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Sign the kids up for a season of fun on the basketball court

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county clippersAll you need is a pair of running shoes and a desire to improve basketball skills.

Registration is now open for three age groups in the County Clippers House League. The program develops, encourages and promotes the game of basketball for players from Grades 1 – 8.

“It’s a sport that builds self confidence, friendships, and it is a great workout,” said Garden. “My goal is to continue to grow the sport at a grassroots level.  Our public school teams will benefit and become more competitive.  Our high school teams will benefit and continue their winning ways.  Kids will stay active and get a chance to enjoy a tremendous sport.  It’s a win – win situation,” said Rob Garden, PECMB president.

Basketball, he says, rivals soccer as an accessible sport, requiring only a pair of shoes, ball, and a hoop.  The costs are low, and basketball can be played 12 months of the year, both indoors and out. The registration fee is $60 and includes a team jersey, photo and qualified officials. You can download a registration form at or visit the high school from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to drop off a form and fee. The season runs from Sept. 25 to Nov. 27 on Wednesday nights from 6-8 at PECI.

In the Novice league (Grades 1 – 3), players use smaller basketballs and play on 8 foot nets.  The focus of this league is on basic skill development and learning the game.  Players take part in drills, games, individual and group instruction, and controlled scrimmages on a nightly basis.

In the Junior league (Grades 4 – 6), players play on a full court and regulation nets.  The focus of this league is to continue to develop basic skills, but also introduce game strategy and play.  Coaches work with the players in large group settings, and also have time to practice with each team.  The last hour of each night is dedicated to full court scrimmages with qualified officials.

In the Senior league (Grades 7 – 8), players begin to develop more advanced skills including shooting, passing, dribbling, and defensive fundamentals.  Teams compete in a balanced league schedule where standings and statistics are tracked and recorded.

For details contact Rob Garden at 613-399-2482, email or visit the Facebook page at or the web siste

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