Practice Thursday and Friday 4/26/18, 4/27

The next practice is as follows:

U15 will practice Friday from 6-7:30 pm at Faith Lutheran Church

U16 and U17 will practice Thursday (weather permitting) will practice Thursday 6-8pm at Holly HS

If the weather is bad, Holly will be unavailable and we will reschedule.

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#TrustTheProcess

We have made it through the first two tournaments…I wish I could say unscathed, but that would be a bit disingenuous.  Each team has had its share of defeats and adversity along the way so far.  It does not get any easier from here, but we CAN and WILL get better…IF AND ONLY IF you trust the process…

What does that mean?  It is not just for the players either.  It goes for the coaches and the parents as well.  Let’s face it; we live in a time where instant gratification trumps hard work.  Many players want playing time given to them instead of earned.  They want practice to be easy and convenient to attend.  They want games to always result in wins where they play well each time.  And many feel that they should do all of this for free because they are that good.

Many coaches want to be gifted a great team that is put together for them.  They want everybody to know everything they should about offense and defense before they get to them.  They want to be able to roll the ball out for practice and games and things work out fine.  They want to spend as little time teaching as possible, and generally don’t want to hold players accountable because it is not always easy to do.

Many parents believe their child is the best player on the planet, and definitely on a given team.  If they are not playing enough, God forbid they ask the player why he isn’t playing better…nah…it is easier to blame the coach.  They want to take the route that costs the least no matter what the circumstances.  They want their child to face little resistance in getting his spot because he has been playing since he was a little boy.

What is the reality of things though?  First, one reality is some people will get upset about the aforementioned statements.  Even though I said many, some will believe I am referencing them…and I just might be.  I am referencing anyone who fits into this description, so if that is you, well, it is what it is…Secondly, AAU travel basketball is difficult from the top to the bottom.  It is difficult to secure players for a grassroots team.  It is difficult to appease players and parents with playing time and mitigating costs.  It is difficult to deal with the struggles of the team through the spring and summer when they may arise.  The competition is far greater collectively than most grassroots players see at any point during their HS careers…

Third, most are not putting in the necessary amount of work to get better (coaches or players), period.  This is the chief reason in my opinion why making excuses reigns supreme over making things happen.  Fourth, we tend to believe people owe us something, but fail to realize the sacrifices made for us.  That is one of those things you will never know the extent of unless you are making the sacrifices.

I could go one, but I think the point is understood.  If you do not trust the process you are undertaking, you will find any reason to explain mishaps outside of looking in the mirror.  Every coach and every player should look in their proverbial mirror after every game and ask what they did well, what needs improvement, and what are they going to do to improve those things…

This program has been built on the family trusting the process.  This year that seems to be questioned more than it has in 11 prior years.  Our track record is clear.  All one needs to do is look at our alumni page to see a plethora of players that have gone on to the next level; some of whom their own parents thought they had no chance to.  But they committed their time, talent, and treasure.  Part of the reason a fee is necessary is also for commitment.  It is much more difficult to leave what you have invested in.  We were taught that our heart is wherever our treasure is and it is true in every situation I can think of.   Trusting the process means yourself, your teammates, and your coaches.  It means facing adversity head on when it comes, not turning the other way.  It means fighting for everything you get to earn it and appreciate it.  It means understanding the sacrifices made for you…for example, 15 young men were cut for the current u17 players.  Now if they show a lack of commitment, what does that say of the sacrifice made for them?

Everyone has a decision to make.  Decisions rule out all other choices.  If you are toying with the idea of leaving the program, you should because you are not fully committed.  If working in practice is too hard, try another sport.  AND you should do so like a man and talk to your coach.  If you want to get better and improve for your upcoming season, commit!  That is the only way the process works…

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Practice Tuesday 4/24/18

Practice this week is as follows:

U15 will be 530-7pm at Faith Lutheran Church

U16 will be 530-730pm at Mott CC

U17 will be 530-730pm at Mott CC

If you have not submitted payment, you MUST get with coach Miller this week.

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IMPORTANT!!!

Please see updates to MYBA schedule below.  U15 had minor changes and U16 had a major change!

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FRIDAY UPDATE!!!!: MYBA Spring Showdown Tournament Preliminary Schedule 4/21-4/22

Again, this is a preliminary schedule which is subject to change.  That said, we expect minimal changes if any at all. We are guaranteed to play a minimum of 3 games this weekend. The preliminary schedule for our teams this weekend is as follows:

 

U17 (pool C):

Saturday, April 21 at 12:45 pm vs. Michigan Mustangs @ Romulus High School (court 2) -blue jerseys
Saturday, April 21 at 3:15 pm vs. Michigan Eagles @ Romulus High School (court 1)- white jerseys
If we finish:
1st in pool- Saturday, April 21 at 8:15 pm @ Romulus High School (court 2)- blue jerseys
2nd in pool- Saturday, April 21 at 8:15 pm @ Romulus High School (court 1)- white jerseys
3rd in pool- Sunday, April 22 at 9:00 am @ Romulus High School (court 2)- blue jerseys

 

U16 (pool A):

Saturday, April 21 at 11:30 am vs. Strictly Skills @ Hype Wayne (court 1) -blue jerseys
Saturday, April 21 at 4:30 pm vs. All Ohio Gold @ Hype Wayne (court 2)- white jerseys

 

If we finish:
1st in pool- Saturday, April 21 at 7:00 pm @ Romulus High School (court 2)- blue jerseys
2nd in pool- Saturday, April 21 at 7:00 pm @ Romulus High School (court 1)- white jerseys
3rd in pool- Sunday, April 22 at 10:15 am @ Romulus High School (court 3)- blue jerseys

 

U15 (pool B):

Saturday, April 21 at 9:00 am vs. Michigan Dynomite @ Hype Wayne (court 3) -white jerseys
Saturday, April 21 at 11:30 am vs. Michigan Titans @ Romulus High School (court 2)- blue jerseys
If we finish:
1st in pool- Saturday, April 21 at 5:45 pm @ Hype Wayne (court 2)- blue jerseys
2nd in pool- Saturday, April 21 at 7:00 pm @ Hype Wayne (court 1)- white jerseys
3rd in pool- Saturday, April 21 at 8:15 pm @Hype Wayne (court 2)- white jerseys

 

Gym Locations:

  1. HYPE Wayne
    4635 Howe Rd
    Wayne, MI 48184
  2. Romulus High School
    9650 Wayne Rd.
    Romulus, MI 48174

 

Tournament Website: MYBA Spring Showdown

Tournament Rules: MYBA Spring Showdown Rules

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Practice Thursday 4/19/18

Practice tomorrow will be at:

Holly High School
6161 E. Holly Rd.
Holly, MI 48442

U15 will not practice, but if any want to come workout, you can with the U16 team

U16 will practice from 6:00-8pm

U17 will not practice, but if any want to come workout, you can with the U16 team

Also, I will post the schedule for this weekend as soon as it is published.  I have been told that we will NOT play on Friday.  If you have not completed your NCAA registration, you MUST do so immediately.

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Looking Ahead…Especially for Parents!

Ms. Burks (Mama Dee) has been working on hotel rooms for some of our more troublesome tournaments to find.  Please get with her by phone if you are interested in taking advantage of her communication with the hotel. Right now she has a rom group in Kalamazoo and is working on other locations as well.  She can be reached at 810-308-2365.

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