As we caught up about each other's families, he mentioned the thrill his youngest boy had last week, at age 16, of playing church basketball for the first time in his life. Apparently, their stake president only recently acquiesced and allowed wards to field teams for church ball.
Church basketball stirs strong emotions within local leadership, depending on one's experience with it.
Some have fond memories; others, not so much.
Church ball advocates say it's a great missionary and reactivation tool.
Critics say it probably chases away as many as it keeps, so it's a wash.