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!


  • 5th Grade AAU Tryouts 11u:
    • Mon, Feb 20th 6:00 – 7:00
  • 6th Grade AAU Tryouts 12u:
    • Mon, Feb 20th 6:00 – 7:00
  • 7th Grade AAU Tryouts 13u:
    • Mon, Feb 20th 7:00 – 8:15
  • 8th Grade AAU Tryouts 14u:
    • Mon, Feb 20th 7:00 – 8:15
  • 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 $475
  • 11U 7 Tournaments $549
  • 12U 7 Tournaments $549
  • 13U 7 Tournaments $549
  • 14U 7 Tournaments $549
  • 15U 7 Tournaments $549
  • 16U 7 Tournaments $549
  • 17U 7 Tournaments $549

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 $475 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 2017.

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.

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2017 ESYC Elite AAU Parent Meetings

Congratulations to the 2017 AAU Players!  Listed below are 2017 AAU team rosters for 10u through 14u. Parent meetings for ALL teams (10u through 14u) are listed below.

8th/14u Grade Teams:

8th Grade National Team
Parent meeting Wed, 2/22 @ 8:00 pm @ ESYC
8th Grade Travel Team
Parent meeting Wed, 2/22 @ 8:00 pm @ ESYC

7th/13U Grade Teams:

7th Grade National Team
Parent meeting Wed, 2/22 @ 7:30 pm @ ESYC
7th Grade Travel Team
Parent meeting Wed, 2/22 @ 7:30 pm @ ESYC

6th/12U Grade Teams:

6th Grade National Team
Parent meeting Wed, 2/22 7:00 pm @ ESYC
6th Grade Travel Team
Parent meeting Wed, 2/22 7:00 pm @ ESYC

5th/11U Grade Teams:

5th Grade National Team
Parent meeting Wed, 2/22 @ 6:30 pm @ ESYC
5th Grade Travel Team
Parent meeting Wed, 2/22 @ 6:30 pm @ ESYC

4th/10U Grade Teams:

4th Grade National Team
Parent meeting Wed, 2/22 @ 6:00 pm @ ESYC
4th Grade Travel Team
Parent meeting Wed, 2/22 @ 6:00 pm @ ESYC

Boys grades 3-7 and Girls grades 5-8: If you’re name is not listed on an AAU team and you are still interested in playing Spring basketball, join the ESYC Elite Development League!

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

ESYC Elite Development Basketball Spring League RETURNS!

The Developmental League has returned for another spring of teaching kids the game from the ground up.  Register Online Now.  Player Assessments will begin Friday March 10th 6:00 pm @ East Side Youth Center.

The D-League Youth Developmental Basketball League:


2017 ESYC D-League


the upcoming NEW 2017 D-League is for BOYS from ages 8 – 13 and GIRLS from ages 10-14.

Friday March 10th 2017@ 6:00 PM 

Friday March 17th 2017 @ 6:00 PM

Friday March 24th 2017 @ 6:00 PM 



To help players grow in athletic skills, conditioning and self-confidence. To show that regardless of your skill level, if you concentrate on the court, you can make plays for a basketball team To help youths learn from basketball:

Teamwork                      Composure

Self-Discipline               Dignity

Sportsmanship             Respect

Positive Attitude           Responsibility


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 skill-sets. Register Online Now.

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 7-8 in-house games, discounted skills & drills sessions, gym rental, coaching, and a t-shirt.  Registration for the D-League season is available now.

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 or Fall 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.

Is there equal playing time for players?
Games are designed so that all players get balanced playing time as much as possible per 20-minute half on a running clock, assuming a 10-player roster. This does not guarantee ball touches, nor player roles.

How are teams structured?
Teams are structured EVENLY as much as possible according to evaluated skillsets as well as age, height, gender, and overall basketball experience. Former teammates are often split across D-League teams to create balance within the league. Players are not guaranteed placement with specific coaches or friends. This approach creates a fairness within the league, fosters a learning environment, and promotes creativity.

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

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

Baby Ballerz Summer League


 2017 Baby Ballerz SUMMER Basketball League

Baby Ballerz

Starting March 31 through May 26th

Games Played indoors at East Side Youth Center


MARCH 24th @ 6 PM @ ESYC

 Skills & Drills on Fridays 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Games played on Fridays 6:30 pm

(some games will be held on weeknights to accommodate scheduling conflicts)  

BOYS Grades K thru 4th Grade

 GIRLS Grades K thru 5th Grade

COST: $135 per player

  Guarantee 6+ Games

ENTRY DEADLINE: March 31, 2017

Games will start March 31 , 2017

REGISTER @ ESYC and /or for any Additional Information:



Contact information:

Pattie Lengle – 484-358-3845

East Side Youth Center 1140 East Clair Street Allentown PA 18109


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