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.



Date 10:00 am 11:00 am 12:15 pm Skills & Drills (Bye week) *Players must wear team shirt for free entry during their “Bye” week
9/17  Team 1 vs 4   Team 2 vs 3
9/24   Team 1 vs 3   Team 2 vs 4
10/1   Team 1 vs 2   Team 3 vs 4
10/8   Team 2 vs 3   Team 1 vs 4
10/22   Team 2 vs 4   Team 1 vs 3
10/24   Team 3 vs 4   Team 1 vs 2
10/29 Bye Bye  N/A
11/7  ———>  ———> All Teams Report at 12 pm

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,

The Fall League 2016

“D1 Workouts” Presents…

The Fall League:


Dates: Saturdays, September 17 – November 5, 2016

Game Times: Saturday afternoons (Grades 8-12)

Ages: Boys Only 8th – 10th (Freshman / Junior Varsity Division)

Boys Only 10th – Open (Varsity / College Division) * College players welcome

Individual Registration Deadline: September 10, 2016 12 pm

Team Registration Deadline: September 10, 2016

Season Opening Day: September 17, 2016

Cost: Fee- OPEN RUNS****** $ 5 Play in Fee

Early-bird TEAM Registration: Get your spot now – Register by September 3, 2016.

For Individual Registrants ONLY: Saturday, September 12th from 10 :00 am – 11:30 am will be the designated day for individual sign-ups assessments and team placement.
Registration Link: Click Here

(Please contact Don Dentith for more information 484-903-9286)

Renowned Player Developer, Coach Don Dentith is the “Coach’s Coach — the Trainer’s Trainer,” bringing over 20 years of experience to our Lehigh Valley youth! A Lehigh Valley legend in his own right, Coach Don is Player Developer for The Feeder Program, an AAU youth basketball program in the Lehigh Valley, and maintains the title of Pen Argyl’s all-time leading scorer, to this day. Looking at the big picture, Coach Don strives toward peak performance with the goal of getting as many college opportunities for players as possible.

Fall Training Sessions with Lemar

“East Side Youth Center” Trainings with…

Lemar Washington, Certified Pro Skills Trainer

When: Mondays, 7:00 pm  to 8:30 pm,                                                     Wednesdays 7:00 pm  to 8:30 pm, starting Wed. September 7, 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:

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:


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,


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