For Advanced Level TCYBA Players
ELITE TEAMS (FORMERLY THE TCYBA REP TEAM PROGRAM)
The Elite Division at TCYBA is suited to advanced level players who wish to further develop their basketball skills in a more competitive atmosphere and are willing to commit to more practice time and a higher level of competition. If your son or daughter is new to basketball, then the Elite tryouts are usually not the best place for them to start their basketball experience. While the emphasis will still be on fun, friendship and sportsmanship, there will be a greater focus on competition and expectations of commitment will be higher for players. While we encourage all young players to be multi-sport athletes and will NOT ask anyone to quit another sport to focus solely on basketball, the Elite Division does expect a commitment to the entire season and a willingness to make all practices and games.
The number of teams participating at each age/gender level will be determined after tryouts are complete and player assessments are complete. The number of teams will be determined by the number of players who are assessed as being Elite level players.
The cost to participate is approximately $700 per player at the U12 & U13 levels and $750.00 at U14 level. Payment will be required upon selection to a team. Funds will be payable via credit card payment through our Stack Sport registration system. As a Not for Profit organization, the Tri-City Youth Basketball Association charges only what it anticipates the overall costs of the Elite program will be.
***PLEASE NOTE*** Due to advance monetary commitments for league and tournament play, no refunds will be given for Elite team players. The only exception will be for a verified medical reason and if that player’s spot can then be filled on the roster at a pro-rated amount by another player designated by the coach to be a Elite caliber player.
In response to parent and player requests, TCYBA Elite team participants will now be able to purchase and keep their personal team uniforms for a one-time, no markup cost. This allows the team member to purchase their team uniform as they enter TCYBA’s Elite team programming and use it over multiple years of participation. This is a policy change in response to a large number of requests to keep uniforms, particularly as it relates to size, fit, uniform number and the ability to personally maintain the condition of uniforms.
While it is the intention and expectation of the TCYBA to once again have its teams participate in events held in the United States, there have been and continue to be changes to the United States transportation policies which could impact our teams travel opportunities. Various groups traveling to the U.S have recently found it necessary to re-evaluate whether they would continue to travel to the U.S. for events due to significant policy changes from US Customs and Border Protection. While it is the full intent of the TCYBA to have its teams participate in the U.S. next season, because of the uncertain nature of this evolving situation, we will continue to monitor developments as they happen and respond appropriately to confirm whether modifications to our travel schedule might be necessary.
Families who would prefer their child participate in games exclusively within Canada may choose to compete on one of TCYBA’s Elite B teams or register for a non-representative development team. These non-representative teams will have a full schedule of competition within the new Fall TCYBA Grade 7/8 competitive league or in our Development division.
Targeted Athlete - Academy for Competitive Excellence (ACE)
The Targeted Athlete - Academy for Competitive Excellence (ACE) is a TCYBA operated program that focuses on the skill enhancement of selected players in a High-Performance Environment.
The program has an impressive and experienced group of coaches, including Anthony Luyken and David Counsell. Anthony and David have both served as Canada Basketball / Basketball BC Centre for Performance, BC Targeted Athlete Strategy program and Basketball BC Provincial Team coaches.
Additional assistant coaches may be taking part in the ACE sessions to ensure an appropriate coach to player ratio is maintained.
While the ACE program is for more experienced players and is not suitable for players who haven’t played basketball previously, the most important factor in participating in the program is to simply be dedicated to improving your basketball skills and committed to attending the scheduled sessions.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Targeted Athlete – Academy for Competitive Excellence?
The Tri-City Youth Basketball Targeted Athlete – Academy for Competitive Excellence is a performance-based development program designed to expose players and coaches to individual and team offensive fundamentals in a competitive environment, essential in the development of elite level players and coaches.
The ACE program has been developed to serve as one of the first steps for athletes and coaches along Canada Basketball and Basketball BC’s Elite Performance “Pathway to Excellence”. Through the ACE sessions, athletes are assisted in developing a foundation of individual and team skills required to progress on to higher levels of play at the High School, Elite, BC Summer Games and Provincial Team levels.
Why choose the Targeted Athlete – Academy for Competitive Excellence?
The ACE program is a regionally delivered, development phase appropriate program using a modified curriculum based on those offered in B.C.’s Centre for Performance, Futures and Targeted Athlete Strategy programs. The program offers a highly qualified experienced coaching staff, trained in the delivery of a performance-based curriculum adapted specifically for young athletes.
The Targeted Athlete – Academy for Competitive Excellence Provides:
- Individual skill development
- Team concepts development
- Enhancement of decision-making using Games Approach to teaching methods
- Speed and agility education/development
- Centralized training for athletes
- Coaching Development through attendance at training sessions
- Interactive and positive learning environments
- Identification to future programs through participation
Who coaches the Targeted Athlete – Academy for Competitive Excellence?
The ACE program has an impressive and experienced group of coaches coordinating and leading its sessions. ACE coaches have served as Canada Basketball / Basketball BC Centre for Performance, BC Targeted Athlete Strategy program and Basketball BC Provincial Team coaches.
Who Participates in the Targeted Athlete – Academy for Competitive Excellence?
The top male and female basketball athletes in Grades 6, 7 & 8 participate in the ACE program. Athletes attend an initial no cost selection camp and are chosen to participate by the ACE coaches. All participants must pre-register; no at the door registrations will be accepted.
Tri-City Youth Basketball Coaches may also take part in the ACE program by observing the sessions as they are delivered and through group meetings with the academy coaches. Coaches interested in taking part must email the Tri-City Executive Director and provide information on which session(s) they want to take part in and receive approval before attending. For safety reasons, access to the sessions is limited but we will do our best to accommodate those that are interested in taking part.
Participation fees are determined by the length and duration of the sessions.