Hoops for Youth has announced that the Steve Nash Youth Basketball program will be offered in the Comox Valley again this fall on Mondays at Ecole Coeur-de-l’Ile for all ages from kindergarten to Grade 7.
Organizers say SNYB is about fair play, skill development and, most of all, having fun while learning the fundamentals of basketball. Two years ago, varsity coaches Jouska Lockquell and Tom Elwood saw the need to create more opportunities for youth to play basketball all year long.
“Our staff is mainly composed of our high school senior players. They enjoy giving back to the community. They bring enthusiasm and energy in our session. Their passion for basketball is contagious,” explains Lockquell.
As a mother of a five and eight year old, Lockquell is really excited to see the interest growing in the sport not only for older players, but as well at the primary level. “For some parents, when they talk about basketball they think of a big heavy ball and a 10-foot high basket. They don’t think their kids can shoot the ball that high.
“But, If you look around the larger communities, you will find young players that are great little hoopsters. Like soccer, basketball’s progressions start with a smaller lighter ball, six-foot hoops, basics skills, lots of skilled-based games, 3-on-3 and lots of positive feedback.”
SNYB is designed to develop fundamental skills, sportsmanship and a love for the game of basketball.
“We want to offer a program where every player has the chance to celebrate their development. With a 4-1 ratio of players to coaches, the players get the opportunity to maximize their potential, build character and self-esteem,” Lockquell said.
Registration is open now until Sept. 12. The eight sessions run on Mondays from Sept. 22 until Nov. 17. Kindergarten-Grade 1 (4-5 p.m.), Grade 2-3-4 (5-6 p.m.) and Grade 5-6-7 (6-7:15 p.m.).
– Hoops for Youth