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The Saskatoon Basketball Academy is a proud new member of the National Preparatory Association. A unique blend of motivated coaches and administrative members striving to create continued education options for student-athletes .


THE ASSOCIATION

The Saskatoon Basketball Academy Is a  proud new member of the National Preparatory Association.  A unique blend of motivated coaches and administrative  members striving to create continued education options for student-athletes .

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HOW WE GET IT DONE

The Saskatoon Basketball Academy offers the journey to the goal of becoming a post secondary student-athlete. The Saskatoon Basketball Academy has made arrangements with Saskatoon Public School  for all student-athletes to attend the FLEX program at City Park School. This unique educational program is geared towards students pursuing high level training by providing them with a flexible class schedule in a supportive environment allowing them to reach their academic and athletic goals.

ACADEMICS

With all the hype around amateur and collegiate sports surrounding our young student athletes it can be easy for some to forget that these young student athletes are students first. At the core of everything we do at SBA our mission is to prepare these young students for life as a post secondary student athlete. In order to fulfill our mission we retain the services of an academic advisor for our students.  Please see below for a letter from our Academic Adviser Tanner Kozun.

Greetings Prospective Parents,

My name is Tanner Kozun and I am the academic advisor for the Saskatoon Basketball Academy. Thank you for visiting our site to learn more information about our program. Life as a student athlete can be challenging for our students. Part of my role is to help our students navigate these challenges by providing unparalleled academic support. I work closely with the coaching staff to incorporate mandatory study halls, private tutoring and any other form of academic support our students may need while with SBA. Our staff is here to create an environment that will not only support your son but that will help him prepare for life as a university or college student. 

If you have any questions about the academic programming at SBA please don't hesitate to contact me.

ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT

Playing basketball at the Elite level requires dedication and determination. There must be a strong focus in 4 main areas.

Strength and Conditioning

  • Development of fundamental movement patterns

  • Building a foundation for elite level performance

  • Developing aerobic endurance, flexibility, and core strength

  • Developing agility, coordination, speed, and power

Nutrition

  • Establishing a well-balanced diet with adequate protein, vitamins, and minerals

  • Minimizing processed/junk foods

  • Eating a healthy diet to prepare athletes for the volume and intensity required to optimize training and live life to the fullest

Rest and Recovery

  • Getting adequate rest, so your body can recovery and get stronger

  • Understanding proper recovery so you don’t see a decrease in performance

  • Not over-training as it can lead to burnout 

Lifestyle

  • Live a healthy lifestyle, so you can continue to play at an elite level

  • Get enough sleep

  • Drink enough water

  • Avoid drugs and alcohol, as this will severely decrease performance

The more knowledgeable athletes are about these training and performance factors, the more they can enhance their training and performance levels. When athletes reach their genetic potential and physiologically cannot improve anymore, performance can be improved by mastering the 4 areas listed above.

LIFESTYLE

Our schedule varies depending on travel and charitable commitments but this itinerary is an example of the type of activities that make up our schedule. 

The flex program allows our students the ability to take a portion of their classes in the face to face traditional format, and another portion of their classes through correspondence or online platforms. This provides the flexibility we need to work around an intensive training schedule. 

9:00 am-12:45 am Students attend classes.

12:45-1:30 Lunch

1:30-3:30 Study Hall- Homework and monitored study period for students.

3:30-4:30 Film Study- Film session with the coaching staff.

5:00-7:00 pm  On court practice session.

7:00-9:00 pm Athlete downtime.

10:00 pm Team curfew on weekdays.

10:30 pm Lights out.

Variations to our schedule will consist of added study time when nearing exams. Sessions with the team life coach, community volunteer work, team meetings, and off day recreational activities.

If you have any questions about our programming please contact our Director of Basketball Operations, Coach Sean Tyson. Kindly direct academic inquiries towards our Academic Advisor Tanner Kozun.

Congratulations to Cole Newkirk on being the second SBA graduate to commit to a U-Sport school. Your hard work, dedication and commitment to the process has paid off. We wish you nothing but success and will be watching you at the next level.    Congratulations to Ariel Mutware on committing to Laurentian University. Ariel has the honor of being the first SBA graduate to commit to a U-Sports school. We are excited to watch you compete at the next level and we wish you the best of luck.

Congratulations to Cole Newkirk on being the second SBA graduate to commit to a U-Sport school. Your hard work, dedication and commitment to the process has paid off. We wish you nothing but success and will be watching you at the next level.

Congratulations to Ariel Mutware on committing to Laurentian University. Ariel has the honor of being the first SBA graduate to commit to a U-Sports school. We are excited to watch you compete at the next level and we wish you the best of luck.