MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - On a typical fall night in the gym at the YMCA, you can only describe basketball practice in one way. In the words of Sports Director William Coates, it's organized chaos.
Nearly 300 kids are a part of the basketball league at the YMCA, but those 300 kids only have one court to practice on.
"We're at our max potential for our league, we couldn't really take many more players," said Coates.
Coates says in fact, the league has to turn potential players away because of limited space. Most practices are already so packed that teams can't even scrimmage or practice certain drills.
Lucky for them, the Myrtle Beach Sports Center has eight courts and will be open early 2015.
"All we're asking for is Monday through Friday, 5 to 6 or 6 to 7 o'clock in the afternoon when the facility probably would be pretty empty," Coates explained.
"Ideally if there's court time available and local rec programs are struggling for practice base, it's a good opportunity to highlight our facility," replied Mark Beale, marketing director for the Myrtle Beach Sports Center.
The Myrtle Beach Sports Center says it isn't ruling the idea out since most of its bookings are Friday through Sunday. Letting locals use the courts could even work as free advertising for the new facility.
"If you moved here from the north and now you're calling your buddies on the weekend, 'hey my son just played on this great facility this weekend in Myrtle Beach, it's just another way to get the word out," said Beale.
The Sports Center is set to open March 1 barring no problems. It is already booked every weekend but two after it opens.
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