GRAFTON— As a way to keep not only youths in the area engaged in physical activity through the summer, but to encourage adults to get moving, as well, Grafton High School girls’ basketball coach Andrew Moore has coordinated an event for the whole community to enjoy.
However, due to the lack of participation, Moore was forced to cancel the first round of the series but is hoping to garner enough involvement from the community to proceed with the next two dates as planned.
So, grab some friends and get ready for some friendly competition with the first-ever Take it to the Hoop three on three summer tournament series.
“3 on 3 is a great way to keep kids involved in basketball with minimum players. It’s also a great developmental game because it provides more time on the ball opportunities for players,” Moore noted.
Through the series, individuals can form their own teams, with contests for ten age brackets.
Available brackets are as follows, boys second-third grade, fourth-sixth grade, seventh-eighth grade and nineth-12 grade. There will be a separate bracket following the same age grouping for girls.
Being passionate about the county’s program and the sport itself, Moore wanted to provide the chance for likeminded youths to hit the court once more, after COVID brought on an unconventional season for local teams.
“Some of these kids didn’t get a chance to play this winter in their respected youth league due to COVID, so I thought I’d set up a few tournaments to play,” he shared.
But the fun isn’t just for the young ones. Adults will also have the chance to show off their skills with adult female and adult male categories, as well.
According to Moore, each contest will last until a team has scored 21 points, or until 20 minutes of play have passed.
There are three opportunities to hit the Fetterman courts and earn bragging rights over your buddies.
“Thanks to City Manager Kevin Stead and the Grafton City department, new rims were purchased for the Fetterman courts, and it is a great place to play outdoor basketball,” explained Moore.
With the cancelation of original tournament, which was slated for June 26, the first round of the event will now take place on July 31, with a registration deadline of July 28.
The final opportunity to grab some friends and take to the court scheduled for August 21 with the cutoff to sign up being August 18.
Teams may choose to play on both dates, or just one. The cost to participate is $15 per player, per tournament.
During each of the tournament days, the youngest teams will get things started. Times are to be announced, and each team is guaranteed to play two games, double elimination style.
T-shirts will be presented to the top team of each age bracket.
Moore noted that once all teams are registered, a finalized schedule will be sent out to contestants.
Small concessions will also be offered at the tournament, and according to Moore, this is a great way for the community to take advantage of the recent upgrades that city has conducted at the Fetterman Park basketball courts.
Whether coming out as a spectator, or lacing up your sneakers to hit the court, there is sure to be community fun to be had for all.
“I hope to make this an annual event and I am looking forward to seeing kids, and adults playing on the blacktop of Fetterman,” Moore voiced.
To register your team today, scan the provided QR code, or find it by visiting https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=S7AZ4AwzekaLrgn7FzdNahzStvjnMe5ElIW_mxiap6ZUODQ2VlEyMlZQU09SWkk3T001V1NQTFBRUC4u&fbclid=IwAR1hu6VdH2uWY5e9tabDGtTeXn80O6wkW80wTXF3bQkRUueFxzaoHnBBlBA.
For additional information, contact Moore at 304-672-1850.
“Park basketball is how everyone got better back in the day. I’m hoping to bring that back to our community, give our kids something fun to do and of course create some bragging rights,” Moore remarked.