The New Canaan YMCA is introducing two new community basketball leagues providing an opportunity for those who play basketball to stay active and connected this summer.

"We're really excited to be offering two new basketball leagues at our Y this summer. There is such a strong basketball interest within our community -- as we see through our youth winter basketball league and adult men's basketball league -- and we look to serve this interest by providing new opportunities to different groups of players," said Aaron Zimmerman, Sports Director at the New Canaan YMCA. The Rising Stars league is open to all students entering eight, ninth or 10th grade for the 2012-2013 school year. This league is intended to provide a positive experience for each player with emphasis placed on sportsmanship, fun, and enhancing fundamental skills to prepare players for the high school level.

There will be no mandatory practices for this league to accommodate busy summer schedules, and the season will include eight to ten games, ending with a single-day, round-robin playoff tournament. The season will begin in late June and will run through late August. Teams will be created by the Y's Sports Department and volunteer coaches. Fee per player is $95.

The Y-Ball Alumni league is the second league that the Y will be offering this summer. This league is open to ages 18--25, including 2012 high school graduates. The goal of this league is to provide all participants with the opportunity to play competitive summer basketball. Teams will have a minimum of 10 regular season games and will finish the season with a single-elimination tournament.

League games will be played with IHSAA rules and two 20-minute halves. Individual points-per-game will be kept and reported weekly through a league-wide newsletter. The league newsletter will also include standings, stats, game recaps, and previews for the week to come. Teams will be created through a league-wide draft. The fee for New Canaan YMCA members is $115 per player and for non-members is $130 per player.

All interested participants, team captains, and volunteer coaches for the Rising Stars league should contact Aaron Zimmerman at or 203-966-4528, ext. 130 for additional information.

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