|District News - 2005
AAU LEAGUE TO BEGIN PLAY SEPTEMBER 19 AT ISLAND GARDEN
|AAU is for everyone and not just young athletes. The
AAU MENS BASKETBALL LEAGUE begins play September 19th and
is open to all adults. For further details, contact Jim
Fox at 516-351-6642 or 516-292-4956.
YORK METROPOLITAN TEAMS ENJOY BANNNER YEAR AT 2005 AAU
BOYS BASKETBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENTS
|In addition to being represented by over
44 teams and 500 athletes, New York also made its mark
in terms of success this summer at the AAU National Championships.
We wish to congratulate the following teams for excelling
against the best in the country:
9U Division l - New
York Gauchos - 3rd Place
9U Division ll - Riverside Church - CHAMPIONS
11U Division l - Long
Island Lighting (Dingle) - 3rd Place
13U Division l - Team Next - 5th Place
13U Division ll - Long
Island Lighting (Fisher) - 12th Place
14U Division l - New
York Gauchos - 4th Place
16U Division l - Long
Island Lighting (Walsh) - 6th Place
16U Division ll - Venom
Sports - 2nd Place
16U Division ll - Long
Island Lighting (Sheehy) - 4th Place
This was by far the most success that New York teams have
realized during a single year. Congratulations to all the
teams and a sincere word of thanks from the local AAU Administration
for representing New York in such an honorable fashion.
REPORT - Boys Basketball teams...
|The Boys Basketball National Championships
have now been completed for 2005. Contrary to our earlier
report, our District actually sent 44 teams to participate
in AAU Championship events throughout the country this
summer. Over 500 male athletes represented the New York
Metropolitan District this year. The Gauchos organization
sent the highest number of teams with six. This is a tremendous
number of teams and athletes considering that teams and
organizations must fund their own travel and participation
in these national events. Despite such a burden, the athletes
return with great memories of competing against the top
players from all around the country. It is something that
each and every player will never forget regardless of the
actual wins and losses at the tournaments.
total of 41 Boys Basketball teams...
|A total of 41 teams from the New York Metropolitan
District participated in various AAU National Championship
Boys Basketball Tournaments held throughout the country
this summer. An additional 7 teams were invited to compete
in the AAU National Showcase Tournaments this month. We
are very proud of the over 500 athletes who represented
New York in these high caliber tournaments. The Gauchos,
Westchester Hawks, Metro Hawks and Long Island Lightning
each sent a total of five teams to the National Championships.
In addition, the Metro Hawks had three teams participate
in the National Showcase events while the Gauchos had two
and the Long Island Lightning and Westchester Hawks each
had one team.
York Teams Excel in 13U Boys Basketball National Championships
|If the first two National Championship Tournaments of
2005 are indicators of what is to come, New York will enjoy
a banner year. In tournaments concluded on July 3rd in
Memphis, Tennessee, Team Next captured fifth place in the
13U Division I for the entire country. Their only loss
occurred in the Quarter Finals of the Championship Bracket
while they were victorious in seven games. Long
Island Lightning finished in twelfth place in the country
in the 13U Division II National Championship Tournament
that also was held in Memphis, Tennessee this past week.
They completed this competitive event with a record of
four wins and three losses. Over forty teams from New York
will participate in AAU National Basketball Championship
Tournaments held throughout the country this summer. Watch
this site for more highlights.
Metropolitan District Track & Field Championship
|The District Championship results have been posted. Click
Here to view them.
from Cecil Watkins re:Basketball City Tournaments
|TO: All AAU Boys Basketball Teams FROM: Cecil Watkins
NY Metropolitan Boys Basketball Chairman RE: Basketball
It recently came to my attention that Basketball City was
advertising their tournaments as AAU tournaments. This
is not true. If your team participates in non-sanctioned
AAU tournaments, please be aware that you are not covered
by insurance unless you purchased the Added Benefit Coverage
(AB) when you registered each one of your players. This
is a very serious matter and we do not want you to be misled
by this false representation. If you have any questions,
please call Jim Fox at 516 292-4956 or John Geosits at
about Basketball City Tournaments
|WARNING Basketball City Tournaments Are NOT AAU Tournaments
Basketball City continues to represent their Basketball
City Classics as AAU Tournaments. They are Not Sanctioned
AAU Tournaments. Insurance Coverage Associated with participation
in AAU Sanctioned Events is NOT in effect at these tournaments.
To protect your teams always check the sanction number
of an AAU Event. AAU sanctioned Events will always be listed
on the National AAU website: Click
Here or the Local AAU website: Click
Here You may also use this flyer to hand out to your
coaches and players: Warning
for the 35th Annual Sports Foundation City Game
|Tryouts are open to all Boy and Girl basketball players
who attend a city school. (Private or Catholic). Tryouts
for the Boys are March 21, 28, and April 11, 2005. The
times are from 4pm-8pm. The tryouts will take place at
Hostos Community College; 475 Grand Concourse, Bronx NY.
Tryouts for the Girls will also take place at Hostos Community
College. The next two dates are March 22 & 24 from
5pm-8pm. To play in the City Game all players must have
a 2.0 GPA and/or a 820 on the SAT or 17 on the ACT. Boys’ Press
Girls’ Press Alert: Click
The Game Flyer: Click
Here For more information call 718-665-9585.
|The following players from the NY Metropolitan
District have graduated from the Staten
Island Rebels Program and have been awarded D1 Scholarships
to date for 2005:
Best Wishes, Tom Cavanagh
- Rachel Hudec (St. John Villa)
- Sacred Heart University
- Elizabeth Gruber (Notre Dame Academy)
- Sacred Heart University
- Helen Swartley (St. Joseph Hill)
- Wagner College
- Kristy McLean (Poly Prep) - Bentley
To view other college signings, please visit our College
|There will be a very important
meeting for all Boys’ Basketball club
directors and coaches on Sunday, February 13th at 11:00
AM. The meeting will be held at the Island Garden Basketball
Arena located at 45 Cherry Valley Avenue, West Hempstead.
Please contact Jim Fox at 516-292-4956 if you have any
Announces Regional Meet Dates
|ALL ATHLETES MUST BE REGISTERED
2005 AAU MEMBERS
The AAU Developmental Meet -
on 4/30/05 will be day of event registration. There
are no pre-registration required. The fees are $6.00
per event and $12.00 per relay.
The District Qualifier Meet -
on 5/22/05 will be held at Mitchel Field Athletic
Complex, Uniondale, NY 11553 from 9 am-3 pm.
All teams and athletes must register at Direct
Athletics. Registration opens April 12,
2005 and closes May 12, 2005.
Entry fee: $15.00 per individual athlete and no fee for
relays. To register: click
The AAU Regional Championship Meet – on
6/17,18 and 19, 2005 will be held at St. John's University,
Utopia Pkwy, Jamaica, Queens, NY. Only the top 6 finishers
from the 5/22/05 District Qualifier are permitted to
participate and they must have registered by the end
of the day on 5/22/05.
Entry fee: $18.00 per individual and no fee for relays.
Please visit our sports’ page for
additional information regarding our teams, programs and
For assistance, please email Brenda
Basketball Announces Regional Championship Dates
|The Regional Championships will begin
the weekend of April 8 and continue through the end of
May. Check for the exact dates for each age division by clicking
Division 1 Flyer: click
Division 2 Flyer: click
Division 1 & 2 Registration form: click
The AAU Regional Championships offer an opportunity for
teams to qualify for the most prestigious national tournaments
in youth basketball - the AAU NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS. Teams
can compete to earn a spot in either the Division l or
ll Nationals. Last year our region was represented by over
forty teams in the AAU National Championship Tournaments
throughout the country.
All tournaments are held at the Island Garden in West Hempstead.
Contact Jim Fox at either 516-292-4956 or firstname.lastname@example.org for
more information and registration materials. All participants,
including coaches, must be AAU registered members.
There is no better local or national competition than AAU
Regional and National Championship Tournaments. Register
as soon as possible to avoid being closed out.
|01/10/2004 – We
support New York City’s bid for the 2012 Olympics.
Will you join us?
|Excited about an Olympic Game
and Paralympic Games in New York City?
Will you be ready for an Olympic and Games in New York
City in 2012? New York is competing with four other cities
to host the Olympic Games in New York in 2012. The other
competing cities are London, Paris, Madrid and Moscow.
In order to have the Olympic Games come here, New York
has to prove that it has the best Olympic Plan of all the
competitors. On July 6, 2005, The International Olympic
Committee, 117 people from all over the world, will vote
for the city with the best Olympic Plan.
The New York Metropolitan District of the Amateur
Athletic Union is helping New York City’s
Bid Committee, NYC2012, the group who is leading the
Olympic Bid effort and creating the Olympic Plan to recruit
volunteer Information Ambassadors to
show their support and enthusiasm for hosting the Games
in New York.
The task of the Information Ambassador is to help NYC2012
demonstrate New York City’s passion for the Olympic
Games by spreading the word and the excitement throughout
the city, to encourage your family, teachers, schoolmates
and friends sign up on their website as Information Ambassadors. http://VOLUNTEER.NYC2012.COM
Sign up NOW
The New York Metropolitan District of the Amateur
Athletic Union encourages everyone who supports
an Olympic Games in New York to make their choice known
by signing up at http://VOLUNTEER.NYC2012.COM.
Make sure to select AAU –NY Metropolitan as your
Organization/Company on the right side of the webpage.
In 2012 you will be ready for an Olympic and Paralympic
Games in New York, and so will New York City. Add your
name and telephone number to the NYC2012 website and join
the thousands of volunteers who want to see New York City’s
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