The Basketball Coaches Association of New York will host its first ever Summer Hoops Festival this summer as a way to fill the void left by the cancellation of the Empire State Games. The event will be held from Aug. 5-7 in the Johnson City School District near Binghamton.
The Summer Hoops Festival is open to players who are entering grades 9 through 12 and whose coaches are members of the BCANY.
There will be teams from eight regions rather than the six that are typically represented at the Empire State Games. Local players will be eligible for two different teams: Hudson Valley, which consists of Section 1 players, and New York City, which consists of public, private and Catholic schools players from the city.
Each team will play four games but the Festival will include other events, including: a slam dunk and 3-point contest; a parent education program on the recruiting process; a clinic for players that is run by college coaches; and a player information session about recruiting.
Tryouts will be held in June. I’ll let you know more details about those when I have them.
If you want to find out more detail about the Summer Hoops Festival, check out the press release on the BCANY website.