Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is/isn't included in the fees?

The registration fee includes registration fees for Calgary Minor Basketball, insurance under Basketball Alberta, uniform and equipment (use and replacement costs), practice gym rental, and coach training and player development subsidy, board insurance, and those associated with the running of an association. Your registration does not include personal equipment such as shoes, mouth guards, athletic braces, team gear (hoodies, track pants etc), or individual training or additional gym time in excess of that allotted your team.

When does registration open?

Registration opens around August for our fall season and March for our spring season

Can I get my registration fee back if my child withdraws?

Players who wish to withdraw must contact the CLS Registrar, copying the association president directly in writing (i.e. email) prior to evaluations. Players who withdraw prior to evaluations, will receive a full refund minus a $50 administration fee. After evaluations, no refunds will be issued, unless accompanied by a medical note.

Due to the abbreviated season, U18 players are required to pay registration fees prior to evaluations and no refunds will be issued after the commencement of evaluations.

Should no spots become available for a player who is on a wait list, a full refund will be issued if payment was made.

Other withdrawals with special circumstances (e.g. medical issues) are dealt with on an individual basis.

Uniform deposit is $100 to be refunded at the end of the current season of play ) Winter or spring

Can I pick my coach?

The size of the league prevents us from being able to manage this request. Requests cannot be accepted for specific coaches or to be placed with certain players/friends. There are too many to accommodate.

Parents/coaches should not entice others to play with them or on their child's team. Until evaluations, parents, coaches, and players are not aware of who has already registered, their level of skill, or their team assignment. Nor is the coach able to state that you can be on his/her team, as we must ensure proper placement of all players is achieved, through an objective evaluation process. In some situations, we will ask coaches/players to recruit other players if we are trying to fill a team at the last minute. But we cannot guarantee which team the new recruits will be placed on until they are evaluated.

Can I request to play with another player for carpooling, or with my sibling, etc.?

The size of the league and the evaluation process prevent us from being able to manage this request, though we try our best to accommodate this if circumstances are favourable.

In the case of siblings, both children will be evaluated. If they evaluate on the same team there is not an issue. If there is a significant difference between the two children in their skill level and it would be more suitable for one child to be placed on a lower level team, the parents will be contacted to discuss options.

In no circumstance, however, will we raise the ‘B’ player to ‘A’, thus displacing a higher evaluated player. You can inform us of the request and we will see what we can do - but we cannot promise we will be able to meet your request.

How are teams formed?

Where numbers warrant more than one team in an age category CLS will hold evaluations to determine player placement. The desire is to field as competitive a team as possible with the available players. Accordingly, players will be placed on the team for which their abilities are most compatible. In the event that there is more players than required for one team but not enough for two teams, the evaluators will be instructed to select a team which has the most compatible skill level for a given division. All others will receive a full refund.
There are certain factors that may require a departure from this philosophy (i.e. U18 age levels). In these instances, all relevant factors such as player numbers, players' desire to play high school basketball, the high schools the players attend and the likelihood of being able to field a team for the entire season are considered.

Each season CLS has an evaluation committee who evaluates players and determines player placement. Decisions of this committee are as unbiased as possible and if required will be reviewed by the board.

Player evaluations and team placements are conducted approximately in the beginning of September and are generally done in one or two evening evaluations.

Can my child play up in a higher age group?

At this time, moving players to a higher age group is based on the players skill level during evaluations and/or board approval. "playing up" will only be considered if there is roster space in the higher age group, and the player will be required to evaluate with both his/her age group and the requested division.

Are there a maximum number of players in a division or on a team?

We try our very best to allow every player who registers to be placed on a team. We field as many teams as we can, providing we can supply all teams with a sufficient number of players and coaches. We typically do not have more than 12 players on a team. The maximum number of players that Calgary Minor Basketball allows on a team is 14.

How long is the league season?

Players are evaluated starting in September and are subsequently placed on a team with practices starting the third week of September. Games start the weekend after Thanksgiving. There is a Christmas break and then games resume in January and go until the end of February. If a team goes to Provincials, they are typically the second week in March.

The Juvenile/High School division starts their season earlier in order to be done the first half of the season before high school basketball starts up. Evaluations are done in September and games usually start the third weekend in September and finish by the end of November. If there are a sufficient number of players to register a winter team, the winter team plays from January to the first or second weekend in March.

I am looking at registering my daughter for basketball this season but am wondering where the practices are held and at what time?

Practices are typically held in Chestermere. We can not tell you the time or dates of your practices until evaluations are finished and players have been selected for their teams.

How can I volunteer with CLS Minor Basketball?

Please email with the area of which you would like to volunteer ie: Coach, Team Manager, Fundraising etc.

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