This article appeared in a September 2016 issue of the student newsletter.
By Anothony AnteRichland Chronicle
Sports are a big part of college life for both participants and spectators.
Richland College basketball has multiple titles, including Metro-Athletics Conference Champions in 2014. It has the coaches, facilities and physical training equipment that all contribute to the team’s success.
Basketball coach Jon Havens said, “College sports are a way to meet friends and to be involved in college life. Every student is encouraged to join and play on the Richland basketball team if they meet the requirements.”
Any student at Richland who wants to play basketball has to be enrolled in 12 credit hours.
“We are a two-semester sport. In order to play in the second semester, you must pass all 12 credit hours in the semester,” said Havens.
The coach further stressed the need for sportsmanship and a winning attitude. The basketball team, like every other team at Richland, has rules, regulations and requirements for full participation.
Havens said that new athletes must be high school graduates, or the equivalent, and must try out to make the team.
“I am happy to see all my athletes’ progress academically because that’s their main goal in the college. I am happy whenever the team is made,” said Havens.
Every fall, all intending athletes participate in an open tryout in order to be recruited. All students interested in joining the team are welcome to try out for the team then.