Oklahoma Twisters: Oklahoma's Granny Basketball Team
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (KOKH) You're never too old to shoot hoops. Just ask any player of the Oklahoma Twisters Granny Basketball Team. Yes, it's real basketball on a real court though the women that play are doing it to stay in shape, build friendships and most importantly, for the love of the game.
The Granny Basketball League was started in 2005 in Lansing, Iowa and since has grown to over 300 players on 30 teams playing in 9 states. Oklahoma's team was formed in March, 2018. The Official Granny Basketball Rules were thoughtfully selected and tested based on specific criteria. First and foremost, all players must be at least 50 years old to play. They follow pretty much the same rules as women's 1920s-era basketball would be... including the not-so-comfortable uniforms. For the most part, the rules are the same as they would be in any basketball league with the exception that the players cannot run or jump. They can, however, hustle. A team consists of 5 or 6 women age 50 or older: 2 guards, 2 forwards and 1 or 2 centers. The coach may play if otherwise eligible.
The women of Granny Basketball also play to give. Each of the 30 teams raise money for a local charity. The Twisters play for the American Cancer Society, raising money from ticket sales and more.
The Oklahoma Twisters practice 2 times a week - once in Mustang and once in Midwest City. They chose those two locations for convenience to the players and each practice there's a full court of participants. Every player hones their skills to get better and take the team to tournaments. Norman, Oklahoma will play host to the National Granny Basketball Tournament on July 14th at the Cleveland County YMCA, Norman, OK.
For more information, visit www.grannybasketball.com