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The TCYBA Philosophy has been structured based upon the Sport for Life Long-term Development Model. Due to specific situations throughout the league and some progressive game modification implementations designed to benefit payer's experience with TCYBA some variations have been made but for the most part TCYBA adheres to the following philosophy and principals.

The Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) is a comprehensive framework designed to guide athletes of all ages through optimal training, competition, and recovery practices. This approach emphasizes the importance of considering growth, maturation, as well as physical and mental development in order to support athletes in reaching their full potential at every stage of their athletic journey.



  • The program is administered by members of the local community and allows for consideration of specific community needs

  • The program is designed as a participant-centred, resource supported program administered for youth

  • The program’s foundation is the teaching of basketball fundamentals in a fun, positive environment

  • The program is designed for players from Kindergarten to Grade 8. (Older players can participate in enhanced programming)

  • All players receive equal playing and practice time (subject to attendance, discipline, etc.)

  • Weekly practice guidelines are no less than one practice for every game

  • Team parity is a goal for all leagues (local considerations may be a variable)

  • Scorekeeping and individual statistics are discouraged before the age of 10

  • Metro, elite, all-star teams are not sanctioned until at least the 12 year old level


As a member of Tri-City Youth Basketball (TCYBA), you join a program grounded in a strong philosophy supported by extensive research. All registered players receive a TCYBA reversible jersey & shorts, Basketball BC membership and supplemental insurance coverage.


TCYBA provides structured training programs that focus on building basketball fundamentals, improving technique, and enhancing overall skills. Players have access to experienced coaches and resources to help them develop their game.​​




TCYBA offers a platform for players to participate in competitive leagues and tournaments, providing opportunities to demonstrate their skills and compete against teams of comparable abilities. Additionally, players have the chance to engage with a wider basketball community, interacting with both local and international teams. These experiences not only enhance their game proficiency but also present valuable opportunities for personal growth and development.




Being part of TCYBA helps foster important life skills such as teamwork, discipline, leadership, and sportsmanship. Players learn to work together, set goals, overcome challenges, and develop a strong work ethic both on and off the court.​




TCYBA emphasizes the enjoyment of the game. It offers a platform for players to have fun, make lasting friendships, and develop a lifelong love for basketball. We promote inclusivity and welcomes players of all skill levels, creating a supportive and encouraging atmosphere. It offers an opportunity for players to participate, learn, and grow regardless of their experience or background.



Overall, being a member of TCYBA provides a comprehensive basketball experience that goes beyond skill development, offering personal growth, community engagement, and a supportive environment for players to thrive.

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