PRogram Placement FAQ

The program placement camp is a way to evaluate and direct athletes to their correct path for the Fall/Winter season that runs from September to March. Flight Academy coaches will invite selected athletes from this camp to participate in the elite club program known as the Flight Prep Program (@Flightprepprogram).Those not invited to the Prep Program will be directed to the "Ball in the Fall Skillz" Academy and Flight Winter league. We recommend everyone to attend the program placement camps (3 hours in total) as it will be an exceptional 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 in BC and the USA (if possible). The placement camp will take over two days. Invitations to join the prep program will be sent before midday on Monday after the camp. 

Girls  Placement Camp 

Saturday and Sunday, Sept 10 and 11th  @ St.Margarets School (1080 Lucas).   

10:30 am to 12:00 pm- U/13 Girls  (Grade 6/7)  and U/11 Girls  (Grade 3/4/5)

 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm- U/15 Girls  (Grade 8/9)

 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm- U16 and U/17 Girls and U18 Girls (Grade 10/11/12)  

 

 

Boys Placement Camp 

Saturday and Sunday, Sept 10 and 11th  @ St.Margarets School (1080 Lucas).                                           

3:00 pm to 4:30 pm- U/10 and U/11 Boys (Grade 3/4/5)                                                                    

4:30 pm to 6:00 pm- U/13 Boys (Grade 6/7)                                                                   

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm- U/15 Boys (Grade 8/9)                                                                   

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm- U16  and U/17 Boys and U18 Boys (Grade 10/11/12)                       

                                                                                             

Families must discuss before Program Placement Camp regarding commitment to the prep program.  Athletes and their families that have tried out and accepted an offer to the Flight Prep Program are advised against tryouts for other clubs as we are looking for committed athletes. 

Will the athletes play games?

 

Yes, we will be playing Games. We will compete in local competitions such as night league, run and gun league, hosting tournaments and travellling to the mainland for the games and tournaments. 

The U13 and under teams will have most of their games from the Victoria and District Night League schedule while the U15s and above willb e palying in the mainland for the bulk of their games. 

Why is the u15+ Boys and Girls Program Different?

The U15 and above program is different because we want the athletes to represent and succeed in their High school programs without having club obligations. From Sept to Nov, these teams will train twice a week and travel to the mainland to compete in high-level leagues. These leagues represent their development and need for consistent elite competition. The league (travel) will happen every second week on Saturday/Sunday. 

From Nov to March, the schedule will have a lighter load. It will have a place for the athletes to continue training (once a week) so it does not interfere with the high school schedule. There will be one or two strategically placed tournaments placed in there to ensure it does not interfere with the high school schedule. 

 

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. We are at the mercy of the night league schedule, so that may change.  

The U15 and above prep teams will be playing in a competitive league on the mainland from September until November. Every second weekend. They will be a day trip on either Saturday or Sunday. Dates TBA. 

How much does it cost?

 

The cost of the program this upcoming spring is going to be different from most. Since we are unable to project the cost, 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 long is the season?

 

The season will go from September to March. The younger age group (U13 and below) will have a more consistent schedule as they will play in the night league plus tournaments while the U15s and above will have a strong schedule early (Sept to Nov) and taper off with training until March. A perfect supplement to the high school season. 

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/10

  • 1 team for U/11

  • 1 team for U/13

  • 1 team for U/15

  • 1 team for U/16

  • 1 team for U/17

 

The teams are offered for both girls and boys (ex. One U/11 boys’ team and one U/11 Girls team). The teams are by the program director and coaches’ discretions. We may run more or fewer teams based on the program director's decision.

 

How many athletes per team?

 

The maximum is 12 athletes per team, and the minimum is 10. Team numbers are based on coaches/director decisions.

What if I do not make a 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 are unable to attend but still sign up for the placement camp as it is a way for us to not that you want to be included for 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 regardless of skill it is still a solid three hours of basketball split into two days. 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 is given the opportunity to play. We have worked with families before and come up with solutions that allow 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.

 

Sponsorship?

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 out with the program. Info@Flightbasketball.ca.

 

If you have more questions, please do not hesitate to send us an email at Info@Flightbasketball.ca