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Logistics/Safety Manager for Ryder Systems, Inc. Christian Basketball coach with the Mid Michigan Lakers AAU club Anything else just ask...

No Practice this week!

As you gear up for your high school teams in June, please contact your coach with your schedule once you figure it out.  We will be setting up skill workouts if guys are available during June

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Preliminary Up North Challenge Schedule (5/24-5/26)- updated 5/23

Hello all, we are entering into the last spring tournament coming off some of our best play last weekend.  The competition will be tough and the opportunities great to excel here in Mt. Pleasant.  As a note, parents, hotel room is generally scarce in the city of Mt. Pleasant so hopefully you have already made your arrangements for that if necessary.  Now this tournament is only a 3 game guarantee, so Sunday is NOT guaranteed!  The initial schedule is as follows:

17u (pool C):

Saturday, May 25 @ 9:00am vs. HHBC Flight at Shepherd High School (court 1- blue jerseys)

Saturday, May 25 @ 2:00pm vs. REAL Basketball at Shepherd High School (court 2- white jerseys)

Saturday, May 25 @ 7:00pm vs. Championship Sports at Shepherd High School (court 3- blue jerseys)

 

If we finish:

1st in pool- we play Sunday, May 26 @ 11:00am at Shepherd High School (court 1- white jerseys)

2nd in pool- we play Sunday, May 26 @ 11:00am at Shepherd High School (court 2- blue jerseys)

3rd or 4th in pool- we go home

 

Venues:

1- Shepherd High School

100 E. Hall Street
Shepherd, MI 48883
Facilities
  • Court 1
  • Court 2
  • Court 3

2- Shepherd Middle School

150 W. Hall Street
Shepherd, MI 48883
Facilities
  • Court 1

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Practice this week

Practice will commence Tuesday and Friday from 5-7pm as usual.  On Tuesday, there will be a parental meeting for all 16U parents immediately following practice at 7pm  Please be in attendance if you are at all able.

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Preliminary Schedule for Camp Darryl Classic (May 18-19)…PLEASE READ! IMPORTANT PARENTAL UPDATE AT THE END….

All, another tournament weekend is upon us and this is the furthest event of the spring season so I trust that you have discussed with your parents the information they need.  Take responsibility for the things you have been entrusted with, which includes the schedule.  This is maybe our favorite tournament over the years and one we have won a couple times.  The schedule is available at https://www.tourneymachine.com/public/mobile/webapp/index.aspx?IDTournament=h2019051314093906372caad714e4644&_branch_match_id=645044996234172732 as well.  Remember, if you are currently in a payment plan for your fees, those payments need to be made promptly.  The preliminary schedule is as follows:

U17 (Pool A):

May 18 @ 9:05am vs CDBA Royal at Vicksburg HS ct. 2 (blue jerseys)

May 18 @ 11:15am vs WML-Purple at Vicksburg HS ct. 2 (blue jerseys)

May 18 @ 1:25pm vs Michigan Mustangs at Vicksburg HS ct. 2 (white jerseys)

May 18 @ 5:45pm vs Camp Darryl Basketball Academy at Vicksburg HS ct. 1 (blue jerseys)

If we finish:

1st in pool we play May 19 @ 11:15am at Vicksburg HS ct. 2

2nd in pool we play May 19 @ 9:05am at Vicksburg HS ct. 2

3rd in pool we play May 19 @ 8:00am at Vicksburg HS ct. 1

4th in pool we play May 19 @ 9:05am at Vicksburg HS ct. 1

 

16u (Pool F):

May 18 @ 10:10am vs GR Storm- Redell at Courthouse ct. 3 (white jerseys)

May 18 @ 12:20pm vs WML- Purple at Courthouse ct. 2 (blue jerseys)

May 18 @ 2:30pm vs CGR at Courthouse ct. 1 (blue jerseys)

If we finish:

1st in pool we play May 19 @ 8:00am at Courthouse

2nd in pool we play May 19 @ 8:00am at Courthouse

3rd in pool we play May 19 @ 9:05am at Courthouse

4th in pool we play May 19 @ 9:05am at Courthouse

 

Venues:

1. Courthouse Athletic Center of Kalamazoo

7365 S Sprinkle Rd
Portage, MI 49002

 

2. Vicksburg High School

501 E Hwy St.
Vicksburg, MI 49097

 

CHANGE IN CAMP DARRYL TOURNAMENT HOTEL LOCATION AND VENUE.
Due to roof damage to the Three Rivers High School there has been a change in venues.   I have reserved new rooms closer to Portage/Vicksburg.  The new hotel location is:
Holiday Inn
3630 East Cork Street
Kalamazoo, MI, 49001
(269)373-0770

Parents, you will need to cancel your original reservation in Three Rivers yourself.  Then call and reserve at the new location.  There are five double rooms for $128 a night and two king suites with a pull out sofa for $170 a night.  The reservation is held under Becky Wells.

Feel free to text me with any questions.  (810)610-8372.

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Recap and Practice this week…

Well, we had, in my opinion, our best week as an organization last week from tough practices to learning a lot about ourselves in the games as well.  The key will be to maintain that momentum moving forward and build on it.  The best way to be able to do that is to be in PRACTICE Tuesday and Friday (5-7pm) to continue fostering that growth.  Also, I would like every one to watch the following videos:

Become familiar with the CONCEPTS.  This essentially is what we are trying to do in a nutshell, that is, pressure the defense every time down the floor as well as space the defense out in a press break situation.

Now, that said, we have one issue to address:  The u17 team is missing one pair of white jersey shorts.  These shorts cost me $50 a couple years back out of my own pocket.  Missing them is not an option here, which means whoever has them needs to bring them to practice.  Everyone needs to check their clothes at home to look for them.  I do not want to waste practice time dealing with this…but I will because you all need to learn how to take ownership and responsibility for things that are entrusted to you.  Now if any one was wondering why we collect jerseys each week, this is an example of why.  I would also like to point out that the Mid Michigan Lakers did not purchase these uniforms, one individual contributor did and we want to be responsible with that contribution.  Everyone player please look through your bags and clothes to check.  Thank you!

Bonus video:

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FINAL Schedule for Moneyball Shootout, May 11-12, 2019 (updated 5/10/19 @ 1:47pm)

All, here is the link to the Moneyball Shootout schedule this weekend in the Lansing area (https://basketball.exposureevents.com/125557/moneyball-shootout-2019/schedule).  Please note that things are subject to change as usual until Friday.  Also note, this week is Saturday and Sunday only (I would advise that you all are VERY nice to mom for taking some of her day)!  SPECIAL NOTE:  Parents, all games require a volunteer at the scorers table for each team.  If we can share that duty, that would take pressure off some.  Generally, the scorekeeper will get in free for that tournament as well.  Our preliminary schedule is as follows:

U17 (Pool D):

Saturday, May 11, 2019 @ 3:30pm vs. MMBA Dream at Waverly High School (court 1-blue jerseys)

Saturday, May 11, 2019 @ 7:00pm vs. BC Elite at Waverly High School (court 2- white jerseys)

If we finish:

1st in pool- we play Sunday, May 12 @ 12:00pm at Waverly High School (court 2- white jerseys)

2nd in pool- we play Sunday, May 12 @ 12:00pm at Aim High (court 4- blue jerseys)

3rd in pool- we play Sunday, May 12 @ 1:10pm at Aim High (court 1- blue jerseys)

 

U16 (Pool D):

Saturday, May 11, 2019 @ 10:50am vs. Prospectors at Aim High (court 2-white jerseys)

Saturday, May 11, 2019 @ 1:10pm vs. Michigan Majors at Waverly High School (court 2- white jerseys)

If we finish:

1st in pool- we play Sunday, May 12 @ 1:10pm at Waverly High School (court 2-white jerseys)

2nd in pool- we play Sunday, May 12 @ 9:40am at Waverly High School (court 1-blue jerseys)

3rd in pool- we play Sunday, May 12 @ 10:50am at Aim High (court 3- blue jerseys)

 

Venues:

 

1. Aim High (AH)
    7977 Centerline Drive

    DimondaleMI48821

    1 (1), 2 (2), 3 (3), 4 (4), 5 (5)

2. RA 1 Basketball Range (RA1)

    5379, 727 Prudden St,

    LansingMI48906

    1 (1)

3. Waverly High School (WHS)

    160 Snow Rd

    Lansing MI48917

    1 (1), 2 (2)

 

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Practice this week…

Time to go to work!  We will practice Tuesday and Friday from 5-7pm as usual!  Be on time!

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