BUCKHANNON – The Buckhannon Summer Basketball League will get their season going Monday with a trio of games starting at 6 p.m.
The league was one of the few to play through the pandemic last summer. League director Mitchell Shaw is looking for more of a return to normal this season for the league.
“We will still be following state guidance as far as any mandates,” remarked Shaw. “That being said, it should be pretty much back to normal. Anyone who is uncomfortable is always encouraged to feel free to wear their mask. We will still have anyone who is told to quarantine by the Health Department to follow their guidance to the fullest.”
With the worst of the pandemic hopefully over, Shaw saw a rise in league signups this year as it increased from 10 to 14 teams this summer.
“I think our increase in numbers has a lot to do with our social media campaign to spread the word, as well as word of mouth,” noted Shaw. “We had a lot of positive feedback by the players last year and it was encouraging to hear, given it was our first time taking it on. I just think a lot of last years’ players have done a great job at recruiting more people.”
After playing at both the Stockert Youth Center and Buckhannon Academy, the league will have a new home this summer at the Upshur County Recreation Park.
“This year we are playing up at the Upshur County Recreation Park, by the pavilion behind the high school football field,” stated Shaw. “The County has been extremely helpful making changes to the court, backboards and rims to make it a better overall facility. There’s a surplus of parking and viewing area, and the kids have lots to do while the games are going on. We are excited about trying it out this season and seeing how it goes.”
The regular season will get started Monday and run through July 23. The postseason tournament will start on July 26.
“We are excited to be having lots of new faces playing and helping us out this season,” concluded Shaw. “It’s going to be a great month and we are looking forward to seeing who comes out the champs. The Ralph’s Furniture squad has been the team to beat for several seasons but we have a lot of new teams with lots of talent, so it should be very interesting! If anyone is interested in coming to watch the games, they will be playing from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every weeknight.”
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