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2012 AAU Tackle Football National Championship dates announced

Lake Buena Vista, FL– The AAU Football department has released the dates for the 2012 AAU Tackle Football National Championships. Things will kick off in Orlando, Florida with the AAU Tackle Football More »

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Save the Date: 2013 AAU Age Group National Championships

Lake Buena Vista, FL–  The news it out! Mark your calendars for the 2013 AAU Gymnastics Age Group National Championships at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida. When: June More »

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AAU Basketball member Kingsley commits to Arkansas

Lake Buena Vista, Fl– Congratulations to AAU Basketball member Moses Kingsley on his recent commitment to the University of Arkansas. He will join fellow Arkansas Wings Elite teammate Bobby Portis in Fayetteville. More »

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2013 AAU Track and Field National Championship dates announced

Lake Buena Vista, Fl– The AAU Athletics department has officially released the dates for the 2013 AAU Primary and Club National Championships. Drum roll please… 2013 AAU Primary National Championship:  July 6-7, More »

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Bergren named SEC Volleyball Player of the Week

Congratulations to AAU Volleyball alum Morgan Bergren for being named the Freshman of the Week for the SEC Conference! Bergren led Munciana Samurai to a  AAU Girls Junior National Volleyball Championship title in 2011 More »

Meet AAU Basketball blogger: Nneka Ogwumike

Lake Buena Vista, FL– AAU Basketball is excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with Nneka Ogwumike, the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s WNBA Draft by the LA Sparks, to bring you her exclusive blog.

Ogwumike grew up playing AAU Basketball for Cy Fair in Texas and went on to lead Stanford to four Final Fours. In her rookie year, she has helped turn the Sparks program around and are now making a WNBA playoff run. Ogwumike is excited to give you exclusive access to her inaugural quest for a WNBA title, as well as give you advice to help you along your basketball journey. Have a question for Nneka? Tweet us at @AAU__Basketball using the hashtag #AskNneka or leave us a question on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/realaau and YOUR question could get answered in her coming blogs.

Without further to do, Nneka would personally like to say hey and introduce herself. Take it away Nneka.

Make sure to stay tuned for her second blog hitting the web in a few weeks. In the meantime, make sure to catch Ogqumike and the LA Sparks as they make their run in the WNBA playoffs.

For more information about AAU Girls Basketball, visit www.aaugirlsbasketball.org.

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PA. High School Roller Hockey Coaches Education Clinic

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Roller Hockey League (PIRHL) hosted its annual coaches education-training courses this past weekend with over 350 inline hockey coaches in attendance.  The clinic took place at the Blade Runners Ice Complex located in Pittsburgh, PA.  The clinic was presented by former USA Rollers Sport National team coach Jeff Prime and current Team USA Women’s coach Charlie Sgrillo.  The clinic ran from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday.  All the coaches in attendance received their coaching credentials for the upcoming season, which is due to start October 6 and team building binders put together with education and training materials.

PIRHL President Jon Roux commented on the success of the clinic and the positive feedback that league has been receiving since the weekend.  The PIRHL based on the huge success of this year’s event is planning to hold more coaching and player education training sessions in the near future and will announce the dates and times of those events soon.

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Roller Hockey League is the largest High School Roller Hockey League in the United States consisting of over 36 different school districts, which makes up 121 teams from the Elementary to the Varsity level.  The league has 60 plus registered referee’s and over 2500 registered AAU Members. The PIRHL operates it season from September to March of each year.  The league utilizes five different rinks located throughout the Pittsburgh Area, Robert Morris University Island Sports Center, Blade Runners Ice Complex, Butler Family Sports Center, Hotshots Sports Arena and Bridgeville Rollerplex.

A special “Thank You” goes out the PIRHL board members for helping to make this year’s event a success, Chris Hoch – Vice President, Melanie Bogus – Secretary, Annette Fleissner – Treasurer and League Commissioner Tom Ward and Keith Noll AAU National Sport Chair.

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Amateur Athletic Union announces new president

Lake Buena Vista, FL—The Amateur Athletic Union, the nation’s leader in youth sports, announces the appointment of Henry Forrest as the organization’s new president. Forrest assumes the role after the sudden passing of former president, Louis Stout.

Forrest brings a wealth of knowledge to the position, having served in multiple leadership roles within the AAU for over 20 years.

“Mr. Forrest has been around the AAU for a long time and knows what our organization needs to continue to be successful in the future,” said James Parker, Vice President of Operations for the AAU. “I am looking forward to working for Henry, a man who is full of integrity and always does what is right for our AAU members.”

Forrest is a natural-born leader with over 35 years of law enforcement experience. He will continue to champion the positive ideals and goals set forth by the AAU for its members.

“No words can adequately express our sadness at Louis Stout’s passing or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him,” said Forrest. “I am honored to step in and assist our organization during this transition to make us stronger. I can assure you, the AAU will continue to be the industry leader in youth sports now and for years to come.”

Prior to stepping in as President, Forrest served in multiple capacities for the AAU including: AAU 1st and 2nd Vice President, Arkansas Boys Basketball Director and the Chairman of the AAU Compliance Committee.

About the AAU

The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) is one of the largest non-profit, volunteer, sports organizations in the United States. A multi-sport organization, the AAU is dedicated exclusively to the promotion and development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs. The AAU was founded in 1888 to establish standards and uniformity in amateur sport. During its early years, the AAU served as a leader in international sport representing the U.S. in international sports federations. The AAU worked closely with the Olympic movement to prepare athletes for the Olympic games. After the Amateur Sports Act of 1978, the AAU has focused its efforts into providing sports programs for all participants of all ages beginning at the grassroots level. The philosophy of “Sports for All, Forever,” is shared by more than 500,000 participants and more than 50,000 volunteers. The AAU is divided into 56 distinct Districts. These Districts annually sanction more than 34 sports programs, 250 national championships and over 30,000 age division events.

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Mark your calendars: 2012 AAU Cross Country National Championships

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Lake Buena Vista, FL–  They’re back! The 2012 AAU Cross Country National Championships will take place December 1, 2012 in Rock Hill, South Carolina. We’re gearing up for another great year of competition.

CLICK HERE to get planning now and book discounted hotel rates, exclusive to AAU members.

Stay tuned for online registration. In the meantime, relive the action from last year’s AAU Cross Country National Championships. Watch below.

Make sure to LIKE AAU on Facebook at facebook.com/realaau and FOLLOW us on Twitter at @AAUTrackNField to stay up to date with the latest updates about AAU Cross Country Nationals and receive exclusive access to photos, videos and MORE!

For more information about AAU Cross Country and Track and Field, visit www.aauathletics.org

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2012 AAU Tackle Football National Championship dates announced

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Lake Buena Vista, FL– The AAU Football department has released the dates for the 2012 AAU Tackle Football National Championships.

Things will kick off in Orlando, Florida with the AAU Tackle Football League Based National Championships on November 28th. Championship games will take place December 2nd at the Citrus Bowl, home to college football’s Capital One Bowl. Teams must qualify through an AAU Tackle Football league in order to participate.

Then, we head to the lone star state for the 2012 AAU Tackle Football Unrestricted National Championships in Houston, Texas. Competition will take the field December 6th-12th. Teams do not have to pre-qualify in order to participate.

To cap things off, Los Angeles, California will host the AAU Tackle Football West Coast National Championships December 13-15th.

CLICK HERE for complete information.

Relive the 2011 AAU Tackle Football National Championships:

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Three AAU Volleyball Alum named Player of the Week

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Lake Buena Vista, FL– Congratulations to three former AAU Volleyball members for being named Player of the Week in their respective college conference.

Whitney Little, Missouri,  was named this week’s SEC Offensive Player of the Week! Little use to play for Texas Advantage Volleyball Club (TAV) out of Fort Worth, Texas. She averaged 5.57 points, 3.57 kills and 2.43 blocks per set while hitting .411 in road matches at No. 13 Florida and LSU, posted 10 kills, 10 blocks and a pair of digs on .364 hitting at No. 13 Florida, and ranks second in SEC play in hitting (.414) and first in blocks per set (1.93)

Katherin Harms, Minnesota, was named Big 10 Player of the Week. This is the second Player of the Week Award for Harms, as she won the honor two weeks prior on September 10th. Harms has helped coach Minnesota Select Volleyball Club the past two seasons at AAU Volleyball events. This past week she led No. 12 Minnesota to road wins over No. 20 Illinois (3-0) and Northwestern (3-1) and hit .400 for the week, averaging 5.1 kills, 1.7 digs and 0.9 blocks per set.

Georgia Tech senior outside hitter Bailey Hunter was named to the ACC Player of the week. She was named MVP of the Georgia Tech Courtyard Classic and helped Tech to two sweeps, including a 3-0 defeat of Clemson in the ACC opener, the first sweep against the Tigers since 2005. Hunter tallied 15 kills in each match and hit over .400 in both matches with just five errors on 60 swings for an impressive weekend .500 hitting clip. She led the team with 5.00 kills per set and added 3.50 digs per set.

*Stats provided by theACC.com, thebigten.org, and the secdigitalnetwork.com

For more information about AAU Volleyball and how to join, visit aauvolleyball.org.

Make sure to LIKE AAU on Facebook at facebook.com/realaau and FOLLOW us on Twitter at @AAUVolleyball for the latest updates on events, news and more.

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Save the Date: 2013 AAU Age Group National Championships

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Lake Buena Vista, FL–  The news it out! Mark your calendars for the 2013 AAU Gymnastics Age Group National Championships at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida.

When: June 12 – 16, 2013

  • Check in will be on June 12th.
  • Freestyle Gymnastics Clinic and Championship will be held on June 13th.
  • Girls/Women’s Gymnastics Competition will be held June 14th – 16th.
  • Boys Gymnastics Competition will be held on June 15th.

Where: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

CLICK HERE to the view the event flyer.

In the meantime, make sure to LIKE us on Facebook at facebook.com/realaau and FOLLOW us on Twitter at @TheRealAAU  for the latest updates and information about AAU Gymnastics, nationals and so much more.

RELIVE AAU Gymnastics Age Group National Championships last time it was at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports

For more information about AAU Gymnastics and Age Group National Championships, stay plugged into www.aaugymnastics.org

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AAU Basketball member Kingsley commits to Arkansas

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Lake Buena Vista, Fl– Congratulations to AAU Basketball member Moses Kingsley on his recent commitment to the University of Arkansas. He will join fellow Arkansas Wings Elite teammate Bobby Portis in Fayetteville. Originally from Nigeria, basketball was actually not the first sport for the 6′ 9″ power forward. Watch how he got into basketball and how AAU Basketball has provided him the exposure in just three short years in United States.

This past summer Portis and Kingsley teamed up with their Wings Elite team to take the 2012 AAU Boys Basketball 11th Grade DI National Championship. Catch highlights of the national championship game and the dunks they threw down:

For more information to AAU Boys Basketball, visit www.aauboysbasketball.org.

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2013 AAU Track and Field National Championship dates announced

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Lake Buena Vista, Fl– The AAU Athletics department has officially released the dates for the 2013 AAU Primary and Club National Championships. Drum roll please…

2013 AAU Primary National Championship:  July 6-7, 2013 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida.

2013 AAU Club National Championship: July 8-14, 2013 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida

In 2012, there was a record number of athletes in attendance for both events and a record number of national records broken– over 70 records at each event! We can’t wait to see what record-breaking performances are in store for us in 2013. Mark the dates on your calendar now and stay tuned, more details to come soon.

In the meantime, make sure to LIKE us on Facebook at facebook.com/realaau and FOLLOW us on Twitter at @AAUTrackNField for the latest updates and information about AAU Track, nationals and so much more.

Also, don’t forget, 2012 AAU Cross Country National Championships will take place December 1, 2012 in Rock Hill, South Carolina. You can book your hotel for this event HERE. 

For more information about AAU Athletics, visit www.aauathletics.org.

 

 

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The Midwest Junior Hockey League kicks off its inaugural season

The Michigan Ice Dogs, with heavy hearts after their longtime owner, Terry Kucharski, passed away at the end of August, travel to play the Soo Firehawks, while the Holland River Bandits will host the Hartland Hounds.

For Holland, led by former college and professional player Jason McCrimmon behind the bench, this weekend should serve as a test to gauge the talent of the River Bandits.

“I expect our guys to give 110 percent in every aspect of the game, from putting shots on the net, finishing checks, playing our position and protecting our goalie’s house,” McCrimmon said. “I want to send the message that the Holland River Bandits is a quality team that will work hard 60 minutes and play to win no matter at home or on the road.”

The Hounds, who have a large contingent of local players, have high expectations for opening weekend.

“We had a good test last weekend against the University of Michigan-Dearborn (in an exhibition game) and several of our guys played very well,” Hounds’ coach Randy Montrose said. “As a staff, we took note of what we needed to work on as a team and we did that this week in practice. If the effort and work ethic is there this weekend, I would expect us to be successful.”

In Sault Ste. Marie, the hometown Firehawks are looking to carve a big niche in the hockey community.

“I’m looking for effort, desire and hard work,” said Soo coach Joe Esson. “We are a gritty team and have been waiting a long time for this weekend. We are very proud of our program, coaches, owners, players, arena, fans and our town. It’s a sure thing we will be a very difficult team to play. Our goal is to be a classy, hard-working junior team. We are business and this is a way of life to us.”

Injuries have struck the Ice Dogs, but that doesn’t mean coach Tony Graham is making excuses.

“We’re looking for a quick start from our veterans,” Graham said. “The Ice Dogs are very excited to get goalie Andrew Freeman from Los Angeles as he is going to help us out a lot. Injuries are making the weekend a little difficult, but we have to ride our younger guys.”

THIS WEEKEND’S SCHEDULE

Fri. Sept. 14

Hartland at Holland, 7:30 p.m., Edge Ice Arena

Sat. Sept. 15

Michigan at Soo, 7:30 p.m., Big Bear Ice Arena

Hartland at Holland, 7:30 p.m., Edge Ice Arena

Sun. Sept. 16

Michigan at Soo, 1 p.m., Big Bear Ice Arena

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