Jr. NBA/Mini-Baller Program vs Housleague

Many parents ask what are the differences between the Toronto Lords Jr. NBA / Mini-Baller program and the many houseleague basketball programs found around the city. While both have some benefits, we think our program is superior for a number of reasons. Below you can see an easy explanation of the similarities and differences between the two programs, and why we think ours is the better choice.

Houseleague

Jr. NBA/ Mini-Baller Program

Philosophy -Let everyone have fun, but play games so kids “just go play and learn” – Follows the Basketball Canada and Long-term Athlete Development Model, which focuses on specific skills to be developed at key points in a child’s development
Amount of Playtime 1 hour usually, with them playing half a game – usually about 16 minutes of court time in a 32 minute game, where they touch the ball less than 1/5th of that. -1 Hour of Court time, with the young athlete working and learning for most of the session, usually with their own ball for multiple repetitions of skills
Coaching Various levels, usually a parent volunteer, no real accountability Program headed by a fully certified National Coaching Certification Program Level 2 Basketball coach, and all coaches are at least NCCP 1
Fit with Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Model Does not follow suggestions on properly developing skills Follows the LTAD model of 80% skill development and fun games, 20% scrimmaging and team thinking situations, which is appropriate for this age level