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Youth basketball to shine spotlight on new Milner Recreation Center
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A pickup basketball game takes place Wednesday afternoon as Parks and Recreation athletics coordinator Terry Beard stands in the new gym at Milner Recreation Center. Youth basketball registration is now underway.

It’s been three months since Milner Recreation Center opened its doors to offer a bounty of athletic opportunities.

Registration has begun for what will be the biggest program to date to be held inside the new rec center, McMinnville Youth Basketball for ages 8 to 19.

“We’re really excited to be able to show off our new gym floor and our nice, new facility,” said Parks and Recreation athletics coordinator Terry Beard. “All games and practices will be held here. We have 10 goals that can be used for practices and we have two drop curtains that can be lowered to create three courts so games can be played upstairs and downstairs. We’ll also have a nice area for concessions. We had to cancel this league last year because we didn’t have any place to play.”

For years, the league was known as Jaycee Basketball and games were played at Hickory Creek and Bobby Ray. Since the city is now in charge of organizing the league, games will be held at the new Milner Rec Center which just opened in June.

Basketball leagues are available for girls age 8-19 and boy age 8-17. League placement is determined by age on Aug. 31, 2021. 

The cost is $35 and registration can be done online at mcminnvilleyouthsoccer.com by clicking on the basketball link. Registration will remain open until Oct. 17 with the league season scheduled for Nov. 13 to Feb. 12, 2022.

Exercise classes at the rec center have been forced to play dodgeball with COVID. In an effort to keep people distanced, class sizes have been reduced. Capacity is 30 people in the gym at one time and 15 people in the wellness center.

“We’ve had to cut down the number of people in our classes due to COVID,” said Beard. “We look forward to getting back to normal.”

For more information, call 473-1212.