PRogram Placement FAQ
The program placement camp is a way to evaluate and direct athletes to their correct path for the Spring/Summer season from March to August 7th. Flight Academy coaches will invite selected athletes from this camp to participate in the elite club program known as the Flight Prep Program (@Flightprepprogram). Coaches will direct those not invited to the Prep Program to the "Spring Skillz" Academy and Flight Spring league. We recommend everyone to attend the program placement camps (3 hours in total) as it will be a unique way to train with the best. Flight Prep teams will train (2 to 3 times a week) and compete in local leagues and tournaments. The Flight Prep team will also host and attend competitive tournaments and games in BC and the USA (if possible). The placement camp will take over two days. The Program Director will send invitations to join the prep program after 5 pm on the Monday after camp.
Girls Placement Camp
Saturday and Sunday, March 11th and 12th
@ St.Margarets School (1080 Lucas).
12:00pm to 1:30 pm-U/11 Girls (Grade 3/4/5)
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm- U/13 Girls (Grade 6/7)
3:00 pm-4:30 pm - U15 Girls (Grade 8/9)
4:30 pm-6:00 pm- U16 Girls (Grade 10)
6:00 pm-7:30 pm- U18 Girls (Grade 11/12)
Boys Placement Camp
Saturday and Sunday, March 4th and 5th @ Central Middle School (1280 Fort Street)
9:00 am to 10:30 am- U/10 and U/11 Boys (Grade 3/4/5)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm- U12 Boys (Grade 6)
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm- U13 Boys (Grade 7)
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm- U14 Boys (Grade 8)
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm- U/15 Boys (Grade 9)
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm- U16 Boys (Grade 10)
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm- U18 Boys (Grade 11/12)
Families must discuss before Program Placement Camp regarding commitment to the prep program. Athletes and their families who have tried out and accepted an offer to the Flight Prep Program are advised against tryouts for other clubs as we seek committed athletes and will not be permitted to play for other clubs while on a Flight Team.
All U14's and Under teams will play from April to the End of June (School end)
All U15s and over teams will play from April to August 10th.
*Please note that athletes are committing for the entire program duration. Due to gyms/tournaments needing to be booked beforehand, fees are associated with full-season participation.
When Are the Practices/GAMES?
The practices are not set in stone yet, but traditionally, the girl's teams will practice/play on Monday/Wednesday/Friday while the boy's team traditionally practices Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. These may change
How much does it cost?
The program's cost this upcoming spring will be different from most. Since we cannot project the price, we will have a base amount (gym rentals, uniforms, insurance, coaching fees), and then we will add any amount associated with what each team does. Given that different Teams will be playing different schedules, the cost associated per team will be different.
How many tournaments?
We are aiming at one-two tournament per month.
Because each team's skills and abilities will differ, some teams may focus more on local competition than others. The predicted competition schedule will be released before camp
I am already in the prep program. Does that mean I am automatically in?
No. Not even close. Everyone has to try out again for spots for the upcoming season.
How many teams?
The number of teams depends on the number of athletes that attend the tryouts and the level of play. We are aiming for :
1 team for U/11
1 team for U/12
1 team for U/13
1 team for U/14
1 team for U/15
1 team for U/16
1 team for U/17
1 Team for U/18
The teams are offered for both girls and boys (ex., One U/11 boys' team and one U/11 Girls team). The number of teams may change due to the level of skills and experience that come to participate.
How many athletes per team?
The maximum is 12 athletes per team, and the minimum is 10. Team numbers are based on coaches'/director's decisions.
What if I do not make the team?
That is okay. The teams are based on the current level of playing skills each athlete has. This changes over time, which is why we have our prep team tryouts every four months. If you do not make the team, we highly recommend the skills academy and Flight League offered on Saturdays. Prep team players are also highly encouraged to sign up for the Skills Academy and Leagues.
What if I cannot attend the placement camp but am highly interested in joining?
Please notify us that you cannot attend but still sign up for the placement camp, as it is a way for us to know that you want to be included in the selection. The camp is two days long. We urge athletes to attend both days, and if they are unable to contact us immediately.
Should everyone come to the program placement camp?
We encourage everyone within the correct age bracket to attend the program placement camp. We say this because it is still a solid three hours of basketball split into two days, regardless of skill. It is a wonderful learning experience and a chance to learn and grow in a pressure setting.
Are there programs in place to subsidize costs?
Yes, they are. Flight is a Family, and as a family, we want to ensure that each member can play. We have worked with families before and devised solutions allowing their athletes to continue playing. We do this through sponsorships, subsidies, fee waivers etc. We want to help each family as much as we can.
We have had many sponsors throughout the years. There are multiple sponsorship packages available. If you are a business owner and would like to discuss sponsorship opportunities with Flight, please email us at Info@Flightbasketball.ca. Our partnerships ensure the success of the athlete's training and competition. Currently, Nike (yes, NIKE) is our primary sponsor.
I am interested in COaching/helping out.
We are always looking for fresh new coaches. Please do not hesitate to contact us to express your interest in coaching and helping with the program. Info@Flightbasketball.ca.
If you have more questions, please do not hesitate to email us at Info@Flightbasketball.ca.