LEAGUES

WINTER LEAGUE UPDATES: 

Unfortunately, the Pistons Academy will not be running any indoor basketball programs for the next three months.  We will continue to monitor the COVID climate and we will return as soon as possible.  Please be sure to check back at the start of the year for an update on league and clinic status.  In the meantime, we plan on delivering some new and interactive activities throughout the holidays and the winter.  If you have any questions on Pistons Academy, please contact Pistons Director of Fan Development at gthomas@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:  Cancelled as of 11/9/2020
Southfield:  Please call 248-352-8000 and ask for basketball desk
Royal Oak:  Please contact Aaron Smith starting in March for Spring League info: asmith@pistons.com

We also operate two All-Girl Leagues:
Friday Night Lights  Please contact Franklin Athletic Club at 248-352-8000 and ask for basketball desk
Girls Middle School League  Please contact Franklin Athletic Club at 248-352-8000 and ask for basketball desk

Partner Leagues:
Pistons Academy of Allen Park:  Cancelled as of 11/9/2020
Pistons Academy of Monroe: Please contact Lizzy Stritt at 734-241-2606 ext. 238
Pistons Academy in Brighton: Please contact Susan Zaske at 810-299-4140
Pistons Academy of Canton:   Please contact Elaine Matthews at elaine@hvsports.com
Pistons Academy of Macomb: Cancelled as of 11/9/2020

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

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. 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: (313) 771-7531 or gthomas@pistons.com