Shooting Stars Winter 3 on 3 Basketball

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Recreational & Development League Players: looking for more chances to play? Sign up for our 3 on 3 Winter Basketball Program!

What is it and who can sign up?

The Ottawa Shooting Stars will be running a Winter Basketball Program for recreational and development league players in Atom (boys and girls), Bantam (boys and girls) and Midget (boys)

  • Atom Girls (born 2007 and later) 10am-11am
  • Atom Boys (born 2007 and later) 11am-12pm
  • Bantam Boys (born 2005 & later) 12pm-1:15pm
  • Bantam Girls (born 2005 & later) 1:15pm- 2:30pm
  • Midget Boys (born 2003 & later) 2:30pm – 4:00pm

Players who sign up will be placed on a team at the beginning of each session and will play 3 on 3 half-court basketball with their assigned team. (Wear a reversible if possible). All players will get equal playing time. There will be no set teams in advance but a volunteer will be on-site to monitor the event and to try and create equal teams to organize the scrimmages. There will be limited coaching and no referees (players will learn to call their own fouls and violations).

Registration will be capped at 32 players per age group and gender, and registrants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Where and When?

One Sunday session per week for 6 weeks, starting January 14th at Broadview Public School Gym:

  • Atom Girls (born 2006 & 2007), 10:00am
  • Atom Boys (born 2006 & 2007)  11:00am
  • Bantam Girls (2004 & 2005)  12pm – 1:15pm
  • Bantam Boys (2004 & 2005) 1:15pm – 2:30pm
  • Midget Boys (2002 & 2003) 2:30pm – 4pm

How much does it cost and how do I register?

The cost of the Winter Basketball Program $40 per player – U11 to U14 and $45 for U16, for the entire 6 week program.  You can register online here.

Players MUST be registered online in advance. Players who show up at the gym without prior registration will not be allowed to participate.

Why 3 on 3?

There are many benefits to playing 3 on 3 half court basketball for a youth player’s long-term development.

  1. Players touch the ball more often. In the 5 on 5 game, players can go almost the whole game without touching the ball. In 3 on 3, you could touch the ball EVERY possession. When the player gets more experience handling the ball during game situations, the player is going to improve much more than the players who hardly touch the ball in 5 on 5. It doesn’t matter if you are the point guard or the star post player, you’re still going to get more touches in 3 on 3.
  2. More room to operate. A lot of younger players, especially under the age of 12 don’t have the skill, strength, or experience to utilize their basketball skills with 10 players on the court. 3 on 3 gives them more room to operate and practice their skills.
  3. Players learn the game! When there are only six (3 on 3) players on the court, players are more inclined to run the pick-and-roll, screen away, and screen the ball without a coach even telling them to do so, because there are fewer options out there. After awhile, they will start to figure things out for themselves which is FANTASTIC and exactly what you want the players to do. With ten (5 on 5) players on the court, a lot of those options aren’t there, because they lack the skill, strength, and experience. Now, with fewer players on the court, it gives them a split second longer to recognize a situation.
  4. No pressing & zones. Now, instead of spending time on breaking full court pressure, breaking half-court pressure, playing against a 1-3-1, playing against 3-2, playing against a 2-3, playing against a triangle-and-two, playing against a box-and-one, you can focus on the FUNDAMENTALS. Youth coaches waste so much of their precious time working on things that they shouldn’t worry about at an early age.

Detailed schedule

Novice & Atom Girls
Novice & atom girls: (born 2004 and 2005)
Tuesdays, Notre Dame High, 6:00-7:30pm, (6 weeks)
  • Tuesday, April 21, 6pm to 7:30pm
  • Tuesday, April 28, 6pm to 7:30pm
  • Tuesday, May 5, 6pm to 7:30pm
  • Tuesday, May 12, 6pm to 7:30pm
  • Tuesday, May 19, 6pm to 7:30pm
  • Tuesday, May 26, 6pm to 7:30pm
Novice & Atom Boys
Novice & atom boys: (born 2004 and 2005)
Glebe Mondays & 2 Thursdays, 6:00-7:30pm, (6 weeks)
  • Monday, April 27, 6:00-7:30pm
  • Monday, May 4, 6:00-7:30pm
  • Monday, May 11 6:00-7:30pm
  • Thursday, May 21, 6pm to 7:15pm
  • Monday, May 25, 6:00-7:30pm
  • Thursday, May 28 6pm to 7:15pm
Bantam Girls
Bantam Girls, (born 2002 & 2003)
Brookfield HS Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30 (6 wks)
  • Wednesday, April 29, 6pm to 7:30pm
  • Wednesday, May 6,6pm to 7:30pm
  • Wednesday, May 13, 6pm to 7:30pm
  • Wednesday, May 20, 6pm to 7:30pm
  • Wednesday, May 27, 6pm to 7:30pm
  • Wednesday, June 3, 6pm to 7:30pm
Bantam Boys
Bantam Boys:  (born 2002 & 2003)
Glebe Mondays & 2 Thursdays, (6 weeks) * note start times
  • Thursday, April 30, 6:30pm to 8pm
  • Monday, May 4, 7:30pm to 9pm
  • Monday, May 11, 7:30pm to 9pm
  • Thursday, May 21 7:15pm to 8:30pm
  • Monday, May 25, 7:30pm to 9pm
  • Thursday, May 28, 7:15pm to 8:30pm
Midget Girls
Midget Girls, (born 2000 & 2001)
Brookfield HS Wed, 7:30 to 9pm (6 wks)
  • Wednesday, April 29, 7:30 to 9pm
  • Wednesday, May 6, 7:30 to 9pm
  • Wednesday, May 13,7:30 to 9pm
  • Wednesday, May 20, 7:30 to 9pm
  • Wednesday,May 27, 7:30 to 9pm
  • Wednesday, June 3, 7:30 to 9pm
Midget Boys
Midget Boys, (born 2000 & 2001)
Lisgar High Wednesdays, 7:00 to 8:30pm (6 wks)
  • Wednesday, April 29, 7:00 to 8:30pm
  • Wednesday, May 6, 7:00 to 8:30pm
  • Wednesday, May 13, 7:00 to 8:30pm
  • Wednesday, May 20, 7:00 to 8:30pm
  • Wednesday, May 27, 7:00 to 8:30pm
  • Wednesday, June 3, 7:00 to 8:30pm