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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.

Participation on a SBA Blues Rep team demands a big time commitment from players and families. We expect for each athlete that family, religious, and school-related events will get the priority, and we request that such events be communicated to the coaches well in advance so that practices, games, tournaments, etc., can be planned accordingly, given that the team may be missing your child that day. While we encourage our club members to participate in other activities, our REP program is a high level program and parents and athletes must really be careful not to be overcommitted to multiple activities.

Our program holds open tryouts in September. Tryouts for each age group are run by Blues or guest coaches and include drills as well as scrimmages. The players’ skills, effort, behavior, and attitude are important factors that coaches consider in making their selections for the team. Tryouts generally start the first weekend after school starts. There will be two open tryouts each about 1.5/2 hours in duration. They may take place over 2 or 3 week nights/weekends. The tryout schedule for both girls and boys is posted on the website at the beginning of August. The cost of the tryouts is $25.00 p/p online or $30.00 p/p at the door.

If your son/daughter is selected to play on a rep team, the base cost per player is $750. Depending on the number of tournaments and activities that his/her team enters, costs could increase. The player registration offsets the costs of: Ontario Basketball registration fees, Ontario Cup registration, insurance, referees and gym facilities. Blues teams may have to participate in fundraising activities.

SBA provides fundraising opportunities to help all players with the cost of playing.

Parents have the opportunity to apply for funding with Jump Start and Kids Sport Ontario to assist with player fees. Note that there are no guarantees of funding. Information is available on the website.

Our programs offer NCCP Certified Head and Assistant Coaches. All coaches selected to serve as Head Coaches have significant levels of coaching experience. Available coaching positions are announced for the Fall season in June of each season. All available coaching positions are posted on our website, eventually leading to a selection of candidates being interviewed.

To lead in the promotion, development and growth of team handball in a responsible and ethical manner; incorporating the Canadian Sport for Life’s (CS4L) Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD) models.

Our Organizational Leaderships will work with all coaches to ensure that there is consistent instruction that builds a foundation of skills, drills, and team play in our middle school program that transitions players into the High School Program. Coaches will also provide an environment that demonstrates good sportsmanship, respect for the game, referees, coaches and teammates and emphasizes development of life skills through competitive sports.

Ontario Basketball has implemented a Fair Play Policy to ensure that every player, coach, parent, spectator and volunteer has an enjoyable and rewarding experience. All tournaments and all events sanctioned by Ontario Basketball are guided by the Fair Play Policy. As an affiliated member, the Scarborough Basketball Association abides by this policy.

"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"

For more information on our program then please email us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.






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