Here at James River, We Believe in Hustle, Effort, Attitude, Teamwork

  • Middle School Fall Tryouts 
    • Sunday, October 28th from 6:00-8:00 pm 
    • Location: Manchester High School
      • 12601 Bailey Bridge Rd, Midlothian, VA 23112
  • Board Meeting 10/14/2018
  • Website Updates 9/9/2018
    • Fall tryouts added to the schedule page
    • Team pagesare now active and will be updated periodically
  • Coming Soon
    • Online Payment 
      • Player Fees
      • Donations and Sponsors
    • Tentative Schedules for 2018-2019 Season 

Meet Our Teams

Current President:

Daphne Presley

2014 -

Our Partners and Donors

Benefits of James River

 "Remember, teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability.


The mission of James River Blaze is to provide an opportunity for girls to learn and develop basketball skills and to compete at a highly competitive level. We strive to enhance the physical, mental, and moral development of amateur athletes, while promoting good sportsmanship, good citizenship, and safety. We are dedicated to helping our players reach their full potential both on and off  the basketball court as well as in personal lives. James River Blaze is a family oriented organization designed to promote excellence in player development. 

Are you looking for a traveling AAU team for your daughter who is in either 6th, 7th, or 8th grade? James River will be having fall tryout information for Middle School girls will be on October 28th, 2018 from 6-8 pm. We are currently working to update our team pages and coaching information, more information about each coach and team can be found shortly.

Tryout information 

  • Date: Sunday, October 28th, 2018 
  • Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm 
  • Location: Manchester High School
    • ​​​12601 Bailey Bridge Rd, Midlothian, VA 23112

Here are a few easy ways that you can help support a child dreams.

  1.  Donations 
    1. Funds to the organization 
    2. Shoes for shoe drives 
    3. Equipment 
  2. Sponsor a child 
    1. Donate directly to a child fees
  3. Sponsor a team
    1. Donate towards a specific team

James River History

“Everything happens for a reason. I’m used to it, I prepare for it. Like I say, at the end of the day, those in charge of their own destiny are going to do what’s right for them and their family.”


As a non-profit organization James River strives to provide a platform for each and every one of our girls the ability to compete on the next level if they do so chooses to continue both their academic and athletic career. In addition to annual player fees we do ask for donations and sponsors to help us achieve our goal. 100% of the money that we received is used of the organization mission and teams.

We are currently in the process of working to set up and online payment system that is a more safe and secure method to collect payments and donations. 

We would love to publicly thank our yearly sponsors and partners! 

Want to Get Involved?

James River is currently updating our team pages for  2018-2019 AAU season. Team pages give a brief description of the coach's background, their main focus for the season, and goals for the upcoming season. Here at James River, we believe that being a basketball player is more than what happens on the basketball court but how you care yourself off the court. The team pages also display picture captured throughout the season both on and off of the court. ​

2018-2019 Projected Team Listing
6th Grade
7th Grade
8th Grade
9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade

Middle School Tryouts: Sunday, October 28th from 6:00-8:00pm at Manchester High School 

Online Payment Option Coming Soon !

  • Exposure to DI, D2, D3 colleges
  • Master basic fundamental of basketball
  • Learn how to play in a system
  • Travel
  • Gain higher basketball IQ
  • A chance for players to have fun
  •  Learn to compete 
  • Individual growth

"I've always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come. I don't do things half-heartedly. Because I know if I do, then I can expect half-hearted results."


Why James River ?

The Latest

James River Blaze (JRB) formally known as James River Athletic Club, the first premier girls AAU organization in the Richmond area, is entering into its 33rd season of girls. As the first AAU program for girls in the Richmond Metro Area, the club continues to provide a quality basketball program for all youth. JRB began with 3 teams in 1985 and now fields up to 8 teams with players ranging in age from 10-17. JRB offers youth an opportunity to play at Regional, State, and National competitions every year. It also provides playing time in fall and summer leagues, instruction at quality clinics, and individual instruction by a staff of outstanding coaches.

Our Mission Statement 

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  • Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Mitchell
  • Ristorante Portofino 
  • 4 Behrs Excavating Inc.
  • Craters and Firefighters of Richmond
  • Virginia Air Crops
  • Mr. Mark Cooke
  • Ms. Elizabeth Price
  • Mr. and Mrs. Sergio Micheli
  • Garrison Insurance Agency, Inc.

Teams And Tryouts

The oldest AAU establishment in Virginia
Partnered with Adidas

Thank You For Believing In Us !