Put yourself in the Coach’s Shoes.
As a parent, it is your job to do what is best for your child. As coaches, it is our job to do what is best for every child!!! Sometimes, this concept leads to conflicts. Each coach uses his best judgment on teaching, praise, constructive criticism, and most importantly: PLAYING TIME. If you have a legitimate concern, you are welcome to communicate it to a coach. However, we ask that you stop and think about the difficult choices he must make repeatedly in every game situation. Fairness, success, victory…these are subjective terms. Sometimes they are in conflict with each other. This program strives to provide a healthy balance, but we are only human. Please try to keep this in mind and remain supportive. Coaches put in a great deal of time and effort and are very rarely provided with great financial compensation. Before complaining about the little things, ask yourself: “Is my child having a positive experience that will benefit them later in life”.
Thank you, coach and Lightning director Al Morales.
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WHAT’S NEW IN LIGHTNING AAU 2019!
Lightning B6th grade/JD: Came in second place in the 2019 DIII District Championship and qualify for 2019 AAU Nationals out in Virginia at the Boo Williams Sports Complex.
Lightning Boys 8th grade – Gold – Billy Arnold Goes 5-0 in the 2019 DIII District Championship and qualifies for National at the Boo Williams Sports Complex in Virginia – Congrats.
Effective screens and smart passing created quality scoring looks during this close game at @BrewsterSportsC 🏀
— MyPlay.USA (@MyPlayUSA) May 14, 2019
Lightning B8th grade “Gold” (Billy Arnold): They had a GREAT weekend in the ZG Gotham City Showdown with wins over Spartan Pride (Tony), Spartan Pride (Joe), NY Pride and 3D Basketball. Congratulations!!!
Lightning Boys 6th grade/Chris Diaz: The team goes 2-0 by defeating the Mo’ Motion Vikings and GBA in the Zero Gravity Westchester Mother’s day tournament.
Lightning G7th grade Ayo Hart: Win the 2019 Zero Gravity NYS Championship by beating ACC, NJ Gym Rats and New Heights.
Lightning B8th grade Arnold “Gold” Take the chip in the 2019 Zero Gravity NYS Championship by beating IA Warriors, Greenwich Stars – Red and the East Side Escalades.
Lightning Varsity Elite/Morales: Win the Zero Gravity Big Apple Battle Championship by defeating Next Level Athletics, CT Elite, Northern Berkshire Phenoms and PSA.
Lightning Girls 5TH Grade/Ayo Hart: The 5th grade team defeated the Westchester Swarm “Black” and the Westchester Swarm “White” on Saturday. On Sunday they won the ZG NYC Big Time championship by defeating the Westchester Swarm “Black”.
Lightning Boys 6th grade Diaz: Great weekend for the boys as they went 3-1 and only losing to a well-coached team in the Championship game.
Lightning Girls 7th grade Elite coached by Ayo Hart: In a time out situation during the 2019 Spring Super League.
Congratulations to our Lightning Boys 8th grade “GOLD” Team coached by Billy Arnold: The boys defeated Hudson Valley Panthers, Metro Mambas, 9D Hoops and Playmaker Academy in the finals to win the ZG Empire State Classic and earn a spot in the 2019 ZG Nationals out in Boston, MA come June.
Boys Varsity Lightning Elite/ Morales: Go 1-2 in the ZG Empire State Classic. They lost in a very close down to the wire game to both New Haven Heat and the NYC Gauchos and defeated a well-coached Step It Up Elite team.
B12U Lightning/Niles – ZG Metropolitan Opener: The boys went 2-1 this past weekend. They played well with the addition of 3 new players. All three games were entertaining and fun to watch.
B12U Lightning/Diaz ZG Metropolitan Opener: The boys first time playing together as a team. They had a very competitive showing. They lost the first 2 games by a combined 4 points. They were in three close games picking up valuable experience. Philip Santore hit 12 three pointers in 2 games. Great job!
Lightning PG AJ Morales of Millbrook Prep receives first team ALL GYM RAT in Albany, NY
Lightning/Millbrook player #21 AJ Morales and young Lightning player James AKA “Apple head” and JJ of our 6th grade team.
Lightning/Morales player Darnell Shillingford 2019 reaches his 1000 point last night for Put Valley HS.
Boys 6th grade Lightning/JD:
The boys did a great job in winning the 2018 BSC Holiday Tournament. Congrats!
Lightning B7th grade/Callahan:
The boys did a great job on winning the 2018 Holiday Tournament at the BSC. Congrats.
LIGHTNING AAU 2018
Lightning/Arnold Boys 8th grade: They went 4-1 this past weekend and won the Zero Gravity championship by defeating CT PHD after losing to them in regular pool play. Great job boys!
Girls 8th grade Lightning / Franco Foti:
Working hard on the first day of the winter season practice
Lightning camp AAU coaches: Billy Arnold, Sean Delaney, Matt Groll, AJ Morales and Franco Foti
Lightning boys 12U coach JD drawing up a set during a time out in the 2018 summer super league.
Lightning/JD Boys 6th grade: Having a great time playing in the 2018 Summer Super League
Lightning Elite/Morales: The team finished its 2018 AAU season with a great performance by making it to the Elite 6 out at Live in Atlantic City. The overall record was 5-1.
They ended up losing to the 2nd place team of the tournament. Great job boys!
Lightning G6th grade/Ayo Hart: Out at Nationals they are 1-1 after the first day of pool play. Despite their stingy defense, they lost to the MA Elite Ducks. They couldn’t capitalize on turnovers and convert key layups and free throws in game 1. In game 2, they came back fired up and their smothering defense led to easy buckets as they beat the Lady Tar Heels. They face the 2-0 Heart of Illinois tomorrow Tuesday 6/26 at 5pm.
Girls 6th grade Lightning/Ayo Hart Will be heading to AAU Nationals in Rockford, IL this coming weekend to represent our program.
Best of luck ladies…
Lightning Girls 6th grade Niles/Whitehead
Win the 2018 Spring BSC Super League
Lightning Boys 5th grade Niles/Whitehead
Win the 2018 Spring BSC Super League
Lightning Girls 7th Grade Foti, Jr.
Currently 7-7 so far this season making it to the championship game in one of the tournaments.
Lightning Girls 8th Grade Foti, Jr.
Currently 13-4 so far this season and went 4-1 at the CT Premier Tournament missing out on the championship in their final game of the tournament to a tough Premier team.
Lightning Elite Morales: Has a great showing up at Gym Rats in Albany, NY by going 4-1. Beating Prestige Patriots, Lone Wolf, NY Havoc and Harlem USA before falling to Bulls Basketball in a thriller of a game by 2 points. Congratulations to Millbrook Prep AJ Morales 2019 for making the 1st Team All Gym Rat. Next up will be the ZG Finale in Boston on 6/9and 6/10.
Lightning Girls 8th grade – Foti Jr. Lightning Ladies showing how defense is the best offense in basketball.
Lightning 12U – Loughran Working hard and getting better in AAU and in our 2018 Spring BSC Super League.
Congratulations Lightning/Morales! Your team has qualified for the Zero Gravity Boy’s National Finals tournament!
B12U – Lightning/Callahan:
Win the chip at the Electric City Challenge in Lancaster, PA. After splitting games on Saturday and being placed in the second seed, the boys came out on Sunday and won their division. It was a hard fought championship game that was won on the foul line with less than 30 seconds left to play. Congrats!!!
Does well up at the Northeast Live Invitational in Springfield, MA then heads to the Basketball HOF for some fun.
2018 Lightning AAU Zero Gravity POTG (players of the game):
AJ Morales (Lightning Morales)
Nicole Piccinich (Lightning Foti, Jr.)
Carolyne Barrella (Lightning Foti, Jr.)
Mia Holbrook (Lightning Foti, Jr.)
2018 Lightning AAU Zero Gravity POTG (players of the game):
Sanders (Lightning Niles)
Simon Lane (Lightning Niles)
Nick Cola (Lightning Loughran)
Congratulations to Millbrook Prep/Lightning/BSC player AJ Morales #21 for reaching his 1000 career HS point.
From Biddy ball to developmental, Super League, BSC camps, Individual training and AAU…
Lightning Morales Elite: NERR in Hanover, MA
Defeated Mass Elite – Roche 59-54
Lost to BW Boston 62-59
Defeated Hoop Wave 71-68
Lightning Foti: NERR Hanover, MA
Defeated NH Rivals 59-50
Defeated HDS Basketball 50-37
Defeated Team New England 52-50
Defeated DC Blue Devils – Blue 72-67
Lost to Middlesex Magic – Crotty 55-45
Lightning B12U/ Coach JD and Darnel:
The boys are getting it done in the AAU circuit as well as in the 2018 BSC Spring Super League
Lightning B14U/Rob Loughran
Lightning Boys 14U/Rob Loughran:
Providing great instruction during a timeout in the 2018 BSCSL.
Lightning Boys 8th Grade
Lightning Girls 6th Grade – Niles
BSC Lightning Boys 11U coached by Yolanda Greenhaw
Getting ready for some ZG AAU hoops at the BSC with their new uniforms.
Lightning Elite Morales gets off to a good start by winning the Zero Gravity Tri-State Opener.
Warriors Elite Orange 57-
55 in OTLightning Blackford 77-51
CT Thunder 81-52Playmaker
RU Hoops 64-54 (Finals)
(2018 players are from Millbrook Prep, Kennedy Catholic, Put Valley, Carmel, Iona Prep, Nazareth, Fox Lane, John Jay EF and Suffield Academy)
2018 AAU Tryouts
BSC Lightning Girls 7th/8th Grade
Getting ready for practice 1 of the winter season.
B15U/9th grade Lightning Elite/Foti
Competed in the DII National Event out in Memphis, TN and went all the way to the finals and lost in what was a very close game. Congratulations to the team for finishing 2nd out of 60 teams. They represented the Lightning and BSC organization well.
Lightning G5th grade/Ayo Hart:
The 5th grade girls team brought home the division title at the 2017 Best of the East Roundball Classic. They went undefeated – taking down the East Coast Panthers, Boston Showstoppers and the CT Warriors finishing the weekend with a 4-0 record. This wraps up a very successful season for the 5th grade girls who won two earlier tournaments and finished the season with a 14-5 record. They represented the Lightning AAU club with pride, respect and dignity.
Wins the 2017 ZG championship out at Spooky Nook by finishing the weekend 6-0. They are 11-1 over the last 2 weekends. Congratulations to the following: AJ, Kevin, Willy, Lucas, Pat, Kasai, Jared, Justin, Ben, Matt and AC.
Next up is the Basketbull/Hall of Fame tournament.
Lightning B15U/9Th Grade/Foti
Win the 2017 AAU Districts Championship to qualify for Nationals.
Congratulations and GREAT JOB!
Lightning B12U/Miele and Green
Having a great weekend at Districts going 2-1 against some tough competition!
Had a great weekend in the ZG King of NYC Tournament finishing 3-1.
They won against Edge Athletics, CT PHD – Black, Scarsdale Sharks and then fell short to BSNY Metro – Downtown.
Finishes 3-1 and wins the championship in the Zero Gravity King of NYC tournament. Next up is Gym Rats in Albany, NY.
Front Row: Head Coach Al Morales, Jr., Justin Long, Kevin Townes, Legend Dominguez and AJ Morales
Back Row: Wily Samsen, Ben Leff, Kasai Brown and Pat Mahoney.
Missing are: Matt Groll, Jared Cohan and Lucas Joshi.
Lightning G6th grade/Foti, Jr.
Competing in the ZG CT. Spring Slam. Next up will be the Lightning Challenge.
The team played relentless defense all weekend to bring home the gold at the Zero Gravity Spring Slam. Allowing only 40 points over the course of 5 games, teamwork and crisp passes helped the Lightning solidify the win and a perfect 5-0 record on the weekend.
Boys Lightning Elite/Morales:
After a very competitive weekend in Pittsburg, the boys come back and go 4-0 in the ZG CT Spring Slam.They will now head to the Providence Jam Fest this coming weekend.
Boys 9th grade Lightning/Foti wins the 2017 Pittsburg Jam Fest 15U Steel Division
Lightning/Foti providing half time instruction out at the 2017 Pittsburg Jam Fest.
Zero Gravity Big Time Challenge and picked-up first AAU win
We beat Metro Hawks 41-38 come from behind victory in the last 2 minutes of the game.
Have competed in the ZG Spring Opener and the Pittsburg Jam Fest and will now head into the grind of the AAU season.
With Providence, Boston, PA and Vegas coming their way.
Boys 10th grade Lightning/JD After playing in their 3rd Zero Gravity Tournament at the BSC
Lightning 17U (Jonas)
Lightning B14U (Foti) make a great run at the DII Nationals out in Orlando, Fl. They went 3-0 in pool play and are now headed to the Elite 8.
Lightning B14U Foti out in Orlando at Division II Nationals.
B14U Foti starts the day off with a victory against NJ Connection
Lightning Green/ Miele 11U
The 11U Lighting Green/Miele team Traveled to Trumbull Ct to compete in the summer hoops shootout basketball tournament! They went 3-0, beating a couple of CT elite teams and finished first in their pool and won the championship! This is the first championship for this team!
Lightning Green/ Miele 11U
They went 3 and 0 and made it to the finals of the Bronze bracket 11U. We lost to the Greenwich Stars in the championship. We beat CT-PHD in the first game in overtime 36-33. In the second game we beat NR Athletics 27-9 and in the third game we beat Greenwich Stars 43-31.
Lightning B14U (Foti, Sr.)
Brewster Sports Center-based Lightning Basketball will play the Riverside Hawks for the AAU NY Metropolitan District DII Championship on May 30. By advancing to the Championship game, the team has qualified for a berth in the AAU National Championship tournament that will be played in Orlando, Florida July 24-30.
Earlier this month the same Lightning squad advanced to the AAU NY Metropolitan Eighth-Grade Championship game also to be played on May 30 versus Middletown’s Finest. This also qualifies the team to play in the 8th Grade-based National Championship to be played July 2-9 in Greensboro, NC.
In the past month the team has won the American Division Championship in the Zero Gravity NY Basketball Championships and the Elite Sports Connecticut Hoops Madness Tournament. In the next several weeks the team will compete in the AAU NY Metropolitan 9th Grade D III Championships, the Albany Gym Ratz Tournament, and the Zero Gravity National Championship tournament in Boston.
The squad currently posts a 26-4 record at the half-way point of the season. “The focus is on improving team play, and continued individual development, according to Associate Coach Bill Harrington. “The caliber of competition goes to another level in the next few weeks, and in reality, the season starts now. To reach our team goals, and continue to be competitive, we must improve as players, as a team, and as coaches…”
B13U (James Loughran)
Great effort In the Empire State Classic as they went 1-2.
B14U (James Loughran)
Went 0-3 in the Empire State Classic but played extremely hard.
B9th Grade (Rob Loughran)
Went 0-3 in the Empire State Classic with a down to the wire loss by 1pt. in game two.
B11U Lightning (Foti, Jr.):
The boys had a GREAT weekend and won the Mother’s Day classic championship at the BSC by going 3-0. Congratulations!!!
B17U Lightning (Morales)
Make a great presence out at the 2016 Hoop Group Spring Jam Fest in Providence, RI where they went 3-1. Overall AAU record thus far is 18-6.
Lightning B12U (Barrett):
Won the Elite Sports/UA Hoops Madness Tournament in Trumbull this weekend by going 4-0. Wins over CT Elite Green, Alley-Oop, Newburgh Zion Lions and Magic Time in the Chip.
Lightning B1U (McPartland)
Working hard and having some fun in the ZG Tournament.
Lightning B17U (Morales):
At the 2016 Hoop Group Jam Fest at the Civic Center in Pittsburg, PA where they encountered great competition and a great tournament with over 150 college coaches during the live period.
Lightning B11U Coach Green/Miele
Lightning B10th Grade Halper/Millard: Tournament: ZG Border Wars
Defeated “Highland Hoyas”: 47-41, Lost to “Fair Game” in Overtime: 57-53, Defeated “Greenwich Stars”: 65-61 Won championship game against Undefeated “Fair Game”: 55-45, Final record was 3-1 for tournament.
Lighting B14U (Foti, Sr.)
Off to a great AAU start with 3 ZG AAU tournaments under their belt…
Lightning B11th grade (Morales):
Went 2-0 in the ZG opener at the BSC on March 26th.
Went 4-0 this past weekend at ZG Trinity College tournament in Hartford, CT with a thriller championship win against the CT Knights. Next up is the House of New England championship at Assumption College (live period).
Boys Lightning 14U (Lydon):
Opens up their 2016 AAU season with a chip by winning against the CT Hawks, CT Stampede, Elite Hoops and CT Titans in the finals