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).

2020-2021 Season Tryouts

Saturday November 28th

East Hills Recreation Center (Aux Gym)

101 Community College Way 

Johnstown, PA 15904

 9:30am - 10:30am -- 5th/6th Grade

10:30am - 11:30am  -- 7th/8th Grade

11:30am  - 12:30am -- High School

Due to the increase in the area COVID-19 cases we are asking that all individuals attending tryouts wear masks and maintain recommended social distancing. In an effort to minimize potential exposure to all, we are asking that only 1 parent/guardian accompany each player to tryouts if possible. We are also asking that in an effort to maintain social distancing, please come with the try-out forms completed and payment for tryout and membership fees attached (see below), 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! Please check back frequently for additional information as we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in our area evolves. 


Tryout fee is $30 ($16 refundable AAU membership & $14 non-refundable club tryout) check made payable to 'Flood City Lightning'. Please complete the 'Tryout Forms' under the 'Forms' tab prior to tryouts and bring them with you to expedite check-in. 


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

2019 Tournament Updates! 

7th Grade Schirato went 5-0!! and took 1st place at the East Coast Champions tournament at Spooky Nook on May 4-5.

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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