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Newton Athletic Association offers alternative to Varsity Sports

By Mark Garrity
Published: December 2009

Newton Athletic Association (NAA) is a popular recreational basketball league for the school’s Varsity athletes.

Many students are participating in NAA’s Senior League, which kicked off with tryouts earlier this week.

This and other intramural sports provide these students with a pressure-free athletic environment.

NAA is a forum for the athletes that enjoy basketball regardless of their talent level.
The leagues are, however, competitive among friends, and all teams have experience and talent.

Senior League accommodates the schedules of the majority of basketball-loving students, as games take place on Sunday afternoons at Charles E. Brown Middle School.

NAA requires no time commitments over the school week because there are no practices.
Over the winter, students display the emotional devotion to NAA as if it were a Varsity sport.
NAA offers an alternative to those athletes who feel as though they would not play enough on either of the school’s basketball teams.

Senior and Varsity golfer Jeremy Rubera, who played basketball his sophomore and junior years at the school, reverted to playing NAA as a way to get more playing time.

“I knew if I played for the Lions’ squad, I really wouldn’t be getting much playing time, he said.

With NAA, I don’t have to completely lose basketball, and I can do it to simply feel like I’m staying in shape.

Many seniors are excited for the upcoming season, especially senior Josh Penzias.

Penzias recently tried out for the Varsity team, but due to the great competition involved in the try-out process, he was unable to make the Lions’ squad. 

Fortunately, Penzias can still play basketball throughout the winter in the NAA Senior League.
“NAA is definitely competitive yet relaxed at the same time. You can have a great game, lose, and not be sore because a few of the kids on the other team are your friends. There is less pressure to perform, he said of his favorite aspects of the league.

The Senior League also provides Varsity athletes an opportunity to play competitively in a sport that they do not take as seriously.

Senior Chris Lewis is among those people. Lewis is a standout player on both the football and baseball teams, but loves basketball.

The NAA Senior League allows him to keep that love in his life.

Lewis, known by his peers as was one of the best players on the Freshman Basketball team three years ago, did not continue playing in order to focus on his other sports.

“It serves as a break for me because I compete in two varsity sports, he said. “I am still able to play with my friends in good league. I need the break but I still want to play basketball.
NAA provides athletes with more than just a place to play around on the basketball court.
It offers bonding time and valuable memories with friends.

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