IMPORTANT UPDATE (Fri Aug 14 2020)
North Toronto Basketball Association (NTBA) Families & Friends – We trust you are well and safe.
After careful consideration, we have decided to cancel the 2020/2021 House League (HL) season. Full refunds will be issued to those who have registered.
This decision was not made lightly. Several factors were considered including:
– Guidance from the Ontario Government, City of Toronto, Ontario Basketball Association (OBA) and others. The OBA, for example, has announced that their competitive season will start no earlier than January 2021.
– Logistical considerations. At this time we do not know if we will even be able to get school permits as those engaged in education look to safely reopen schools this fall. Even if we had permits, the details associated with safely running HL would be challenging at best.
The health and well-being of our players, parents/guardians and all involved in our community-based volunteer-led not-for-profit organization is of utmost importance. The NTBA HL season historically runs mid-Oct-to-early-Feb. As things evolve we may re-evaluate if a HL season starting in early-2021 is a possibility, though – realistically, all things considered – this is unlikely. As such, we will begin to issue full refunds now with a target to complete this process by Labour Day (Mon Sep 7).
We look forward to better times and hopefully HL can restart in the fall of 2021.
The Boys HL program welcomes boys from ages 8 to 18. The goals of the program are to encourage skills development, teamwork, good sportsmanship and fun. The philosophy of boys house league is equal playing time for all players.
Over 800 boys competed across five age groups in the prior season. The teams were ably coached by our volunteers, demonstrating good teamwork and competitive fun. We would like to thank all coaches, league conveners, and site conveners. In 2020/21 boys house league age groups were as follows:
|League||Year Born||Gym Site||Registration Status|
|Novice *||2011 & 2012||John Wanless||Registration closed - 2020-21 HL cancelled|
|Atom||2009 & 2010||Northern||Registration closed - 2020-21 HL cancelled|
|Major Bantam||2007 & 2008||Northern||Registration closed - 2020-21 HL cancelled|
|Midget||2005 & 2006||Northern||Registration closed - 2020-21 HL cancelled|
|Juvenile||2003 & 2004||Northern||Registration closed - 2020-21 HL cancelled|
*Our league encourages our first-year boys born in 2012 to please get involved in the program!
NTBA – a member club of the Ontario Basketball Association (OBA) – firmly believes that concussions are serious and supports the OBA Concussion Policy & Code of Conduct fully.
Rowan’s Law came into effect on Jul 1, 2019. Each year all players (parents/guardians of players if player is under 18 years of age) are required to:
(a) Confirm annually as required by Rowan’s Law their review of Ontario’s Concussion Awareness Resources:
(b) Confirm annually as required by Rowan’s Law their review of OBA’s Concussion Policy & Code of Conduct:
(c) Confirm annually as required by Rowan’s Law their review of the NTBA Concussion Policy:
Please review the information accessible via the above links.
During the HL registration process, you will be asked to acknowledge that you have reviewed:
– Ontario’s Concussion Awareness Resources;
– OBA’s Concussion Policy & Code of Conduct; and,
– NTBA’s Concussion Policy.
PLEASE NOTE: Acknowledgement during the registration process is required in order to participate in our program.
REGISTRATION FEES: Fees for the 2020/2021 HL season have been set at $275.
REFUNDS: As specified in NTBA’s online registration process, there are no refunds after Sat Oct 3 2020. A $50 administrative fee will be charged on refunds processed prior to Sat Oct 3 2020.
The Kelly Silverstein Award
Tragically, Kelly Silverstein (“Kelly”) passed away in November 2006 only a few days after being diagnosed with leukemia.
During his time at the NTBA, Kelly was a staunch and active North Toronto Basketball Association supporter, Dad of two boys in house league, house league coach for numerous years and friend of many parents/kids in our program. He epitomized what our coaches should stand for: fun, teamwork, enthusiasm, commitment, a good teacher and a healthy level of competitiveness.
At the end of each season, a plaque is awarded to one male athlete from each house league division (Atom, Bantam, Midget and Juvenile) to the player that best captures the spirit of what Kelly was about.
House League Refereeing Opportunities
In Oct 2020, a communication will be sent to older House League (HL) players regarding HL Refereeing.
Our Referee convenor will be in charge of selecting an evening in early/mid Oct 2020 when all interested players will have the opportunity to register and have a short training session.
This will apply for all players born in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006.
Boys Rep Teams
The North Toronto Basketball Association has a boys rep team at all age groups for players who wish to participate at a more competitive level. For more information about our boys rep program, please see our rep section on the website or contact our boys rep convener via email at email@example.com.