The Salvation Army of Superior this week made the decision to postpone its Rookie Basketball Association (RBA) season until January due to concerns over rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in the area.

Organizers will reassess the situation at that time to determine if the league can be held safely, according to Captain Jasen Elcombe.

League Coordinator Jesse Falter said they want to provide the kids with the opportunity to play, but it wasn’t a hard decision to make from a safety standpoint. Roughly 120 children in second through fourth grade take part in the Superior league annually.

“It’s a good way to be introduced to the sport of basketball,” said Falter, who’s been involved with the league for 17 years. “RBA is more about fundamentals and just being introduced to the games rather than winning and losing and points and stats and stuff. It’s more about getting out there and learning a new sport.”

In a typical year, sign-ups for the Superior RBA begin in late October and games run from November to March. If organizers decide in January that games can be held safely, this year’s season would run from January to April.

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The Duluth Salvation Army announced this week that it will be holding its six-week 3-on-3 POD play league beginning in November. Falter said the 3-on-3 option will be among those considered by the Salvation Army of Superior in January.