Basketball Club Sets Standard for All Teams By Jason Goorman Local Sports Journal “Just Do It Again Hoops” (JDIA) located in Grand Rapids Michigan, is a basketball club that is doing more than just playing the game. JDIA has played the American Youth Basketball Tournament for the last four years and has been successful on and off court Last summer (2012), the 8th grade and the 6th grade teams won   Read More ...

By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal After a three-year layoff, the American Youth Basketball Tournament event in Kokomo, IN restarted last year and is showing signs of growth in year two. Kokomo event director Josh McFarland said the reboot has proved successful. “We have about 35 teams this year,” he said, which is a slight increase over last year. “This (event) is smaller because of the three-year gap, but it   Read More ...

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By Mark Lewis Local Sports Journal Just as the temperature has started heating up, so has the American Youth Basketball Tournament’s 2013 schedule. This coming weekend, June 1-2, several AYBT events are slated to be held, including tournaments in Ypsilanti, MI, Galesburg, IL, Plymouth, IN, Bloomington, IL, and Findlay, OH. The Ypsilanti event will be held on the campus of Eastern Michigan University and at Ypsilanti Lincoln High School. The   Read More ...

By Jack Vinton Local Sports Journal The area of Plymouth, IN will be very busy with youth basketball on the weekend of June 1st. An AYBT event will be taking place, featuring almost one hundred teams playing across thirteen different courts. This event has been happening annually in Plymouth for over fifteen years, since the beginning of the American Youth Basketball Tour. Similar to most AYBT events, the Plymouth tournament   Read More ...

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By Jack Vinton Local Sports Journal Basketball is king in Indiana, and the upcoming American Youth Basketball Tour Indy Spring Kickoff will be a testament to the level of basketball played in the Hoosier state. Taking place at Greenfield-Central High School on May 18th and 19th, this round-robin shootout will feature both boys and girls teams. Each team is guaranteed to play five games against teams of the same skill   Read More ...

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Local Sports Journal By Jack Vinton The state of Indiana’s reputation for being obsessed with basketball is well known and well deserved. Even in small towns like Tipton, Indiana, the community does not hesitate to support youth basketball. The inaugural American Youth Basketball Tour Spring Kickoff will take place on May 11th and 12th  and director Josh McFarland had no problems finding sponsors. In fact, the sponsors came to him   Read More ...

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By Mike Mattson Local Sports Journal BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – David Kreps is a sharp salesman for the American Youth Basketball Tour. Kreps serves as director of the national tournament in Bloomington, Ill., and doesn’t hesitate to trump the positives about AYBT and Bloomington. “Here’s why teams like our event,” Kreps said. “We are very well organized. Things run on time. Our facilities are located in Bloomington and Normal. (People) comment   Read More ...

By Jason Goorman Co-Publisher Local Sports Journal The Local Sports Journal is happy to announce the kickoff of its new website featuring the American Youth Basketball Tour’s 2013 season. Localsportsjournal.com/aybt will feature stories on each of AYBT’s 56 events from April through July. Players, teams, and coaches will also be highlighted on this new site. The first published story features AYBT’s national event in Fort Wayne. Jim Clay’s Northwest Ohio tournament also is featured   Read More ...

By Mike Mattson Local Sports Journal For 18 years, the American Youth Basketball Tour (AYBT) has offered middle and high school student-athletes the opportunity to play summer basketball in a tournament-like atmosphere. AYBT has also delivered valuable lessons on and off the court. This year is no different as Fort Wayne will once again host AYBT’s national tournament with grades 8-12 going July 17-20 and grades 3-7 going July 21-24.   Read More ...