The two recreation departments are hosting the Georgia Parks and Recreation's District 5 basketball championship tournaments. Winners advance in the tournament while the seasons end for the losing teams.
Bartow County will be hosting the 8-and-under boys tournament and the 10-and-under boys and girls tournaments, recreation officials said.
Their games will be played much of the day Saturday starting at 10 a.m. at the Houston Suggs Gym, at Hamilton Crossing, and at 11:30 a.m. at Star's Pre-K Gym.
Cartersville will be hosting the 12-and-under boys and girls tournaments at the JH Morgan Gym, off Aubrey Street.
The games will continue throughout the week.
District 5 includes much of Northwest Georgia, from Marietta to Dalton and Rome to Cherokee County.
Jeff Shinall, program coordinator with the Bartow County Recreation Department, said nine teams will participate in the 8-and-under boys tournament, 13 teams in the 10-and-under boys and eight in the 10-and-under girls.
He said teams will play throughout the week, with the winners advancing. He said more games will be played at the county's gymnasiums Monday, Tuesday and Thursday with the finals on Saturday.
Shinall said there will be a number of local teams competing in the tournament.
He said the 10-and-under Cartersville girls will play at 4 p.m. Saturday against Marietta at 4 p.m. at Houston Suggs. He said the 10-and-under boys play at 5:30 p.m. against Whitfield County at Star's Gym.
The Bartow County 8-and-under boys will play Rome/Floyd County at 10 a.m. Saturday at Houston Suggs gym. A second Bartow County 8-and-under team will play Gordon County Saturday at 1 p.m. at Suggs.
One Bartow County 10-and-under boys will play at 2:30 p.m. at Star's Gym, and a second team will play Marietta at 7 p.m.
The Bartow County 10-and-under girls will play Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Suggs.
12U boys, girls
Greg Anderson, director of the City of Cartersville Recreation Department, said games at JH Morgan Gym start Saturday at 9 a.m., with the last game scheduled to start at 5 p.m.
He said there are 14 12-and-under boys teams and eight girls teams.
"Our games will be Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, with finals on Saturday," he said.
Anderson said among the games with local youngsters participating will be the Cartersville boys team, which will suit up Saturday at 9 a.m. against Cobb County.
The Cartersville girls are to play Monday against Gordon County at 6:30 p.m.
He said the Bartow County 12-and-under boys team is to play Saturday at 3 p.m. and the 12-and-under girls team is to hit the hardwoods on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Both Shinall and Anderson said the welcome mat is out for local residents at their gyms.
"We'd like to see a lot of local residents come out to support their teams and to see some good basketball," Shinall added.