"Swarm AAU, the country's largest AAU basketball program, is proud to announce that we have partnered with I AM 3RD Sports, in Lexington, Kentucky, as the newest addition to the Swarm family.
I AM 3RD is proud to launch its partnership with Swarm AAU in 2020. Through their camps, clinics and leagues, they’ve grown their grassroots program to become one of the most respected and largest basketball programs in Central Kentucky. I am 3RD is excited to offer its current members and surrounding community an opportunity to enhance their development through a trusted, national program.
Kentucky Swarm is the organizations 15th of 17 regional additions. The Swarm operate AAU basketball programs in 11 states including Kentucky. Swarm Basketball is under the direction of CEO Michael Byrnes. Kurt Steiner is the Midwest regional director and oversees Kentucky Swarm.
CEO Michael Byrnes has had a tremendous amount of success in growing Swarm Basketball nationwide, which now features over 275 teams across the USA. Mike’s main plan for Swarm is to teach players to play the game the “right way.” He plans to continue expanding throughout the country and giving more youth the opportunity to play basketball at all levels."
Our program aims to teach players the game of basketball through fundamental skills. In addition to teaching fundamental skills, we will guide our players to reach their highest potential as an individual player as well as a teammate. Players will understand terms such as respect, hard work, sacrifice, dedication, and commitment. In the end, it's our hope that each player will get maximum growth as a player and a person; and additionally, grow to love this great game of basketball.
Developed by former college coaches, our Swarm System has been designed to maximize the potential of our athletes while creating consistency throughout our program. Each coach emphasizes the importance of fundamental work while exposing their players to high level skills and drills when appropriate. We believe that mastering the fundamentals is paramount and is the foundation to any great basketball player. At the Swarm, we have a unique method of incorporating skill sessions with team, strategy, and conceptual instruction. We approach skill work with focus and enthusiasm, stressing to our players that development takes time and commitment. The vast majority of our coaches have extensive playing and coaching experience, some at the professional and collegiate level. We attribute our unparalleled player retention rates to our system and our drive to provide the best basketball experience for our players and families.
We are committed to helping every athlete in our organization achieve his or her goals while in our program and beyond. Many of our players aspire to play college basketball and we are committed to working with our players and families to find the best college fit for each student-athlete. We currently have players at the NCAA Div. I, II, and III levels at a wide range of academic institutions across the country. Our coaches and directors are frequently in touch with prep school, junior college, and college coaches.
The Spring of 2020 will be the first season out of Kentucky.
Every coach in our organization is USA Basketball Certified, undergoing educational and safety training provided by USA Basketball. Coaches are guided by the rules and regulations of the organization and strive to uphold the highest possible standard of professionalism. USA Basketball and Swarm Club Basketball are committed to teaching proper skill development in a positive and inclusive environment.
The Swarm Club Basketball program was founded upon the principle of teaching young athletes the fundamentals of the game while helping them grow into successful players and people. We create environments around the country that are conducive to learning and developing young players. From the CEO down through the organizations coaches, staff, and players, we strive to improve every day through an unwavering commitment to hard work. We believe that our constant pursuit of expanding our education, confidence, skills, and personalities makes us the best program in the country.