The Amador Youth Basketball (AYB) season is under way! For the first time since early 2020, Amador County’s recreational basketball league for boys and girls in grades Pre-K through eighth is back in action.

The new season officially tipped off on Saturday, January 7 with games at Ione and Jackson junior high schools and Amador and Argonaut high schools and will continue through early March.

The COVID-19 pandemic wiped out the 2021 season and a 2022 season almost never happened after former AYB President Josh Woodson announced last fall that he was moving out of the area. But a group of local volunteers that includes AYB board members Chrystle Woods, Kandi Thompson, Adam Thompson and Jon Gilliam, stepped up to keep the league going and with the support of community members and businesses, worked hard to make the 2022 season a reality.

“We registered 405 players and formed 42 teams to play over the next 9 weeks at the local high schools and junior highs,” Woods said. “Many kids were registered with the assistance of the Dennis Dalton Foundation. JB’s Award and Engraving expedited the jerseys as we had 40 days to pull off a season, which usually takes six months to plan.”

The AYB is a true community effort as all coaches are local volunteers and referees are all basketball players from Amador and Argonaut high schools.

For more information, visit amadoryouthbasketball.com or check out the Amador Youth Basketball Facebook page.