GAME ON — Youth play competitive basketball at Carver Community Center.
Herald Photo / File
GAME ON — Youth play competitive basketball at Carver Community Center. Herald Photo / File

For the entirety of October, kindergarten through 12-graders can sign up for boys and girls youth basketball at the Carver Community Center, located at 1030 N. Purdum St.

After having what was nearly a season high of participation at 425 students last season, Program Director Donta Rogers is hopeful that this year’s class of students will reach new highs. 

“Last year after introducing the kindergarteners to our basketball program it really helped our overall reach in the community. I was taken back by how many kindergarteners we saw. I expected maybe 10 or 12 students, but we saw several teams worth of players,” said Rogers. “It was neat seeing a room full of parents cheering as loudly, if not louder than most middle school games.”

This season Rogers also hopes to see more interest in the high school level of play. 

“I love to see competitive basketball as much as anyone else, but I would also love to see some more guys and girls on the court,” said Rogers. “Last year our high school teams didn’t have as much reach as we would have liked too. I understand players are looking to AAU and travel teams more and more, but why not stay local and build the competition level here?”

Both boys and girls leagues will breakdown into kindergarten through second grade, third through fifth grade, sixth through eighth grade, and freshman through senior. The cost per student is $75. Each team will play a 10-game regular season schedule with a holiday and end-of-season tournament. 
After registrations are closed, players will practice during the month of November and will play their first official game during the first week of December. From there, the season will wrap-up at the end of February. 

“Overall, we’re really looking forward to this season. If anyone has any questions about the league or anything regarding Carver Community Center be sure to contact us,” said Rogers. 

For more information regarding registration or the boys and girls basketball program, call 765-457-9318.