Welcome to NW Magic Season 17!

NW Magic 2022-23 season!  

We are excited to kick-off the Spring/Summer 2023 season in mid-March.  This is shaping up to be the most competitive Spring/Summer season to date with all the talent we have in the program.  Please be sure to read this letter in full as there is a link for you to accept your new player  invitation and to complete your new player registration.

We are a BlueStar Program that plays in USJN & Elite 40 college viewing tournaments.

NW Magic is the only BlueStar Elite club & the only Elite 40  club  in the Northwest (Oregon, Washington, Idaho). BlueStar is a pioneer in grassroots elite level basketball circuit tournaments for more than 30 years. It has produced more scholarships for NCAA Women’s basketball players than any other circuit in the world.  Elite 40 is the top independent circuit in North America.  

NW Magic will enter USJN college viewing tournaments and/or  Elite 40 college viewing tournaments this season. USJN is one of the longest running organizations in girls basketball running tournaments across the country since the 1980s. USJN Tournaments have been sponsored by Nike for more than 20 years. 3,600 plus colleges came to USJN events last season. 

What Our Spring/Summer Program Includes

Practices/Trainings ,  Hands-on Recruiting Advisory & Marketing, Tournament Entry Fees & Coaches Cost.  There are two registration options Option 1 – Travel with Family (Flight, Hotel, & Transportation NOT INCLUDED) ; Option 2- Travel with Magic- (Flight, Hotel, & Transportation INCLUDED)    Details below.   


If your daughter will be playing, please confirm their participation with us and complete registration by March 1.   Registration information below.  


NW Magic will field the following high school travel teams:

  • Senior Team – Class of 2023
  • 17U 
  • 16U
  • 15U 

*NW Magic will field 1-2  teams per division.  

**Teams/Roster will be set after the “Second Chance Tryouts” scheduled Saturday March 4th.  If you have a question about what roster your player is on (before second chance tryouts), please contact Coach Vanessa @ 253-355-6497.  Our goal is always to put your player in the very best light in front of college coaches.  

Attention Seniors!  

We have a special program for seniors. The below information is “our program”, however , seniors have a month-to-month platform due to being eligible to commit this April or May. Additional details about our Senior program will be posted.

High School Coaching Staff

Coach Vanessa McClendon

Coach Gerald McClendon 

Coach Tim Brown

Coach Kevin Strozier

Coach Edwina Martin-Arnold 

Coach Keeshia Thomas

Coach Darrel Wright

Coach Brandon Campbell 

Season Length

March 4th  -August  31th (6 months) 

School Break 

May 22-June 24, 2023

Team Practices 


Friday Evening Skills 

Saturday 9am-12pm Practice 

Saturday 5pm-8pm 

Practice Dates 

March 17 & 18 2023

April 7 & 8 2023

May 12 2023

June Players return to their high school teams for part of June; return to Magic June 24, 2023)

June 29, 2023 




  1. Maintain above 3.0 GPA
  2. Attend 2 weekly Trainings 
  3. Perform 2 Weekly Outside Trainings
  4. Weekly Community Service Projects (Magic Mentor/Mentee Program)
  5. Attend Bi-Weekly Leadership/Recruiting Meetings via zoom 

Our Approach for Tournaments

Teams will play Local warmup tournaments as part of the preparation for the National USJN/Elite 40  schedule. We will have regular Practices & Trainings (this schedule is maintained in the TeamSnap app, which you will get set up and have access to after you have accepted your invitation).  

Local/Regional  Tournament Schedule/Fees

If you are ONLY playing the local schedule (and not the national schedule) then the fee is $200 per month. Register Here.

April 15 & 16  NWA Last Chance Qualifier Local

April 29 & 30 NWA April Assist Local

May 6 & 7 NWA May Breakaway Local 

May 13 & 14  NWA Tournament of Champions Local 

June 3 & 4  NWA Summer Slam

June 17 & 18 NWA Fathers Day Full Court Press

July 8 & 9 NWA hardwood Heat

July 22 & 23 NWA Win the Weekend 

August 5-6 NWA  All Ball Local 

August 12 & 13  NWA Summer Sizzler Local

National Tournament Schedule

IMPORTANT For NCAA events, your daughter will need to complete the NCAA Athlete Registration.  She will not be able to play in any NCAA event if she is not registered.  Here is the link to complete registration: Athlete Registration  

April 21-23 2023  Blue Star Stop USJN Windy City Showcase Milwaukee, WIS NCAA EVENT/COLLEGE VIEWING

May 19-21  2023  Elite 40 Stop Clash of the Clubs Dallas, TX  NCAA EVENT/COLLEGE VIEWING

July 7- July 9 Blue Star Stop USJN Premier Showcase Chicago , IL NCAA EVENT/COLLEGE VIEWING

July 9-11  2023   Elite 40 Run for the Roses Louisville, KY  NCAA EVENT/COLLEGE VIEWING

July 21-July 24 Blue Star Stop Blue Star Nationals Washington DC NCAA EVENT/COLLEGE VIEWING

July 23-25, 2023 Elite 40 National Championship Orlando,Florida NCAA EVENT/COLLEGE VIEWING 

Fees –  Two Options Traveling with Family or Travel with Magic 


Option #1 

Traveling with Family

Click to register for those traveling with Family

$1995 (6 month payment plan )

Fee includes tournament,coaches fee, & admin 

It DOES NOT include flight, hotel, or transportation 

To accept your roster spot, you must pay the deposit by Thursday December 1, 2022

$750 deposit (goes towards overall costs and holds your players spot) 

March 1 $750 

April 1 $250

May $250

June 1 $250

July 1 $250

August 1 $250 



Option #2 

Traveling with NW Magic

Spring March 2023 

Click to register for those traveling with Magic

$5830 (6 month payment plan)

 Fee includes tournament, flight, hotel, coaches fee, admin, & transportation

To accept your roster spot, you must pay the deposit by Thursday December 1, 2022 

$750 deposit (goes towards overall costs and holds your players spot) 

March 1 $750

April 1 $1016

May 1 $1016

June 1 $1016

July 1 $1016

August 1 $1016


DEADLINE: Uniform Deadline March 6th, 2023  11:59pm.  This hard deadline will ensure uniforms arrive by the first tournament.  If you are joining after deadline , plan to borrow a uniform until your purchased uniform arrives. Please note , the borrowed uniform may not be the same as new. Please order your uniform today. 

This season, players will have reversible uniform sets:

Uniform package includes:  

  • Home & Away uniform 
  • Shooting shirt 
  • Back pack 
  • Nike Sweat suit 

**Does not include a team shoe. A Team shoe is determined by each team.** 

Uniform estimated costs are shown below

  • $300 

You will be invoiced thru teamsnap AFTER you register.  

Team Shoe – TBD 

Parent Meeting 

Weekly zoom parent meetings are on Thursdays @ 9pm (a Zoom link is sent out weekly through our TeamSnap app)

Parent Volunteers Needed

Each team will need a team parent to assist with communication and team travel.  Please let us know if you are available to help this season.  


We fundraise monthly to help our players cover their fees. If you’re interested in fundraising You’re invited to my new group ‘Fundraising’ on GroupMe. Click here to join: https://groupme.com/join_group/85125721/xjgBHncm

Parent Checklist 

  • Check the schedule and see if it’ll work (local and/or national schedules)
  • New Players need to sign up by March 1, 2023 
  • Returning Players need to manage your player account
  • Order uniform before March 6th  2023 
  • Register your child for an AAU Membership if your player doesn’t already have one.  You will need your child’s AAU # to complete the team registration.  This can be done at www.aausports.org  Our AAU club code is W34AT4 2022 – NORTHWEST MAGIC.
  • Complete the NCAA Athlete Registration 
  • Follow the instructions we provided above to get added to TeamSnap app
  • If you’re interested in fundraising You’re invited to my new group ‘Fundraising’ on 
  • GroupMe. Click here to join: https://groupme.com/join_group/85125721/xjgBHncm


Here is contact information, depending on your needs along with their preferred method of communication

  • Roster & Coaching, Coach Vanessa 253-355-6497 coachvanessa@northwestmagic.org
  • Uniforms & Gear coachvanessa@northwestmagic.org  
  • Payment & Logistics payments@northwestmagic.org
  • Magic Fundraising – coachvanessa@northwestmagic.org 
  • Marketing- Promo videos Thomas (Pro Hustle ) 253-324-8684
  • Marketing – Promo videos Stan 219-331-6606

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Welcome to the Northwest Magic Family!  Looking forward to a great season!!

Go Magic!