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It’s About Time, Coach Rob Nickens Joins Metroball Staff!!

It’s About Time, Coach Rob Nickens Joins Metroball Staff!!

Metroball Youth Outreach has been in existence for 17 years now and for more than half of those years, we have worked closely with the Head coach of Theodore Roosevelt High School, Rob Nickens.  Many of Roosevelt’s Basketball Alumni have started with Metroball very young and then attended Roosevelt High School where Coach Nickens developed their skills.  He has done so well with these youth that over the last 9 seasons, Roosevelt HS Boys have been to the DCIAA Championship Game 7 times!

Metroball has called on Coach Nickens to help prepare our Middle School youth and young freshmen to play High School Basketball at the highest level.  He will use his many years of High School experience to condition and develop the Metroball DC Local Team youth so that they will be prepared to play with the Metroball DC Travel Team.  Coach Nickens’ expertise is a very valuable asset to the Metroball Program.  He has always shared the same goals as our program, and has the commitment to the welfare of the youth he serves.

We look forward to a long term relationship with Coach Nickens and helping Metroball Youth reach their potential.  No matter where these kids ultimately choose to play High School Basketball, they will be up for the challenge.  We hope that they will choose a program like Roosevelt and make their contribution to the Milk House and Coach Nickens!!

Coach Nickens credentials – 3 DCIAA Regular on Conference Championships, 3 DCIAA Tournament Championships, 1 State Championship.  Roosevelt Over-All Record of 311-98!!  The only coach to win a championship at Roosevelt HS.

Metroball Partners with The DC Summer Youth Employment Program, Again

Metroball Partners with The DC Summer Youth Employment Program, Again

The Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP) is a locally funded initiative sponsored by the Department of Employment Services (DOES) that provides District youth ages 14 to 24 with enriching and constructive summer work experiences through subsidized placements in the private and government sectors. Employers in the Washington, DC metropolitan area make this annual program possible by volunteering to serve as Host Employers and providing structured job opportunities for youth during the summer.

Metroball Youth Outreach has been a partner with SYEP for more than 5 years now and this year is no exception.  We hire youth to help us manage and operate The Annual New York Ave Summer Youth Streetball Tournament from June to August each year in Washington DC.  In addition to the jobs provided through MBSYEP, Metroball also allows youth to work for Community Service Hours that can be used towards their required hours to graduate High School.

Here are the Metroball jobs offered through MBSYEP:

Each of our positions would require the applicant to work outdoors on Saturdays at the New York Ave Playground (100 Nst. NW). The New York Ave Summer Basketball League runs every Saturday during the summer and has over 500 youth that participate each year. We are looking for motivated individuals for the following positions:

 1) Job Number: 13785

   Position: Scorekeeper/Statistician

 DESCRIPTION: These applicants must be able to keep score for the games played. They must know how to use scorebooks to keep track of the official score, fouls, and time outs of each game. Must be able to work under pressure and be pay attention to details. This position is for SATURDAYS ONLY and runs for the duration of the summer.

2) Job Number: 13786

   Position: Sports Journalist

 Journalist

DESCRIPTION: Reporting on each game, writing interesting and creative stories about the participants in the League, and conducting interviews. These articles will then be posted to the Metroball website. These individuals will also create a weekly newsletter that will be distributed at the games.

This position is mainly for Saturdays but extra hours will be allowed to write articles, develop newsletters, editing, and posting to the web. Extra hours will also be allotted for writing articles about the Metroball teams and other company events.

Photographer

DESCRIPTION: Take pictures of the games, players, and the event. This applicant must have an interest in photography and work closely with the Journalists and Social Media Specialist to connect pictures with stories, articles, & blogs, & posts. These individuals should have their own High Speed Camera.

This position is mainly for Saturdays but extra hours will be allowed for editing pictures web. Extra hours will also be allotted for taking pictures of the Metroball teams and other company events.

Videographer

DESCRIPTION: Record video of the games and the event. Edit the video to create highlights that will be posted on www.metroball.org and YouTube. These applicants will work closely with the Journalists, Photographers, and Social Media Specialist to record interviews, connect video to the articles, pictures, blogs, and posts. Also create and record a weekly Sports Show about the League. These applicants should have some experience in recording and editing video. These individuals should have their own video camera.

This position is mainly for Saturdays but extra hours will be allowed to edit videos during the week. Extra hours will also be allotted for recording Metroball teams and other company events.

3) Job Number: 13787

   Position: Maintenance Crew

 DESCRIPTION: This position is for a crew that would be responsible for setting up and breaking down the equipment and supplies each week for the event. They would also be responsible for keeping the park clean of trash throughout the day. They will help with the general operation of the event. This position is for SATURDAYS ONLY and runs for the duration of the summer.

 

For more information about The Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program, Go To the MBSYEP Youth Portal

Former Metroball DC AAU Youth Signs with Ole Miss!

Former Metroball DC AAU Youth Signs with Ole Miss!

Former Metroball DC AAU youth Jamarko Pickett (#11) Signs with Ole Miss!!

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OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss basketball head coach Andy Kennedy announced the signing of three high school standouts, including a top-100 recruit, to national letters of intent Wednesday.

Jamarko Pickett, Devontae Shuler and Parker Stewart all signed national letters of intent to join the Rebels for the 2017-2018 academic year. The trio has the highest average player rating in school history according to 247 Sports.

“We are very excited about these three young men joining our program,” said Kennedy, the winningest coach in Ole Miss history. “We feel we added to the versatility of our current roster with the addition of three outstanding young players!”

Pickett, a 6-9, 190-pound forward, comes to Oxford from Massanutten Military Academy in Virginia. Originally from Washington D.C., Pickett averaged 17.0 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.5 blocked shots a game last year as a senior at Eastern High School for coach Emmanual Kakula en route to first team All-DCIAA honors. The No. 17 power forward in the nation according to Scout.com, Pickett was initially trained and played for Metroball DC AAU (3 Seasons) under Coach Tony Parry.  He played for various squads for 1 season (Team Loaded, Premier AAU, Metro All-stars, etc..).  He  averaged 14 points per game, while shooting 46 percent from the field and 39 percent from 3-point range on the summer circuit. He is averaging 20 points, seven boards and two blocked shots per game this season to help Massanutten and coach Chad Myers to a 3-0 start and a No. 10 national ranking. Pickett was named the biggest sleeper signee in the SEC by HoopSeen.com and chose Ole Miss over Arizona State, Creighton, Pittsburgh, Rhode Island and South Carolina.

“Jamarko is a long, athletic, versatile forward who can shoot the three, create off the bounce and protect the basket,” Kennedy said. “He a prime example of a kid being completely under the radar to blowing up with a strong showing on the AAU circuit in July. With added strength, his skill set is going to allow him to do big things at Ole Miss.”

A composite four-star guard, Shuler is rated the No. 100 player in the nation by 247 Sports and Scout.com and No. 104 by Rivals.com. A native of Irmo, South Carolina, the same hometown as Rebel legend Murphy Holloway, Shuler attended Irmo High School before transferring to perennial powerhouse Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia last season. As a junior, Shuler averaged 10.1 points per game and helped lead Oak Hill and legendary coach Steve Smith to a 45-1 record, including the Dick’s Sporting Goods National Championship. He leads Oak Hill with 14.8 points and 3.2 steals a game through five games this season and ranks second on the team with 16 assists. He averaged 12 points and three rebounds a game while shooting 49 percent from the field and 39 percent from 3-point range for Team CP3 on the 2016 EYBL summer circuit. Shuler was named the top shooting guard signee in the SEC by HoopSeen.com and chose the Rebels over Miami (Fla.), Oklahoma State, South Carolina and USC.

“Ole Miss has never signed a player from Oak Hill Academy,” Kennedy said. “Coach Steve Smith has been there over 30 years and has had unprecedented national success! They won their ninth national championship last season and Devontae was a big part of that run. Steve has said many times that Devontae may be the best on-ball defender that he has ever had at Oak Hill!  At 6-2, he is an explosive combo guard who we expect to have an immediate impact on our program next season.”

A 6-5 combo guard, Stewart is one of the nation’s top shooters. He averaged 19 points, six boards and two steals a game while shooting 51 percent from the field and 39 percent from behind the arc last season for coach Shane Sisco at Union City High School. Stewart’s sharp shooting helped lead Team Penny to the championship game of Peach Jam this summer and he was named the top shooting signee in the SEC by HoopSeen.com. Parker is the son of UT Martin head coach Anthony Stewart, who has more than 15 years of college coaching experience. He chose Ole Miss over Georgetown, Kansas State, Nebraska and Wisconsin.

“Parker is a big guard who can play any of our backcourt positions,” Kennedy said. “His size coupled with his outstanding 3-point shooting ability give us a chance to use him in a number of different ways. Parker comes from a basketball family and has a great understanding of how to play.”

Ole Miss tips off its 107th season of basketball Friday at 6 p.m. against UT Martin in The Pavilion. Season tickets are on sale now and feature an 18-game home schedule including nine SEC games. Fans can visit OleMissHoops.com for more information and to purchase tickets. Single game non-conference tickets are also on sale now. For more information, please call the Ole Miss Ticket Office at (662) 915-7167 or 1-888-732-8587.

A Time to Show Some Love

A Time to Show Some Love



show-some-love-circle-w-cfcThe Combined Federal Campaign Slogan this year is “SHOW SOME LOVE”.  As in previous years, The Metropolitan Basketball League aka Metroball Youth Outreach is a qualified charity on CFC and United Way campaigns.  With diminishing grant opportunities, your donation will go a long way to improve our youth programs.

Don’t forget that tax deductible donation before the end of the year!!

There are several ways to donate:

1) Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) – #25822 – (Metropolitan Basketball League)

2) United Way – #9836

3) Direct Donation – METROBALL DONATION PAGE

4) Amazon Smile Program – for every Purchase on Amazon.com, a small donation will be made to Metroball.  Go to SMILE.AMAZON.COM and designate Metroball Youth Outreach as your charity.  Order as you normally would. That’s it!!

For more than 16 Years Metroball has been a very positive force in the lives of over 500 youths each year in Washington D.C. With After School Basketball Skills Camp/Fitness programs, Amateur Athletic Union Basketball Teams (AAU), and our 10 week Youth Summer Basketball Tournament (the New York Ave Classic), we strive to promote a positive, productive, and safe social community through the use of sports and team dynamics.

SHOW SOME LOVE!!!

Metroball Youth Outreach Opens Workouts to All Area Youth

Metroball Youth Outreach Opens Workouts to All Area Youth

MYO LogoMetroball Youth Outreach Basketball Club has already started workouts for youth ages 8-18. The workouts consist of basic conditioning and basketball drills to help get youth prepared for school teams and the 2017 AAU season. This is the first time that the workouts are open to EVERY youth in the DC area (boys and girls) and not just those on the Metroball DC AAU teams. By providing this type of training for all youth regardless of what team or club they normally play with, helps to raise the competition level in the DC area, and keep youth prepared to perform well during the school and AAU season. We believe that raising the skill level of the youth in this region and preparing them for competition will help bring more recruiting, education, and recognition to all area basketball clubs.

Come train alongside many of the current Metroball DC AAU Team members that have won many high level tournaments during the 2016 AAU season..

Metroball workouts will run from October 1st 2016 – February 15th, 2017.

Metroball AAU Team tryouts for the 2017 AAU Season will be in February 2017.

For more information about joining the Metroball workouts email metroballdc@yahoo.com or call 240-832-9351.