OBA teams up with college

Ken Urbach

Ken Urbach

The Ontario Basketball Association (OBA) has announced a partnership with Georgian College to host a high-performance program slated for this summer.

The OBA also announced a restructured summer elite schedule, launching the talent identification and development program at the under 12, 14 and 16 age categories for boys and girls.

"Our organization is excited to have our elite programs hosted in a tremendous facility this summer," said OBA president and local resident Ken Urbach. "Georgian's commitment to high-performance excellence and providing a valuable experience to our elite coaches and athletes made this a natural partnership."

The Barrie college campus has a state-of-the-art athletic centre, including 20,000-square-foot double gymnasiums, a 10,000-square-foot fitness centre, indoor running track and suite-style accommodations ideal for high-performance programming.

Bob Kennedy, a vice-president at Georgian College, also praised the partnership.

"Our partnership with Ontario Basketball can only help in our ongoing commitment to maintaining the highest standards in participation and competition,"?he said.

In addition to the partnership agreement, Ontario Basketball unveils the talent identification and development program. This program, beginning in March, is a systematic revision of the player development program that will provide a clearer pathway for athletes and coaches in the high-performance stream.

The outcomes of this restructuring include a downward shift in the ages of athletes that OBA high-performance programs target and better alignment with the appropriate age categories as per the principles of long-term athlete development.

"Ontario Basketball recognizes the need in identifying talent and providing our athletes and coaches with quality training and skill development opportunities," said OBA executive director Michael T. Cvitkovic. "Restructuring our high-performance program will raise the level of basketball played in Ontario and will better prepare our athletes and coaches for competition at the highest level."

More than 1,000 of the province's top basketball players will train in regional pods with the best talent converging on Georgian College throughout the summer for the talent identification and development program. Those dates include U12 boys July 2-5; U12 girls July 5-8; U14 boys July 8-11; and U14 girls July 11-14.

The U16 boys and girls will compete at the Ontario Summer Games in Toronto, Aug. 17-19.

Additionally, as part of the elite development pathway, Ontario Basketball will host a U12 provincial team identification camp, Aug. 21-23, at Georgian College.

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