We are more than just a basketball club. Our philosophy is focused on the entire person, not just their athletic capabilities. We develop life skills as well as honing basketball talent. Basketball provides an excellent medium to nurture life skills that will stay with the athlete long after their playing days are over. We help athletes achieve the highest level they are capable of achieving, on and off the court.
On the Court
We focus on the individual skill development of each athlete. Our youth curriculum is in line with the Canadian Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model which is designed to promote life-long participation as well as help develop post-secondary level athletes. One of our strengths is the design of a comprehensive curriculum for development allowing athletes to progress through our programs, from Mini Basketball in grades 1-2 through to Elite Spring Team athletes and beyond.
In addition to technical instruction, our Elite Spring Team athletes take their training to the next level through incorporating in athletic development, nutrition, mental skills and pre- and post-game training.
Off the Court
Off the court, we instill discipline, dedication, teamwork and leadership skills in to our athletes. These are life skills that are transferable to the outside world and will help our athletes to succeed in whatever path they choose in life.
Developing More Than Just Athletes
Developing basketball athletes is only one part of the equation. For a basketball community like Medicine Hat to be successful, it is necessary to develop coaches, referees, score keepers, team managers and administrators as well. We strive to develop all facets of the game in order to keep as many children playing as possible. Many schools are restricted in the number of teams they can run not because of a shortage of athletes, but because of a shortage of coaches. We had over 40 coaches involved in our programs last year! Chances are you will find a past or current Rangers coach in your school.
Sense of Family
Our Rangers coaches believe that technical instruction is only one part of their role. They often act as mentors and role models for their athletes; providing guidance, tutoring, assistance with a job search, or just someone to talk to. This relationship does not end at the coach level as older athletes are also active in nurturing, mentoring or coaching younger athletes to provide another support network to an athlete.
No Financial Barriers
Rangers Basketball believes all children should be able to participate regardless of their financial situation. That is why we have a policy that we will never leave a child behind due to financial constraints. If your child or a child you know wants to play basketball but finances are a barrier to participation, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will find a way to make it work.