Gettysburg Optimist Basketball: “Bringing out the best in kids!” for over 55 years.

It began way back in 1965 when the Optimist Club of Gettysburg sponsored the first Optimist Youth Basketball program for youngsters from the Gettysburg area.  It sought to teach the fun and fundamentals of basketball to youngsters in grades K through 6, regardless of their individual skill level. At the start the program rules were very simple, though some thought them to be revolutionary. All kids played, all focused on the fundamentals of the game, no score keeping and all participants were required to have fun.

Over 55 years later the Optimist Youth Basketball Program continues to observe the same set of rules and still reaches out to the youth of the community who want to learn the game of basketball, have fun and share an experience that forms life-long memories. The program is conducted Saturday mornings over eight weeks of winter. Currently each one-hour session is held at the Gettysburg Area Middle School between the months of January through March. The players are divided into boy and girl groups; Grades K-3 and grades 4-6 and in some years, kindergarten. All participants are encouraged to attend, even if they cannot commit to attending all the weekly sessions. Each boy and girl receive a free basketball tee-shirt as a memento of their experience.

This year’s registration will be held December 14th from 10 AM to 1 PM at the Gettysburg Area Middle School Cafeteria. Sessions begin January 4, 2020 in the GAMS gym and will occur every Saturday through the end of February. The schedule is as follows; Grade K-3 Boys 9-10 am, Grade K-3 Girls 10-11am, Grade 4-6 Boys & Girls 11 AM -12pm. Children can be registered by attending a sign-up session, completing an online form or by printing the paperwork from our website and mailing the registration to PO BOX 3035 Gettysburg, PA 17325.

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Optimist Hoops Registration Form

Gettysburg Optimist Basketball Schedule 2020

Saturday, January 4
Saturday, January 11
Saturday, January 18 – Photo Day
Saturday, January 25 – Make Up Photo Day
Saturday, February 1
Saturday, February 8
Saturday, February 15
Saturday, February 22
Saturday, February 29

Are you Interested in Coaching or Volunteering? We’d love to have you join us.  Please start by filling out the following form and apply for the required clearances.  We “Thank You” as we couldn’t offer this program without the many gracious and generous volunteers.  Optimist Club of Gettysburg Volunteer Waiver