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Basketball registration closed.

We still need 2 players for 2-3rd grade girls and 1 player for 4th-5th grade girls.  If you are in that age category, please register using the link below!



register for a boys team.  The link is currently open for players that are being moved from the waitlist.

Update: If you do not see your age group, we are collecting a waitlist to open another team for that division.  Please register for the waitlist and email to see how many spots are needed to open another team.  


Please register using the link below: 


BASKETBALL Evaluation Information

Evaluations start Monday.

All players need to be present for their scheduled evaluation.

If your player will not be at evaluations, you MUST email

Players that do not show up and have not communicated with the director, will not be placed on a team.


Players should come dressed ready to play.  Please do not bring your own basketball.


Please pay attention to the location as they are not all at the same place.


Monday, November 27th

Sherrills Ford Elementary School

4th grade boys: 6:15-7:15

5th grade boys: 7:15-8:15


Monday, November 27th

Catawba Elementary School

2nd grade boys: 6:15-7:15

3rd grade boys: 7:15-8:15



Tuesday, November 28th

Catawba Elementary School

6th grade boys: 6:15-7:15

7th-8th grade boys: 7:15-8:15



Thursday, November 30th

Sherrills Ford Elementary School

4th-5th grade girls: 6:15-7:30


Thursday, November 30th

Catawba Elementary School

2nd-3rd grade girls: 6:15-7:15

6th-8th grade girls: 7:15-8:45



Friday, December 1st

Catawba Elementary School

Kindergarten boys/girls: 6:15-7:00

1st grade boys/girls: 7:00-7:45

First practices

Practices will start Saturday, December 2nd.  Below is the practice schedule.   As soon as teams are formed, you will be notified by your coach of your exact time/location for practice.   We just wanted to put this out there as a heads up for your potential time for planning purposes.  


You should hear from your coach within 36 hrs of your evaluation.  If you don't, please email


*Co-ed will not have their first practice until the week of December 4th.



December 2nd






9:30 – 10:45

4th-5th grade boys

4th-5th grade boys


6th – 8th grade boys

6th – 8th grade boys


6th – 8th grade girls

2-3rd grade boys


4th-5th grade girls

2-3rd grade girls


Important Notes - Please read before registering...

If you have a balance on your account because you failed to fulfill volunteer requirements from another sport, your child WILL NOT be placed on a team until the balance is paid. 

Due to limited gym space, we can only accommodate around 166  players.  Please do not delay in registering. 

We DO NOT honor requests for coaching or carpooling.   We can honor siblings living in the same house hold.  If the siblings are also playing for Mill Creek Middle, they will not be allowed to be on the same team.

Volunteer Requirements
We can't do it without you! Due to the complexity and time to run a sport the size of basketball, we will be requiring each family to provide two hours of volunteer time per player. If this is not a possibility, you can pay a $50 fee to opt out. This fee will be used to pay someone to do the work a volunteer would normally do. 


Registration Fee: $115/player


Evaluations are mandatory and will be held the week of November 27th and practices will start December 2nd.  The schedule will be on the basketball homepage and Facebook page by November 20th.  We will hold a mandatory parent/player meeting during your check in time so please be on time. If you do not get an email about evaluations by November 21st, please check your spam/junk folder and email

Due to limited gym space, we can only accommodate 166 players.  Please do not delay in registering. 

  • K - 1st Grade (co-ed): 30 players


  • 2nd - 3rd grade: 24 players
  • 4th - 5th grade: 32 players
  • 6th - 8th grade: 32 players


  • 2nd - 3rd grade: 16 players
  • 4th - 5th grade: 16 players
  • 6th - 8th grade: 16 players

Basketball Cheer


Basketball Cheer registration is NOW CLOSED. Watch for an email coming soon about practice.


Please use the green registration link below to register. 

Our season will start in November with practices. Games begin in January and conclude in March. We will cheer for the Sherrills Ford Optimist games at Catawba Elementary on Saturdays. The practice time and location is still being determined. We will practice 1 - 2 times per week until games begin and then once per week thereafter. 

We offer three age levels for basketball cheerleading:

2nd - 3rd grade
4th - 5th grade
6th - 7th grade


$75 if you already have a uniform from the football season
$115 for new cheerleaders and includes the uniform, but no shoes. 

Uniform Fitting:

The uniform fitting will be arranged by the Cheer Director. Be on the lookout for additional information with the date, time, and location.

Dates: Registration closes November 15, 2023

Volunteer Opportunities

Sherrills Ford Optimist is a volunteer-run organization. We don't receive money from any government agencies. To run our programs, we need volunteer help. Please see the links below for the most recent volunteer opportunities...

How to be an SFO Sponsor

Sherrills Ford Optimist is actively recruiting companies, groups, churches, and/or individuals to be sponsors for our Park. Please visit the Sponsorship page to see the levels available and to see the benefits of each level.  There is also a link to a form on that page where you select a sponsorship package, provide your company information, and pay all in one simple step. 

Donate to the Park

Sherrills Ford Optimist is a 501 (c)(3) organization and all donations are tax-deductible. We welcome all donations and a receipt can be provided to you upon request. 

Use the "Donate" button below to donate via Paypal or send a check made out to Sherrills Ford Optimist to: 

Sherrills Ford Optimist

P.O. Box  32

Sherrills Ford, NC 28673

Questions about donations?  Send an email to

Sherrills Ford Optimist Club

Sherrills Ford Optimist is the place for youth sports in Eastern Catawba County. We have been serving the youth and families of our area since 1975. For full details on the sports we offer, check out the sections below divided by sports season.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to receive notifications when registrations open!

Our park is operated 100% through volunteers, and we rely on fundraisers and sponsorships to keep our park operating for the youth in our community. Please see below if you are interested in donating to the park. For volunteer opportunities, please click here

For more information about ways to get involved, or to send an idea to our Board of Directors, please email

More than 1,200 youth participate in our athletic activities each year.

Visit Us! Sherrills Ford Optimist Park

1752 Mollys Backbone Rd, Sherrills Ford, NC 28673

Phone: 828-979-6481