St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

St. John Biddy Basketball Season Kicks off at REGALA Gym

St. John Biddy Basketball Season Kicks off at REGALA Gym

Friday, December 11, 2015

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – Recreation Director, Kerry Watkins, and the Department of Parks & Recreation kicked off the 2015-2016 basketball season at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, December 5, 2015 at REGALA Gymnasium in Reserve. Approximately 250 participants registered to play basketball this season- up more than 100 from last year.

The season will consist of 4 (four) 5&6 year old teams, six (6) 7&8 year old teams, four (4) 9&10 year old teams and four (4) 11&12 year old teams. Games will be played (depending on the week) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at REGALA Gymnasium in Reserve. Admission is free.

Participants will also play in invitational tournaments throughout the year. Schedules of the basketball games will be posted on the Parks and Recreation Department webpage at  This year Raising Cane’s will serve as the season sponsor which includes a monetary donation, gift baskets, raffles for the weekend, and a free meal achievement award for each player at the end of the season. “I would like to thank Parish President Robottom for her role in this special moment with us as we continue to improve the department,” said Watkins. “Also we would like to thank the entire community, sponsors, volunteer coaches, and parents for the overwhelming support they showed as that is a big contribution to our success.”

The Parks and Recreation Department is also looking forward to the completion of the $2.3 million Park Improvement Project currently underway in all parks Parishwide. The project, based on a Parks & Recreation Master Plan, is being funded through the 2014 Bond Issue. Upgrades include two spray parks, a dog park, new play sets, gazebos, fitness stations, restroom facilities and more. The project is set to be completed at the end of January 2016.  Residents can view the improvements plans by visiting the Parks and Recreation Department webpage on the parish website.