I’m interested in being a coach. Who can I talk to?

We are always looking for those willing to give their time back to the community. If you are interested in being a coach you can let us know in a number of ways:

  • Fill out the information on the back of your son/daughter’s registration form.
  • Leave your contact information with the Membership staff and the program Team Leader will contact you.
  • Email us at  leagues@niagara.ymca.ca.

What changes have been made to the program?

This year we are taking a different approach to skill development in sports that moves away from competition and toward building skills, allowing players to learn and enjoy the game without the pressure to win. With the sport of basketball the Youth Sports Development Program:

  • Focuses on fun, teamwork, fair play and the ability to work with a variety of other players.
  • Incorporates fundamental movement skills associated with basketball.
  • Individual skill development to allow players to see their improvement.
  • All players will have the opportunity to experience all positions of the game.
  • Give players an opportunity to develop skills that will make them better players as they progress.

Why did you make this change?

We regularly evaluate all of our services to ensure that we are offering the best possible programming for the communities that we serve. At the end of each season we do a review of the league format and ask ourselves if there is a way to improve upon an already successful program to better serve the community.

After looking at what other communities have been doing we refreshed our traditional league delivery model to reflect the current “best practices” being used by basketball associations in other communities.

What does this mean for my son or daughter?

The program will be designed for our youngest players, in the 8 to 10 year old age range for basketball.

The program format remains consistent with past years with a combination of practice time and game play.

During their practice time players in both divisions will be divided into smaller groups and rotate through activity stations focused on developing movement and basketball skills, appropriate for the age group and skill level of participants.

Are there still games on Saturdays?

The program format is made up of two different components: a midweek practice and a game on Saturday.

What do you mean there aren’t going to be teams, how will they play their games?

Game time will take place at in the gymnasium of the E.J. Freeland YMCA in Fort Erie on Saturdays. Scores will be kept during the game but will not be recorded and no standings will be kept. The Youth Sports Developmental Program is about playing the game for fun and putting new skills into practice.

How are the teams going to be made?

Parents will know, in advance, what time the game is and teams will be decided by a random selection. Once they have been established, a 40 minute game will take place giving the players a chance to show off the skills they have learned.

How will I know what time my child plays their game?

Game times will be communicated to the parents prior to the program start. Each player will be assigned a game time that will remain consistent from week to week, for example every Saturday at 10:00 am. Game times will typically take place on Saturday mornings between 9:00 am and 11:00 am.

If you keep score during the game why won’t the final score be stored or be part of standings?

The program aims to focus on playing for the enjoyment of the game but that doesn’t mean there isn’t going to be competition among the players. We still want the players to have that game experience and keeping score is part of that experience. We won’t be saving those scores anywhere or keeping track of standing or statistics because we want the players to be able to have fun showing off what they have learned, free from the pressures of winning or losing.

What is the cost?

The current cost of the program is $82 for current YMCA members and $117 for community participants. Please refer to the program registration form or contact the Fort Erie YMCA for up to date pricing information.

When does the program start?

Registration begins in early September of the program season. The program typically begins the first week of November for basketball and mid-February for volleyball and run for 11 weeks.

I have more questions. Who can I talk to?

You can find more information in a number of different ways:

  • You can be connected with the program Team Leader by leaving your contact information with the Membership staff.
  • You can reach them by email at leagues@niagara.ymca.ca.
  • You can contact the program coordinator, Tara Costiff at 905-934-9622 x 228 or the program director, Steve Wideman, at (905) 934-9622 x295.