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Frequently Asked Questions

What is The AAU?

The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) is one of the largest, non-profit, volunteer, sports organizations in the United States. A multi-sport organization, the AAU is dedicated exclusively to the promotion and development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs. Find out more about the AAU by CLICK HERE and browsing the different sport pages of the website.

What are the benefits of joining AAU?

Some of the many benefits include affiliation with one of the most respected and oldest youth amateur organizations in the United States, opportunities to participate in outstanding sporting events, over 34 sports to choose among, world-class insurance coverage is included in your membership at no additional charge, coaches’ training at no additional charge, ability to host events if you are a club level 2 or 3, right to participate in the governance of the organization, dedicated volunteers and staff for your specific sport, a wide variety of events at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Walt Disney World Resort® and many, many, more.

How much does it cost to be a member of the AAU?

For a regular Youth Athlete Membership the fee is $14/year, which runs from September 1 to August 31. For a regular Non-Athlete Membership the fee is $16/year. The AAU does offer different levels of individual membership as well as an Adult Program. For a complete pricing list of all AAU Memberships, please CLICK HERE and click on the Membership Fees tab .

How do I join the AAU - I am an athlete?

If you are an Athlete interested in competing in the AAU you must first become a member. To purchase your Athlete Membership Click Here to create an account and fill out the athlete membership application. 

How do I join the AAU - I am a coach?

There are two things you’ll need to do in order to become a coach. Please see those steps below.

  1. You will need to purchase a Non-Athlete Membership. The cost of a membership is $16 for regular membership or $18 for the extended covedrage membership. This card is for coaches, bench personnel, adminstrators, managers, officials, tournament directors, volunteers, etc.
  2. As part of the membership process for all adults, you must agree to a background check.  This is included in the membership fee - there is no extra charge.
  3. The AAU National Office is happy to provide FREE Coaches’ Education for all AAU non-athletes. This exciting program is administered by Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), using their Double-Goal Coach online courses. A Double-Goal Coach has two goals: the first is to win, but the second, more important goal, is to teach life lessons through sports. The Positive Coaching Alliance Coaches’ Education is mandatory.   Click here to get started

How long is AAU membership valid?

AAU Membership is valid from September 1 to August 31. No matter the time of the year the membership is purchased (unless it is a multi-year membership) it will only be valid until the following August 31.

I purchased the wrong membership. I bought the regular membership, and I need the extended coverage (AB) membership, How can I change this?

Due to insurance restrictions this cannot not be processed online. You will need to call the National office at 407-934-7200 and tell the receptionist you would like to upgrade your individual membership.  You will need to provide payment information for the additional $2.00 fee.