Posted On: 10/24/18 8:56 PM
The Florida Vipers were forced to sit out the 2018 Under Armour Association travel circuit while serving a one-year suspension.
The Vipers, among the top teams nationally on the UAA circuit in 2016, found themselves suspended after it was ruled the Broward County-based program used an ineligible player in 2017.
This week, the Vipers received the news they were waiting on from Under Armour regarding the 2019 season.
“We’re 100 percent back,” Vipers coach Brandon McThay said by phone Wednesday. “It feels really good. The most important thing, I feel, is giving back to the community, increasing the scholarship opportunities for student-athletes.”
McThay had said in a previous conversation that the suspension revolved around “a bordering state violation.”
“They flagged me,” McThay said. “It was a one-year violation.”
The Vipers and Team Breakdown have been the top Florida programs on the UAA circuit. McThay said the Vipers will have probably 12 teams in 2018-19, competing from 2nd through 11th grade. He said the 2019 circuit would involve 4 major stops for 17-and-under and 3 stops for the 16s.
McThay said the program will be hosting workouts every Sunday from 2:30-5:30 p.m. at Somerset Key in Deerfield Beach until March. Tryouts to make the team will be held Feb. 17, March 3 and March 9 at Somerset Key.
In July of 2016, McThay and the Vipers made it to the 17-U national semifinals of the Las Vegas Fab 48 before falling to the eventual champion Earl Watson Elite.
The Vipers’ 2016 roster featured Dillard’s RaiQuan Gray (now at Florida State), St. Andrew’s Anthony Polite (FSU), Westminster Academy’s Jason Strong (Northeastern), and Calvary Christian’s Victor Uyaelunmo (USC) and Jerald Gillens-Butler (Butler).
The Vipers’ 2017 squad was headlined by Silvio de Sousa (Kansas) and Darius Days (LSU).
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