In 2013 James Parker, Jr. founded the Premier Youth Basketball League (PYBL), which has now soared to become the most elite youth basketball league for middle school players in the Metropolitan DC and surrounding areas. Partnered with Gatorade, Parker has garnered the support from not only the local WCAC, IAC and private powerhouses but since the inception of the league four of the league’s coaches are now on the coaching staff at some of these sought after schools. Originally planned to be a winter league, the success from the inaugural winter season piqued the interest of several high level players and their parents and a summer league was added in 2014.
What started with only 6 teams, the league has now grown to 25 teams, which will represent the top middle school players from DC, MD (Anne Arundel, Baltimore City, Charles County, frederick, Howard County, Montgomery County and Prince George’s County, southern maryland) and VA (Alexandria, arlington, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, and Prince William County). the league added the rising stars level for elite 6th and 7th graders in the winter of 2015. The caliber of players in the league is unmatched anywhere else in youth basketball.
Parker has a long history in youth sports, as a former basketball player and running back on the 1998 Maryland State High School championship football team (Friendly), he found that his passion was not only in playing the game but teaching the game. At the age of 21, he successfully started his own AAU organization, the Maryland Runnin Rebels that he operated for over 10 years, until the start of the PYBL. He has won various Division I and II championships and tournaments throughout his coaching tenure. He has also coached one NBA-player, two-All Americans, one Juco All-American and numerous all-county and all-league high school players.
Coach Parker has a love for the game of basketball as well as a love for assisting others, for the past 11 years he has also served as the Physical Education Teacher for both mentally and physically disabled teenagers and young adults ages 14-21. His players have won Special Olympics awards in basketball for the past 8 years. Coach Parker has a strong work ethic and encourages his players to work on their character just as much as they work on their basketball skills. One of his greatest accomplishments is seeing his former players excel and also watch those who have developed an interest in coaching. He has currently provided opportunities in the PYBL for several of his former players. He prides himself on being a teacher of the game.
James holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Bowie State University.
James currently resides in Upper Marlboro, Maryland with his wife Tarren Parker, (Director of Operations), and daughters Jayelle, jayme and jayla.