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OBA Spring Club Basketball - Announcement #5

Hi everyone,

It has been awesome to see each one of the players trying out for our club teams. Tryouts are still continuing for a few age groups which is keeping us really busy.  It has been a record tryout season in terms of number of teams and number of player for club basketball.

With that in mind, we thank you for your patience in the club team selection announcements from last week's tryouts.  You can expect email communication from us letting you know the status of your child's tryout in the next few days.  In other words you will get an email either offering your son or daughter a position on a team or encourage you to join the spring evaluations for one of our regular spring teams.

Ken Zelez

OBA Spring Club Basketball - Announcement #4

The final schedule for Club tryouts is listed below:

 Registration is open until Friday, January 20th and can be found here: https://www.rampregistrations.com/login?v3=18d63af03d

 

OBA Spring Club Basketball - Announcement #3

Hello everyone,

This is the third announcement we have delivered about Club basketball in the Spring.  Community Spring basketball opportunities will be shared later in February.
 
After many conversations with multiple members, we are adding additional tryouts.  This is to uphold our standards of having 2 tryout sessions over multiple days.  In addition, by having multiple tryout dates, we are addressing our unique community within the Okotoks Basketball Association.  We are very unique in that we truly want and desire all association members to stay in Okotoks and play for OBA.  With multiple demands of Junior and Senior games as well as community basketball and school tournaments, we feel we have met the needs of our stakeholders by adding additional dates.
 
It is imperative that your athlete gets seen as much as possible.  With that in mind, we do run legitimate tryouts and we can only evaluate who attends those tryouts.  Being at both tryouts is best!  If a player cannot make a tryout, notice must be given.  
 
Below are the original and new tryout dates.  Times and locations will be announced shortly (based on registration numbers).  We do acknowledge that these dates will be during high school exam times.  The actual tryouts will be an hour each.  Some of our current community teams will be affected.  A plan has been devised to address those community teams.
 
- Sun, Jan 22 - U13 Girls, U15 Girls, U18 Girls, U18 Boys
- Mon, Jan 23 - U18 Boys
- Tues, Jan 24 - U13 Girls , U15 Girls, U18 Girls
- Sun, Jan 29 - U11 Girls, U11 Boys, U13 Boys, U15 Boys
- Tues, Jan 31 - U11 Girls, U11 Boys, U13 Boys, U15 Boys
 

Registration is now open. Click Here to Register! 

 
Remember that we have lots of extras to be had and we are looking forward to the Club season!
 
Also, we would be remiss if we did not promote Alberta Basketball Association tryouts.  They can be found here - http://www.abbasketball.ca/content/2023-team-alberta


Ken Zelez

- OBA President

 

OBA Spring Club Basketball - Announcement #2

We are excited to share the following information about Spring 2023 OBA Club Basketball.  (Spring 2023 OBA Community Basketball information and evaluations will be shared in February.)  There are differences between Club and Community basketball.  If you want to learn more, scroll to the bottom of this page before moving on.

The information stated below is as concise as we can make it at this time and may be subject to change slightly.  The bottom line is, we feel we have some excellent players with excellent coaches right here within OBA and we can offer a fantastic club basketball experience.  We have been running a club basketball experience with great success over the years including introducing a club level tournament last year.  Interest in Club basketball in Okotoks has been on the rise and we hope you will choose our club.

We will be offering club tryouts for every division and gender this year.  That includes the levels from U11 to U18 girls and boys.  The typical club season lasts from approximately late March to the first weekend in July (or longer, depending on the team).  We have the infrastructure, knowhow and creativeness to offer each club team a unique, customized experience whether they want to compete in league, tournaments, travel experiences or all of the aforementioned. 

Registration will include a small fee of $25.00 that will be rolled into team fees once teams are selected.  Registration will open on January 9, 2023, so mark your calendars.

During the online registration process, families will be polled to what type of club experience they would like to have to help tailor the way the club season may play out in terms of competitions.  For example, if it turns out that the majority of the team would like to only compete in tournaments and have an out of province experience, the OBA executive and the team's coaches will make that happen.  We are including this new process to best serve our community and its families.  Another example that we have heard loud and clear is that our club teams appreciate two 1.5 hour practices a week.  We are going to continue to offer just that with some supplemental special practices where we will get teams together and work with each as well.  We have also planned value added learning experiences as well like group training, special presentations and guest coaches.

We know that giving as much information as possible upfront is very important, so along with the information above we have already solidified a very experienced and dedicated coaching staff seen below (age divisions are the same age divisions as what has been happening in the fall/winter season):

  • U11 Girls =
  • U11 Boys = 
  • U13 Girls = Jordan Hick
  • U13 Boys = Andrew Gustafson, Trista Thorn
  • U15 Girls = Abbey Stanick, Emy Udoh
  • U15 Boys = Chad Widmer, Ryan Unterschultz
  • HS Girls = Ken Zelez, Fiona Zelez, Kaylie Watts, Andrew Gustafson
  • HS Boys = Blake Husky, Uday Dhillon

Tryouts will be on the following dates and times at Meadow Ridge Junior High School:

  • Sunday, Jan  22 = 12:00-4:00
  • Sunday, Jan 29 = 12:00-4:00
  • Specific times will be announced for each age group

These tryouts are specifically for our Club teams and are not the general evaluations for the spring Community teams. These tryouts are being held in the same fashion as last year and are held in January as the Club Teams are highly competitive and begin earlier than the Community teams. We do understand that Sunday may not work for everyone but we also have to work around all of the current community teams, school teams that are actively playing and gym availability and unfortunately Sunday is the day that works to best accommodate as many people as possible.

After tryouts, players who were successful in making their team, will be contacted and offered a spot on one of our teams.  The $25.00 tryout fee will be rolled into their fees for spring club basketball.  A fee of $225 will need to be paid in order to accept the spot on one of our club teams.  For the players who did not make their respective teams, the $25.00 tryout fee will be rolled into their community team spring fee if they choose to play on one of our spring teams that are not at the club level.  (More details to follow about spring community teams in February).  There will be a short turnaround time so families are not kept in the dark.  

In OBA ,we strive to keep our fees as low as possible while still offering an excellent experience.  Club fees will vary per team due to the customized team schedules.  A base fee of $850 should be expected.  That means the remaining $600 will need to be paid before the first practice.

 

Traditional Club Spring Basketball

Traditional Community Spring Basketball

Runs from approx mid March to July 1 weekend or later

Runs from approx mid March to June 30

Traditionally high cost including SWAG

Traditionally low cost with no SWAG

Perceived higher level of competition

Perceived lower level of competition

Playing time decided by team/club philosophy

Somewhat equal playing time

Coaches are mostly paid

Volunteer coaches

Practice 2-4/week at over 1.5 hours/week

Practice 1-2/week at 1 hour/week

Travel involved

Local competition

League, tournaments or both

League play

Open borders of player eligibility

Open borders of player eligibility

Age level restrictions

Age level restrictions



OBA Club Spring Basketball

OBA Community Spring Basketball

Runs from approx mid March to July 1 weekend or later (depending on team)

Runs from approx mid March to June 30

Mid cost - higher than community fees, but much lower than traditional club fees, lots of SWAG and extras

Low cost - should be very similar to regular season, optional SWAG

Perceived higher level of competition

Perceived lower level of competition

Playing time decided by team/club philosophy

Somewhat equal playing time

Volunteer coaches

Volunteer coaches

Club activities

Team activities

Travel involved depending on tournament play

Local competition

Practice 2-3/week at 1.5 hours/week

Practice 2/week at 1 hour/week

League, tournaments or both - depending on individual teams and coaches

League play

Open borders of player eligibility

Open borders of player eligibility

Age level restrictions

Age level restrictions

 

OBA Spring Club Basketball - Announcement #1

Hello and Happy New Year!

We hope this message finds you and your family well.

We are excited to share the following information about spring 2023 OBA Club Basketball.  The information stated below is as concise as we can make it at this time and may be subject to change slightly.  The bottom line is, we feel we have some excellent players with excellent coaches right here within OBA and we can offer a fantastic club basketball experience.  We have been running a club basketball experience with great success over the years including introducing a club level tournament last year.

Tryouts will be on the following dates and times at Meadow Ridge Junior High School:

  • Sunday, Jan  22 = 12:00-4:00
  • Sunday, Jan 29 = 12:00-4:00
  • Specific times will be announced for each age group

We will sending out much more specific details in a day or two, so stay tuned in.  Detailed information will be included.

- Ken Zelez

OBA President

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Thank you all for your patience as we have worked through arranging the Evaluations for the Fall/Winter season.

We are looking at the highest registration numbers OBA has ever seen with over 300 players registered from U11 to U18!! This is amazing and we are excited to get everyone in a gym over the next two weeks!

The schedule below shows when each age group will evaluate. All of our Girls groups will have 1 evaluation and the Boys groups will have 2 evaluations. This is based on the number of players registered in each group. The first evaluations for all Boys groups are based on your last name so please pay close attention to which session you should be attending.

During evaluations we are asking everyone to access the gym from the North parking lot. There is a door with direct access to the gym and this is where we will be setup for player check-in. Please do not try to access the school from any other door.

OBA Apparel Announcement:

During Evaluations we will have our new hoodies and crew neck sweaters available for pre-order with youth and adult sizes available. This will be your chance to order apparel for the fall so please come check it out if you are interested. 

 

Once again, thank you all for your patience and understanding as we get things organized for another great season of basketball in Okotoks.

 

If you have any questions about evaluations please let us know. You can reply to this email with questions.

 

We are looking forward to seeing all of you very soon,

 

- OBA Executive

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Registration for the upcoming Fall/Winter Season is now Closed!!!

 

 

The season will start with evaluations in mid-September with specific dates and times to be announced in early September. Evaluations will be held for each age level to ensure players are placed on teams with players of similar skill. Upon completion of evaluations, teams will be formed and begin practices at the end of September. Each team will practice twice weekly in Okotoks on either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday evenings. Practice details will be announced once teams are formed.

 

League games will be played each Saturday in Calgary beginning the week after Thanksgiving.

 

We will also be offering a Tykes program for the fall/winter for ages 6-8. The Tykes program consists of a weekly session that includes skill work and game play in a fun exciting environment. There will be 8 sessions prior to Christmas and 8 sessions in the new year. The registration for Tykes is now open!!

 

If you have any questions please reach out to info@okotoksbasketball.ca.

 

We are looking forward to another great season of basketball!

 

 OBA Executive

 

 



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