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City’s youth basketball sign-up ends Dec. 1

November 20, 2018

You never know what kind of athletic career the city’s youth basketball league will spark.

From those Saturday contests in the Park View or Jackson Intermediate school gyms have sprung some cool athletic careers.

Among the alumni of the city’s youth basketball games is Brandon Hicks, who played Major League Baseball for the Atlanta Braves, Oakland A’s and the San Francisco Giants, earning a World Series ring after the Giants won it all in 2014.

Now residing in Florida and out of baseball, Hicks, who also played basketball for Sam Rayburn High School, no doubt still has great memories of his youth basketball days in Pasadena.

There’s Andrew Gonzalez, who played collegiately for San Jacinto College and Houston Baptist University. While at HBU, he went up against the likes of Michigan and Memphis. He was among the team leaders in scoring his second year with the Huskies, averaging over 20 points a game.

And to think it all started with those two-day-a-week practices at Young Elementary, leading his team to a city championship in 2000.

And now we have Bubba Baxa, a placekicker for the University of Miami, who was showing his athletic potential in the local gyms every Saturday in the winter. Bubba played both football and basketball for Pasadena Memorial.

Well, guess what? It’s sign-up time once more for the pint-size basketball players.

Registration will run through Saturday, Dec. 1 for all families interested in registering their child for this popular league.

It’s open to children ages 7-12 as of Sept. 1, 2018. All sign-up is taking place at PAL Gym, 2910 Southmore during regular business hours.

The age divisions for boys and girls is 7 and 8-year-olds, 9-and-10s and 11-and-12s.

The fee is $40 for residents and $45 for non-residents. A souvenir jersey comes with the fee. For first-time players, a birth certificate is required. Cash or credit will be accepted.

This is an all-play league. Every child must play a certain amount of minutes. For example, on a 10-player roster, each child will have played a minimum of nine minutes entering the fourth period. In the fourth period, a coach can play any child they desire, though inserting subs is encouraged.

Every three minutes to a six-minute period, a coach sends five new youngsters onto the floor.

Each team, no matter if their record is 5-0 or 0-5, qualifies for the playoffs after a five-week regular season.

Practices are twice a week for 90 minutes at an assortment of school gyms in Pasadena ISD.

The Dec. 1 registration on that Saturday will go from 9 am. to 1 p.m.

If one needs additional information, they are encouraged to call 713-475-1229.

ravery@hcnonline.com

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