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BigHoop

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Registered: 02/17/09
Posts: 7
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Does anyone know anything about the "Best in the West" tourney that will be held in late April in Yakima (24-26th)?

Is this tourney by invitation only? 

Is this one of the better tourney's (competition wise) in the Northwest?

Any comments/information on this tourney would be appreciated.

Thanks.
yakivegas

Junior
Registered: 12/30/08
Posts: 43
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great tourney for this side of the mountains, not as good as the Mlk up in Seattle though but good comp, if all the top Seattle teams come it will be very very good, alot of teams that you guys in Seattle dont get to see come to Yakima( dont know why they choose not to go to Seattle---maybe they dont like that press you guys put on). It would be a great tourney for your boys to come too, enjoy the sunshine, go swimming outside, and all the basketball fans from the Eastern side of the state would really enjoy seeing some of the talent from the western side, it is not invite only, go to IEaau.org and look at past tourneys from best of west, so come on Speed, Thunder, Vista, Smoke, ECP, Lynden, Rotary, WW, and to all the others i didnt mention, the more the merryer, its only a few miles

COACHDANIEL

Junior
Registered: 11/15/06
Posts: 41
Reply with quote  #3 
Is there a website for the Best in the West Tournament? I have a friend who wants to know more info. Thank you.

  
YungWiseman

2nd Team All American
Registered: 01/14/09
Posts: 84
Reply with quote  #4 
Best in West is May 15-17.

http://www.ieaau.org/entryforms/2009/ieevents09.html

This is tournament is as good or Better than MLK.
Childsupport

Hall Of Fame
Registered: 12/29/08
Posts: 111
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I am thinking you might see more than one or two team make the drive this year

zagguy

2nd Team All American
Registered: 01/18/09
Posts: 78
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So...who is going to Best in the West. Friends of Hoop 2014 will be there. Anyone else?

yakivegas

Junior
Registered: 12/30/08
Posts: 43
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where's all the Seattle 6th grade teams at? you guys better hurry you only have till 5/1 to send the bread, hangtime's in but not posted on committed teams yet, we got to have more than 2 seattle teams coming? evolution, speed, warriors, thunder, vista, rotary, hoopstars, smoke, ecb? is there a better tourney going on that weekend?

imho

Freshman
Registered: 08/05/08
Posts: 23
Reply with quote  #8 
Quote:
Originally Posted by yakivegas

where's all the Seattle 6th grade teams at? you guys better hurry you only have till 5/1 to send the bread, hangtime's in but not posted on committed teams yet, we got to have more than 2 seattle teams coming? evolution, speed, warriors, thunder, vista, rotary, hoopstars, smoke, ecb? is there a better tourney going on that weekend?

Do you know if there are any hotel rooms left???

yakivegas

Junior
Registered: 12/30/08
Posts: 43
Reply with quote  #9 

should be we just had a few new hotels built over by target, and congrats nw thunder for showing out in Ohio great job keep repping wa state

GOAT

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Registered: 05/27/08
Posts: 105
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Probably the Seattle teams will all be in the WYS AAU Memorial Day tournament where there is better comp. Eastern Wa teams should come out and play.
yakivegas

Junior
Registered: 12/30/08
Posts: 43
Reply with quote  #11 

memorial is the following weekend, i know the kids like to travel, no matter where you go in washington besides seattle the comp is not going to be as good as your used to, so does that meen none of the seattle teams travel outside there city within the state? it is nice to go to other cities in the state and play against different teams aint it? i had heard united beat thunder a few months back in spokane? hangtime is not too bad either, you just never know, i was just going off the list of teams that came last year and wondering where everybody was?

rainierbeach206

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Registered: 03/03/09
Posts: 16
Reply with quote  #12 
well there should be good teams in the middle school divisions. but for 7th grade i know that the following teams well be there.

foh 7th
rotary 7th
ecba 7th
rsb/vista 7th
maybe icp 7th
hoop dreams 7th?
and thunder 6th should be there.


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northcountryhoops

Recruit
Registered: 01/22/09
Posts: 9
Reply with quote  #13 
I'd like to try and answer a couple of these questions. 

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Why did they single out 6th grade?
 

Last year at Best In The West, Evolution showed up with a combined 5th/6th grade team. They were leading the 5th grade division until word got out that they were playing 6th graders and they were disqualified. This may have something to do with why the 6th grade is being singled out. Evolution is basically still the same team, playing under the misguided notion that they are playing within the grade exception rules, more on that later.

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Can you enlighten me as to why the AAU Grade Exception Rule is not allowed in this tournament. 

 
Any tournament can use any grade criteria they deem fit. The IEAAU uses a grade only criteria, to play in the 6th grade brackets you have to be in the 6th grade. This is not much different than the National AAU grade exception rule. Under the National AAU rule, the only 7th grader that can play 6th grade has to be born between Sept. 1, 1996 and Sept. 1, 1997, basically a 6th grader in age who is advanced scholastically. These athlete/scholars are rare, I understand Thunder has 1 or more of these kids, these kids are true warrior athletes. The misinterpretation is that a team can have three true 7th graders playing on a 6th grade team and still be within the grade level exceptions. This is not allowed on the East OR West side of the mountains. Anyone who does not understand this needs to spend some time reading the National AAU rules.
This brings me back to a question I have asked in the past, Last year Evolution was chastised for playing 6th graders on a 5th grade team, this year the same team is not only accepted, other 6th grade teams have apparently adopted the same interpretation of the grade exception rule. And this only seems to apply to the 6th grade teams, I have not seen this in the 7th or 8th grade teams. My question still is: what has changed from last year?






 
yakivegas

Junior
Registered: 12/30/08
Posts: 43
Reply with quote  #14 

i hope thats not the reason that most of the seattle teams arent signed up yet, hopefully its the economy, thats funny you brought up the grade exception, one of the parents on our team knows a 6'4 kid he coach's in baseball and the kid is younger than half of hangtimes kids and the parent asked the kid if he would like to come to one of our b-ball practices, the parent then told me, i still havent decided if i really want to deal with all the drama that comes with having a 7th grader on a 6th grade team, dont get me wrong i would love to have a 6'4 kid in the middle but i would not like hearing that we are cheating or any other bad talk throughout the gym like i heard at the 6th grade championship game at mlk this year in seattle, i feel really bad for the kid though because i heard he is not very good skill wise and has to play against 7th graders when he really is a 6th grader by age and needs to develope down at the 6th grade level, we will see though, i heard the kid would be able to play with us in any 12/under tourney so we might try him out in reno, we've never had a grade exception before so not too familiar with how it works and all the rules but might need to read up on it

Jedi_Knights

2nd Team All American
Registered: 06/23/08
Posts: 75
Reply with quote  #15 
Quote:
Originally Posted by yakivegas

i hope thats not the reason that most of the seattle teams arent signed up yet, hopefully its the economy...


Unfortunately the current economy has allot to do with the slow/no turnout. I know for a fact that some parents were quoted room rates of OVER $140 per night! This is YAKIMA people, not Las Vegas!!  I've gotten deals on the Strip for less than that, no joke!

Word to the Yakima Chamber of Commerce... it looks like folks are being GOUGED on rates. Granted, they are free to charge what they wish, if we don't like it don't make a reservation - - so unfortunately, some people are choosing not to go.  And that's too bad because many teams had usually made the BITW a regular stop.

Maybe if they did away with the mandatory Friday night game and played 3 on Saturday? Times are not the best right now, that might save some folks some money on at least one night hotel?  Just a thought....
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