LEAGUES

SPRING LEAGUE UPDATES: 

Unfortunately, the Pistons Academy will not be running any basketball programs this spring as concerns with COVID-19 are still weighing heavily on the Pistons organization. Many of our partner leagues are running programs on their own.  Should you be looking for a league, please see the listings below for contact information.  If you have any questions on Pistons Academy, please contact Pistons Academy Coordinator Bryan Bollin at bbollin@pistons.com

 

The Pistons Academy offers many levels of youth basketball leagues throughout the year.  Our Pistons 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.

We currently have three Pistons Leagues:
Birmingham:  Returning Fall, 2021
Southfield:  Returning Fall, 2021
Royal Oak:  Returning Spring, 2022

We also operate two All-Girl Leagues:
Friday Night Lights  Returning Fall, 2021
Girls Middle School League  Returning Fall, 2021

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: 313-771-7471 or bbollin@pistons.com

PISTONS LEAGUE PHILOSOPHY:

Pistons-1098It is the Pistons Academy’s intent to provide an opportunity for parents and players to experience basketball in an arena based on sportsmanship and 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.

PISTONS 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.

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.

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.

For more information contact Bryan Bollin at bbollin@pistons.com