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Basketball program tryouts set for Thursday

Published: Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 11:23 a.m. CST • Updated: Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 11:24 a.m. CST

The Newton YMCA, Newton High School Athletic Department and NHS Boys and Girls Basketball coaching staffs will be hosting tryouts for a competitive, traveling basketball program on Thursday.

The program focuses on putting together comprehensive and competitive basketball programs for boys and girls who are in fourth through eighth grades. 

Tryouts will be in the NHS upper gym. Registration will be from 5:15 to 6 p.m. followed with players trying out for the teams from 6 to 7:15 p.m. 

During registration, parents will fill out contact information and help their child try on uniforms. Sample uniforms will be on hand to get correct sizing. 

Cost for the program is $150 per child and includes a minimum of five tournaments, uniform and equipment fees. Cost for returning players is $100 per child if using their same uniform from 2012-2013 season. Half of the fee is due at the time of registration. If a child does not make the team the money will be returned. Full payment is due by Dec. 31.

Teams will be compiled by grades with eight to 10 players on each team. Volunteer coaches will be contacting players and setting up practice times. Those who played during last season must tryout again to make the 2013-2014 season.

Adults interested in coaching a team are encouraged to fill out contact information during the registration period as well.

For additional information contact Tom Vanderlaan at (641) 792-4006 or by email at tom.vanderlaan@newtonymca.org.