Royals look to capitalize on recent success


To many, September signals the beginning of another hockey season.

But if the Barrie Royals basketball club has its way, fall will also be known as the start of basketball season.

Despite being in a hockey-mad country such as Canada, garnering headlines is not something officials with the Royals organizations should have to worry about as the 2010-11 season was one of their most successful ever.

Eight of their 16 competitive teams won medals at the year-end provincial championships, with the midget girls 'AA' team winning the organization's first Division 1 gold medal.

"The No. 1 key to our success comes from the grassroots level. We are very proud of the fact that we have some of the best basketball coaches in the province coaching for the Royals," said club president Ken Urbach. "When you have high-level talent at the coaching level, success will usually follow, and fortunately for us, that is the case."

Tryouts for the Royals begin next week at gyms all across the city, and the Royals are hoping that their recent success will attract new athletes to the program who are looking to play for an organization with a track record of success.

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