Aboite Girls Basketball accepting Grades 2-8

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The Aboite Girls Basketball League Inc. will soon kick off its 24th season of training the area’s future basketball stars.

Girls in Grades 2 through 8 are invited to register. The season begins with training in October and concludes with a tournament in mid-February. The games are held on Saturday mornings at Summit Middle School. Each team typically practices twice a week at one of the Southwest Allen County elementary schools.

Registration can be done online at agbball.com. Registration will close Saturday, Sept. 17. At the conclusion of registration, players will be contacted for evaluation night. The evaluation will be used to place the girls on teams based on their grade and skill level.

The league is also looking for sponsorships. Interested groups may contact Colin Lamont at cklamont@frontier.com.

The league strives to teach the fundamentals of basketball, a love for the game and how to be a good team player.

Bella Peckinpaugh, an eighth-grade player, said, “I play AGBL because it’s fun and I feel I get better every year.”

The teams are divided up both by grade level and skill level, so most games played are quite evenly matched, making it a fun competition for the girls.

Parents volunteer as coaches. The volunteers are focused on helping girls learn the fundamentals of basketball.

Raylene Webb, a former AGBL coach, said, “Learning is more important than winning.” Before each game, Webb’s team would shout, “Play hard! Have fun!”

Parent volunteers also run the scoreboard.

“AGBL teaches girls the rules of basketball, but also gives girls the opportunity to be part of a team, no matter what their skill level,” said Amy Peckinpaugh, an AGBL parent. “The girls support each other, learn from each other and have fun together.”