In House Eight-Week Skills Basketball Program

Organization Sponsor: Basketball Beginnings Youth Organization

Organization Partner: Converse Inc.


Program Description

This sport-specific training course is offered at an introductory level in the form of an eight-week in-house skills module. It incorporates core skills and proper techniques into recreational play.The first four weeks concentrate on the basic skills and knowledge needed to play basketball and the remaining four integrate the newly learned skills into regular playing.

The programs are very structured and designed for students grades three to nine. A minimum of 10 and a maximum of 20 students are allowed. The program uses three learning levels, determined by the execution of the learned skill and whether or not it is applied automatically during game play. A child could therefore be in the program for the first time but at a level two while another taking it for a second time may still be at the first learning level.

Once the child reaches the third level, they have passed the introductory level and should consider more advanced learning if they have enjoyed it and progressed well. At the end of each module children receive a written evaluation of their progress, a take-home skills chart of the fundamentals so they can continue independent learning, and a Basketball Beginnings T-shirt.

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Strategies For Sustainability: 

We keep our programs simple, and effective by setting specific and achievable goals; and then monitoring the progress of these goals. Year round, Basketball Beginnings runs a variety of programs throughout the city. You can find us in the school boards conducting skill and homework programs during and after school, as well as in sports enrichment classes developing fine and gross motor skills for private organizations and daycare programs.
Most of our camps supply hot meals, snacks beverages, prizes, t-shirts and certificates. We partner with other youth organizations to offer evening community programs. We work with many charitable organizations
( e.g., Salvation Army and King Bay Kids) and are associated with Ontario Basketball.
Our program is supported by the provincial school boards and is one of few accredited programs offering instructional sports training as an integrated part of the schools individual curriculum.
Our Organization partners with York University Teachers Practicum program, whose students gain co-op hours tutoring children that attend BBYO after school homework programs which can be found in Toronto and Catholic schools in the GTA. We work within the child's curriculum and are in constant contact with schools' teachers and principal monitoring progress.

Impact Of Program: 

Every year Basketball Beginnings aim to come into contact with thousands of children throughout the GTA. Our unique programs can be found in the Toronto and Catholic District school boards during or after-school. Our popularity is growing as teachers and parents are becoming more aware of the lack of physical activity among our children.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

Our interests lie in facilitating engagements between the lesser-advantaged and the more fortunate youths in our communities, creating opportunities for a greater learning experience. Basketball Beginnings promotes a healthy and active lifestyle,along with overall wellness. We make it possible for all children to attend any of our programs regardless of their financial position.

Length and Stage of Project: 

Basketball Beginning Youth Organization began in 2003 and has expanded yearly.

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