GRAFTON—Grafton High School Girls Basketball Head Coach Andrew Moore is working to create an all-girls league for younger ballers in the area, with two main goals in mind: consistency and confidence in the game.
Moore is actively involved in the betterment and growth of the Lady Bearcat program and believes that the creation of an all-female team could lead to a bright future for the Grafton program, as a whole.
“By having these girls play together we can work towards the development of cohesion between the youth, middle and high school programs,” he noted.
And while co-ed youth basketball leagues are typically offered at the St. Augustine Social Center during the winter months, Moore disclosed that offering a gender specific team may be more beneficial to the up-and-coming athletes.
“I want them to develop some confidence in playing the game,” he voiced. “I feel that when girls play against their own, they have more confidence to play well.”
Another pro to the segregated team is the potential for more playing time than some might get when playing for a co-ed team.
In an effort to reach those goals and afford this opportunity to the girls of Taylor County, Moore will be hosting a meeting to share this information and more about the league.
The meeting is slated for Sunday, August 15 at 2:30 p.m., and will take place inside the Scotty Hamilton Gymnasium.
The all-girls league is geared for those entering second to fifth grades.
Following the meeting, a one-hour practice will be held.
Moore shared that the team will be comprised of players from Taylor County, but that he is looking into the group competing in Morgantown with the North Central WV All Girls Basketball League to allow the opportunity for a higher level of competition, as they will be entering contest with teams from surrounding counties, opposed to only facing off against other Taylor County teams.
The North Central WV All Girls Basketball League offers divisions for each grade level, second through fourth, and a combined division for fifth and sixth graders.
“So, girls that don’t make the middle school team as sixth graders could potentially play with our fifth graders,” he explained.
And with the creation of new teams, comes the need for coaches. The league is currently looking for volunteers that would be interested in mentoring the second, fourth and fifth grade teams.
“We are also hoping that once we get this program up and running, we can use these teams to enter some off-season tournaments together,” Moore added. “I’m excited about the opportunities available for our girls and hope that you can join us!”
For additional information about the leagu,e please contact Coach Moore at 304-672-1850.