Hello Friends of the Merrimack Valley Youth Basketball League
We are happy to report our 2014-15 season is off to a great start in all of our age divisions. I would like to update you on a number of league initiatives. I want to thank Reading's Carl Mcfadden who coordinated our 2nd annual players clinic on November 11th. We had a large number of players and Carl had some some outstanding instructors which made for a great clinic.
We will be forwarding to our teams some great opportunities with our two Division 1 area colleges. Our very own George Yfantopolis of Lowell is working with area businesses to provide game tickets to UMass Lowell home games this season as well as opportunities for our teams to play at half time. Information has been sent to all of our town coordinators on the UMass Lowell initiative. We are also working very closely with the basketball office at Boston College to provide ticket discounts and opportunities to scrimmage and tour the eagle facilities for our teams. Information will be coming out shortly on this wonderful opportunity.
Our Executive Board will be meeting in early January to assess the first 7 weeks of the season as well as put plans together for the second half of the season and our annual playoffs culminating in Championship weekend.
We hope everyone has been accessing this site for game results, league news, directions to gyms and anything pertaining to MVL Hoops. I want to thank Dave Ruffen from Salem for once again being our webmaster and for working with all of our coaches on the intricacies of the website
To all of our 8th grade coaches please remember the mandatory nomination for our annual 8th grade Sportsmanship award. This is a wonderful opportunity for one player in each 8th grade division to be honored for their career in the MVL. 8th grade coordinator Steve Kirby will be gathering the submitted nominations and our selection committee will pick the winners in February. The winners will be honored at Championship Sunday.
Please remember that league games take precedent over all other basketball games. We have worked closely with school teams to not have conflicts with school basketball but our games takes precedent over all other games your child might be playing in (AAU, REC, YMCA, CHURCH LEAGUE ETC)
We also ask our towns to support tourneys being run by towns in our leagues. Many of these tourneys go towards helping certain towns run their programs and we would like you to look at these tourneys first.
We also ask all of our players, parents, fans and coaches to adhere to our league Sportsmanship statement along with the individual town policies and code of conducts.
I am also pleased to announce that Ken Miano of Tewksbury will be succeeding me as President of the MVL in 2015-16. Ken has been very active in our league for many years and I am excited to see Ken take the league into the future. On behalf of the Executive Board and the Town Coordinators I wish all of our families a wonderful and safe holiday season.
As we approach the start of our 2014-15 season the following are things we would like parents, players and coaches to keep in mind
1. Please review the 2014-15 League rules for any changes from last year
2. The league has adopted a league wide code of conduct statement that goes hand in hand with the individual town code of conducts. We ask all involved to help us make this year the best in the area of conduct and sportsmanship
3. A few of our grades have gone to four divisions this year and they have been renamed East, North, South & West
4. A reminder that Travel practices and games take precedent at all times over other leagues/ initiatives. We work to minimize any conflict with Middle School Team leagues. New Winter AAU, catholic school and other recreation basketball must never take precedent over travel basketball and subject to consequences
5. Coaches & players should familiarize yourself with any IAABO rule changes
6. Please keep in mind that at the youth level we will have first year officials that will make mistakes just like out players and coaches
7. Parents please be aware of our league timeline right from the start
8. We feel we have one of the best youth travel leagues in New England and we ask you to help us maintain this reputation
*****The New AAU Rules on Middle School Age Requirements will be looked at by our Executive Board in early 2015. If there are any changes they would not take place till 2015-16 season****************
9th annual MVL Coaches Clinic was held on November 1st 8:30am -1:00 pm at the Timony School in Methuen. 102 Travel coaches attended the clinic and evaluation results say that this may have bee our best clinic to date. The Presenters PAT DUQUETTE, SEAN RYAN, JOHN PREZIOSA, JEFF NELSON and BILL BOUTILIER were outstanding. Thank you to Steve Saba and Methuen Youth Basketball for hosting, the 11 8th graders who volunteered to demonstrate drills, the EBoard who helped organize the event and to the 102 attendees. Coaches became better coaches today! SAVE THE DATE:The 2015 Coaches Clinic will be held the first Saturday in November at Windham NH High School
I hope everyone enjoyed their spring and summers. It’s that time again that we start to think about the upcoming 2014-15 Merrimack Valley Youth Basketball League. All of our communities are returning again this year.
The Executive Board will be meeting on September 4th to plan for our League wide Town Coordinators meeting on September 28th. We have selected our new Board for the upcoming year and this is posted on our website. I am once again thrilled to work with such a great group of passionate volunteers. 2014-15 will be last year as president of the MVL. My two tours of duty have been exciting and rewarding. I will be working very closely with Ken Miano of Tewksbury this season to provide for a smooth transition when Ken takes the reigns in 2015-16
We will update any changes this year after our Town Coordinators meeting. Expect some slight changes as well as some clarifications on rules and philosophy. In the fall we will be running our annual Coaches Clinic which has been an unbelievable event year in and year out for our league coaches. Last season we also ran our second annual pre-season Players Clinic and this will once again take place in November. The date for the coaches clinic is Saturday November 1st. As always I am humbled to work with such a great group of volunteers.
I want to congratulate all of our division champions from last year as well as our 8th Grade Sportsmanship Award winners. 2013-14 was an outstanding year for our league and we look forward to taking it to a new level this season.
See you in the Gyms.
Please see below for two outstanding opportunities for our coaches and players. Our 8th Annual Coaches Clinic will be held at North Andover High School on November 2nd. Doors will open at 8 am and the clinic will start promptly at 8:30. The Clinic will conclude at 1:00 pm. We are looking to have 120 of our coaches in attendance and we expect all towns to be represented. We have an outstanding lineup of presenters and the clinic is free of charge to all MVL Coaches. You must pre-register by emailing Rick Gorman at
On November we will present our 2nd annual Players Clinic at Reading High School. Please see below for all the details. Any questions should be directed to Reading Coordinator Carl McFadden
Look forward to seeing you all at these two great events
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