The Northside Minor Basketball Association is in its fifth year of operation in 2012-13.
The NMBA operated over 12 teams last season under its umbrella including Tier II interscholastic, provinvicial midget and juvenile teams.
The core of its operation, however, is the minor mini boys and girls and bantam girls' programs.
Brad Janes is the president of the NMBA. John Hickey is vice president, John McGrattan treasurer and Vicky Patterson is secretary. Board members are Charlene Woolaver, Scott Williams, Shelley Foreman and Ryan Chase.
You can contact the executive or board members at email@example.com or via Canada Post at NMBA, 35 Hughes St., PO Box 3015, Fredericton, N.B., E3A 2W0.
Please find the president report from 2011-12:
The 2011-12 Northside Minor Basketball Association was one of change and one of progress.
As the NMBA prepares to celebrate its fifth year in 2012-13, numerous steps have been taken to ensure viability and sustainability moving forward.
Formed almost five years ago, the NMBA produced one bantam girls' team in 2008-09 and since that inception, the board has been seeking opportunities to introduce new programs that will provide a feeder system to our competitive age class teams. With the introduction of the highly successful across the country Steve Nash Youth Program for 2012-13, we finally begin the pursuit of developing players through fundamentals that we hope will ensure a base for area children for years to come.
The past season brought a number of firsts to the NMBA and all were designed to increase membership and provide opportunities for more children to improve their skills.
* First mini girls' competitive program.
* First midget girls' competitive program
* First fall skills and drills sessions for boys and girls
* First elementary school visits for skills and drills
* First Steve Nash Youth Program for the association
* First time the NMBA has had multiple Level III NCCP coaches
* First time the NMBA has had multiple Level II NCCP coaches
* First 3 on 3 fundraising tournament
* First association Twitter account in the province
* First time NMBA had six competitive teams running through the calendar season.
Highlights of the season on the court included two BNB tournament championships at the mini boys and bantam girls' age class, a bronze medal for the midget girls' team, bronze medal for mini girls' (first year!) and bronze for the under-13 girls' team.
The fall NMBA invitational attracted a full field and has become one of the staples of early season tournaments for teams across the province.
Various team tournaments were also successful this season and the NMBA's new logo and design was displayed prominently at a number of gymnasiums across the province. From the six regular season teams to the midget and juvenile teams that represented the association at various BNB age class championships.
Moving forward, there remain many challenges. Gymnasium fees and availability remains an issue as the NMBA struggles to find court times for weekend games. The NMBA remains the second highest registration fee in New Brunswick at $300 per child for its competitive programs. We are actively seeking ways to keep our registration fee at that total or finding alternative measures.
The NMBA also understands the need to keep our programs sustainable. We are taking steps to keep our players and coaches involved with the NMBA. We have outstanding coaching available and have grasped the Canadian Sport for Life Long Term Athletic Development initiative. We continue to be a thriving program that understands it has a long way to go to join established provincial programs, but we’re getting there.
The NMBA has been a provincial leader in social media with its Website, Twitter account and Facebook pages all receiving large followings on a daily and regular basis.
I also want to comment the officers of the NMBA and its board of directors. We are luky to have passionate individuals on the board, some of who are running for re-election and some who have served their time well establishing our association and now get to become fans of the NMBA. We have met as groups, as individuals and discussed a litany of proposed projects such as increased membership, more teams and more facilities. All potential and realistic goals. The move to incorporate the NMBA and to introduce the Nash program while providing community skills and drills to our area children in elementary schools are key developments through 2011-12.
I'm proud to be associated with fellow board members and look forward to completing my two-year mandate as president of the NMBA, working with returning and new board members in 2012-13.
Northside Minor Basketball Association