The Chestnut Hill Community Association (CHCA) will soon be bringing a bit of the season’s basketball fever to the Hill with its inaugural Hoops Madness basketball tournament. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 23 at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy.
“I think it will be a heck of a lot of fun,” said CHCA President, Brien Tilley.
The tournament is being put on together with Matt Paul Basketball, a local organization that runs basketball clinics and camps year round. Matt Paul Basketball counselors will be on hand to coach players and referee games, Tilley said.
Residents from both Chestnut Hill and neighboring communities are invited to take part. Tilley says the tournament’s focus is on the community’s younger generation and families.
For youth ages six through 18, there will be a 3-on-3 team player tournament as well as three point shot and foul shot competitions. Every child or teen who signs up is assured play in two games, the shot contests and will receive a CHCA First Annual Hoops Madness tee-shirt.
Adults can also get in on the fun. Every grown-up who registers will automatically be entered into three point and foul shot competitions. Adults can also participate in a half court shot contest.
Participants are encouraged to register online at CHCA’s website where a link will direct them to the registration page. Players are responsible for forming their own teams prior to registration and will be advised to devise four-man teams with the notion that one of the teammates will act as a substitute.
The tournament will feature concessions as well as prizes from local business along Germantown Avenue, Tilley said.
It will cost $15 for youth participants and $25 for adults. Any adult who is a member of CHCA will receive a discounted admission price of $20.
Tilley says CHCA hopes to make Hoops Madness an annual event. Although planning got off to a late start this year, Tilley noted that the tournament could eventually grow into something really big for community. Thinking long term, Tilley says he sees potential for local businesses, schools and even the CHCA Board to put teams together in the future to play against one another in friendly rivalries.
“This could become a great tradition,” he said.