Spring Skills League

Camp Details

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.

Program details

Age Group Session Details (Saturdays) Cost Location
Session 1: Gr. 1 – 4 Apr 13 - June 15: 10:30am - 12:00pm $225 Cosburn Middle School
Session 2: Gr. 5 – 8 Apr 13 - June 15: 12:00pm - 1:30pm $225 Cosburn Middle School
Stations / Skill Development

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:

  • Cutting
  • Spacing
  • Setting Screens
  • Using Screens
  • Defending on and off the ball

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: 

  • Free Throws
  • Fouls
  • Stop time
  • OBA rules
Program Development

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.

Meet the Coaches

Justin Holmes has been running basketball programs since 2009. He has coached with all ages and brings great energy and enthusiasm. Justin is a member of the east york basketball board of directors and coached with the U10 rep team. Justin played 5 years with U of T averaging 12ppg and leading his team in 3 point shooting.
Adam played 5 years with the U of T Varsity Blues. As a powerful force inside, Adam brings great work ethic and grittiness to our program. As an undersized forward, Adam relies on his excellent footwork, movement and strength. Adam always has a smile on his face and brings great energy and enthusiasm every time he steps on the court.
Ryan was named Ryerson team MVP in 2010-2011 and was recipient of the D.H. Craighead Award for Male Greatest Contribution to Athletics. Received both the Blue and Gold ‘R’ Awards for his contributions as a Ryerson Rams student athlete. Ryan was an assistant with the Ryerson Rams, Head Coach of the U16 Ontario Development team and currently teaches at Birchcliffe Public School.