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Junior Dunker’s basketball season is here

RANCHO SANTA FE —Junior Dunkers boys’ basketball league, grades one through six, is open to Rancho Santa Fe Community Center members as well as residents outside of the Ranch. The league is taking sign-ups now through the first week of October, when youngsters will attend one night of assessments Oct. 5 or Oct. 6. Boys will then be selected for teams and start practicing the following week. Games will begin the first week of November, and the season concludes in late January, with breaks for the holidays.
Players in the first- and second-grade will play in the instructional league, which teaches the fundamentals of basketball on 8-foot hoops allowing the younger ones the opportunity to score. They will play full-court basketball, and focus on dribbling, passing, rebounding, and shooting. Score will not be kept, and they will play games on Thursdays and Saturdays.
Third- and fourth-graders play in the Rookie League, which encompasses further instruction but also gives them the chance to win as a team, as score will be kept. These boys will play on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and will have a playoff format at the end of the season.
Star League, for fifth- and sixth-graders, plays the entire length of the court, and instills all the rules and skills they will need for the next level of basketball. Teams will play on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays. Top players and teams will be honored at the end of the season.
Junior Dunker’s relies on volunteer coaches, parents and older siblings, as well as in-kind sponsors for each team. Log onto or contact Pete McArthur at [email protected] or 756-2461 to sign up or with questions.

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