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U18 National Cup Qualifiers

Letterkenny Blaze host U18 Men’s Hula Hoop National Cup Qualifiers
Next weekend 7/8 November 2015, Letterkenny Blaze Basketball Club will host one of four qualifying tournaments in this years Basketball Ireland’s U18 Men’s Hula Hoop National Cup.  The tournament will be played in An Dánlann, LYIT Sports Centre from 9.00 both mornings and games will go on into late on Saturday evening.  There will be refreshments available to purchase at the gym with the onsite catering company looking after this.
Seven teams from all over the country St Brendan’s BC Tralee, St Mary’s BC Castleisland, Neptune BC Cork, Killester BC Dublin, Titans BC Galway and old rivals Belfast Star BC along with our own U18 Men’s team will battle it out for a place in the quarter finals of this competition.  The pedigree of the participating teams will give spectators the opportunity to view the high standard of basketball being played at this level around the country.  There has been a huge resurgence of the game over the last number of years with Basketball Ireland working hard under extremely difficult circumstances to grow the sport again to what it was back in the golden era of the 1980/90’s.  There are now many Irish teenagers attending elite academies, prep schools in America and others on scholarships at Division one colleges in the US as the sport continues to grow.
We ask our basketball community to ensure they take their junior ballers over to An Dánlann at some time over the weekend to watch some of the games. This weekend presents such a wonderful opportunity for them to watch how they too can develop their skills and game as they get older.  Obviously everyone is welcome to drop in, there is no admission fee.
Our U18 girls are also participating this year with their host venue being that of Ulster Elks Basketball at University of Ulster, Jordanstown on the same weekend.  Their pool is a little smaller with teams from Oblate BC Dublin, Carraig na bhFear Rebels BC Cork, Ulster Elks BC, Tralee Imperials BC and Portlaoise Panthers BC at the venue.  Again a really high standard of basketball will be seen.  The first game in UUJ is at 10.00am on 7 Nov with Blaze V Carraig na bhFear Rebels.
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Revised Nat Cup Schedule

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Schedule of U18 Girls Nat Cup games


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basketball-hoop-coffee-mug-1Under 18 Girls and their Coaches are hosting a fundraising Coffee Morning this Saturday 19th Sept 9am – 2pm in the Constance Centre.

Come in and enjoy some fabulous delights.

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Course Tutor: Nigel Weir, Fee:€20 – €30 depending on numbers interested. Applicants must be 15 & over. Please email: prior to 14th September with name, club,email & phone number to reserve a place on the course. Fees must be paid in advance, details will be emailed.
REMINDER: In accordance with NWAB Regulations, two registered referees must be used for all games under 14 and above.

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Training will commence for the coming season for all groups from Saturday 5th September 2015 unless otherwise advised by your Coach.  Training times can be viewed under the tab Training Times 2015/16 on this website or on our Facebook Page Blaze Basketball

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Any members wishing to junior coach this year should fill out the registration form linked below and return to Cathy/Declan by email ( by 31st August 2015.  Those interested should be born 2001 and older.  Just click on the link and print

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1878855_2_ONEXT UP – We are holding a Level One coaching course on Fri 21st – Sun 23rd August. We have a number of spaces still available. The course duration is 18 hours and is open to anyone who has held an Intro course for at least 12 months and at least 16 years old. The cost of the course is €85. Can anyone that is interested in attending or looking for more information please contact Laura on (086) 066 0090. – Open to coaches from other clubs looking to do Level One in advance of new regulations for next season.

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Coach Pat Price will be giving a Coaching Clinic to our Blaze coaches on Sunday 9th August 2015.  This clinic is also open to all coaches from other clubs who would like to attend for a nominal fee of €10 pp.  The clinic will be held at the Loreto Secondary School gym from 11 – 1pm and 2 – 4 pm.  Just come along.  Light refreshments will be available.  The topics Pat is going to address are the following: 

- Building a spread motion offence (2 hours)
- Break
- Special situations / plays / strategies
- Disruptive defences ( half court  /full court pressure) 


A little background to our visiting coach – Coach Pat Price is a widely recognised teacher, specialising in both player and club development programmes. With 25 years of coaching experience in both the US and Ireland, Pat has experience with the Irish Senior Men, several years in the Superleague with both Demons and Neptune – capturing 4 National Cups and the 2005 Superleague title while rebuilding both programmes , as well as nine years as Sports Officer and lecturer at University College Cork. In addition to several years at NCAA schools, Coach Price currently serves as director of Competitive Edge Sports in Philadelphia, as well as director of Kinsale Sports International.  

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