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High Altitude Basketball to now run city rec league

Ben Ingersoll

— Starting this upcoming season, the winter and spring youth basketball program formerly run by the city of Steamboat Springs now is in the hands of High Altitude Basketball, the non-profit club that has helped develop some of the high school’s top talent since it was started three years ago.

Since the High Altitude club team’s inception, the organization slowly has been shouldering more of the city recreational league duties, which culminated in the first conjoined fifth- and sixth-grade tournament in April.

Very little will look different from an operation standpoint at first when High Altitude takes over full time when things ramp up at the end of February, CEO Devin Borvansky said. In time, though, the organization is hoping to create a bigger pool of basketball students, kids who simply are interested in learning the game’s fundamentals in a semi-competitive environment.

"The last three years we’ve done this transitional period with the end result of us taking over full board," Borvansky said. "We are finally on our first year as a solo organization. The transition period was really good, but now it’s all on us."

The development league is targeted mostly for players from third grade through sixth grade and focuses almost exclusively on eight fundamentals, he said: triple threat, jump shots, pivoting with the appropriate foot, dribbling with both hands, passing, layup footwork, shooting form and rebounding.

Already, High Altitude has committed $4,500 into fine tuning equipment, including a sweeping change of basketballs sponsored by Baden Sports. A practice coordinator also has been hired to help run the fundamentals club more smoothly.

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"Our goals are to have kids to want to enjoy the sport and be basketball enthusiasts in the future," Borvansky said. "It’s equal opportunity for each player."

The coach and CEO hopes the takeover will light that basketball spark for younger-generation players as they transition to the high school level, where they can jump right into High Altitude’s basketball club in March and take those skills to the Steamboat Springs Sailors’ program come winter.

"We can teach them the same terminology, concepts and footwork in our small town," he said. "We drive home fundamental basics right from the get-go, which is really exciting."

Registration currently is open. It is $85 per player, and scholarship opportunities are available. The final registration deadline is Feb. 2, and league play runs from March 2 through April 11 with Saturday games along the way. A full boys and girls practice schedule list is available on High Altitude Basketball’s website.

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