As the weather turns cold and wet, the City of Concord is more than happy to invite you into its several warm and cozy gymnasiums to play some hoops — or maybe just watch some while drinking a hot cocoa.
December will mark the start of three busy months for Concord’s gymnasiums. First of all, Concord is home to six prominent high school basketball teams, including Concord High, Mt. Diablo, Ygnacio Valley, Clayton Valley Charter as well as defending North Coast Section boys champion De La Salle, and defending NCS girls champion, Carondelet. Many of these programs will begin their seasons during the last week of November and first week of December.
During the last week of December, from Dec. 28-30, a number of these schools will be host sites to the largest high school girls basketball tournament event in the country — the West Coast Jamboree, which in its 18th year will include more than 160 teams. In fact, Clayton Valley will play host to the tournament’s most elite bracket, the Platinum Division.
Concord’s support of the local hoops scene doesn’t stop at the high schools, either. The city is also a partner with the Ultimate Fieldhouse, a two-year old basketball haven located on the border of Concord and Walnut Creek. The facility sports four full-length state of the art basketball courts, a training center, team and study rooms. The Fieldhouse hosts tournaments, camps, leagues, training, shooting machine rentals, court rentals, birthday parties, drop-in play and more.
Notably, the Ultimate Fieldhouse was selected as a Jr. NBA Flagship Facility — one of just 15 in the country. It will host the Jr. NBA 3-on-3 League for age groups 10-13 beginning in January, as well as the regional playoffs in early March. Be sure to visit UltimateFieldhouse.com to view everything going on at the facility.
And once you’re exhausted from your many hoop outings these next couple months, you might just choose the couch for a night to watch the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors. Well, Concord is a supporting sponsor of them as well.
So join us in our love of roundball and come visit our many houses of hardwood.