How do our programs work?

Rookie → Recreational → Rep

Rookie → Recreational:

According to Wikipedia, “A rookie is a person in his or her first year of a sport…”

Our Rookie and Recreational program are similar in nature for the basketball program as we deliver the Steve Nash Youth Basketball (SNYB) Program in partnership with Canada Basketball. The SNYB program (found in our Recreational division) is designed for players aged 7 to 12 years old who may be in their first year in sport or first time ever touching a basketball. The Rookie program delivers FUNdamental movement in sport and designed to teach players aged 4-6 the basics of athleticism, sportsmanship, character through sport. All RookieRecreational programs are designed to a fun learning experience so that players not only appreciate the value of sport, but more importantly, desire to develop a passion to learn more. Our program will encourage players to not only be DAREful and LOVEing during our clinics, practices and programs, but also to continue long-term athletic development (LTAD).

According to Canada Sport for Life:

“Science, research and decades of experience all point to the same thing: kids and adults will get active, stay active, and even reach the greatest heights of sport achievement if they do the right things at the right times. This is the logic behind the Long-Term Athlete Development model (LTAD).”

Quite often, players will seek to use their newly learned skills on the court through friendly competition. The fall season will start with Rookie and Recreational players learning skills and drills using the FUNdamentals and the SNYB curriculum. The winter season has been designed for players to use those newly learned skills in a house league or at (a) tournament(s).

Competitive or Rep

Many of our players ages 10 and older who have been through the SNYB program have expressed a desire to play in a more competitive environment and they seek new challenges. Hence, we have developed a Competitive division that has 2 different components: Performance Training and Rep play. Performance training is typically conducted during the summer months and practices commence again in the fall before entering into a competitive house league or Rep tournaments.

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As a DAREful and LOVEing organization, our mandate is to encourage and maintain virtues and values. Character development at all levels is a priority over athletic development. If a player can develop the discipline, attitude, respect through effort; they will not only be successful in sport but also in life. If they can LOVE: listen, obey, volunteer and do it every day, they can learn the values of contributing in their community, at home and at work. These are the principles that are a foundation for success in all areas.

We endeavour to give every child in our community the opportunity to play sport and be introduced to athletic and character development. That is why we offer free clinics to all youth on selected dates and times…so that they can learn to love sport too.

Register for a free clinic or a regular weekly program today and be DAREful and LOVEing.

This is an entry-level basketball program perfect for young athletes ages 4-6. This session will be a mix of interactive and fun basketball activities meant to get your child familiar with the basic skills and rules of the game while learning the principles of DARE and LOVE. Mainly, this program is designed to provide your child a fun, active and educational environment. To develop good Discipline • Attitude • Respect • Effort and encourage them to Listen • Obey • Volunteer – Everyday

Rookie Basketball (for ages 4-6; 60 minutes per week)

  • Focuses on FUNdamental movement
  • Promotes Long-term Athletic Development (LTAD)
  • Builds confidence and develops athletic character
  • Progresses to Steve Nash Youth Basketball

Rookie info

Rookie schedule


Free clinics

This program is for intermediate-level athletes ages 7-12 that includes our 4-on-4 youth house league. Considered as a recreational division, this program is a great way for athletes to develop their skills and gain more understanding of the game in a fun, friendly, and competitive way. Young athletes can also use this as an opportunity to prepare for DAREtoLOVE’s competitive Rep team if they choose to further advance their skills and training. In partnership with Canada Basketball, welcome to the Steve Nash Youth Basketball Program delivered by DAREtoLOVE Sports Club   

 Recreational/SNYB (for ages 7-9, 10-12; 90 to 110 minutes per week) 

  •   In partnership with Canada Basketball
  • Focuses on developing FUNdamental skills, confidence and character
  • Promotes Long-term Athletic Development (LTAD)
  • Progresses to recreational house league and possible competitive development

SNYB info

SNYB schedule


Free clinics

Athletes who completed our SNYB program and/or are at the competitive level, can join our Rep teams to compete against other Rep teams in the region. We have 3 representing teams: Boys U10/U11 DAREtoLOVE Soldiers Boys U13/U14 DAREtoLOVE Soldiers Girls U13 DAREtoLOVE Soldiers We believe that the athletes that make up our Rep teams are ambassadors of DAREtoLOVE and therefore are committed to reflecting the DARE virtues and the values of LOVE. It is by these virtues and values that we play with cause, honour and respect.  

Soldiers Basketball (2 to 5 hours per week)

  • Focuses on continuous development
  • Dry-land training is introduced for speed, agility and conditioning
  • Continuous the Long-tern Athletic Development (LTAD) and progresses into Canada Sports for Life (CS4L)
  • Builds confidence, character and leadership
  • Progresses to house league and possible rep.

Soldiers info

Soldiers schedule

YDBL schedule


We are a community that believes building great athletes through virtues and values. That character development comes first to skill development.

" I want to be remembered as a great competitor and a great teammate" - Steve Nash

"I believe that the measure of a person's life is the effect they have on others" - Steve Nash

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