Source: Grosse Pointe News Online

Register for teams

by the Grosse Pointe News

January 10, 2013

The Michigan Junior Hooper fundamental program enters its fourth season and is the fastest growing basketball program for ages 4 to 9 in Metro Detroit.

Players experience success as each drill and instruction is adapted to a players’ appropriate skill level.

The Junior Hooper program is also a feeder program to the Midwest Athletes Bitty-ball league for more advanced players.

Participants learn the importance of listening, work on improving body control, learn what the triple threat position is and when and why is it used, gain strength and confidence in ball handling, learn and practice proper shooting mechanics, learn different types of passes and when to execute them and focus on team concepts.

Rob Crandall Jr, a South graduate, is the director and owner of FLASH traning. He has worked with many collegiate and high school programs within the past seven years.

In addition, he has spent time working with young players in middle schools and through AAU programs.

The cost of the winter II program is $109 for each player. To register, go to and for questions, call Stephen Benard at (313) 580-0351 or send an e-mail to

Tryouts for boys in grades three to six is 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, and Wednesday, Jan. 23, and from 7 to 8 p.m. the same days for booys in seventh and eighth grade. Tryouts for boys in all grades are 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26.

All troyouts are at Basketball City, 16400 Eastland Drive, Roseville, 48066. It is off Groesbeck east of 12 Mile. The cost is $25 for all three tryouts.

The season includes two practices per week and each team plays a 10- game AAU schedule and one friendship event. Teams will compete in the 6th Annual AAU Detroit Winter League at Harper Woods High School. Games are played on Sundays, starting Jan. 30 through March 30.

Tryouts for the Michigan Lady Pride Girls’ AAU basketball team for those in grades three to six is 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, and Thursday, Jan. 24, and 7 to 8 p.m. for girls in seventh and eighth grade the same days. Tryouts for girls in all grades are 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26.

Tryouts are at Basketball City, too.