Ninth grade basketball tournament on tap

Jay High School and Middle School will be hosting a ninth grade basketball tournament this week beginning on Monday. Games will be held at the Middle School gym and at Bulldog Arena on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Teams from Vinita, Bishop Kelley, Kansas, Grove, Colcord, Jay, Locust Grove, and Summit Christian will be participating.

Semifinal games will be held on Tuesday evening at Bulldog Arena, with championship games scheduled for Thursday beginning at 6:40.

Basketball camp scheduled

The Champ Camp for fundamental basketball skills development will be held November 20 for kids in grade kindergarten through fifth grades. The cost is $30 with a discount for past participants. Mail registrations to P.O. Box 452343 Grove, OK 74345. Contact Marty Hughes for more information at 918-814-9222 or email at marty_hughes@att.net.

YMCA basketball sign ups scheduled

The Grand Lake Y basketball program is taking registration through November 12 for boys and girls in kindergarten through fifth grades. A $15 late fee applies after the 12th if space is still available.

Kindergarten through third grades play three-on-three half court games, while fourth and fifth grades play five-on-five full court games.

Divisions include: Kindergarten – first grade (co-ed), second  and third grade boys, second and third grade girls, fourth and fifth grade boys and fourth and fifth grade girls.

Dues for the program are $35 for Y members and $55 for community participants.

Skills night and draft for fourth and fifth grades will be held on Thursday, November 18.

Practices can begin the week of November 29. Times and days are left up to the volunteer coaches.

Games will be played on Saturdays beginning January 15, 2011. All games will be played at Grove School gyms.

Contact the Y for more information at 918-786-5774 or come be the Y at 206 Elk Street right behind Pizza Hut to register.

The Grand Lake Y introducing pickleball

The Grand Lake Y along with the Independent Baptist Church is excited to offer free lessons on the exciting sport of Pickleball, or if you already play pickleball you can come and play and meet new players.  The Independent Baptist Gymnasium will be open for lessons or play from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Saturdays.  The gymnasium is located at 11th and Grand.  For a great time, exercise and to learn a fun new sport that the whole family can participate in please join us on one of those days.  You only need to dress in athletic clothing and wear tennis shoes we have all of the equipment, if you already have Pickleball equipment feel free to bring yours to use.  The great thing about Pickleball is that it can be played by all ages and is a great family activity, and is one of the fastest growing sports in the USA.  The Y hopes to develop enough players to start a competitive league and offer tournaments in the future, but we really want to give people a different activity to maintain or get into shape.

What is Pickleball:

Pickleball is a paddle sport played on a scaled down size tennis court, utilizing wooden paddles and a plastic wiffleball, and is played in either singles or doubles format.  The sport has been around since the early 1960’s but has really taken off in the last 10 years, and has been included in many schools PE curriculum. 

Last year over 700 people participated in Pickleball at the Oklahoma Sooner State games.

You can check out the sport by going to this Internet address: www.usapa.org/whatis_pball/video_promo.html.

For more information please contact Butch Christy at 918-786-5774.