Former SBA Daniel Mullings earns NABC All-Distrct Honors

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Former SBA’s Daniel Mullings earns NABC All-District Honors

One of Daniel’s SBA/Blues coaches -  Jessica Grey had this to say about him “Daniel has a strong work ethic on the court. He’s a student of the game. Lightning speed and a vertical, matched by none earning him his name “Air Canada”.

Daniel played for the SBA Blues REP team from grades 7 though to 12.

NM State Guard Daniel Mullings Earns NABC All-District Honors (photo & article courtesy New Mexico State University)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 12) – The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced today the NABC Division I All‐District teams for 2013-14 and New Mexico State junior guard Daniel Mullings was named to the first team out of district six.

The student-athletes are selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC.  These student-athletes represent the finest basketball players across America.

Mullings, who was recently named Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year and was also named to the All-WAC first team and the WAC All-Defensive teams, averaged 17.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists, and was also tied for second in the league in steals with 2.0 per game. He finished the WAC regular season with 32 steals and has a total of 59 during the 2013-14 season.

Mullings is the first NM State player in school history to be named the WAC’s Player of the Year and is the first WAC player to be named Preseason Player of the Year and Player of the Year during the same season since Nevada’s Deonte Burton in 2011-12.

“I’m extremely pleased that Daniel was voted to the all-district team. His contribution across the stat sheet was evident of his value to us,” said head coach Marvin Menzies.

The 252 student-athletes, from 25 districts, are eligible for the NABC Coaches’ Division I All-America teams.

The Aggies are the No. 2 seed in the 2014 WAC Tournament and will face Seattle U, Thursday, March 13 at 9:30 p.m. (MT) in The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

Amazing young lady!

Nat

Nathalee, is 18 years old and attends Pickering High School.
She has been part of the SBA since 2007, first playing in the House League and then volunteering with the girls program in 2010. Nathalee has been working with the House League program since 2011.

Nathalee’s hobbies include: Music (playing saxophone and piano), Outdoor activities, Rock climbing, Rugby
- BASKETBALL!

When Nathalee was asked why basketball?

“No one in my immediate family is a basketball player. I was the first to invest so much time in the sport; basketball was “my thing”.  The first time I took basketball seriously was in grade 4 when I decided to try out for the junior girls’ basketball team at school. I didn’t make it that year, so I joined SBA with the desire to improve enough to make the team the following year. I have always felt at home in the SBA community. The people there want to see you improve and will help you bring your skills to the court. SBA helped me boost my confidence and find my niche as a basketball player. I hope to have same effect on the players I coach.”

SBA is very proud of Nathalee, we have watched her grow into amazing young lady. Next time your at House League stop by and say hi to her.

Welcome Butch Carter

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BUTCH CARTER Joins the SBA

As the former Head Coach of the Toronto Raptors, Coach Carter brings  new and exciting concepts to the SBA.  Coach Carter is renowned for his ability to teach and inspire young basketball players in an enthusiastic manner.

Coach Carter will work with the SBA as a Senior Advisor.

Corporate Profile
The transition from Professional Basketball to Business Executive did not take long for Butch Carter.  In 2000, he found the right corporate asset in Carter Group, Inc., a world class designer and distributor of electronic controllers for automobiles, putting the right people in place to develop a manufacturing footprint in less than two years in Oakville, ON.  Through benchmarking and implementing best practices, Carter grew company sales annually from US $200,000 to just over US $22 Million in two years.  The Company owned or controlled six patents on its LPM technology and had over 13 Million LPM units in GM cars and trucks.  Under Carter’s Management the Company produced 13 Million electronic modules with a failure rater of less than 3 per million.

Carter Group’s corporate structure included a US parent with a Minority Business Enterprise (“MBE”) certification, being the first in North American to combine Canadian technology with a U.S. MBE.

History
Carter played at Indiana University for four years, graduating with a degree in marketing.  He was named Co-Captain as a senior, leading the team to the 1980 Big Ten Championship.  Carter was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round of the 1980 draft, filling in for an injured Magic Johnson during his rookie campaign.  Carter played a total of 361 games over six seasons with the LA Lakers, Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks.  He held the NBA record for most points scored in an overtime period with 14 points against Boston on March 20, 1984.

Carter began his coaching career in 1986 at Middletown (Ohio) High School, his alma mater.  He was named the 1988 Ohio Coach of the Year by AP, becoming the only person to ever win both Coach and Player of the Year honors for the State of Ohio.  Before joining the Milwaukee Bucks, Carter served as an Assistant Coach in Dayton for two seasons from 1989-91 and for one year at Long Beach State.    Moving to the Toronto Raptors in 1997 as an Assistant Coach, Carter was later appointed the coveted Head Coaching position on June 12, 1998.

Former Head Coach in the NBA
Carter brought 11 solid years of NBA experience as a player and coach to the Raptors bench.  He is known to have an outstanding work ethic and an unbelievable attention to detail.  He is the first coach in the history of the NBA to take to take a team from less than 20 wins to the playoffs in two seasons. This amazed everyone in the NBA in light of the fact the Raptors had the third lowest payroll in the league and outdated facilities.

Coach Carter now spends most of his time helping people build sound, efficient companies.

New fundraising and sponsorship help

Dear SBA Members:

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Ms Shauna Bookal has accepted the invitation to join the SBA family and become the Director of Fundraising and Sponsorship.

ShaunaShauna is the former Events and Promotions Coordinator for Ryerson University Athletics Department. She co-ordinated all game day promotions and sponsorship, as well as the department’s community outreach programs; and oversaw special events such as all tournaments, the Platinum Breakfast, Athletic Hall of Fame and the Athletic Banquet.

Before going to Ryerson, Shauna was the Marketing Co-ordinator for The Ohio State Athletics where she planned and implemented marketing strategies for the Buckeyes women’s basketball team.

She was the game producer for all Buckeye women’s basketball home games and held the same position for the first two rounds of the 2009 NCAA Division I women’s basketball tournament held in Columbus, Ohio.

Shauna has a Bachelor of Sport Management from Brock University, a Sport Business Management Graduate Certificate from Durham College and a Master of Science degree in Sport Management from West Virginia University.

Please welcome Shauna.

Sam Moncada
President, SBA

Volunteer Day at a homeless shelter

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On Wednesday January 08, 2014 SBA Chionglo & SBA Alleyne team up and had a volunteer day at a homeless shelter in Scarborough. The boys assisted in preparing and served dinner Homes First Society—Scarborough Shelter located at 3576 St. Clair Ave Est. The boys also brought perishable food items to donate to the shelter.
Thanks to Homes First Society staff Delores Chambers & Kevin Peirce for allowing us to be a part of their dinner service. We would like to also thank Homes First Society Volunteer coordinator Candice Lewis and Shelter Supervisor Beverly Wright for making the evening possible.

Special thanks to a Coach Steve Alleyne, Oliver Chionglo, Mark Lucas, Jewell Willock, Team Manager Desmond Wade and all the parents that gave up their time and brought the boys to the event. The event was truly an eye opener for many of the boys and shows that Scarborough Basketball Association is not just teaching them to be good basketball player but to be solid citizens of tomorrow by giving back to the community.

Members that participated in the events are; Matteus Case, Malique Wade, Trevon Thomas, Jasmine Case, Alex Chionglo, Keon Baker, Keon Alleyne, Akil Erving, Sammy Wong, Jayden Willock, Aleer Aler Leek, Abilash Surendran, Marc Casilla, Chanteal Casilla, Kiah Lucas. This is truly a lesson/memory that they will have for the rest of their lives.

5 Steps Players Should Take When Preparing for a Tournament

Tournament play is a major part of the SBA experience. Our tournaments last an entire weekend and include multiple games per day. This is why preparation is key for athletes, not only for avoiding injuries and improving stamina, but also to ensure players are mentally and physically able to play their best and contribute to the success of their team.

Scheduled practices help players prepare as a team, but competitive players will also go a step beyond in order to gear themselves up for tournament play. Here are some essential steps to follow in the days leading up to a basketball tournament:

1. Get a good night’s sleep.

Getting the appropriate amount of sleep is always important, but it’s even more crucial during the nights leading up to a tournament. Different age groups require different amounts of sleep. Be aware of how much sleep your body needs for optimal performance, and make your sleep a priority.

2. Be attentive to your diet.

What you eat plays a key role in preparing your body for an arduous competition. Of course, you should always ensure your diet includes calcium-rich foods – like low-fat dairy products and leafy green vegetables – as well as foods high in protein, including fish, lean meat and poultry, beans, nuts and soy products.

Four days before the tournament, you should focus on building up your nutrient stores by eating carb-heavy food, like whole-wheat pasta, brown rice, whole-grain bread and cereal, and plenty of fruits and vegetables. Your potassium intake is also important – try eating a couple of bananas every day, for three or four days before playing.

Most importantly, drink lots of water throughout the day to ensure proper hydration.

3. Warm up mentally.

Take some time to go over game strategies and plays you’ve learned in practice in your mind. Ask your coach ahead of time if there is anything you feel uncertain about. Visualize scoring that basket or defending against a star player on the opposing team. Remember, basketball is 20 percent physical and 80 percent mental.

4. Arrive early.

Being late will only bring added pressure. Give yourself plenty of time to find the gym, especially if the location is unfamiliar. Get a feel for the court, take your time lacing up your shoes, and give yourself the chance to chat with coaches and players before warm ups.

5. Remember to have fun.

Of course, players take the time and effort needed to prepare for a tournament because they want to play their best, but it’s also important to stay positive and relaxed. After all, we’re all here for the same reason – for the love of the game. Make sure you enjoy it!

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SBA Youth Basketball Programs: Building Fundamental Skills

Many players have a natural talent for playing basketball, but every player needs a foundation from which to grow. At SBA we are very focused on making the introduction to basketball a fun, informative and valuable learning experience. Our little league and small ball programs focus mainly on developing basketball fundamentals – such as dribbling, shooting and passing – through practice and then reinforcing these basic skills in non-competitive game play.

Our programs aim to achieve the following key goals:

DSC_01411. Promote the importance of quality physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle.

The importance physical activity has on a child’s health is well established. Research has shown that fundamental movement skills and physical self-perceptions are closely intertwined with physical activity, fitness and body composition. We aim to emphasize these fundamental movement skills through fun drills and games.

2. Ensure every participant has fun while learning social interactive skills and basketball fundamentals in a positive environment.

By building a child’s movement skill ability, you’re building their confidence. To reach proficiency in any physical activity or sport, a child needs frequent encouragement, high quality instruction, opportunities to practice and enhance skills, and an appropriate learning environment. We offer all of these conditions.

3. Introduce a basketball skills program that encourages individual improvement, fosters the co-operative aspects of team play and promotes the ethics of fair play.

Our programs are focused on practice of fundamental movements, which help children develop strength, flexibility, agility and physical endurance. Children also have the opportunity to improve hand and foot speed, balance and coordination. However, there is just as much focus on the mental development as on the physical. Children are encouraged to focus on having fun, rather than on winning. They learn to work together as a team, play fairly, and encourage one another. 

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4. Educate the players about the value of sport and its application to life skills.

Perhaps the greatest benefit of our little league and small ball programs is the opportunity for children to learn valuable life skills. Kids learn the value of practice, they develop social skills, they learn the importance of being a team player, and they also start to understand how to face certain fears or challenges.

The Benefits of Playing a Team Sport

Our 2013-2014 season is well underway. We’d like to take a moment to congratulate and welcome our rep and house players. As most of these athletes know by now, basketball is about more than just winning a game. At the SBA, we want our players to have fun, build relationships and improve as individuals beyond the boundaries of the court.

Many parents encourage their kids to get involved in team sports because there is such a wide range of benefits, including developing physical strength and agility, providing mental stimulation, as well as improving social skills and boosting self-confidence. Let’s dig a little deeper into these key rewards.

Physical Health

Playing basketball is an intense workout. Players can burn 600 to 700 calories in one hour. Activities such as dribbling, shooting, passing and rebounding improve coordination and build muscle in the arms, legs and stomach. Players also gain speed, agility and physical endurance. Simply put, it’s an easy way for kids to get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day.

Mental and Emotional Boosts

According to a report by the Health and Human Services Department of the CDC, participation in extracurricular physical activity has a positive or neutral affect on academics, but not negative. The report also showed a relationship between sports participation and decreased high school dropout rates. This type of physical activity is also known to improve sleeping patterns, making athletes feel more rested and alert the next day.

The physical boost players get from playing basketball also helps release endorphins into the brain, which have a positive emotional influence. Shooting hoops can help you de-stress and refocus your energy. Participating in team sports also helps to build self-confidence, leading to higher self-esteem. The emotional boosts from playing team sports are especially evident in young female players, according to The Women’s Sports Foundation.

Social Skills

Of course, basketball is all about working as part of a team. Team skills are invaluable for life. Basketball teaches practice, patience and persistence. Athletes learn how to work together to reach a common goal. There’s no doubt that basketball will benefit your social life. SBA players are quick to form new friendships that are treasured on and off the court.

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Tips for Being a Team Player

Many young players get caught up in their desire to be the shining star on their team; but when it comes to deciding who to put on the court, coaches are looking to reward hard work, dedication and team contribution.

SBA alumnus, Corey Joseph, is an excellent role model when it comes to being a team player. Heads turned when the first-round NBA pick asked to be re-assigned to the D-League to improve his game. The move was just another example of Corey’s devotion to boost his personal gameplay and contribute more to his team.

Below are some steps young players can take to become a team player just like Corey.

Put In the Effort

Focus on being your best every day. Work hard to develop your strengths so you can use your talents to contribute to your team’s visions and goals. Take your obligation to improve seriously, and your team will also improve.

Share Your Positive Energy

Research shows emotions are contagious. The energy you demonstrate on the court will rub off on your teammates – make sure it does so in a good way.

Build Relationships

“Relationships are the foundation upon which winning teams and organizations are built,” says Jon Gordon, author of Soup: A Recipe to Nourish Your Team and Culture. “Relationships build real motivation. It is much easier to motivate someone if you know them and they know you.”

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Put the Team First

A great team player always puts his or her team first. They work hard for the team and develop their gameplay for the team. Rather than taking personal credit for successes, they give credit to the team.  

Be Humble

Show your team you are willing to learn and improve. Ask for feedback and suggestions from coaches and teammates. Whatever you do, don’t let your ego get in the way of your team’s growth.

How to Prepare for Basketball Tryouts

The start of a new basketball season is upon us – and it’s time for tryouts. Tryouts are a challenge not only for players, but also for coaches, as they must assess a pool of players’ skills, attitudes and team compatibility all in one condensed period of time.

Of course, the question that is top of mind for players is: how do I stand out from the competition? Here’s a breakdown of the key areas you should be focusing on when preparing for the upcoming season.

Skills

Excel at the basics. Spend time doing ball handling drills. Practice shooting from key areas of the court. You don’t have to be a three-point shooter to shine; just be consistent where it counts. And be sure to put just as much energy into your defensive game as you put into your offensive game.

Endurance

You don’t want to be the player resting at the sidelines after running suicides. Make sure you’re in excellent physical shape. Alternate between sprints and long distance running as you train. And don’t forget to take a basketball with you.

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Attitude

Attitude really is everything. Often talent comes down to a matter of desire and hustle. Show the coaches just how badly you want to be on the team. Arrive early and stay late. Show enthusiasm and leadership to demonstrate that you’re a team player. Even if you have a bad tryout one day, don’t let it deter you from the next. You have to be prepared mentally in order to perform physically. In the days, or even hours, leading up to the tryout, visualize yourself performing on the court.

Wardrobe

If you want to look like you’ve come prepared, you better dress the part. Proper apparel not only makes you look like a basketball player, but it also helps you reach peak performance. Essential gear includes: quality basketball shoes, athletic socks, shorts and a tank top or t-shirt. Remove all jewelry and non-essentials, and tie long hair back securely.

In order to be successful, you have to start early. Hopefully you’ve been practicing throughout the summer, but be sure to really focus on preparing yourself physically and mentally in the weeks leading up to tryouts. See you on the court!