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The BBA Winter League is a first of its kind league aimed at training youth who were not picked for their school senior or junior team and would like to continue to improve their skill set in preparation for their next season. The league will run from January to March and will flow directly into our Spring League where the youth will once again be reunited with school team athletes to see how they match up!

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This camp looks to expose athletes and their talent to coaches, schools and the general basketball community of Western Canada. Surprise special guest reviewers (including a representative from Northpole Hoops) and many more* will be evaluating and comparing athletes to determine the top 100 athletes in Western Canada for Junior High and High School.
These results could then be used in a Canada-wide ranking. Boys and girls between the Grades 7 and 12 are encouraged to participate in this rare opportunity.
April 18th – 6pm to 10pm
April 19th – 9am to 6pm
April 20th – 9am to 3pm
$150 per athlete

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Hi Everybody!

Just wanted to give a shout out to remind everyone about the Spring Break Camp starting on Monday!  The following is the information for it:

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Hi Everybody,

Just a notice to let you know about the try-outs The Basketball Academy is having for its Red Storm Club Teams.  The dates are:
 
February 8 (Trinity Christian Reformed Church) from 10am-1pm
February 9 (Strathcona Composite High School) from 1-4pm
February 15 (Trinity Christian Reformed Church) from 10am-1pm
February 16 (Strathcona Composite High School) from 1-4pm
 
It is $10 to try out and each applicant must attend at least TWO of the dates.
 
Come on out and give it a shot!  If you don't make it, you still have an opportunity to make the teams by showing enough improvement in the spring league to get an invitation.
 
These teams are particularly great for grade twelves who can participate into the summer season!
 
 

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The Basketball Academy is dedicated to making a difference in the Edmonton community. Whether it is partnering with non-profit organizations, supporting aspiring athletes, or fostering youth leadership, The BBA wants to give back to the community, without which programs like ours could not exist. We also look to partner with other basketball programs to put on elite basketball clinics, camps and tournaments. This aspect of The BBA is known as “3 in the Key.” 


CURRENTLY SUPPORTING 


Boys and Girls Clubs of Edmonton

CISS (Christian Immigrant Support Services)

Crystal Kids The Edmonton

Native Basketball Association (ENBA)

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Academy Training runs all year round. It consists of unlimited training sessions for its participants each semester and focuses primarily on fundamental skills. The Academy Training program also helps athletes to access The BBA Tutoring program.

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The Red Storm Club was established in 1999. It is made up of top performers from the spring program, try-outs and the Edmonton area. These players are then placed on teams according to their age division. The summer program runs for the months of June and July. It involves traveling across Alberta and ultimately to the United States (California and Las Vegas) for tournaments. Players only gain club membership by INVITATION based on performance.

Included in this program are our Provincial Competitive Teams. We have the unique opportunity to put together combined teams at each of the major age groups with CYDC out of Calgary. Athletes will be selected from a pool of interested athletes that are with our competitive teams. These athletes will continue to train locally with our competitive teams, but will travel with the combined team. There will be a series of joint training sessions in both Edmonton and Calgary. These teams will also go to tournaments in California and Las Vegas.

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SWEBA offers Community League players the unique opportunity to train at an elite/club level of basketball with some of the best coaches in Edmonton.

Community Leagues are challenged with meeting the needs of competition AND leisure. With our Sunday basketball clinics, players that wish to focus more on basketball are able to do so without interrupting the players who are playing for the social and leisure aspects; therefore, maintaining equality within the league.

Becoming a better basketball player can only add to YOUR community league basketball. It creates a challenge for youth in a competitive environment, bringing teams closer together. Our program is about YOU as a player and how YOU feel on the court.

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The Basketball Academy offers elite club level training and team play to all basketball athletes. The BBA’s spring program is designed to help increase fundamental basketball skills through clinics and competitions. It runs as an elite program for both the inexperienced and the very experienced; participants will be working with and among some of the top players from within the city and province.

The following team options are available:

Developmental teams – Players are accepted on a first come first serve basis no matter the skill and experience levels.

Competitive Red Storm Club Teams – Players picked through invitation based on evaluation by program directors. These athletes will be required to adhere to a stricter and more involved regiment of training.

Training athletes – These are athletes who cannot make a commitment to our summer travel schedule but who would still like to commit to training on a local level. These players will be accepted on an individual basis contingent on numbers that will not disrupt the training groups and a solid commitment to an agreed upon schedule.

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The community “Small Ball” program is designed to teach 6 – 9 year olds the fundamental concepts of basketball by focusing on technique. Through FUN-filled game-type clinics, players are introduced to the GAME of basketball. Each “practice” or “clinic” subsequently builds on each other, allowing players to gradually increase their ability to do various basic skills and help them play basketball. Most of all, we know that the kids love to tell their parents just what it is they’ve learned or know how to do now! So watch as the players go home and tell their parents they know where the foul line is and what it means to double-dribble (that’s a no-no!). See the smiles on their faces as they proudly announce that they can do a real lay-up!

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- Want to make your school team?
- Want to get ready for ID Camps?
- Want to take your basketball skills to the next level?


Our annual programming gives players the opportunity to gain competitive game experience in a manner focused on preparing players for their school try-outs and teams. To keep up to date on our schedule, check out this page or try our facebook page. We will post information for coming clinics and camps as they become available.


CLINIC/PRACTICE TIMES
Come join us at the Boys and Girls Club of Edmonton on Friday nights from 7:30-9:30PM


BOOKING A SCHOOL/GROUP CLINIC
You can book a clinic for your school, youth group or special event! Our school/group clinics help us to reach out to players who may not be able to come to us, so we go to them! Private clinics can be booked throughout the year, even during the regular season. Maybe you want to help foster basketball in your school or provide an experience for your players to develop deeper relationships with each other. Maybe you are from a small town and are looking to put on a unique event. No matter where you are from in Alberta - Edmonton, Wetaskiwin, Red Deer, Athabasca, Edson or anywhere else - we want to work with you to increase the inclusion of players in competitive sports!
For more information, including pricing, booking and more, please e-mail barriecurtis@rocketmail.com or contact Coach Barrie at 780-932-9922

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Barrie Curtis, the founder and director of The Basketball Academy, is also the former assistant coach for the men's basketball team at NAIT and is the founder and head coach of the Red Storm Basketball Club. With over twenty years of coaching experience across Canada, he follows a well-formed coaching philosophy to ensure a high level of intensity for players that emphasizes teamwork, discipline, and mutual respect in an effort to help the participants become well-rounded individuals, dedicated athletes and productive members of society. He encourages players to use their natural abilities and talents to contribute to team performance, especially through their use in defensive and offensive plays. Most importantly, Barrie strives to help those who have had disappointing or hurtful experiences in basketball to regain their passion for the game, and also follows the philosophy that there is no such dichotomy between great players and “other” players. He believes that all players are the “great players to be” but need to be nurtured to reach full potential. Barrie is also NCAA certified.
After successfully coaching in Ontario, Barrie went on to Edmonton and coached the Cobras, an under-13 Bantam Boys A Division club team in the Police Association League, to a City Championship in 1997, and also coached them in 1998 where they went on to be one of two Canadian teams to represent Canada in the World Youth Games held in London, England. The boys competed in the U16 division and finished 6th.
In 1999, Barrie held the position of Director of Basketball for the Riverbend Community League, and has continued to be involved with the League in various capacities, particularly as a coach for various age groups and is accomplished in coaching both boys and girls teams. Barrie has also coached both the Junior and Senior Boys basketball teams at Riverbend Junior High School in Edmonton, resulting in a victory at premier City Finals as well as two second-place titles at the Premier City Finals. In recent years, he has also served in a volunteer capacity with the Riverbend Junior High Senior Girls team.
Barrie founded The Red Storm Basketball Club in Edmonton in 1999 to fulfill a unique community need: with rising interest throughout Canada in basketball, a need for high-level competitive basketball training and coaching for youth in a community setting emerged
In the spring of 1999 Barrie coached the first Red Storm teams to an undefeated season, obtaining victories over teams from Alberta and surrounding areas. Barrie went on to coach Red Storm Basketball Club teams in USA Tournaments, where at times Red Storm was the representative of Canada. The tournaments attended were some of the largest and most competitive youth basketball tournaments of their kind in the world, with as many as 400 teams attending. The Red Storm Teams have never finished lower than 9th. Over the summers from 1999 to 2004, the Red Storm Basketball Club competed in the ARC National Tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada, with the Juvenile Team earning 3rd place in 2002 and 2003. In 2004, the Red Storm Juvenile Team was the first Canadian team to win the ARC National Championship. From its establishment in 1999, the basketball club program began ranking as first or second among club programs in Alberta.
Since becoming the assistant coach for NAIT's men's program, NAIT has won the ACAC championship for the 2009-2010 season.
As basketball and youth culture evolved, Barrie developed a new program to fit the needs of youth; the outcome being the establishment of the Edmonton Basketball Academy.
Barrie has coached various players who are playing or have played in the NCAA as well as Universities & Colleges throughout Canada, including but not limited to: Jermaine Bucknor, J.R. Patrick, Shane Leman, Brent Lewis, Jon Hameister-Ries, Andrew Parker, Ryyan Koleric, Alex Mahary, Mike Melnychuk, Dorian Andrews and more.

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This program can be used in association with existing school programs or as a community program. The Basketbball Academy (BBA) will help reinforce school and community pride by emphasizing and focusing on discipline, physical fitness, structure, integrity, citizenship and leadership. The Academy will encourage the pursuit of excellence by all its students in both academics and sports. Our approach to education is unique and offers the students the opportunity to broaden their horizon while traveling and learning outside the classroom. The Baskebball Academy Program could be tailored to meet school or community requirements.
Program Description:
Dependent on facility size, sessions could range between 30-60 athletes. Typical player to coach ratio is 8:1. Our staff includes local elite club team members, college and high school coaches and players. BBA sessions run from Monday to Friday. The cost of the program will depend on program structure, and number of participants.
Program format includes:
1 on 1, 2 on 2, 3 on 3 and 5 on 5
Basic skills in footwork, passing, dribbling, shooting, and defence will be emphasized. Skills will be taught appropriate to students' abilities. Games are designed to complement the skills being taught and learned. The game itself offers a healthy competitive environment.

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Emphasis is on instruction rather than competition. Areas covered include: dribbling, passing, shooting, defence, rebounding, and team play. Students/players are encouraged to challenge themselves and measure their progress through their own achievement, not in comparison to the student/player next to them. Scrimmages are controlled and frequently stopped by coaches to instruct and convey basic teaching points. Through positive reinforcement, we hope to instil confidence, unselfishness and the ability to work within a team concept. Most of all, the staff makes sure the students/players learn, and have fun while learning.

LTAD

The Basketball Academy is dedicated to research, development and use of best practices. As such, the Basketball Academy looks to incorporate the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Model. This model, by Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L), has been endorsed by Basketball Canada and is currently being implemented across the country at the provincial levels. We believe it is also important to endorse this program at the club and academy levels.

LTAD considers the best interests of the athlete and discourages winning at all costs. LTAD is built on sport science and best practices in coaching from around the world, and it follows 10 Key Factors that influence how athletes train and compete effectively.

  1. Excellence Takes Time
  2. FUNdamentals
  3. Specialization
  4. Developmental Age
  5. Trainability
  6. Physical, Mental, Cognitive and Emotional Development
  7. Periodization
  8. Competition Planning
  9. System Alignment and Integration
  10. Continuous Improvement

Along with sport science and coaching, the 10 Key Factors include broader principles behind the way we organize and manage sport.  For example, competition scheduling to optimize athlete development, organizational alignment of different groups and agencies that make up the “sport system”, and the philosophy of Continuous Improvement so we always work to make our science, coaching, and system of athlete development better. 

For more information, please see the Canadian Sport for Life parent’s guide (http://canadiansportforlife.ca/resources/sport-parents-guide) and/or Basketball Canada’s model (http://www.basketball.ca/files/LTAD.pdf). This information was brought to you by Canadian Sport for Life (http://canadiansportforlife.ca) At The Basketball Academy, emphasis is on instruction rather than competition. Students/players are encouraged to challenge themselves and measure their progress through their own achievement, not in comparison to the student/player next to them. Scrimmages are controlled and frequently stopped by coaches to instruct and convey basic teaching points. Through positive reinforcement, we hope to instill confidence, selflessness and the ability to work within a team concept. Most of all, the staff makes sure the students/players learn, and have fun while learning.

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“To develop team players to excel in all aspects of the sport, and to graduate young athletes any post-secondary institution would be eager to accept for both academics and athletic ability.”

"To help players attain their life goals, enhance their self-esteem, and develop their character through the game of basketball."


"To provide a learning environment whereby players will learn the value of team work and self-sacrifice and what it means to be productive citizens."


In addition to athletic skills, The BBA also strives to enhance the character and self-esteem of its players through a support network of fellow players and coaches who are as interested in the players' social and personal development as their basketball skills. Senior players are encouraged to develop their leadership skills by serving as coaches of junior teams and players, especially in clinics/workshops.

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The Basketball Academy offers elite club level training and team play to all basketball athletes. The BBA’s fall program is designed to help increase fundamental basketball skills through clinics and competitions. It lasts from September 15 to November and runs as an elite program for both the inexperienced and the very experienced; participants will be working with and among some of the top players from within the city and province.


The fall program gives players the opportunity to gain competitive game experience in a manner focused on preparing players for their school try-outs and teams.


For more information and how to register, please contact Coach Barrie at 780-932-9922 or barriecurtis@rocketmail.com

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The Basketball Academy is excited to announce its support for the Alberta Sports Development Center (ASDC) in the capital region. By engaging in ASDC services, BBA athletes will have the opportunity to work with some of Alberta's foremost experts in the areas of a player's life that takes place outside of games and practices. More importantly, our involvement with the center is an attempt to show how serious we take the health and success of our athletes.


Check out their website (www.asdccr.ca) and Winning Edge Seminars!


"ASDC’s Programs and Services offer exclusive learning opportunities through sport science initiatives and mentorship from experts in the fields of strength and conditioning, sports nutrition and mental skills. We provide a holistic training environment for athletes, as well as courses and resources for athletes’ network of supports, including coaches, mentors and parents. With an acute awareness of their bodies, the ability to manage their minds and a solid understanding of the science of sport, our athletes and coaches are able to reach their optimal potential, compete at higher levels and excel through the national ranks.


"The [ASDC have] the vision of a collective approach to providing sport science support in an athlete-centred structure. Their focus is on developing sport science application initiatives with support from experts in nutrition, mental skills and injury prevention, and providing high performance training programs for emerging athletes and coaches.


Sport Canada supports a network of national sport centres in order to strengthen Canada’s sport development system and enhance training environments for high performance athletes and coaches. The Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation (ASRPWF) endorses Sport Canada’s mandate, and is forming a provincial network that will provide support for inter-provincial emerging athletes. These regional centres, called Alberta Sport Development Centres (ASDC), are being designed as stepping-stones for athletes to excel to national ranks and train at national sport centres."

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The South West Edmonton Basketball Academy (SWEBA) offers Community League players the unique opportunity to train at an elite/club level of basketball with some of the best coaches in Edmonton.


Community Leagues are challenged with meeting the needs of competition AND leisure. With our fall program, players that wish to focus more on basketball are able to do so without interrupting the players who are playing for the social and leisure aspects; therefore, maintaining equality within the league.


Becoming a better basketball player can only add to YOUR community league basketball. It creates a challenge for youth in a competitive environment, bringing teams closer together. Our program is about YOU as a player and how YOU feel on the court.
For more information, please e-mail barriecurtis@rocketmail.com

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