Improve Your Skills with Basketball Clinics for Youth Coed Basketball


The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) is pleased to offer a free basketball clinic with the coaching staff from the Eastside High School basketball team at the Martin Luther King Jr. Multipurpose (MLK) Center. The clinics are open to everyone, and are a great opportunity for those wishing to participate in PRCA’s Youth Coed Basketball league and hone their skills.

The clinics will be held Monday, Nov. 28 and Wednesday, Nov. 30, and offer kids a chance to work with seasoned varsity players and their coaches on the fundamentals of the game. Participants will do practice drills for shooting, dribbling, passing and more. The clinics are from 6-8 p.m. at the MLK Center, and are open to the public.

Through fitness, fair play and sportsmanship, Youth Coed Basketball teaches youth, five to14 years-old, how character counts on and off the court. There are no try-outs, and each participant gets to play. Registration is currently open until Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, or until team rosters are filled. For detailed information on age groups, Parents Association for Youth Sports (P.A.Y.S.) requirements and prices, visit For other inquiries, please call 352-334-5067.

Participants are required to take part in an evaluation session so they can be placed on a team. The evaluations will take place at the Martin Luther King Jr. Multipurpose (MLK) Center, which is located at 1028 NE 14th St. Evaluation times and dates for age groups are as follows:

Friday, Dec. 2

Monday, Dec. 5

Ages 5-6
Ages 7-8
Ages 9-10

6-7 p.m.
7-8 p.m.
8-8:45 p.m.

Ages 11-12
Ages 13-14
Makeup evaluation
for all ages

6-7 p.m.
7-8 p.m.
8-8:45 p.m.

There is a mandatory parent meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the MLK Center, where practice schedules will be distributed. Games begin in January, and run through March 2017, taking place in Alachua County and the surrounding areas on Saturdays. Time of play varies by age group. Volunteers and coaches are needed; please call 352-393-8754 for information.

For more information, please call 352-334-5067 or visit Register for Youth Coed Basketball at the PRCA Administrative Office, located in building B of the Thomas Center, 306 NE Sixth Ave., Monday-Thursday from 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

For interviews and other program information, please contact Shannon Keleher, CPRE, MBA, AFO, recreation manager, at 352-393-8526 or

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