Run & Gun basketball league starts April 1

Registration is also underway for Thunderball hoops league





This spring’s edition of the Comox Valley Run & Gun Basketball League starts on Tuesday, April 1 at G.P. Vanier.

This is an evening basketball league for Grade 8 and 9 boys who live in the Comox Valley or Campbell River. The league has been going for over 20 years, and is tremendously helpful in improving the quality of basketball at the three local high schools, notes organizer Larry Street.

“Leagues like this has helped make Courtenay a hotbed for talent, and teams going to the Provincial championships … notably like Mark Isfeld and Highland did this year,” Street said.

Run & Gun will go to the end of May, and runs every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m.  Sign-up will be on the first scheduled night of April 1, where teams will be organized, and other details will be announced.  Cost will be $30 per participant.

For more information e-mail

Meanwhile, the 2014 Thunderball Basketball League is quickly approaching for all Grade 4 to 7 boys and girls in the Comox Valley.

This 24th edition of the league was started by Grant Ashlee and has continued with directors Larry Street and Blake Tobacca running the mini basketball programs out of G.P. Vanier (Grade 6 and 7) and Lake Trail Middle (Grade 4 and 5) on Sunday mornings.

The league starts the first Sunday of April (6th) and continues for seven Sundays through June 1.  All the coaching is primarily high school basketball players from Vanier and Mark Isfeld schools, with direction from the directors and they certainly welcome any parents who wish to help as well.

“Over the years we usually get between 120 and 150 youngsters who want to play the game. Each Sunday includes a half hour practice followed by a 45-minute game, and the emphasis is  on fun!” Street said.

There are various ways to register.  The final sign-up night is on Monday, March, 31. Interested participants can also pick up registration forms at all the elementary and middle schools, or you can send a form by e-mailing

For further information, contact Street at 250-703-3646. Forms can also be picked up at G.P. Vanier’s main office during the school day.  Cost is $40 per registrant, or $50 if you want a basketball. This includes a team shirt, 20 hours of instruction and game time, and plenty of good times.

– Thunderball and Run & Gun Basketball Leagues



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