We are super excited to announce a new structure to our Grade 7/8 Division!
Tri-City Youth Basketball Association 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 Division.
The Grade 7 & 8 division is structured as it traditionally has been. A one hour practice and a one hour game per week.
We will be providing 5 to 6 extra 1 ½ hour 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.
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 would occur at Pinetree Community Centre on Saturdays and Sundays and some weeknight evenings at district middle schools 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
The adjustment 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 that participation in extra Academy sessions, in addition to those provided as part of the 7/8 Division, is possible at an additional cost.