It really seems like just yesterday the Manassas Park Community Center Athletics Division was handing out basketball championship trophies to the winning teams of the 2015-2016 MPCC Youth Basketball season. Those teams included the Clippers, Heat, Cavs, and the Sixers.
We reviewed what worked well, and now, after the culmination of months of planning and organizing, drafting and practicing, the MPCC Youth Basketball league for 2016-2017 is underway.
The season’s first games were played on Saturday, January 7th. This date is important because it marked the beginning of a new season and of a new era for a familiar league!
The Athletics Division changed the name of the basketball program here at MPCC to accommodate our growing numbers, and growing players. Before this year, everyone here at the Community Center called the entire Manassas Park Youth Basketball League Biddy Ball.
Now the term Biddy Ball only refers to the 4 and 5 year olds who play here on Friday nights. All other age divisions will fall under the overall program moniker of the Manassas Park Youth Basketball League or MPYBL.
The MPYBL is the same quality program under a new name. You will still get the electric atmosphere on Saturdays. You will still get quality coaches and referees, and a program designed to facilitate growth within all of our participants. MPYBL strives to provide our teams with high quality experienced volunteer coaches, who are dedicated to developing players to reach their highest potential both on and off the court.
MPYBL’s goal is always to provide an exemplary program for all players who desire to become better prepared for the middle and high school levels of basketball.
Another new addition this year is that we were able to host a coaches’ clinic here at the Community Center. Head JV Coach John King from the Manassas Park High School spoke with our coaches about the important role they play in the development of players on every level and how that will translate when they try out for school teams.
People often ask me what makes our program different the others, and as the League Director, I believe it is because:
- Our program is very well organized.
- Our staff is readily available and present to speak with our patrons, players, and coaches.
- Our coaches have dedicated their time to help our players develop fundamentally.
- Our players are both recreational and competitive which makes for a good mix of skill levels, meaning all players have an opportunity to learn and to improve.
- Our community is involved. Parents, family, and friends attend each and every game to cheer on teams which makes for a very exciting atmosphere.
So if you want to see some high quality basketball, join us at the Community Center Friday nights or Saturdays and take in the Manassas Park Youth Basketball League (MPYBL). I can honestly say you will not be disappointed! I am confident you will see all the teams playing well and the coaches doing their best to bring out the best in each of their players!
We will continue to strive for excellence and success where success is the journey not the destination.
Mike Arrington is the Recreation Specialist for athletics for the City of Manassas Park, Department of Parks and Recreation, and the program director for the MPCC Youth Basketball League. He can be reached at 703-335-8872 or via email at email@example.com