MYBA Mustangs Summer Showdown Schedule (July 17-19)

The tournament schedule is out and is as follows (subject to change).  All games will be played at the following location:

HYPE RECREATION CENTER

23302 W. Warren Ave.
DEARBORN HEIGHTS, MI 48127
Pool G:
Friday, July 17, 2015 @1:00 pm vs. Michigan Threats – court 2 (blue jerseys)
Friday, July 17, 2015 @5:00 pm vs. The Family – court 4 (blue jerseys)
Saturday, July 18, 2015 @9:00 am vs. Oakland elite – court 3 (white jerseys)
If we finish:
1st place in pool- we play Saturday, July 18, 2015 @11:40 am – court 4 (white jerseys)
2nd place in pool- we play Saturday, July 18, 2015 @2:20 pm – court 3 (white jerseys)
3rd place in pool- we play Saturday, July 18, 2015 @1:00 pm – court 5 (white jerseys)
4th place in pool- we play Saturday, July 18, 2015 @2:20 pm – court 4 (white jerseys)
Be prepared to watch (or listen to) the NCAA presentation again at this tournament on Friday.  Also, remember that there may be college coaches there, but you cannot converse with them.  Respect their space.  This is my program, but YOUR TEAM!!  I ill post any changes as I get them moving toward Friday’s game 1.

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2015 MYBA Mustangs Summer Showdown

After a bit of calling on some favors, I did secure MML a spot in the MYBA tournament July 17-19.  That said, it is imperative that those that are going contact me immediately and be at practice tomorrow.  The list of invitees is as follows:

Joseph Johnson (confirmed)

Thomas Cook (confirmed)

Tyler Rose

Austin Harless (confirmed)

Isaiah Franklin (confirmed)

Ricky Holmes III (confirmed)

Matt Buschman

BJ Sims

Devin Williams (confirmed)

Paris Partee (confirmed)

Savionn Boone

Trevor Bland (yes, I know he is injured but his name still deserves listing)

-If you don’t see your name and are wondering why, contact me and I will be glad to tell you.  All of the games will be played at the HYPE Fieldhouse in Dearborn, MI. Everyone needs to bring their additional funds to practice tomorrow.  IF for some reason I do not have a copy of your birth certificate by now, it will be necessary for you to be able to play.  Please also confirm with me your intention of going by tomorrow as well.

This is my program, but this is YOUR team.  The sooner we all understand that and the responsibility that comes with it, the better off we will be.  It is not my team and it is not your parents/guardians’ team, it is YOURS.

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Potential Summer Play

All,

After careful consideration and more consideration…and then even more consideration, I have decided to reach out to the tournament director from the Mustangs tournament next week (July 17-19).  That said, we fell $100 short of the necessary financial commitment from our fundraiser.  We did a decent job, but not everyone contributed properly or at all.  In addition, we still have some guys who have continued to not fulfill their initial financial commitment.  That is unacceptable for this level of organization 9 years in.  I have cancelled July once before and am not afraid to do it again.  We played an extra tournament in the spring already because I thought we had the character in place to handle our responsibilities.  That was MY mistake for assuming that.

IF, and I do mean IF we can get into the Detroit tournament, there will only be 10-11 players going.  Each one of those players will be responsible for contributing an additional $10 if we want to make it happen.  To be honest, 3/4 of  my mind says to not go because we did not handle things as a team correctly.  The other 1/4 knows that there are some guys that did and shouldn’t be lumped in with the rest.  I do NOT believe Spiece will be an option.  We do not deserve that and to tax the parents with that now may be a bit much.  It is a more expensive tournament all the way around and after talking to a couple parents, would not be in our best interest.

So, here is your last shot to play this summer as a Laker.  If you want to continue on, then contact me BEFORE Monday.  Again, it is contingent on us even being able to secure a spot.

Let me say this, next year will be different right from the outset.  First, we will fundraise from the start.  Second, we will need more parental involvement (I need to have contact with every parent/guardian in the beginning of the spring).  Third, May 1 will be the cutoff point for payment of your fees.  Lastly, there will NOT be two u17 teams unless a MIRACLE happens.  And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

So, the responsibility is yours.  Let me know.

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No Practice Today June 22

There will be no practice tonight due to a lot of the players having games with their respective schools.  That said, we WILL have practice next Monday, June 29.  I need everyone with tickets to contact me by text and let me know where you are with your sales.  In addition, if I do not have your jersey, bring it next Monday.

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Life’s Choices

Omar Sims shares some life experiences with the fellas

Omar Sims shares some life experiences with the fellas  

Omar Sims sharing with the fellas

Omar Sims sharing with the fellas

If you missed practice on Monday, you missed an opportunity for growth on and off the court.  It is very important that you be in attendance when practice is held because you never know what you will miss, or like in business, the opportunity cost of doing something else.  That said, those in attendance hopefully called and shared what was missed…it was that important.

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Happy Memorial Day!

memorial day

The Mid Michigan Lakers would like to take out the time to recognize all members of the military branches, especially those who lost their lives protecting this great country.  We sincerely thank you for all you have done and continue to do!  With respect to the importance of this day, the Lakers will not be practicing today or this week.  Please use this day to at the very least take some time and think about how blessed we are to have the freedoms we do in the United States of America.  We will resume practices on June 1 at Mott @6:00 p.m.  On June 1st, ALL players from BOTH teams are to bring your jerseys to the gym.

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A bit of the Up North Challenge buzzer beater!

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