Why Moose Jaw Minor Basketball:
We are completely focused on teaching young players the necessary fundamental skills required to play the game of basketball. Our goal is to help players develop skills that will carry them through their elementary and high school basketball careers. While players are rewarded with games once a week, the games are for training, and using skills developed in practice. At the younger levels, we do not keep score. We believe that the practices and games are for teaching, as such we do not play for any sort of league championship.
Kids in the Rugrat (Gr 2,3) and Bantam (GR 4,5,6) divisions spend most of their time learning the rules of play, and the 2 most basic skills, dribbling and shooting. Their practices are for 1 hour, and are fast paced and fun. We promise to send them home tired after each practice!
Junior (Gr 6,7,8 & 9) have longer practices, 1 – 1 ½ hours. We continue to focus on dribbling and shooting, but we do branch off to work on other skills like playing defense, rebounding and passing.
Senior (Gr 9-12) program will be finalized shortly.
Please note, that we accept all players with any level of experience. If your child decides that they would like to learn how to play, they are most welcome, whether or not they have ever played the game.
Grade 6's and 9's will be placed into the appropriate age division based on skill, size and competitiveness based on current evaluation and previous season coaching reports.
The obvious benefit of playing basketball is physical fitness. The game lends itself to so much more for your child. As your child's skills grow, so will their confidence—both as a player, and as a person. We promote team spirit throughout the league, and we encourage our coaches and players to always be positive and upbeat. Making friends outside their normal peer group is an excellent benefit for the kids. To promote this, we do not take requests to keep players together, or to be coached by a specific coach. We will do our best to accommodate practice night requests, but can not guarantee, based on coach and gym availability. Players are assigned to a team based on their skill evaluation that occurs on the 1st weekend on the season. If you are a volunteer head coach, you will of course have your child on your team. Coaches receive mentoring throughout the year from the league executive. The league does keep liability insurance coverage through Basketball Saskatchewan Inc.(BSI)
We highly encourage all players to attend every practice, however, we do understand the busy schedule that many of us keep. If your child is going to miss a practice, we ask that you contact your coach to let them know. Missing a practice will not impact the player's participation in the weekly game, but if they miss several practices, especially in a row, they may be asked to meet with the coach and league exec to discuss the issue before joining in a game. Note that playing time in games is a fair play rule, all players will receive equal playing time in every game.
For our weekly games, we hope that all parents will come watch. There is a sign we will have hanging outside the gym, please read it before you enter the gym, every week! In summary, it says this:
PLEASE REMEMBER, THERE ARE KIDS AT PLAY IN THIS FACILITY! WHILE WE HOPE IT HAPPENS, YOUR SON/DAUGHTER IS UNLIKELY TO GO ON TO STAR IN THE NBA/WNBA. THEY ARE HERE TO HAVE FUN AND PLAY A GAME, AND WE ASK THAT YOU JOIN IN APPLAUDING AND CHEERING THEIR EFFORTS. WHILE THE REFEREES DO GET PAID TO OFFICIATE THESE GAMES, THIS DOES NOT ENTITLE ANY SPECTATOR TO BE ABUSIVE! OUR REFEREES ARE OUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS, YOURS TOO, PLEASE TREAT THEM AS PRECIOUS. CHEER FOR GOOD PLAYS FROM ALL PLAYERS, WHETHER THEY ARE PLAYING FOR OR AGAINST YOUR CHILD'S TEAM. PLEASE THANK THE COACHES AND REFEREE'S WHENEVER YOU GET THE CHANCE. AND REMEMBER, IT'S A GAME, PLAYED TO HAVE FUN!
Parents are welcome to bring siblings to watch games, but they are required to stay in the gym on the bleachers watching the game. We have gym supervisors in charge of the facility, and they are instructed to keep all spectators in the gym. Food and drinks are not allowed in the gym. We are reliant on the kindness of the school's administration to allow us to use their facility, we cannot ever have messes, or we will lose our privileges. Please supervise your children at all times.