Spring basketball club team and clinic info

With high school basketball season winding down, club teams and clinics are starting up. Here’s a look at three local programs led by Redwood Empire coaches.

Sonoma County Cagers: This AAU program is open to boys from third through 10th grades. Tryouts will be held March 11, March 18 and March 25 in the Montgomery High School gym.

Vikings boys coach Tom Fitchie and assistant Brian Long direct the program, and SRJC men’s coach Craig McMillan has signed on to coach a team. Montgomery assistants Zac Tiedeman and Drew LaBlue will also be on staff.

Tryout times are the same for all three sessions. Third- and fourth-graders try out from 9 to 10:15 a.m., fifth- and sixth-graders from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., seventh- and eighth-graders from noon to 1:15 p.m., and ninth and 10th graders from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m.

Players will be placed on either a select or developmental team. The select squads are geared toward advanced, fundamentally sound players, while the developmental team focuses on improving skills.

The season runs from April through mid-July. Teams practice twice a week and play in up to six AAU tournaments.

Total cost ranges from $700 to $825. For a fee breakdown, registration and more information, go to sonomacountycagers.com. For questions, email Tom Fitchie at tomfitchie@att.net or Brian Long at bl2411@yahoo.com.

The NorCal Academy: This new girls basketball organization is designed to teach and drill fundamentals and develop basketball skill for girls. Its leadership includes Montgomery girls coach Steve Bell, Santa Rosa coach Steve Chisholm, Sonoma Valley coach Sil Coccia, Rancho Cotate coach Doug Haught and Windsor head coach Jeff Paul and assistant Erik Oden.

The 10-week session begins Saturday and is open to girls in fifth to 11th grades, regardless of experience.

The academy consists of a training program and a travel team. Tryouts for the travel team are this weekend at Maria Carrillo High School. Seventh-graders try out Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m., eighth-graders from noon to 1:30 p.m., sixth-graders from 2:30 to 4 p.m., ninth-graders from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

On Sunday, fifth-graders try out from 10 to 11:30 a.m., and 10th- and 11th-graders from 1 to 2:30.

The total cost for the academy is $250, and travel team tryouts cost $25. For more information or to sign up, visit www.thenorcalacademy.org.

Redwood Empire Basketball Training: This 15-week program is open to boys in fourth through 12th grades as well as high school girls. It runs from April 2 to July 14 and consists of two 90-minute sessions each week. Each period is comprised of individual drills, competitive drills, game situation drills and overall coaching.

Coaches include Rincon Valley Christian boys varsity head coach Darren Nelson, RVC boys varsity assistant Jared Cake and RVC graduate and former pro player Lesley DuBois.

The cost is $450 for 45 total hours of instruction before March 15. After March 15, the program costs $500. For more information, and to sign up, visit www.rebasketball.com.