TEAMWORK ~ Many of our basketball club players have come through our skills development programs and/or have played together in the past. Molding players from different community and school teams in to a new, cohesive unit is one of the challenges and benefits of playing with our club.
COMMITMENT & DISCIPLINE ~ Our players are required to sign a commitment letter acknowledging their responsibilities to themselves and their team. The parents are also required to sign a parents’ commitment letter. All families are asked to volunteer during the season.
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING ~ Our players from U13A and older are encouraged to participate in a weekly one-hour strength and conditioning (S&C) program led by Hidesh Bhardwaj, S&C Coach with Mount Royal University Basketball. These sessions not only strengthen our athletes but also reduce the risk of serious injuries due to their improved conditioning.
PERSONAL and ATHLETIC DEVELOPMENT ~ Playing with the SUNS provides our girls with numerous opportunities to develop their leadership and time management skills as well as improving their work ethic. The result of these development opportunities results in greater confidence and builds self-esteem. Some examples of these opportunities include having different players act as Captain, having players lead warm-up drills, and loading drills with progressions that increase the complexity and skill level and require decision making.
SAFE ENVIRONMENT TO PLAY ~ Our coaches are all required to have a City Police Volunteer background check. If only one coach can attend a practice, we have at least one parent stay and help supervise for the entire practice time.
OPEN BOUNDARIES ~ Any player in Calgary and area is welcome to tryout and play for the SUNS.
TRAVEL ~ U13 to U17 teams play at least two out of town tournaments.
COMMUNITY / CHARITY INVOLVEMENT ~ The SUNS are proud to organize the annual SUNS Hoopfest Tournament to benefit the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. In five years our tournament has raised over $14,000 for breast cancer research.
“Working with your Friday Night Lights sessions and extra camps really gave my daughter her confidence and improved her shooting skills for the school season.”
“My daughter took your advice to heart regarding leadership and was asked to be team captain. She is definitely being a leader and key player for the team. I am proud of the progress she has made. She is doing well with her CMBA team – they are undefeated.”
Team Canada 2012 Olympic Team Captain Teresa Gabrielle at SUNS summer camp. Teresa will be returning to coach at our camp in July, 2014