Fall Update – 2014 Graduating Class and Spring News

3 Nov

We wanted to provide an update on two areas. One, we wanted to share some exciting news about the graduating class of 2014 and let you know about some of our former North City players who are now playing collegiate basketball. Two, we wanted to give a quick update on what is next for the North City organization and the upcoming sessions.

2014 Graduating Class

When we started North City in 2010, we started with 1 team of 8th graders. That group grew over the years and showcased some of the best talent in the WESCO conference. They recently graduated high school and some of those players are moving on to play collegiate basketball. Congrats and best of luck to this guys!

Conin Oishi (Shorecrest) – Willamette University
Brian Zehr (Jackson) – Bellevue College
Bradey Brummel (Arlington) – Butte College
Daniel Ghebremichael (Shorecrest) – Northwest College
Noah Jones (Arlington) – Everett Community College
Marcus Blake (Jackson) – Bellevue College
Masamba Njadoe (Shorecrest) – Edmonds Community College
Kaleb Bryson (Arlington) – Shoreline Community College

Upcoming Sessions

Our next session that we will be offering will start March 2015 and run through August 2015. We will not field teams during the winter season as we advocate for players to play on their high school or feeder select teams during this time.

We have already secured gym space at Jackson High School in Mill Creek, Washington that will allow us to accommodate up to 10 teams practicing this upcoming spring. We will again have coaches with previous AAU and/or high school experience leading the boys, along with top trainers in the area including Sgt. Mike Lawson and Chris Hyppa.

We will have teams in the following age groups. 12U, 13U, 14U, 15U, 16U, 17U

PLEASE CONTINUE TO CHECK THE WEBSITE FOR UPDATES AS WE DEVELOP MORE DETAILS ON THE UPCOMING 2015 SPRING/SUMMER SESSION.

Summer Training Offered

20 Jun

To help with individual player development, we are offering summer training sessions in a small group setting. This means 4-5 players will be assigned 1 dedicated coach and receive 2 (1 hr) training sessions per week. These sessions will focus on improving offensive skills including shooting ability, individual moves and also include defensive skills and strength training.

The small group summer training session will be June 30th through August 13th. The training will be on Mondays and Wednesdays at Alderwood Boys and Girls Club. We have 3 time slots available for training sessions.

6:30-7:30pm
7:30-8:30pm
8:30-9:30pm

The total cost of summer training is $200 with a total of 14 sessions offered.

Even if you have not participated in North City Training sessions before, you are welcome to sign up and attend.

Please email northcityaau@gmail.com for more details.

Practice/Training Schedule

17 Mar

All players should have received an email confirmation earlier today regarding details on the season. If you have not received an email through our registration system, please email northcityaau @ gmail.com with your son’s name and we will be sure your contact information is updated.

Practice Schedule: 

Note: This schedule starts tomorrow (Monday).

All practices are at Jackson HS from 7:30-9:30pm

13U Black (Carter) – Mondays/Wednesday
14U Black (Grinaker) – Mondays/Thursdays (note the second practice night)
14U Blue (Arquillano) – Mondays/Wednesdays
14U White (Wilkins) – Mondays/Wednesdays
15U Black (Grinaker) – Tuesdays/Thursdays
15U Blue (Murray) – Tuesdays/Thursdays
16U Black (Lewis) – Tuesdays/Thursdays
17U Black (George) – Tuesdays/Thursdays

Tryout Results

15 Mar

We want to thank all 121 players that participated in our tryouts. We are excited about the upcoming season and watching each player grow into a stronger basketball player, both physically and mentally.

NOTE: If your name is listed below, you will receive an email within the next 24-48 hours to confirm your spot through our online registration system. This is the same system you used to register for tryouts. Once spots are accepted, we will email the team the practice schedule and additional season information.

Please review through our previous post regarding additional details on the spring season including costs. http://northcityaau.com/2014/02/10/2014-spring-tryout-details/

If your name is NOT listed, please stay in contact with North City Training. We will be contacting additional players if someone does not claim their spot or decides to to not play for North City.

13U – Black
Coaches: Alex Carter, Conin Oishi

Junior Due
Issac Shust
Christian Liddell
Jordan Juarez
AJ Andrike
Chase Witthunn
Efton Chism
Haben Tekle
Samuel Wang
Ty Spalti
James Jenkins
Ryker Wuttke

14U – Black
Coaches: Andrew Grinaker, Cam Swanson

Nathan Yoon
Alex Stewart
Kevin Lee
Colby Kyle
Mason Harvey
Matthew Johnson
Daniel Barhoum
Luis Rubalcaba
Spencer Davidson
Drew Harvey
Paul Doney
Keland Guinn

NOTE: For the 14U Blue and White Teams, we created 2 even teams based on position and skill sets.

14U – Blue
Coaches: Michael Arquillano, Will Tieu

Jordan Meyer
Perry White
Kobe Isip
Loren Kim
Marco Narciso
Jake Litchfield
Eddie Peabody
Alexander Liu
Garrison Pinkley
Wesley Erickson
Dezmon Liddell

14U – White
Coaches: Tyler Watkins, Nick Elmer

RJ Ordona
Jay Bingcang
Jared Brown
Jake Rogers
Evan Gee
Jace Fransen
Dane Diel
Benjamin Vojnikovic
Jack Tillman
Srinu Koritela
Dante Guadagnoli
Cooper Cummings

NOTE: For the 14U Blue and White Teams, we created 2 even teams based on position and skill sets.

15U – Black
Coaches: Andrew Grinaker, Benny Ortega

Bryan Spee
Dawson Porcello
Adrian Ortega
Zachary Plummer
Nathan Tuck
Byron Lewellen
Hunter Taylor
Drew Bryson
Ravi Regan-Hughes
Desmond Burton
Aleks Bober

15U – Blue
Coaches: Michael Murray 

Hunter Watkins
Ryan Kennedy
Donovan Barnhart
Korreal Renbarger
Alex Johnston
Austin Darnell
Sam Tregoning
Seth Cavin
Ethan Grice
Bryce Jones
Walter Wang
Travis Rucker

16U – Black
Coaches: Will Lewis

Tim Zachman
Grant Charlton
Jalen Profit
Tommy Haefele
Braden Allen
Michael Pastor
Aaron Carlson
Terence Goodwin
Connor Widmann
Scott Kragerud
Brandt Tosaya
Kevin Burns

17U – Black
Coaches: Eddie George, Cam Swanson

Josh Bevan
Brennon Wiersma
Kyle Kauk
Gabe Powter
Derek Anyimah
Blake Rawlins
Tanner Litchfield
Carson Hambreck
Brantle Harris
Ali Shah
Derek Ross
Donavan Sellgren

If you have questions or concerns, please email NORTHCITYAAU @ GMAIL . COM.

2014 Spring Tryout Details

10 Feb

REGISTRATION FOR TRYOUTS:
For the 2014 season, tryouts will be $10 per player. This registration cost will pay for the gym space and coaching fees involved in the 4 days of tryouts. We have teamed up with Team Sports Admin, a local company, to complete the registration and we have 100% confidence in their tool.

PLEASE VISIT THIS LINK TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD FOR TRYOUTS
https://northcity.teamsportsadmin.com/signup?tryout_id=MTI2

During this registration process, you will be asked to provide player and parent/guardian information. You will also be asked to sign a Liablity form and Concussion form utilizing the online signature service, DocuSign.

Please help our organization by walking through this registration process to provide your contact details. The entire process should take less than 10 minutes and will allow us to automate the tryout/registration process.

TRYOUT DATES: WHY DOES NORTH CITY HOLD TRYOUTS SO LATE?
We always schedule our tryouts for AFTER the WIAA season has concluded to ensure that all players give their HS team their full attention for the entire season. In addition, the 7th and 8th grade WESCO and ETL Feeder season ends at a similar time.

All tryout dates below are held at Jackson High School
Jackson High School
1508 136th St Se
Mill Creek, WA

13U – current 7th graders
Monday, March 10th, 7:30pm-9:30pm
Wednesday, March 12th, 7:30pm-9:30pm

14U – current 8th graders
Monday, March 10th, 7:30pm-9:30pm
Wednesday, March 12th, 7:30pm-9:30pm

15U – current 9th graders
Tuesday, March 11th, 7:30pm-9:30pm
Thursday, March 13th, 7:30pm-9:30pm

16U – current 10th graders
Tuesday, March 11th, 7:30pm-9:30pm
Thursday, March 13th, 7:30pm-9:30pm

17U – current 11th graders
Tuesday, March 11th, 7:30pm-9:30pm
Thursday, March 13th, 7:30pm-9:30pm

SEASON START/END:
We ask each player to commit to 3 months (March 10-June 1st) of the spring season. For all teams outside of 13U, we will take the month of June OFF to allow each player to compete with their High School teams during this summer period.

We will be offering team competition and training services for the 13U teams for the months of June and July. We will be offering team and training services for 14U-17U for the month of July. We will provide more details on these months and the tournaments by May 1st.

PROGRAM COST:
Our goal is to provide comprehensive costs that eliminate any added charges throughout the season. Because of increased costs in gym space, coaching fees and apparel we’ve been forced to raise our costs for the 2014 season. With these increases, we are still $300-$1000 less than other AAU programs in our area.

Total cost for the spring season (March– June 1st) is $930. $430 is due March 17th to secure a spot. $250 is due April 5th and $250 is due May 5th.

Breakdown of Costs:
• New Uniforms and Apparel – $150
• Registration, Tournaments, Gym Fees – $300
• Monthly Training and Coaching Fees – $160 per month x3 months = $480

Note: We need to order new uniforms for all players because the company we used previously, Signature Sportswear, went out of business in late 2013 and it wasn’t possible to order the same uniforms. We are not making any money on this uniform order and we apologize for this issue.

Because of our online registration process, we are requiring that a credit card is placed on file. Unless advanced notice and agreements are in place, the card will be charged for the 2nd and 3rd installments after the 5th of each month.

SCHOLARSHIPS:
We are committed to helping build the community and we understand that some families cannot afford the total cost of the program. We will have some full and partial scholarships available to provide but will require anyone interested in a scholarship to fill out a scholarship request form, including verification of family income and/or receiving any form of state assistance.

TRAINING AND PRACTICES

Sgt. Mike Lawson Training:
We believe the main difference between our programs and the rest is our focus on core strength training. Sgt. Mike Lawson, former Army Commando and 2x Winner of “Best in Western Washington” for Adult Bootcamps will lead our core training for the 4th straight year. Sgt. Lawson has trained athletes ranging from middle school, high school, college and the NBA, including currently serving as the lead trainer for Seattle Pacific University’s Men’s and Women’s basketball teams.

You can view some of our training videos at: http://www.youtube.com/user/northcityaau?feature=watch

Practices:
Each team will have 2 practices each week, lasting 2 hours that will encompass a blend of individual training (40%), team offense/defense (40%) and core strength training (20%). All practices between March 10th and the end of the school year will be held at Jackson HS.

Note: We may have to add a gym location to help fill the gap if Jackson is not available for a particular team or day.

TOURNAMENTS:
We reserve the right to adjust the schedule depending on the team’s ability and availability. This is our spring season tournament schedule. The summer schedule (June, July) will be available by May 1st.

North City 16u and 17U will compete in Washington Premier League along with a combination from the  tournaments listed below. 

North City Black Schedule (A Team)

March 22, 23 – North City Jamboree (3 other local teams involved)
March 29-30 – WTA Sweet Shot Tournament – Renton, WA
April 4-6 – Runnin Shoot Classic – Bellevue, WA
April 12-13 – WTA SouthSound Jumpshot – Puyallup, WA
April 20th – Easter (No Tournament)
April 26-27 – Premier Showcase – Bellevue, WA
May 2-4 – Best in the West – Yakima, WA
May 10th – Mother’s Day (No Tournament)
May 16-18 – CPC Spring Classic – Bothell, WA
May 24-26 – Northwest Championships – Seattle, WA

Note: For out of town tournaments, North City will be covering the costs of the tournament registration but the hotel, airfare, transportation food and any other costs are the responsibility of the family.

North City Blue Schedule (B Team, C team if applicable)

March 22, 23 – North City Jamboree (3 other local teams involved)
March 29-30 – WTA Sweet Shot Tournament – Renton, WA
April 12-13 – WTA Southsound Jumpshot – Puyallup, WA
April 20th – Easter (No Tournament)
April 26-27 – WTA Spring Fling – Lynnwood, WA
May 2-4 – Best in the West – Yakima, WA
May 10th – Mother’s Day (No Tournament)
May 16-18 – CPC Spring Classic – Bothell, WA
May 24-26 – WTA Memorial Day Classic – Lynnwood, WA

Note: For out of town tournaments, North City will be covering the costs of the tournament registration but the hotel, airfare, transportation food and any other costs are the responsibility of the family.

 CONCLUSION:
Thank you for your interest in North City. We look forward to continuing to build those relationships with our families and players along with creating new ones this upcoming season. If you have any questions, please contact Andrew Grinaker by email northcityaau @ gmail.com or call 425-753-3035.

Update on 2014 season

11 Jan

Thank you for your interest in North City. We have been fortunate enough to grow each year since we started the program with 10 players in 2010. Last year we had 8+ teams and nearly 100 players participate in our program throughout the spring and summer AAU season. Please see below for the details for the upcoming North City Training season.

PLEASE CONTINUE TO CHECK OUR SITE FOR UPDATES AS WE GET CLOSER TO THE START OF THE SEASON.

Teams:
This is the list of teams we plan on fielding. This list is subject to change based on the turnout at tryouts.

13U – current 7th graders (A and B team)
14U (A and B team)
15U (A and B team)
16U (A and B team)
17U (A and B team)

Based on talent level, some players may be able to play up 1 grade level.

Sgt. Mike Lawson Training:
We believe the main difference between our programs and the rest is our focus on core strength training. Sgt. Mike Lawson, former Army Commando and 2x Winner of “Best in Western Washington” for Adult Bootcamps will lead our core training for the 4th straight year. Sgt. Lawson has trained athletes ranging from middle school, high school, college and the NBA, including the current trainer for the Seattle Pacific University Men’s and Women’s basketball teams.

You can view some of our training videos at: http://www.youtube.com/user/northcityaau?feature=watch

Tryouts: We always schedule our tryouts for AFTER the WIAA High School season has concluded to ensure that all players give their HS team their full attention for the entire season. In addition, the 7th and 8th grade WESCO Feeder season ends at a similar time.

March 10 – 7:30-9:30pm – Jackson HS
March 11 – 7:30-9:30pm – Jackson HS
March 12– 7:30-9:30pm – Jackson HS
March 13– 7:30-9:30pm – Jackson HS

Jackson HS address
1508 136th St. SE   Mill Creek, WA   98012

Note: Each grade level will have 2 assigned tryout times from the list above. We will provide these details by Feb. 10th.

Registration for Tryouts:For the 2014 season, tryouts will be $10 per player. This registration cost will pay for the gym space and coaching fees involved in the 4 days of tryouts. We will provide a link by Feb. 10th to provide all player and parent information, along with payment to register your player for 2014 tryouts.

Tournaments: Our teams have always competed against the best AAU teams in the state and will continue to challenge our teams with local tournaments in Seattle, Tacoma and Bellevue along with traveling to Eastern Washington, Oregon and Las Vegas for regional and national tournaments.

Practices:
Each team will have 2 practices each week, lasting 2 hours that will encompass a blend of individual training (40%), team offense/defense (40%) and core strength training (20%). All practices between March 10th and the end of the school year will be held at Jackson HS.

Note: We may have to add a gym location to help fill the gap if Jackson is not available for a particular team or week.

Program Cost:
We will have detailed costs available on the Feb. 10th date for all players involved. Each player who attends tryouts will be required to commit to at least 3 months of the program. We will have an increase in cost from previous years to cover the increase in gym space, coaching fees and the number of tournaments we compete in. Our goal is to provide comprehensive costs that eliminate any added charges throughout the season.

Coaches:
The program will have a blend of coaches returning from last season along with new coaches in the program for 2014. Our returning group of coaches all have Varsity level high school experience along with collegiate experience. All of our coaches are required to complete a background check and all head coaches are paid for their time. We will finalize coaching assignments as we get closer to the start of the season.

 

 

Team Pictures and Championship Photos

25 Jun

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So proud of what the program has accomplished in the past 3 years.

2010:1 team, 11 kids, 2 coaches, 1 gym location

2013: 8 teams, 85 kids, 9 coaches, 3 gym locations

Thanks to all of the families, athletes, trainers, coaches and of course Sgt. Mike Lawson for contributing to this program.

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Five Highlights from the Early Season

16 Apr

We are about 5 weeks into the season and we have some highlights to share.

*85 kids are part of the North City Family this season, nearly 50 more than we had last season.

*We now have a staff of 9 coaches and 2 administrators supporting our organization (not including parents!).

*We were able to provide full or partial scholarships to 15 players.

*Two 2nd place finishes in the Runnin Shoot Classic (17U White and 13U Black).

*All players have survived Sgt. Mike’s training!

 

Practice Schedule – 4/1-4/5

1 Apr

We know that most players are on Spring Break this week so we thought we would post the practice schedule on the website. You should have received an email regarding this schedule as well. Thank you for your flexibility. If your child will not be attending, please contact their coach asap.

Monday – Redmond Athletic Club – 7:30-9:30pm
17U (both teams)
15U – Stevens

Tuesday – Jackson High School – 7:30-9:30pm
13UA – A.Grinaker
13UB – Carter
14UA – Lewellen
14UB – D.Grinaker
14UC – M.Murray

Tuesday – Shorecrest High School – 7:00-9:00pm
15U – Stevens

Wednesday – Redmond Athletic Club – 7:30-9:30pm
13UA – A.Grinaker
13UB – Carter

Thursday – Jackson HS – 7:30-9:30pm
17U – both teams
14UA – Lewellen
14UB – D.Grinaker

Friday – Shorecrest HS – 7:00-9:00pm
14UC – Murrary

 

First 2 Weeks of Training (in pictures)

20 Mar

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Bunny hops with a body bar to help target lower leg muscle development for explosiveness.

 

 

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A Sgt. Mike staple. Lunges to the free throw line….pushups…lunges to halfcourt…pubhsups. Repeat. Repeat.

 

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Learning the proper squat with Sgt. Mike at the RAC.

 

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Even the coaches hate doing this drill. Bicycle kicks to build core strength.

 

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Coach Murray (far right) working on off-ball movement and defensive shell with his team.

 

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Ending the training with plank position. Great drill to build strength and balance.