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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Biddy Ball Basketball comes to Berthoud

What is Biddy Ball Basketball? It is an introduction to the game of basketball for girls and boys in kindergarten through fifth grade. It uses a smaller ball while the kindergarten through third graders play on an 8-foot high basket.

Biddy Basketball has been played throughout the country for several decades but came to Loveland five years ago thanks to Gil Williams.

Williams explained his passion for the game. “Biddy Ball Basketball is a way of saying basketball for small people. I think the YMCA was the first to coin the phrase ‘biddy ball basketball.’ The name Biddy Ball Basketball is used throughtout the U.S. I started this in Loveland with a goal of teaching the fundamentals of basketball. The foundation is learning the game of basketball in a fun, fair environment. This will be new and good for Berthoud. Traditionally, teams are coached to win, usually by a parent of one of the players. They work on team concepts with the goal of winning. In Biddy Ball Basketball we work on fundamentals and play on evenly matched teams.”

The concept has been welcomed in several school districts and the Thompson R2J has given Williams permission to distribute information flyers at the schools. Williams is trying to expand the program to Berthoud. Much of the practice will be held at the new Berthoud High School auxiliary gymnasium because its backboards can be lowered to the desired height.

To make the program work, sponsors are needed to help cover the cost of gymnasium time and other expenses. Sponsors will have their company information printed on the back of all the T-shirts that the kids wear in the league. In addition, elementary school physical education teachers are provided with a scholarship to give to the child of their choice.

The cost of sponsorship is $200 for the season that begins Jan. 16. The University of Colorado Men’s and Women’s teams are sponsors and the league provides half-time entertainment at some of their home games.

If you want more information, call Williams at 970-215-1679 or 970-775-0657 or visit the Web site, biddyballbasketball.org.

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