- Associated Press - Monday, October 26, 2015

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - A group of women 50 years and older has helped the Lawrence community start a “Granny Basketball” team.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports (https://bit.ly/1iaAkNO ) the Granny Basketball league formed in 2005. Kansas is the eighth state to form a team allowing these women to get together to shoot hoops.

The league bases its game rules and uniforms on standards from the 1920s. Each team has six players on the court at a time and no running, jumping or physical contact is allowed. If a player’s bloomers ride up, a “flesh foul” may be called since no skin can be shown from neck to toes.

The league’s team, the Grayhawkers, played two games at the Holcom Park Recreation Center Saturday.

The first game consisted of Grayhawkers versus Grayhawkers because they’re currently the only team in the state. The second game pitted the Grayhawkers against a “Celebrity Town Team” of familiar faces from around Lawrence.

As the Kansas league continues to grow, the teams will travel and compete with one another, said Michele Clark, one of the players and organizers for the Grayhawkers.

“It’s a way to preserve the history of girls’ basketball,” Clark said. “And to help people see how it used to be played.”


Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, https://www.ljworld.com

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