Now that the school basketball seasons have wrapped up, players from many schools in our area are coming together to play spring club basketball. The West Kootenay Bulls boys’ club teams will begin try outs and practices on March 27 at the Stanley Humphries Secondary gym. Last year only age group was offered –U14 boys. They competed in Kamloops and at the Zone Championships in Langley. This year, two teams will be formed.
U12 (players born in 2000 or later) is designed to introduce players to competitive basketball. Individual skills will be the primary focus for this group. Next will be an introduction to team systems on offense and defense. Having fun learning the game is the overriding priority for this age group. This group of athletes will be getting a head start on competing at a provincial level.
U16 (players born in 1996 or later) is focused on preparing players for the faster paced senior boys game. Skill development and performance improvement is the focus for this group.
Players from throughout the West Kootenay will be coming together to form these teams. The boys will have a short 6 week period to learn team systems and prepare for very tough club competition at the Thompson Rivers University Invitational tournament in early May. The TRU site is a tremendous facility with University Coaches on site scouting for talent.
Coach Mike Lynn has been working with young athletes in Castlegar for several years. He has coached at the Local Steve Nash Youth program for 7 years. He also coaches Jr. Boys at Stanley Humphries. There is room for more coaches if anyone is interested in helping out.
Interested players or coaches can contact Coach Mike at 250 365 0937 for more information. Both teams will practice Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning March 27th.