MJMBA holding referee training
The Moose Jaw Minor Basketball Association (MJMBA) is taking registration for their league this season.
The association added a new Grade 9 division this year as well. The league is open for kids in Grades 2 to 9. The league runs from Oct. 19 to Feb. 9.
“There are still spots left. We are taking registration until Oct. 11,” said Kurt Lorge, referee and coach mentor with MJMBA.
Those that are interested can signup online at www.mjmba.com and at Seaborn Agencies. MJMBA is no longer collaborating with the city. It is $135 per person and they get to keep a basketball. The association will provide a jersey, coaching, one practice a week and one game a week.
“We focus on skill development. We see ourselves as a supplement to their school programs. We are preparing them for school basketball. We get to give them about a month advanced training before their teams start going,” explained Lorge. “The history of the league has really proven to help develop the players, having that extra playing time.”
The league begins on Oct. 19 and Oct. 20, which will be where the kids are placed on teams. The teams will all have volunteer coaches and helpers.
“We have all volunteers, mostly parents. Many of them are players or are coaching in the school systems,” said Lorge.
The teams for Grades 6 to 9 will play at Central Collegiate and Grades 2 to 5 will start at Sunningdale and then move to Palliser beginning in December.
The addition of the Grade 9 division was to help those athletes get some extra time in before their school teams are holding tryouts and making cuts.
“Some of the schools don’t have two teams, so you get kids that get lost…they get cut and then they are done,” said Lorge. “We want to provide them with the extra opportunity to stay involved.”
The MJMBA is also holding referee training for those in Grades 7 to 12. That training will happen every Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Central Collegiate.
“It is all about the development and we are trying to make them part of the league as mentors,” Lorge explained. “The kids we have out right now are high school basketball players and they have been through the system. It is really good to see the leadership we will get out those kids.”
Those interested in the referee training can contact the association through their website.
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