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Basketball Developmental League Deadline is Oct. 1st

Local youth interested in developing their basketball skills will now have a new opportunity.  The Charlestown Basketball Developmental League (CBDL) is now preparing for their first season.  “We wanted to bring something back in town to help develop the kids. It will be like a feeder system starting at a young age to bring along the kids year by year, fundamentally,” stated Kristin Cox, Director of Youth & Family Sports for the City of Charlestown and one of three league coordinators stated.

Another League Coordinator, Pirate varsity head coach Jason Connell is excited about the program.

“It’s about getting the town back to one goal, where we all have the same goal and all are on one page. Honestly, I just went for the State Championship, the goal of just one more game is still eating at me. Getting to the State Championship is a goal of mine,” Connell explained.

Connell and Lady Pirate varsity head coach Michael Prichard, the third League Coordinator, have been instrumental in helping to develop the CBDL.

“Me and Mike are on the same page.  We all need to be on the same page.  Just look at Brownstown, every program there, they are all on the same page. It’s a community thing,” Connell added.

The common purpose, common goal motto developed during a recent conversation about the league. The league officials want to develop each kid to the best of their ability and allow some of the community pride to develop through the league.

“It needs to happen. I t is very long overdue.  It’s kinda like what Jason said.  We want all the children to have that opportunity like other communities have without a drop off in certain grades. Every student needs to have that opportunity,” Prichard stated.

The idea for the program to be local will allow for the young athletes to showcase their talents for family and friends without having to drive out of the community.

The CBDL registration is due by October 1.  The 2014 basketball season will begin on October 27 with the first practice.  The league will be open to boys and girls ages 4 to 12 (the league will welcome participants outside of Charlestown). The season will end December 20.

The 4 and 5 year olds will participate in a Saturday camp for 45 minutes which will include instruction, station work, full court drills and fun games. The 6 to 12 year olds will practice one to two nights a week for one hour and have a game once a week on Saturdays. The game and practices will mostly be held at Charlestown High School in one of the premiere gymnasiums in the state. Some practices will be held at other schools in Charlestown.

The 4 and 5 year olds will participate in five Saturday sessions (November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29). Sessions may extend into December if poor weather conditions affect league dates. The 6 to 12 year olds will have five regular season games and a single elimination tournament (November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and December 6).

The CBDL evaluations for all participants will be held on Thursday, October 2 at 6 p.m. at Charlestown High School.

The CBDL cost will be $25 per child for the 4-5 year old division. The 6-12 year old division will be $40 per child.  For sibling groups, subtract $5 for each child after the first full payment (ex. first child- $40, second child, $35, third child, $35, etc). The cost includes a t-shirt and basketball for each participant. Payment is due at registration by cash or check. Please make checks payable to City of Charlestown.  CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A REGISTRATION FORM.

The league is in good hands as the coordinators of the league, Cox, Connell and Prichard are excited to bring the league to the community.

Cox, the former Kristin Mattox, is a CHS alumnus and continued her basketball career playing for the University of Louisville Lady Cards. She was inducted into the U of L Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.

Connell is preparing for his first season as the head coach for the Pirates basketball program. He spent the last four seasons on the sideline of the Clarksville Generals leading them to two Holiday Tourney titles, two Mid Southern Conference titles, two Sectional titles and a Regional Championship. Connell is a graduate of Mitchell High School where he played basketball.

Prichard is entering his second year as head coach of the Lady Pirates basketball program. Last year he led Charlestown to a 15-8 record including a Holiday Tourney title and Sectional runner-up. He is an alumnus of Charlestown High and played college basketball at Ohio Valley University.

For more information about the Charlestown Basketball Developmental League, including coaches opportunities, please contact Kristin Cox at 812-256-3422, ext. 325 or email at .

Lady Pirate Basketball Completes August Conditioning

LadyPirateConditioningAugust14Charlestown Lady Pirate Basketball held twelve non-mandatory conditioning sessions during the month of August.  The program would like to recognize Freshman Kaci Williams and Senior Tiffany Clausen (shown in photo), who both had 100% perfect attendance during August conditioning.  An additional shout out goes to Senior Kaitlynn Henning and Junior Lexi Logsdon, who finished the month with a 92% attendance rating (11 out of 12 sessions). Lady Pirate Basketball September conditioning will start Tuesday, the 2nd, 3:30 pm, in the CHS Sports Arena.  Lady Pirate Basketball conditioning session are open to any female student grades 7th-12th.  For more information, contact Coach Michael Prichard at

Lady Pirate Shooting Challenge Champions Recognized

Coach Michael Prichard and the Charlestown High School Lady Basketball Coaching Staff presented a Basketball Shooting Challenge for any player 3rd-12th grade over the last several months. The challenge ran from the middle of March 2014 until the end of July 2014. The goal was to take at least 10,000 shots or more in that time frame.  The Challenge ended a couple of weeks ago with two players emerging as hard-working Lady Pirate Shooting Champions. Those shooting champions are Karston Watson and Gabby Hooker, shown below left to right.


Karston Watson is a 7th Grader at Charlestown Middle School, said “I really like playing basketball and thought completing this shooting challenge make me a better player and it would help me improve my shot.”  Karston was asked what she thought the accomplishment would do for her personal goals; of which she stated “it feels like doing this challenge will help me improve my shot”  Karston finished with 11,000 shots

Gabby Hooker, a 4th Grader at Jonathan Jennings Elementary School, was asked what helped her complete the Challenge.  Gabby stated “because I wanted to work on my shooting and this gave me something to aim for”. She also stated that the “shooting accomplishment helped correct the way I shoot the ball at times and as well as my range”.  Gabby hopes that she will continue to improve her basketball game.  Gabby finished the Challenge with 10,433 Shots.

Coach Prichard is very pleased with the hard-work and dedication that these two young ladies put forth, while doing this challenge.  Both Karston and Gabby have been invited to be special halftime guests of Charlestown Pirate Pride Sports Broadcasting during one of the upcoming Lady Pirate Basketball games.

Lady Pirate Basketball FREE Fundamental Saturdays

The Charlestown High School Lady Pirate Basketball Coaching Staff; along with several of our middle and elementary coaching staffs, high school players and volunteers are hosting a free five (5) week instructional basketball program, FREE to any female student grades K-6th.  This program is designed to introduce the fundamentals of basketball specific skills.

SUMMER/FALL SESSION 2014 DATES:  Saturday (August 23rd) Saturday and (September 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th) at the Charlestown High School Sports Arena*.

K- 2nd Grade 9:00 AM-10:00 AM (Can drop off at 8:45)
3rd-6th Grade 10:30 AM- 12:00 PM (Can drop off at 10:15)

One of the main goals, with this program, is to teach all of the participants about developing a “sports work-ethic”. Every person that truly wants to become good at a sport or a skill needs to know that the amount of time, practice, energy, and thorough repetition is the key to improvement. We will also focus on sportsmanship, team work, while introducing basketball skills and learning the general rules of the game.

*The CHS Sports Arena is currently where all sessions are planned to take place, however if Football has to move inside on a Saturday morning because of rain, we may have to the move location that day to CMS.  It will be announced prior to session.

Parents, Guardians and family are allowed to stay and watch or you can leave and come back; and a waiver of liability form will be required to be signed by parents at the first session.

There will also be a concession stand available for the purchase of Water, Gatorade for players Sodas and some dry snacks for parents if desired.

Lady Pirate Basketball Extends Conditioning Invitation

The Charlestown High School Girls Basketball program is inviting ANY 7th -12th grader that is interested in playing basketball to their pre-season conditioning sessions, at Charlestown High School, starting next Tuesday (Aug. 5th), right after school from 3:30 until 5:00 pm.  Please bring gym shorts and running or basketball shoes.  If you have any questions please see or contact Coach Prichard at

Lady Pirate Basketball Announces Open Gym Dates

Charlestown Lady Pirate Basketball Head Coach Michael Prichard has announced non-mandatory open gym opportunities for any incoming girls, grades 7th through 12th, who are interested in playing basketball. The open gym dates are set for Tuesday, July 22nd, from noon to 2:00 pm; and Thursday, July 24th, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am in the CHS Sports Arena.

Lady Pirate Basketball Announces Open Gym Dates

Charlestown Lady Pirate Basketball Head Coach Michael Prichard has announced non-mandatory open gym opportunities for any incoming girls, grades 7th through 12th, who are interested in playing basketball. The open gym dates are set for next Tuesday and Thursday, July 15th and 17t, from 9:00 am to noon in the CHS Sports Arena.


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