Parks gear­ing up for youth basketball

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The Bryant Parks De­part­ment is get­ting ready for the 2019-20 Youth Basketball sea­son.

“It is an op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal kids to play in an or­ga­nized pro­gram through the league,” Ath­let­ics and Pro­gram Co­or­di­na­tor Chet Dy­cus said.

The pro­gram will be open to boys and girls kin­der­garten through sixth grade. Be­fore teams are formed, play­ers will take part in skills tests, Dy­cus said the tests are to help the coaches draft play­ers to en­sure teams are bal­anced.

Skills test for all kinder­garten­ers and first and se­cond grade girls will be at 6 p.m. Nov. 11 . First grade boys tests will be 7 p.m.

Se­cond grade boys skills tests will be at 6 p.m. Nov. 12. Third through sixth grade girls tests will be at 7 p.m.

Third and fourth grade boys will do their skills test at 6 p.m. Nov. 14. Fifth and sixth grade boys will test at 7 p.m.

All skills tests will take place at The Cen­ter.

Chil­dren who can­not at­tend the skills tests can still play. The coaches just won’t have their in­for­ma­tion for the draft.

All play­ers need to sign up be­fore their age’s skills test, but no later than Nov. 15.

Dy­cus said the num­ber of teams per division will de­pend on how many sign up. He ex­pects any­where from five to 10 team of

seven to nine play­ers.

The cost is $75 per player. For fam­i­lies with mul­ti­ple chil­dren, the se­cond child and on will be $25 each. Mem­bers of The Cen­ter will get a dis­count on the first child’s reg­is­tra­tion.

Prac­tices will be Mondays through Thurs­days depending on what day the coaches choose. Teams will prac­tice ei­ther at The Cen­ter or one of the lo­cal schools.

Games be­gin Jan­uary 11th and will be on Satur­days at The Cen­ter. The sea­son will last eight weeks of reg­u­lar play with one week of play­offs. The top team in each division will get a tro­phy.

Be­fore the sea­son be­gins, teams will get the chance to take part in the Flight Tour­na­ment Dec. 7 and 8.

“We feel it is a great op­por­tu­nity for kids to lean to play on a team,” Dy­cus said.

Reg­is­tra­tion in­cludes a T-shirt for the child to keep. They will use a jersey dur­ing games that be­longs to Parks. Par­ents will need to pro­vide shoes and shorts for their child.

Any adult who is in­ter­ested in coach­ing can con­tact Dy­cus at [email protected]­of­bryant.com.

Everett Chevro­let is spon­sor­ing the league.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate them spon­sor­ing the league and al­low­ing us to have this pro­gram,” Dy­cus said.

This league is not as­so­ci­ated with Bryant Pub­lic Schools.

To reg­is­ter email Dy­cus, visit www.city­of­bryant.com/ en­roll or call 501-943-0444.

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