About Us

Our Mission

CULTURE SHOCK BASKETBALL CLUB is a grassroots basketball program that participates in competitive basketball tournaments locally and regionally, as well as AAU Basketball and other nationally governed events. We are based out of Meridian, Idaho , but we cover the entire Treasure Valley and surrounding cities and counties. Our focus is to develop student athletes on and off the court, in hopes of helping the athletes navigate their basketball goals. We strive to make sure all athletes leave a better player and cultivate leadership skills that will transfer to other aspects of their lives.

Our Philosophy

The Culture Shock Basketball Club Philosophy can be broken down into three main goals:

  • To give our athletes the necessary skills to perform successfully in basketball and life. The competitive athletic experience in all grades can enhance social development, physical health and teach life values such as respect, teamwork and responsibility.
  • To enhance each athlete’s skills to better equip them for their short and long term goals with basketball.
  • To pursue athletic scholarships for those players that have the desire, athletic ability and academic standing to play at the collegiate level.


Each grade level consists of 7-10 players chosen from the tryout process. Depending on the athletes that participate in the tryout process, we will identify the team as a Premier team or a Competitive team. It is our goal to find an appropriate level of competition for all of our players, regardless of their team placement.

Elite Team

This team is made up of players with advanced fundamental skills who have committed themselves to becoming the best basketball players possible. These players have excelled in the competitive tournaments in the state and are among the best in their age/grade. They have committed to playing a longer season and have put forth the effort beyond what is available locally. The Culture Shock Club staff is very careful in placing an athlete on a team that best fits their individual skill level so they can play and develop.

Competitive Team

This team is made up of players committed to developing their skills in order to play competitively and to achieve the goal of being placed on the Elite team. This team will participate in local tournaments. They will focus on fundamentals and prepare to excel at a higher level of competition. These players are continuously evaluated by coaches and directors for proper placement so they can excel. The purpose of the development program is to provide in-depth instruction on player and team development beyond the local tournaments.


Culture Shock Basketball Club offers an extensive basketball season for the serious basketball player. Listed below is a tentative season schedule:

  • Tryouts are in August
  • Skill development opportunities are available through out the year 
  • Teams begin in November and go thru February.
  • Spring, Summer, & Fall Basketball is available for most grades
  • Regularly scheduled practices are 2-3 times a week, Monday thru Thursday
  • All practices are 90 minutes in length
  • Elite & Competitive Teams play at least 2 tournaments per month
  • Younger teams & developmental teams play in 1 tournament per month.

Commitment from players and parents is vital for the success of the player and their team. An uncommitted athlete is unfairly occupying a position that a committed player would love to occupy.

Missed tryouts? Contact us, we would love to chat with you to see if you might be a good fit for our club.

Schedule & Fees


Teams will practice 2-3 days a week for an hour and a half during the season. There will be skill development opportunities and camps when our season is not in session. Practice will be selected based on availability but will be mostly conducted at Boise and West Ada School District gyms. If a player can not attend practice for any reason, we expect communication to the head coach prior to practice. 

Player Selection  

  • Players are evaluated during each tryout by coaches and evaluators. The evaluation process includes assessment of individual skills, footwork, passing/catching, and game concepts.  
  • Prospective players are encouraged to attend as many tryout sessions as possible to allow the opportunity for us to attain a true assessment of his/her talent, skill-level, & potential
  • Returning Culture Shock members are asked to attend at least one tryout session for evaluation in order to guarantee placement on a team


Families are expected to pay monthly club dues on the first of each month. Dues vary based on what team you are on. Dues cover facility rental, business operation cost, fees for 2 tournaments per month, and coaching stipends. Travel costs are not included in the monthly dues.  


If you are a family seeking our financial aid, please reach out to one of the directors listed below. Families must be willing to discuss personal and financial matters with a member of the financial assistance committee and provide financial documents if necessary to evaluate financial need. A member of the financial assistance committee will contact the parent within 3 days of submitting the application.