Summer Training and League – SIGN UP

15 May


NOTE: There is an option in the form below to sign up for the Summer League. All players that want to play in the Summer League, must take part in the Training.

Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays
June 16th through August 13th (18 total sessions)

Times: The times will be determined once we know the breakdown of boys/girls, ages and skill levels. We have the gym from 6:30pm-9:30pm. We will reach out for confirmation with times before proceeding with each family. The time slots will be 6:30pm-7:30pm, 7:30pm-8:30pm and 8:30pm-9:30pm. Families can send time requests but we can’t guarantee anything until we have the final numbers.
Location: Alderwood Boys and Girls Club (Lynnwood, WA)
19719 24th Ave W
Lynnwood, WA 98036
Cost: $400 for all 18 sessions.
*Paying for individual sessions is NOT an option.
*Payments can be split into two payments of $200.


Session Description: A session consists of 1 hour of small group (up to 6 total players) and 1 coach. One of our current North City coaches/trainers will lead these small groups for one hour through offensive skills training, ball handling, 1 on 1 moves, shooting and strength/conditioning training.


 Each player will be assigned a time slot with players of the same grade and skill level. They will have hourly training sessions at that time on Tuesday and Thursday every week.


Player Name:
Parent E-mail:
Grade Your Son/Daughter Will be in Fall 2015
(OPTIONAL) Are you interested in playing in a summer league? ($75 extra cost)

Spring Update – Sgt Mike, Ryan Appleby, Tournaments

21 Apr

We are more than a month into the spring season so we wanted to provide an update on the spring season. It has been very successful. Here are some photos to show you the following (in order):

*8th Grade Black team that won the Tulip Tournament. We have had (1) 1st place finish, (3) 2nd place finishes and (1) 3rd Place finish through only a few tournaments this spring session.

*Ryan Appleby Shooting Clinic for all teams

*Sgt. Mike core strength and conditioning training













Training Only Option – Spring Session

17 Mar

This is offered to anyone not assigned to one of our current teams. Please email northcityaau @ gmail . com if you are interested in the small group training or have questions.
Spring Session Training
Dates: Tuesdays and Wednesdays
March 24 through May 20th (18 total sessions)
Times: Two time slots to choose from:
7-8pm or 8-9pm.

Location: Heatherwood Middle School (Mill Creek, WA)

Cost: $400 for all 18 sessions. (Can be paid in 2 installments)
Session Description: A session consists of 1 hour of small group (6 total players) and 1 coach. One of our current North City coaches will lead these small groups for one hour through offensive skills training, ball handling, 1 on 1 moves, shooting and strength/conditioning training.
Each player will choose a time slot (see above) and they will have hourly training sessions at that time on Tuesday and Wednesday every week until May 20th.

Tryout Update – Saturday 3pm

13 Mar

Thank you to everyone that took part in our tryouts this year. We had a record 175 players take part in tryouts across 7 different grades. All roster selections have been emailed to ALL tryout participants. Please email northcityaau @ gmail .com if did not receive the email or have questions.

All players selected will receive more information over the next 24 hours regarding details on the season.

Practice Schedule (starts this Monday, March 16th)
Note: All practices will be at Jackson HS from 7:30-9:30pm.

5th Grade – Coach Green
6th Grade – Coach Arquillano
7th Grade – Coach Cole
8th Grade – Coach Lewis
8th Grade – Coach Homann

9th Grade – Coach Grinaker
9th Grade – Coach Homann
10th Grade – Coach Swanson
11th Grade – Coach Stevens

Please email northcityaau @ gmail . com or call 425-753-3035 if have decided to NOT play North City.


Our Story

16 Feb

Thank you for your interest in North City Training and AAU. We wanted to use this time to tell you about our story over the past 5 years.


In 2010, North City started with 1 team of 8th graders with the goal of getting each player better, competing against the top AAU teams in the area and have fun. That team consisted of players from the 2014 class including players from the Shorecrest, Arlington and Jackson – all teams that qualified for the State Tournament in 2014.


That 2010 team won the PNAAU Spring League (shown above) and North City was born. In 2011, we expanded two 2 teams, both at 15U and provided a quality training and competition option for players in Snohomish and King County. Our 15U Black team won the Pacific Northwest District Championship that year (shown below) and also had a 5th place finish at the Best in the West tournament in Yakima.


In 2012, we expanded to 4 teams and started to include younger grades along with our 2014 graduating class that continued to thrive. We added 2 teams at the 13U level and had our 2 teams at the 16U level. The goal was to still provide the best training in the area while helping each of our players improve their game. Below is a picture of the entire program at the Best in the West Tournament in Yakima.


Through 2010-2012, we set a precedent for offering some of the hardest and most rewarding training in the area. Sgt. Mike Lawson, one of our founders and lead trainers, built a innovative core strength training program for our teams that helped set them up for success (pictured below). Sgt. Lawson currently trains the Seattle Pacific University Men’s and Women’s basketball team and continues to lead our training program.



In 2013, North City doubled in size and had 8 teams spanning from 13U to 17U. The program continued to focus on the training program, competing in local and national tournaments and helping our players reach their goals. We were able to hire some of the best coaches in the area and helped train/guide nearly 90 players in the 2013 season. (pictured below).



Over the past few years, we were also able to have success on the court. During the 2013 season, we were able to win several AAU tournaments. A few of those are shown below.

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In 2014, in an effort to maintain quality, the program stayed at the same size and had 8 teams competing and training locally. We were able to continue to provide quality training and have success on the court.


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Helping our players improve through physical and mental game continues to be the focus as we look towards the future.


Learn About our Staff or Tryouts.


2015 Program Letter & Tryout Details

29 Jan

Thank you for your interest in North City Training and AAU. Please review our details below. If you have any questions please email or call Andrew Grinaker (Founder) at 425-753-3035.

Note: If interested, we have provided 4 videos at the bottom of this post/page to showcase our trainers and their approach. Enjoy!

For the past 5 years, North City Training has provided players in King and Snohomish County with a quality spring/summer option. We are focused on improving each player through offensive skills training, an innovative strength/conditioning program and competing against the top AAU teams through leagues and tournaments. This past year we had 80+ local area players ranging from middle school to high school coming from as far north as Mount Vernon and as far south as Seattle.

17U, 16U and 15U teams
Monday, March 9th, 7:30pm-9:30pm – Jackson HS (address below)
Wednesday, March 11th, 7:30pm-9:30pm – Jackson HS

14U, 13U, 12U and 11U teams
Tuesday, March 10th, 7:30pm-9:30pm – Gateway Middle School (address below)
Thursday, March 12th, 7:30pm-9:30pm – Jackson HS

Jackson High School
1508 136th Street Southeast, Mill Creek, WA 98012

Gateway Middle School
15404 Silver Firs Drive, Everett, WA 98208

For the 2015 season, tryouts will be $10 per player. This registration cost will pay for the gym space and coaching fees involved in the 4 days of tryouts. We have teamed up with Team Sports Admin, a local company, to complete the registration and we have 100% confidence in their tool.

the link will provide dates/times for each age/grade level)

During this registration process, you will be asked to provide player and parent/guardian information. You will also be asked to sign a Liability form and Concussion form utilizing the online signature service, DocuSign.

Please help our organization by walking through this registration process to provide your contact details. The entire process should take 5-10 minutes and will allow us to automate the tryout/registration process

Tryouts will take place the week of March 9-13, the first full week after the conclusion of the WIAA State Championships. The link above will outline the specific dates and times for each grade/age level.

The plan is to have at least 1 team for each grade level and the potential of multiple teams for grades that we have a strong turnout for.

11U – 5th grade
12U – 6th grade
13U – 7th grade
14U – 8th grade
15U – 9th grade
16U – 10th grade
17U – 11th grade
HS Elite – top 15U, 16U, 17U players

COACHES & TRAINERS (videos posted below)
As part of our spring cost, we give our players access to some of the best trainers in the area.

Sgt. Mike Lawson, one of our Founders and Director of Training, (
“Two-Time King5 Best in Western Washington for Adult Bootcamps”

Chris Hyppa, offensive skills training (
Ryan Appleby, offensive skill training (

In addition to the trainers listed above, each player will have a dedicated and experienced coach leading their team. All of our team coaches have extensive high school, middle school and/or AAU experience and are required to pass a rigid background check before being hired. Coaching assignments will be finalized 2-4 weeks before tryouts.

Learn more about our STAFF 

The 2015 spring session will run from March 9th through May 30th.

All practices will take place at Jackson HS in Mill Creek. Each team will practice either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday and we will keep that routine for the remainder of the season to help families plan. Each team will have 2 practices each week, lasting 2 hours that will encompass a blend of individual training (40%), team offense/defense (40%) and core strength training (20%).

Our 11U, 12U and 13U teams will have a Summer session that will run from June through August. This Summer session is a separate cost from spring and details will be provided in April for the players that make the spring team.

Our 14U, 15U, 16U and 17U teams will take the month of June off to play with their high school teams. They will compete in July. This will be a separate cost from spring and details will be provide in April for the players that make the spring team.

Based on the talent level of each team, we will build a tournament schedule that challenges each team and provides the most competitive environment possible. Each team will play in a minimum of 6 tournaments over the spring session. Some of the tournaments in consideration are below.

The Tulip Tournament (3/27-3/29)
The SYB Bunny Basket (4/3-4)
NW Premier Spring Showcase (4/10-4/12)
NW Premier Spring Slam (4/24-4/26)
The WTA Spring Fling (4/25-26)
The Best in West in Yakima (5/1-3)
CPC Invitational (5/15-17)
SYB Tournament of Champions (5/16-17)
Northwest Championships (5/23-25)
WTA Memorial Day Classic (5/23-25)

Note: The schedule for our 16U, 17U and HS Elite teams will consist of two Premier Showcase tournaments at Bellevue Community College in April, the Washington Premier League in May, and a tournament over the Memorial Day Weekend. Our HS Elite team will also travel to Oregon and Las Vegas in the month of July.

Our costs are all inclusive and includes all cost for practices/training sessions, apparel package, paid coaches/trainers, and tournaments.

The total cost of the spring session is $825.

$425 non-refundable due when teams are announced on March 14th. $200 due April 5th and $200 due May 5th.

We understand that not everyone can afford the total cost of the spring session. For this reason, we have partnered with ESPN the Magazine and the AAU organization to help our families supplement the cost. The plan is straight forward. The goal is to sell 2-year subscriptions to ESPN the Magazine for $40. For each subscription sold, the player will receive $30 in return. For example, if they sell 10 subscriptions, they will get $300 back to go towards the cost of the season.

Please email if your family is interested in fundraising.

We recommend all families take part in fundraising but understand that some players may need scholarships. For the past 5 years, we have provided over $20,000 in scholarships and assign 1 full scholarship to each team at the start of the year. This scholarship can be split in half to accommodate two families. A scholarship application form is available to verify financial assistance and the details of the scholarship.

Please email for the scholarship application form.

All players competing in the Spring session will be receiving a sweatshirt, a short-sleeve t-shirt and a cinch bag. This is built in to the total spring cost listed above.

We will use the same uniforms as last year. If you are a new player or need a new uniform, they are $100 and will typically last 2 years. When you register for tryouts, you will be asked to provide your uniform sizes for both the jersey and the shorts.

To learn more about our organization please check out our YouTube videos, Twitter account and Facebook page.

YouTube Training Videos –
Twitter account –
Facebook page –


>Ryan Appleby Video

Chris Hyppa Video

If any parents, players or families have questions, please email or call Andrew Grinaker (Founder) at 425-753-3035.

Fall Update – 2014 Graduating Class and Spring News

3 Nov

We wanted to provide an update on two areas. One, we wanted to share some exciting news about the graduating class of 2014 and let you know about some of our former North City players who are now playing collegiate basketball. Two, we wanted to give a quick update on what is next for the North City organization and the upcoming sessions.

2014 Graduating Class

When we started North City in 2010, we started with 1 team of 8th graders. That group grew over the years and showcased some of the best talent in the WESCO conference. They recently graduated high school and some of those players are moving on to play collegiate basketball. Congrats and best of luck to this guys!

Conin Oishi (Shorecrest) – Willamette University
Brian Zehr (Jackson) – Bellevue College
Bradey Brummel (Arlington) – Butte College
Daniel Ghebremichael (Shorecrest) – Northwest College
Noah Jones (Arlington) – Everett Community College
Marcus Blake (Jackson) – Bellevue College
Masamba Njadoe (Shorecrest) – Edmonds Community College
Kaleb Bryson (Arlington) – Shoreline Community College

Upcoming Sessions

Our next session that we will be offering will start March 2015 and run through August 2015. We will not field teams during the winter season as we advocate for players to play on their high school or feeder select teams during this time.

We have already secured gym space at Jackson High School in Mill Creek, Washington that will allow us to accommodate up to 10 teams practicing this upcoming spring. We will again have coaches with previous AAU and/or high school experience leading the boys, along with top trainers in the area including Sgt. Mike Lawson and Chris Hyppa.

We will have teams in the following age groups. 12U, 13U, 14U, 15U, 16U, 17U


Summer Training Offered

20 Jun

To help with individual player development, we are offering summer training sessions in a small group setting. This means 4-5 players will be assigned 1 dedicated coach and receive 2 (1 hr) training sessions per week. These sessions will focus on improving offensive skills including shooting ability, individual moves and also include defensive skills and strength training.

The small group summer training session will be June 30th through August 13th. The training will be on Mondays and Wednesdays at Alderwood Boys and Girls Club. We have 3 time slots available for training sessions.


The total cost of summer training is $200 with a total of 14 sessions offered.

Even if you have not participated in North City Training sessions before, you are welcome to sign up and attend.

Please email for more details.

Practice/Training Schedule

17 Mar

All players should have received an email confirmation earlier today regarding details on the season. If you have not received an email through our registration system, please email northcityaau @ with your son’s name and we will be sure your contact information is updated.

Practice Schedule: 

Note: This schedule starts tomorrow (Monday).

All practices are at Jackson HS from 7:30-9:30pm

13U Black (Carter) – Mondays/Wednesday
14U Black (Grinaker) – Mondays/Thursdays (note the second practice night)
14U Blue (Arquillano) – Mondays/Wednesdays
14U White (Wilkins) – Mondays/Wednesdays
15U Black (Grinaker) – Tuesdays/Thursdays
15U Blue (Murray) – Tuesdays/Thursdays
16U Black (Lewis) – Tuesdays/Thursdays
17U Black (George) – Tuesdays/Thursdays

Tryout Results

15 Mar

We want to thank all 121 players that participated in our tryouts. We are excited about the upcoming season and watching each player grow into a stronger basketball player, both physically and mentally.

NOTE: If your name is listed below, you will receive an email within the next 24-48 hours to confirm your spot through our online registration system. This is the same system you used to register for tryouts. Once spots are accepted, we will email the team the practice schedule and additional season information.

Please review through our previous post regarding additional details on the spring season including costs.

If your name is NOT listed, please stay in contact with North City Training. We will be contacting additional players if someone does not claim their spot or decides to to not play for North City.

13U – Black
Coaches: Alex Carter, Conin Oishi

Junior Due
Issac Shust
Christian Liddell
Jordan Juarez
AJ Andrike
Chase Witthunn
Efton Chism
Haben Tekle
Samuel Wang
Ty Spalti
James Jenkins
Ryker Wuttke

14U – Black
Coaches: Andrew Grinaker, Cam Swanson

Nathan Yoon
Alex Stewart
Kevin Lee
Colby Kyle
Mason Harvey
Matthew Johnson
Daniel Barhoum
Luis Rubalcaba
Spencer Davidson
Drew Harvey
Paul Doney
Keland Guinn

NOTE: For the 14U Blue and White Teams, we created 2 even teams based on position and skill sets.

14U – Blue
Coaches: Michael Arquillano, Will Tieu

Jordan Meyer
Perry White
Kobe Isip
Loren Kim
Marco Narciso
Jake Litchfield
Eddie Peabody
Alexander Liu
Garrison Pinkley
Wesley Erickson
Dezmon Liddell

14U – White
Coaches: Tyler Watkins, Nick Elmer

RJ Ordona
Jay Bingcang
Jared Brown
Jake Rogers
Evan Gee
Jace Fransen
Dane Diel
Benjamin Vojnikovic
Jack Tillman
Srinu Koritela
Dante Guadagnoli
Cooper Cummings

NOTE: For the 14U Blue and White Teams, we created 2 even teams based on position and skill sets.

15U – Black
Coaches: Andrew Grinaker, Benny Ortega

Bryan Spee
Dawson Porcello
Adrian Ortega
Zachary Plummer
Nathan Tuck
Byron Lewellen
Hunter Taylor
Drew Bryson
Ravi Regan-Hughes
Desmond Burton
Aleks Bober

15U – Blue
Coaches: Michael Murray 

Hunter Watkins
Ryan Kennedy
Donovan Barnhart
Korreal Renbarger
Alex Johnston
Austin Darnell
Sam Tregoning
Seth Cavin
Ethan Grice
Bryce Jones
Walter Wang
Travis Rucker

16U – Black
Coaches: Will Lewis

Tim Zachman
Grant Charlton
Jalen Profit
Tommy Haefele
Braden Allen
Michael Pastor
Aaron Carlson
Terence Goodwin
Connor Widmann
Scott Kragerud
Brandt Tosaya
Kevin Burns

17U – Black
Coaches: Eddie George, Cam Swanson

Josh Bevan
Brennon Wiersma
Kyle Kauk
Gabe Powter
Derek Anyimah
Blake Rawlins
Tanner Litchfield
Carson Hambreck
Brantle Harris
Ali Shah
Derek Ross
Donavan Sellgren

If you have questions or concerns, please email NORTHCITYAAU @ GMAIL . COM.