Basketball registrations are out and circulating as we prepare to move to the winter sports. This year, traveling basketball, for the most part, will move from its previous organization and into being a sport run under the direction of the recreation department and Recreation Director Shawn Leimser. The season, which promises to be a good one, will run from the end of November into the first part of December joining forces with the WyoBraska League.
Traveling basketball is fairly self-explanatory in its name; a basketball league that travels to different tournaments over the course of the season. As previously mentioned above, this league will be part of the WyoBraska and will leave games and tournament locations to be determined by the WyoBraska League, although practices will take place in Lusk and a possible home tournament is in the works. That being said, Leimser reiterates that parents and guardians, “will be responsible to have their kids wherever we are playing and it will be up to them if they want to stay the night or not”. However, the registration fee will cover the cost of any tournaments the team enters. The traveling basketball team will be open to boys in grades 3rd through 6th, Leimser adds, “There has been an established girls traveling team and we are not sure if they will be joining the recreation side. They do a good job with what they are doing and that is up to them”.
With registrations already out and Leimser hoping to begin practice in the near future, the next step is securing coaches. “I have been talking to a few individuals that would like to coach. The more coaches we can get the better off we will be since coaching our kids requires a lot of time and effort since the season is so long. They [coaches] put in a lot of hours in whether it’s baseball, football, or basketball; it’s a lot of time to ask for from our coaches and I want to thank everyone that has been involved with our teams”.
The traveling basketball team will be constructed via registration form-fill out and will not require any try-outs, “Every kids that sings up will be able to play” states Leimser. Registrations are available through Leimser and anyone interested in coaching is also encouraged to contact him.