As you may recall, New York State budget cuts forced the cancellation of the Empire State Games this summer (and perhaps beyond). The Basketball Coaches Association of New York has stepped up to fill the summer hoops void.
The BCANY will host a Summer Hoops Festival this August in Johnson City, a suburb of Binghamton. The three-day festival will simulate the Empire State Games experience for scholastic boys and girls basketball players across the state. Eight boys teams and eight girls teams will each play four games from August 5-7 in various gymnasiums around Johnson City. A clinic will also be held for the players, and parents and players are invited to an information session about the recruiting process.
The local girls team will have only one tryout, on Wednesday, June 29 at Ossining High School from 5-7 p.m. All rising 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th graders who play in Section 1 are eligible. Unlike in the Empire State Games, the BCANY Hudson Valley team consists only of Section 1, not parts of Section 9 as well like Orange County. So if anyone is reading this from Section 9, this tryout does not apply to you.
All players under 18 years of age must have a parent or guardian present at the tryout to fill out a waiver.
There will be three or four additional practices before the tourney.