The Importance of Basketball…In My Life

A couple of months ago, there was a competition in which registered SBA players could participate. The assignment was to write an essay about, “The Importance of Basketball…In My Life” and “How Education Leads to Success”. The winning essays have just been announced.

It is with pleasure the SBA announces the winner of the KD basketball shoes (first prize) and also the four runners-up. These boys received their awards at the SBA Office.

KD Shoes Winner
– Shane Morgan (from Team Hope – U11 Boys)

Foot Locker Runners-up
– Jerry Xu (from Team Hunte – U12 Boys)
– Provindra Bridgemongal (from Team Jones – U14 Boys)
– Matthew Mendoza (from Team Jones – U14 Boys)
– Stefan Leoussis (from Team Lucas – U14 Boys)

This competition is the result of a SBA coach going the extra “mile” for the Club and providing the opportunity for SBA players to enrich their lives. On behalf of the SBA, thank you very much Jewell (coach of Team Willock…U11 Boys). The SBA Directors are very grateful that this Club has many Coach Jewells in it.

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The winning essays:

The Importance of Basketball…In my Life
By: Shane Morgan
March 11, 2015

Basketball has always been one of my favorite sports, both for fun and for a good challenge. When I play with my friends, at school or on the street in the summer it helps me stay active, make friends and practice my skills that I need for on court drive when I’m playing rep with my team. Basketball has helped me to make friends, build confidence and skills that will help me reach goals. I look at basketball as a challenge to me, to push me harder, faster and stronger. All the things that I need as I grow up. My mom and dad always tell me that life has many challenges and is similar to a game, you may win and you may lose, but you will always win within yourself if you try harder every time you put your mind to something. So when I pick-up the ball, I know that with every bounce, with every stride, with every shot, I try harder. My coaches have helped me to listen, take direction, understand rules and working as a team. These are the other lessons I will need in life. Confidence in pushing myself to the next level or confidence to get out there no matter your audience and push yourself to your dreams. We all have a dream of getting to the NBA someday, well that is my dream at least, so I can take care of my mom, Grammy and dad (maybe not my brother – ok maybe) but I know that is a farfetched dream, so I have to make sure that I always follow my dreams but make sure that I have another plan of attack in life, similar to a game of ball to be successful. Basketball means just that, it’s not always how many shot you get, how well you did, it’s about other things you learn from playing the game and the friendships and lessons learned. Basketball for me means I practice, I push, I try and I try harder after that. Ball is fun and all, but you have to look at it as not just a game but ads a way of helping young kids to build foundations in life. As I said before, some of us play for fun, some of us play to win, some of us play for life. That’s what Basketball means to me. It’s a way of life. A way of winning and life and in-between winning for yourself. Just like when I make the basket and everyone cheers me on and when the pressure is on, people are still cheering away… especially my family who will be there to cheer for me in goods and bads of life. Similar to a game. So though I put my all into every game, there is something always behind it… all the reasons that make basketball’s play an importance in setting me up for life.

How Education Leads to Success
By: Shane Morgan
March 25, 2015

Though school is getting tougher now that I’m in Grade 5, I know that as happy as I am to go play ball, I have to have that same energy for school, because without an education and applying myself – where will I get in life. Education helps me to learn basic things in life. How to read, how to write, how to count, how to play, how to follow rules, how to listen, how to participate, how to make friends, how to put my mind to it, how to challenge myself and how to make my parents proud through good work. All the similar things I learn in school, I can apply to things like Basketball, so I see how one thing learned in life can lead to other learning’s. Don’t get me wrong, school is no game. School is what you need to be successful. Success too many means different things. But for me success means applying myself. Trying hard. Trying HARDER and if I follow these simple rules, I will be successful. Success doesn’t always mean money, though money is a nice reward of success. Success means the person you have become through different learning’s. Learning comes from education. Learning comes from life, love and goods and bads. Education helps to set you up for life and challenge you to become successful, but you have to want it. You have to believe in it and believe in yourself. My parents always tell me that they can only watch over me so much and push me, though they will always be here to support me, but success is on my shoulders and I have to want it and because I have a dream of going to the NBA and having the finer things in life, I know that without an education I can’t live my dreams or get close to them so I know every day I try hard and then harder again to make sure that I take school seriously and make sure I try my best. Make sure every day is success and education is part of it. There are other things that make people successful as well; character, passion, confidence, and being true to yourself will all lead to your impact on the world. Any I plan on leaving a big impact. Its about the battles you pick, the ones you encourage yourself to take on and masking sure of the battles you win is education!

The Ultimate Surprise for 15 kids from the SBA

Jumpstart+LogoCanadian Tire and Jumpstart surprised 15 kids who thought they were playing a game of basketball, with tickets to watch THE game of basketball, game 7 between the Raptors and Nets.

The whole thing was caught on camera from their amazing reactions the moment they found out they were going, to their trip to Jurassic Park for a live hit with Cabbie on TSN’s pre game show and then entering the ACC for the big game.

Jumpstart has enabled more than 720,000 Canadian kids and counting to get in the game since 2005. For more information or to lend your support, visit canadiantire.ca/jumpstart.

SBA can’t thank you enough! What a great day!

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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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