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The West Louisville Warriors got a huge surprise from Angels slugger Josh Hamilton.
During a recent visit to the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, the Warriors, a local AAU club, received a big-time surprise visit from Hamilton.
Hamilton posed for pictures, signed autographs and even gave batting tips and pointers to the team while the Louisville Slugger folks distributed bats and gear to the Warriors.
Click Here for the full video below of the special moment.
The first of the three events is the MVA Winter Blast on March 8th and 9th. This tournament will have 14-18 Open and 13-18 Club age groups. The entry fee for this event is $295, due by February 23rd! This tournament will pay the entry fee into MJVCA Championship/Grand Prix for 14-18 Open winners.
*Team must meet eligibility requirements listed on www.mjvba.com.
REGISTER for the MVA Winter Blast TODAY!
To view the EVENT FLYER for the MVA Winter Blast, CLICK HERE.
If you can't make it to the MVA Winter Blast, no worries! The MVA Spring Kickoff is only a couple of weeks later on March 29th and 30th. Teams will range in age from 12 through 18 for this event; 12-14 divisions will play on Saturday and ages 15-18 will play on the 30th. The $150 entry fee is due by March 24th.
REGISTRATION FOR 12-14 AGE DIVISIONS HERE.
REGISTRATION FOR 15-18 AGE DIVISIONS HERE.
To view the EVENT FLYER for the MVA Spring Kickoff, CLICK HERE.
Finally, the MVA Spring Fling will wrap up the three events on May 10th and 11th. This event will include 14-18 Open and 13-18 Club age groups. Mark YOUR calendars! The $295 entry fee is due by April 27th! This tournament will pay the entry fee into AAU Nationals for the 14-18 Open winners, so bring your best game to this event!
REGISTER NOW for the MVA Spring Fling!
To view the EVENT FLYER for the MVA Spring Fling, CLICK HERE.
The AAU Caribbean Tournament, also known as the Puerto Rico District Championship, will take place at the Pedrin Zorrilla Basketball Court and will be exclusively for 7th, 8th and 9th graders. Event coordinator, Albert Lebron, says hosting this tournament is a great way to spread the word about the AAU in Puerto Rico.
"Actually, what we try to do is create AAU awareness in the Caribbean because even though AAU is very big in the United States, a lot of people don't know too much about AAU in Puerto Rico," explained Lebron. "A lot of people don't have the money to be traveling to the States so having AAU in Puerto Rico allows more groups to join AAU and at the same time be able to go through that experience of playing AAU in Puerto Rico."
The entry fee for this tournament is only $495 per team and those that register multiple teams can receive a discount. The entry deadline to register is February 28th and the entry fee must be paid in full three weeks prior to the event. The entry fee guarantees each team a three game minimum and there will be first and second place team trophies, along with individual medals.
The championship games on Friday will be available online nationwide, which Lebron said is great for these athletes.
"In Puerto Rico, there's not a lot of visibility for these kids," said Lebron. "They don't have the funding or they don't have the chance to promote themselves in the States so this actually gives them an opportunity to show what they can do nationwide."
Not only will athletes have the chance to get exposure and recognition nationwide, but they are also donating to a great cause. Popps Sports Management Group, a non-profit company that will be presenting the tournament, will collect all the money generated from this event and donate it to the Make-A-Wish foundation in Puerto Rico and the San Jorge Children's Hospital, which specializes in treating children with cancer.
Lebron thinks this tournament is different than many others in Puerto Rico and will help grow the AAU in Puerto Rico.
"Puerto Rico does a lot of local tournaments where they come in and you can play six or eight games and profit from it and that's the end of it," explained Lebron. "Our organization is mostly targeted toward showcasing at the international level how the AAU works."
For more information on the AAU Caribbean Tournament, CLICK HERE.
Both events will have an entry fee of $250, due three weeks before the tournament you are registering for. The number of entries depends on the number of courts available to don't wait until the last minute to enter or you might miss your chance to participate!
The March 14-15 event will feature girls' teams in 10-15 year old age divisions and the second tournament on March 21-22 will host girls' in 16-18 age divisions.
For more information on the Utah Grand Prix, CLICK HERE.
The other two events that will be in Utah are a part of the Utah Golden Spike Super Regional tournament. This will also be broken into two separate tournaments, the first on April 11-12 and the second on May 2-3 in Lehi and Woods Cross, Utah. The first event will host 15-18 year old girls' teams and the second tournament will feature girls' in the 10-14 age division.
Both tournaments will have an entry fee of $300 per team, due three weeks before the event you are registering for.
For more information on the Utah Golden Spike Super Regional, CLICK HERE.
EIVA TOURNAMENT CONTINUES
The EIVA Grand Prix on March 8th is just the beginning of a series of tournaments from the Eastern Idaho Volleyball Association. EIVA will be hosting three more tournaments all throughout April and into the beginning of May.
In ALL of the tournaments, the entry fee for each team will be $150. The registration deadline will vary depending on the tournament.
Rolling Prairie, Indiana will be home to the AAU Volleyball Dunes March Madness tournament. This event will be split into two separate weekends, the first for ages 15 through 18 and the second for ages 12, 13, and 14. Both are AAU Super Regional events, meaning that the winning teams in each division will receive FREE entry into either the AAU National Championships in Orlando, FL or the West Coast Championships in Las Vegas, NV.
The first event will be March 15th and 16th for ages 15-18 and the following weekend (March 22-23) will be for ages 12-14. The entry fee varies depending on age, with competitors ages 14-18 costing $500 per team and ages 12 and 13 costing $350 per team.
For more information on these two events, view the EVENT FLYER.
AAU PRESENTS MIKE HARTMAN and PAUL LUBANSKI AT THE AAU MITES & SQUIRTS CHAMPIONSHIPS – AND
THE "25th ANNUAL LET'S PLAY HOCKEY CONSUMER EXPO" – ST. PAUL, MN. – RIVERCENTRE
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
– Hartman: "A Roadmap To Becoming Your Personal Best"
10:20 AM – 11:30 AM
- Lubanski: "How To Improve Your Team Organically-Immediately"
National Hockey League veteran Mike Hartman--AAU National Hockey Development Director and Paul Lubanski - AAU Michigan Coaching Director, will address coaches and attendees at the AAU Mite/Squirt national Championships Thursday morning, March 6th in St. Paul, MN.
Both will speak on March 6th at the St. Paul RiverCentre--meeting room #5 (175 West Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN. 55102). The meeting room is in the same venue for the concurrently running "25th Annual Lets Play Hockey Expo" the world's largest consumer hockey trade show expecting over 50,000 to attend. The Xcel Energy Center, home to the Minnesota Boy's State High School tournament and the Minnesota Wild is directly connected to the St. Paul RiverCentre that had over 110,000 attending last year's Boys' High School Championships.
Hartman, who won a Stanley Cup as a member of the New York Rangers-- will speak at 9 am and outline his personal "against-all-odds" story of perseverance, commitment and success.
His unique message is tailored for those with aspirations of high achievement. For example, he touches upon often overlooked yet critical steps on the road to success such as: finding INTERPERSONAL HARMONY, evaluating your LIFE INTELLIGENCE and SELF WORTH and how to break away from your COMFORT ZONE via daily RITUALS.
High school seniors can register for the Middle Atlantic District AAU scholarship NOW! There will be seven separate scholarships, the top two are worth $5,000 each and will be awarded to one male and one female AAU member. There will be an additional FIVE scholarships, each worth $2,000 for a total of $20,000 in scholarships!
To be considered for this scholarship, applicants must have a current AAU membership, fill out the application properly and in a timely manner and have the potential to improve on existing performances or academics. Athletic and academic involvement are required, along with good sportsmanship, community service and other achievements. Three recommendations are necessary to be considered for this scholarship and applicants must explain the proposed use of monies.
In order to be accepted, applications must be admitted by Monday, March 15th. For more information on this scholarship opportunity, please visit the Middle Atlantic District AAU website.
Click HERE for the Conditions and Criteria to receive this award.
CLICK HERE for the Individual Application
On April 26th and 27th, the Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Lancaster, PA will be home to the Middle Atlantic AAU Grand Prix. This two day event will feature 14-18 age divisions in wave format. There will be two waves on Saturday and one crossover Sunday morning that will be followed by playoffs.
The entry fee for this event is $415 per team, which guarantees each team a six game minimum for all divisions. The deadline to get your team registered is April 11th. Please enter online at http://www.str8dnsports.com.
Winners of each division will receive a FREE entry into the AAU National Championships in Orlando, FL or the West Coast Championships in Las Vegas, NV.
For more information, CLICK HERE.
AIHL PLAYOFF DATES AND LOCATIONS ANNOUNCED
The AIHL is proud to announce the 2014 playoff formats, schedule dates, and locations.
In the Elite Division the top 4 teams from each division will qualify to play a best of 3 series in their division semi-finals.
The winners of these division series in each conference will open play in Feasterville, PA at the National Championships.
New England - Mid Atlantic - Great Lakes (Eastern Conference)
Pacific South - Pacific North - Wild Card (from National Finals host division) (Western Conference)
In the Minor Division we will have 2 tiers this year. The teams seeded 1-4 teams will be Tier 1 and the teams seeded 5-8 will be Tier 2.
Most divisions across the country will have both tiers. The teams who make it will play a best of 3 series in the division semi-finals.
The winners of these series will play each other for the right to go to Feasterville, PA for the National Finals and compete against the opposing Division & Conference Champion in their individual Tiers.
The VolleyOne Training Center will be home to the Georgia Grand Prix on May 10th and 11th in Kennesaw, Georgia. Girls ages 12U-18U are welcome to attend. The entry fee per team is $300, which is due by April 25th.
Division winners will receive FREE entry to the AAU Nationals Championships in Orlando, FL or the West Coast Championships in Las Vegas, NV.
To register, CLICK HERE.
For more information, please CLICK HERE.
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