Learn from the Professionals!
The MAVS Basketball Club is a competitive youth basketball program for 4th through 8th grade boys and girls in Encinitas, California. The program is led by Coach Arvid Kramer. Kramer is a former NBA and European basketball player who has played at the highest levels of the sport. His coaching and team management experience includes Telekom Baskets in Bonn Germany, where he took the team to the German championship; La Costa Canyon High School; Diegueno and Oak Crest Middle Schools; and Mira Costa College.
A high percentage of MAVS players have gone on to play varsity high school basketball at La Costa Canyon High School, Torrey Pines High School, San Dieguito Academy, Canyon Crest Academy, Carlsbad High School, Sage Creek High, Tri City Christian, Santa Fe Christian, and other schools.
Kramer-coached players have gone on to play college basketball at many different schools including San Diego State, University of San Diego, University of San Francisco, San Francisco State, UCSD, University of Michigan, Pepperdine University, Westmont College, Arizona State University, Winthrop College, Northern Arizona University, Cal State San Marcos, Chico State, Tulane, University of Texas, and Columbia.
Multi-sport players are welcome! We do our best to accommodate every player’s busy schedule.
Our philosophy is simple:
Every young player deserves to enjoy their passion.
For more on the MAVS coaching and program philosophy, click here.
The MAVS Basketball Club is well known for our personal touch. All teams are primarily coached by Coach Kramer. He also runs most of the practices, so he gets to know the students quite well.
Since 2006 over 350 young people have participated in the program. A majority of our players are with the club for 4 or more years.
There is a place for every player in the MAVS organization. We don’t cut players. In order to provide each player with the best possible experience, a tryout is held at the beginning of each season. We provide two participation options:
- Competitive Team Players practice twice a week and play on a team commensurate with their grade and playing level.
- Practice Players also practice twice a week, but do not play on a team due to preference or scheduling issues.
Whenever possible, we field multiple teams at each grade level so that players of all levels have an opportunity to play. Currently we play in two different leagues – the San Diego Sol League and the Thrive San Diego League. Games are held each weekend. We may also attend tournaments in order to play against different and higher level competitors. Game locations and maps can be found here.
In practices, Coach Kramer focuses on team skills, offensive and defensive skills, and game strategy. Fundamentals are also stressed. All grades practice twice a week. Practices are held primarily at the Encinitas Boys and Girls Club on Encinitas Boulevard or at Stagecoach Park in South Carlsbad. Practice locations can be located here.