League will get to play ball at Darling Field

GLOVERSVILLE – Harley Fuller’s attempt to start a summer basketball league for youth and adults will move ahead after getting the OK from school district officials and deciding to improve the court surface out of his own pocket.

Fuller said last week he spoke to Gloversville Enlarged School District Assistant Superintendent Steven Schloicka and he said there are no restrictions in the deed that would prevent the court at Darling Field from being used for profit. He also gave Fuller permission to hire a private sealcoating business to fill the existing cracks on the court.

“I am excited to see it all coming together and bring something positive back to the area,” Fuller said. “I think it is going to be something great for the community and I am really excited about it.”

Fuller said it will cost $900 to paint and seal the court.

He said the repairs and other work will be made within the next couple of weeks.

Fuller previously spoke to the district’s Board of Education and recently spoke to the Common Council about starting the summer basketball league at Darling Field. He also offered to replace the rims and nets on the courts.

He said he has held youth basketball camps over the last three years and they attracted more than 200 youths.

Fuller said he will start three summer leagues, including six teams each for men ages 18 and older, girls in sixth- to eighth-grade, and boys in sixth- to eighth-grade. The leagues would take place Monday through Wednesday.

Fuller previously said each player would be charged $50 to cover the general expenses such as purchasing the jerseys, hiring certified officials and covering the insurance.

Youth and adults can begin to sign up through the online form at www.upstateelitebasketball.com.

For more information, people can call Fuller at 775-0819.

“We already have one boys team and we are only taking six teams per league,” Fuller said. “Whenever we get the six teams in each league is when I will start moving forward.”

He said he hopes to have everything figured out by June. The first game is scheduled for July 2.

Fuller previously said he would make a $500 donation toward the district’s athletic department if the district allowed the league.

Levi Pascher can be reached by email at lpascher@leaderherald.com.