GIRLS PROGRAMS

The Pistons Academy offers several all-girl programs designed to teach the game at a fun yet challenging level.  We offer beginner programs all the way up to Elite Travel teams.  Below is a listing for winter 2020. For additional information, please contact Geo Thomas at gthomas@pistons.com

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GIRLS BASKETBALL CLINICS:

OPEN GYM TRAINING SESSIONS:  Girls in grades 4-8
Whether you are preparing for high school or middle school basketball or just looking to work on your game, the Pistons Elite Training Sessions will get you that extra court time you are looking for. Held at the Franklin Athletic Club in Southfield, each session will work on various skills, rule comprehension, conditioning and footwork.   Next sessions are 6-7:15pm on the following dates:  12/8, 1/19, 1/26 (att PPC), 2/2, 2/23, 3/1, 3/15.   $15 paid at the door.  Sessions are limited to 20 girls so RSVP at gthomas@pistons.com

 

QUEENS OF THE COURT HOLIDAY CLINIC – DEC. 29:  Grades 2-8
Spend your last Sunday of 2019 in a fun and challenging all-girls skills clinic!  This one-day event will feature skill development, games and contests, awards and more!  Clinic will run from 4-7:00pm and is open for girls of all skill levels.  Girls can bring their dinner or purchase a Pizza Dinner on site for $5 (or $8 upgrade).  $40 ($50 after 12/15).  Group discounts available for teams of seven or more!  Register for the 2019 Queens of the Court Clinic HERE!

 

JANUARY 26 SKILL SESSION AT THE PPC:  Girls in grades 4-8
IT’S TIME TO PRACTICE LIKE THE PROS PRACTICE! Welcome to the first ever Sunday Skills Session at the new Pistons Performance Center in Detroit!  Girls in grades 3-8 are invited to spend 90 minutes working on skill development on the same floor as the Detroit Pistons!  Pistons Elite coaches will spend the first 45 minutes working on skill development and rule comprehension.  Then the girls we be divided into teams to play some full court basketball and then finish with shooting contests and conditioning.  For more information or to register, click here:  

 

GIRLS BASKETBALL LEAGUES: WINTER SEASON: JANUARY-MARCH

Pistons Academy offers four amazing basketball leagues for girls in grades 1-8.  All these leagues are designed to provide girls a fun and challenging environment to learn and play. All of our girls leagues are held in Birmingham Schools and each league has a dedicated league director who will oversee all aspects of the league.  Players receive league shirts and season ending awards. For more information on our programs, read below or call us at 313-771-7699. To inquire about coaching, please contact Morgan Roberts at mroberts@pistons.com

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WEDNESDAY POWER BASKETBALL: Grades 1-2– NEW
Welcome to “Girl Power” Basketball! This eight-week instructional program is designed to empower young girls to embark on their basketball career!
Location:  
Bingham Farms Elementary School in Birmingham
Days/Times: Wednesdays from 6:-00-7:30pm

Dates:  January 15- March 11
Registration: Click here to register for the Girl Power League

 

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS – JV:  Girls grades 3-4th
JV Triple ThreatFriday Night Lights-JV is designed to teach the basics of the game through team building and competitive play.   Players register as individuals and will be placed on a team via the league draft (1/17).  Teams will have three full practices to start the season and then a 20-minute practice before every game.
Location:  Bingham Farms Elementary School in Birmingham
Days/Times: Games & Practices are Fridays at 6:30 or 7:30pm.
Dates:  1/17-3/11
League Fee: $135
Registration: Click here to register for the winter FNL JV season
Photo Album:  
FNL JV PHOTO ALBUM

 

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS –  VARSITY:  Girls grades 5-6 
Varsity FTFriday Night Lights is designed to teach game strategy & team skills through competitive play. Players register as individuals and will be placed on a team via the league draft (1/17).  Teams are guaranteed five games and three practices during the season.
Location:  Berkshire & Covington Gyms in Birmingham
Days/Times: Games & Practices are Fridays at 6:30 or 7:30pm.
Dates:  1/17-3/20
League Fee: $145
Registration: Click here to register for the FNL Varsity winter season
Photo Album: FNL VARSITY PHOTO ALBUM

 

GIRLS MIDDLE SCHOOL LEAGUE:  Girls grades 7-8 WINTER ONLY!
IMG_6733The Pistons Academy All-Girls Middle School League is a great opportunity for girls in grades 7-8 to play basketball in a fun yet competitive environment.  Games are played every Saturday at either Berkshire Middle School or Covington School in Birmingham.  Practices are either Thursdays at 6pm, 7pm or 8pm or on Saturdays before their game. Players register as individuals and are placed on teams via a live draft.
Location: Berkshire & Covington Gyms in Birmingham
Days/Times: Friday evening or Saturday games.  Thursday evening or Saturday practices.
Dates: 1/18-3/21
League Fee: $155
Registration: Click here to register for the winter Middle School League

 

ALL-GIRLS CLINICS & TOURNAMENTS

pa_queensofthecourt-clinic_978x431QUEENS OF THE COURT HOLIDAY CLINIC – DEC. 29:  Grades 3-8
Spend your last Sunday of 2019 in a fun and challenging all-girls skills clinic!  This one-day event will feature skill development, games and contests, awards and more!  Clinic will run from 4-7:00pm and is open for girls of all skill levels.  Girls can bring their dinner or purchase a Pizza Dinner on site for $5 (or $8 upgrade).  $40 ($50 after 11/30).  Group discounts available for teams of seven or more!  For additional information, contact Geo Thomas at gthomas@pistons.com

Register for the 2019 Queens of the Court Clinic HERE!

 

pa_all-girls-overdrive-tournament_300x179ALL-GIRLS OVERDRIVE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT:  Grades 7-8
The Detroit Pistons are hosting an all-girls basketball tournament on Sunday, February 10th 2019 at the Franklin Athletic Club in Southfield, MI. This one day tournament is for girls teams in grades 7-8 and will be held at the Luxurious Franklin Athletic Club in Southfield. With the support of the Detroit Pistons, teams will be given amenities that very few other tournaments offer:

  • Scorekeepers are provided
  • No back-to-back games
  • Live updates on Pistons website and social media
  • Photographer will provide action shots for all teams
  • All-tournament team awards
  • All players will receive a free ticket to a Detroit Pistons home game

Overdrive Tournament Rules

For more information, please contact Tournament Director Laura Barrick at: lbarrickpa@gmail.com

ELITE TRAVEL AAU TEAMS

PISTONS ELITE 5th, 7th, 8th GRADE GIRLS, 2019-20:  FAAST Champs '17
The Pistons Elite Travel Basketball Club will be forming a travel basketball team for girls who are currently in 5th-8th grade. Team formation will be via tryouts at the Franklin Athletic Club in Southfield.  For more contact Coach Geo Thomas at (313) 771-7531  or gthomas@pistons.com

5th grade tryout days: Saturday Oct 12th and Sunday Oct 13th, 6-7:15pm
5th grade openings:  Looking for one more player of “elite” abilities
Tryout Location: Franklin Athletic Club, 29350 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield
Tryout Fees:  $15 per day
More Information:  Please contact head coach Geo Thomas at gthomas@pistons.com

6th grade tryout days: Saturday, Oct 19th (4-5pm)
Tryout Location: Berkshire Middle School, 21707 W 14 Mile Rd. (east of Lahser)
Tryout Fees:  $15 per day
More Information:  Please contact head coach Kelly Sheckell at kmsheckell@sbcglobal.net

7th & 8th grade tryout days: Saturday Oct 12th (6-7:15) and Monday Oct 14th (6:30-7:45pm)
Tryout Location: Franklin Athletic Club, 29350 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield
Tryout Fees:  $15 per day
More Information:  Please contact head coach Andy Guffey at andy.guffey@gmail.com

PISTONS ELITE 2018 PHOTO ALBUM