Game Day protocols

We are delighted that the NWAB & BNI competitive leagues will be back in action in next few days and weeks.

However, we must respect the higher risk associated with indoor activities such as basketball.
Considering the indoor space in the Loreto Sports Hall home games from here to Christmas will be held behind closed doors – NO SPECTATORS ALLOWED.

We fully understand that parents / guardians and other family members will be disappointed with this decision.
However, we want to ensure that when the club starts its competitive season that we all try our utmost to keep it going and avoid adding to the current spike in case numbers.
Our focus must be on the players and what is necessary to ensure all teams can continue to train and play basketball safely.

We would like to inform you of the following match day protocols:

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No spectators are allowed into the Loreto Hall on game days.

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All persons should be aware of the symptoms of COVID.

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No person should arrive at the Loreto Sports Hall if they suspect they may have or have symptoms of COVID.

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The wearing of face coverings is required by coaches and by players immediately prior and after engaging in the game.

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For Away Teams travelling to the Loreto – if more than one team is travelling together, the team that is not involved in the live game on court will be expected to remain seated on the opposite side of the court (from the team benches) and wear a mask until they prepare for their warmup /time to head home. 

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The one-way system will be in operation on Game Day to minimise the unnecessary interaction of participants.

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The number of players in the changing rooms will be restricted to 6 – to be managed by arranging players in different pods.

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Hand sanitisation is required on entry and exit from the Loreto Hall.

Thank you for your understanding and we hope that you all keep safe and healthy.

We are back!

It was great to see all the smiling faces and to hear the basketballs bouncing again in the Loreto Secondary School on Saturday 2nd October. There was a great buzz around the place! Thank you to all the coaches for giving their time on a Saturday and during the week to get our club back up and running. Well done to all the players and we look forward to a great season ahead!

We are back!

Thank you to everybody for using our new online registration system. Our training sessions resume on Saturday 2nd October. Please check training schedule for more details. http://www.blazebasketball.ie/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/2021-2022-Training-schedule.pdf

We have now closed our registrations. If you are on our waiting list – we will re-open registration if spaces become available later in the season. If you have any questions on registration please email letterkennyblazereg@gmail.com. Please make sure to read our Covid protocols on our website.http://www.blazebasketball.ie/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Return-to-Safer-Play-Protocol-Parents-players-and-guardians-29.09.2021.pdf

Looking forward to seeing everyone!

AGM

Our AGM takes place on Wednesday 29th September at 7pm in the Silver Tassie Hotel, Letterkenny. We look forward to seeing a good crowd at this meeting as we look forward to getting our training sessions back up and running.

Stay tuned!

We are delighted that indoor sports will be allowed to return in the coming weeks. The club committee are working hard in the background to welcome all our members back very soon.

Further details will follow soon regarding registration and training times etc. Please be patient with us as we get everything in order as we want a safe and happy return to play.

Our AGM takes place on Wednesday 29th September at 7pm in the Silver Tassie Hotel. We would be so grateful if there is anyone who can offer the club some time helping with coaching/assistant coaching/administration. Please get in touch with us by Facebook messenger or by emailing Club PRO gormleyeimear@gmail.com.

Killian Gribben in the green vest

Killian Gribben along with the u18 Irish Men’s team will be play in the FIBA European Challengers in Slovakia. The team will play their first game on 4th August against Hungary and their second game will be against Bulgaria. These games will both be at 8pm and the link for the games will be posted on our Facebook page. We wish Killian and his team the very best of luck. We also wish good luck to assistant coach Andrew McGeever. Andrea has played and coached for many years with Blaze Basketball.

Andrew and Killian

Maria Kealy and Shannon Cunningham on Ireland u18 Women’s Team

Congratulations to Maria Kealy and Shannon Cunningham who have been selected as part of the 12 person squad who will compete in the FIBA European Challengers in the Czech Republic. This is a very well deserved achievement for the girls as they were both very committed and eager to continue developing their basketball skills even over the months of lockdown. Shannon and Maria began playing basketball with Blaze Basketball as part of the u8 group. They are always very dedicated to their training and even give of their time and skills to junior coach the younger members of our club. What great role models to have!

The girls traveled to Czech Republic with the squad on Sunday 25th July. They have a very busy schedule of games ahead of them. They play their first game on Tuesday 27th July at 3.30 against Lithuania. They play their second game on Wednesday 28th July at 12.30 against Turkey. They play their third game on Thursday 29th July at 18.30 against the host country Czech Republic. They play their next game on Saturday 31st July at 3.30pm against Serbia. Finals will be played on Sunday depending on results.

Summer 3v3 sessions

We are delighted to have our Summer 3v3 sessions up and running. All Blaze members are more than welcome from u14, u16 and u19 age groups. These sessions will take place on Saturday through the summer at Coláiste Ailigh courts.

Session 1: u14 boys (2008,2009) 4.30-5.45pm

Session 2: u14 girls (2008,2009) and u16 girls (2006,2007) 5.45-7.00pm

Session 3: u16 boys (2006,2007) and u19 girls and boys (2003,2004,2005) 7-8.15pm

Keep practicing!

A reminder that this Saturday 5th June, is the last week of the Letterkenny Blaze 6 Week Outdoor Basketball Programme. Thank you to the players and coaches who turned up to train over the last few weeks. The weather was mostly on our side except for a shower of rain here and there!!!
The players adapted so well to the outdoor environment and to the new Covid protocols. Thanks to all the parents who assisted with this and who went through the club’s Covid protocols with their own kids.
The club would also like to extend our thanks to Letterkenny Educate Together Primary School and Coláiste Ailigh for allowing us to avail of their fantastic outdoor courts over the last few weeks.
As everyone in Ireland moves along the journey to recovery from the Covid Pandemic, we here in Letterkenny Blaze have learned in the past few weeks that we CAN deliver a basketball programme outdoors. This was important for us, to build confidence in transitioning from indoors to outdoors and to reconnect with club members.  
As the summer months are traditionally a rest period from basketball, the club will take this opportunity to work on all the invisible tasks that goes on behind the scenes in order to get the club ready for a new season in September.  We encourage players to get involved in other sports and to continue to work on their basketball skills at home. (Check out information below for further initiatives)
Once we have more definitive information for the season ahead, we will be back in touch with all parents/guardians re registration details for the 2021-2022 season.
Thanks again to everyone and see you all this Saturday!!
Warm regards

Lynda



For the players aged 12- 17 years, Basketball Ireland have recently launched their “Bounce Back” Challenge. For the months of June and July, any player that downloads the MaxOne app will get specialised content to help develop their game. The highlight of “Bounce Back” Challenge will be the weekly participation-based dribbling skills challenge.  The first challenge starts on Friday 4th June. For further details please go to – Basketball Ireland or here!

In addition, there will be opportunities for the U16 and U19 members to take part in the Northwest 3X3 competitions. Keep an eye on the following web page for local events

We are back!

We are all delighted to be back training with our teams and coaches in an outdoor setting.

We ask all coaches, parents and players to adhere to our Return to Train guidelines which can be found on the Return to Train tab on our website.

Keep up the fun and great work everyone!