By Cam Tripp
CHS Journalism Student
The fifth-annual Cloverleaf Youth Girls Basketball program will conduct sign-ups at the Cloverleaf High School gym on Nov. 5.
“We are happy to be able to host the youth program again at the CHS gym with our players and coaches,” said John Carmigiano, the Cloverleaf High School varsity girls basketball head coach. “We have really enjoyed the experience and watching the growth.”
All girls interested in doing Travel should attend the pre-season open gyms on Oct. 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, and 29 from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. in the CHS gym. All Rec players are welcome to be in both Rec League and Travel for the same price.
Players and parents can arrive as early as 5:30 p.m. to begin the registration process. There will be a clinic for all girls interested in the Little Dribblers (grades 1-2) or Rec League (grades 3-6) from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by the Travel Team (grades 4-6) practice from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The Cloverleaf High School girls basketball players and coaches, along with parent volunteers, help the players with their practices and games from November through January.
“We are so excited that the youth girls and the parents in our community have embraced this program, and the opportunity for all of us to work closely together to help create a love for the game of basketball for the girls,” Carmigiano said. “It is a great opportunity for everyone involved.”
Black River is expected to bring its girls rec teams once again to compete against the Cloverleaf teams on Saturday mornings to offer more of a variety of competition for both schools.
Carrie Hartsel has been the Director of Operations for the CYGB for the past three years, and although she will be stepping down, she is going to help with the transition to a new director. The director takes care of registration, keeps the parents informed, and helps with the direction of the program.
“Carrie has been so important to our growth and success for years. She will be missed,” Carmigiano said. “She let me know that she is interested in helping someone to transition into this key role for us so please get in touch with us if you are interested.”
The CYGB also welcomes Cloverleaf parent support and assistance to run some of the teams.
“We are always open to help,” Carmigiano said. “We will find a way to incorporate any help we get so that we can better instruct the youth players,” Carmigiano said. “We can even help train parents that want to understand the game better, and help them to become a part of our staff.”
The CYGB again will offer three affordable programs for girls in grades 1-6 in its fifth season, including Little Dribblers ($35), Rec League ($50), and Travel Ball ($80). Players can play in both the Rec League and Travel Ball for the same $80 total.
For the sign-up night, parents are asked to bring the registration form (below) and payment, while the players can come dressed to take part in the clinic. The registration form can be found on the Cloverleaf Schools and Athletic websites, and were distributed to all Cloverleaf youth girls through their schools.
“The kids bring the energy into our gym twice a week, and it is definitely a highlight for our players to be able to help the younger girls,” Carmigiano said. “We try to have fun and learn the skills it will take for the kids to be successful in the future.”
Photo caption: One of the four Cloverleaf Youth Girls Basketball Rec teams at the end of the season last year.
Photo submitted by CYGB