Golden Ticket Sports will be running the Moose Jaw Minor Basketball League this fall and winter, after the Moose Jaw Minor Basketball Association made the decision to disband earlier this year.
The league will run from late October to mid-February with games being played at the Golden Ticket Sports Centre (1599 Main St N) and at Sask Polytech.
Golden Ticket Sports Co-owner Tanner Brightman says in essence, the league will run almost exactly as it has in the past.
"That's all things relative to registration, to length of season, to cost, to everything in between. It's just under the Golden Ticket Sports umbrella here now and within our building."
Programming will be available for kids in kindergarten all the way up to grade 8.
"We're actually doing something new this year in collaboration with Canada Basketball and the Junior NBA Program, which is from kindergarten right until grade 2. That program's going to start a little bit later than the rest of the league," explained Brightman.
League registration is now open and will run until Oct. 15. The cost is $230 before Oct. 1 and $255 after Oct. 1 until Oct. 15. There will be one practice per week (Mon-Thurs) and one game per week (Sat). There is also a pre-season camp available for those who want to sharpen their skills before the season starts. There will also be an opportunity to get some instruction from international coaches who will be coming in to run a session.
"On the last Sunday in October, we're going to have an evaluation to make sure that we draft even teams and the first week in November is when we actually get going with practices and league play the week following. In essence, late October until mid-February season with one practice a week and one game a week."
Brightman mentioned that Golden Ticket Sports will also be hosting a pre-season coaching clinic.
He notes the sport of basketball is growing in Moose Jaw.
"For being a smaller population, basketball in Moose Jaw has always been strong, whether you look at some of the different provincial teams or you look at players who have went on to play post-secondary or just recently high school provincial championships and everything in between. We know that the sport is important to the community and then from that, if we didn't have an offering like this within the city, then we'd be forcing people to drive in 45 minutes each day for Regina Community Basketball Association, which does an excellent job here too, but if we can do that in the city, it saves people a lot of time and I think it's a great offering here for our community."
Brightman adds that Golden Ticket Sports is aiming to provide a full experience for coaches, officials, and athletes.
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