2024 - CMBA Technical Package for Download
Spring ball is not current specifically offered through AMBA or all community Zones like it is in the regular Fall and Winter CMBA seasons. Spring basketball is a mix of individually organized teams, various clubs and some community teams. Most of the teams are independent and decide independently on their schedules (i.e. number of practices, leagues they are in, tournaments they register for, fees). This means that your "season" can be the length of the CMBA Spring League or extended beyond based on tournaments you enter.
AMBA Members are encouraged to form their own independent teams.
- First, get an idea of your practice schedule: how often, when, where and of course paired costs. Rocky View Schools does allow for gym booking and will be your lowest cost options https://www.rockyview.ab.ca/about_rvs/facility_booking. However another option is always looking at private facilities (Genesis Place, VollyDome, St Minas), just be sure you are aware of their costs and need on insurance coverage.
- Second, commitment and size of roster along with assistance coach(es) and team manager. It is hard to turn anyone away, though you want to be fair to your team by not over extending your bench and coaches. Generally AMBA would suggest sticking to similar sized rosters and support that aligns to what you would see in our AMBA program: 2-3 coaches, 1 team manager, rosters 8-9 for u11 and 10-12 max for u13 and up. There is a cap if you are playing in the CMBA league (always double check league/tournament rules to avoid issue). The team manager in Spring league we be a much more active role then in AMBA's regular season.
- Finally, game schedule for league and/or tournaments. These obviously have costs associated to them, especially if you are looking to have a travelling team, so you want to have a fairly good idea as asking players/guardians for more funds in the season (or eating the cost yourself) is a tough pill to swallow. To give you an idea, at a recreation/community level we look at the CMBA league and typically 1-2 local tournaments (AYBC - good source for tournament information and general Alberta Basketball info https://www.aybc.ca/). But again, it is all up to you and your team scheduling; you could do only leagues, only local tournaments, only travel tournaments, add strength training, etc.
Main word of advice, consider costs and commitment from all involved in your team in order to have a successful season. With an established schedule (or close to it) and associated fees, divide this amongst your team, generally best to collect to ensure commitment and then register your team accordingly. AYBC insurance first and foremost (see information below), practice facility booking, CMBA league play, any tournaments, additional training.
Hopefully this helps a little and if you are looking to put a team together we would suggest talking to your current AMBA team first for interest, and expand the conversation from there to find more players/coaches. That said, if you need more players or are looking for a team please let us know and we will try to connect you as we want you all to continue to play ball!
Individual team notes:
If you are currently apart of our AMBA community and are wanting to bring a team together (does not need to be your current team/players, anyone you want to have) we are here to offer minor assistance:
- the use of our uniforms (same as regular season e-transfer or cheque of $100 deposit for damage/replacement is required)
- associated under our AYBC membership (allows you to pull individual team insurance through AYBC)
Spring ball word of advice:
- Yes, players are able to "play up," though we would recommend that you limit this to only the division they would be heading into for the fall season (ie. U11 currently, moving to U13 in fall - possibly play U13 for Spring). We see that "playing up" is a big jump, so with it we would not recommend a U11 (no matter how advance their play is) playing U15.
Read the CMBA league information (https://www.cmba.ab.ca/content/league-spring-information) for age categories and league divisions. If you are looking to have AMBA assist with your team we need to hear from ONE representative of your team to secure contact information, coordinate lending our uniforms, etc.
CMBA League has renewed AYBC (Alberta Youth Basketball Clubs) 2023 membership for Spring League 2023
CMBA Zone Member Associations, The CMBA League has renewed AYBC (Alberta Youth Basketball Clubs) membership for all 10 CMBA Zones for Spring League Basketball 2020. If CMBA Zones decide to sponsor teams under their Zone Banner with uniforms, this is the procedure below for teams to follow when purchasing insurance from AYBC.
- ***Teams that carry on in Spring need to do their own individual registration and administration. Zones are providing uniforms and membership in AYBC (through CMBA) to help make the sport cost effective for players/coaches that want to carry on for spring basketball***
- When filling out the AYBC Insurance Form on-line teams need to put their Club Name which would be their Zone Association ie; Calgary Northwest Basketball Association, North Central Basketball Club Thunder, EastPro Basketball Association, Airdrie Minor Basketball Association, Cochrane Minor Basketball Association, Calwest Basketball Association, South Calgary Community Basketball Association, Bow River South Basketball Association, C.L.S. Basketball Association, Okotoks Basketball Association.
- By purchasing Insurance through AYBC, Spring Zone teams can book and rent their own gymnasiums, play exhibition games, enter tournaments outside of the CMBA League. All players and coaches need to register for AYBC Insurance that are under Zone banners and teams need to provide proof of insurance to the CMBA Office and their Zone; At their Zone email contact address and the CMBA Office email address email@example.com
Please direct teams to the link below to register and pay for insurance through AYBC, reminder they are already members of AYBC if they are under your Zone, CMBA has paid the membership fee for all Zones. Thus teams do NOT need to pay the AYBC membership fee, just the insurance fees for their players and coaches.
AYBC Insurance Form
- The cost to insure is $7.50 per individual. Players, coaches and managers can be insured.
- You must be a current member to obtain insurance through AYBC. Once submitted, you will receive an email confirmation. https://www.aybc.ca