Register now for city basketball


Published: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 2:45 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 2:45 p.m.

The city of Gainesville is registering boys and girls for the Coed Basketball program.

Facts

CITY BASKETBALL

* What: The city of Gainesville Coed Basketball program for boys and girls 5-14, with a free skills camp.

* When: December-March.

* Where: King Center, 1028 NE 14th St., and other venues.

* Cost: $64.75-$123.75.

* Miscellaneous: Save $10 on registration fee by Dec. 2; $15 discount for those on free/reduced lunch.

* Information: Call 352-393-8754 or visit www.cityofgainesville.org.

And parents can save $10 off the registration fee if they register their young hoopsters by Dec. 2, the first day of practice for the league, which is open to boys and girls ages 5-14.

Dwright Jackson, a recreation supervisor with the city of Gainesville, said there is an additional $15 discount that will be available until registration ends on Dec. 19 for parents with children on free or reduced lunch. The season will run from the middle of December until March 2014.

Also, players will have a chance to improve their skills at a free basketball camp that will be sponsored by Herman "Pop" Williams, coach of the Eastside High School boys varsity basketball team. The camp will be held from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 18 for ages 5-10 and 6-8 p.m. Dec. 19 for ages 11-14.

To register for basketball, the fee will be $64.75 for ages 5-6 for city residents and $96 for non-city residents. The cost for ages 7-14 is $82.25 for city residents and $123.75 for non-city residents. To prove city residency, residents must provide a bill from Gainesville Regional Utilities or a voter ID card from the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Office.

Registration forms can be picked up from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Thomas Center, Building B at 306 NE 6th Ave. Registration forms also can be downloaded at www.cityofgainesville.org and clicking on "Resident," "Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs," "Youth Athletics Page," "Go Register" on bottom left of page, "Register Now" then "Youth Basketball" at the bottom of the page.

Parents also are required to take the Parents Association for Youth Sports, or P.A.Y.S., a 40-minute online course that covers how parents can make their children's experience in youth sports a pleasant one.

Jackson said coaches are still needed for the program, especially for ages 5-6. Practices will be held from 6-8 p.m. on weeknights at the King Center at 1028 NE 14th St. All games will be played on Saturdays at the King Center and other venues around Alachua County.

"The league is designed to build sportsmanship and character," Jackson said.

Williams, who is beginning his 18th year as the boys basketball coach at Eastside, said some of his current and former players will help run the camp next month. He said he will be teaching them the fundamentals of the game.

"We will be teaching the kids the proper way to pass, dribble, shoot and box out on defense," Williams said. "We love doing this camp because it is a way for us to give back to the community and help kids have a chance to experience something they otherwise might not have a chance to experience."

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