Upward Youth League aims at positive experiences
By Brittany Llorente
TITUSVILLE - The Upward Youth Basketball League has returned, and registration is now open for the 2012 season.
The Titusville-based youth basketball league, held at the city's Park Avenue Baptist Church and the Gibson Gym, welcomes first- through eighth-graders to sign up for the league, which focuses on coaching, learning and fairness.
"This program is a faith-based basketball league," said Bernie Brito, league director. "It offers an alternative to a normal sports league because there isn't a big emphasis on skill and competitiveness and more on faith."
In some sports and leagues, there is arguing between the coaches and referees and the parents, Mr. Brito said.
"We really just want everyone to get along and for there to be a positive experience," he said.
In the past, the program has attracted more than 300 children.
Each child gets his or her fair share of playing time and is matched up with opponents who are equal in skill level.
"We draft the team and evaluate skills," Mr. Brito said. "Team No. 1 gets the best player and down from there."
Registration is open through Aug. 18. Fees are $65 per child, with a $10 sibling discount. Team organization and player evaluations are from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 18, 20 and 21.
"It's really a lot of fun," Mr. Brito said. "We make sure everyone gets the chance to play."
The season will end Nov. 17.
For more information, visit www.christianbrevard.org/upward or call Mr. Brito at (321) 230-6716.