Fort Belvoir’s Child and Youth Services ushered in the House basketball season with a pair of skills evaluation clinics, Saturday at Specker Field House. More than 100 male and female athletes showcased their abilities for coaches forming teams and establishing this year’s game schedule.

The House basketball league is comprised of young athletes who are learning the game and perfecting the skills needed to compete on the Barracudas squads in the Fairfax County Youth Basketball League, the next stage in Belvoir’s youth basketball program. Each year, the four age divisions are 5-6, 7-8, 9-11 and 12-14.

“The house league is intended to teach the fundamentals of the game and we also want to form our teams in a fair way,” said Jerry Arrington, CYS sports and fitness director.

“We don’t want to stack teams where all the best players in the league are on one or two teams; it’s not fun on Saturdays for teams that might not be as good as others to play against the best squads there are. Learning and fun is what this is all about.”

The players spent the hour-long evaluation sessions engaging in ball-handling, passing, shooting and defensive drills and wrapped up the clinic with scrimmage matchups.

House league games are played Saturdays at Specker Field House through April.

For information and game schedules call Arrington, 703-805-9139.