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Youngsters can sign up now for a sport they can enjoy through early next year.

Registration is underway for Redstone youth basketball for boys and girls ages 5-17. Register through Oct. 28 at Parent Central Services in the Pershing Welcome Center. Practices start in November and the teams compete in their age groups in the Huntsville recreation league from December through February.

“We usually have pretty competitive teams,” Justin Higginbotham, assistant youth sports director, said. “We’re excited for them to compete this year. We had a team last year that played in the state playoffs.”

Age groups include 6-and-under, 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U and 17U.

“Learn about teamwork,” Higginbotham said of the benefits of playing. “We have cleared coaches. Staying active. It’s a good opportunity to learn through play.”

Registration is also underway for the Future Stars developmental program for ages 3-4 which will meet on Saturdays starting in January.

Sign up for youth basketball at Parent Central Services, room 113 in the Pershing Welcome Center, building 3443 on Aerobee Road. The cost is $55 for the first child and $47 for the second. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8-1 on Friday. By Oct. 2, 13 youngsters had signed up since Sept. 16.

“It will fill up pretty quickly,” Nancy Green, administrative assistant in Child and Youth Services, said. For information call 876-3704.

Volunteer coaches are always welcome.

Michael Crum, entering his seventh year as one of the coaches, will lead a 12U team which includes his oldest son, Michael Jr., 11. His other son, Marques, 10, will play 10U.

“I love working with kids – the ability to teach the game I love,” Crum said. “Just the way that you can have kids listen and come up with a plan and the kids execute a plan. And it’s fun to see kids having fun.”

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