2016 Fall Developmental League Schedule & Rosters

Team 1 : Coach Plessl
Plessl, O.
Plessl, J.
Cannone, J.
Marks, C.
Mazin, M.
Keirnan, R.
Mauthe-Derewal, L.
Grant, Aa.
E, Lopez
Team 2 : Coach Pearsall
Pearsall, C.
Dufal, A.
Sweeney, Z.
McNair, D.
Taylor, C.
Magnotta, A.
Pearsall, A.
MacTaggart, E.
E, Ramos
Team 3 : Coach Benson
Benson, J.
Benson, J.
Nunez, B.
Headon, D.
Morales, E.
Corr, K.
Wright, K.
Campbell, B.
*, *.
Team 4 : Coach Carrabello
Suarez, J.
Suarez, J.
Balacazar, M.
Gonzalez, J.
Polanco, E.
Hanna, J. –
Santiago, J.
Grant, Ai.
J, Arocho

REGISTER NOW! Visit our online registration site to secure your FALL D-League DevLeagueLogospot.

The upcoming NEW 2016 D-League Fall League is for Boys (ages 7 – 13) and Girls (ages 8 – 14) is rapidly approaching. This Developmental Indoor Basketball League is offered to the community at large and gives players the opportunity to develop their game! A number of players that participated in prior D-League seasons went on to play AAU-level basketball.

Game Schedule:

ESYC Elite Development Basketball League RETURNS for Fall 2016!

Week 4: Players of the Week Selma, Riley, Zhontay & Jemel

Week 4: Players of the Week
Selma, Riley, Zhontay & Jemel

Week 5: Players of the Week: Thomas, Donavon, Brandon & Manny

Week 5: Players of the Week: Donavon, Thomas, Brandon & Manny


Offered to the community at large, the Developmental Indoor Basketball League gives players the opportunity to develop their game!  A number of players that participated in the 2015 D-League have gone on to play AAU-level basketball the next spring.  That’s what development is about!

MONDAY NIGHT SKILLS & DRILLS:  Discounted sessions @ 7:00 pm are be offered to D-League players  for $15.    6:00 pm sessions will be FREE to a team that has a “bye” week.  Team t-shirt must be worn to receive discounted or free entry to the 6:00 pm session.

Player Assessments will be held on Thursday September 8th 6 PM, Saturday September 10th, 10:00 AM, & Thursday September 15th this fall. Each player will only need to attend one assessment.



Frequently Asked Questions:

Are there tryouts?
There are no tryouts, and no one will be cut!  Players will be evaluated to assess their skill level solely for the purpose of balancing team skillsets. Player Assessments will be March

Does the $135 cost cover tryout fees?
There are no tryout fees since there are no tryouts.

What does the fee include?
The fee includes 6-8 in-house games, discounted skills & drills sessions, gym rental, coaching, and a t-shirt.

Can my child attend first to see if he/she likes it before we commit to registering & payment?
NO. Players will not be evaluated or be allowed to play without full registration & payment.

When are practices scheduled?
There are NO practices scheduled. Players simply attend scheduled games and are coached for their playing period. It is presumed that most players have some team experience. However, as the developmental league is also instructional, players will receive balanced playing time as much as possible, to ensure exposure to the game. Experienced coaches will offer players game-time tips.

I can only attend one Player Evaluation session. Is this ok?
Yes. However, it is always best to attend more than one session so that your player can be better evaluated. Players can have “off” days, as well as their “best day ever”, and not be accurately assessed according to their consistent play.

Will there be uniforms?
Players will receive t-shirts for their assigned team. T-shirts are included in the cost.

Is this part of the AAU program?
No. This development league is offered as a different option to play Spring basketball. Often players will have developed their skills enough to play on AAU teams after playing in this development league.

My child does not live in the vicinity.  May he/she still participate?
Yes! There are no residency restrictions for this program.

My child has never played on a team before. Is this program the right fit?
It is presumed that players already know how to dribble and shoot, and understand the basic fundamentals of the game. These skills may have been learned at the local park. The development league is not designed to teach players how to dribble and shoot, but to help players gain increased comfort in using their learned skills so as to improve their game-time extincts.

Can I mail in a check or pay cash?
The method of payment strongly preferred is through our online process, although payments can be made in person during player assessments. ONLINE REGISTRATION

Will there be a tournament or championship game?
No. Although the games get pretty competitive, the emphasis for this league is DEVELOPMENT. Introducing a tournament or championship places an emphasis on winning, and the development of weakness among players gets overlooked. There’s plenty of time for that in competitive leagues.

Are these games officiated?

Development League Phone Contact: Marlon Thomas, 610-842-1606, esychoops@gmail.com

Fall Training Sessions with Lemar

“East Side Youth Center” Trainings with…

Lemar Washington, Certified Pro Skills Trainer

When: Mondays & Wed., 7:00 pm  to 8:30 pm,                                                     Wednesdays 7:00 pm  to 8:30 pm, starting Mon. September 12, 7 pm-8:30 pm.
Skill Level: Advanced /AAU level *
Fee: $20 per player
Registration Link: Click Here

Lemar Washington, Certified Pro Skills Trainer, will be leading the way at the ESYC for the Fall Elite Training sessions. Lemar brings a wealth of knowledge to our youth, stacked with a plethora of basketball experiences

Lemar “Marty” Washington has more than a thing or two to say to our youth — who are serious about their basketball craft —  regarding maintaining focus, relentless work ethic, and the pursuit of life’s goals.

 *ADVANCED skill level: Players should be able to dribble — WITH EYES/CHIN UP — with either hand, perform BOTH left and right hand layups, execute between leg, behind-back, in/out, and step-crossover moves with speed and efficiency, and successfully shoot jumpers off the dribble (min. 15 foot). All skills must show proper footwork. Players should be able to follow multiple drill instructions and execute drills (through skill AND behavior) so as not to impede upon the progress of the drills for other advanced players.

2016 Baby Ballerz Fall Basketball League

PRE-K Baby Ballerz Clinics

Child development program for pre-kindergarten children (ages 4, 5 and 6)baby BallersDesigned to teach children motor and interaction skills while encompassing the sport of basketball.
Our ESYC instructors, along with mom or dad on the court, will introduce basic basketball skills to the children-while having a GREAT time
Program consists of one 30-minute session per week for four weeks
Sessions are held at East Side Youth Center.

DATES: October 8, 15, 22, 29

LOCATION: East Side Youth Center (1140 East Clair St Allentown Pa 18109)

TIMES: 9:00am, 9:30am, (Sessions filled in order of registration)

PRICE: $60 (includes ESYC Shirt)

DEADLINE: September 28

REGISTER NOW! Visit our ONLINE registration site to secure your Pre-K Clinic Spot.


The upcoming NEW 2016 Baby Ballerz Fall League is for Boys (ages 5 – 10) and Girls (ages 6 – 11) is rapidly approaching. This Developmental Indoor Basketball League is offered to the community at large and gives players the opportunity to develop their game! A number of players that participated in prior D-League seasons went on to play AAU-level basketball.


ASSESMENT DATES: September 10, 17 @ 10 am

LOCATION: East Side Youth Center (1140 East Clair St Allentown Pa 18109)

TIMES: 10:00 am, 11:10  am, (Sessions filled in order of registration)

PRICE: $ 135 (includes ESYC Shirt)

DEADLINE: September 17

REGISTER NOW! Visit our online registration site to secure your Fall Baby Ballerz League spot.

INTERESTED IN COACHING? ESYC relies on volunteer coaches to make our leagues a success! If you would like to coach in any our Leagues, Complete our online form by visiting our webpage here: CLICK HERE  or email your request to: esychoops@gmail.com

If you are coaching and will not be registering a child, please follow these instructions:
Complete our online form by visiting our webpage here: CLICK HERE or email your request to: esychoops@gmail.com


2017 Summer Basketball

BASKETBALL NEVER STOPS! ESYC will be participating in Allentown’s Summer Basketball League. Both AAU-caliber, and recreational players (grades 4th -8th) will be competing, with the overall goal to improve their game in preparation for the Winter Basketball season.


SIGNUP DATES FOR BOYS AND GIRLS grades 3rd – 9th:  Tuesdays & Thursdays (6pm8pm)


In order to compete and participate in the summer league, each player must complete the two following forms:

ESYC Participation Contract Form (Click on the link)

ESYC Medical Release Form (Click on the link)

Tryout Fee:  $0

Registration Fee: $35 ESYC Fee + $15 T-Shirt

Registration & payment may be also be completed online.

Questions? Contact: Marlon Thomas, 610-842-1606, esychoops@gmail.com

2017 ESYC Elite AAU Tryouts



  • Boys AAU Basketball: Grades 4th through 11th REGISTER ONLINE NOW
  • Players please arrive no earlier than 10 minutes prior to tryouts.
  • Players should wear a jersey with a name and number on it so coaches can get to know each and every player.
  • Tryouts held at the ESYC: 1140 Clair St, Allentown, PA
  • Review these AAU tryout tips!


  • 4th Grade AAU Tryouts 10u:    esyc-elite-tryout-2017
  • Mon, Jan 16th 5:00 – 6:15
    • Mon, Feb 20th 5:45 – 7:00
  • 5th Grade AAU Tryouts 11u:
  • Mon, Jan 16th 6:00 – 7:15
    • Mon, Feb 20th 5:45 – 7:00
  • 6th Grade AAU Tryouts 12u:
  • Mon, Jan 16th 6:00 – 7:15
    • Mon, Feb 20th 7:15 – 8:00
  • 7th Grade AAU Tryouts 13u:
  • Mon, Jan 16th 7:30 – 8:45
    • Mon, Feb 20th 8:00 – 9:15
  • 8th Grade AAU Tryouts 14u:
  • Mon, Jan 16th 7:30 – 8:45
    • Mon, Feb 20th 8:00 – 9:15
  • 9th Grade AAU Tryouts 15u:
  • Sun, Feb 19th 10:00 – 12:00
  • 10th Grade AAU Tryouts 16u:
  • Sun, Feb 19th 10:00 – 12:00
  • 11th Grade AAU Tryouts 17u:
  • Sun, Feb 19th 10:00 – 12:00

All players should try to make both tryouts and wear a jersey with the players name and number on the back.

Each Player Will Receive The Following:

  • At least 25- 30 Hours Of Practice Time With AAU Certified Coaches


  • 10U 6 Tournaments $455
  • 11U 7 Tournaments $495
  • 12U 7 Tournaments $495
  • 13U 7 Tournaments $495
  • 14U 7 Tournaments $495
  • 15U 7 Tournaments $595
  • 16U 7 Tournaments $595
  • 17U 7 Tournaments $595

Tournaments are across the northeastern coast and are 3 + plus games each.

ESYC Elite’s 2017 AAU Program fee is TO BE DETERMINED per player (if paid by Credit Card) as we are in the process of selecting 7 tournaments (6 for 10u) and 2 practices per week for each team; fees will cover AAU Insurance, tournaments, gym rental fees, equipment, and administrative costs. Player AAU Memberships, Coaches’ salaries for games, hotel lodging, and other miscellaneous expenses are not included within the AAU Program fee and will be handled separately.

What is AAU?
The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) is one of the largest, non-profit, volunteer, sports organizations in the United States. A multi-sport organization, the AAU is dedicated exclusively to the promotion and development of amateur sports and physical fitness program.

How much does it cost to try-out for the ESYC Elite AAU basketball program?
The cost of the tryout is $20 (Spring AAU) for each participant.

How many tryouts does my child need to attend and what is the selection process like?
It is recommended that each player attend all tryouts because selections will be based on coach evaluations of performance during the tryout period.

Does the ESYC Elite AAU program have different levels for each team?
We project that we will have a Team A and Team B program for each age group. Final decision on the number of teams will be made during assessments. The clear delineation between the two will assist in scheduling, player development programming, and playing time issues. This is always an area of debate, as evaluations with regards to talent level and “right fit” are somewhat subjective, but we always strive to do our best with player placement.

If my child is selected to a team, how much does it cost to participate in the AAU program?
Spring AAU: Registration Costs for 2016 Spring AAU range from $455 to $595 (see price structure above). The first payment installment will be due the week of selection. The balance will be due in 30 days. This fee covers tournament entries, Coaches AAU fees, and insurance. Travel costs such as meals and hotels are NOT included in your registration. For any overnight events, ESYC Elite will provide advance notice of the event.

Who will be the coaches for the AAU programs?
Our Director of Basketball Operations will be assigning coaches to each team. Each team will be notified of their coach after tryouts are completed.

During the AAU season, where will the events be held?
All of our teams will be scheduled to different tournaments, many of which will be held at East Side Youth Center. We are fortunate to be hosting tournaments on our home courts. As we are a travel basketball organization, all teams should expect to participate in at least one overnight tournament this Spring 2016.

How many days a week will the teams practice?
Each player will receive approximately 25-30 hours of practice time. This will typically involve two practices per week during March and April, and one practice per week in May.

How many events will my child be participating in during the AAU season?
10 u teams will participate in 6 events between March and June. 11u and above teams will participate in 7 events between March and June. Players will be issued a calendar of “On-Weekends” and “Off-Weekends”. This will give you dates where we expect that your team will be playing, but not necessarily the name of each event.

How will we receive information during the season?
ESYC Elite is a website-driven organization. We will provide updates on tournaments and practices via the Team Snap online application. If you have Schedule Query, always check our with your head coach and /or team mom first before calling or emailing. Also, coaches will be issued emails for teams, in order to provide any necessary dialogue with families during the season.

For more information, contact Marlon Thomas at 610-842-1606, or email esychoops@gmail.com.

Find out about the Lehigh Valley Heat AAU Girls Tryouts

2016 Lehigh Valley Thanksgiving Classic

 November 18-November 20, 2016

BOYS 4th TO 8th Grades, featuring teams from across the Lehigh Valley. Reading, Harrisburg, and Travel A/B Pools offered.


Tournament Schedule/Brackets:


2015: (Last Year)  CLICK HERE

2016: CLICK HERE **Subject to change***

All Players must complete Player Waivers Prior to Team 1st Game.  Click Here

Team Registration And/Or Payment ($225 per team): Complete Online

Contact information:
Boys 4th – 8th: Marlon Thomas – 610-842-1606

Email: esychoops@gmail.com

Gym locations:

East Side Youth Center: Allentown, PA, 1140 E. Clair St, Allentown, PA 18109

Dieruff High School: Allentown, PA, 810 North Irvingr St, Allentown, PA 18109

Would like to submit questions? Contact us via online form