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The Small Ball Basketball Program will focus on teaching the FUNdamentals of the game. It will run on Saturdays for 6 weeks. Coaches will encourage participation while mainting a fun environment for all kids.


 

Dawn Keith Wrap Up

Basketball players from across the NWT were in town this past weekend for the Dawn Keith/Super Camp. Close to 100 players were able to participate in the sessions that were led by Dawn Keith. The Go Ball sessions were more games based, while the Boys and Girls Westerns/CSG sessions were focused on skills, transition and leadership. Thank you Dawn for a great weekend of learning for both the players and coaches. Below is a picture of the youngest group of athletes that worked with Dawn. Go Ball girls in grade 3-5. 
 
 


Ulukhaktok Player Development Camp

The athletes of Ulukhaktok were part of a player development camp at the end of January, when Technical Director Nikki Grobbecker hit the courts with them. Sessions occured on the weekend for ages 8-16 focusing on shooting, dribbling, passing and footwork. The next three days were spent in Helen Kalvak school where the children got to play basketball during gym class, which included kindergardens to high school students. Thank you to Ulukhaktok for welcoming BNWT into your community. Below are some pictures from the clinic! 
 
 
 

2017 Canada Summer Games Coaches Announcement

Basketball NWT is pleased to announce Aaron Wells and Melissa Bard as the Head Coaches for the male and female basketball teams that will compete at the 2017 Canca Summer Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba. 
 
Aaron Wells will take the lead on coaching the male basketball team in this competition. Aaron brings a wealth of coaching knowledge and playing experience in the North. Wells competed as a player in National/International competitions during high school at the National Championships and Arctic Winter Games respectively. Since receiving a Bachelors Degree in 2011 from Mount Royal University, he has returned to the North and been the assistant coach for the NWT Junior Men’s team, 2013 Canada Summer Games and the U17 National Championships. Wells is currently the head coach of the NWT Junior Men’s Basketball Team that is run out of Yellowknife, NT.
 
Melissa Bard has been selected as the head coach for the Women’s team that will compete in 2017. Melissa has over 9 years of experience coaching basketball teams in Alberta and most recently the NWT. Bard played on the University of Alberta’s Women’s Basketball team throughout her time at University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education in 2005. Melissa was the head coach of the Arctic Winter Games team in 2010 and 2014, in which the girl’s team won a silver medal in the 2014 games. She is the co-founder of the GO Ball program that was founded in 2011 and has girls from K- 12 playing the game of basketball. Melissa has been the head coach of the Yellowknife High Performance Girls Program from 2008- 2011 and 2013 to present.
 
We are looking forward to working with these coaches over the next two and a half years, as we develop our athletes for this national competition. For more information you can contact info@bnwt.ca. 
  

Basketball Coaches Day in Canada! 

Basketball NWT and the basketball players in the NWT would like to take this time to thank all the coaches across the territory for the time and commitment that each coach has given to this sport. Basketball continues to grow throughout the territory and it would not be possible without your help! Thank you again for giving kids across the territory the opportunity to play basketball. Below are quotes from some of the basketball players across the NWT. If you are a player and would like to share a story about your coach- please send an email to info@bnwt.ca
 
 
Melissa Bard
 
"Besides raising a family, you have devoted so much volunteer time and effort to our girl's basketball team. Every time we slack off, you push us harder. You push us out of our comfort zones. You train us until we moan and ache in the morning. In the end everything falls together and it makes us better and stronger. Deep down inside we know that is the only way to cultivate a winning spirit. Thank you for teaching us sportsmanship, fairplay and many values that will help us throughout life."- Ali 
 
Tobi Taylor Dusome
 
"The pride of St. Patrick High School, Tobi Taylor- Dusome. Undoubtedly the most understanding coach out there. She has great patience and undying passion for the game of basketball. Tobi always gives her all to develop disciplined palyers and build strong-willed teams. Her great skill and will to teach allows her to train ordinary athletes to become basketball superstars in a matter of months.  But most of all she treats her team like family. A family connected by the same goals and love for the game. Thank you for letting us be part of your team Coach Tobi!" - Richelle

 

Matt Craig

"The first time I encountered Matt Craig as a coach was in his grade 12 year. He travelled to Tulita to coach my team in a tournament that we had been invited to. Not only did we go undefeated in the tournament, what struck me most was how much everyone loved to be around him. He got everyone to smile, from kids on our team to the little kids from Tulita who came to watch. He is the funniest and most easygoing person in any gym he walks into, and it helped him bring our team together and connect with us as a young coach who wasn’t that much older than most of us.

When it comes to Matt as a coach and motivator, he is excellent as well. He has a genuine passion for the game that his players recognise, seeing a coach that is that absorbed in the game is really rare. Knowing when to push players, and when to offer guidance in a more relaxed way is one of Matt’s strengths as a coach. From my experience with Matt as a young coach I can only see him growing and bettering his skills as a mentor and as a leader who inspires the youth who play for him." - Matt

Shaun Doherty
 
"Our Coach, Shaun Doherty, he's great. He's always pushing us to do our best in sports. If one of us is doing something wrong, he'll stop by us and just show us how to do it properly until we get it right. He's done so much for me and the team, he brought us on trips that most of us didn't think we'd go on. He got us basketball jerseys/jacket and he even got brought us to the Toronto Raptors game. Shaun is just simply the best. Thanks for being our coach." - Whitney
 

Kingland Ford Jr. High Performance Team

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