As a wrap up to the summer training season I decided to run a short (2 week) summer league for local club teams. Not surprisingly the interest from the players on my club team and from the other area basketball clubs was pretty high. We ended up with with over 40 players representing three local clubs; Blue Storm (KVHS), Red Storm (Rothesay) and Fog Hounds (Saint John).
The league concluded this past Wednesday night with the Blue Storm #1 defeating the Red Storm 50-28. Below are pictures of the five teams.
The interesting aspect of this league was there were no referees and no coaches. Just players competing hard (well…most of the time). To make the league a little more fun (and different) we modified the rules a little. League rules were:
- FIBA rules unless otherwise stated
- All games will end at 10 minutes to the hour regardless of start time
- No referees (Call Your Own). Players who abuse this rule will be asked to leave
- Standard pick-up rules apply
- On all violations ball will be taken out of bound
- Offenses checks ball with their defender for all front court inbound plays
- No check for back court inbound plays
- Sub on any dead ball
- Defense calls fouls
- 4-on-4 full court
- Two 20-minute running time halves
- 1 timeout per team per half
- Last 2 min stop time if lead is 10 pts or less
- 1 pt for FG’s in the key
- 2 pts for FG’s made form outside key but inside 3 pt line
- 5 pts for a dunk
- Fouled while shooting and shot is made – automatic And-1 – no shots
- Fouled while shooting but missed – 1 for 2 pts (or 3 pts if taking 3ptr)
- Any foul shot can be taken from 3 pt line for a extra bonus point
- 15 second shot clock (maybe less)
Overall feedback was good. Hopefully next year we can do it again and perhaps expand to accommodate more clubs.
This weekend marks the unofficial end of the summer season, at least for me. The Blue Storm U16 are off to the Lakers Summer Tournament in Harvey today. This tournament is being organized by the coaches of Harvey High School’s varsity program to raise money to help purchase a new team bus.
Our round robin games today and tomorrow are:
- 2:30 pm (Sat) vs Harvey
- 5:30 pm (Sat) vs Sugarloaf
- 12:00 pm (Sun) vs Devon Park
The Championship game is at 1:30 pm on Sunday for the teams that finish with the two best records. This should be a good test for the boys as everything we’ve done this summer has included our grade 12’s. Not having Jared Corless or Matt Costello on the boards will put a lot of pressure on some of our young guys to step up.
I don’t know the rosters of the Harvey or Sugarloaf teams but they’re two of the better AA programs and Thomas Murphy of Harvey has participated in BNB Summer Program before so we can’t take them lightly at all. As for Devon Park (aka Fredericton North) they should be the team to beat. Based on the roster they have had at various events throughout the summer, they’ll have several current and former BNB Provincial team players including Ritchie Wilkens (2009 U16), Josh LeFluer (2009 U17), Brandan Meikle (2009 U15D), Matt Harrington (2009 U15D), Sam Goucher (2008 U15D) plus a number of other solid players from LHHS and DPCS.
It will also be tough day for three of the Blue Storm as they have been attending UNB’s invitational camp the last three days. Jarred Crawford (grade 11), Erik Nissen (grade 9) and Nathan d’Entremont (grade 9) have been working out under the guidance of UNB’s Men’s head coach Brent Baker since Thursday finishing up at noon today.
I recently had the pleasure of attending my first Sussex Team camp. Over the years I’ve heard many good things about the camp but due to work commitments, I have never been able to enter a team until now. I’ll start by saying everything I heard about the camp was true. Gale and Peter were great hosts, the staff at Bethany Bible College were fantastic and the competition was excellent.
Going into the camp I was worried that we might be a little under-staffed since we have so many players unable to attend due to provincial team commitments, but this actually turned out to be a good thing. The 10 players that were able attend had to step up and fill the void. Now that I’ve had time to reflect, this is actually exactly what is needed to help build a stronger KVHS program.
Each summer we can send our top players per age group off to compete and train with the provincial team coaches. Meanwhile the remaining players will compete on our club team participating in camps like the one in Sussex, or Waterville, Maine and play some exhibition tournament like BNB Summerfest.
The key is to make sure the top players continue to go out for the provincial teams. We can’t create an environment where they begin to think the club team is a better alternative.
Observations from Sussex Team Camp:
- Sussex and St. Stephen should be the top two teams in the Southern Conference for 2009-2010. St. Stephen might have the better starting five but Sussex might have the edge with a little more depth. Both teams should push Fredericton for the title.
- Steve Pomeroy, St. Stephen’s point guard, is very good. No one in the tournament was able to keep him from getting in the lane any time he wanted to.
- Moncton needs size but Bedard and Roger make for a very tough backcourt.
- Carleton North is rebuilding. Probably won’t have the same success the had this past year where the surprised a lot of teams, KVHS especially.
- KVHS will be better than people think!!!