Registration for Parker Recreation’s Winter Youth and Kinder Basketball programs is Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Recreation Center, 17301 E. Lincoln Ave.
Parents should plan to spend 15-20 minutes making team choices and filling out paperwork. Winter Youth Basketball is for kids grades one through eight who want to play basketball in a skill-building, recreational league.
Parker Recreation’s league emphasizes fun and participation, with every participant playing at least half of each game. Grade levels 1-2 and 3-4 play on coed teams. Teams are girls-only for grades 5-6 and boys only for grades 5-6 and 7-8. Middle school girls play in an all-female league in the fall. All participants must play in their correct grade level, regardless of physical size or ability level. Kinder teams are for players age four to six. Six year olds in kindergarten may play with the first and second graders in the winter youth league.
Team placement for youth sports with the Parker Recreation Department is conducted through an in-house lottery system. Participants register for the program at a specified date and time, and then they are placed at random onto teams. Parents will be able to prioritize team preferences on the registration form. The more options parents select on the form, the better the odds are that your child will be placed on a team that will work for your family. If all of your team preferences are full when your child’s name is selected, his or her registration will be set aside until the end of the team selection process. Your child will then be placed on any available team.
The Parker Recreation Department lottery system gives preference to Parker and Douglas County residents. The Winter and Kinder Youth Basketball seasons begin Jan. 2 and continues until Feb. 24. Youth teams practice once per week and have one game per week.
Registration fees are $70 for Douglas County residents and $75 for non-Douglas County residents for the youth league. Kinder teams have a once a week combined practice and game. Fees for Kinder basketball are $55 for residents, $60 for non-residents. Fees for both leagues include game shirts. For additional information about winter basketball programs, or to serve as a volunteer coach, please contact Parker Recreation’s athletics division at 303.841.4500. The Parker Recreation Center is located at 17301 E. Lincoln Ave.