|MAC Gym fall sport scheduling begins|
ANTWERP – The new school year brings new sports opportunities at the MAC Gym. This fall there will be basketball opportunities for boys and girls players, girls volleyball and cheerleading.
The season begins with nationally renowned Tom Norland and his Swish 22 basketball shooting clinic. Norland will be flying in from a west coast clinic before heading back to Canton, Ohio. One day shooting sessions will be offered on Sept. 5-6.
Saturday morning will bring teams for both sixth grade and under and a new fourth grade and under team volleyball league. Ten teams have already signed up with over a week left before the deadline and scheduling begins.
The basketball courts will be full this fall as we reach out to every school age child. Boys and girls will have the opportunity to participate in five different leagues: grades K-2, grades 3-4, grades 5-6, grades 7-8 grade and varsity 9-12 grade. The leagues are primarily set up for student athletes that are not already participating in a fall school sport. The leagues allow players to keep a ball in their hand to work on fundamentals while working against some viable opponents. All junior high and high school teams will be divided up per OHSAA sport regulations, with no more than two athletes from any school, on the same team.
Sundays bring a full day of events to the gym. Individual signups are being accepted for junior high girls, junior high boys, high school girls and high school boys teams. All the leagues will run for six weeks, including league ending tournaments. This will give the players a couple weeks off before winter seasons officially begin.
Monday evenings, the gym will play host to 3-4 grade and 5-6 grade girls basketball. Tuesday will be the same age groups for the boys.
Wednesday evening events are through gym partner K&S Tumblefit.
Thursday evening is the only evening with coaching as they bring boys’ teams to play. Sixth grade and under teams from the area have signed up to participate in the league. Thursday will also play host to the new boys’ and girls’ K-2 league. The new 8-foot rims and smaller 27.5” basketballs, purchased with an Paulding County Area Foundation grant, will be put to use for the first time.
Saturday, Oct. 19 and 26 will bring volleyball tournaments to the MAC. A junior girls’ tournament will be sponsored by the Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church on Oct. 19. Eight teams will battle for the second annual crown.
Oct. 26 brings a new tournament – a sixth grade and under “pumpkin smash” volleyball tournament will be held.
The fall season events will conclude with a preseason boys’ basketball tournament Nov. 2, a cheerleading competition Nov. 9, and boys’ and girls’ “Black Friday” mini-tournaments on Friday, Nov. 29.
All event information, entry forms, and rules can be found at www.macgymohio.com or by calling 419-506-0108.
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