Black Tide, Flames have fun learning hoop basics

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By Karla Kelly FOR THE DIGBY COURIER Now that the high school basketball season is over, elementary students are taking to the courts to learn the basics of the game and have fun trying out their new skills against other teams in the county.

Teams from Weymouth, Barton, Digby, Digby Neck and Islands have begun competition with a tournament planned at Islands Consolidated in May.

Barton Flames coach Julie Ford said her team is at a disadvantage as the school has no gym but they have made alternate arrangements for practice time and home games. “We have been able to use the SMBA gym and with four intense practices the team is making progress,” said Ford. “We’ve played a couple of games so far with our home games in the SMBA gym.”

Ford said that with so few students in the Barton School they have to look beyond the grade 5 and 6 classes for players.

Grade 5 and 6 students at Weymouth Consolidated School have just gotten underway and coach Darlene Johns said interest in playing for the Black Tide in increasing. “We only had a few for our first practice but word got out about how much fun it was and our numbers have doubled,” said Johns. “Both boys and girls play on the team and we mix them up during scrimmages.”

Johns said that she and co-coaches Vickie Saulnier and Jeremy Outhouse encourage each player to have fun while they learn and practice the skills.

The Flames hosted the Black Tide at SMBA April 20 night with a good crowd on hand to cheer the teams on.

The game was divided into four-minute shifts and players are rotated for fair play.

Johns said the game at this level is not so much centered on the score as how the game is played. “We want the players to learn how to dribble, pass and shoot,” she said. “Of course each team wants to score enough baskets to win but it is just as exciting when someone you least expect is able to put the ball in the hoop.” “This was our first game and the team was a little nervous,” said Johns. “Once they played a shift they settled down and became more relaxed and had fun.”

Weymouth is to host Barton for a 6 p.m. game on Tuesday, April 28.

Organizations: Islands Consolidated, Barton School, Weymouth Consolidated School

Geographic location: Weymouth

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