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The Holiday Hoops Classic will be held December 15, from 9:30 am – 12:30 am in the Brandon University Healthy Living Centre. The event is aimed at teaching local youth the basics of basketball, while helping local youth in need as the holiday season approaches.
"The popularity of this event continues to grow each year. The support of our community is amazing, which is why it is such a privilege for us to hold this event each December," says coach Gil Cheung. "Our athletes know the importance of giving back to the community. We as a team get a lot of support, so when ever we have the opportunity to help those in need it's something we get excited for. We look forward to the Holiday Hoops Classic all year."
There is no registration fee associated with the clinic, but those who take part are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy which will be donated to the Christmas Cheer Registry by the Bobcats. Cash and gift card donations are also accepted. All proceeds are donated to charity.
The primary focus of this session is to introduce the fundamentals of the game and to teach proper footwork, shooting mechanics, ball-handling, passing and spacing. The event promises to be fun as well as develop basketball skills in both an individual and team setting. Players will be introduced to basic agility and core training activities.
The clinic is open to all students in grades 3 - 12..
The annual clinic is put on by coach Cheung and members of the Bobcats basketball teams.
For more information, contact...
Head Men's Basketball Coach
Department of Physical Education and Athletics
(CTV NEWS) Late fall, in the dressing room of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, the players get ready to take to the court for the start of the exhibition season. The first thing you notice is just how big they are. A couple of the players stand just under seven feet.
Most others, not much shorter. A young man crosses the room swinging to music being pumped through a large set of earphones clamped to his head. Compared to the other giants, he seems almost average, 6-foot-8, 256 lbs.
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NYBC is a unique event to Manitoba. One of its primary goals is to recognize grade 12 participants (student-athletes and student managers) who demonstrate leadership qualities and provide them with an award. See Leadership Award Criteria link below for details.
The New Year’s Basketball Classic will also award $1000 dollar leadership awards to qualifying grade 12 participants (student-athletes and student-managers)
- Varsity Girls Basketball tournament - $300 per team
- Junior Varsity Girls Basketball tournament - $275 per team
- Basketball Camp for grades 1 through 4 – co-ed - FREE
Teams from outside of Brandon are eligible to receive free room nights at BU Athletics' host hotel, the Victoria Inn.
INCLUDED IN TOURNAMENT ENTRY FEES:
- Minimum of 3 games
- Leadership Award opportunities for grade 12 participants
- Championship Team Awards
- All-star team awards
- Coaches hospitality room
- All-star team awards
Leadership Award Criteria
Brandon University Athletics Visitor's Guide
Tournament Partnership/Sponsorship Opportunities
Host Hotel Information
CLICK HERE FOR PLAYER REGISTRATION FORM FOR 5-ON-5 TOURNAMENT
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE YOUTH BASKETBALL CAMP
For more information on the New Year's Basketball Classic or to register a team contact:
Women's Basketball Coach
P: (204) 727-7431
|Lindenwoods Community Centre gymnasium|
This week, I thought I would begin an examination of the venues where basketball is played in the province - i.e. the gymnasiums. Hoops hears more and more complaints from coaches and league organizers about the increasing costs and the difficulty in getting permits for gyms, especially in Winnipeg. There is no question that there is an ever-increasing demand for gym space, not only for games, but also for regular practice times. The questions I often hear asked are...
- Why is the per hour rate of one school division substantially different from another?
- Why do schools say that their gyms are being used when they often are not?
- Why is it much simpler to book a gym in one school division than another?
- Are school divisions seeing this as an area for increased revenue generation? and
- Why do the two Winnipeg universities charge different rates for their gyms?
Doing these columns has made Hoops a bit of a public pollster, a role which I have come to enjoy. Therefore, I decided to call two school divisions and ask about this subject. In short, the information I got on the phone only made me more confused and raised more questions. It appears that there is something called a "blanket permit" which most junior and senior high schools have in place, meaning that their gyms are used by their own school teams and other school events during those times, which is often 4:00 - 10:00 most weeknights. My next step was to check out two of them. I drove to two different schools one night between 7:00 and 7:30 - there actually were three, but I couldn't get into one school. I found that in the two schools I could get into the gyms were in darkness, even though, according to the division offices they were being used by school groups. I wondered, how often does this happen and are outside groups denied access even though the school is actually not using it?
Next, I did an on-line search and came up with two Winnipeg Free Press articles from April of 2011 and September of 2012 dealing with this issue. The headlines read, "School gym policies a mess" and "Ball's rolling on keeping gyms open". Both articles stated that there is a provincial government policy stating "the community paid for school gyms, so open them for the community". According to the articles, school divisions had until January 1, 2013 to comply and it was stated that "they can't make money from the rentals". I wonder - who is checking on this, as is appears all are not in compliance?
I'm not sure what, if anything, can be concluded from this. It appears to be a political issue, one in which Sport Manitoba and Basketball Manitoba may need to get involved.. It would be nice if one of our local MLAs seized this as something to be championed in an open public forum with all of the so-called stakeholders. I think we would all agree that we want school gymnasiums to be easily accessible and open as often as possible. Seeing those two gyms in darkness last week really upset me. More to come on this topic next week.
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If you'd like to make a contribution, please e-mail event co-organizer Dennis_Bayomi@umanitoba.ca.
Sessions will run 1-2 times a week where sessions will land on Tuesday evenings and Sunday afternoons.
- Tuesday's 8:15 pm - 10:00 pm
- Sunday's 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Gym Locations: Lindenwoods CC & Balmoral Hall School
- Mini Program Grade 3-6
- Junior Program Grade 7-9
- Senior Program Grade 10-12
Cost: $195 including taxes
Please see below flyer for more details or visit athleteinitiative.com.
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