The 2016/17 basketball season is now underway for the KW Youth Basketball Association (KW YBA). Viper tryouts started in the middle of September and YBA House League evaluations start at the beginning of October.
KW YBA summer events
The Kitchener-Waterloo Youth Basketball Association never closes. House league and Viper seasons finish but then Novice Skills Clinics and Summer Camps run one after another. Players work on their skills at these and take advantage of other programs and facilities to further develop their skills.
The YBA held another great series of Novice Skills Clinics: Beginner for younger (ages 6 to 9) players and Advanced for those slightly older (ages 10 to 12). More than two dozen players in each division worked hard from the end of March to the middle of June for two hours every Saturday to improve and develop. A big thanks goes out to all the volunteers who worked with these players, especially Tony and Neil Mathura who both took on big leadership roles in this program.
The YBA Community Summer Basketball Camps in July and early August were successful as well. Campers in the Junior (6 to 9), Intermediate (10 to 12) and Senior (13 to 16) Divisions worked on developing their skills and had fun playing games for one, two or sometimes three weeks under the supervision of some of the top high school coaches and a number of highly skilled university and high school players.
An Elite Viper camp saw some of the top rep players, or those trying to become rep players, work for a week at a high level of intensity. Hopefully, the instruction that these players received will help them achieve the Division 1 results that several of our Viper teams earned last season.
The other specialized camp was a Shooting Camp where players were instructed in the finer points of all aspects of shooting the basketball — a skill of extreme importance at all levels of the game. For four days at three hours per day, players worked on developing their shooting right from basic footwork to follow-though execution and showed immediate improvement in their shooting results.
KW YBA to host Ontario championships again
KW YBA and our Viper Rep teams have been awarded two Ontario Cup Championship Tournaments by the Ontario Basketball Association. These tournaments bring all the teams from across the province in each division to one location to play their final tournament of the season, the Provincial Championships.
Partly because the success last year, the KW YBA will be hosting two separate girls’ divisions on the weekend of May 5 to 7, 2017. The U17 Juvenile Girls’ and the U19 Women’s Ontario Cups will be run simultaneously across the city. We are hoping to have Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Waterloo, RIM Park and, possibly, the new courts at Conestogo College as well as several high schools as our venues.
These events bring a large number of people into the KW area and definitely help the local economy. However, they cannot be run successfully without the help of a large number of volunteers. In the past, these remarkable people have put in a lot of time and effort and, as a result, we have always had compliments from our visitors for all aspects of the tournament and the friendliness of our community.
If helping at one of these events interests you, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Check our website www.kwyba.com, for all upcoming events. If you are interested in volunteering at any level, please email contact please contact email@example.com.
Submitted by Mike Quigley, President Kitchener-Waterloo Youth Basketball Association