May begins!

Hello All,

Our 9/10th grade Williams team went to battle this past weekend starting the month of May off in Springfield at Wittenberg University. This is the first weekend that one of our teams participated in a tournament without all of us. Although they are a team mixed of freshman and sophomores they played up in the 11th grade division this tournament. They lost their first game at the buzzer. The girls were hurt by the loss, but excited by the way they played and competed. They won their second game by a double figures and lost on Sunday in the semifinals. Coach Williams team is continually improving and starting to play well at the right time.

As we approach the tail end of the 1st half of AAU season, and the weather is getting a lot warmer please be mindful that staying hydrated and stretching is very important for the body. Also, High School teams are gearing up for their summer program and open gyms will be taking place so please let us know your schedule in the summer so that we can come out and support everyone. I encourage all to always put your High School teams as a first priority; I know that a lot of you are being asked to be at many different things: come to this camp and that camp, just keep in mind that your High School team should have precedence. Also, be mindful of how many games your daughters have played this winter, spring, and now June fast approaching. Playing a lot of games is a good thing, however, they are more susceptible to injuries (especially ACL injuries) by playing so many games. Please be cautious and mindful when they tell you that they are tired or need a break; less stress on the body and rest can be a good thing.

As you all should know by now we are playing in the Midwest Explosion tournament in Cincinnati this weekend. As I’ve expressed before if you cannot come because of Mothers Day please let me know so that I can accommodate our teams. This is a gear up tournament for The Fort Wayne, Indiana tournament and the Midwest Showdown tournament (two outstanding tournaments with the some of the best teams from all over the country!)

 Lastly, we have provided you with information for some Elite camps take place on college campuses every year. If you are being recruited by a particular school or you have interest I encourage you to attend. It is always good to get on a campus and play in front of those coaches, also its important to communicate with those coaches.

Yours in Hoops,
Coach Toliver