By Dan Brosgol
The recent success of the Bedford High School basketball program is no secret- just look at back-to-back postseason runs by the boys varsity teams in 2017 and 2016 and four consecutive league titles for the girls from 2013-2016.
But basketball’s popularity in Bedford goes much deeper than fielding competitive varsity teams. The town’s basketball programs are built on a strong foundation of youth basketball in Bedford that features offerings for children in grades 1-12 in partnership with Bedford Recreation and Bedford Travel Basketball.
Brian Forman, president of Bedford Travel Basketball, has noticed the growing participation in youth basketball here in town. “Successful high school programs bring excitement and energy to the community, generating interest in the sport- this year’s participation in both travel and rec is the highest it’s been since I’ve been involved.” Forman’s assessment matches the eye test; if you took a walk through any of the school buildings on weekday evenings or on weekends you’d have seen basketball practices and games taking place at all hours.
Forman gives credit to the cadre of volunteer coaches who make the travel program run smoothly, noting that “the success of the travel program is a direct result of the volunteer coaches that have the passion and energy for basketball, and stress the importance of skill development… and we are also seeing stronger high school teams as a result of doing things the right way at the youth levels.”
This winter, Bedford Travel Basketball fielded 15 teams in the Metrowest basketball league and the program saw an unprecedented amount of success as three Bedford teams won their division championships.