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    2016 Gym Rats Nike Presidents Day Tournament February 13-14, 2016- Beaverton, OR

    Magic Teams Attending-  14U, 13U, & 12U

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    Spring & Summer Registration Information

     RETURNER REGISTRATION BEGINS: All current Magic Players should be registered for the 2015-2016 Season.  Please do so by January 25, 2016. 
    (This includes Youth and High School)

    Youth need to attend 3 skills trainings & tryouts sessions and HS need to 1 skills training and attend tryouts


    Skills:  Thursdays February 4, February 11, February 18, February 25,  & March 3, 2016 
    Time:  615pm-730pm (5th, 6th, & 7th grade;  

    730pm-845pm Elite 7th, 8th, & High School Players

    Tryouts: March 10 @ Winners Gym (810 E Harrison- Tacoma, WA)

    5th & 6th Grade 5pm-630pm

    7th & 8th Grade 630pm-8pm

    High School 8pm-930pm 

    March 11 @ Lakewood Community Center

    5th, 6th, & 7th Grade 6pm-730pm 

    8th- High School 730pm-930pm

    Practice begins- Tuesday March 15, 2016 

    SEASON LENGTH - February 1st - June 30th 
    (Blue Star , 8th , & High School teams will participate in  July)

    Welcome to Northwest Magic

    Vanessa McClendon Founder and Director of Northwest Magic

    Vanessa McClendon Founder and Director of Northwest Magic

    Northwest Magic is beginning it’s 7th Year of teaching
    Basketball & Leadership Skills to Players of all ages!
    THANKS for visiting our website!
    Northwest Magic serves players in their pursuit of personal development through basketball and the opportunities it provides…Northwest Magic is a 501c3.  

    Thank you for considering Northwest Magic for your player. We hope that during try-outs and/or practices, you’re able to observe first-hand what Magic is about: hard work, excellent basketball instruction, and the opportunity for players to have fun while learning.

    Magic prides itself on providing a positive environment for every player who wants to increase his or her basketball skills.

    Placement decisions will be made for players after they attend 1-2 practices.  Please expect to receive a phone call or email from Coach Vanessa with an official Welcome to Magic. This will provide you with a chance to ask any questions. 

    Founder and director of Northwest Magic, Coach Vanessa McClendon leads the way to Northwest Magics' many success stories. Vanessa's personal career has many highlights.  Earning Second-Team all-state honors from California Basketball Magazine. As well as the East Bay Player of the year by the East Bay Prep Writers Association. Vanessa averaged 19.9 points, 8.4 steals and 4.3 assists a game her final year. Eclipsing the state’s single-season steals standard (252) in addition to finishing second on the career chart (674). She paced the team to a 26-6 record and Division I runner-up in the Northern California Championships, scoring 21 points in the title game. Vanessa received dozens of offers from D1 schools, including most California schools, University of Washington, University of Oklahoma, and most PAC-10 schools. Coach Vanessa decided to attend The University of Oregon and played for them from 1989-1992. Vanessa earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Oregon.

    Read More- click 

    2012 Hall of Fame Inductee- Vanessa Selden-McClendon- click 

    Northwest Magic is a BlueStar Nike Sponsored Organization

    For over 25 years BlueStar, has been one of the most influential organizations in women's basketball. BlueStar has been instrumental in selecting and advising publications such as The Sporting News, USA Today, Gatorade Circle of Champions and McDonalds All American Team, to name a few. These rankings and evaluations are part of our National BlueStar Report available to media & colleges across the country.

    Why BlueStar?

    Through our hard work and commitment, we have been able to be recognized as a leader in player development and producing potential college prospects. The BlueStar recruiting program is a national power in the women's college recruiting world and they have accepted us as a BlueStar Travel team. Thus, being a BlueStar Sponsored Program offers our teams and players a more recognized and highly respected name among college coaches.

    BlueStar Report

    The longest running girls basketball information service in the country. BlueStar originated in 1981 as a series of All-American camps across the country and as an evaluation report and newsletter. As the game grew BlueStar Basketball grew with it and created the nation's first dedicated girls basketball website in 1996. BlueStar Basketball has been sponsored by Nike since 1998, and continues to support our grassroots effort.

    U.S. Junior National Girls Events

    USJN is one of the longest running organizations in girls' basketball, and has been running tournaments across the country since 1986, as the first privately owned company outside of AAU to offer girls basketball tournaments. Nike has been sponsoring the USJN since the early 1990’s and has been one of the strongest supporters of girls grassroots basketball in the country.

    Interview- (Northwest Magics Coach Vanessa and Magic players get interviewed)- click 

    Coach Vanessa’s Training/Coaching Philosophy


    Coach Vanessa's training is based on the idea that learning in a challenging, yet fun environment yields the best results. The greatest improvement is seen when passion, hard work, fun, and understanding all mesh together on the court. Coach Vanessa prides herself on her ability to get the most out of each trainee every time she works with them. This coupled with her unique approach to promote a deeper understanding of the game, has led to great success for all of the players and teams she has worked with.

    Magic Commits/Alumni

    Northwest Magic AAU Club Code WW6FC5 Exp 8/2016


      ""My daughter has been with Vanessa McClendon and Northwest Magic since she was in the 6th grade.  Vanessa has done a great job of increasing the basketball IQ of all the girls plus she's managed to create and foster a really supportive basketball family.  She and the northwest magic Coaches are highly respected by other organizations as well as college coaches. Its not unusual to see 15-20 Northwest Magic Families at some of the high school games around Tacoma , Federal Way , Olympia, and Puyallup/Bethel area schools ,watching kids in the Northwest Magic organization. If you are looking for a life changing experience for your player , if you are looking for a place for your player to develop , if you are looking for excellent instruction , if you are looking for a place for your player to prepare for the next level , Northwest Magic is the place to be. A phenomenal experience !"

      Mother of 2016 player

      Click Here for other testimonial 

      Weekly Schedule at-a-glance

      Tuesday Practice @ Winners Gym

      5pm-630pm  5th & 6th 

      630pm-8pm  7th & 8th 

      Thursday Training @ Winners Gym 

      5pm-615pm  Headstart Skills ( k-4th grade teams) 

      615-730pm Magic Skills 5th, 6th, & 7th 

      730pm-845pm  Magic Elite Skills 7th, 8th, & High School 

      Friday -Practice @ Lakewood Community Center

      6pm-8pm crt 1 & 2 5th & 6th grade

      6pm-8pm crt 3 & 4 7th & 8th grade 

      2016 Northwest Magic Major Tournament Schedule

      This is a partial list of the major tournaments Northwest Magic  will  attend in 2016.  Check calendar for full list

      •     April 22-24- USJN- Windy City Classic Chicago, Illinois

      • July 22-25 - USJN/Nike 17U National Championships-  Washington DC 

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      Ball Girl /Fan Tunnel Session for Pac 12

      6th, 7th, & 8th grade Magic players among the first to purchase tickets have been invited to serve as Ball Girls for PAC 12 Tournament. Each session will have 4 ball girls per session. Scheduled ball girls have been posted (above).    

      Magic High School Players and Magic 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, & 8th Graders (non ball girls)  will do Fan Tunnel for championship game on Sunday , March 6, 2016

      Upcoming Events

      • Feb
      • 13
      Nike Gym Rats Presidents Day Tournament
      • Feb
      • 14
      Nike Gym Rats Presidents Day Tournament
      • Feb
      • 15
      Nike Gym Rats Presidents Day Tournament

      February Tournament Schedule at-a-glance

      February 13-15 -  Gym Rats Presidents Day Tournament-Portland, OR- 

      Magic Teams attending 5th/6th split, Blue Star 7th, and 7th/8th split

      February 20-21 - NW All Star/ Auburn, WA-

      Magic Teams attending- 5th, 6th, Blue Star 7th, & 7th/8th split 

      March Madness (5th-8th Grade Teams to attend

      March 14-April 6

      In preparation for our competitive spring season , we have put together our Magic March Madness program for our youth teams. We need more floor time ! 

      March Madness Program includes , two  Curtis league games a week, one magic skill training , one magic practice , and two tournaments ( one local , one USJN) between March 14- April 6. 
      This is part of Magic program , no extra fees included if you are a full time player. 

      Monday - 2 league games @ Curtis High School 

      Magic 5th will play in 4th/5th division 
      Magic 6th will play in 5th/6th division 
      Magic Bluestar 7th will play in 7th/8th division 
      Magic 7th/8th split will play  in 7th/8th division 

      Tuesday - practice 
      Thursday - training 
      Friday - practice 

      **Special note- some Tuesday's , during March Madness ( in advance) , players will have Tuesday night off. 

      **Tournament during March Madness 
      April 2-3 USJN - Lacey, WA 



      USJN West Coast Spring Elite Showcase April 2-3- Lacey, WA 

      Magic Teams attending 5th, 6th, Blue Star 7th, 7th/8th split, High School Gray, Silver, and Purple 

      YEA INVITATIONAL April 9-10- Local 

      Magic Teams attending 5th, 6th, Blue Star 7th, 7th/8th split, High School Gray, Silver, and Purple 

      USJN Golden Gate Challenge April 15-17- Oakland, CA 

      Blue Star 7th, 8th, High School Gray, Silver, and Purple 

      USJN Windy City Classic April 22-24- Chicago, Il 

      High School Gray, Silver, and Purple