PROGRAM INFORMATION


The City of Airdrie Minor Basketball Association Program Information

AMBA has a house league, which consists of the Jr. NBA, Mini House league and Special Needs league. Our Mini Travel - Juvenile teams play in the Calgary Minor Basketball (CMBA) league. CMBA is a tiered program that provides competition for players of all skill levels.

Mini House games are played on Fridays in Airdrie and Mini Travel - Juvenile games are played on Saturdays in Calgary.
We make an effort to keep all practices within Airdrie although based on gym availability this may not always be feasible. Practice days are determined by coach and school availability and will change from season to season. Once practice days are determined, we attempt to keep practice nights consistent. Practice times and locations will change, so it’s important to check the weekly practice schedule.

AMBA must work with Rockyview Schools to schedule practices and games. Every attempt is made by AMBA to schedule the younger players at earlier times; however, we are not able to guarantee practice start and end times. Players should be prepared to practice anywhere from 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm, Monday - Thursday.

All parents, with the exception of Jr. NBA must provide volunteer time, in addition to scorekeeping, timekeeping and gym monitoring. For more information on required volunteer time, see the Volunteer tab.

Jr. NBA
Age: 5 - 7 years old (2011-2013 birth year for 2018/2019 season)
Program: Introductory
Team structure: co-ed, no teams
Season: 12-week program with one 45-minute practice per week
Cost: $100
Evaluations: N/A
Uniform deposit: N/A
Volunteer deposit: N/A
Notes:  The Jr. NBA program is facilitated by NBA Canada. Coaches are provided with practice plans for each practice. The goal is to provide a fun, active and healthy learning environment while introducing children to the game. For more information, check out their website at www.jrnba.ca. The fee includes a size 4 ball and NBA-branded t-shirt for each player and coach access to online curriculum and practice plans.
 
Mini House league 
Age: 8 - 9 years old (2009 - 2010 birth year for 2018/2019 season)
Program: Introductory and development
Team structure: co-ed teams
Season: Mid-October - End of February; one one-hour practice per week and one game per week. (If we have an uneven number of teams, each team will have a buy week during the season.)
Cost: $275
Evaluations: Yes
Uniform deposit: N/A
Volunteer deposit: Yes; parents must fulfill at least one volunteer opportunity per player in addition to timekeeping/scorekeeping
Notes: Mini House teams are formed to be as even as possible skill-wise. Evaluations are used to determine player placement. Other than in the case of coaches children, we will not accept requests to play on a specific coaches team. In the case of siblings, we will make every attempt to place siblings together on the same team. The Mini House league follows the Steve Nash curriculum. The fee provides players with a Steve Nash-branded ball and reversible jersey for practices, a dry-fit AMBA-branded shirt for games and provides coaches with access to online curriculum, practice plans, face-to-face training and resources.

*Players born in 2009 will have the choice to play for Mini House or for Mini Travel
 
Mini Travel
Age: 10 year old (2008 birth year for 2018/2019 season) (9 year olds if they wish to travel to Calgary)
Program: Development and competitive
Team structure: male and female divided teams; teams are formed based on skill
Season: Mid-September - End of February (teams advancing to Provincials may play into the first week of March); one one-and-a-half hour practice per week and one game per week. (If an uneven number of teams register with CMBA, teams may have a bye week during the season.)
Cost: $300
Evaluations: Yes
Uniform deposit: Yes
Volunteer deposit: Yes; parents must fulfill at least one volunteer opportunity per player in addition to timekeeping/scorekeeping.
Notes: Teams are created based on skill level of the player, using evaluation information. The AMBA team formation committee has the best interests of the individual player and teams as a whole when placing players. We will not accept requests to play on a specific team as each player is placed where they will have the most opportunity to learn and grow, while seeing as much court time as possible. Teams are placed in a division at the start of the season and will participate in several seeding rounds. The team will then move divisions, if required, based on the seeding results. The intention is to place teams of similar skill level together to create a fun and competitive season. It’s important that players and parents do not focus on the division level they are placed at.
 
Bantam - Midget
Age: Bantam - 11 - 12 year olds, Midget - 13 - 14 year olds
Program: Development and competitive
Team structure: male and female divided teams; teams are formed based on skill
Season: Mid-September - End of February (teams advancing to Provincials may play into the first week of March); two one-and-a-half hour practices per week and one game per week. (If an uneven number of teams register with CMBA, teams may have a bye week during the season.)
Cost: $375
Evaluations: Yes
Uniform deposit: Yes
Volunteer deposit: Yes; parents or players must fulfill at least one volunteer opportunity per player in addition to timekeeping/scorekeeping
Notes: Teams are created based on skill level of the player, using evaluation information. The AMBA team formation committee has the best interests of the individual player and teams as a whole when placing players. We will not accept requests to play on a specific team as each player is placed where they will have the most opportunity to learn and grow, while seeing as much court time as possible. Teams are placed in a division at the start of the season and will participate in several seeding rounds. The team will then move divisions, if required, based on the seeding results. The intention is to place teams of similar skill level together to create a fun and competitive season. It’s important that players and parents do not focus on the division level they are placed at.
 
Juvenile
Age: 15 - 17 year olds
Program: Development and competitive
Team structure: male and female divided teams; teams are formed based on skill
Season:  Mid-September - mid-November; the shorter season allows players to play for their high school teams.Two one-and-a-half hour practices per week and one game per week.
Cost: $225
Evaluations: Yes
Uniform deposit: Yes
Volunteer deposit: Yes; parents or players must fulfill at least one volunteer opportunity per player in addition to timekeeping/scorekeeping
Notes: Teams are created based on skill level of the player, using evaluation information. The AMBA team formation committee has the best interests of the individual player and teams as a whole when placing players. We will not accept requests to play on a specific team as each player is placed where they will have the most opportunity to learn and grow, while seeing as much court time as possible. Teams are placed in a division at the start of the season and will participate in several seeding rounds. The team will then move divisions, if required, based on the seeding results. The intention is to place teams of similar skill level together to create a fun and competitive season. It’s important that players and parents do not focus on the division level they are placed at.

Special Needs

Age: 14 - 25 year olds
Program: Fun and development
Team structure: combined male / female teams
Season:  Mid-November - February (TBD)
Cost: $75
Evaluations: No
Uniform deposit: No
Volunteer deposit: No
Notes: Our Special Needs program is a great way for players who need a bit more support and development to get into the sport and enjoy themselves at the same time. Players with challenges in past have participated in this program and end up graduating back into our regular programs after some skill and game development and coaching. We aim to hold practices early on Thursday nights and do our best to adhere to this schedule, although it is dependent on gym availability. In the past, the Special Needs team has played against an AMBA Juvenile team, RCMP new recruits team and MRU players.

Should you or a player you know be interested in learning more about this fantastic opportunity and program, please contact Ann Marie Urdal at arurdal@shaw.ca.She would be pleased to provide further insight on this program. Don't be shy, contact her today and come on out for some fun and development!

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