The Nazzaro Center, in a collaboration with the North End Athletic Association (NEAA), officially tipped off on Saturday October 17 when two of its four levels of programming played their first exhibition games of the season.
Both the Junior Varsity, which runs on Saturday afternoons for 8-11 year olds, and the Varsity, on Thursday evenings for 12-14 year olds, took the first shots, stole the first passes and pulled in the first rebounds of a season that will stretch on until early March.
Along the way, two more components will be phased in. The most basic, the Instructional League, is designed for first time basketball players and novices. The age range goes up to about 5 or 6 and can begin with any child who is not intimidated by the format and wants to give basketball a try.
Instructional basketball takes place on Saturday mornings at 10:00 am, lasts about an hour and a half and doesn’t begin meeting until November 14. The final component, our top of the line program, is Knights basketball, a traveling program where anyone who plays in either the JV or Varsity is eligible for one of the gender and age group specific teams.
Each team averages about two games per week, play half their games on the road, play mostly on weekends but could be scheduled any day or night of the week and won’t begin playing league games until early December. However, try-outs and practices will begin in mid-November.
For more information on any of these programs, as well as schedules, rosters, standings and pictures, please visit www.nazzarobcyf.com/basketball/basketball .
Photos by Carl Ameno.