The Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority on Monday announced a new, more robust basketball program known as the Tuscaloosa Basketball Association (TBA).

The program will act in addition to PARA's existing basketball programs by instituting a new club model, similar to PARA's Tuscaloosa United Soccer Club, and by organizing players by school zone.

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The TBA Developmental League will start working with area high school head coaches to share their expertise to players starting at age 5. This level of collaboration has not been done before in Tuscaloosa.

"This is going to make a huge difference going forward in developing players' skills and techniques, allowing them to get familiar with the sport and coaching methods prior to entering middle and high school," said Jeremy Spain, PARA Program Supervisor.

The TBA will be comprised of three leagues:

  1. Developmental - Includes divisions Grade K-1 coed, Grade 2/3 boys and Grade 2/3 girls. They will work closely with the high school head coach in each school zone to have an active role in the development of players through clinics, high and middle school gym time and TBA nights at home basketball games.
  2. Recreational - Includes Grade 4/5 boys, Grade 4/5 girls, Grade 6/7 boys and Grade 6/7 girls. Participants will have the option of team or free agent registration. This is meant for those who want to continue playing basketball, but are not yet ready for the competitive league.
  3. Competitive - Also known as the Capstone League, this section will be broken down into Grade 2/3, Grade 4/5 and Grade 5/7, and will be team registration only.

Registration is open now through October 22. Those interested can register at PARA's website here. The cost of registration is $100 per player for K-1 coed, and $130 per player in all other age groups. This cost covers clinics and a two-way jersey.

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