Tuesday, October 8, 2013

NYBL Season #2 Ready To Kick Off In The Spring

Columbus, Ohio (October 6, 2014) – Season #2 of the National Youth Basketball League (NYBL) promises even more competition and exposure, as the league will expand from 3 sessions and one 24-team division, to 4 sessions and up to 100 teams in 3 grade divisions. Beginning in Washington DC on March 22, 2014, the league plans to host 40 seventh grade teams (2019), 32-40 sixth grade teams (2020) and 20 fifth grade teams (2021). In terms of the competitiveness of the league last season, of the 8 teams that advanced to Elite 8 at the 6th grade AAU Nationals in Jully, 7 of those teams participated in the NYBL this year, including both teams in the tournament finals and the reigning Nationals Champions! 

As was the case in the inaugural season, the level of exposure generated by the NYBL will be unprecedented, as the league will partner with more of the major media outlets the traditionally cover middle school basketball. Not only will media outlets such as Basketball Spotlight, Dunk Dog, Buckeye Prep Report, Middle School Hoops and the Hoops Report be covering every move the NYBL makes, but the league’s new official website will be offering more coverage including session-by-session recaps, top performer lists, player and team profiles, special feature stories as well as national individual and team rankings. In fact, the NYBL will soon publish its list of the top 100 players in the class of 2019 on its official website. 

In terms of the format, the same basic principles will be in place for season #2. Each of the teams in their respective divisions will be divided into four, 5-10 team divisions (depending on the division), and during each of 4 sessions, each team will play a total of 5 games (3 games on Saturday and 2 games on Sunday) against teams from an opposing division. Team standings, individual player stats, team and individual player profiles and photo galleries will be posted on the NYBL’s new website (http://www.nyblelite.blogspot.com), and at the conclusion of the first 3 sessions, the NYBL will culminate in a national championship in Columbus, Ohio the weekend of June 7th & 8th 2014. Because the league will feature most of the nation’s top teams in each grade division, session #4 will be considered a true “National Championship!” 

New in 2014, the NYBL will host a stand-alone “NYBL All-Star Weekend,” which will include 2 all-star games per class (Top 20 & Top 40), a skills & drills camp and activities for coaches and parents. Every player who participates in the league will be invited to participate in the event. The “NYBL All-Star Weekend” is tentatively scheduled for Washington DC in August 2014. Stay tuned for more details. Below is a complete list of the session dates and locations: 

2014 NYBL Session Dates & Locations: 
Session #1 March 22 – March 23, 2014 Washington DC 
Session #2 May 3 – May 4, 2014 Atlanta, Georgia 
Session #3 May 17 – May 18, 2014 Louisville, Kentucky 
Session #4 June 7 – June 8, 2014, Columbus, Ohio 
All-Star Weekend August 8 – August 10, 2014 Washington DC