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District News - 2015-2016

12/17/2015
Boys Basketball - DATES FOR DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS...

1- DATES FOR BOYS BASKETBALL DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS - AGE BASED -

DIVISION l:
8U – April 15-17 @ Gauchos Gym
9U – April 15-17@Gauchos Gym
10U - April 29 – May 1
11U - April 29 – May 1
12U - April 29 – May 1
13U - April 29 – May 1
14U - May 6-8 @Gauchos Gym
15 U – 9th Grade - April 29 – May 1
16U – 10th Grade - April 29 – May 1
17U – 11th Grade – May 13-15
19U – 12th Grade – April 29 – May 1

DIVISION II:
9 U - May 6-8
10U – May 13-15
11U - MAY 6-8
12U - MAY 13-15
13U - MAY 6-8
14U - MAY 13-15
15 U 9TH GRADE - MAY 6-8
16 U 10TH GRADE - MAY 13-15
17U 11TH GRADE - MAY 20-22

DIVISION III:
10U - MAY 20-22 @ ISLAND GARDEN
11U - MAY 20-22@ ISLAND GARDEN
12U - MAY 20-22@ BREWSTER SPORTS CENTER
13U - MAY 20-22@ BREWSTER SPORTS CENTER
14U - MAY 20-22 @ BREWSTER SPORTS CENTER
15U 9TH GRADE - MAY 20-22 @ BREWSTER SPORTS CENTER
16U 10TH GRADE - MAY 27-29 @ ISLAND GARDEN
11TH GRADE - MAY 27-29 @ ISLAND GARDEN

Teams can register by calling Jim Fox at 516-351-6642. Discounts for organizations with multiple teams.

2- DATES FOR BOYS BASKETBALL DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS - GRADE BASED

In 2016, NY Metropolitan AAU will be hosting a grade based district championship for the first time. Teams participating can advance to a separate AAU National Championship this coming summer.
DATES:

5TH Grade – May 13 -15
6th Grade – May 6-8
7th Grade – May 13-15
8th Grade -- May 6-8

All District Championships will be played at the Island Garden or nearby facilities.
Teams can register by calling Jim Fox at 516-351-6642. Discounts for organizations with multiple teams.

3- NY METROPOLITAN BOYS DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS WILL ADD SPECIAL BENEFITS TO MAKE IT AN EVEN BETTER EVENT THAN EVER BEFORE.

We are always trying to make the experience of participating in the Boys Basketball District Championships the highlight of your local schedule. We have always offered the opportunity to play more games, a championship playoff format, theonly way to advance to the great AAU National Championships, closely supervised tournaments that place emphasis on legitimate eligibility and AAU registration, great venues, constant monitoring of officials, the famous CHAMPIONSHIP MONDAY and so much more. In 2016, we will be adding text messaging for all communications before, during and after the event. Additionally, we will be doing live streaming of selected games at just about every division that is hosted at Island Garden. Our goal is to make the AAU District Championship open to everyone at multiple age, grade and ability levels while also making these events the most fun filled, competitive and best run events possible. We will provide "all the bells and whistles" and the teams will provide the great basketball.

DIVISION l:
8U – April 15-17 @ Gauchos Gym
9U – April 15-17@Gauchos Gym
10U - April 29 – May 1
11U - April 29 – May 1
12U - April 29 – May 1
13U - April 29 – May 1
14U - May 6-8 @Gauchos Gym
15 U – 9th Grade - April 29 – May 1
16U – 10th Grade - April 29 – May 1
17U – 11th Grade – May 13-15
19U – 12th Grade – April 29 – May 1

DIVISION II:
9 U - May 6-8
10U – May 13-15
11U - MAY 6-8
12U - MAY 13-15
13U - MAY 6-8
14U - MAY 13-15
15 U 9TH GRADE - MAY 6-8
16 U 10TH GRADE - MAY 13-15
17U 11TH GRADE - MAY 20-22

DIVISION III:
10U - MAY 20-22 @ ISLAND GARDEN
11U - MAY 20-22@ ISLAND GARDEN
12U - MAY 20-22@ BREWSTER SPORTS CENTER
13U - MAY 20-22@ BREWSTER SPORTS CENTER
14U - MAY 20-22 @ BREWSTER SPORTS CENTER
15U 9TH GRADE - MAY 20-22 @ BREWSTER SPORTS CENTER
16U 10TH GRADE - MAY 27-29 @ ISLAND GARDEN
11TH GRADE - MAY 27-29 @ ISLAND GARDEN
Teams can register by calling Jim Fox at 516-351-6642. Discounts for organizations with multiple teams.

2- DATES FOR BOYS BASKETBALL DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS - GRADE BASED

In 2016, NY Metropolitan AAU will be hosting a grade based district championship for the first time. Teams participating can advance to a separate AAU National Championship this coming summer.
DATES:

5TH Grade – May 13 -15
6th Grade – May 6-8
7th Grade – May 13-15
8th Grade -- May 6-8

All District Championships will be played at the Island Garden or nearby facilities.
Teams can register by calling Jim Fox at 516-351-6642. Discounts for organizations with multiple teams.

3- NY METROPOLITAN BOYS DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS WILL ADD SPECIAL BENEFITS TO MAKE IT AN EVEN BETTER EVENT THAN EVER BEFORE.

We are always trying to make the experience of participating in the Boys Basketball District Championships the highlight of your local schedule. We have always offered the opportunity to play more games, a championship playoff format, theonly way to advance to the great AAU National Championships, closely supervised tournaments that place emphasis on legitimate eligibility and AAU registration, great venues, constant monitoring of officials, the famous CHAMPIONSHIP MONDAY and so much more. In 2016, we will be adding text messaging for all communications before, during and after the event. Additionally, we will be doing live streaming of selected games at just about every division that is hosted at Island Garden. Our goal is to make the AAU District Championship open to everyone at multiple age, grade and ability levels while also making these events the most fun filled, competitive and best run events possible. We will provide "all the bells and whistles" and the teams will provide the great basketball.

11/29/2015
Volleyball - THE 7th. ANNUAL NAV SHOWCASE...

The 7th. North Atlantic Volleyball Showcase... Another volleyball success!
Photos by: Steven Paul Whitsitt Photography

10/23/2015
NY Metropolitan - AAU LEADERSHIP CONFERNCE...

AAU LEADERSHIP CONFERNCE

Four of our Executive Officers attended the AAU Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida from October 14 to 17. We found the time well spent as it related to understanding the progress that the new administration has realized during its first year in office.
The most significant accomplishments that have been realized during the past year have been as follows:

1- Return of high school age National Championships and Showcases to the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando. This is a huge correction over the poor practices of the past administrations;
2- A great deal of improvement was made in upgrading the website, registration and licensing processes;
3- The hiring of an Executive Director, a Social Media Coordinator, Marketing Director and a Graphic arts Coordinator;
4- The successful passage and payment of a dividend to districts from the annual profits of the entire organization. These monies are meant to develop membership and enhance the quality of the programs for AAU;
5- The start of a major strategic program plan for Boys and Girls Basketball that will address the problems and challenges that face us at the present time;
6- New programs in Boys Basketball designed to increase membership- AAU Basketball League, Grade Based District and National Championships and a new emphasis being placed on camps and clinics;
7- The appointment of Director of Development whose responsibility to assist districts in building and retaining memberships as well as addressing any obstacles that detracts from the effective operation of a district;
8- The introduction of West Coast Junior Olympics and other west coast national basketball championships;
9- The opening of a West Coast Office for AAU that will be located on the Disneyland property in Anaheim, California. This will be the base of operation for the new initiative to expand AAU to the western part of the country.
10- The appointment of Steve Marcellino from our district as General Counsel for the AAU. This was an outstanding selection based on Steve's experience, expertise and commitment to AAU.

Most of all, the energy, enthusiasm and skill of President Goudy was such a tremendous improvement. He is a man who wants to do the right thing for the benefit of each and every player and coach. The large majority of attendees at the conference came away with a strong sense of appreciation and confidence for President Goudy.

Jim Fox

10/23/2015
Boys Basketball - TOWN HALL MEETING SCHEDULED FOR...

BOYS BASKETBALL TOWN HALL MEETING SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 4 AT 7:30. aLL ARE INVITED

There is so much happening in AAU Boys Basketball. It is a good time to meet to get information out to everyone as well as discuss any suggestions you may have that we could incorporate in our planning for the upcoming season.

THE MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH AT 7:30 PM AT THE ISLAND GARDEN.

The agenda items thus far are as follows: dates and locations for district and national championships, AAU Leagues, insurance coverage, return of high school age championships to ESPN Wide World of Sports, new grade based district and national championships as an alternative to age based, clinics, camps, 3 on 3 competition, discounts from Eastbay, assistance with completing administrative requirements and so much more.

We are very active in introducing new programs to AAU. The new leadership in AAU Headquarters is completely supportive of our efforts to make sure the AAU remains the top amateur sports organization in the country.

Please save the date for this important meeting.

Call me if you have any questions.

Jim Fox
516-351-6642

10/12/2015
Athletics - X-COUNTRY MEET RESCHEDULED TO OCTOBER 18...

CROSS COUNTRY MEET RESCHEDULED TO OCTOBER 18

Due to severe storms on October 4, the District Cross Country Championships have been rescheduled to October 18 at Cunningham Park In queens.

The walk through is scheduled for 9:00 AM and the race will begin at 10 AM.

The entry fee is $6.00 and all must register on Coach O up until October 16.Any questions, please call Coach Hop at 718-949-5511.

10/12/2015
Athletics - CHANGE IN DATE FOR INDOOR CHAMPIONHSIP...

CHANGE IN DATE FOR ATHLETICS INDOOR CHAMPIONHSIP

Due to a scheduling conflict at the host site, we had to move the Indoor Championships to January 10, 2016.

10/12/2015
Basketball - ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS FOR WINTER LEAGUE...

AAU BASKETBALL LEAGUE ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS FOR WINTER LEAGUE

The Island Garden Super League, which is beginning its 22nd year will run from November 15,2015 to March 15, 2016. This league is a licensed AAU event for both boys and girls. Teams from 3rd through 12 grade (9U-18U) are invited to participate.

Coaches can select a schedule from 10 to 24 games with flexible times and days. There are three levels of competition at each grade.

Champions at each division will qualify to participate in the AAU National Championships in the Summer of 2016.

For more information, call Jim Fox at 516-351-6642

10/12/2015
Athletics - IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE UPCOMING YEAR...

NY METROPOLITAN ATHLETICS ANNOUNCES IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE UPCOMING MEMBERSHIP YEAR

Mark your calendar for the following key dates for events being operated by NY Metropolitan Athletics and its very busy Sport Director, Rhonda Hopkins:

District Championship - November 21, 2015 at Cunningham Park.
Indoor Championship - January 3, 2016 at the New Balance Armory in NYC
NY Metropolitan Awards Banquet - April 2, 2016 at Thomasina's Catering Hall in St. Albans, Queens.

For more Information, contact Coach Hop at 718-949-5511.

10/10/2015
Boys Basketball - HOST NEW AAU BASKETBALL LEAGUE...

NY METROPOLITAN BOYS BASKETBALL SELECTED TO HOST ONE OF THE WEEKENDS FOR THE NEW AAU BASKETBALL LEAGUE IN 2016. IT WILL BE KNOWN AS TBL.

AAU Boys Basketball will be introducing a league competition in 2016 for 12U through 14U. There will be three conferences throughout the eastern section of the United States; Northeast, Atlantic and Southeast.
Each team will play on four weekends beginning in March and continuing into mid- June. The League will have talent evaluators and a dedicated website for all league functions.

Lightning Basketball has been asked to host the April weekend of the series. The weekend will be April 16-17. There will be only 16 teams accepted in each age group.

The League will culminate in a weekend playoff to crown a champion in June.

We are both honored and excited to have been selected to be one of the hosts for the ground breaking competition.

For more information, contact Jim Fox at 516-351-6642.

10/10/2015
Boys Basketball - SEPARATE DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS...

NY METROPOLITAN BOYS BASKETBALL WILL HOST TWO TOTALLY SEPARATE DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS IN 2016 FOR TEAMS THAT ARE AGE BASED AND/OR GRADE BASED

Last year, the Boys Basketball Executive Committee changed the eligibility rules to age only. This change was applauded by most but not all. As a result, some teams did not return to AAU for the 2015 season because of the structure of their team. This year, the AAU has expanded their competition to allow teams to make a choice between age or grade based teams as we do not want to lose any of our loyal teams and members.

We here in New York Metropolitan have decided to expand our District Championships to allow for separate grade based championships (and qualification for separate Nationals) as well as age based championships in 2016.

A team can now choose by what criteria (age or grade) they wish to compete in AAU in 2016. This is in keeping with our AAU vision of "Sports For All Forever". We simply want to include everyone who wants to play AAU.

We will be releasing more information about NY Metropolitan District Championships shortly. In short, AAU rules will still cover age based but for those teams that want to play based on grade, there will be SEPARATE DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS AND NATIONALS.

10/10/2015
Volleyball - HOSTING A RECRUITING COMBINE FOR HS GIRLS...

NY METROPOLITAN VOLLEYBALL WILL BE HOSTING A RECRUITING COMBINE FOR HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS ON NOVEMBER 29 AT THE DOWNSTATE VOLLEYBALL FACILITY IN PEEKSKILL

Click HERE for additional information.

10/10/2015
NY Metropolitan - LEADERSHP CONFERENCE IN ORLANDO...

FIVE NY METROPOLITAN LEADERS TO PARTICIPATE IN LEADERSHP CONFERENCE IN ORLANDO THIS WEEK.

Governor Jim Fox, Secretary Karen Cammer, Registrar Jeff Hammer, Girls Basketball Chair Jon Lawniczak and Boys Basketball Assistant Chair Al Morales will represent our district at an important National AAU Strategic Planning Workshop to be held from October 14-17.

There is much to get accomplished, especially in dealing with issues of growth and planning in boys and girls basketball, national website problems, creating a planning strategy for the next two years and so much more.

It will be a very busy four days. We will report back tot he District membership upon our return.

10/04/2015
Volleyball - 7th Annual North Atlantic Volleyball Showcase

The 7th Annual North Atlantic Volleyball Showcase is now open to female high school Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors and Elite Freshmen, regardless of club or high school affiliation, if you are a freshman you must have completed one year of either varsity or club play.

Click HERE for additional information.

10/04/2015
Volleyball - FREE Volleyball clinic and information session was a success..

FREE Volleyball clinic and information session was a success

The season's first AAU Volleynall clinic conducted by, Dan Altro (our district's Volley Sports Director),

Congratulations to Dan Altro, our district's Volley Sports Director, on his first AAU Volleynall clinic.

The event appered to be quite successful. An estimated over 100+ athletes, both girls & boys, attended. The athletes seemed to enjoy it and their parents were quite pleased (those that I surveyed). Kudos!

09/24/2015
Volleyball - FREE Volleyball clinic and information session

As the Governor of New York Metropolitan AAU, I am committed to building the tremendously popular sport of volleyball in our area. It currently is the second largest sport in all of AAU and it is time to get on board here in New York. We have accomplished our first goal and that was in finding an effective leader who is experienced and committed to the sport of volleyball. The new District Sports Director for Volleyball is Dan Altro who is the operator of the Downstate Volleyball Sports Center in Peekskill. Dan already has a full agenda of events planned for the current membership year.

His first AAU event will be a free clinic that will be held on October 4. The details are as follows: FREE Volleyball clinic and information session at the Downstate Athletic Center! Learn about AAU Volleyball and Downstate Juniors. Join our information session and meet our Director and amazing staff. Ask questions and learn how playing in an AAU Club can help young athletes become stronger and better prepared for high school and college. Our free clinic will be held Sunday, Oct. 4th.

FREE 9th and younger: 4 PM to 6 PM

FREE Varsity athletes and 10th and older 6PM to 8 PM

FREE Boys, all ages: 7 PM to 9 PM Information sessions will be held on the 4th at 5:30 PM and 8 PM.

Additional Information Sessions: Sunday October 18th at 5:30 PM Monday, October 19th at 6:30 PM Wednesday, October 28th at 6:30 PM

Downstate is based out of various High Schools throughout Westchester County as well as our headquarters the Downstate Athletic Center (DAC). As a show of our AAU District support, anyone who attends the free clinic will receive a 2016 AAU membership at no cost to the athlete or his/her family. This covers the AAU athlete registration requirement up to August 31, 2016. This is a tremendous opportunity to be introduced to AAU Volleyball by Dan Altro who has been one of the most experienced and successful leaders in the sport. We hope that you will join us on October 4 at the Downstate Athletic Center in Peekskill.

Jim Fox
Governor of New York Metropolitan AAU

09/22/2015
NY Metropolitan - FINAL 2015 MEMBERSHIP YEAR NUMBERS

NY Metropolitan AAU had an outstanding year in 2015 (Membership Year ends on August 31, 2015).

Overall, total membership increased by almost 2,000 over the previous year. Total district membership for the year was 19,851. The leading sport continues to be boys basketball that finished just short of 9,000 members which is an increase of 460 over 2014. We realized tremendous growth in both ice hockey and inline hockey.

New York Metropolitan is the 11th largest district in the country and Boys Basketball is the 6th largest district.

Our goal for the new year will be to break 21,000 total members and to increase in every sport. Boys Basketball will have to be over 10,000 in 2016.

Click Here for the final 2015 membership numbers by sport.

Thank you to all the loyal New York AAU members.

Jim Fox
Governor

09/17/2015
NY Metropolitan - NY METROPOLITAN AAU ESTABLISHES A SECOND HOME AT THE NEW YORK ATHLETIC CLUB
Did you know that the AAU was actually founded right here in New York City at the New York Athletic Club by James Sullivan in 1888? That fact is celebrated each year when the AAU hosts its prestigious Amateur Athlete of the Year Award, The James E. Sullivan Award, each April.

New York Metropolitan AAU, through its Governor Jim Fox, now has full access to the NYAC for meetings and to host out of town business partners and AAU leaders.

It is yet another step forward in showing that we are one of the top organizations in both the New York area and the country.

09/17/2015
Athletics - NY METROPOLITAN ATHLETICS CHAIR RHANDA HOPKINS HOSTS MEETING ATTENDED BY NATIONAL CHAIR CHARLES OLIVER

On Friday, September 11, a group of 30 coaches and club representatives met at the beautiful Thomasina Catering Hall in St. Albans, Queens to review the past season and plan for the upcoming season. NY Metropolitan Governor Jim Fox and AAU National Athletics Chairman Charles Oliver (Coach O) were the invited speakers. This two hour meeting developed into a lively and extremely productive meeting.

Coach O became very involved with the various issues while offering his complete commitment to moving forward by dealing with the various issues that were brought to his attention. AAU Governor Fox pledged his support for district initiatives especially as they pertained to marketing and publicity as well as a year end banquet that is crucial tot he success of athletics in our district.

This was an extremely productive meeting that produced a plan as well as generating support from AAU leaders. A huge congratulations is extended to Rhonda Hopkins who not only put this all together but also was very effective in framing the issues that had to be dealt with!

09/17/2015
Basketball - NATIONAL AND LOCAL LEADERS ATTEND THE NYC BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME DINNER AT THE NEW YORK ATHLETIC CLUB ON SEPTEMBER 16

NY Metropolitan Governor Jim Fox has pledged to do everything he can this year to enhance the image and perception of AAU here in New York. All too often we are mentioned in newspapers in a very negative way generally as it relates to poor behavior of a coach who actually has never been an AAU member. While we work to refute those erroneous stories, the stain remains! We have decided to do as much as we can to enhance our image and get out in the community and spread the word of the great work that is being done by our 20,000 athletes and coaches.

An excellent opportunity came our way on September 16 when the NYC Hall of Fame inducted 9 people who truly earned the status of legend. We were able to mingle with the most important people of the past five decades in NYC basketball. Our message was clear to those in attendance - AAU has both the top athletes as well as some of the most hard working, reputable and dedicated leaders in youth sports.

National AAU leaders such as Jeff Hammer (National Finance Chair) and Steve Marcellino (National Legal Counsel) were in attendance. Local leaders closely connected to AAU Basketball such as Governor and Boys Basketball Chair Jim Fox, Board of Review Chair Bruce Eiber (our local basketball historian), Girls Basketball Chair Jon Lawniczak, Lt. Governor Joe Armenio and Associate Boys Basketball Chair Dwayne Mitchell were all in attendance. Other guests from the college coaching ranks with strong affiliations to NY AAU as well as Lightning Basketball coaches filled our two tables totaling 24 people.

The highlight of the night was the acceptance speech of Coach Bob McKillop form Davidson College. Coach McKillop not only has strong ties to New York City Basketball where he was well known as one of the fiercest competitors to ever step up to a park basket but also one of the most successful coaches ever to come out of New York. Coach also is very close to NY AAU where he has continuously found talented players and assistant coaches over his magnificent career covering over three decades and still going strong.

It was a great night for AAU to show who we really are to literally dozens of the basketball elite from New York City.


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