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The two-part tournament was originally scheduled to take place during the last two weekends in June, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mike Killpack, an organizer of both showcases who also runs Utah AAU, said Tuesday that close to 200 teams participated in the first event. Earlier this year, the contractor that runs the Salt Lake County Equestrian Center allowed the Jordan World Circus to perform there — but only with the agreement that the show would leave behind its exotic animals, like tigers and elephants. July 10 - 13th, 2020! We are working diligently to ensure that this season will provide additional evaluation opportunities for our athletes.". It's been a double blow for Jackson because his high school season also ended prematurely when the Federation Tournament was canceled. “We followed al of the COVID guidelines that the county health department put on us.”, But someone still managed to test positive for the novel coronavirus, and now the Salt Lake County Department of Health will start contact tracing. Large AAU basketball tournament canceled at last minute after player tests positive for COVID-19 Alex Vejar 7/9/2020. (Leah Hogsten | Tribune file photo) Olympus High plays Skyline High School at an AAU basketball tournament at the South Town Expo Center in 2010. Albany Academy had qualified for the event at Fordham, which would have been next weekend. Event date: 7/11/2020 Add to your calendar. "One of the hallmarks of the EYBL is elite competition being evaluated by the top college coaches. "It's a huge season for a lot of kids on this team.". "What people don't realize is, even though we hear about the stars, it's the other players in the area .... who are looking to get out and get seen now that might not have that exposure,'' Hart said. They fall during the NCAA's two spring evaluation periods for college coaches. Shenendehowa's Kevin Huerter and Guilderland's Andrew Platek are former City Rocks standouts who had breakthrough springs in EYBL play. The AAU worked closely with the Olympic movement to prepare athletes for the Olympic Games. The City Rocks were supposed to begin practice at Green Tech earlier this month but suspended their workouts indefinitely because of the coronavirus. “While local health departments don’t have the authority to approve or deny planned events that meet the state’s guidelines, now that there is a confirmed exposure risk we need to determine —before the tournament series resumes— who can play and who needs to quarantine to watch for symptoms,” Rupp said. allowed the Jordan World Circus to perform there, to conduct federal background checks on anyone attempting to purchase a firearm. Teaching teamwork, sportsmanship, and self discipline, which we hope will stay with … He plays his AAU basketball with the City Rocks, a highly regarded program that features up-and-coming players from the Capital Region and throughout the state. "While we understand how disappointing this is for the athletes, their families, and our EYBL programs, in everything we do, we must prioritize the health and safety of our employees, athletes and consumers," read a Nike statement. "They were going to see me play a couple more times to see if they were really interested. I felt like this season was really a time for me to shine and just show coaches and all the people what I'm about and what I can do on the floor. The philosophy of "Sports for All, Forever," is shared by nearly 700,000 participants and over 150,000 volunteers. SMG contracts the expo center for the county and had its plan for the tournament approved by the health department. Mark Singelais covers Siena basketball, UAlbany lacrosse, horse racing and other sports. Sonics Basketball is a not-for-profit youth basketball program based in Lancaster County, PA. We were established in the spring of 2019 as an alternate avenue for youth basketball players to continue developing their skills in the off season. "It was really a bummer, too, because I was talking to a lot of schools,'' Jackson said. “Due to unforeseen circumstances, and out of an abundance of caution, the Rocky Mountain Showcase is postponed until 2021,” a notice on the tournament’s website reads.