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About Us

The Flood City Lightning Basketball Club was founded in 2018 by Patrick Gruss, and his daughter Taylor, as a girls travel basketball program serving the Western Pennsylvania region and operating out of Johnstown, PA. The goal of the Flood City Lightning Basketball Club is to, through the medium of basketball, provide opportunities in which local amateur athletes may grow and develop both on and off the basketball court. It is our hope that by providing a safe, healthy, and fun atmosphere with dual emphasis on athletics and academics that our athletes will cultivate positive self-esteem and meet new people fostering new relationships that will construct the foundation necessary to make a positive impact in their communities and schools.


The Flood City Lightning Basketball Club is a nonprofit organization maintaining tax exempt status and is an affiliate member of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU).

2023-2024 Season Tryouts

Sunday February 4th 2024
The Grove Recreation Center (Westmont)
1000 Edgehill Drive Johnstown, PA 15905

Court 1: 8th grade - 11th grade
5:30pm - 6:30pm

Court 2: 5th & 6th grade
5:30pm - 6:30pm 

7th grade - due to lack of players & coaches available, it is unlikely we will be able to field a 7th grade team this year

Please feel free to contact Patrick Gruss, director, at 814-421-1325 with any questions

Tryout fee is $30 ($16 refundable AAU membership & $14 non-refundable club tryout) please make checks payable to 'Flood City Lightning'. Please come with the try-out forms completed (can be downloaded from the 'Forms' tab) with a copy of the players birth certificate and payment for fees attached, this will allow us to expedite the check-in process.

Please feel free to call/email with any questions. We are looking forward to seeing you all there!

Additional tryout dates/times will be posted as scheduled, please check back often for more details.

Gruss Basketball Camp

Gruss Basketball Camp started over 15 years ago at Coach Pat Gruss's personal gym. Gruss Basketball Camp is comprised of a 6 week summer camp and year round weeknight and weekend sessions offered to local area players grades 4 through 8. The goal of Gruss Camp is to provide our athletes the opportunity to work on basketball fundamentals during the off-season and to help turn areas of weakness into areas of strength. Over the years, dozens of local area players have attended and the results speak for themselves. If you are interested in attending, or having your child attend, Gruss Camp next summer or the weeknight/weekend workouts please reach out to Coach Pat Gruss or send us a message in the contact area below. 

Instructors: Patrick Gruss and Taylor Gruss

Gruss Gym

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