First, I just want to say how incredible the Magic program is. From the constant communication, talented coaching staff, organized structure of practices- I have only positive things to say.
We just want to thank you for making Dylan’s first experience playing AAU basketball such a great experience!! He really enjoyed playing for you and with all the boys on the team. Thank you for all your time during practice and during games coaching Dylan to help him become a better player. Please also thank Coach Madden for us as well!! He also had great energy and supportive feedback for Dylan as well!!! We wish your team a great season at Mt. Saint Charles!!
Thank you for this past fall season. I feel that Ryan will be well prepared for the upcoming high school season. His time with Coach D’Ambra has been great. I feel that Ryan has grown as a basketball player and as a person while being coached by Matt. He does a great job with the kids and has created a very good team atmosphere when most AAU teams have players that are thrown together. Ryan has developed good friendships with players from across the state through this program. Matt cares about the kids and their progress and I feel has their best interest which is important to me.
Thank you again,
Cole had a such great experience. We love your program. It’s so organized and the fact that you are always there and know every single kid is impressive. Cole was so lucky to have Kevin Briggs as a coach. This man is a gentle giant. He may stand at 7'3" and be a pro basketball player but he gets down to look every player in the eyes. He was dedicated to having each and every player improve as an individual and as a team. And that they did! We will definitely be back in the spring!
My son Joshua joined the magic coming off an injury and having taken a step back in his development. He was always a really talented player and good athlete but being hurt got into his head and he played more timid. He lacked confidence. His coach, Skyler Delgado saw something in Josh and took him under his wing. He helped Josh regain his confidence and taught him how to play point guard the right way. That, combined with the excellent rehab he got at Primal Physical Therapy (with Magic varsity coach Tim Swenson) really turned things around. Now, in his second season with the Magic, he moved up to a more competitive team and played meaningful minutes, including crunch time at the end of games. He’s a completely different player now and I thank the entire Magic family for their part in his development.
My son has played with Magic for 3 years and I cannot say more positive things about this organization. The quick responses, the transparency, the detailed information, quality players and coaches, etc.
My daughter played on Coach Ed’s 8th grade team this spring. It was an excellent experience for her and her teammates. They were pushed at practices and games and everyone improved as the season progressed. The communication was excellent and the girls had lots of smiles while being challenged on the court.
Just wanted to THANK YOU for another amazing season. Great group of boys who played as a team and supported each other the whole season. Dimitri has come a very long way under you and I can’t thank you enough for that (the kid that didn’t talk to now not shutting up. Lol) Have a great summer and hope to see you in the fall.
Hi Dave -
I want to thank you for not only an amazing season, but recruiting AND keeping such fantastic coaches. Coach Ed has been amazing, and having such consistency, and great coaching makes for great success. Thank you for all you do for us, the teams, and the organization. We are proud to be part of the RI Magic family. We watch other teams with bad attitudes and poor sportsmanship, and again proud that our coaches instill pride, integrity and good sportsmanship.
-Tracy and Sophia
I just want to say that coach Skyler was terrific. My son learned a ton from him and responded better to Skyler than any of his previous coaches. Coming off another injury, entering the season, he really made great strides and I attribute a lot of that to the coach.
I just wanted to say thank you for your wonderful coaching of the team this year. Chace greatly enjoyed the season and learned a TON from you on the court and how to handle situational awareness outside of playing. I'm very happy he played for you this year and look forward to keeping in touch. Have a great summer, you deserved it for sure.
I just wanted to say thank you for a great season. Michael learned so much and most importantly had a lot of fun. He wants to play again in the fall. You are an amazing coach actually the best I ever seen! Thank you for all you do and having these boys love basketball and bringing them to the next level.
Coach Jack Madden has been a big part of my son’s basketball development. Robert first played for Coach Madden as a rising 6th grader during the summer of 2020. He lacked basketball skill and knowledge of the game and overall was a quiet player. If he was lucky enough to get an offensive rebound, he might put it back up but usually passed the ball. On defense if he did get a rebound, he couldn’t pass it fast enough almost like he was playing hot potato. Robert started working with Coach Madden on private drills when the season ended and has continued with these drills at least once a week for the past two years. Robert has improved his ball handling, passing, shooting, and most importantly his confidence has grown exponentially in that time. He now knows when to pass and when to shoot and understands the game to the point where he has become a vocal leader on defense. My wife and I are happy to be part of the Magic Family and are thankful for Coach Madden’s skills instruction.
Ryan had a great experience this season with the Magic. Ryan enjoyed his teammates and especially Coach D’Ambra. Coach D’Ambra was one reason for him to come back to the Magic in the fall. Matt sets a high expectation for his players which challenges them to get better. Ryan appreciates this and looks forward to playing for him again in the spring. I was happy to see that the team played its best basketball during the last weekend of the season which showed their progression. Thank you again.
Hello Coach J and Coach Ben,
Thank you for a great season! Chris really benefited from your coaching and leadership! Your commitment to the team was energizing and inspiring for Chris and our family. It really makes a big difference. Thank you and see you next season, I hope!
Such an amazing fall season!! I would like to thank Coaches Blouin and Paiva for their time, and dedication. Their knowledge, professionalism and positive environment they brought to the court for the boys was extraordinary. Rhode Island Magic is a great organization and very well organized. Can’t wait for Spring tryouts!
Thank you for your kind words in your email. You did a fantastic job with the kids and we are very appreciative that Drew was able to play for you. We cannot thank you enough for your dedication and the positive environment you provided to all of the kids. We really hope to see you again next session. Best of luck for your upcoming season and wishing you and your family happy holidays !
-Keith & Jenn
Dear Henry and Dave,
We just wanted to let you both know how thankful and appreciative we are for all that you have done with the boys these past nine weeks with tryouts and practices. We have been very impressed with the level of knowledge and professionalism with which the RI Magic coaches bring to the table. Connor has been working very hard and learning more everyday. I have seen many AAU programs that simply focus only on wins and losses and not the continued development of skills, teamwork and sportsmanship. That is too often overlooked and ignored today. Thank you again for all that you do.
Tom & Lyn
We just wanted to say thank you to our Magic Family for another great season. My boys have now had many seasons with Magic and continue to learn and grow as players and young men. Our coaches have been professional and caring every year. Shout out to coach Wishart and Madden. Cullen and Tyson both had a great season this past spring, one of the best. I could not have been happier with the way schedules ran despite COVID-19 continuing to be an issue we are all still unfortunately dealing with. The boys are registered for fall and fingers crossed they are selected for another awesome season.
-The Rasco Family
I would just like to thank you for giving Dimitri the opportunity to play in Orlando with Coach Blouin. It was such an amazing experience for him. Coach Blouin is great!! Dimitri loved playing for him. Dimitri fit right in and the boys really had a great time together. Thank you again and see you at tryouts in the fall.
Coaches Henry and Dave:
I wanted to reach out and let you know that I cannot express enough how grateful I am for all that you both have done for Lucas’s game over the past year - both physically and mentally. He literally is a new player compared to when he started with the Magic when it comes to his skill set, his confidence and his mental aptitude on the court, and it’s due to your efforts in both the Fall and Spring. I am disappointed that it doesn’t looks like he will be playing for you both again next season, but I am confident that the skills you have helped him develop over the last year will serve him well no matter who he plays for.
Thank you again. Enjoy the rest of your summer!!
My wife and I would like to thank you both for the amazing experience afforded to our son Matthew during this past year with the Rhode Island Magic organization. Our two sons have participated in numerous travel teams across several sports over the years and our experiences have varied greatly. However, this experience for Matthew has been of the highest quality by far.
We appreciate the Magic program’s overall organization, communication, process for tryouts, number of games, quality of practices, placement in appropriate tournaments, etc.
Most importantly for Matthew this year was his coach. Henry connected with Matthew both personally and as a mentor. Matthew learned so much. We saw an amazing improvement in many elements of his game. We could go on and on about that, AND he had fun, which is really what it is all about.
We are disappointed he will not get to work with Henry in the Fall season, but are forever grateful for this amazing experience that he has had with Henry that has been so impressionable and beneficial during the last few months for Matthew.
We want to thank you both for your hard work, passion, and commitment to creating such a worthwhile experience for our son Matthew.
Looking forward to the tryouts in August for the Fall season.
-Brian & Renee
I can’t stop being thankful for this opportunity. Joey has been playing AAU since becoming of age. So I consider myself quite the expert and never have I been so happy and proud of him. But also the entire team. Especially coach Bland. I’ve often found myself telling Joey, “Bland is the best thing that ever happen to you.” That’s no joke! He teaches the boys while showing them respect in the most genuine and organic form. The sport means something to him and the boys feed off that energy like their lives depends on it. As a parent standing on the sideline for every game since day one, my heart fills with gratitude to the highest degree. Thank you for hiring Coach Bland Dave!
And Dave, you’re also quite the rockstar! You run the website, IG, attend games, engage with the players and parents, keep everyone up to date, provide feedback and answer every question; you organize tournaments and so much more…all while managing your own family and supporting your students at work. That dedication is something to be admired. Thank you so much for keeping this process easy for kids and parents.
We have never been happier with a team and plan to stay until together we see Joey off to college.
Thank you for a great few seasons. Christian has grown under your coaching and we truly appreciate your giving him a chance. We all consider ourselves fortunate to be part of your team. Cheers to the summer!
-Ray, Maria, Christian, and Casey
I know it's always important to get feedback from parents about coaches and program, so I wanted to send you a testimonial about Coach Madden. We appreciate your having recommended him to us last year when the pandemic precluded our daughter Sabrina Gonzalez from playing with the Magic.
Coach Madden always goes the extra mile when he's coaching our 12-year-old daughter. He's not only excellent at teaching the technical aspects of basketball and skill development, he also knows how to motivate her to play better. His holistic approach to coaching has made our daughter feel more confident in her abilities and deepen her love of the sport. Coach Madden's passion for coaching kids and for basketball is palpable.
By the way, I also want to mention that Coach Brenna has been terrific with the girls. She's been very thoughtful in her approach to coaching and is always communicating with them in a motivational way that shows how much she cares for them. Sabrina has loved being a part of the team.
Coach Madden has been working with our son Ari for a year now and during this time we have seen Ari grow not only as a player, but also mature. Coach Madden focuses on the player and understands their needs on and off the court, allowing the player to become more focused and confident in the game and the world around them. Each week during training, Coach finds a new way to challenge Ari. Just last week, he challenged him to stop playing and talk about his experience with basketball to some other players. While not easy, Ari was able to communicate where he was a year ago versus now. Communication skills are necessary for life and seeing this being taught really makes us feel like we made the right choice in teams and coaches. Ari has learned the correct footwork, shooting, dribbling and so much more with coach Madden and the RI Magic. On the court Coach Madden is very clear in his expectations with the kids, have fun, work hard, and do your best.
The skills being taught on the court have been invaluable. Ari continues to grow and learn with each training session and new season of RI Magic. RI Magic provides parents with a trustworthy place for our children to train, the best coaches, as well as a platform for the kids to learn and grow.
Watching the transformation the past year has been truly amazing!
-Daniele & Ronnie
Good morning Jason,
I just wanted to thank you...you were very positive with the boys and we’re glad we signed up. Your son especially helped Lucas and Noah feel welcomed on the team. Hoping Lucas can stay with this team come Spring. Hope you and your family stay safe and that you have happy holidays
I would like to thank you for a great basketball experience Noah had with Magic. I felt he grew as a player with confidence and skill. Hopefully we get to see you again in the spring.
Henry, thank you for a fun season! So glad Gabe was able to get back out there after the long lay off. Really appreciate the effort and energy you bring to it and Gabe enjoyed himself.
Thank you so much for everything you have done for Nathan these last 2 sessions. You have ignited a spark in him again that was going out for basketball and I can’t thank you enough for that. Sad that the season has come to an end. Hopefully they will be able to play for their schools (you as well) and we can reunite next spring/summer.
I just wanted to provide you with feedback. Arlisenny loved camp this week and asked if I can sign her up every time there is one being held. I really appreciate the individual evaluation she brought home, it gave me a snap shot of where she is and what she needs to work on, thank you for that. Arli works really hard in everything she does and I appreciate it was noticed.
Thank you for a great first experience with the Magic. Drew really looked forward to going to practice and games. He would be ready to leave the house hours before the start of each practice and game and was very eager to learn from you. We were truly impressed with how you interacted with kids, focused on the positive, and the growth with their basketball skills over such a short amount of time. We are disappointed the season is already over as the kids started to play more as a team and started to gel towards the end. We are very much looking forward to the fall tryouts. Thank you again, you made this a great first experience for all of us!
-Keith & Jenn
I just wanted to reach out and thank you for the incredible job you did coaching this 7th grade team. This was my youngest son, Nathan’s, first time trying for the Magic and we could not have been happier with his experience. Not only did he learn a lot in a short period of time, but I haven’t seen him having this much fun playing in a long time. He loves basketball, but for some reason this team just gelled so well and I can only attribute that to you. I was so impressed as to how much fun they all seemed to be having and how supportive they all were for each other. Even my older son who plays on the 9th grade team was blown away when he watched them play. Thank you again for providing such a great experience for Nathan and the boys this Covid season. Look forward to what the future holds for this team.
Brian & Amy
You run a top notch program. My son Jack really enjoys playing for the Magic. He enjoyed being able to get back on the court for the four tournaments in NH, as well as participating in the Magic Summer Camp. Given the uncertain times everything was run professionally with a safety-first attitude. From the practices, to the games in NH, everything ran very smooth. My son’s coach, Dave Wishart, did a fantastic job with the boys. We are looking forward to the fall with the Magic.
I appreciate the quick reply and all you’ve done to make playing possible and safe. Of all the teams the kids play on, you have been by far the best communicator, as well as open and flexible when it comes to payments. It’s been truly appreciated and even though we weren’t going anywhere, it further solidified the Magic family is for us.
We are very grateful there was a season and the hard work and dedication showed. The kids had a great time, played hard and learned a lot. Thank you and all of the coaches for working so hard.
I just wanted to say Thank You to Coach Madden for helping my son Myles build confidence in himself. At the beginning of the season he was doubting himself but after working with Coach Madden he is now more confident in his abilities and after attending the Magic Summer Camp he is motivated to get better. The evaluation that is provided at the end of the Summer Camp has motivated my son and he is now practicing everyday focusing on what he needs to improve on. Last, my son had a great experience this summer session and is very excited to participate in the fall tryouts.
Marc & Michelle
We had another great season with RI Magic despite Covid-19. My sons Tyson and Cullen looked forward to every practice and game. We again loved the coaches, Coach Coleman was amazing at keeping us informed and communicating what he was working on with the boys as well as schedules. My son had a non-sports related injury and still wanted to be with his team to show his support at tournaments. We can't wait to get back on the courts in the fall. Thank you Magic. #magicfamily
Good morning Mr. Madden,
I have been in sports for many years and even competed at the professional level. I must say you’re one of the most professional coaches I have ever seen. Our boys played up and gave their all however, the level of sportsmanship you showed to go over and give them positive affirmation after the game was incredible! My two sons played 4 great games yesterday but, on the car ride home the topic of the conversation was “the Magic coach really told us we were a great team”. It was noted how you took a timeout and apologized to the ref and our bench to tell one of your players not to showboat when he looked at our bench to hush them. With the craziness that is happening in youth sports today, you’re the paradigm of how the future of all youth sports should be coached! Take care and hope we meet again!!
-Opposing team parent
Thank you for a wonderful summer season. Will enjoyed it immensely. He learned a lot and his confidence grew throughout the season. We appreciate all the time you put into the season. Hope to see you in the fall.
Cassie & Paul
Thank you for everything, awesome coach, we were just saying on the way home yesterday that we were sorry it was over. It was the best basketball experience Dylan has had so far. Great bunch of kids, I thought they played well together for the short period of time they are together, that also says something about the coaching. Now if we can just get Dylan to get that little ball into the net things will get much better for him. LOL Thank you again for everything!
Hi coach, just wanted to thank you again for everything you did this year for the boys and Connor. He really has enjoyed playing for you these past few years, and has learned a lot from you! Good luck in the high school season!!! We will be going to a few games this year!!!
Henry, thanks for everything. Jake had a blast and learned a ton from you. I think you may be aware that Jake has only been playing a few years. Coaches like you are really helping him develop his game and also making him fall in love the game. We appreciate it the work you put in this season with him and the other boys.
Dean and Dave,
Sending big thanks to you and RI Magic program for making the 5th grade Fall season such a positive experience for Charlie. This was his first AAU team and he had a blast playing with and getting to know the other boys on the team.
Dean, appreciate your balance of challenging Charlie to be a better player while always coaching in a positive way.
Dave, appreciate how organized the program was - you and the rest of the people behind the scenes made it look easy and I'm quite sure it wasn't.
Have a great winter and hope to see you both down the road.
Just wanted to thank you for coaching Joshua this Fall season. Each year he learns a little more and can strive to progress to the next level. We appreciate all your work and dedication to the team. Magic is a great league with great values whether on the court or just in life.
Wishing you and Mike a successful high school season.
I want to thank you for letting me join the team and giving me the chance to play AAU, it was a fun experience and I learned a lot from it. I wanted to join an AAU team in the fall to figure out what I needed to work on and how to fix those flaws so I can apply it to my high school team, and playing for you and the Magic team really helped me out with that. I also want to thank you for all the things that you not only did for me, but the team too. All the hours at practices, teaching us plays and improving our skills couldn't have been easy. So I appreciate all the work you have put into this team and I hope to see you again next fall.
From, Dan McKay
I just wanted to say that our second season with RI Magic was awesome. Tyson has grown so much over the past year. He has not only improved in all areas of the game but his confidence and drive has grown exponentially and it has been amazing to watch. He loves his team and coach and we couldn't be happier. Cullen is also finding his way and we are excited to watch him learn and grow with each season. Thank you so much and we look forward to another season with our #magicfamily in the spring.
-Mr. and Mrs. Rasco
Thank you for making Cole‘s first experience with RI Magic so positive! He has loved every minute of it, and will definitely be signing up for future sessions.
I want to thank Coach Madden and the RI Magic for a great experience this past season. Coach Madden did a great job with the Middle school girls' team. My daughter Samantha had a great experience due to coach Madden's positive reinforcement and his dedication to her growth. He pushed all the girls while still keeping it fun. His experience and commitment to coaching basketball showed in many ways. The RI Magic has a great program going. It is well organized and sets the growth of each player as its priority.
Nicole and I are the ones who owe you a tremendous debt of gratitude for dispensing your basketball knowledge, encouragement, and most importantly your time to our son Clyde over the past several months. Your attention to detail and emphasis on “team” is as paramount in basketball as it is in life. I’ve coached hockey teams for the past nine years and wish I had a coach like you on the bench and out on the ice with me. With youth sports being what they are these days, too many people forget the importance and don’t appreciate what a Coach does for a young athlete. We have nothing but accolades for you and look forward to seeing you again soon on the courts. We feel Clyde has improved remarkably since his tryout back in March. We have to end it here so we can join him while he shoots at our driveway hoop, which he’s been doing nonstop since we returned from Portland! Hoping you have a great summer!
-Ted and Nicole
I just wanted to let you know that our family had a great experience this spring season. This was our first time as part of the #MagicFamily. My boys learned from their coaches and enjoyed all aspects of the program. The boys were fortunate to learn from Coach Jack Madden, Anthony Paiva, and Dave Wishart. Great coaches. My boys can't wait to try out again in the fall. We have registered already. Thanks again! See you in the Fall.
On his middle school team, Jack was good. This season with your coaching, I’ve seen Jack really learn how to get under the net, go up for rebounds and his dribbling and shooting skills also greatly improved. Jack really loved being a part of the team, he looked forward to both weekly practices and the tournaments. Thank you again for a great season! We will miss seeing everyone at the tournaments, but hopefully, our paths will cross again!
Luke definitely learned more basketball knowledge throughout the season. Your messages throughout the season were all positive and motivating- it was up to the players then to implement. I believe his confidence with his dribble under pressure increased as the season went on. I loved that he took charge as a point guard and you gave him the opportunity. His future is as a guard and we are working hard to tighten the handle and get him quicker. You did a good job continuing to stress to the boys to work hard and compete. Luke definitely had fun this season. He formed some bonds with some players and liked you as his coach. Luke loves RI Magic and playing basketball and competing.
Just wanted to send our thoughts about a great spring 2019 season! We feel Seth had a terrific experience and improved a great deal under Coach Madden's tutelage. Coach consistently encouraged Seth to be aggressive on offense and this resulted in Seth becoming increasingly comfortable asserting himself. He also gave Seth the freedom to work on both his inside game and his perimeter skills. Finally, Coach Madden went the extra mile, asking us to provide video of Seth's play for him to review with Seth. In summary, we were extremely happy to have Jack Madden as Seth's coach.
Hi Coach Rick,
I just wanted to thank you for all you have done for Declan this past spring along with the past season. He definitely understands the game more and definitely benefited from your coaching and style. Good luck with the remainder of the Magic’s summer session!
Our son had an incredible experience playing with the Magic! This team continued to build on his skills, agility and overall growth as an individual and team player. Jack Madden is an extremely dedicated coach and always encouraged the team to work hard, play with passion, demonstrate good sportsmanship, be a team player and most importantly, to have fun! We look forward to continuing our youth basketball training and experience with the Magic.
Thank you for teaching David. He really looks up to you. This was the first time my son has said that to me. Thank you for treating my child with hard coaching and RESPECT.
The RI Magic is the best run AAU program in the state. My son’s coach did a great job pushing and helping the kids become better basketball players. The program does a great job to make sure the boys are placed on the right team and competing in the appropriate divisions in tournaments. The RI Magic’s website is very well organized and easy to navigate. When my son played for other AAU programs the communication was poor, so you never knew when and where the team would be competing in tournaments. The RI Magic posts on their website at the start of the season all of the tournament their teams will be participating in, and the dates, so families can plan accordingly. Very glad we came over to the RI Magic!
Outstanding fall season for all the young men. Your coaching staff is dedicated and do an outstanding job teaching the fundamentals. This was my son’s first year playing with Magic family and it was everything he wanted and more. No nonsense ever with the Magic! Coach Blouin was a tremendous coach and always full of positivity to the kids and coaching them from the sideline to become better. Thus the Magic program has been a great place for my son JP to work on his game and have fun. Can’t wait for the spring! Thank you!
Good afternoon Coach,
We want to say thank you very much for taking Nick on the team this year. Nick’s grown a great deal as a player thanks to your guidance not every coach has a good message and is also a good messenger, and we appreciate that in you and your coaches. Nick’s come a long way and has a long way to go, but we couldn’t be happier with the decision we made over a year ago to have Nick try out for the Magic. Thanks again and hope to see you soon.
-Ron and Mum
Joshua had a great experience this week and was so glad to participate in this clinic. When I “drilled” him (in a motherly way) about what went on each day he told me the drills were tough and challenging. He was glad since he really wants to get to the next level of skill. Previous summers he has been to basketball summer camps and they weren’t what he needed since it included beginners. Thank you to you and your coaches for a well spent week.
I just wanted to take a minute to reach out to you and express my thanks to you for allowing me to come aboard this year. My time with the 9th grade team was an incredible experience. I think that starts with your leadership at the top and runs throughout the organization. Every person I came across in the organization offered a friendly smile and support whenever needed. So thank you for running a first class program. It is very noticeable.
As a coach, I appreciate good basketball and good coaching when I see it. When you look around, that is what you see in the Magic family. Congratulations on supporting yourself with really good coaches and even better guys. I hope to be back next spring.
As a parent, all we can ask for is opportunity for our kids. Your program provides that in spades. Opportunities to learn, grow, and get better are there to be had. Opportunity to compete and be noticed and recognized are also there to be had. Thank you for providing these elements in your program. Not only does it make for good players but more importantly it makes them great young men.
Another outstanding spring season for all the young men.Your coaching staff is dedicated and do an outstanding job teaching the fundamentals. I see many AAU programs good and bad in my coaching travels and yours is at the top always striving to do the right things. No nonsense ever with the Magic! Thus the Magic program has been a great place for my son Michael to work on his game and have fun. Thank you!
CCRI Men's Basketball Coach
Just wanted to take a minute to thank you again for taking over the Gray and Black teams mid-season. It’s a big job to take on, especially when you have your own son playing in a different division. That said, my husband and I couldn’t be happier with you as a coach. You did a great job getting to know the players quickly, and coaching the team to its strengths.
Our son Michael loved you as a coach. He definitely learned a lot, and he appreciated the discipline and intensity you brought to practices. Michael knows he has a lot to work on, but he always appreciates the feedback. Thanks so much again, and we hope to see you in the Fall and beyond.
-Mary and Sean McVeigh
My son, Ryan, played on Pat Greene’s team this spring. This was our first time playing in an AAU organization. To be honest, it was Pat that recommended your program. Pat coached Ryan for the Barrington team in the Metrowest winter league for 4th graders. I had heard a lot of different things about AAU. I wanted to make sure that Ryan played in an organization that was well run and worth the money. I can tell you that the RI Magic hit both marks. I can see that the teams and programs are well run and the money was well spent. Ryan played against very good competition, improved a lot and had fun. It is with every intention that Ryan will return to the Magic in the spring of 2019.
I really liked the communication that you put forth about your program whether it was through twitter or email about upcoming camps and playing opportunities. With Ryan being my oldest, this is my first time in understanding the landscape of all sports including AAU basketball. The more information that I can get about a program and what they have to offer, the more that I am inclined to move forward. Thanks again for the opportunity.
Thank you for a great season. This was our first time with Magic and Nathan enjoyed every minute of it. We appreciate your dedication to the program and the sport. Have a great summer and we hope to be part of the Magic family next year.
Lisa and Nathan Vanasse
We accept a roster spot with the Rhode Island Magic this spring. Your coaching staff has been phenomenal. The true investment they provide to their players is amazing. Coach Norris and Coach Coleman are true examples of all you want your son to have in a coach. They provide guidance, skills, sportsmanship, respect-could not ask for more. Looking forward to the season. There were so many really talented players at tryouts! Congratulations on building such an impressive program.
I wanted to reach out to say my son would have loved to try out for the spring team, however it is his last year for competitive lacrosse before he goes to the high school and had to pick one since they both have such a large commitment. We had such a phenomenal experience in the Fall with the Magic organization. Kudos to you and your staff for putting on such an amazing program.
Just wanted to compliment you on how you run the Magic program. I believe you achieved your goals of teaching the game to be played the right way and with respect. Your coaching staff definitely took an interest in working with all kids, especially on skill nights. My son Jordan definitely got better, again credit to your program, your coaches, and especially Ramon. It wasn't about winning or losing with us, but being proud to be associated with your program. We definitely will be back in the Spring and hope we make this a long-term relationship.
Thanks so much,
Dear Coach Norris,
We would like to thank you for being Andrew’s coach this season. We appreciate the time and effort you put in to coaching the boys, both in basketball and in life skills.
Andrew has learned from you, not only how to become a better basketball player, but how to be a responsible teammate, and friend. He has learned to advocate for himself, and how to hold himself, as well as his teammates, accountable. We loved that the boys had a chat group, and would remind each other to be on time, to remember their uniforms and to call you if they are going to be late. These are skills that will stay with the boys for a lifetime. As parents we tend to do probably more than we should for our kids, and this even taught us to take a step back and let Andrew be responsible and to advocate for himself.
We love that not a minute was ever wasted during practice, the team worked hard and they learned a lot of skills and plays to use during the games. We want to thank you for being fair, and for recognizing what Andrew had to offer to the team during games. We were so proud of him for talking to you about playing time, and he earnestly wanted to know what skills he could work on to become a better player. He is excited to be playing for his school team and CLCF, and he knows that the more he plays and practices the better he will be when the spring season starts.
It can’t be helped but we wish the season was longer, the boys were just starting to really get to know each other and to really play as a team. We loved having Coach Josh last spring, but we hope that you will be coaching the team again-the relationships between the boys and with you were just starting to be built, and it seems that the team would only benefit from staying with the same coach each year.
We wish you a great season with your school team. Thank you again for your time, commitment to the team, and for a great season.
Sheri and Matt
I want to just say thanks for coaching Nate and the 7th Blue team this Fall. I am grateful. In the past few years, Nate has bounced around from competitive soccer, lacrosse, and travel basketball. Last winter, he made the decision to concentrate on basketball. We looked into all the local AAU programs - and I am happy to say that I am glad we found the RI Magic program. From what I have witnessed and heard elsewhere, the Magic program looks to be the most structured and professional. The Magic program stands out from the others as trying to nurture the boys and prepare them for success.
Nate has had many coaches in lots of sports. Your (and Josh Keys) method of coaching is definitely best for my son. Nate responds to your calm, professional, non-yelling communication style. This style makes my son work hard without being afraid to make a mistake. He believes you are a voice of experience and therefore wants to follow your instructions to help better his play and the team's play. Thanks again.
Thank you for a great first season and AAU experience! Joe didn't want it to end! He really learned a lot and felt so comfortable with you and your original team right away! What a great bunch of boys! I am sure we will see you in the spring and now it is on to rec and travel basketball.
Thank you again!
-Jen and Joe
My wife and I want to take a minute to recognize two exceptional coaches in your program, Henry Coleman and Rich Norris. We feel fortunate to have met them through the Magic program. Both possess exactly what you are looking for in a coach for your children: a great rapport with the boys, a true love of teaching the game, positive, direct, provide constructive criticism and last but not least, a strong focus on developing a complete player. We cannot say enough good things about them, and wanted to share our feedback with you.
Gary and Jenn
I would like to say Thank You for providing such a great program. From the enthusiastic coaching to the organized clinics, I was extremely impressed. My son Ethan's coach, Dean Brugnoli, was fantastic with the kids. It was Ethan's first time in the program and I didn't know what to expect. To say he was thrilled to go to the clinics, practices and games would be an understatement. We knew nobody coming in but felt welcome from the get go. He made new friends and at the end of one of the tourneys, as soon as we got in the car for the long ride home, turned to me and said "I really love playing for this team". Sold...that's what its all about. Thanks again for a wonderful experience. Can't wait for next year.
Logan enjoyed his time with the team and thinks very highly of you as a coach and is very excited you will be returning as 8th grade coach in the spring. Appreciate everything you did for the boys this season on and off the court. I especially want to thank you for how you treated Logan during his injury....the get well card was very thoughtful and being able to hang with the team meant a lot to Logan and to me. You're a class act in my book. Thanks again.
Thank you so much for coaching this fall season. Jack had a great experience with you as his coach and the Magic program. Jack learned so much from you. We loved watching how you interacted with the boys. During games you were so encouraging to the team and never missed an opportunity to give positive praise. Thank you again for a wonderful experience for parents and players
I just wanted to send you a quick note about our son. I know you didn't coach him in the spring, but ever since then, I have seen dramatic changes in his ability to process things and without a doubt, he is a better basketball player. I just wanted to say thank you for being a good coach for him and being hard on him at times and giving him a chance to just make mistakes other times. He is a better player and kid because of it! Thank you.
I just want to thank you for a great week of Magic camp-Andrew really enjoyed it- and he learned a lot. He was exhausted every day-which is a good sign! Having fun and working hard! The whole RI Magic organization had had a huge impact on Andrew. He loves basketball, and started playing only a couple of years ago, so he has had a lot to learn. Having the opportunity to work with so many great coaches and players has been a great experience. He has learned so much, and we see his confidence growing.
Coach Norris did an awesome job last fall with his 7th grade team. His style of teaching and coaching was just what Will needed to fall in love with the game and strive to get better. My wife and I loved the way he communicated with the boys in practice and in games. I wanted to share the positive experience Will and we had last fall.
Joshua had a great experience this week and was so glad to participate in this clinic. When I “drilled” him (in a motherly way) about what went on each day he told me the drills were tough and challenging. He was glad since he really wants to get to the next level of skill. Previous summers he has been to basketball summer camps and they weren’t what he needed since it included beginners. Thank you to you and your coaches for a well spent week.
I just want to pass along some feedback about my son’s experience with the RI Magic AAU basketball program. We were new to the program in the spring of 2016 and did not know what to expect. After playing in the spring and then just finishing up the fall AAU season, we have seen such tremendous growth in our son. He has progressed so much, not only in his basketball skills but in his knowledge and understanding of the game, as well as his fitness level and intensity. I attribute all of that to the structure that the RI Magic provides. The skills sessions on Mondays are absolutely first class and have taken our son’s game to a whole new level. We were skeptical that he’d be able to keep up with the fast pace that some of the more experienced players at his age maintain but the positive reinforcement from all coaches at the skills sessions, not just his own, really drove him to want to excel. I can’t say enough wonderful things about this program. They truly care about player development and they want the kids to develop a love for the game. Thank you to Dave and all of the coaches at the RI Magic for making this such a great experience.
We had a wonderful first experience with AAU. Jason was an incredible coach and the boys improved so much from the first practice to the final game. Jason was always motivating and encouraging to the boys and even when the team was losing he always made sure they had a great time. Thanks again for a great season!
Thank you Coach Norris for your dedication and hard work this season. You are an awesome coach, but also a great mentor to the boys! This was Trent’s first season with Magic and I must reiterate how impressed I was with how quickly the boys bonded and came together as a team. They had great team chemistry on and off the court. As a parent, it felt good to see the boys always supporting one another and exhibiting great sportsmanship. This didn’t end with the players, either. The team parents were cheering on and encouraging the successes of each player, as if they were their own son. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to get to know these boys and their parents throughout the season. Trent grew so much as a player during this season. This is truly a testament to your coaching and encouragement. He is a much more confident player and his skills have noticeably improved. Thank you so much for taking extra time with him outside of regular practices and for seeing his potential.
Want to thank you for a great spring season with the Magic. It was Gary's first time and he greatly enjoyed the experience and will be back in the fall. With your great coaching knowledge and passion he has learned a lot and we appreciate all you have done. Thank you.
It was a great experience for us. Jack played on Henry Coleman’s 7th grade boys team and he was fantastic. As you may recall, Jack accepted his spot late because of conflicts with baseball and soccer this spring . Coach Coleman was very understanding and handled things great with Jack. He ended up making about ½ to 2/3rds of practices/tourneys and learned a ton. Coach Coleman was fantastic with the boys and very fair in how he handled a roster that increased to 11 as the season went on. I would highly recommend your program and Coach Coleman. Jack is going to try out for the fall team where is going to be able focus more on basketball and have fewer, if any, conflicts.
This was Luke's first year with the Magic. Mark Bonneau is his coach and it was a wonderful season! We are thrilled that Luke had the opportunity to play in the 5th grade team! We are looking forward to the next season!
Thank you RI Magic & especially coach Coleman for a fantastic experience this spring. The skill sessions & the practices were terrific and really helped my son develop as a player. From the top down, this club is well organized & run by great people, very impressed after finishing our 1st season with RI Magic.
I have to tell you once again, Skyler loves this team, I haven't seen him this into the game, not just playing but always watching games and on the internet into how to improve his game. I can tell how excited he is for tourneys and being with all the boys, they seem to be bonding well, on and off the court. We do appreciate your time with him and the team, you go beyond just teaching the game. I have to say signing up for AAU, I was a little weary being he would come in as the new kid, but seeing him eager to learn and play and loving the game more than ever, I have to say thank you! Wish we joined sooner!!
Our son has been a member of RI Magic with David Tedeschi, Jeff Kurbec and Richard Norris since the Spring of 2014. Ryan’s basketball skills and level of play have come leaps and bounds since participating in RI Magic! Ryan is growing into a disciplined, hard working, confident young man thanks to his experiences with the RI Magic Program. Coach Tedeschi’s philosophy does not only apply to what Ryan does on the court, but how he carries himself in school, with friends, even his healthy diet! Coach Tedeschi expects nothing less than 100% effort and dedication to team. He has provided Ryan with experiences that will stay with him long after his basketball career is complete and he supports him unconditionally year round not only during basketball season. Ryan’s Magic team has become his family, and ours as well. RI Magic is the perfect balance of intensity, fun and teamwork. Ryan has had opportunities to play in games and tournaments that have challenged him as a player and a person. He is learning life lessons and we will be forever grateful for the opportunities Coach Tedeschi and the RI Magic program have given him. I would encourage anyone who is looking for an amazing basketball and life experience for their child to enroll them in RI Magic Basketball today!
-The Bonneau Family
Playing with the RI Magic has been the most developmental influence for our son Will as a basketball player. More importantly, the Magic has been a terrific influence in his growth as a person. Coaches Tedeschi, Kurbec and Norris have taught Will how to be a better player and teammate, as well as the value of hard work and accountability. He has made many new friends and strengthened existing friendships that he will have for life. To say that he looks forward to practices and games would be an understatement, and the same holds true for the rest of our family. In a time where players are jumping from program to program looking for individual accolades, the RI Magic stands apart as successful, team first organization.
-The Rywolt Family