After more than 30 years of support from countless volunteers, the Red Devils’ coaching staff and players will help lead the program – now dubbed Jeffersonville’s Red Pride Youth Basketball League – running Oct. 18 through Jan. 28.
Certain volunteers will remain with the league, per Luce, but the seven who began it and volunteered for the full 30 years opted to hand off the tradition after last season. They were honored at Jeffersonville’s last home game.
“I think it’s remarkable — the amount of volunteer time that was put in to run the JYBL,” Luce said. “For those individuals who were a part of it for the entire 30 years, it’s something that’s a part of their legacy, and something they can always be proud of.
“As far as beginning a new chapter of youth basketball, our coaching staff is excited about it. It’s a great way to connect our oldest players, our varsity players, with our youngest players, and put together a complete program from top to bottom.”
The RPYBL features two divisions – an instructional league and a competitive league – made up of players ranging from grades two to six.
The competitive league members play three times a week, with games and practices slated for Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday of each week. Instructional league members and/or first-year players will participate twice a week, with games and practices on Thursdays and Saturdays.
Evaluation dates for players are scheduled for Oct. 20 and Oct. 22 at River Valley Middle School from 7-8 p.m. and 9-10 a.m., respectively. Click here for additional information.
Interested players that live in the district and attend a Jeffersonville elementary or middle school are encouraged to sign up by way of online registration or via phone. The Jeffersonville athletic office can be reached at (812) 218-1671. Players may also register at the evaluation sites.