One Of New Jersey's Largest Basketball Clubs

Basic Information

Why Choose the Jersey Cardinals?


With so many organizations to choose from, you may ask yourself why the Jersey Cardinals.  For starters, we are one of the largest and most successful girls AAU basketball programs in the state of NJ. We are nationally recognized as the best recruiters and developers of TOP talent in our area.


Kristen Somogyi, program founder and president, knows what it takes to succeed as a scholar athlete. She is New Jersey’s All-Time leading scorer (for both women and men) with 3,899 high school career points. She is a Kodak All-American, a USA today All -American, a Gatorade NJ Player of the year and a 3-time Parade All-American. She played Division 1 College basketball and as a member of the 1993 UVA ACC Championship Team and a member of the NCAA Elite 8. She also led Rutgers in assists, 3-point shooting and foul shooting.


After college, Kristen began to build the Jersey Cardinals organization and has been developing top talent ever since.  Twelve years ago, she began with two teams and has grown the organization to 8-10 teams annually.  She is the author of Knack Coaching Youth Basketball, the first full color, quick reference, visually organized guide to the game which is used by AAU coaches nationwide.

The Jersey Cardinals players also benefit from the expertise of the organizations co director, Mary Klinger.


Mary Klinger is the Head Coach for the Rutgers Prep Girls Varsity Basketball team. She has captured 10 Prep B state championships and 5 Somerset County Tournament championships.  She was a member of the 1982 Rutgers National Championship Team, a Nike All-American Camp Director, a Selection Committee Member for the WBCA & McDonalds All-American Team. In addition, she was a McDonald’s All-American Team Head Coach in 2011 and an Assistant Coach for the 2014 USA Basketball Women’s U17 World Championship Team. And last but not least, she is a Nike Skills trainer and coaches the Jersey Cardinals 8th grade team.

The wealth of experience and knowledge of the game from the Cardinals directors comes through in the program. Players receive extensive skill work, learn team concepts and sportsmanship. Although it’s a team sport, each player is held individually accountable for their own development and are taught responsibility and discipline. The Jersey Cardinals employ coaches who are committed to developing each player to their highest potential. Regardless of how far into the future your daughter wants to play basketball, if she works hard, she will improve in this program.

Kristen and Mary have long standing and highly respected relationships with college coaches at every level (Divisions 1,2 & 3). The Cardinals program has sent scores of kids on to play at the collegiate level.

Additional 2019 Season Information:


The Jersey Cardinals organization has two primary goals: Development and Exposure. This program focuses on fundamental skill development and player improvement throughout each season. Players have the opportunity to play on very competitive teams, which participate in high level, exposure-based tournaments. Each player is given individual instruction and college guidance.

·        Two Weekly Team Practices ·        Maximum of 10-12 players per team
·        Highly Qualified Coaches ·        Dedicated, High Level Players
·        Competitive Teams ·        Intense, Skill-Driven Instruction
·        Focus on Student Athlete ·        Positive Learning Environment
·        Large Organization, Nationally Recognized ·        College Preparation & Recruiting Program as applicable


We will look to communicate general Cardinals information on the Jersey Cardinals website at so be sure to check it regularly.  Team specific information will come from your team manager and/or coach.

Program Fees and Forms:

Unless specific payment agreements have been made with Kristen Somogyi , the cost of the program is $825 for all age groups. Please also note that a discount is applied to program fees for siblings. (Sibling cost is $500). Registration will take place at Rutgers Prep.  On that day, the deposit will be due and players will try on uniforms.  Date TBD.

ALL players are required to have a uniform and a reversible practice jersey. Returning players may use last years uniform and practice jersey.

If a deposit is not received by  the deadline, we will assume you are declining your spot on the team and it will be offered to a player on the wait list. Any payment issues should be directed to Kristen Somogyi at

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Also, parents are required to submit a medical release

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