TCYBA offers Youth Basketball programs to players from Kindergarten to Grade 12.
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- Looking for information about a particular age group or division? Please click on the age specific link below for more information.
- If you are looking to register for a team, please click here.
- If you are looking for a game schedule, please visit our Game Schedules here.
- If you are looking for more info about our TCYBA Structure and K to Grade 2 Jr NBA Rookie program please click here.
- If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Age Groups Information & Links
Kindergarten to Grade 2 Rookie Division
The Tri-City Youth Basketball Association is excited to once again be offering the Jr NBA Rookie Division program as the initial entry to its programming. The TCYBA was the first program in BC authorized to offer the Jr NBA program since its inception. Through the guidance of TCYBA’s experienced coaches, the Jr NBA Rookie Division program aims to develop a lifelong passion for the game of basketball in boys and girls in Grades K-2 by teaching them the fundamentals of the sport while instilling core values including teamwork, respect and sportsmanship.
- Provide entry-level basketball program for young children 5 to 7 years old
- Build a community of league organizers, parents, coaches committed to minor basketball
- Provide a fun, active and healthy learning environment
- The Jr NBA program is an 8 practice program that runs once a week for 60 minutes
- Created in alliance with Sport for Life Long-Term Development initiatives. Tell me more
- Aligned with Canada Basketball's Developmental Pathway
- Curriculum has been developed by NBA Basketball Operations and a team of experts in child development and physical literacy, and basketball fundamentals
- Games will be modified to be age-appropriate, simple and fun
Our Equipment & Uniform:
- The Jr NBA Rookie Program includes age-appropriate equipment (smaller basketball and lowered hoops) and modified games for children of this age-range
- Participants will receive a size-appropriate Rookie Gear Basketball and an NBA team branded top
Grade 2/3 to Grade 5/6 Development Teams
Grade 2/3 Divisions
This is our earliest entry level into basketball at TCYBA. Players enjoy one hour of practice time per week at this level with competition in the year-end Alicia Lam Jamboree, where they get to enjoy their first game play experiences with referees.
Grade 3/4 Divisions - 3 x 3 Program
TCYBA Grade 3/4 3 X 3 Program
Tri-City Youth Basketball has adjusted its Grade 3/4 Boys and Girls programming to a 3 X 3 format replacing the 5 on 5 model used in the rest of the league’s competition. This initiative is consistent with Canada Basketball’s 3 X 3 Mini-Basket program which has at its core, a philosophy to allow children to play a game that is better suited to the development of their physical, mental and basketball skills by instituting long term athlete development (LTAD) modifications to the adult game. With high repetitions and touches, 3 X3 is novice player oriented and places an emphasis on skill development in combination with the teaching and age appropriate competition relative to the ability of the participants.
With greater time on task (more touches and playing time for everyone) Tri-City Youth Basketball feels that the adjustment to programming at this development level will provide a high-quality experience for youth basketball players creating a positive experience which will help foster their passion as they grow with the sport.
This initiative has received unanimous support from the TCYBA Board and from our National Sports Organization. “Canada Basketball is in support of younger athletes playing 3x3 instead of 5 on 5 in the early stages of development. The opportunity to touch the ball and have more meaningful participation in the competition makes the activity more fun for the children and more likely to keep them active while learning to play basketball”. “Congratulations on this initiative. I’m sure it will be very successful”, - Michele O’Keefe, President and CEO, Canada Basketball.
Why 3 X 3
While these adjustments are similar to those adopted by other youth sports such as hockey and soccer to name two, they do have their own basketball specific modifications and development benefits.
Benefit 1: Increased Handling of the Ball
When youth play traditional 5 on 5 games, it is common for 1-2 players to rarely touch the ball. This is especially true when a team has 1-2 dominant players who are the best ball handlers or are early developers. Teammates tend to pass the ball to those players and those players tend to take the ball to the basket and sometimes coast to coast, failing to work on team and decision making skills. This results in other players not developing their skills. The dominant player is only working on a few skills, and the team isn’t developing as a whole.
In 3 X 3, everyone must be involved for a team to have success. All players get to handle the ball almost every possession allowing for more skill repetition in competition environments and therefore, providing the best opportunity for skill development to occur.
Benefit 2: Better Spacing
Even with the smaller bodies of young players, 5 on 5 games are crowded. Youth basketball is not the right environment for players to practice dribbling or passing through multiple types of coverage - their skill package is underdeveloped to be successful in those areas.
3 X 3 opens the court up and provides players with more room to operate. Youth can play in open space, allowing them the opportunity better practice and load their skills without multiple defenders crowding the ball. This spacing also allows for players to practice individual and team decision-making skills (advantages, when to shoot/pass/drive).
Benefit 3: Focus on Basketball Skills & Actions
3 X 3 emphasizes individual skills as well as 1, 2 and 3 player actions that are the foundation for successful 5 on 5 play. The focus is on concept development as opposed to being system oriented.
Defense for 3 X 3 is player-to-player, creating opportunities at the offensive end for freedom, decision-making and creativity to develop.
Benefit 4: More Directed Competition
Games in 3 X 3 competitions are shorter in duration but more frequent, allowing players to face multiple opponents in one competition night. The number of players is reduced, allowing for maximal competition experience and playing time during this developmental stage.
So, what does the Tri-City 3 X 3 program look like?
Players will take part on the two main hoops of each gym allowing 12 players instead of 10 to play at one time. Games will be approximately 4 minutes in duration. An official will be assigned to each basket. Floor spots will be placed in three positions on the court, one at the point and one at each wing. Each possession will begin under the basket with an uncontested pass out to the referee at one of the three spots. Each of the three offensive players must now go and touch one open floor spot. The closest player to the spot where the referee is standing runs and takes the ball from the referee. The offense may start as soon as the player takes the ball but all three players must touch a different spot before they can receive a pass or cut to the basket. The defense may not impede the offensive players from cutting to the floor spots but may guard their checks as soon as the ball becomes live.
The game is played with alternating possession. If a basket is scored the defensive team is not required to take the ball out of bounds. They may take the ball immediate after the basket is scored, pass it to the official, run to the spot closest to them and begin offensive play.
Emphasis of play for this program includes taking/catching the ball and attacking, cut, pass and fill principles, ball cuts and backdoor cuts. Screening on the ball at this development phase is not permitted.
A coach from each team will be assigned at one of the two baskets but in is imperative that principles of guided discovery are utilized and that each coach accept that they are part of a coaching collective that assist in the development and provide feedback to all players regardless of whether that individual player practices with them or not.
In addition, a league assigned program coordinator will be in attendance at each gym to assist with program operation, philosophy adherence and as a resource to parents of the participating players.,
Additional game night components include participation in full court Italian 3 X 3.
Italian 3-on-3 is a small-sided game that creates advantage/disadvantage situations naturally out of chaos. Both offensive and defensive situations can be coached using a games approach.
Most 3-on-2 drills or 2-on-1 drills are too scripted. The game does not happen that way so the chaos of the Italian 3-on-3 better replicates game conditions. . Italian 3-on-3 is a fun, competitive drill that creates chaos to work on unscripted moments.
Quick decisions and an emphasis on flow in these moments can help your players create scoring opportunities out of chaos. Please click on this hyperlink to view an example. *Please be aware that you may not be able to access the video through all browsers.
Grade 4/5 & Grade 5/6 Divisions
This league focuses on increasing a player’s skill level in a fun and recreational environment. All teams practice once per week (one hour) and have one game per week (Friday nights).
Players may register to any team by selecting their preference of Location, Day, time and Coach by appropriate grade level in accordance to TCYBA Registration policies that prioritizes returning players.
Players interested in playing at the Development level are not required to attend any evaluation sessions.
Please note New players must play at their grade level and may not play up. ie New grade 4 players must play in the 3/4 level and may not play up at 4/5 level.
The TCYBA relies on parent volunteers to coach teams in the league. Each team in the grade 2/3 division will need at least 2 parents that are able to assist with the academy sessions and then take over the team coaching responsibilities in the new year. Please contact the League Coordinator if you are able to volunteer in this role.
WE ALWAYS NEED WILLING COACHES - experienced or not. If you bring the enthusiasm we'll provide the guidance and tools to help you have a successful season.
We understand that coaching a team can be an intimidating experience for newcomers and the TCYBA works hard to help you succeed with your team. In addition to providing you with weekly practice plans, TCYBA endeavours to have a solid system for developing coaches, which in turn will help develop our players on a more even level. We understand everyone has busy schedules and can’t always attend coaching clinics, so we’ll be bringing the clinics to you. Online resources are also available to help all of our coaches (new and seasoned) enhance your coaching skills.
Grade 6/7 Development & Grade 7/8 Prep Division
Players may register to any team by selecting their preference of location, day, time and coach by appropriate grade level in accordance to TCYBA registration policies that prioritizes returning players.
Players interested in playing at the Development level are not required to attend any evaluation sessions.
Please note: New players must play at their grade level and may not play up.ie. New grade 7 player must play 6/7 level may not play up at 7/8 level.
Grade 6/7 Division
Stepping up to a full sized court with a three point line and foul shots being awarded, this league focuses on increasing a player’s skill level in a fun and recreational environment. This is a Development league — players interested in a highly competitive league can opt to try out for our Elite Team program — tryouts for the Elite teams generally take place in May. All 6/7 development teams practice once per week (one hour) and have one game per week (Friday nights). Players may register to any team by selecting their preference of location, day, time and coach by appropriate grade level in accordance with TCYBA registration policies that prioritize returning players. Players interested in playing at the Development level are not required to attend any evaluation sessions.
Please note: New players must play at their grade level and may not play up.ie New grade 7 players must play in the 6/7 level and may not play up at 7/8 level.
Grade 7/8 Prep Division
To provide players participating in the TCYBA with a comparable development opportunity to other athletes taking part in high school grade 8 programming across BC that isn’t currently provided by SD43 and thereby better preparing them for high school participation in their grade 9 year.
While partnerships with the various senior secondary schools would be preferable and welcome, these institutions are resource challenged (coaches, gym access) and would struggle to provide the TCYBA with the consistent access to resources that would be required to establish and maintain this program.
The TCYBA welcomes the possibility of any resources that may be directed to them by individual schools or the School District in establishing and operating this undertaking.
- The Grade 7/8 division is now a High School Prep Division.
- The Grade 7/8 division has an adjusted structure that includes an additional 30 minutes of practice time, offering players at this level a 1.5 hour practice and a one hour game per week.
- We will be providing a minimum of four Academy Sessions per season with a group of performance based coaches. Team coaches may and would be encouraged to participate but they would not be mandated to be there. Read more about our Prep Division Academy Sessions.
- We are fully subscribing an offensive style of play for all teams.
- Two officials and a scorer / timer will be assigned to each game.
- We will be keeping score and standings and making the Prep division competitive in nature.
- Additional training will occur weeknight evenings and on Saturdays and Sundays in the Tri-Cities in groups of 30 – 36.
This model would keep intact all the basic elements of our current league while enhancing several development and competitive components.
Registration to this division will not require adjustments to the standard registration process.
While the overall cost to participate in this program is slightly higher than in the past, this program still falls within the parameters of Tri-City Youth Basketball’s mandate to provide cost recovery based programming while providing additional development opportunities, competitive games with division standings and assigned officials and a scorer / timer.
* Please note participation in extra Academy Sessions, in addition to those provided as part of the 7/8 Prep Division, is possible at an additional cost.
High School Recreational Teams (Grade 9 - 12)
Players may register to any high school recreational team selecting their preference of location, day, time and coach by appropriate grade level.
Players interested in playing at the High School Recreational level are not required to attend any evaluation sessions.
Division will be structured as follows and players may only play at their current grade level:
- Girls: Grade 9 — 12
- Boys: Grade 9/10 & Grade 11/12
For any queries, please contact the League Coordinator.
Grade 9–12 Girls Division
This is a recreational league for players who want to continue playing basketball in a fun and recreational environment. All 9 — 12 girls teams practice once per week (one hour) and have one game per week (Friday nights). Players may register to any team by selecting their preference of location, day, time and coach by appropriate grade level.
Players interested in playing at this Recreational level are not required to attend any evaluation sessions.
Grade 9/10 Boys Division
This is a Recreational league for players who want to continue playing basketball in a fun and recreational environment. All 9/10 boys teams practice once per week (one hour) and have one game per week (Saturday Morning or Afternoon). Players may register to any team by selecting their preference of location, day, time and coach by appropriate grade level. Players interested in playing at this Recreational level are not required to attend any evaluation sessions.
Grade 11/12 Boys Division
This is a recreational league for players who want to continue playing basketball in a fun and recreational environment. All 11/12 boys teams practice once per week (one hour) and have one game per week (Saturday Morning or Afternoon). Players may register to any team by selecting their preference of location, day, time and coach by appropriate grade level. Players interested in playing at this Recreational level are not required to attend any evaluation sessions.