Airdrie youth basketball teams tune up for season in Calgary
With the Calgary Minor Basketball Association (CMBA) fall season starting up on Oct. 19, four teams from the Airdrie Minor Basketball Association made the trek down to Calgary during Thanksgiving weekend for an early taste of the action.
Two midget boys teams, a midget girls squad, and a bantam boys team took part in the first Calgary Cup Jamboree event, which took place on Oct. 10 and 11 at the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University.
“Overall, I thought it was a great weekend,” Midget boys Head Coach Nathan Lee said. “Not only did the kids get a chance to get some court time before the CMBA season starts, but they also had a chance to see the university teams play, which was a big deal for them.”
With each of the Airdrie teams taking to the court four times during the weekend, the main goal of the tournament was to get any issues or mistakes out of the way before the start of the CMBA season.
“Sometimes when a player is working with a new coach or playing with new players, they have to learn how to work both off and on the floor when it comes to things like substitutions and certainly in game situations,” Lee explained.
“Tournaments like this are good for the coaches, as we get an idea of what drills we need to run before a game and what to tell the guys in timeouts.”
“The players themselves get to learn about their teammates and how they play with one another, and after each game they talk to their friends on the other teams from Airdrie,” he added.
The 2013 fall season in the CMBA will feature two mini boys teams (ages 11 and under), two bantam boys teams (ages 13 and under), two bantam girls teams, three midget boys teams (ages 15 and under), a midget girl team, two juvenile boys teams (ages 18 and under) and a juvenile girls team from the Airdrie Minor Basketball Association, who will be competing at junior and senior high school around Calgary.
“It can sometimes get a bit hectic going from school to school, but overall, it’s a lot of fun for everyone,” Lee added.