Spring Skills League
The Basketball Academy’s 6th annual youth basketball league starts Saturday April 13th. The program features 45 minutes of basketball stations and 45 minutes of games run by current and former university basketball players. The program was developed to help youth basketball players improve fundamental skills key to success. The program ensures the highest level of coaching in a fun and positive environment. Last year we had over 100 players participate in the two sessions.
What makes our youth basketball league different? Each week we will split into 4 groups and participate in 4 x 10 minute stations. Each station will be coached with high energy and attention to detail. Our goal is to teach to the highest level and encourage players to push themselves out of their comfort zone. Each week we will have 3 stations focusing on individual skill development and 1 station focused on basketball IQ and core concepts including:
Scrimmages are the most important part of a players development in any youth basketball league. Every week there will be 45 minutes dedicated to games. The games will be played with stopped time on all dead balls (out of bonds, free throws, substitutions). Playing time will be divided equally. The goal is to introduce players to the atmosphere of a real game along with all the rules involved including:
After coaching for many years at all levels, our coaches have noticed that many youth basketball leagues were not developing a players understanding of core basketball concepts until they were in high school. Anytime a new concept is learned, it takes time to develop this new skill. We believe that these core concepts should be introduced at a much earlier stage. With the Canadian University Basketball season ending in March we are able to recruit some of the most talented players and coaches in the city to help run the program. We sat down with these coaches and identified the core skills and fundamentals that need to be developed at a young age.