Our D-League (City & Varsity) House League Programs are instructional basketball programs for boys ages 5 to 18 years old and has been the grassroots program for our Tri City Vipers Basketball teams. House League players are grouped according to their age and skill level to learn the fundamental skills and principles of basketball. Playing time is regulated through Metro Basketball Basketball Association (MBA) sanctioned “Fair Play Policy” so that every participant is guaranteed equal playing time (U10 and Division 3 and below in U12- U14).
Coaches are committed to developing individual skills, introducing Tri City Vipers Basketball concepts of team play and improving the over-all fitness levels of their players. Participants have shown improvement in their self-confidence levels and this has encouraged them to continue their interest and passion for playing the game of basketball. House League exposes players to a competitive, but friendly environment, while also offering opportunities to train and excel to a higher level on and off the court; for example, through our REP/AAU Program. Players who excel and are recognized in our House League Programs are promoted and given the opportunity to participate in our Select Programs.
NOVICE - UNDER THE AGE OF 10
Graduating from our development program, the Novice level players will continue to work on the basic fundamentals of passing, shooting and dribbling, ball handling and lay-ups, while still making it fun and enjoyable. Offensive and defensive footwork drills will be introduced (jump-stop, pivoting, on ball defence, etc.). Both the defensive and triple threat stance will be introduced at this level. League play will address rules of the game (traveling, double dribble, etc.)
ATOM AND MAJOR ATOM - UNDER THE AGE OF 12
Players will continue to develop their skills by working on the basic basketball fundamentals (passing, shooting, ball handling, lay-ups) through drills. Correct shooting form, stance, rebounding and boxing out will be worked on along with closer attention given to footwork both on offence and defence. Man-to-man fundamentals will be stressed along with the triple threat stance. The importance and effectiveness of team play will be introduced and discussed.
BANTAM AND MAJOR BANTAM - UNDER THE AGE OF 14
Players will continue to work on and develop their basketball skills through drills (passing, shooting, ball handing, dribbling, rebounding, boxing out, conditioning, court sense, etc.). They will be taught all aspects of the game of basketball. Closer attention will be given to details from proper shooting form, triple threat stance to proper footwork both on offence and defence. They will learn defensive layers and man to man principals; on-ball, help-side and deny concept of defence.
MIDGET TO JUVENILE BOYS - UNDER THE AGE OF 18
Players will continue to develop their basketball skills through more competitive drills. They will be taught all aspects of the game of basketball from shooting form and triple threat stance, to proper footwork both on offence and defence. They will continue to work on man-to-man principals “on-ball”, ” help side” and “deny” principals. Both zone offence and defence will be introduced at this level of play.
All participants in the D-league program will receive a basketball, medallion, individual/team photo. Uniform must be purchased.
We believe that participating on one of our D-League teams will give all players the opportunity to meet and make new friends, have fun, and get better at the great game of basketball...things that will last a lifetime.
Tri City Vipers Fall/Winter Season
The season runs within the current year beginning in October commencing in March the following year, which includes an end of season Playoffs and Finals. Games are played weekly against other clubs. Timing and Gym Locations vary due to division schedules. All teams practice at least once a week.