USA Basketball Announces U.S. Open Basketball Championships

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Expanding on last summer’s popular USA Basketball 14U National Tournament, USA Basketball announced the launch of the 2018 U.S. Open Basketball Championships. This youth initiative is intended to add opportunity, standards and quality to the youth basketball environment. 

Offered through USA Basketball’s Youth Development division, the U.S. Open Basketball Championships is an inclusive tournament structure in which existing basketball tournaments meeting USA Basketball approved youth development standards will serve as qualifying events for the 2018 U.S. Open Basketball Championships. The qualifying process will require teams to compete in one of the USA Basketball certified tournaments throughout the United States. Leading up to the U.S. Open Basketball Championships, it is expected that approximately 3,000 teams, 36,000 players and 6,000 coaches will take part in the selected qualifying tournaments across the country.

In addition to following established development standards, the U.S. Open Basketball Championships will require all coaches to possess a valid USA Basketball Coach License.

The top two finishing teams from each group and division of a qualifying tournament will earn a bid to enter the U.S. Open Basketball Championships. For information on player eligibility or to register a team for pre-approved qualifying events, visit www.usab.com/usopenbasketball.

The 2018 U.S. Open Basketball Championships will consist of six groups of play: eighth grade boys, eighth grade girls, 13 and under boys, 13 and under girls, 12 and under boys and 12 and under girls.

Additionally, each age or grade category will offer two divisions to provide for varying levels of competition and ability. The Stars division will be offered for established and competitive club teams that regularly compete regionally and/or nationally. The Stripes division is offered for newer and/or locally based recreational teams seeking compatible competition.

The 2018 U.S. Open Basketball Championships for qualified boys teams will be held June 30-July 3, and the girls championships will take place July 19-22. Both the boys and girls championships will be hosted at the Pacers Athletic Center at Grand Park located in Westfield, Indiana.

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Jr. NBA Youth World Championships | August 2018

Jr NBA World Championship 2

The Jr. NBA World Championship is a first-of-its-kind global youth basketball tournament for the top 14U teams from around the world.

The tournament will feature boys and girls divisions, each comprised of 16 regional champions (eight U.S. teams and eight international teams) that will compete in the inaugural championship in August 2018 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World® Resort near Orlando.

The international competition will leverage the existing global reach of the Jr. NBA, currently reaching 26M youth in more than 70 countries.

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8th Grader Noah Rasmussen Selected as The JuniorHoops.com 2017 Player of the Year

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COVER_Noah Rasmussen_Jan 15_2018Junior Hoops of America has named Bogle Jr. High School 8th grade student-athlete, Noah Rasmussen, as the 1st recipient of the newly created JuniorHoops.com 2017 Player of the Year award.

The yearly award is given to the Arizona youth basketball player that has achieved a high standard of excellence in both school and competitive club basketball.

"Junior Hoops of America is proud to select Noah Rasmussen as the first honoree of this annual award.  The award exemplifies the student-athlete that has accomplished a high standard of excellence both in the classroom as well as on the court.   Noah is a true ambassador of the sport who epitomizes the spirit of this award," states Junior Hoops of America founder and CEO, Jose Morales. 

Noah Rasmussen is a 4.0 student in the classroom with a ten 3-point club game to accompany his classroom achievements.    His devotion to the game has been reflected in overcoming a major knee injury as well as a broken foot.   After each injury he returned to the court to consistently perform scoring feats that wowed the crowd and inspired everyone who witnessed him play.

TOP GUN 10 Three Pointers One Game_ NoahNoah has not been alone facing the challenges before him.  His parents have been with him in full support.   His parents state, “Noah inspires us every day! His passion for basketball has driven his determination to physically, mentally and emotionally overcome some major setbacks over the last year. After helping lead his 7th grade team to the East Valley conference championship, he had to take a 3 month break due to a knee injury. During this break, we saw a very mature side of our son, a 'Let’s make the best out of this attitude.'  Noah began to work weekly with a trainer on flexibility and strength, in addition to working on his handles. After getting the ok from his doctor to return to playing, Noah began training hard to make up for lost time in preparation for a national camp in California he was proud to get invited to attend but one week before the camp, he broke his foot during a practice. This was a very dark time for him.  But, after some tears he pulled himself up again, found the positive attitude needed and got to work. This time, in addition to working weekly with a strength trainer he got to the gym with his Dad as well as with his shooting coach, Marco Morales, who dissected his shooting form and shot and shot (without jumping).  Soon he was back in playing form, made his 8th grade team and proved to us all that obstacles are temporary and hard work with a great attitude always wins.”

His leadership on the court is reflected in the respect that his peers shower on him as well as on the responsibilities given to him by his coach.   Known as an extremely fundamentally sound player, it is very difficult to find any weaknesses in his game.   With the ability to create his own shots at will as well as his love to pass the basketball, Noah is a force of nature on the court.    Undaunted by the pressure of the game, Noah is the kind of player that one wants shooting the ball when the game is on the line.

There are no words that can adequately describe his game.   One must simply take the time to see him play.

Noah plays for Bogle Jr. High School and the Arizona All-Stars Club Basketball program.

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2018 Legacy Youth Sports Tournament Calendar

2018 JAN LYS Calendar Year

Our Philosophy

            Legacy Youth Sports passionate and enthusiastic staff will work to create a positive learning environment for all. We will instill sportsmanship and fundamental basketball skills in our young athletes for today and beyond. LYS purpose is to ensure that every athlete understands and embraces the fact that academics come first and last.

Mission Statement

            The Mission of Legacy Youth Sports Basketball is to give an opportunity for all players with different skill levels to develop their overall game. We will teach in an environment that is cohesive to learning the overall skills of self-confidence, awareness and individual skills. Athletes will develop character and compete against some of the best talent in their region and possibly the nation.  All while using time management to be able to juggle the responsibilities of family, school and community.

            We will also prepare each player to fully understand and execute the fundamentals of the game. We pour into the players the meaning of team spirit and have an environment of respect and common courtesy. Each player of the LYS club teams will be schooled on how to become leaders in their respective communities as they advance through their sports years.

Our Goal

            Our goal is to provide a quality, well organized, basketball program for boys and girls. Offering advanced instruction in basketball fundamentals and how to play as a team along with life concepts. With this kind of instruction, along with participation and exposure in competitive tournaments and leagues, along with off season camps and training sessions, this will help prepare our athletes for the next level of their educational and or sports careers.

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Boys & Girls Club Competitive Club Basketball League | Feb 2 - Mar 11

2018 JAN GBGC League

There are multiple options to choose from to play club basketball.  Tournaments, shootouts, showcases, and leagues.    Leagues are an excellent way to get a game or two per weekend.   Normally, leagues play on Saturdays, however, the new East Valley Boys & Girls Club competitive basketball league will be scheduling their games on Friday nights and Saturday mornings.  For those club teams that want to get in as many games as possible, this league is a good option because it allows you to also schedule other tournaments and league play simultaneously if you schedule the other options on Saturday afternoons and Sunday.   Doing so allows you play Friday night and Saturday mornings with the East Valley Boys & Girls club league.

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M.L. King of the Court Tournament | January 20 & 21

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Our Philosophy

            Legacy Youth Sports passionate and enthusiastic staff will work to create a positive learning environment for all. We will instill sportsmanship and fundamental basketball skills in our young athletes for today and beyond. LYS purpose is to ensure that every athlete understands and embraces the fact that academics come first and last.

Mission Statement

            The Mission of Legacy Youth Sports Basketball is to give an opportunity for all players with different skill levels to develop their overall game. We will teach in an environment that is cohesive to learning the overall skills of self-confidence, awareness and individual skills. Athletes will develop character and compete against some of the best talent in their region and possibly the nation.  All while using time management to be able to juggle the responsibilities of family, school and community.

            We will also prepare each player to fully understand and execute the fundamentals of the game. We pour into the players the meaning of team spirit and have an environment of respect and common courtesy. Each player of the LYS club teams will be schooled on how to become leaders in their respective communities as they advance through their sports years.

Our Goal

            Our goal is to provide a quality, well organized, basketball program for boys and girls. Offering advanced instruction in basketball fundamentals and how to play as a team along with life concepts. With this kind of instruction, along with participation and exposure in competitive tournaments and leagues, along with off season camps and training sessions, this will help prepare our athletes for the next level of their educational and or sports careers.

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Inspire Courts New Year Tournament | January 26 - 28

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Inspire Courts presents 30+ tournaments a year in the largest basketball facility in Arizona.  Located in Gilbert, Arizona, Inspire Courts attracts some of the top club basketball teams in the area.  In addition, Inspire Courts offers leagues and showcases and makes the facility available for rentals

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