of. My son had tried another basketball program and it felt disorganized and he wasn’t really getting any “coaching”. This has been the exact opposite - he LOVES his coaches, is learning amazing basketball and life skills and has gained a ton of confidence. Especially with the uncertainty and isolation of this pandemic, it has been a bright light to watch our son progress and connect while doing something he absolutely loves. It’s been one of the greatest investments we have made in him and his development as an athlete and human! Thank you Magic!

The Meyers Family

This program has not only strengthened and improved my son’s core basketball skills, but it’s empowered him mentally to be able to set and reach high goals while maintaining a positive and hustlers attitude. This club has taught him to always SHOW up. To show up for yourself, for your teammates, for your coaches, for your parents and for those watching you. To hustle and grind every time you step on the court. To give your best in life! Not just basketball. This club holds its players accountable for their sportsmanship and their attitudes on and off the court. The coaches give 110% to their players and they expect the same effort in return. It’s a club that focus is to create exceptional athletes who do amazing things in all areas of their lives. Thank you MAGIC!