Basketball league looking for players

Last year, there were four teams with sponsors. This year, organizers of the Whitehorse Women's Basketball League are hoping to build on that foundation with another strong season.

Last year, there were four teams with sponsors. This year, organizers of the Whitehorse Women’s Basketball League are hoping to build on that foundation with another strong season.

“It’s looking decent; we have a couple new players out,” said league executive Diedre Davidson. “Like many other sporting activities in the Yukon, you don’t see (all the players) until the regular season has started.

“We have a decent amount of players interested, but we can always accept more players, that’s for sure.”

Currently the league is holding free drop-in sessions on Sundays in FH Collins Secondary from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and on Thursdays in Vanier Catholic Secondary from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Players of all levels are welcome.

“At the start of the season we normally do a drop-in for the first three weeks or so,” said Davidson. “That’s just to get everyone’s lungs and legs back into shape. And it’s to identify the different players’ calibres, so we can build equal teams.

“The intention is to have a competitive league so there’s no team that’s really dominating.”

The first round of team selections will take place October 15 and the season opener will take place the following Sunday.

“The executive picks the teams and we let them play a couple games – drop-in kind of games,” said Davidson. “We can make changes after that time.”

The regular season runs to March and is followed by playoffs.

Last year was a time of a rebuilding for the league after the previous season saw the league peter out midway through and no playoffs were held and no champion team was crowned.

“The league has been around since at least the ‘80s,” said Davidson. “So it’s a great opportunity to get a run in.”

For more information visit users.whtvcable.com/wwbball/ or contact Davidson at 334-8786.

Contact Tom Patrick at tomp@yukon-news.com