NEW BRITAIN â€“ Vibe Athleticsâ€™ 23rd annual basketball league will start on Saturday July 13 with registration at Klingberg Centerâ€™s gym at 370 Linwood St.
Kindergarteners through fifth graders may register at 1:30 p.m. Registration for children in middle school starts at 2:30 p.m.
Early registration will be available on Thursday July 11 at Klingberg Centerâ€™s gym from 7 to 8 p.m.
Saturday will also include drills and team selection. The league is looking to make from four to eight teams on each division.
Registration costs $60 per player for the eight-week season with the uniforms included.
â€śWe are doing NBA Uniforms,â€ť Jerry Carter, president of Vibe Athletics, said. â€śItâ€™s going to really look nice.â€ť
The league will meet every Saturday starting on July 13th and ending on August 31st.
For Carter, 23 years of coaching children means a lot more than a basketball game.
â€śIt just feels like you are long standing in the community like Vibe Athletics is a brand in the city,â€ť Carter said. â€śThe funny part is I have fathers who are coaching their sons in my league and used to be players in my program in 1996, 1997, when I first started.â€ť
In addition, children who have gone through Vibe Athleticsâ€™ programs have made it far, Carter said.
â€śI have kids that played in my program in the NFL,â€ť Carter said.
Former players of Vibe Athletics made it into the Baltimore Ravens and Dallas Cowboys, he added.
According to Carter, children in the league learn more than just a game. Skills such as team building, basketball etiquette and taking directions from a coach will also be taught.
â€śMy league is a development league. Thatâ€™s why I start them at kindergarten,â€ť Carter said.
Teams will built based on each childâ€™s age and knowledge of the game.
Volunteer coaches are welcome to join Vibe Athleticsâ€™ team, but they have to go through a background check.
For more information, Carter can be contacted by phone at 860-375-4363 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Karla Santos can be reached 860-801-5079 or email@example.com.