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5 Jun 2013

AAU Summer Preview

AAU Summer Preview

Well, sports fans, summer 2013 is FINALLY here! The AAU is thrilled to announce that this summer, more than eight thousand teams will be competing in various sports around the central Florida area. Nearly 50,000 athletes will compete to claim the crown in their respective sport.

The summer kicks off with the AAU gymnastics nationals! The event starts June 13 and will attract more than 12 hundred athletes to the Central Florida area. ESPN Wide World of Sports hosts the tournament until it wraps up on Father’s Day, June 16. Make sure to hash tag your tweets and Instagram photos with #AAUGymNationals. 

Immediately following gymnastics, AAU baseball will be in full swing with Baseball Nationals for 9U and 10U on June 17. The tournament will take place at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports and continue until the 22nd. During that week, we’ll bring you even more baseball with the 14U and Underclassmen Baseball Super Showcase. Participants in this event are by invitation only, so be prepared to watch the best of the best compete. But wait, there’s even MORE. The second wave of Baseball Nationals continue into the next week from June 23 to the 29, featuring 11U, 12U, and 13U. For any age group in the Baseball Nationals, use #AAUBaseballNatls and for the Super Showcase,  Tweet with # AAUBaseballSS. Don’t forget to share your pictures on Instagram and Facebook too!

In the midst of all this baseball, let’s not forget the 40th annual AAU Junior Girls Volleyball Nationals! The AAU is hoping for an even bigger turnout than last year, when this event broke the Guinness World Record for the largest volleyball tournament.  This year, more than 19 hundred teams are travelling from all over the country, totaling over 20,000 athletes. The girls’ volleyball action starts June 19 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex and the Orange County Convention Center and continues the whole week, ending on the 26th. Boys’ volleyball will start June 20 at the Orlando Sports Center and will end on the 23rd. While you’re at the events, be sure to visit our social center. Tweet, Facebook and Instagram using the hash tag #AAUVBNatls!
 
As baseball is coming to an end, the wrestlers are just getting warmed up! The AAU Wrestling Scholastic Duals begin June 28 at ESPN Wide World of Sports and continue into July. The tournament, featuring Community D I and II, District All-Star and Developmental divisions, includes about 130 teams, totaling more than three thousand competitors. The tournament will wrap up on July 2. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram during this event! Be sure to use #AAUDuals to all your posts so others can see it too!

After wrestling is over, we have a three day break, and then we jump right back into the action with AAU Track and Field Primary Nationals! Although this event only lasts for two days, talent comes in tiny packages for these young athletes. Around 500 athletes will travel to Central Florida and compete at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in multiple track and field events. For the AAU Track Primary you can Tweet, Facebook, or Instagram us with the #AAUPrimaryNatls.

Right after the primary nationals end, the AAU Track and Field Club Nationals begin! Club nationals will host around four thousand participants in multiple events over a week span. The tournament begins July 8 and concludes on the 14. While at the events, continue to Facebook, Tweet and Instagram us, using #AAUClubChamps.

Basketball begins their events on July 11 and they keep the action coming all the way through August 4th. The AAU Boys’ and Girls’ Back to School Classic brings the AAU summer to a close and features age groups ranging from 3rd to 12th grade. Keep posting to those social media sites! For this tournament, upload your posts, photos, and videos to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and make sure to add the #AAUBballNatls.

The back to school classic may wrap up the summer events in Central Florida but starting July 24 the 2013 AAU Junior Olympic Games will begin up in Detroit! More than 16,000 participants from 48 different states will travel to Detroit for the eleven day event. And we’ll be there tweeting and posting all of the action so be sure follow @RealAAU and use # AAUJROGames to follow all of the action. Also, check out the Facebook page for the 2013 AAU Junior Olympic Games at Facebook.com/AAUJROGames. If you’re using Instagram, follow AAU Sports and send us your pictures!

Make sure to FOLLOW AAU on Twitter at @TheRealAAU and LIKE us on Facebook for updates on ALL our AAU events!

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