Washington District Senior League is a non-profit co-ed basketball league in Madison for teenagers ages 13-19. The teens involved look forward to this winter sport every year.
"It's absolutely amazing; we go down there to have fun. We don't get too competitive about it. We get to play against people we know and our friends," said Scott High School junior Dakota Workman, who plays for the Hawks.
"Anybody can play; you don't have to try out," he added.
"It's good for teenagers to stay out of trouble. It gives them something to do," said Mathew Walls, a junior at Scott and member of the league's Knicks team.
The senior league has been around for more than 10 years and is a big event in Madison. Students from all three Boone County high schools (Scott, Sherman and Van) play, as well as students from high schools in some nearby counties. Members from all over the community come to watch kids they know play or just to watch the game itself.
A concession stand is run during games, which is where the league gets most of the money it uses to operate. There is also a small admission charge ($2 adults, $1 students), which is used to pay the referees.
Games are at the Madison Civic Center on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The first one of the night starts at 5 p.m.
At the end of the basketball season, the league has a tournament. After the championship game, players and teams are given awards and a pizza party is held for anyone who is present.