FAQs


What is NCBC?
The North Central Basketball Club (NCBC) is a non-profit, volunteer driven, community basketball association. This association was designed for the development of youth basketball for boys and girls ranging in age from 6 to 18 years. We are proud members of the Calgary Minor Basketball Association (CMBA), who organizes schedules and arranges games involving community based basketball teams throughout Calgary.

Does NCBC have an office and employees?
NCBC is strictly non-profit and volunteer driven. We depend completely on volunteers for all aspects of our operations. We have no formal office space. Without volunteers there is no community basketball. Please show appropriate respect and patience for these hard-working individuals.

When does the basketball season begin?
Tykes practice and play from October to March.

Mini, Bantam, and Midget player evaluations will be in September. The team seeding round will begin early October with regular season games starting early November and continuing through to Christmas. After the Christmas break, the regular season continues January and February. City playoffs are held at the start of March. Provincial playoffs follow City playoffs for successful teams.

The Juvenile age group is broken down into two seasons: Fall and Winter. For the Fall season, player evaluations will be held in early September, with games running into November. If there is sufficient interest from Juvenile players who have not made their High School teams, teams for a Winter season from January to March will be created. We will contact the Juvenile players/parents by email regarding Juvenile Winter season registration.

When and where are practices?
Practices occur 1-2 times per week in the evenings at community school gyms. Practice times are arranged by the team coaches through the Gym coordinator. NCBC makes use of school gyms within our club boundaries in NW Calgary for all practices. See the NCBC web site for a listing of practice gyms, and online maps to those gym locations.

When and where are games?
Tykes games are scheduled by NCBC, are always on Friday nights, and rotate between gyms in NWe Calgary. There are 2 or 3 sessions each Friday night with the first session usually beginning at 6PM. Actual gym and session times will be determined based on gym availability and player numbers.

Mini, Bantam, Midget and Juvenile games are scheduled by the CMBA (Calgary Minor Basketball Association) and are Saturdays. CMBA games may be located anywhere in Calgary. NCBC has no control over CMBA game times or locations. Provincial playoffs are traditionally rotated between Calgary and Edmonton.

What is involved with the Tykes (Learn to Play) program?
Please see the Tykes FAQ for more information.

How are teams formed?
For the Mini/Bantam/Midget/Juvenile age groups, evaluations are scheduled in September to place players in their appropriate skill category. Players will go through a number of drills and skill tests including scrimmaging. Players with similar ability will be placed on the same teams. All placements will be final. Players should make every effort to attend these evaluations as it is the only way players can be placed on the right team for their ability. It is the player's ability that determines what team they will play on, not the parents of the player. Tykes do not have player evaluations.

Who coaches the teams?
All coaches are volunteers; they consist of parent coaches and volunteer coaches from the community. Teams are greatly benefited when two coaches can work together, sharing the responsibility and the time commitment. Coaching is a very rewarding, challenging and fun experience for those who take on this commitment. Learn more.

How do coaches get training?
NCBC will have clinics put on for first year coaches or those interested at no charge to the coaches. Those coaches wishing to take NCCP level clinics will be reimbursed by NCBC if they submit their receipts.

What happens if no one volunteers to coach a team?
NCBC will make every effort to find coaches for all teams. However, if no parent volunteers and an alternate coach cannot be found, the team will be disbanded. 

Why are there different fees for different periods of the online registration?
Registration fees are tiered to increase in three increments as the online Registration period progresses. It's important for NCBC to have an early understanding of expected age group participation rates in order to properly plan for gyms, coaches, and other resources. The increasing fees are in place to encourage early registration.

What do my registration fees pay for?
Fees you pay cover the following expenses: CMBA (Calgary Minor Basketball Association) fees, ABA (Alberta Basketball) fees, gym rentals, photographs, coaching clinics, jerseys, equipment, first aid kits, and basic administration costs. For Tykes, the fees are less as this is a house league and we do not pay CMBA or ABA fees. The cost for Tykes includes a participation award, a basketball, and a uniform shirt which the player gets to keep.

Why can't I pay my registration fees by cheque/cash?
We register over 500 players in a typical season. The volunteer efforts to process cheque/cash fee payments was a significant amount of work that we eliminated. On a weekly basis, cheques/cash needed to be picked up from the mailbox, manually applied to registrations, and physically given to the Treasurer for bank deposit. Volunteers needed to perform all these tasks, and had to deal with NSF cheques. In addition, refunds had to be processed as cheques going back to the parents. Every year we were left with a loss due to fees that are never paid.

For all of these reasons, we now require payment through credit card at the time of online registration. For parents that absolutely cannot or will not use credit card, an alternate manual registration option may be requested. A manual registration will require cheque payment prior to registration. No player will be registered until payment is received.

Why do I need to pay $50 if requesting financial assistance?
The $50 is a deposit on the registration fee. Because you are requesting financial assistance, the total fee charged will always be the early discounted fee. For example, if registering for Bantam, the fee is always $425. You have paid a deposit of $50, leaving a balance owing of $375. We will request financial assistance for $425. If financial assistance covers less than $375, then you owe the difference. If financial assistance covers $375, then we are good. If financial assistance covers more than $375, they will refund you the difference up to $50. If there is a cancellation before evaluation, the $50 deposit is a penalty just like for everyone else.

What is the family discount?
The family discount is intended to provide a 50% discount on player registration fees for families with 3 or more players registering in the same season. The discount can be requested when registering the 3rd, 4th, 5th ... etc. players in a family. Only the fees for the youngest player registrations in a family are eligible for this discount. For example, if Bantam, Midget, and Tykes players are registered from the same family, only the Tykes registration would be eligible. The refund will be applied to the credit card registration fee after approval from the NCBC Registrar.

Why do I need to wait for a credit card refund for the family discount?
The family discount is configured as a post-registration refund because of problems in past years with ineligible people claiming a family discount. It is a much simpler process for NCBC to process a refund once eligibility has been confirmed, rather than reprocessing an incorrect registration.

What is the CMBA and what does it do for us?
Calgary Minor Basketball Association (CMBA), provides: gyms, schedules, refereeing and training for referees for all age categories. They maintain a website for information as well as game schedules and results. They provide a disciplinary component to the leagues to enforce fair play and compliance. They work with Alberta Basketball on training, Provincial playoffs, and referee and player development issues.

What communities are part of NCBC?
Our boundaries are from Sarcee Trail in the west to Deerfoot Trail in the east. It extends south to the Bow River and as for north as the City of Calgary boundary. To check if you live within our boundaries, go to the CMBA website and access the CMBA Zone Finder.

Can I register to play community basketball in a club outside of my community boundaries?
The process for a player wishing to play for another club is governed by CMBA rules. Please review article 4.6.1 below in regards to transfers.

  • All players must attempt to register with their home zone/ association before attempting obtain a release to play in another zone.
  • Players attempting to register in another community without a release will be directed to their home zone.
  • No zone may accept players from another zone, if they have turned away in zone players at time of registration.
  • Players, who wait until the registration deadlines have passed in their home zone to obtain a release, may not be able to transfer to another zone if their home program is full.

The only transfers that may be considered are when the zone is unable to offer a program or level suitable to the player in question. Playing with friends is not a reason for transfer.
The CMBA Executive & Office will be reviewing transfers at the end of August and the beginning of Sept.

What if a player cannot attend practice?
NCBC is a community based organization and being as such they must play a player. If that player is in good standing, having paid fees, provided proof of birth, and they show up for games, that player should be on the court at least twice per half.

What if a player has not registered?
That player cannot be evaluated. That player cannot be placed on a team. That player may not attend practices. Players are placed on teams and registered on a first come, first served basis.

What if a player is injured, becomes ill, or has a family member become ill in the time period between registration and before evaluations begin?
Full refund will be provided without penalty.

What if a player withdraws after the withdrawal deadline for any other reason than injury or illness?
Penalty shall be applied according to the deadlines set out at registration.

What if a player feels he/she should be on a higher division?
Evaluations are done by a group of volunteer coaches who do the best that they can with the tools they are given. All placements are final. Refunds can be given to players who withdraw, but the withdrawal penalty still applies as set out at registration.

What if I want to play with my friend(s)?
If you wish to be placed on the same team as a friend, this needs to be made with your registration which is in advance for evaluations, for it to even be considered. If there is a significant skill level difference between you and your friend, you would both need to play for the lower level team. We cannot guarantee that it will always be possible to move players between teams for these kinds of reasons because of the potential impact to other teams and players.

What if a player feels he/she should be in a higher category (age group)?
If you wish to be considered for a higher program you first must complete all registration information as required for your appropriate category. After your registration is complete you may make your request, complete with all player registration details, to president@thunderbasketball.ca with the email subject: Play Up Request - ______. Place your players name and desired category in the blank space of the email subject (ie. Play Up Request - Steve Kerr MGB to JVB). In the body of the email please briefly (3-4 sentences) list where you played last season, name of team/coach, and reason for request. We will evaluate your request based on a number of considerations towards the player, potential team, and our organization as a whole. We will inform you of our decision before evaluations and all decisions are final as they impact our program implementation.

What if a player registers after evaluations?
The player will only be placed on a team as space permits. It will be up to the discretion of our organization as to whether or not they will accept a late registrant onto a team. If there is more than one space open in a category, that player should be evaluated and placed with players of like ability. As previously stated, all players must be fully registered first before they can be evaluated and officially placed on a team.

What if the full registration process has not been completed, ie: proof of age or payment is incomplete?
That player will not be registered with CMBA, and subsequently, if that player plays they will make their team ineligible by playing and that team will be forced to forfeit any games in which that player has participated.

How do I supply a proof of age document?
If NCBC does not already have a proof of age on file for a player, the player will be contacted after registration with a request to supply a document. The document may be any government issued document (birth certificate, passport, Alberta health care, driver's license, …) that specifies the player's name and date of birth. The preferred way to get this document to NCBC is by uploading the document to the RAMP registration system

What size of basketballs are used?
Tykes and Minis play with a size 5 ball.
Bantam boys and girls play with a size 6 ball.
Midget to Juvenile girls play with a size 6 ball.
Midget to Juvenile boys play with a size 7 ball.

Skyline Athletics in Calgary has any size you need.
Address: 6120 2 St SE, Calgary, AB T2H 2L8
Phone: (403) 253-4911

What is the uniform deposit cheque for?
All players are required to provide a post-dated uniform deposit cheque. Uniforms represent a major expense for NCBC, and as such we need to ensure they are returned in good condition. A post-dated uniform deposit cheque must be provided during age group evaluations. Once a player's uniform has been returned in acceptable condition at the end of the season, the deposit cheque is destroyed. If the uniform is not returned or is not in acceptable condition, the deposit cheque will be cashed.

Tykes do not need to provide a uniform deposit cheque, as they keep their uniforms at the end of the season.

How do I let NCBC know if I moved or changed my email?
If you move during the season or have changed your email address please update your account information by logging into the RAMP registration system and make the necessary updates. 

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