Fort Belvoir’s Child and Youth Services ushered in the 2019-20 House basketball season with a skills evaluation clinic, Dec. 14 at Specker Field House. More than 100 young athletes, ages 5-15, showcased their abilities for coaches, who are forming teams and establishing this year’s game schedule.

The House basketball league is comprised of 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. Four age divisions—5-6, 7-8, 9-11 and 12-15—are represented each year.

“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 three-hour evaluation session engaging in ball-handling, passing, shooting and defensive drills and wrapped up the clinic by applying those skills in scrimmage match ups.

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

For information and game schedules, email Coach Alton Greene, alton.greene@bet.net or alton.greene@yahoo.com.

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