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The New York Ave Classic – 15th Year Anniversary Kick-Off

The New York Ave Classic – 15th Year Anniversary Kick-Off

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The 15th Annual Metroball New York Ave Classic Summer Youth Streetball Tournament is scheduled to kick off on Saturday, June 20th. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!! Slots fill up fast and are limited, so register ASAP!!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER YOUR TEAM

We are kicking off this year’s tournament with help from Intersport, who hosts the TV Show CITY SLAM.  This year, The New York Ave Classic has been chosen  as the site in Washington DC  where City Slam will host their Slam Dunk Contest.  They will bring in Professional Slam Dunk Contestants from around the world that will be competing for a cash prize!! This event will be featured on ESPN2 along with highlights from the games played at the New York Ave Playground. Brisk, 7-11, Shoe City, Pepsico, & UnderArmour are helping to make this event HUGE!!  There will be giveaways and prizes for all in attendance.

Everything Kicks off on SATURDAY, JUNE 20th!!  You don’t want to miss this!!!  Save the date!!

2015 Metroball DC 17U AAU Team

2015 Metroball DC 17U AAU Team

Metroball DC 17 & Under AAU Travel Team just got back from a great showing at the King James Shooting Stars Tournament in Akron, Ohio. They made it to the finals out of the 166 teams that competed in their division. This is the second big event this year that they made it all the way to the finals. The previous one was the Big Shots Certified DC, where they earned the title of the #1 17U Team in DC and Ranked 17th in the country according to the Big Shots Rankings. In Ohio, They were the only team not from Ohio to make it to the final four. Look out for this team to make it’s mark this year. Take a look at our schedule:

2015 AAU Team Pic

 

 

17 – Under AAU Team Travel Schedule

Dates Tournament Location
Apr 11-12, 2015 Big Shots Certified DC Washington DC
Apr 24-26, 2015 King James Shooting Stars Akron, OH
May 2-3, 2015 Big Shots Richmond w/Team Loaded Richmond, VA
May 16-17, 2015 Southern Jam Fest Hampton, VA
May 30-31, 2015 Big Shots SPOOKY NOOK Manheim, PA
June 12-14, 2015 Rumble In The Bronx Bronx, NY
June 20-21, 2015 DMVElite Media Series Bowie, MD
June 27-28, 2015 DC Metroshowcase Boyds, MD
Jul 11-13, 2015 Big Shots Certified Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach, SC
Jul 17-19, 2015 Summer Jam Fest Manheim, PA
Jul 24-26, 2015 Las Vegas FAB 48 Las Vegas, NV

 

 

Metroball 17 & Under Team

 

 

17 – Under AAU Team Roster

 

No. Name Height Position School Grad. Yr.
0 Watts, Anthony 6’5″ Center Wise HS 2015
1 Yisrael, A’mon 6’1″ Guard Theodore Roosevelt HS 2016
2 Galvin, Darren 5’11” Guard Chelsea School 2016
3 Ezeani, Dominic 5’9″ Guard Good Counsel 2016
4 Bolding, Darell 5’5″ Guard Fairmont Heights HS 2016
5 Moore, Derek 5’10” Guard Eleanor Roosevelt HS 2016
6 Greenfield, Saadiq 5’8 Guard Dunbar Senior HS 2016
7 Barnett Jr, Michael 6’3″ Guard National Collegiate Preparatory 2016
8 Carter, Ricardo 5’11” Forward Eastern Senior HS 2016
9 Green, Kierell 6’7″ Forward IDEA Public Charter 2016
10 Johnson, Demetrius 6’2″ Guard Good Counsel 2016
11 Rogers, Daquan 6’3″ Forward National Collegiate Preparatory 2016
12 Pickett, Jamarko (KD) 6’8″ Guard Eastern Senior HS 2016
14 Rogers, Dominique 6’9″ Center National Collegiate Preparatory 2016

Metroball DC AAU Teams Shine at PV Spring League Tournament

Metroball DC AAU Teams Shine at PV Spring League Tournament

 

Metroball DC 9th Grade Team

Metroball DC 9th Grade Team

Metroball DC 10th Grade Team

Metroball DC 10th Grade Team

Congratulations to 3 of the Metroball DC’s AAU teams for their great play in the Potomac Valley Spring League. The 8th Grade, 9th Grade, and 10th Grade boys teams made it to the championship games after a hard fought season of league play against some of the DC area’s best teams. The 10th grade team only lost one game all spring at Potomac Valley while the 8th and 9th grade teams struggled early on but finished strong late in the season to earn a spot in the Championship.

Even though the only victory in the championship came from the 10th grade team, all 3 teams played very hard and represented well. As an organization, this marked the first time that Metroball has had 3 teams finish so strong in league play. Look out for these teams and the newly formed Metroball DC 10th grade girl’s team as they play throughout the summer season.

Metroball feature on Channel 4 News

Metroball feature on Channel 4 News

This is the Metroball Youth Outreach program feature on Channel 4 News:

Ward 7 ANC Commissioner Teams up with Metroball to bring Youth Sports Program to S.E.

Ward 7 ANC Commissioner Teams up with Metroball to bring Youth Sports Program to S.E.

Metroball with Ward 7 ANC

Newly Elected ANC Commissioner Wendell Felder met with Kevin “Moose” Jones Co- Founder of Metroball Youth Outreach to discuss ways the program can impact the youth in S.E. Metroball is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 oragnization that focuses on at risk youth in Washigton, DC. Sports are used as a mechanism to capture the youth’s attention. Metroball is a program that focuses on middle and high school youths which is where a growing number of youths are either falling through the cracks at school or already entangled with the juvenile court system. Metroball’s goal is to break the habits that are leading to trouble or deviant behavior in schools and in the streets.

Metroball programs are FREE of charge to all youth participants. The organization operates solely from fundraisers, grants, and donation.

Metroball Program Video

Metroball Program Video

Here is a video of our tournament and program.

Shoe City

Shoe City

Shoe City has supported the Metroball New York Ave Classic Summer Tournament and our youth for the past 3 years.  We are proud to have Shoe City as one of the major Sponsors that help our programs to remain successful.

Metroball Kicks Off Another AAU Season

Metroball Kicks Off Another AAU Season

2015 6th Grade MTB AAU Tip OffYes it’s that time of the year that we all look forward to here at Metroball. This year is extra special because over the winter, Metroball has been able to assemble a total of 4 Teams (6th, 9th, 10th, & 11th Grades) and are still building 4 more teams which also include girls.

Three of the 4 competition-ready teams saw their first AAU action this past weekend at the More Than Basketball AAU Tip-Off Tournament at Wilson HS in DC. Anticipation was high to see what the new 9th & 10th grade teams were going to do. The 6th grade team has been playing almost every week since October, so they were the most prepared and it showed.

Both 9th and 10th grade lost their first games by double digits. New coaches Angela Richmond (Head Coach – 10th Grade) and Derek Norman (Assistant Coach – 9th Grade) felt that their teams did not play up to their potential. This was expected since they are a new team and trying to get to know each other. After a brief talk to both teams by Coach Tony, both teams put forth a much better effort in their remaining two games. Unfortunately, the damage was already done with their loss in the first games. So neither team was able to advance out of their pool. 9th grade did show some promise and will compete in the Potomac Valley League. 10th grade did give a better effort but in the end, did not have the personnel to keep up with the level of competition. The 10th grade team will be tweaked and be ready for the next tournament in a few weeks. The coaches agreed that they were missing a few pieces but have a core group that they could build on. The remaining players will be trained and conditioned on a development team.

The 6th grade team had secured a spot in the Championship game by handily winning their first two matches. One included a win over a team that was much taller than they were. With the spot in the championship game secured, Coach Tony let the bench play most of the 3rd game and allowed them to have fun. They played a good Baltimore Elite Team but still only lost by 1 point. The 6th grade team was the only team to make it to the championship game on Easter Sunday.

The game was a rematch against E-Dynasty, a team that they already defeated by double digits. By half time, Metroball DC 6th Grade was up by 12 and seemed to be on their way to winning the championship. A few mental mistakes, bad calls, missed free throws, and great shooting by E-Dynasty turned this game into a brawl. By the last few seconds, the game was tied. E-Dynasty made a difficult go ahead shot with 4 seconds left on the clock. With no timeouts left and having to go the full length of the court, Metroball DC 6th grade attempted a half-court shot at the buzzer and missed. There went the championship. This was a humbling experience for this talented team and there is nothing but great things in the future for them. Look for this team to do big things this year.

The 11th grade team will see it’s first action at the Big Shots Certified Tournament April 11-12.