Friday, 5 October 2007

Tonight's Games

Here is tonight's schedule in games involving CIS teams (all games Eastern time):

Friday, Oct. 5th
6 PM Laurentian vs. Concordia (1st Round Concordia NIKE Invitational)
6:30 PM Acadia vs. SMU at Moncton (non-conference)
8 PM Memorial vs. Laurier (1st Round Concordia NIKE Invitational)
8 PM Ottawa vs. Champlain-St.Lambert at St. Bruno, PQ (Exhibition)
9 PM Lakeland College at Regina (Exhibition)

Congratulations to Taffe Charles, former Carleton Ravens all-star forward and men's team Associate Head Coach through each of the 5 CIS championships. Charles has moved on to coach the Carleton women's program and recently got his career of on the right track with a pair of victories as the Charlatan, Carleton's student newspaper, reports Charles Tenure off to a winning start

Here are a couple of worthy news items from Dale Stevens' Canadian university basketball discussion list...

Women’s basketball
CIS schools to fight breast cancer

Oct. 3, 2007

OTTAWA (CIS) - The CIS Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) proudly announced Wednesday a joint fundraising effort to take place throughout the
2007-08 season to raise money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Society.

To date, over 30 CIS women’s basketball programs have jumped on board and will raise money through regular season home games, exhibition tournaments or other special projects.

The WBCA plans to announce the grand total of all money raised at the CIS championship in Saskatoon, in March.

The initiative was the brainchild of Bishop’s University head coach Rod Gilpin.

"We were raising money through our pre-season exhibition tournament in support of legendary University of Victoria coach Kathy Shields. In talking to other CIS coaches we realized we were not the only program doing this and it only made sense that the WBCA take on this project nationwide."

UNB bench boss Jeff Speedy has since taken the lead on the project.

"This is a very exciting initiative and I am pleased to be doing a small part to help make it happen," said Speedy. "To see so many coaches and athletic departments step forward to support this is fantastic. I truly hope we are announcing a huge number in Saskatoon in March."

Fittingly, Victoria is the school that kicked off the fundraiser last Friday, Sept. 28 with the Vikes annual Alumni game.

The activities resume Wednesday, Oct. 3 as Wilfrid Laurier and York are staging an exhibition contest in Barrie, Ont., where the gym is already sold out.

Many teams have purchased and will be wearing pink uniforms or warm-up shirts to bring awareness to the fight against the deadly disease.

From Oct. 12-14, the Manitoba Bisons will host the annual Garbonzo’s Invitational - Drive For A Cure Weekend. The Bisons will run a clinic, donate gate receipts and sell Bison ribbon t-shirts.

"We are proud to host this event to highlight the fight against breast cancer and help provide an avenue for fans to support this worthy cause," commented Manitoba head coach Pam Danis.

Kingston RTC for basketball Announce Tryout Date

Basketball Ontario has decided to establish a Regional Training Center in Kingston. The center will be patterned after Basketball Canada's Centre for Performance Program, and will strive to provide athletes an opportunity to enhance their basketball skill level in preparation for Regional Teams(BDP/MDP/JDP), Provincial Teams (Under 15 and Under 17), and the Nike Centres for Performance (CP) - Ontario. Strong emphasis will be placed on individual skill development, team concepts development, strength and agility education development, time management, and planning and personal development skills.

Following a free open tryout, up to 30 male athletes aged 12-17 who exhibit distinctive skill, high athleticism, sportsmanlike attitude, and sheer potential will be invited to join the RTC program.

Once selected, the athletes will participate in sixteen two-hour training sessions over the next eight months, with all sessions running on Sunday nights from 6-8pm at Regiopolous Notre Dame high school. The cost of the Kingston RTC will be $50 per athlete for current Basketball Ontario members and $65 for new members. This will include a Nike T-shirt, shorts and a rubber Wilson basketball.

Scott Meeson, former Queen's head coach, will be the head coach for the Kingston RTC. The coaching staff will also include: Paul Coulter, and Rob Besselink of the Kingston Impact and Geoff Stewart from Bayridge S.S.

The tryout date will be Sunday, October 21 at Regi from 6-8pm with registration at 5:30.

Scott Meeson
Director: Jumpshots Basketball Camps and Clinics National Coaching Certification Progam Instructor

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