By Cloverleaf High School Journalism Staff
The sixth-annual Cloverleaf Youth Girls Basketball program will conduct sign-ups at the Cloverleaf High School gym on Nov. 4.
“It is very exciting every year to invite the young girls in our community to the gym to learn about the game of basketball and have fun at the same time with our players and coaches,” said John Carmigiano, the Cloverleaf High School varsity girls basketball head coach.
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 or Rec League from 6-7 p.m., followed by the Travel Team practice from 7-8:30 p.m.
All girls interested in doing Travel (grades 4-6) should attend the pre-season open gyms on Oct. 14, 16, 21, 23 and 30 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the CHS gym. All Rec players are welcome to be in both Rec League and Travel for the same price.
The Cloverleaf High School girls basketball players and coaches, along with parent volunteers, help the players (grades 1-6) with their practices and games from November through January.
“This is a great opportunity for our high school players to give back to the game and the community by working closely with the younger girls,” Carmigiano said. “We have seen plenty of success with the CYGB -- and the travel team had an amazing season last year. It is really cool to watch this program grow.”
Black River is expected to bring their 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.
Tera Seiwerth is in her second year as the director of operations for the CYGB, and has been around for all six years of the program. The director takes care of registration, keeps the parents informed of the scheduling, and helps with the direction of the program. Seiwerth is also the head coach of the successful Travel Team.
“Tera is very reliable and dependable and is helping grow the girls basketball program for the Cloverleaf community for many years to come,” Carmigiano said. “Lisa Foky did a great job with our travel girls as an assistant coach last season, and now Meredith Craft will be assisting Tera this year.”
The CYGB also welcomes Cloverleaf parent support and assistance to run some of the teams.
“If you have a love for the game and would like to help out we are always open to that,” Carmigiano said. “We are also open to the idea of helping parents understand the game better if they would like to coach.”
The CYGB will again offer three affordable programs for girls in grades 1-6, 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 and payment, while the players can come dressed to take part in the clinic. Please click HERE for a registration form.
Forms also were distributed to all the Cloverleaf youth girls through their schools.
“We look forward to the excitement in the gym a couple times a week when our youth come to learn,” Carmigiano said. “We want the kids to have a good time, learn about this great game, and develop their skills.”
Photos: Cloverleaf High School basketball players work with CYGB youth players last season. Photos submitted by CYGB.