It was tough on kids, and their parents. It diluted the talent pool too.
Following tryouts next month, boys and girls in grades 4 through 8 will be invited to play in a variety of Fairfield County Basketball League age groups and divisions, competing as “Westport PAL in association with the Westport Family YMCA teams.” There will be 15 teams in all.
Officials say the partnership is a response to parents’ concerns about having 2 separate FCBL programs for 1 community.
Jay Jaranko, senior program director for the Y, calls it “a win-win-win for both organizations, the town of Westport, and we think an even bigger win for the players and their teams.”
Howie Friedman, president of the PAL travel basketball program, says that the partnership with the Y is in line with his organization’s focus on maintaining the proper balance between competitiveness and fairness.
“Our PAL creed of ‘it’s all about the kids’ will truly be served by this collaboration,” he notes.