Youth hoops programs ready for kids, coaches

November 5, 2005

Two youth basketball programs are starting up for the winter season. The Hood River Youth Basketball association is running a traveling program for players in sixth, seventh and eighth grade and Hood River Community Education is running boys’ and girls’ basketball leagues for players in third through sixth grade.

Traveling league:

In its third year running, the Hood River Youth Basketball Association provides an avenue for kids to improve their skills, learn important life lessons (sportsmanship, teamwork, work ethic) and compete with teams from around the state. The traveling basketball season complements Hood River’s middle school programs. Teams practice twice a week in the evenings and compete in four to six tournaments on the weekends; including a home tournament. Coaches and parents work together to pick tournaments that best fit everyone’s schedule. As a bonus, team members can attend all varsity boys and girls home games for free and receive discounts on all basketball camps and clinics.

Although tryouts for the teams were this week, more players are welcome. Anyone in sixth, seventh or eight grade interested in playing are encouraged to contact the following coaches as soon as possible:

Boys — Phil Vesel at 386-4500 or

Girls — Phil Hukari at 386-4500 or

Community Education:

Community Education basketball has been one of the largest youth programs in the county for several years. Set to begin in the first week of January, registration deadline for the program is Dec. 2. Players in grades three through six will be divided into separate boys and girls leagues for third/fourth graders and fifth/sixth graders. Practices will take place once a week, with games held on Saturdays.

Registration fee each player is $38. Players can register through Community Education at 1009 Eugene St., Hood River or (541) 386- 2055.

Coaches needed — Consisting of about 40 teams each year, the league needs a large number of volunteer coaches. Anyone interested in coaching a team is asked to contact the Community Education office as soon as possible.

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