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About the SBA BLUES REP Program

Formed in 1996 as a non-profit organization, the SBA has a simple game plan – to provide youth in and around the Scarborough area with the opportunity to grow and enjoy life through the sport of basketball.

One of the biggest questions that is asked is - "What is the difference between Rep and House League Programs?"

The SBA Blues Rep Program requires a commitment from September to April. The Rep season consists of weekly practices, games and tournaments on weekends and will require travel. Players must tryout for a Rep team. The Rep teams focus on individual and team skill development at a higher level and is more physically demanding especially when competition. The cost of playing Rep can be eight to ten times greater than playing house league.

House league is a recreational program that normally occurs once a week at the same time and location. The focus is on equal participation and may include skills development. The cost of house league compared to Rep is significantly less.

REP Program FAQs

Tryouts FAQs
Q1   How many tryouts can my child attend?
Q2   How does my child get chosen for a team?
Q3   When will I find out whether my son/daughter made the team?
Q4   My child played rep last year for SBA.  Why does he/she have to try out again?
Q5   If my son/daughter is not selected to play on a rep team, what other opportunities are there within the SBA for him/her to play basketball?
     
Team FAQs
Q1   If my son/daughter makes a rep team, what is the cost?
Q2   Why are the fees continually going up?
Q3   When is the rep registration fee due?
Q4   What do the fees provide?
Q5   Is there any way that I can receive assistance regarding the fee?
Q6   What is my time commitment per week, per year?
Q7   Where are the games?
Q8   What does it require to become a SBA coach?
Q9   If I have a problem or question (i.e. financial, personal, etc.) but I do not feel comfortable talking to the coach is there someone from the club that I can approach?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tryouts FAQs

 Q1 How many tryouts can my child attend?
A1 One minimum.  In some cases there may be two to four.  We recommend that each player comes to as many tryouts as possible.

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 Q2 How does my child get chosen for a team?
A2 By working hard at the tryout and showing the coaches that he/she has sufficient skills to play on a rep team.

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 Q3 When will I find out whether my son/daughter made the team?
A3 Some coaches will inform the players at the end of the tryout.  Some coaches will phone and speak to the parent(s) during the week following the tryout.

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 Q4 My child played rep last year for SBA.  Why does he/she have to try out again?
A4 Each year many new boys/girls want to join the SBA.  To make it fair, we want these “new” players and the “old” players  to earn their spot on a team rather than be grandfathered on to a team.

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 Q5 If my son/daughter is not selected to play on a rep team, what other opportunities are there within the SBA for him/her to play basketball?
A5 (a) For boys and girls under 13, the Club has an excellent house league program (Steve Nash program is part of the house league) that operates on Saturdays.

(b) For boys older than 11 to 19, the Club runs a program on Friday nights at David and Mary Thomson CI in Scarborough. 

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Team FAQs

Q1 If my son/daughter makes a rep team, what is the cost?
A1 The SBA Player Registration fee this year is $750.  In addition, most teams either enter a league and/or play in tournaments.  This additional cost is about $250. Parents should expect to pay approximately $1000 to $1200 for their son/daughter to play on a rep team.

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Q2 Why are the fees continually going up?
A2 Fees are constantly in a state of flux because the club is dependent on such items as gym rentals, uniform purchases, OBA fees, etc which it can’t control.

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Q3 When is the rep registration fee due?
A3 October 30th of the current year or sooner.

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Q4 What do the fees provide?
A4 OBA membership and insurance, two uniforms (home and away), warm up jersey, banquet and pictures (team and individual), two practice sessions per week (3 hours of training), entry into the SBA tournament, sport bag, group training and skill sessions, etc.

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Q5 Is there any way that I can receive assistance regarding the fee?
A5 (a) The club organized a raffle this year.  Each player will receive raffle tickets equal to $750 that he/she can sell.  The player keeps the money and simply hands in the stubs to the club.  In other words, each player has the opportunity to pay in full the SBA registration fee by simply selling raffle tickets.

(b) Each team is encouraged to organize activities (e.g. shoot-a-thons, etc.) throughout the season to raise money for itself.

(c) Each family may apply for assistance to organizations such as Kidsport, Jumpstart, Helping Hands (a SBA incentive), etc.  Please beware that these organizations may take several months to provide assistance.  As soon as the club receives the financial assistance, the Club will reimburse the family.

(d) Some employers and unions offer assistance to their employees.  Examples are of employers are Hydro One, Scotia Bank, and Canada Post.

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Q6 What is my time commitment per week, per year?
A6  Each team will practice a minimum of three (3) hours per week.  Some weeks, there may be also a tournament or a league game.  Tournaments usually run the whole weekend (travel to, length of games, return home); league games are usually on Saturdays (travel to, play two games, return home).  A season usually begins in October and runs to the end of April except for the older boys (U16 to U19) who begin in earnest in February and end in early June.

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Q7 Where are the games?
A7 Tournament and league games are usually located within an hour or so from Toronto or closer.

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Q8 What does it require to become a SBA coach?
A8 All SBA coaches must be NCCP certified.  This means that they have attended NCCP courses organized by the governing body (Ontario Basketball Association) and have passed.  In addition, they must provide evidence that they have had a police check within twelve (12) months of the start of the season.

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Q9 If I have a problem or question (i.e. financial, personal, etc.) but I do not feel comfortable talking to the coach is there someone from the club that I can approach?
A9 The SBA provides each parent and/or player the ability to talk to someone in private.  Please be aware of the process.  Go to “ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ”.  State that you would appreciate discussing a problem, issue or concern with someone in private.  You will be notified by the Club that a person will contact you to arrange for an interview.

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"Enjoy the sport and the competition. Cheer as much as you want.
Verbal or physical abuse of fellow players, Spectators, coaches or officials,
Will not be tolerated”

"We are all here to have fun and enjoy ourselves.
Please don't take the fun out of sports for others."
"If you disregard our Policy, you will be asked to leave our Fair Play Facility"


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