Teamwork is the beauty of basketball~ where you have 5 acting as one ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 69 News showed up to video the Elementary Basketball City Championships. Click on link below
If parents have any questions before the season starts, they can contact their child's coach at their child's school. Parents should feel free to talk with their child's coaches, Allentown School District teachers, and the Allentown Police officers that are at each game.
As always, children and parents need to show good sportsmanship to all involved in this basketball program. The children are looking at the adults for direction. Please be a positive role model for today's youth.
Please read the rules for PAL/ASD basketball program, found below, with your chidren. This will help for a fantastic season for everyone.
Good luck to all the basketball teams!!
Program in Partnership with the Allentown School District
One of the most successful programs is the expanded PAL basketball program. This program started nearly 20 years ago, and involved only 3 public elementary schools. Participants played open basketball in a non-competitive way. The program then expanded to competition between all the city elementary schools and it became even more successful. The program starts in December and concludes in March. Part of the program requirement is that students must be free of any discipline record, maintain a positive attitude, and have good grades. Players must also maintain good sportsmanship throughout the program. Feedback from school officials and the general public has been very positive. Teachers have reported a very notable positive change in the student’s attitudes.
The coaches for the teams are Allentown School District teachers. School Resource Officer Unit and the Juvenile division from the Allentown Police Department are at the games in the capicity of either a referee or working the score table. Director of Educational Operations from the Allentown School District Keith Falko and Officer April Knerr coordinated the program. Practices consists of one hour of tutoring and one hour of basketball occurring twice a week. Games are played on Tuesday and Wednesday at Jefferson and Central elementary.