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Metroball DC AAU Has The Best Season Ever!

Metroball DC AAU Has The Best Season Ever!

The last LIVE weekend on July closed the travel season for most of Metroball DC’s AAU teams.  Only 4 teams played into August while they finished up the Potomac Valley Summer League.  This season began a little rocky in March with several changes in coaches, players, and practice locations but once the dust settled by April, Metroball DC AAU was up and running stronger than ever!

The focus this year was to get our youth experience competing against the top competition in the country.  For those that weren’t ready for that competition, we wanted to train them to be ready to take that leap for 2018.  Metroball’s growth to 15 teams and 22 Coaches in 2017, proved to be the most challenging year ever.  Each coach did an excellent job working to prepare the youth for the grueling competition schedule.  While our older travel teams were making a name for themselves across the country, the younger teams were making a name for themselves by winning local leagues and tournament championships.

There were many notable wins this year by every Metroball team.  The most wins came from the Maryland Future Stars Tournament, Boyds MD in May.  At this tournament, Metroball DC won 6 of 8 Championships.  The most impressive wins came from the 10/11u and the 17u teams.  Both battled tough teams to win the Championship.  This event earned 17u standout Sean “Mouse” Riley a full scholarship to Delaware State where he began this fall. This followed a string of wins by the 12u team and the Metroball DC Ladies Team.  The Ladies have won their most championships this year in all of their existence.

During the Live period, Metroball DC 15u and 17u racked up wins against some of the top ranked teams in the country including River City Reign, DC Blue Devils, DC Premier, and Team Felton.  Other notable games came down to the wire in semi-finals or championships.  The 13/14u Team won both Big Shots Myrtle Beach Live events while the 15u

The younger teams racked up wins in the Potomac Valley League.  Metroball DC 12u, 13u, & 14u each won either the Spring or the Summer Leagues.  The 13u team ended up winning both the Summer and Spring Leagues.

Metroball wants to send out a thank you to all of the coaches that helped to make this year a success:

Allen “Ricko” Williams

Greg Boykin

Angela Richmond

James Tyson Jr.

Anthony Parry

Keith Jones

Aspen McNair

Kevin Thomas

Charles Asiana

Kevin “Moose” Jones

Danny Bates

Mark Jordan

Daquan Farmer

Rob Nickens

Darrell Dorman

Shonda Cole

 Dominique Rogers

Steve Mitchell

Earl Brandon

Terrance Judge

Girma “Jimmy”  Teweldeberham

Wilbur Thompson

William Langford

HERE ARE SOME MORE PICTURES FROM THE 2017 SEASON

Metroball’s New York Ave Classic Completes Another Great Summer

Metroball’s New York Ave Classic Completes Another Great Summer

On Saturday August 5th, the 17th Annual Metroball New York Ave Classic finished up another great Summer of Youth Basketball in Washington DC.  Each year this event gets stronger and stronger with tougher competition.  Many of the teams surrounding DC enter the league to see if they have what it takes to compete with inner city youth in the tough streetball environment.  Some teams adapt while for others, the tough crowd, heat, and competition is too much to handle.  Either way, everyone has fun and gets to elevate their game in the process.

This year’s playoffs began the night before with first round games, capped off by a thrilling JV game between Team Clutch and Bowie Rams that went into triple OT.  The next day, the playoffs continued at 10am with more high level competition in all divisions.  2017 turned out to be one of the best years for Summer League.  Many teams returned from previous years retooled and ready to take the title.  One team that really impressed us was Team Hustle 11u from Southern MD. This was their first time competing in the Streetball League and they proved that not only could they handle the competition, they were able to grind out some tough playoff games and eventually take the Elementary School Championship.  Other notable teams were Team Clutch that won the Middle School and JV Championships.  Tyler House Elite and The Trojans have always been the main teams to beat in this league each year.  These teams almost always end up battling it out in numerous divisions for the Championship.  This year, Tyler House took the Varsity Championship with a close win over the Trojans.

As we close this year’s league, we look forward to the 2018 Summer League and know that it would be even better!  Registration begins May 1st 2018.

Congratulations to All of Our Champions:

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DIVISION
CHAMPIONS – TEAM HUSTLE RUNNER UP – TROJANS
MIDDLE SCHOOL DIVISION
CHAMPIONS – TEAM CLUTCH RUNNER-UP – TYLER HOUSE ELITE
JUNIOR VARSITY DIVISION
CHAMPIONS – TEAM CLUTCH  RUNNER-UP – BARRY FARMS
VARSITY DIVISION
CHAMPIONS – TYLER HOUSE ELITE  RUNNER-UP – BOWIE BULLDOGS

 

PLAYOFF BRACKETS – 17th Annual New York Ave Classic

PLAYOFF BRACKETS – 17th Annual New York Ave Classic
Here are the Playoff Brackets and Schedule for the 17th Annual New York Ave Classic. We are expected to have good weather on Saturday so we should be able to get all 21 games in.  Please arrive early just in case there is a forfeit or a game ends early.  We may start your game earlier.
There are TWO JV games being played on Friday Night under the lights from 7-9pm.
If it rains Friday night, the two JV games will be rescheduled for 12pm Saturday afternoon and all games after 12 will be played an hour later that their scheduled time.
IMPORTANT
Remember playoff rules:
1) Players may not play on more than one team in the same division.
2) Once that team is eliminated, that player may not play again in the same division,
3) No New players may play in the playoffs unless they were listed on your original roster and have already played a regular season game.
VIOLATIONS OF THESE RULES WILL RESULT IN THAT TEAM BEING DISQUALIFIED!! 

17th Annual New York Ave Classic

17th Annual New York Ave Classic

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In 2000, a basketball league was formed to keep youth active and engaged in positive activity during the summer months.  Over the years, thousands of youth in and around the DC area have participated in this event, this making this event the largest youth Streetball League in the city.

As always, this has been a community event that embraces the the neighborhoods that surround the New York Ave Playground, located at 100 N St. NW, Washington DC.  We have a great time every week with food, music, games, education, and community related information.  This 10 week event has some of the most competitive youth basketball players in city that want to make a name for themselves on the streets of DC as a Baller!!

The divisions are Elementary School (4th-5th grade), Middle School (6th – 7th Grade, & 8th Grade), JV (9th-10th Grade), Varsity (11th-12th Grade).

Games begin SATURDAY, JUNE 17th and are played Every Saturday until August 5th, 2017

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.