IMPORTANT UPDATES! HBA 2019-2020 Season and Shoe Draw!
Easy BBQ dinners, swimming, evening bonfires…. Summer is now well underway and we hope you are enjoying yours so far! July flew by and as we head into August, our thoughts slowly (reluctantly for the kids!) turn to back-to-school shopping and getting organized for fall.
Let us help you cross one more item off your to-do list by encouraging you to register now for the 2019-2020 HBA Season!
But wait! Let’s make this a bit sweeter:
Register by midnight on Saturday, August 31st and your name will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a free pair of basketball shoes of your choice, valued up to $200!
Note: If you have already registered, thank you! Your name will automatically be entered into the draw.
Register today at http://www.hbabasketball.net/
For financial subsidy guidelines and applications through JumpStart, please click here: http://jumpstart.canadiantire.ca/en.html
We also wanted to bring you the latest updates….and to ask for your help!
First, as you may know, Delta Secondary School and Sir John A. MacDonald Secondary School will no longer be available for our Saturday game. As such, we have moved games to Henderson Secondary School and Glendale Secondary School. We will continue to hold games at Sherwood Secondary School on Saturdays.
Our Junior Boys Division has historically had their practices and games on Sundays at Sir John A. MacDonald. However, due to this school closure, this upcoming season, their practices and games will be held on Saturday afternoons at Glendale Secondary School.
Lastly, this upcoming 2019-2020 season poses some extraordinary challenges. In past years, we enjoyed (and appreciated!) significant subsidies from the HWDSB in terms of reducing the costs for renting school gyms for practices and games. This has helped keep our registration fees low to allow accessibility to basketball for all youth in Hamilton, regardless of economic background. Unfortunately, there have been many recent cuts to funding, and we are facing a very large increase in facility fees for this upcoming season due to these cuts.
Registration fees have been raised this upcoming season to cover part of these new costs, but our goal is to keep them as low as possible. The HBA, as part of its mission statement, strives to provide an affordable recreational option for children from every economic situation, and in order to do this, we need to find ways to cover this increase in cost. We are looking at a number of options, including our operational procedures and our suppliers.
We are also looking to our community and business partners to help minimize this increase in costs. We have many levels of sponsorship available and we would appreciate your help and support! We accept both corporate and personal sponsorships. If you need further information, please visit the league website at http://www.hbabasketball.net/organizations/3469/pages/124225 or contact the league at firstname.lastname@example.org Sponsorships are more important now than ever!
If you have any other questions, please check out our FAQ at http://www.hbabasketball.net/organizations/3469/pages/124202 or contact us at email@example.com.
As always, thank you for your support! We are looking forward to another great season!
The HBA Executive