PLAINVILLE – The Plainville Police Association will kick off its basketball league this weekend with sign ups accepted until winter break for middle school students.
“It bridges the gap between middle school and high school sports,” said Plainville Police Sgt. John Quilter, coordinator of the league.
Students in grades four through eight will have the chance to learn the basic fundamentals of the sport. A basketball clinic will run after sign ups on Saturday, Dec. 2, at noon at Plainville High School, by the high school basketball team head coach Jim Dinello.
“The PAL basketball league has been a beneficial program for many kids in Plainville,” Dinello said. “For many, it is their first experience with the game.”
The program was extended last year to seventh and eight grade students.
The free Police Association League, known as PAL, is designed to provide student athletes with a chance to play basketball without a pay-to-play format. All team members are able to play the games after break.
The association works with the town recreation department and high school to put together the league.
The recreation department said last year the program has been supporting student athletes who may not be able to afford travel teams.
Referee roles are filled by high school basketball players. Quilter said the program is always looking for more volunteers to help out.
More information can be found by calling Quilter at at 860-747-1616.