Please see the following note from a parent starting a 3rd & 4th grade girls basketball team.
Good evening, yes it is that time of year again to start talking about Girls Basketball. My name is Juan Gonzalez and I have had the pleasure of running the 3/4th grade Girls basketball program at Bell for the past 3 years along with Tom Pearl. Since there is no sanctioned CPS sports for 3/4th graders, this team(s) is completely ran by parent volunteers. We have been part of the Bell Family for the past 9 years, my wife Kim and I have a 1st grader (Juanito), 3rd grader (Sofia), 4th grade (Gabriela), 5th grader (Elena) and a Sophomore Alyssa who was part of the Bell team who won the 5/6th grade City Championship and were the 7/8 th grade city runners up, they also won the NBL league title 4 out of 5 times during that span. I say all this to emphasize that Bell has a very proud tradition of girls basketball, which we would like to continue for years to come.
If you don’t have a daughter in 3rd grade, I apologize for bothering you with this email and you can just disregard it.
For the rest of the parents who have a daughter in 3rd grade please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if your daughter would be interested in playing this year. I would like to get a head count by October 1. As I plan to start practice the 2nd or 3rd week of October.
In years past we have had enough players to accommodate 2-3 teams, which will participate in the Northside Basketball League (NBL). We will hold 1-2 practices a week usually on Friday or Saturday and more than likely our games will be on Saturdays. Last year or division played at either Amundsen High School or Welles Park, which was great for the parents and players.
If we have multiple teams they will be mixed, meaning they will be made up of 3rd and 4th graders. Over the last 3 years Tom and I have done a pretty good job of dividing the grades and talent equally across the teams, where no one team is better than the other and we have still been very competitive in the league. Even with the multiple teams and the talent pool divided a Bell team has either won or came in second over that last 3 years in the 3/4thgrade girls division. This is a testament of the work the girls put in over the season and even during the off season.
Also please pass this email on to any other 3rd or 4th grade parent whose daughter might be interested in playing this year. No one will be turned away, we will figure out how to make it work.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask. I will have a better idea on cost once I know how many girls are going to participate. However it will be approximately between $130 to $150 per player, which will cover Gym rental for practice, uniforms, League fee per team and referee cost.
Thank you and I hope to hear back from you.
Juan Gonzalez email@example.com