Our Mini Canes program is a U8, co-ed development program open to boys and girls born who are 5, 6, or 7 years old before December 31, 2023.
The goal of our Mini program is to develop individual skills and game play in a manner that encourages and fosters a lifelong love for play, physical activity, and community.
The program will consist of a weekly one hour session. The first half of each session will consist of skill and movement development. The second half will consist of games. The program will build a progression of skills and game play that will allow players to be ready to continue to enjoy basketball as they move into the older age groups and more formal competitive or recreational settings.
Registration for the program is $225. Gym times and locations are subject to availability of facilities rented from HRCE and HRM. The program will be 16 weeks expected to run from the last week in October to the end of February with exact dates/weeks being subject to pending facilities bookings. Due to limited facilities in our area, registration is capped at 40 players.
Registration typically opens mid-August and closes the first week in September. When open, registration can be completed through our Registration tab. Once registration is open, please do not delay. We are limited in the number of players we can take because Halifax does not have enough gyms to accommodate the demand for gym time. We fill up fast and cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate all people who end up on the waitlist.
NOTE - 7 YEAR OLDS HAVE THE OPTION TO REGISTER FOR U10
Some 7 year olds may feel that they are ready for a more competitive team environment. The U10 age group is the first age level that consists of formal teams that play in a league called the Metro Basketball Association. The U10s typically practice one to two times per week and have a game every Saturday. U10 teams are created by the players going through our player assessment process where they, along with a large group of their peers, are assessed for skill, basketball IQ, coachability, and general athleticism. There are two assessment sessions. After the assessments, players are placed on a team with others having similar abilities.
7 year olds can register for U10 and attend the first player assessment. If, after the first assessment, they feel that they are not yet ready for U10, you can contact Danny De Palma at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for your player to be moved to Mini with a partial refund (U10 is $425 and Mini is only $225). If a 7 year old attends the second player assessment, he or she must stay in the U10 division. There are no refunds after a player attends the second player assessment. A player must select either U10 or Mini. Registration in both is not permitted.