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DAVE HOPLA – NBA SHOOTING COACH – CLINIC

We are delighted to announce that we are running a shooting clinic this Tuesday 12th December at Letterkenny Blaze Basketball Club with NBA shooting coach Dave Hopla.

Dave has previously been shooting coach for the Washington Wizards, New York Knicks and recently the Detroit pistons.
This is a huge opportunity for coaches and players to get access to the best shooting coach in the world. He will be doing a shooting display, followed by a run through of his own daily shooting programme and finishing with a shooting clinic and display of drills he uses with the NBA players.

Dave is over as part of the basketball hall of fame Belfast classic presented by sport changes life.

It will run from 6.30pm-9.00pm next Tuesday 12th Dec at Loreto Gym. Doors open 6.00pm. Blaze Basketball is covering the cost of this session for it’s own coaches and members and there will be a charge of €5 for non Blaze coaches
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This is open to our U14’s, U16’s, U18’s, Blaze coaches and any other club/school coaches who are interested in playing or coaching the skill of shooting and the game of basketball.
PLAYERS SHOULD NOT MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY.

Date time : Tuesday 12th Dec 2017- 6:30pm – 9pm
Doors open 6.00pm
Location: Loreto Gym

Click here for 10 shooting tips from the legendary Dave Hopla

NWAB Academy & U15 Irish Regional Academy

North West Academies

There has been some confusion regarding the different types of junior academies this season hopefully the below will answer all queries. If you have any further questions please contact nmcdermott@basketballireland.ie

There are academies at u14, u15 and u16 for boys and girls. The u14 and u16 academies are similar to last season and are organised and run by the North West area board.

The u15 academy is a Basketball Ireland Initiative which is throughout the country and the u15 NW Regional Academy includes the NWAB region and Mayo.

 U14 and U16 NWAB Academies

Purpose:

Designed for players from throughout the region to come and play and train together under top coaches to help improve the standard of basketball locally. Will compete in end of season tournament.

Organisers:

North West Area Board

Players Eligible:

Any player playing club basketball in the NWAB region.

Dates:

(Already held open trial and first session in November)

  • 10th December
    • U14 Girls 12- 2pm (Colaiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon)
    • U14 Boys 2-4pm (Colaiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon)
    • U16 Girls 1pm-3pm (AVS, Donegal Town)
    • U16 Boys 3pm – 5pm (AVS, Donegal Town)
  • 13th January
  • 10th February
  • 4th March

Further dates and date of tournament to be held post club season.

Location:

Centrally located in Ballyshannon / Donegal Town

Cost:

€30 for training sessions until March due on 10th December

U15 Irish Regional Academy

Purpose:

Designed for top players from throughout the region to come and play and train together under top coaches to help improve the standard of basketball locally and to develop a similar skillset for all players throughout the country. Also used to select the Irish u16 team for European championships in Summer 2019.

Organisers:

Basketball Ireland /CPSU

Players Eligible:

Any player playing club or school basketball in the NWAB region and in Mayo.

Dates:

(Already held first open trial in November)

  • 10th December, Sligo IT 1.30pm – 4pm

Further dates to be forwarded once player selected for academy. 50 hours of coaching before start of summer 2017.

Location:

Centrally located in between Sligo – Donegal Town

Cost:

€250 if selected for academy.

 

 

PLAYING FOR OTHERS MARATHON – FUN DAY

Charities: St Vincent de Paul and Downs Syndrome – 16th December.

Each age groups has their own ‘fun’ slot and a ‘family slot . Please bring sponsorship card or if you don’t have one, your usual €4 training money.

Parents are invited to a complimentary tea/coffee mince pie in the Constance Centre during the marathon.  We’d like to bring the sense of family club back into Blaze Basketball – We’re all too busy these days.  Click on the link below for allotted times.

Annual Christmas Basketball Marathon

BAG PACKING – FRIDAY 22nd DECEMBER

Dunnes Stores has kindly agreed to a Bag Packing Day for Blaze Basketball on Friday 22nd December in the New Dunnes. Time slots to teams have been allocated as listed below. – we will need a minimum of eight for each time slot. Please contact your Parent Co-Ordinator before 4th December with your availability.
Children are NOT allowed to be present at the bag packing. The Under 19 boys and girls can participate as well as their parents.

Time slot – Groups
09.00am – 10:30am – U11 Boys & Girls
10:30am – 12.00pm – U12 Boys & Girls
12.00pm – 01:30pm – U16 Boys
01:30pm – 03.00pm – U19 Boys
03.00pm – 04:30pm – U19 Girls
04:30pm – 06.00pm- U14 Boys Group 1
06.00pm – 07:30pm – U14 Boys Group 2
07:30pm – 09.00pm – U14 Girls
09.00pm – 10:30pm – U16 Girl

TRAINING TIMES 2017/2018

Training Times:
Training sessions for the new season will be held in the Loreto Secondary School gym.

Saturday 9.00am – 9.45am U 8 mixed (2010 & 2011)
Saturday 9.45am – 10.45am U10 girls (2008 & 2009)
Saturday 10.45am – 11.45am U10 boys (2008 & 2009)
Saturday 11.45am – 1.00pm
Saturday 1.00pm – 2.15pm U12 boys (2006)
Saturday 2.15pm – 3.30pm  U11 boys (2007)
Saturday 3.30pm – 6.00pm U14 boys (2004 & 2005)
Saturday 6.00pm – 7.30pm U16 girls (2002 & 2003)

Monday 7.30pm – 8.45pm U19 girls Dev/Social (1999,2000,2001)
Monday 6.00pm – 7.30pm Social Men – (Vets)
Monday 8.45pm – 10.00pm U19 boys (1999,2000,2001)
Tuesday 7.30pm – 8.30pm Social Ladies
Tuesday 8.30pm – 10.00pm U16 boys (2002 & 2003)

Wednesday 6.00pm – 7.15pm U11 girls (2007)
Wednesday 7.15pm – 8.30pm U12 girls (2006)
Wednesday 8.30pm -10.00pm U19 boys (1999, 2000 &2001)

Thursday 6.00pm – 7.30pm U19 girls (Comp) 1999,2000,2001)
Thursday 7.30pm – 8.30pm U16 girls (Comp) 2002/03
Thursday 8.30pm – 10.00pm U16 boys 2002/03

Friday 6.00pm – 7.15pm U14/16 Girls (Dev) (2002,03,04,05)

Friday 7.15pm – 8.30pm U14 girls (Comp) 2004/05
Friday 8.30pm – 10.00pm Senior Ladies

 

REGISTRATION – SEASON 2017/2018

Registration will take place next week during Summer Camp on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th ONLY for all existing members and for children born 2011 for U8 group.
It will take place between 10.00am – 1.00pm in Convent and in the LYIT between 4.30pm – 6.00pm on each of the days. Please take note of the times. It would be helpful if the parents of children NOT doing the afternoon camps could complete their registrations at Loreto in the mornings.

SUMMER CAMP 2017

All details relating to this years camp are under the Summer Camp 2017 tab.  We are delighted to have two very brilliant coaches come to facilitate our Intermediate & Senior Camps.  They are Francis O’Sullivan (Head Coach – Brunell BC Cork) and Brian O’Malley (Head Coach – Killester BC Dublin)

TRAINING SCHEDULE – May 2017

The following are the arrangements for each of the groups for the month of May

  • U8’s will continue until Sat 20th May
  • U10 girls continue until Sat 20th May
  • U10 boys will be finishing this Sat 6th
  • U11 girls – Coach will be in contact direct – no finish date decided
  • U12 girls – are finished for the season – (possible friendly)
  • U11 boys are continuing training 6th May 11.45am-1pm.
  • U11 and U12 boys are combining sessions Saturday13th and 20th 11.4am – 1.15pm.
  • U11 and U12 boys are finishing season on Saturday 20th May.
  • U14 girls – are finished for the season
  • U14 boys – Coach will be in contact direct – no finish date decided
  • U16 girls – Coach will be in contact direct – no finish date decided
  • U16 boys – are finished for the season
  • U18 boys – Session next Monday – Coach will decide then

News Update

  • Good Luck to both our U16 Girls and U16 Boys as they travel to Kikenny and Kerry this weekend to play in the AICC’s – All Ireland Club Championships.  The girls have Longford Falcons and Tralee Imperials and their games tomorrow are at 10am and 3pm.  The boys have KCYMS and Kilkenny Stars in their pool and they play at 12.30 and 3.00pm.  Further game times will be decided on the result of these games.
  • Presentation Night Sunday 30th April
    Tickets will be on sale in the Convent on
    Saturday 22nd – 2.15pm to 4.45pm and 6pm to 7pm;
    Wednesday 26th – 6pm to 7pm.
    There will be NO TICKETS on sale on Saturday 29th April or on the night. All players playing U14 basketball should be accompanied by an adult on the night.
  • The club AGM will take place on Tuesday 30th May in Arena 7 at 8.00pm.  We ask that there is a representative from each family in attendance.