June Banks: 5 out of 5 stars
5onFive Recreation League: 5 out of 5 stars
5onFive Club ball: 5 out of 5 stars
It is disappointing to read the negative review that was posted by OCPapa1. I can fully understand if the program didn't work out for him. However, the attack is unnecessary. 5onFive basketball is not a "scam". It is the best developmental league in Orange County. We have three children (two boys and a girl) who played basketball here in OC and they all played for a variety of recreational leagues, developmental leagues, and club teams including 5onFive.
The 5onFive program is geared toward developing young boys and girls into the best players they can be. Much like any other developmental league it requires the players to step up, work hard and execute. In the recreational league they will all play an even amount. However in the club program, they need to contribute to the team and show that they are giving 100%. If they do, they will gain playing time. If they don't, they won't. Our oldest son was a marginal basketball player when he started with June Banks. June challenged him and over the period of a few years, he developed into a starter on the club team. By the time he started high school, he was strong enough to play high school basketball. This would not have happened without a strong commitment on my son's part and the skills June instilled in him.
It is no accident that the majority of the varsity players at Santa Margarita Catholic High School and many of the other top tier high school basketball programs in OC grew up within the 5onFive program.
Yes, as OCPapa1 stated, club ball is expensive. Yes, you will need to drive your child all over southern California. Welcome to club ball. No, June will not play every child in every game. No, June will not play the second string when the game is on the line. These are life lessons that are all part of playing club ball. They are important lessons to learn. If you are looking to get even playing time for all players, then you should play in the recreational league offered by 5onFive or many other basketball programs. These leagues will guarantee that every player gets an even amount of playing time. However, this is not the real world and isn't doing your child any benefit. The 5onFive recreational league is coached by parents and some parents feel that they don't get the quality of coaching that they would like. However, these are the same parents that don't bring their child to the 5onFive academy on the weekends. If you really want your child to excel, make sure he or she attends every academy.
June is nothing if not honest with the parents. Between our three children I have sat through probably 30+ orientation meetings led by June Banks. He spells out the league and club programs extremely well. There should be no surprises to anyone in the program.
I for one want to say that June Banks and the 5onFive program were an extremely positive experience for our three children, each of which played for June in both recreation league and club ball over a 10 year period. I would highly recommend the 5onFive program to any family.
Reason of review: Good customer service.