ESYC Elite Development Basketball League RETURNS for Fall 2017!

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 2016 D-League have gone on to play AAU-level basketball this spring.  That’s what development is about!

WEEKLY SKILLS & DRILLS SESSION:  Discounted sessions @ 6:00 Pm are be offered to D-League players  for $10.     Team t-shirt must be worn to receive discounted to the 10:00 am session.

Player Assessments will be held on Saturday September 16th 10 AM, & Saturday September 23rd, 10:00 AM this fall. Each player will only need to attend one assessment.




Dleague Schedule 2017

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,


2017 Lehigh Valley Thanksgiving Classic

 November 24-November 26, 2017
2017 Lehigh Valley Thanksgiving Classic

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

Tournament Schedule/Brackets:



2016: (Last Year) CLICK HERE 

2017: N/A

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


Gym locations:

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

Would like to submit questions? Contact us via online form