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A league of their own: Granny basketball

Granny basketball is the rage in the Midwest and my sister, Kay Kubik, is one of the many enthusiasts. The league’s motto: “Die with your tennies on.”

The game is played by women “….of a certain age” with players ranging into their 80’s. According to the Granny Basketball Association, more than 131,000 women who are at least 55 had played basketball at least 50 times a year.

Barb McPherson started the league with a pamphlet called “The Joy of Six.” The rules harken back to 1920’s when there were six players on a team. Two forwards play the back third of the court, the two centers the middle, and the two guards the front, basket-scoring part. There’s no running (but players are allowed to hurry), no jumping and no dunking. Players also wear costumes reminiscent of the ’20s.

Captain of the Center Point team, my sister Kay thoroughly enjoys the camaraderie of her 25 team mates. “We played basketball when we were in high school,” she says, “and the sound of the ball bouncing on the court makes the intervening years disappear. We do get exercise, that’s for sure, but we do it for the fun.”

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