'23 '24 Season information

Thunder... Important Information! Check it Out!

 Thunder, welcome back to a full REGULAR season of community ball!


 What you will find below:

  • registration - EARLY chance for registration!
    • Early fees are in effect
      • fees have remained the same as per our prior season
    • general season information
  • coaches meeting - quick run down on Thunder along with your chance for QnA
    • date and location TBD
  • evaluation dates/information - September 8th & 9th
  • CMBA coaching clinics - get educated and updated
  • Tykes - scheduled nights and location TBD
  • Thunder -  team.community.commitment  


General notice:

CMBA, and by way of extension Thunder, adjusts and abides by any requests/requirements from our facility rentals, municipalities, and/or AHS on public requirements.



Registration - early season fees are here!


We are anticipating a regular full season of practices, games, and facility use... and with it we are offering our early registration through the end of May (or until we hit our player/division capacity). Please read through our site and then log into your RAMP registration to secure your spot. Once registration capacities are reached we will offer a waitlist which will be reviewed against overall player numbers and facility availability to determine if we are able to accept more players. 


If you have, or are, applying for Financial Assistance you are best to get on this early as all fees are due prior to evaluations. Keep in mind, YOU are the one to make the FA applications so please ensure you complete these in full and follow up with the respective association on their processing if/as needed. 




Regular season - CMBA '23 season fall start!!!


Kick off of the CMBA '23 season is anticipated to be a regular season as facility rentals are being released by the City and school boards for our use. 


  • U11, U13, U15, U18
    • September - AFTER the weekend of the 8/9th ALL evaluations will be complete with teams set for competition play
      • practices schedules to be released once teams are formed 
        • players will be contacted via email/TeamSnap invite
        • practice on a weeknight(s)
      • most of our gyms will be secured within our Zone
        • City and school boards are adjusting rental agreements for the '23/'23 season which hopefully improves our accessibility and processes
        • Thunder (aka Bonnie) will schedule practices for your team and communication on this will be done with your coach/manager
          • do NOT write in and ask for a specific player practice day as our scheduling is NOT done based on player requests
    • Game play starts 
      • u18 - FALL season starts September 17th
        • CMBA schedule outline below, your team practices TBD on weeknights
          • September 16th - Fall U18 Girls & Boys League 22-minute seeding games - Week 1
          • September 23th - Fall U18 Girls & Boys League 22-minute seeding games - Week 2
          • September 30th - Fall U18 Girls & Boys League Regular Season Games Begin - Game 1
          • October 14th - U18 High School Regular Season - Game 2
          • October 21nd - U18 High School Regular Season - Game 3
          • October 28th - U18 High School Regular Season Ends - Game 4
          • November 4th - U18 High School Playoffs Begin
          • November 11th - U18 High School Playoffs End
          • **break**
          • December/January winter season registration/evaluations - dates TBD
          • January 6th - Winter U18 Boys Ken Brown SOTT Div 1 Tournament; Seeding for all U18 Divisions both Girls/Boys
          • January 13th - U18 Winter Regular Season Week 1
          • January 20tt - U18 Winter Regular Season Week 2
          • January 27th - U18 Winter Regular Season Week 3
          • February 3th - U18 Winter Regular Season Week 4
          • February 10th - U18 Winter Regular Season Week 5
          • February 17th - Family Weekend No CMBA games
          • February 24th - CMBA Playoffs Begin for U18
          • March 2nd - CMBA Playoffs End for U18
          • March 8/9th - ABA Youth Provincials as per eligibility
      • u11, u13, u15 - season starts October 14th
        • seeding round mini tournament weekends - CMBA schedule TBD
          • 3 - 22 minute games 
            • your seeding games will typically be at the same facility per weekend, meaning one destination to drive to, though they will be City wide as per usual
            • CMBA schedule outline below, your team practices TBD on weeknights
          • September 29th and 30th - JTT as per eligibility
          • Seeding round 1
            • October 14th - U11B, U13G, U15B
            • October 21nd - U11G, U13B, U15G
            • October 28th - U11B, U13G, U15B
            • November 4th - U11G, U13B, U15G
          • Seeding round 2 (regular timed games)
            • November 11th - All B & G teams - U11, U13, U15
            • November 18th - All B & G teams - U11, U13, U15
            • November 25th - All B & G teams - U11, U13, U15
          • Seeding round 3 (regular timed games)
            • December 2nd - All B & G teams - U11, U13, U15
            • December 9th - All B & G teams - U11, U13, U15
          • **break**
            • Divisions finalized December 10th
          • Playoff seeding 
            • January 13th - All B & G teams - U11, U13, U15
            • January 20th - All B & G teams - U11, U13, U15
            • January 27th - All B & G teams - U11, U13, U15
            • February 3rd - All B & G teams - U11, U13, U15
            • February 10th - All B & G teams - U11, U13, U15
            • February 17th - Family Weekend No CMBA games
          • Playoffs
            • February 24th - CMBA Playoffs Begin for all age levels U11, U13, U15, U18
            • March 2nd - CMBA Playoffs End for all age levels U11, U13, U15, U18
          • March 8/9th - ABA Youth Provincials as per eligibility
            • Location: Edmonton, Alberta



Coaches meeting - TBD, likely a weeknight following evaluations

  • first 20-30 minutes will be a run through on Thunder basketball (intent, expectations, etc)
  • 10 minutes or so of QnA
  • back end of the meeting will be an overview of "how to run a practice" 
    • give coaches a general idea of how to utilize your time with your team
      • warm up
      • balance of drill(s) to game play
      • progression through drills 
      • repetition between drills and game play
      • short start and stops, communication throughout, what is working and what needs work
    • and of course QnA  
  • high fives offered out to conclude the evening



Evaluations are mandatory!!!

Evaluations will be scheduled over the Friday/Saturday of September 8th & 9th

(reminder, NO evaluations for Tykes)

are at Genesis Centre - 7555 Falconridge Blvd NE #10, Calgary, Ab


We are in the Genesis feature gyms... enter the facility, walk down to the lower level, and you will be able to find your way to the gym entrance.

It is important that your child attend ALL of their scheduled evaluation. These are NOT individual time slots, evaluations run for the full division as shown in our schedule below.


Highlights/housekeeping notes to remember to make evaluations and our forwarding season successful for coaches, players, and parents/guardians. 

  • ALL FEES are required BEFORE EVALUATIONS! If you have any outstanding balances, you must log into your RAMP account and have these paid.
  • Arrive 15 minutes before your start time to check-in, get your assigned number, and be dressed to play
    • Parking should be readily available 
  • NON-marking indoor shoes; clean sole shoes that your player will be good to run in
  • athletic clothing; they will be working hard, so please dress for it (please wear a reversible jersey, if you do not have one bring a white and dark shirt)
  • Water bottle with name or markings (good idea to pack a small, litterless, snack for energy)
  • Bring your OWN basketball with your name or markings
  • no dribbling anywhere outside of the gym!
  • final team placements will be communicated by each coach to parents by Monday September 19th
  • team coaches will communicate practice days/times directly to parents

A reminder that parents may stay (this might be inhibited by Genesis Centre use/regulations), but are not allowed in the gym during evaluations. This is partly for safety reasons due to overcrowding.

If a child has medical issues, such as diabetes, parents are to stay nearby. 


**AGAIN, all evaluation gyms are CLOSED sessions. You are welcome to remain within the facility, though a reminder to please be respectful of the space (no siblings running through the buildings, no garbage left behind, be respectful of the space... we want to be invited back!)**


Evaluation Overview for Parents/Guardians & Players:

The overall purpose of evaluations is to place each player on a team where they have the best opportunity to have fun and develop as a basketball player. All registered players will be put on a team. The evaluation process will include a variety of skills/drills and team play. The evaluators will be a mix of coaches and qualified evaluators from the communities within NCBC Thunder Basketball. An evaluation panel will make all final decisions regarding team assignments.




CMBA coaching clinics - registration will be released once it is available from CMBA.


If you THINK you might coach, sign up! We need volunteer coaches, and these will not be determined until later. So worse case scenario in doing a clinic, you do not coach, but have gained a little more basketball knowledge!


All coaches come out with only the best of intentions and parallel to that thought, CMBA wants to make sure you have the foundational tools to build off of... plus keep in mind this sport evolves! With that thought in mind it is also a moment to reiterate that CMBA ball is based on the Canadian style of play.... what does that mean?!? Perfect, you register, take the FREE course and learn it, to implement it! Click here to register.


CMBA has been at the leading edge of offering the most up-to-date and well researched youth sports development models to their coaches. The concepts and ideas presented in the CMBA Coach Development clinics has resulted in exciting success - the feedback provided by coaches attest to this fact. Years of research & development in youth sports has resulted in proven teaching techniques, proven decision-making processes and proven Style of Play concepts that coaches are encouraged to utilize. CMBA has embraced these best-in-class concepts and the results speak for themselves.


Canada Basketball's Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Model, Rick Torbett's Read & React Offense and Point Guard College's concepts to develop players are all utilized in CMBA's Fall CD Program.   




Tykes - NO evaluations for you, schedule to come!


Tykes will likely kickoff the week of the 18th in September. Specific information will be finalized once registration comes to a close in August and we set our fall schedule based on number of players.  

TBD - Tykes is typically run at Edgemont Community Association, or one consistant facility location to minimize the schedule/location changes for our youngest players and their families. However, location is TBD after we have all our facilities confirmed and registration is closed.




Uniform sizing chart - check your measurements


You are responsible for the uniform size, so with it we would suggest that you actually measure and do your best to have a little room to grow... but try to avoid swimming in it!


Players are NOT guarenteed the size they have registered with, though we do our best to filfull these requests. Again, please check that you are selecting the appropriate size for your player with consideration to the measurement chart below.


NO we do NOT mix and match sizes... sorry, it is a uniform set, so do your best to size yourself accordingly. 


Thunder apparel - optional Ts, Hoodies, sweatpants, hats, touques


With your registration you have the option to order a Thunder T, hoodie, sweatpants, and/or touque for your player, grandma, whoever you want to outfit to help show you support!



Thunder - team.community.commitment

Lets be ready for the season, excited for the opportunity to play ball, and ensure we are respectful to all involved. From your Thunder board, to your coaches, to CMBA, to our facilities, to your family, to our competitors.... we show up, leave it all on the floor, and ALWAYS do it with respect! 


Being part of Thunder is being part of our team, you are our community and we are committed to offering each other the best basketball experience possible. It is a sport, we are competitive, and in it we always show good sportsmanship!


To you all, .... have a great summer and we look forward to seeing you back in the gym for September. Arrive hungry so we can get after it... heart & hustle!


Coach Stephen J. Kerr President

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