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Cottrel: Mens’ basketball league forms

So here we are beginning the third week of the New Year, and those resolutions are getting harder to keep.

I just heard some good news for men in this region who might want to join a basketball league to keep that fitness resolution, or just to fight the winter blahs. This also might be a great break from those video games.

A recreational basketball league for guys 18 years and older is being formed at New Carlisle Sports and Fitness Club, 524 N. Dayton Lakeview Road between Park Layne and New Carlisle. The new club, which has been open since June, is located in the old Tecumseh YMCA building on Ohio 235.

Deadline for registration is Jan. 28, which is a bit later in the season than most recreational basketball leagues. Games will be on Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons between Feb. 7 and April 28.

“We wait until Super Bowl is over,” said Kim Lewis, facility director. “A lot of men don’t like to miss football.”

Lewis also said that they hope the later start will result in less games being cancelled because of weather. (Dare we hope winter will give up that easily?)

Membership in the fitness club is not required to play in the 12-game league and single elimination tournament.

Cost for each team of up to 10 players will be $480.

And you don’t have to already be a part of a team to sign up.

As a person who has moved frequently throughout my life, I can appreciate this feature. Participation is not just for long-time residents.

According to Lewis, the club is reaching out to guys who are new to the area or who do not have a large enough group of friends to form a team.

The desk will keep a list of names of men who are seeking a spot on a team.

They might be able to beef up a small team that needs more members, or if there are enough, they just might be able to form their own team.

Already five teams have signed up, according to Lewis, and they are hoping to get at least eight teams. The league is limited to 20 teams.

Teams don’t have to be from Bethel Twp. area, said Lewis. They can be from Springfield, Enon, Huber Heights, Fairborn, or any place within driving distance.

All you have to do is dig those Converses out from the back of the closet and call Kim Lewis at 937-846-1000.

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