Rookie Basketball is back at the YMCA! Using modified rules and lowered hoops in a non-competitive environment, children can learn the fundamentals of basketball. Sportsmanship and fun are emphasized in this league, with each player getting equal playing time. Teams will meet on Sundays at the Bradie Shrum Elementary Gym for an 1 hr of practice and game time beginning January 8th and going through February 12th, 2017. The YMCA will provide team t-shirts and a participation prize of a YMCA water bottle at the end of the season. Registration is now open for this program that serves boys and girls ages 3 to 9 years old. Divisions of play will be 3-4 year olds, 5-6 year olds and 7-9 year olds.
“We are looking forward to another great season of Rookie Basketball,” said Rosie Morehous, Youth First Director at the Washington County Family YMCA. “This year, the venue will be changing from the Salem High School Auxilary gym to the Bradie Shrum Elementary Gymnasium. We are excited for the change of scene, and look forward to utilizing the lowered hoops in the gym to have a great experience for our participants!”
The YMCA is also excited about one more change to the program—a new friendly face! Hilllary Emery, the new Membership Engagement and Activities Coordinator at the Washington County Family YMCA, will be heading up the program this year.
“I am so excited for the opportunity to impact youth in our community,” said Emery. “We are also looking for some GREAT volunteers to help coach the program, and I look forward to working closely with the volunteers to give the kids skills for life, on and off the court!”
This year, the YMCA is offering an incentive for those who plan ahead. Any participants who register by 12/17/16 will receive a $5 discount on the regular registration cost. Cost for this 6 week program is $45 for members and $65 for nonmembers. Registration is open through 1/4/17. Late registrations MAY be accepted, space permitting, through 1/8/17, however are not guaranteed and will be subject to an additional $15 late fee.