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May 31, 2022 -- Overwin Basketball Academy has opened a new office in Salem, Ohio and has scheduled a free youth basketball skill and conditioning clinic for boys and girls ages 10 to 15 from 9:00am to 10:30am and for boys ages 13 to 17 from 11:00am to 12:30pm on June 25 at First Friends Church on Jennings Avenue in Salem.

Overwin Academy emphasizes the development of high level basketball skills with the ultimate goal of helping kids leverage those skills to increase their chances of getting into higher academic colleges than they might otherwise. There is a strong correlation between the academic reputation of the college and the level of income of the graduating student. Youth basketball coach and college admission consultant Harvey Rubin likes to tell his players, "There are three main reasons to go to college -- Jobs, Jobs, and Jobs."

We also believe that basketball can be for life. We teach solid basketball skills because the game is more fun for players when they play it well. Basketball is easy to learn, but it takes effort to get really good. When players get better at the game, they enjoy it more and realize they can play it for many years, and when their most competitive playing days are over they often want to be around the game by going into coaching or managing a community basketball program. Basketball For Life!

Overwin Academy was founded in 2020 in Darien, Connecticut by Tobias Ceasar and John Swetye. Coaches Ceasar and Swetye wanted to not only give high school players additional playing options, but to also address the alarming decline in fundamental skills of players due to the rise of AAU and grass roots basketball where the main focus is on winning tournaments, not on the development of skilled, fit, and highly proficient basketball players who understand the importance of academics. Coaches in the public high schools do not have the luxury of teaching solid fundamental skills year-round to their players due to the restrictive rules of public school athletic associations. The college rosters are filled with many more players from private schools than public schools because private school coaches can coach their players year-round. During basketball season, public high school coaches are also focused on winning more than teaching fundamentals because there simply is not enough time to do both. As a result, bench players get less playing time than starters and fall further behind. Therefore, it is up to players to improve their fundamentals skills on their own. However, it is asking a lot for inexperienced players to coach themselves up to the next higher level. The aim of Overwin Academy is to fill this gap and help players achieve their full potential.

Coach Ceasar is the former head coach and athletic director of The Master's School in Southbury, Connecticut -- a private school that emphasizes academics and competes in sports in the highly competitive New England Prep School Athletic Conference (NEPSAC). He developed high academic players who have gone on to play basketball at the NCAA Division One level. His most recent success is from one of his players who was recruited to play at Columbia University in the very competitive Ivy League.

Coach Swetye is a native of Salem, Ohio where he grew up watching many of the great basketball teams and players coached by legendary Ohio High School Hall of Fame coach, John Cabas.

Swetye was mentored by Bridgeport, Connecticut legend, Frank Oleynick who was a first round pick of the Seattle Supersonics of the NBA.

Swetye's oldest son, Zak, graduated Darien High School, a top ranked public high school, in Darien, Connecticut in 2017 where he achieved all-conference basaketball honors and helped lead his team to the most victories in 59 years. Zak also won a state championship in volleyball for Darien High School. He graduated from Xavier University in May of 2022 with a degree in marketing. He was a four year member of the men's basketball team which won the NIT Championship in 2022 and the final NIT tourney to be held at Madison Square Garden. All four years at Xavier he earned All Big East Academic Honors and made the Dean's List.

Swetye's youngest son, Zarek, graduated from Darien High School where he also played basketball and volleyball. His DHS volleyball team was undefeated and won the state championship. He was all-conference, all-state, the #1 ranked Setter in the state and #13 nationally, and was voted MVP by his teammates. He will be a freshman at the University of Arizona this fall.

For more information about the skill and conditioning clinic call John Swetye at 203-253-9668. Additional information about Overwin Academy can be found on their website at overwin.org.
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November 10, 2021 -- Overwin Academy is pleased to announce the addition of a middle school academy team in the Hartford region. Check back the weekend of November 12, 2021 for more details. Email us for more information using the Contact link at the top of the page.
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November 10, 2021 -- The Overwin Academy Post-Graduate team will resume operations in the 2022-2023 season. Tryouts dates will be announced in the spring of 2022. Email us for more information using the Contact link at the top of the page.
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Recruit The Bronx wrote the following profile of Overwin Academy during the 2021 pandemic-shortened season: http://www.recruitthebronx.com/index.php/news/news_details/9325

In the heart of Connecticut prep school basketball, a new form of college prep winter basketball is emerging. Borrowing from the European model of separating sports from academics, a team is being formed to play games against the high level basketball, independent prep school basketball academies such as Putnam Science Academy and Notre Dame-West Haven (Post Grad) and New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) powerhouses such as a St Thomas More School, South Kent School and Canterbury School.

Overwin Basketball Academy (http://www.overwin.org) was co-founded by Tobias Ceasar and John Swetye. They are forming a team to play against the prep schools, while leaving their players at their existing high schools to complete their academics. Ceasar is the founder of Baskademics.com and the former head coach and athletic director at The Master’s School in Connecticut (a NEPSAC AA school). Baskademics.com is a basketball training and consulting program focused on student-athlete placement with either a Post-Graduate school or college.

Ceasar and Swetye believe there is a population of public school and school of choice students, whose schools are members of CIAC, who would like to play on a high, college prospect level basketball team in a shot clock league. The student-athletes that they are focused on would prefer to remain enrolled in their current school to complete their academics rather than transfer to an expensive private school.

Overwin is currently scouting and recruiting players and plans to begin practices for the 2020-21 season shortly after Thanksgiving. They will play a minimum of 12 games. It is hoped that more than 12 games can be scheduled, but it depends on the pandemic and availability of viable opponents. There are too many unknowns surrounding the pandemic to create a firm schedule at this time. Overwin is putting the basic elements in place so that the team will be ready to take advantage of what will be available.

The cost to play on the team is subject to change depending on the number of games that can be scheduled. Most likely the cost will be $1,000* for a 12 game season plus two to three practices per week. The practice gyms will most likely be in South Windsor and Ansonia, but are subject to change depending on pandemic availability.

* The fee for a 10 to 12 game season plus pratices is $500.