|District News - 2014-2015
Boys Basketball - Gosh Warriors, From Yonkers... at the AAU Nationals
the past several years, Tracee Jamison (the Lieutenant
Governor of NY) and her sister, Angela, have taken their
teams, the GOSH Warriors, to AAU Nationals in such states
as Florida, Arkansas and this year to Louisville, Kentucky.
The coaches and players do a tremendous job in representing
New York at the highest level in terms of ability, behavior
and sportsmanship. We are very proud of the GOSH Warriors
and their coaches. The following is a brief article that
the coaches wrote about their experience in Louisville
at the 16U Division ll Boys Basketball AAU Nationals last
Going to AAU Nationals is always an exciting experience
for the G.O.S.H. Warriors family. The level of competition
never leaves us disappointed. Every team comes to “ball” and
every team comes to WIN. The G.O.S.H. Warriors team had
a true turning point during their “Kentucky Experience.” This
team has had different pieces of a puzzle that never
seemed to come fully together. The talent was evident
and the desire was obvious. Our team has tried a number
of different combinations of talent to try to bring out
the level of consistency and competitiveness to which
our fearless leader, head coach of our team, Coach Tracee,
It was in Louisville, Kentucky that the G.O.S.H. Warriors
team found their true “heart.” No, we didn't
win every game that we played, but the team has finally
realized that not only did they work hard to get to
Nationals, but they also deserved to be there because
of that hard work. Adversities did not triumph over
our team. We played as a team and we were victorious
in more ways than one. Many of our players felt like
Kentucky AAU Nationals was one of the best events they
have experienced. They really enjoyed the fact that
everything was located in one venue and the level of
professionalism and organization was very much appreciated
as well. Although our team just finished this AAU season,
they are already looking forward to next year’s
AAU Nationals tournament, which will hopefully remain
in Louisville, Kentucky.
Boys Basketball - Tremendous Representation at AAUNationals..
During a year when there has been a significant decline
in teams participating in AAU Nationals throughout the
country, NY Metropolitan Boys Basketball sent a remarkable
66 teams to various AAU Nationals.
Lightning Basketball led the way with 11 teams with the
Gauchos running a close second with 9 teams. The Rens also
were represented in a significant fashion with 7 teams.
NY Metro sent at least one team to 26 of the possible
28 Divisional National Championships, which has never
previously been done by our District.
We are also very proud to report that Lightning Mitchell
finished in Second Place in the 14U Division ll Nationals,
the New York Falcons finished in Third Place in the 13U
Division lll Nationals and the NY Gauchos placed Third
in the 8U Nationals.
We are very proud of all of our teams' representation
of New York on the National Stage.
Boys Basketball Chair
NY Metropolitan AAU
Boys Basketball - NY Metropolitan Basketball Report 2015...
2015 was another successful year for NY Metropolitan AAU
Boys Basketball. We had a growth of 2% in membership
over 2014 to date. This is a great accomplishment in
that most other districts have experienced substantial
losses in membership and district championship participation.
We continue to be the fifth largest district in Boys
Basketball in the country. Our participation in District
Championships was down from 337 in 2014 to 315 this
year. This was a significant drop over past years.
This was in large part due to the change in age eligibility.
We continued to employ a person who made dozens, if
not hundreds, of calls to communicate with club directors
and coaches to answer general AAU questions and try
to attract teams to District Championships. We also
began a social media initiative that still needs more
time to attract a sufficient number of followers. We
also utilized the AAU email system on a regular basis.
Without these efforts, I believe our numbers would
have been substantially lower.
Despite the drop-off in District Championship participation,
our overall membership was up over 2%. This was the result
of the licensing of the large Island Garden Super League
as an AAU league. We mandated that independent teams
join the AAU for insurance coverage. This, in turn, led
to an increased participation in some AAU Spring tournaments,
if not necessarily District Championships.
As far as the operation of the events, they were completed
without significant incident. We did uphold two eligibility
protests resulting in forfeits and the elimination of
those teams from competition. Actually, it is my opinion
that such action enhances the credibility of our events.
It sends out a clear message that we do not tolerate
cheating or improper behavior and are very willing to
take immediate, fair and decisive action. I do not know
of any other tournament in the area that takes such an
approach. In particular, there was one team which was
declared ineligible and removed from advancing to the
National Championships. Of significant note, we established
that the director of the club and one of his players
submitted false government identification. This matter
continues to be under investigation and we are recommending
to the AAU that criminal charges be pursued against that
individual. It is believed that this is absolutely essential
for the credibility of the background screening program.
The New York Metropolitan AAU District Championships
culminated on Memorial Day with our annual Championship
Monday. That day was again a huge success. Both the Island
Garden and Brewster facilities were filled with tremendous
energy and large crowds. It was a day characterized by
great basketball, the tradition of NY AAU and fantastic
partnership of children and adults of all ages, races
and socio- economic backgrounds who come together to
enjoy AAU basketball. The best description of the day
was offered by a nationally respected basketball expert
when he appropriately characterized the event as “BALL
FOR ALL”. We also incorporated a fund raising program
on that day during which we sold AAU shirts that were
purchased by the District and donated 100% of the proceeds
to the Wounded Warriors Project. A $1,000.00 check was
sent to that charity which assists injured military veterans.
Everyone loved participating in that donation. This was
a wonderful thing in and of itself but it also generated
outstanding good will for the AAU.
In all, both membership and very positive perception
as it pertains to AAU continue to grow in the New York
Metropolitan area. There is a concern, however, about
the continuing drop off in District Championship participation.
This, I believe, will be a trend that will reverse itself
once people become more accustomed to the new age eligibility
requirements. That AAU rule change will greatly benefit
the AAU over the long run and it is a long overdue policy
change which I applaud AAU for taking such bold action.
My opinion is shared by the large majority of coaches
and program directors.
One final thought ---- picture Championship Monday.
Literally hundreds of young athletes and their parents
and coaches coming together in one location draped with
AAU banners throughout. Everyone loves to play or watch
the great game of basketball as a member of AAU which
is the best organization for young athletes in the country.
The air conditioning cannot keep up with the crowds but
everyone is happy to be there. It does not matter what
your job or income is, where you live or what race or
religion you are. What is important is that everyone
is here in the gym to play AAU basketball. Most of those
in attendance would rather be in the gym watching their
son, brother, grandson than anywhere else. AAU BASKETBALL
IS ALIVE AND WELL IN NEW YORK
Submitted by Jim Fox
NY Metropolitan AAU Boys Basketball Chair
June 10, 2015
Boys Basketball - ...TRADITION GETS SPECIAL ADD-ON IN 2015...
|NEW YORK METROPOLITAN
BOYS BASKETBALL TRADITION GETS SPECIAL ADD-ON IN 2015
For the past 22 years, New York Metropolitan has played
the championship games for each age group and division
of its Boys Basketball District Championships on Memorial
Day. This has grown into one of the premier events
on the New York basketball calendar! Each player is
told before their game that they are now are part of
a very special group of New York basketball players
since anyone who is anyone coming out of New York played
at the AAU Championship Monday event at one point in
their career. A total of 31 games were played at the
Island Garden and the Brewster Sports Center. Both
facilities were completely packed and the excitement
was phenomenal. The games went off without a hitch,
the sportsmanship was outstanding and the competition
was truly impressive.
Since NY Metropolitan AAU Championship Monday is played on Memorial Day,
we honor those who have served or are currently in our military.
This year we sold tee shirts that the District purchased. We charged only
$5.00 per shirt and were able to sell over 125 shirts. Every penny from
those sales plus an additional donation from the NY AAU Treasury came to
$1,000.00 which was donated to the Wounded Warriors Project to assist those
veterans who have given so much for all of us.
It was a donation that came from the hearts of all the participants of
It was a great day for AAU Basketball here in New York. We look forward
to continuing this tradition for many years to come. AAU Basketball is
alive and strong in New York.
(Article on AAU Site at:
Girl's Basketball - New York Metro Girls Basketball in Need of Support!
Metro Girls Basketball in Need of Support!
A Statement from Jim Fox, Governor:
The New York Metro district has been facing some trials
when it comes to the development and retention of our
girls’ basketball division. With a growth of
only 3% this year, we need to find a new way to bring
in new athletes to our programs.
Our DI and DIII championships were canceled over a
lack of participation, and DII only has two teams going
onto AAU Nationals.
Our district has always produced athletes that have
shown the AAU community how talented our district is
and we need to get Girls Basketball back to that level
of competitive achievement. The District attempted
to have a National Regional event to try and catalyst
new members and larger participation, but a lack of
“We are concerned for the future viability of
AAU Girls Basketball both on a district and National
level. This issue is something that other AAU organizations
are dealing with as well.”
As a whole we would like to encourage players, old,
current, and perspective, to help us in a revival of
what was once a premier sport to come out of our district.
We are in high hopes of coming back full force next
season, but we need your help!
Baton Twirling - INew York Metropolitan
is proud to support one of our premier Twirling teams ...
New York Metropolitan
is proud to support one of our premier Twirling teams who
will be going to Abbotsford Canada this summer to represent
Team USA in the WBTF International Cup Competition.
These individuals have shown incredible effort and dedication
to their sport over the years and their hard work has
certainly paid off with this incredible opportunity.
Our District is proud to support these young women in
their journey and hope that our other teams will join
us in wishing them Good Luck!!
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