History of The Central Jersey Hawks
The Central Jersey Hawks Basketball Club began in 1990 with the
formation of a 12 & under boys basketball team. In 1995 our
girls program began with 3 teams. Today the CJ Hawks have 22 Boys
and Girls teams in 2 through 12, with the purpose of
providing our youth the opportunity to showcase their basketball
talent in addition to learning teamwork, sportsmanship and academic
The CJ Hawks have won 3 National AAU Championships, have
finished in the top 4 in the nation 7 times, and 14 have finished in the "sweet 16" in the
National AAU Championships. The CJ Hawks have also won 49 NJAAU
Association Championships. In addition, there have been numerous
top finishes in prominent national tournaments throughout the
The Central Jersey Hawks Basketball Club is now recognized by
college coaches, scouts, and basketball publications as one of the
elite programs across the country. This fact is demonstrated by the
roster of former CJ Hawk players who have
played in and are now playing in the NCAA.
The Central Jersey Hawks season generally runs all year, with the
exception of the high school season (Thanksgiving to March 15th).
Younger teams usually begin in February after grade and travel team
seasons end. Each individual team coach decides on game and practice
schedules. For a complete list of coaches and their respective teams
click on the team's link on the list at left.
The Shore Shoot-Out Basketball Tournament, sponsored by
the CJ Hawks, is held over the Memorial Day holiday weekend for
girls and the following weekend for boys. The tournament has grown
to one of the largest and most prestigious basketball events of the
country. Last year over 270 teams participated in over 480
games over a three day period.
The Central Jersey Hawks Basketball Club is a participating
member of AAU and also a proud member of the Kid Safe program
wherein every coach is fingerprinted and has a background check run
by the NJ State Police and FBI.
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