The Bow River U9 program is focused on teaching the FUNdamentals of basketball. Whether your child is brand new to the game, or a driveway ball fanatic, they will learn basketball skills, game play and build character with our professionally developed program. This year we are working with Basketball Alberta to use the 3X3 format, this improves development and fosters more fun games.
The U9 program is for players 6-8 years old (boys and girls) as of December 31
The U9 fall program goes from Mid-September to December (12 sessions). The winter program goes from Jan-March (10 sessions).
Each Session is a 50 minute practice/game
In an effort to achieve our mandate of teaching "FUN”damentals the focus of the U9 program is designed to develop fundamental skills, sportsmanship and a love for the game of basketball. We hope to help your kids maximize their potential, and build their character, discipline and self-esteem.
This year we will be using the Basketball Alberta 3X3 format which offers better skill development and a more fun game environment.
The games are to be fun with an emphasis on skill development and good sportsmanship.
We aim to keep smaller teams (4-5 players) to facilitate 3X3 game format. All games will be half-court.
Coaches and /or assistants will be refereeing and helping to teach the kids on the court. The aim is to get the players comfortable playing basketball, learning the rules, and working as a team. In the Senior division we ask coaches to blow the whistle when there are infractions like double dribbling, traveling etc. so players can learn the rules. Explaining on the court will help the players learn.
When a player is called on for breaking one of the rules, what has been done wrong should be explained to the player. All rule calls are at the discretion of the referee. Some leeway may be used for the less experienced players.
The coaches, players, and referees are all volunteers so let’s all work together and help each other out as much as possible.
Always remember that positive encouragement goes a long way to help the players improve their game.