Want to be a Laker?

Hello all,

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 non-refundable $450.00 fee 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 (if you stay with others) and you are free to spend what you so desire on food.  The fees are all non-refundable.  As always, please speak to a coach or the 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.  Parents will also be expected to conduct themselves in excellence as they SUPPORT their son as well as the PROGRAM!  This is key as often parental behavior rubs immediately off onto the boys.

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.  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 13th year of existence, we have been able to win some titles, produce several professional players, and produce over 50 college-level players out of the program.  I encourage you to click on the “alumni” link at the top of the page to see the names and think about the characters of the young men that are now performing on the college/pro 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.

29 responses to “Want to be a Laker?

  1. Delbert Redfield

    My name is Delbert Redfield. I play PG for Olivet High School. Due to my commitment to the Olivet Baseball Team I was unable to commit to an AAU program this spring but im very interested in joining a team after my Baseball season is over (End of May/Early June) Please contact me if you would consider allowing me an opportunity to join your 17U team. Thank you very much.

    God Bless,

    Delbert Redfield
    5″ 11/ 165
    Class of 2017
    Olivet High School

    2016 Achievements/Statistics

    AP All State Class B Hon. Mention
    All Conference First Team
    All Area Class (bcenquirer)
    Academic All State 3.73 GPA (BCAM)
    “BCAM” TOP FT SHOOTER Selection
    19.0 PPG, 3.7 APG, 2.5 SPG, 87% FT, 68 made 3pt.


    • Well, first of all, your resume is quite impressive! MML is also happy to hear that a young man such as yourself is interested in coming so far east to join our club. That said, Darryl (CDBA) and I are like brothers and I know that he still has you as a part of their roster. I just would not feel right about you joining us and he thinking that you are a part of them. I hope that you understand that.

  2. Jake Petke

    I was wondering if tryout date was set for the 2017 season?

  3. Brian Buswell

    Hi there. My son Brandon currently is playing Freshman basketball for Fenton. I am looking for a place for him to play basketball this offseason. I was looking for some information when tryouts will be for your organization. Thanks

  4. Chris

    Can you give some info on your tryout dates for my son. He is 15 yo, in the 9th grade

  5. Chris Schenkel

    Hello there, my son Nate is interested in coming to tryout to your club team, do you know when the tryouts will be scheduled for the 2018 season?? He is 15 y/o and in the 9th grade

    Thank you,
    Chris Schenkel

  6. Hey my name is Noah. I’m a freshman from Davison MI. I play PG and I’m in 9th grade. I start varsity for Faith Baptist of Davison. I was wondering when tryouts are for 9th grade. I noticed your program is based on Christian principles, that is cool because I am a Christian. Just wanted to get in contact with you

    • Hello Noah, this is Coach Miller. We welcome all comers to tryout, but our core will always be based on Christian values and we operate accordingly. That said, look for tryouts to be the third week of March (19th or 20th), but the exact date is still yet to be determined.

  7. Shelley M Medrano-Carney

    I have a sophomore looking for an AAU team. Hes 16 and plays center. Do you have any openings?

  8. Chris Schenkel

    Are you having a tryout for 16U team??

  9. Greg Glover

    Mr. Miller,

    My son Josh plays for Powers Catholic, you were recommended by Mr. Baylis to us. Josh will be a Jr next season . Josh would like to tryout.

  10. Joseph

    I would love to know when the 2020 basketball tryouts

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