The Pistons Academy Premier League offers youth basketball leagues throughout the year.  Our Fall League runs September-November.  Our Winter League is our largest and runs January-March.  Our Spring League runs April-June.   This league is currently held through Birmingham Public Schools.  We also have two Pistons Academy Partner Leagues: RARA (Rochester-Avon Recreation Authority) and the Dearborn Basketball Association, Franklin Athletic Club in Southfield.



It 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.


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, 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, especially for the younger ages.

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…this isn’t it –keep looking.


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