Registration opens for youth basketball, soccer leagues

Chai Carr, Brayden Subrin and Hannah Veyige look forward to the start of the Valley of the Sun JCC’s winter basketball and soccer leagues. (Submitted photo)

The Valley of the Sun JCC is registering boys and girls for its youth Jeff Berkowitz Basketball and RUSH Soccer leagues.

“Participating in team sports at a young age sets children up for a lifetime of success. Our programs emphasize commitment, responsibility and resiliency,” stated Devon De La Luz, director of sports and recreation.

“It’s not about winning or losing, it’s about how children learn to manage their emotions and turn that energy into something positive.”

Jeff Berkowitz Youth Basketball provides eight weeks of skill development and game play for boys and girls grades Pre-K to 4.

“In addition to developing teamwork, sportsmanship, coordination and skill, the league focuses on core values that make participants champions on and off the court,” according to a release.

Skill development and games are on Sunday afternoons, and the season starts Jan. 20.

RUSH is a recreational soccer league that helps boys and girls ages 4-6 to improve their motor skills, coordination and self-confidence, the release stated.

Games are held weekly. The season runs Jan. 14-March 6 with practice on Mondays, 4:30-5:15 p.m., and games on Wednesdays, 4:30-5:15 p.m.

Participation in both leagues include game T-shirt and awards. Parent coaches are welcome for both leagues.

The Valley of the Sun JCC is at 12701 N. Scottsdale Road. For more information and to register, contact 480-481-7016 or

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