LEAGUES

The Pistons Academy offers many levels of youth basketball leagues throughout the year.  Our Premier Leagues offer a division for every player and are designed for the intermediate to advanced player. These leagues are directed by seasoned professionals who understand what makes a league enjoyable for players and parents alike.  Games run on time and we only use experienced officials and scorekeepers.  Players will enjoy warm-up music, in-game announcements, weekly newsletters and game recaps posted on our website. Season ends with a post-season tournament and all players receive a free ticket to a Pistons home game.

Our Entry-Level Leagues at the YMCA are the perfect start for the beginner to intermediate level player.  More emphasis is placed on player development as teams have at least seven practices during the season.  There are no awards or post-season play, however, all players do receive a free ticket to a Pistons home game.

We currently have three Premier Leagues:
Birmingham:  Through Birmingham Public Schools (Fall and winter)
Southfield:  At the Franklin Athletic Club (Fall, Winter and spring)
Royal Oak:  (Spring)

We also operate two All-Girl Leagues:
Friday Night Lights  Grades 4-6 play every Friday night in Birmingham (Fall, Winter, Spring)
Girls Middle School League  Grades 6-8 have Saturday games and either Thursday or Saturday practices (Winter)

Entry-Level Leagues:
For the younger player who is looking to get their feet wet in a league environment, check out our regional YMCA Entry-Level Leagues. Many of these leagues start at age four and are the perfect fit for kids looking to obtain game experience.  YMCA Entry-Level Leagues: 

Coaching Opportunities
We are always looking for qualified and motivated coaches to lead our teams.  We offer flexible scheduling as well as an informative coaches clinic for all new (and old) coaches to our program. If you are interested, please contact Bryan Bollin for more details: 248-377-8305 or bbollin@pistons.com

 

PREMIER LEAGUE PHILOSOPHY

It is the Pistons Academy’s intent to provide an opportunity for parents and players to experience basketball in an arena based on sportsmanship Pistons-1098and competitive play. We will make every effort to provide an environment regarded as organized, competitive, professional and rewarding. We will not accept any parent, coach, player or person who places our intent at risk.

PREMIER LEAGUE OVERVIEW:

Our leagues are structured and designed to provide valuable game experience to all who participate. The league is NOT designed to teach the fundamentals. Rather, coaches focus mostly on game strategy and rule comprehension. All of our referees are MHSAA certified. We also use MHSAA Legacy officials (high school age) who have been trained to officiate youth league games.

Players register as individuals and are placed on teams via a draft system. Although we do take requests for players to play with their friends, there is no guarantee that will happen. In most cases, we can place siblings on the same team. For the LADY PISTONS League in Birmingham, players can form their own teams or register as individuals.

There is guaranteed playing time for all players. However, this guaranteed playing time is not equal playing time. Every player is guaranteed to play 40% of the game and their minutes are recorded by the scorekeeper. We have players of all skill levels in our league but the bulk of our players have prior game experience. We ask that if your child has never played organized basketball that you start with one of our skill clinics or explore the option of our Entry-Level Leagues at the YMCA.

Sportsmanship is enforced at all times. Players showing poor sportsmanship on a consistent basis will be dismissed from the league without refund. Spectator behavior is closely monitored and our coaches understand that poor behavior will not be tolerated. If you are looking for an ultra-competitive program where winning is top priority…this isn’t it –keep looking.

For more information contact Geo Thomas: 248-371-2048 or gthomas@palacenet.com