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Richmond Heights seeking applicants for youth basketball

Richmond Heights Recreation Department has announced that it is recruiting for youth girls basketball, resuming the program after a hiatus.

In a Facebook post, the department said it is accepting girls between the fourth and sixth grades with residents requiring to pay $50 and non-residents $100.

The goal of the program, according to Recreation Department Director Cameron Cambell, was to get girls back into the sport in a town which he says is a “basketball community.”

Cambell said that Richmond Heights High School Girls Coach Eugene White reached out with the idea to separate the groups and to encourage girls to sign up for the high school varsity program.

“This is the first time that we are separating the youth basketball leagues,” Cambell said. “Eugene reached out our department seeing if he can collaborate with us, and it would also help out his program for future girls to go to the varsity program.

“It was his idea this year, so we separated them, but we made our first and second grades still co-ed but anything above that is all girls and boys.”

Cambell said that unfortunately sign-ups for the girl’s program have fallen short of expectations. He has had to push back the deadline for signing up for the co-ed basketball league as well as boys leagues.

“I think considering that this is a basketball community this league is very important and beneficial,” Cambell said. “I know that last year was our first time bringing it back since 2018 and it was very successful. So, we are kind of confused why registration is so slow this time around.”

Official sign-up started Nov. 1 with games starting Jan. 6 and lasting until Feb. 24. Games will be played on Saturday mornings with a one-hour practice once a week, with games held at the Richmond Heights Elementary School Gym.

Those that want to sign up can do so by stopping into Richmond Heights City Hall located at 26789 Highland Road and speaking to the Recreation Department or by calling 216-383-6313.