'24 '25 Season information


Thunder... Important Information! Check it Out!

 Thunder, welcome back to OUR season of community ball!

 

 What you will find below:

  • registration - registration is open!
    • get your registration complete ASAP as we anticipate hitting capacity
      • fees have remained the same as per our prior season
    • general season information - current schedule is TBD by CMBA
  • coaches meeting - quick run down on Thunder along with your chance for QnA
    • TBD
  • evaluation dates/information - likely September 6th & 7th
    • ironing out final details - informtion will be announced once confirmed
  • CMBA coaching clinics - get educated and updated
  • Tykes - scheduled nights and location TBD
    • night/location will be provided once we are able to confirm our facility schedules
  • Apparel - LIMITED quantities of purchase items (Ts, hoodie, sweatpants, touque, hat)
  • Thunder -  team.community.commitment  

 

General notice:

CMBA, and by way of extension Thunder, adjusts and abides by any requests/requirements from our facility rentals, municipalities, and/or AHS on public requirements.

 

 

Registration - is open!

 

Get your player(s) registered asap as we anticipate hitting our capacity numbers every season.  

 

 

Regular season - CMBA '24 season fall start!!!

 

  • U11, U13, U15, U18
    • September - AFTER the weekend of the 6/7th ALL evaluations will be complete with teams set for competition play
      • practices schedules to be released once teams are formed 
        • players will be contacted via email/TeamSnap invite
        • practice on a weeknight(s)
      • most of our gyms will be secured within our Zone
        • we are working with the City and school boards to reaffirm all our rental agreements for the '24/'25 season
        • Thunder (aka Bonnie) will schedule practices for your team and communication on this will be done with your coach/manager
          • do NOT write in and ask for a specific player practice day as our scheduling is NOT done based on player requests

 

      • u18 - FALL season starts September 21st
        • CMBA official calendar of play is found here; your team practice(s) will be weeknight(s) with the schedule TBD 
        • u18 girls - NOTE: that CMBA hosts two opportunities:
          • we caution you to NOT over commit, though you are welcome to play in both as they are separate leagues 
          • Zone (which is us - NCBC Thunder) play - weeknight practice, Saturday game
          • Diamond league (CMBA) play - Sunday
            • Diamond League information is found here 
        • u18 boys - NOTE: that CMBA is piloting a Platinum league
          • no equal/balanced play time rules per player
          • full length FIBA games
          • emphasis on high performance
            • further updates/information TBA by CMBA here
              • determination of Team(s) participation is at Zone discretion: NCBC will render decisions through evaluations based on team(s) level of play
      • u18 - WINTER season starts January 4th
      • u11 - CMBA opening weekend October 11th/12th
        • CMBA official calendar of play is found here; your team practice(s) will be weeknight(s) with the schedule TBD
        • 3 - 22 minute games 
          • your seeding games will typically be at the same facility per weekend, meaning one destination to drive to, though they will be City wide as per usual
        • regular length games begin after seeding rounds
      • u13, u15 - CMBA opening weekend October 11th/12th
        • CMBA official calendar of play is found here; your team practice(s) will be weeknight(s) with the schedule TBD

 

          • Playoffs
            • February 28th - CMBA Playoffs Begin for all age levels U11, U13, U15, U18
            • March 7th - CMBA Playoffs End for all age levels U11, U13, U15, U18
          • ABA Youth Provincials as per eligibility - tentative
            • March 14th/15th
            • Location: TBD

 

 

Coaches meeting - TBD @ BCS (Bearspaw Christian School - 15001 69th Street NW, Calgary Ab T3R 1C5) in the Mross gym (inside the main school)

  • first 20-30 minutes will be a run through on Thunder basketball (intent, expectations, etc)
  • 10 minutes or so of QnA
  • back end of the meeting will be an overview of "how to run a practice" 
    • give coaches a general idea of how to utilize your time with your team
      • warm up
      • balance of drill(s) to game play
      • progression through drills 
      • repetition between drills and game play
      • short start and stops, communication throughout, what is working and what needs work
    • and of course QnA  
  • high fives offered out to conclude the evening

  

 

Evaluations are mandatory!!!

Evaluations will LIKELY be scheduled over the Friday/Saturday of September 6th & 7th

(reminder, NO evaluations for Tykes)

are at TBD

It is important that your child attend ALL of their scheduled evaluation. These are NOT individual time slots, evaluations run for the full division as shown in our schedule below.

Players must attend the session they are scheduled for, so NO your player cannot attend a different session. 

 
SCHEDULE - TBD
 
Gym location - TBD
 

Highlights/housekeeping notes to remember to make evaluations and our forwarding season successful for coaches, players, and parents/guardians. 

  • ALL FEES are required BEFORE EVALUATIONS! If you have any outstanding balances, you must log into your RAMP account and have these paid.
  • Arrive 20 minutes before your start time to check-in, get your assigned number, and be dressed to play
    • Parking should be readily available 
  • NON-marking indoor shoes; clean sole shoes that your player will be good to run in
  • athletic clothing; they will be working hard, so please dress for it (please wear a reversible jersey, if you do not have one bring a white and dark shirt)
  • Water bottle with name or markings (good idea to pack a small, litterless, snack for energy)
  • Bring your OWN basketball with your name or markings
  • no dribbling anywhere outside of the gym!
  • COME TO YOUR ASSIGNED SESSION 
  • final team placements will be communicated by each coach to parents by Monday September 18th
  • team coaches will communicate practice days/times directly to parents

A reminder that parents are not allowed in the gym during evaluations. This is partly for safety reasons due to overcrowding.

If a child has medical issues, such as diabetes, parents are to stay nearby. 

 

**AGAIN, all evaluation gyms are CLOSED sessions.**

 

Evaluation Overview for Parents/Guardians & Players:

The overall purpose of evaluations is to place each player on a team where they have the best opportunity to have fun and develop as a basketball player. All registered players will be put on a team. The evaluation process will include a variety of skills/drills and team play. The evaluators will be a mix of coaches and qualified evaluators from the communities within NCBC Thunder Basketball. An evaluation panel will make all final decisions regarding team assignments.

 

 

 

CMBA coaching clinics - registration WILL BE available from CMBA and the courses are FREE! Final information to be released by CMBA

 

If you THINK you might coach, sign up! We need volunteer coaches, and these will not be determined until later. So worse case scenario in doing a clinic, you do not coach, but have gained a little more basketball knowledge!

 

All coaches come out with only the best of intentions and parallel to that thought, CMBA wants to make sure you have the foundational tools to build off of... plus keep in mind this sport evolves! With that thought in mind it is also a moment to reiterate that CMBA ball is based on the Canadian style of play.... what does that mean?!? Perfect, you register, take the FREE course and learn it, to implement it! Click here to register.

 

CMBA has been at the leading edge of offering the most up-to-date and well researched youth sports development models to their coaches. The concepts and ideas presented in the CMBA Coach Development clinics has resulted in exciting success - the feedback provided by coaches attest to this fact. Years of research & development in youth sports has resulted in proven teaching techniques, proven decision-making processes and proven Style of Play concepts that coaches are encouraged to utilize. CMBA has embraced these best-in-class concepts and the results speak for themselves.

 

Canada Basketball's Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Model, Rick Torbett's Read & React Offense and Point Guard College's concepts to develop players are all utilized in CMBA's Fall CD Program.   

 

http://cmba.ab.ca/article/44670  

 
 
 
 

Tykes - NO evaluations for you, schedule to come!

 

All players will be sent a TeamSnap invite for their assigned night ONCE our facility schedule is available. The schedule will be posted to Teamsnap through the week of September 15th, after our evaluations for all our older divisions are completed. 

Your season will likley start in the following week of the 22nd... ensure you attend your first assigned night for player check in/handouts!

 

 

  

Uniform sizing chart - check your measurements (NOTE: sizing chart is the same as per our prior season of play)

 

You are responsible for the uniform size, so with it we would suggest that you actually measure and do your best to have a little room to grow... but try to avoid swimming in it!

 

Players are NOT guarenteed the size they have registered with, though we do our best to filfull these requests. Again, please check that you are selecting the appropriate size for your player with consideration to the measurement chart below.

 

NO we do NOT mix and match sizes... sorry, it is a uniform set, so do your best to size yourself accordingly. 

 

Uniforms - home (optional socks for purchase)

Uniforms - away (optional socks for purchase)

 

 NOTE: sizing chart is the same as per our prior season of play
 
NEW UNIFORM DESIGNS!
 

 

Thunder apparel - NOT yet launched for purchase 

 

We will notice post to our site once apparel purchases become available:

optional Hoodies, sweatpants, compression style Ts, socks

 

With your registration you have the option to order a hoodie, sweatpants, compression style T, socks for your player, grandma, whoever you want to outfit to help show you support!

WE have LIMITED quantities, so you are best to act on this ASAP ONCE we release them for purchase to avoid missing out!

compression style T shirts

 
Hoodie
 
 
Sweatpants
Thunder sweatsuit fit
 
Socks 
 
 

 

Thunder - team.community.commitment

Lets be ready for the season, excited for the opportunity to play ball, and ensure we are respectful to all involved. From your Thunder board, to your coaches, to CMBA, to our facilities, to your family, to our competitors.... we show up, leave it all on the floor, and ALWAYS do it with respect! 

 

Being part of Thunder is being part of our team, you are our community and we are committed to offering each other the best basketball experience possible. It is a sport, we are competitive, and in it we always show good sportsmanship!

  

To you all, .... we look forward to seeing you back in the gym for our season start. Arrive hungry so we can get after it... heart & hustle!

  

Coach Stephen J. Kerr President

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