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Norwood Basketball Celebrates Another Successful Season [PHOTOS]

The fifth Norwood Basketball Travel Banquet was held on Sunday, March 24.

The fifth Norwood Basketball Travel Banquet was held on Sunday, March 24 at Christina’s Function Hall in Foxborough.

Approximately 575 players, family and extended family enjoyed five hours of music, dinner and celebration of another successful year for the Norwood Basketball Association Travel Program.

NBA President Jim Reen thanked NBA Travel Coordinator Marty Odstrchel for his work and commitment to the program, “whose work supporting Norwood Basketball is second to none.”

Reen stressed how important and invaluable the support of the high school program, coaches and athletes is in order for the program reach its full potential.

“Norwood Basketball has not raised our prices in seven years and in order to do this we run many fundraisers throughout the year," he said.

“In order to continue to stay this course we need the help of everyone here this evening.”

“Norwood Basketball is constantly looking to improve, which will benefit all our children," Reen said. "We are here tonight not only to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year, but all of the players and the friendships formed playing the game of basketball, many of which will last a lifetime.”

STEVE H March 27, 2012 at 04:01 PM
NORWOOD BASKETBALL IS AWESOME!!!!!!!
Kiersten Barry March 27, 2012 at 04:23 PM
You said it, Steve!
Matt March 27, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Yes - what other town are you forced to play travel and intramurals - $$$
STEVE H March 28, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Well Matt many towns require the kids to play both. Because Norwood doesnt have the numbers that a Walpole might have. And as far as the $$$ Norwood is about $150 dolars less than most towns. Not to mention the free banquet the kids get to attend at the end of the year. And if you were there this year you would see they had a AWESOME time. At least what I saw of it!! I'm not sure where you did your research? But I have researched it and found that Norwood was actually cheaper than other towns. And a lot of volunteers do a lot of fundraising to keep the prices very economical. And I am sure they would gladly let you see where the money goes if you are interested??
Matt March 28, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Well Steve if you have to research you must have spoke to a board member...I would suggest they put less money into the banquet and put more money into instruction clinics. particularly at the youngest levels
Kiersten Barry March 28, 2012 at 05:57 PM
I am not one to typically comment on pieces I write, it is just not my personal style but feel the need to same something about these comments. @ Steve, you are correct. @ Matt, NBA requires travel players to play intramural for two reasons 1) it provides additional instruction for the players and 2) allows them to spend an hour playing with their friends, the kids who didn't make travel basketball or maybe preferred not to try out. As for the cost, and I believe this was mentioned at the banquet, NBA raised $25,000 this year in order to keep the costs low, tournaments free, paid referees and without raising the cost to parents. That money was raised solely by volunteers. Regarding the younger intramural program, and this is my main reason for commenting- I, along with the same four (maybe five) people coached first and second grade boys intramural basketball (third grade, it was the same few people). There were roughly sixty boys, if not more, in that gym every Saturday and no one stepped up to help. While people complained about the program, no one stood up and offered to help. So while, yes the younger program would benefit from more coaches, people have to be willing to put in the time instead of viewing the intramural basketball as an hour of day care or time to socialize..
Matt March 28, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Kiersten I respect what you said but as a parent you should not have to volunteer for every sport - we have all volunteered at one time or another for various sports. I respect the people that run the league. I will agree to disagree - maybe get more youth volunteers to teach the fundamentals that may need community service credits. less mommy and daddy ball the better
STEVE H March 28, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Hey Matt I'm just gonna make one more comment and leave this alone. But your right I did speak to a board member. Because especially on a sight like this I like to have an educated answer as opposed to just throwing some unsubstantiated facts out there. As far as the banquet goes it does not cost Norwood Basketball anything. Between the 60 table sponsors and all the donated silent auction stuff and raffle tickets. It actually paid for the banquet all the eighth grade jackets and all of the trophies and awards. And this year I believe they actually made a profit to bring into next year. And if you ask the kids the banquet is probably the last thing they would want taken away!! So last but not least NORWOOD BASKETBALL IS AWESOME!!!!! And thanks again to all the many volunteers that make this possible!!!!
Matt March 29, 2012 at 02:53 PM
You are welcome Steve!! I do not care about the books of NBA - not like I was trying to start my own basketball league or something

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