Organizers at the St. Maries Church of the Nazarene want to put the fun in the fundamentals of basketball.
The church’s Win 1 basketball program for local children will begin its evaluation process this month and during the first week of November.
Screening the players will allow for the Win 1 committee to put together even teams and get a feel for everyone’s skill levels according to Win 1 organizer, Jennifer Farnsworth.
Mrs. Farnsworth said that children that attend the screenings should be ready to show their skills in order to be placed on a team.
“At the evaluations kids will get to shoot some hoops, we will see how well they can dribble the ball, and how tall they are,” Mrs. Farnsworth said. “We have a committee that builds the teams and uses the kid’s heights and baskets made to evenly stack the teams so one team doesn’t have more skill than the others.”
Win 1 is not only a program for aspiring basketball players, but also for cheerleaders as well. The program is utilized to teach children the fundamentals of team sports and to prepare them for middle school and high school athletics.
Mrs. Farnsworth said that the committee plans to be extra flexible this year in light of the current pandemic. She said that so far there are no restrictions or distancing guidelines in place and that it is up to each parent’s discretion on whether their child participates.
“Whether a child participates or not is up to the discretion of parents, we’ve been running our Wednesday night activities the same way. If they are here than obviously their parents don’t have an issue with it,” Mrs. Farnsworth said. “It's hard to social distance big groups of kids, especially kids who have to do it all the time so we’re are going to be flexible and see what happens as the season goes on.”
The program, unlike past years, is set to begin in December. Mrs. Farnsworth said that the program usually only runs from January to March, but with the extra month added, she hopes to get children more prepared for games.
“We are going to have practices in December and January to give coaches more time to work with new players,” Mrs. Farnsworth said. “The games don’t start until February, so even those new kids who have never played will get all that practice time and have time to learn in order to be prepared for their games.”
Applications to join Win 1 can be found at the St. Maries Library, the Milling Center, and Mrs. Farnsworth said that some children have been given the applications at school. Applications will also be available at the evaluations
The first evaluation night will be Thursday, October 22, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Nazerene Church Gymnasium. Two more evaluations will be hosted on October 25 from Noon to 2:00 p.m. and on November 5 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
For more information call the Nazerene Church at 208-245-4594.