Coaches needed for youth basketball

Published: Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 4:50 p.m.

The city of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs is in need of volunteers to coach youth basketball teams.

"We need about seven coaches," said Brian Shea, the department's recreation supervisor.

Shea said coaches for 9- to 12-year-old group are desperately needed, and that there is a lesser need for coaches for the 7- to 8-year-old children.

The city basketball season runs from November through Feb. 20, and Shea said four hours per week is the amount of time needed to practice and play games, which are usually held on some weeknights and Saturdays from December to March.

If you are interested, call (352) 334-5053 or (352) 316-4757.

Registration for players is ongoing until Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Multi-Purpose Center, 1028 NE 14th St.

The co-ed program costs $53 for city residents ages 5-6 and $79 for non-city residents. For those ages 7-15, the cost is $68 for city residents and $102 for non-city residents. City residents must show proof of residency from a GRU bill or a voter registration card. Birth certificates for the children also are required.

The draft has taken place, and all teams have been set. However, there are still openings for players to join teams.

Shea said almost 350 players participated in the program last year and he anticipates more will participate this year.

The girls-only basketball program will begin in November with evaluations being held at the King Center at 6 p.m. for ages 7-10 and 7 p.m. for ages 11-14, both on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Practices will begin in December and the season is from January until February. The cost for city residents is $53. Non-city residents will be required to pay $79. A proof of residency also is required.

For more information, call (352) 334-5053.

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