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What is buckets?

At Buckets Basketball, we believe that basketball is an amazing activity that can be played for a lifetime. Our youth basketball program is built to promote Physical Literacy through basketball. Simply put we want our participants to gain the fundamental movement skills that will make them more confident in multiple physical settings and challenges, starting them down the path to become active for life. Basketball is the vehicle for this journey. To be a great basketball player, you must be a great mover.  

Our youth basketball program is designed for student athletes ages 6 to 14 who are interested in becoming better athletes and learning and developing basketball skills. One goal is to maintain no more than an 8:1 student athlete to instructor ratio for our class sessions and teams of 6 players for league sessions. ​ Our classes follow a structured curriculum created by certificated educators and certified coaches based on Basketball Canada's Long-Term Athlete Development Model. This model sets the stage for the development of physical literacy and basketball skills. Our student athletes will develop in the areas of Stamina, Strength, Speed, Skill, and Flexibility, which are key components to any physical activity, particularly in basketball. Our goal is for our student athletes to become more physically literate while engaging in basketball. Based on an evaluation, student athletes are placed into the appropriate Buckets Basketball level by skill level and age. Our league play consists of 3 on 3 full court games on modified basketball courts which are scaled to a size that is a perfect fit for Buckets Basketball players, smaller courts and lower rims. 3 on 3 basketball encourages and allows for each player to be more involved in the game. Every player has increased opportunity to touch the ball and play an important role. Buckets Basketball provides all coaching, score keeping and game monitoring, allowing family members to fill the role of supportive spectators. The Buckets Basketball League is an extension of Buckets Basketball Classes. League play takes the form of a semi-controlled scrimmage, allowing instructors to support students during game play. Buckets Basketball administration will do their best to place students onto teams allowing friends and family members to play together when appropriate.

Buckets Basketball Credentials

The Buckets Basketball program has been carefully designed by educators and coaches using both the Canadian Sport for Life and Basketball Canada's Long Term Athlete Development Model. Founded in sound pedagogy and scoped and sequenced to allow for appropriate fundamental growth, our program is safe for all participants, both physically and mentally. 

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Buckets Basketball is proud to be Canada Basketball Verified. The Canada Basketball Verification Program is available to all basketball clubs, associations, and community groups across the nation. The program raises standards to guide all associations across Canada towards best principles and practices for organizational development. The Verification Program integrates important aspects of coaching, Safe Sport, and organizational leadership. Becoming Canada Basketball Verified encourages basketball providers to add accountability to their mandates and provides a welcoming, safe, and developmentally appropriate environment for all players and members.

Buckets Basketball is also a member organization of Basketball Alberta. The Alberta Basketball Association (ABA) is the governing body for the sport of basketball in Alberta. The ABA is committed to providing a safe environment and fair competition for all of its members. This policy applies to all basketball related activities, events and tournaments participated in, organized by and run by ABA and its members.  

Buckets Basketball is designed to support the Rule of Two

The Rule of Two serves to protect minor athletes in potentially vulnerable situations by ensuring more than one adult is present. The goal of the Rule of Two is to ensure all interactions and communications are open, observable, and justifiable. This includes closed-door meetings, travel, and training environments, amongst others. 

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The Canada Basketball Member Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Pledge: 

- Buckets Basketball pledges to provide an accessible, inclusive, and welcoming basketball environment for all. 

- Buckets Basketball will ensure everyone feels safe and that they belong, regardless of race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family status, genetic characteristics, disability, and conviction for an offence for which a pardon has been granted or in respect of which a record suspension has been ordered. 

- Buckets Basketball firmly stands against any form of racism, discrimination, or harassment. 

- Buckets Basketball will strive to provide programming that targets underrepresented groups, while reducing systemic and overt barriers to participation. 

- Buckets Basketball commits to ongoing education to promote equity diversity,inclusion, and accessibility.

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