All teams will meet at Mott CC from 6-8pm on Monday, March 30. We will discuss business matters and go through our first official practice in preparation for our first tournament. All team fees need to be paid as soon as possible. Checks can be made to Marcellus Miller at this time. If you have not confirmed your spot on your team, now is the time to do so. If you see your school mates have not confirmed or denied, ask them in school and report back to me.
Below you will find the tentative rosters for the U15 and U16 teams. The U16 boys have not been split into the two teams as of yet, so they will be all listed together. This list is tentative because in order to secure your spot, you need to confirm with me your acceptance of the roster spot and your birthdate via email at email@example.com by Saturday, March 28. Failure to confirm may result in your spot being given to another person. Also, your payment of $450.00 will secure your spot as well. Be advised that behavior unbecoming of MML can terminate your membership in this club. Also, there are some grade and age exceptions. For example, if your birthday Is AFTER August 31 and you are 15, you can play U15 even if you are in 10th grade. Rosters may be adjusted at my discretion. Practice times and locations will be listed as soon as they are finalized. Any questions should be directed to the above e-mail as well.
2015 U-15 tentative roster (in no particular order):
1. Kendall Green – Grand Blanc (confirmed)
2. Drew Knickerbocker – Lapeer
3. Cameron Adle – Kearsley
4. Darius Givens – Kearsley
5. Gavin Etson – Kearsley
6. Sedrick Poplar – IAF (confirmed)
7. Isaiah Franklin – Holly (confirmed)
8. Devyn Sredich – Kearsley (confirmed)
9. Gregory Bradley – IAF (confirmed)
2015 tentative U16 roster (in no particular order):
1. Austin Harless – Holly (confirmed)
2. Devon Williams – Holly (confirmed)
3. Ryan Beltz – Holly (confirmed)
4. Brennan Sims – Swartz Creek (confirmed)
5. Kendrick Green – Grand Blanc (confirmed)
6. Matthew Buschman – Brighton (confirmed)
7. Thomas Cook – Grand Blanc (confirmed)
8. Trevor Bland – Holly (confirmed)
9. Joseph Johnson – IAF (confirmed)
10. Tyler Rose – Genesee Christian (confirmed)
11. Nick Crocker – Brighton
12. Paris Partee – Holly (confirmed)
13. Jamar Campbell – Beecher (confirmed)
14. Omoj Sanders – IAF (confirmed)
15. Jaqualyn Kelly – Beecher (confirmed)
16. Taras Rushing – Northwestern
17. Savionn Boone – Mt. Morris (confirmed)
18. Kaleb Brandt – Kearsley (confirmed)
19. Maurice Johnson – Davison (confirmed)
20. Ricky Holmes III – Way (confirmed)
21. Bronson Carnes – Carman-Ainsworth (confirmed)
22. Bobby Harrison – Holly (confirmed)
23. Tyrone Bradley – Northwestern (confirmed)
24. Clifford Hooker Jr. – IAF (confirmed)
25. Connor Spencer – Holly (confirmed)
26. Rob Patterson – Goodrich
27. Logan Vamos – Davison (confirmed)
Not making this list does not mean you are not a quality player. I am not perfect in my assessment at times. You may not have had your best workout last week. Take it as motivation to prove me wrong and anyone else that has doubted you. How you handle this is important. Some may not confirm their inclusion on this team and your number may be called.
Tentative rosters will be posted soon. There will be a U15 team and two U16 clubs. Until that time when they are posted, please read the article below to determine if your are ready to commit to being a Laker. If you cannot submit to all 11 of those points, then don’t make the commitment.
If you don’t know, I am the head coach and co-founder of the Mid Michigan Lakers Basketball Club. That said, I want to be clear, open, and honest about a few things before we get started.
1. Because you were a member of last year’s team does not guarantee a spot on this year’s squad. Yes, this was a REAL tryout. I do not believe in a reward to those who did not put in the correct effort just because they are “grandfathered” in. However, this also does not mean if you do not have a great tryout that you are automatically eliminated from consideration either. A half-hearted effort will not be rewarded.
2. Loyalty does mean something to us as well. I am not talking simply playing for the Lakers each year, I am talking the total package of loyalty to include transportation, attendance, accountability, responsibility, etc. We understand that there are limits on some that may not be on others, but we do not understand selling your team out when they are depending on you to be at practices and games without giving proper heads up to the coaches. We do not understand not making the proper arrangements with administration regarding fees. I won’t go into further detail, but I believe you get the drift.
3. There are nominal fees for participation with this club. Please understand that our mission is not to make money off of our athletes or parents, which is why we do not charge the type of fees seen elsewhere. There will an initial cost for the tryout, a base cost for participation if you make the team, and then the cost of food and lodging as we travel. I personally know clubs that charge up to $1000.00 for these opportunities, but that is not the case here. The fee for the tryout was $10.00. If you are selected to a team, the fee will be $450.00, which includes at least 6-8 tournaments and your jersey/shorts to use (there will potentially be an option to purchase them- more to come). This $450.00 is due immediately upon your acceptance of the invitation to join the team. Tournaments are not free for us to enter, so we must have a small fee. Feel free to check out other organizations for comparison. The food/lodging costs vary on how long we stay in a place and how greedy (hungry) you are. That is totally a personal option. We are only talking in the neighborhood of $10-20 for lodging and you are free to spend what you so desire on food. The fees are non-refundable. As always, please speak to a coach or this year’s chief administrator, Marcellus C. Miller, if arrangements for pay need to be made. We would like for all that are chosen to be able to participate.
4. The MML program does not “borrow and lend” players with other programs. This means that you should NOT expect to play with us this week and the next with a different club. Now, we would be foolish to deny a kid an opportunity to be seen on the national tournament scene and we won’t do that. So, if you have an opportunity to attend a national tournament in Las Vegas for example, just TALK to your coach. Playing in Davison while the team is in Lansing is NOT an example of that and will not be acceptable. All of this will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
5. Remember that your coaches, scorekeepers, and administrators are VOLUNTEERS! They all deserve thanks and respect for sacrificing their time, energy, and finances (especially for gas) to benefit the program as a whole. We demand that they be treated with such, and disrespect will lead to discipline, up to and including dismissal from the team.
6. For my team, be advised that playing for MML means more than me rolling out the ball and watching you run aimlessly up and down the floor at a glorified open gym that is hidden behind the veil of “practice”. Unlike many coaches, I teach the game of basketball at each practice. Corresponding with that, I teach about life as well. Take note that this team will be run with basic Christian principles as its backbone and with helping boys translate into better basketball players and even more importantly, better young men. You may not like everything I say or do, but it will all be for your benefit. This is not a platform for me to be recognized, but rather a chance to provide opportunities for some of you that may have not had them otherwise. If this is not for you, I understand. But if you are interested in growth on the court and off, and a chance to be seen by college coaches of ALL division levels, I welcome the opportunity to assist wherever I can.
7. There is a standard of excellence expected for all Lakers coaches and players. There will be NO cursing on my squads, period. Ask a member from last year what happens if there is a slip up. We will learn how to express ourselves in more ways than language unsuited for growth. Time to expand your vocabulary.
8. Everyone on the my team will be treated FAIRLY, but not EQUALLY. This is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT! I know that it sounds strange, but the reality is that there are only so many minutes in a game so everyone cannot play the same amount. The minutes YOU GET will be the minutes YOU EARN. As you gain trust, you may be afforded more leeway to make errors on the court. Simply put, the more you can do, the more chance you will have to do it. It also means the more responsibility and accountability you will have as well. It is just like life gentlemen.
9. Do not be surprised if there is a community service project that you will be expected to participate in. We will always foster the idea of giving back. It is a lesson that if you learn now, will benefit you forever.
10. Finally, I encourage all of the members of this program to ask for help if needed. We have great minds working with us. We have those with engineering degrees and backgrounds. We have certified masters of english and business principles. We have literary and philosophical giants as well. We have those who have multiple degrees with high honor. To put it mildly, we surround you with those that can help you in many facets of life, including your education. Having trouble with the ACT? Ask and we can help. Parents, we put people in positions of leadership that know what that means and do not take it lightly. So young men…do not be afraid or let pride stand in the way of your success!
11. MML does not tolerate off court trouble nor volatile social media posts. I will monitor your social media outlets and will alert you when inappropriate things are posted. While this may seem like an invasion, as I stated before, we run a program bordered by Christian principles. You represent your family, your school, yourself, and the Lakers. That will be handled in the appropriate manner. Continued misuse of social media will result in your suspension or dismissal from MML. Illegal activity will result in the same.
All in all, the MML track record speaks for itself. In the 9th year of existence, we have been able to win some titles and produce a number of college-level players out of the program. I encourage you to click on the alumni link to see the names and think about the characters of the young men that are now performing on the college level. We started MML to be a clean, trusted program in the midst of many of those that are not. Parents will not have to be worried about their children being mistreated or taken advantage of here. We will stand behind them and watch over them when they are in our care. We certainly need the help of as many parents that are willing to be involved in transporting kids, running fundraisers, keeping score, videotaping, etc. Just let us know where and when you are willing to help. Thank you all for your continued support of the Mid-Michigan Lakers.
Tryouts for the MML travel teams will be Thursday, March 19, 2015 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at Mott Community College. The cost is $10 to tryout as well. These tryouts will be for the U15 (current freshmen) and U16 (current sophomore) teams.
MML U15 parents/players/family,
It has been quite a long time since we have done this, but we are playing in Fort Wayne, IN this weekend (beginning Thursday- I am being told that every team will play on Thursday) at the Gym Rats Basketball Association National Championship tournament. This is a NCAA-certified event and as such comes with different rules. For example, there can be no one in the bench area that is not NCAA-certified (even the coaches must pay to be certified) or a player on a NCAA-certified roster. There is a 30-45 minute video regarding NCAA rules and regulations that the team will be scheduled to watch and MUST do so or be disqualified. We MUST show proof of age with birth certificates. If I do not have yours, I better have it by Tuesday’s practice or Wednesday at the latest. Believe me, they will check. Admission cost to games for spectators will be higher (you can bank on it). There will be college coaches at the tournament as well. Players/parents CANNOT interact with the coaches! It could constitute an NCAA violation. If a coach is interested, they will let me know. There are sections for seating for college coaches only and separate entrances to try to assist with that. Parking at Spiece Fieldhouse is limited. Arriving early is advised if our games are there. I will post the schedule as soon as it becomes available (supposedly today). In terms of lodging, see below from their website:
“Gym Rats Basketball has a “Stay to Play” policy for all tournaments in Fort Wayne. This requires all participants (teams and guests) in need of hotel accommodations must make their reservations through Go and See Team Travel. This is a complimentary service and makes securing your rooms quick and easy. It is required that teams book their housing through this service to ensure placement in this tournament.”
Team and individual reservations can be made online or by phone, as follows:
Go and See Team Travel
Toll Free – 855-TEAMTVL
Now we did not know about this before the tournament or that likely would have impacted our decision to play here and will do so moving forward. We have had one parent (Maurice’s mom- -thanks) hold a block of rooms through this travel company, but I didn’t read her text properly and see that the hold was only until Saturday night (my fault). I know that the rooms were in the Hotel Fort Wayne though for reference. If there are any additional questions, let me know please. I will update as time progresses and things change.
Important: If you have not met your financial obligation to MML yet, this must take place by the tournament date….PRACTICE WILL BE TUESDAY 4-6PM AT MOTT CC!
POOL 20 Date Time Gym Court Home/Away
20A MID MICHIGAN LAKERS THURSDAY 7:00 PM NORTHROP 17 20A-20B
20B DB HOOPS – BLAIR THURSDAY 8:15 PM NORTHROP 17 20C-20D
20C INDIANA WARRIORS FRIDAY 1:00 PM NORTHSIDE 14 20A-20C
20D ILLINOIS OLD SCHOOL FRIDAY 2:15 PM NORTHSIDE 14 20B-20D
FRIDAY 8:30 PM NORTHSIDE 12 20A-20D
FRIDAY 8:30 PM NORTHSIDE 13 20B-20C
If we finish in 1st, we play at 9:15 am on Saturday. 2nd-4th and we play at 8:00 am on Saturday.
Northrop High School
7001 Coldwater Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46825
Northside High School
475 East State Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
5310 Merchandise Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46825
The U-15 Mid-Michigan Lakers will practice Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. and Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at Mott Community College in Flint. Please contact Coach Miller if you cannot attend.