2016-2017 Winter League Information

November through March: Boys & Girls Grades Kindergarten through 9
*Visit our Online Registration Site for Current Sign-ups!*
Player/ Team Assessments:  Monday’s , October 17th – November 14th 7 pm
      Girls Grade 3-8 | Boys Gr. 3-5 |Boys Gr. 6-8

Winter Traveling Teams:  East Side Youth Center continuously has had winning seasons — among them, Championships, Finals, and Semi-Finals team participants — and winne12671638_987515904674187_7144715758023406208_ors! From the 3rd and 4th Graders through the 8th and 9th Graders (Finalists & Semi-Finalists!), ESYC made a statement in the Lehigh Valley as a true competitive force — represented by both our boys, and girls teams. We’re looking to have a great 2015-16 Season!

Intramural Program: Boys & Girls Kindergarten through 5th Grade

Let your children AMAZE you! From as early as Kindergarten, on up, kids learn the game, and show improvement right before your eyes. Last year over 100 young ballers gathered every Saturday to play a game they loved. Starting with the fundamentals, children are taught to dribble, shoot, defend, exercise correct 12993604_494636727395875_4562297704621015841_n
footwork, and more. Drills and skills reinforce lessons, and half-court scrimmages are also ran. As the season progress, teams are formed and the youth play team basketball.

As skills improve, the Intramural baller is placed on more advanced teams — including our Winter or Summer traveling teams, or even recommended to our ESYC Elite AAU team.

*No restrictions based on residency. Any boy or girl from kindergarten through ninth grade in the Lehigh Valley and beyond may participate.  *Visit our Online Registration Site for Current Sign-ups!*

ESYC Girls Basketball

ESYC Girls Basketball

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:


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