The Conway Parks and Recreation Department is getting ready for its transition from volleyball to basketball this holiday season.
The city is having one of its finest seasons in adult volleyball this fall, after collecting a record number of teams, according to program director Clint Brock. There are 38 teams included in the three co-ed and three women divisions in volleyball this year. The city’s volleyball program is scheduled to end Dec. 13 and 14, the days of the postseason tournament.
"Volleyball has gone really well this season," Brock said. "We have more teams than we’ve had since I’ve been here. It’s a fun and easy sport to do. Everybody can play it. I would also like to encourage everyone to come out and watch some games, especially in the tournament. There’s free admission and all games are played at the Don Owen Sports Center."
The city’s adult basketball registration deadline is set for Friday, and Brock is expected about the same number of teams from the past few years. There were 40 teams a year ago. Registration fees for each team are $350.
"After the holiday season is over then everybody gets geared up for basketball when football is done," Brock said. "To be eligible, you have to be out of high school. We have different ages and skill levels out there. There are guys and girls playing right out of college and there are teams with 50- and 60-year olds, so everyone can also play basketball.
Brock continued, "Also in basketball we encourage everyone to come out to the Don Owen Sports Center to watch some good games. It’s a family atmosphere, so it’s great to have people out there in the stands cheering for their teams."
The season has been shorten because the city is able to squeeze more games during the week and use more courts since the youth basketball league was turned over to the Boys and Girls Club of Faulkner County this year. The season will run from Jan. 10 through Feb. 18. Each team will have 12 games, two games per week and there will be no postseason in the league. According to Brock, there will be four or five divisions depending on the number of teams. In past years, there has been one women division and the rest have belonged to the men, including League 1.
League 1 is the highest level of competition, with former college and high school all-stars decorating each team’s roster. Some of those teams expected to contend for the League 1 title are D-Train, Primetime, Who’s Runnin’, Swagger and The Nation.
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