About 150 boys and girls in and around Ruston had great fun this summer in the Bearcat Ballers basketball league hosted by the Ruston High School girls and boys basketball programs, and planning is already underway for the 2022 edition.
Teams played in age-group competition for four weeks, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, utilizing both gymnasiums at RHS. Every participant got a T-shirt and plenty of wholesome fun and competition.
Lady Bearcats coach Meredith Graf and Bearcats coach Ryan Bond are aiming to make the 2022 Bearcat Ballers League even bigger and better. They were very gratified by the tremendous interest and participation this summer, and are determined to make improvements going forward.
Registration for the 2022 Bearcat Ballers League will begin next May.
Revenue generated by the league helps support the RHS basketball teams as they face expenses for uniforms, travel and officials fees. Both Ruston squads had breakthrough seasons in 2020-21, with the girls sharing the district title and each team returning to the state playoffs with the bulk of their rosters back for the 2021-22 season.
The coaches provided the following letter for participants and their families.
Thank you to the Ruston Community for the support of our 2021 Bearcat Ballers League!
In our third year of operation, we saw tremendous growth in our participation.
Our goals are still the same since our inception: to provide youth with the opportunity to play the game of basketball the correct way. We focus on players learning the rules, teamwork, and sportsmanship through in-game experience while playing with age-appropriate goals and equipment. Seeing every child grow in their understanding and love of the sport through our league is something we take great pride in as well.
We will continue to make necessary adjustments and improvements to make our participants’ experience as positive as possible.
We are so very grateful for the opportunity to have met and worked with so many wonderful children across the parish. Once again, thank you for your support and we look forward to next year!
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