Hampton Basketball Association completes 1st full season

The Hampton Basketball Association just completed its first full season with over 50 players and seven teams.

Founded in 2019, the association was beset by the covid-19 pandemic but started offering basketball camps last summer.

All seven teams played a full season from late November to early March. Girls and boys in grades 3-6 can play.

The association fills a long-standing void in Hampton – a feeder team for the township’s high school basketball teams and more playing and development opportunities for township youth.

“Having kids in this age group interested in playing more competitively, myself and other parents recognized the need and potential for a basketball association,” said Drew Bosetti, president of the board of directors of the association and one of its founders.

Bosetti said he was encouraged by the turnout and play for the current season.

“The feedback has been positive from players, parents and coaches,” he said.

When Joseph Lafko, Hampton’s college basketball head coach, arrived in the district 26 years ago, he tried to start a basketball association but didn’t get enough support from the community. from the district and the community.

Lafko said he was thrilled to see the Hampton Basketball Association come to fruition.

“It’s so important for a basketball program to have a youth association for player development and structure,” he said.

Association teams play against other youth basketball leagues in Richland, Wexford and Monroeville. Home games are played at Central Elementary School in Hampton and away games are played at Allegheny and Butler county courts.

Most teams train and play a game at least once a week.

Testing for next season will take place in October.

Player costs range from $275 to $300 per season, which covers gymnasium rental fees, uniforms and referees.

The association’s board of directors is planning to expand and is looking for more members and coaches.

For more information, visit the association’s website at hamptonba.com or his Facebook page, Hampton Youth Basketball Association.

Mary Ann Thomas is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Mary at 724-226-4691, [email protected] or via Twitter .

Andrew B. Reiter