WILBA Academy

The WILBA Academy provides young players (6 to 9 years old) with fun activities designed to teach fundamental basketball and movement skills that are necessary to develop as basketball players. The focus is on skill development but also includes modified games, such as 1 vs. 1 and 2 vs. 2, to introduce competition. All players will receive a WILBA uniform (sleeveless jersey and shorts), as well as a Lakers-branded basketball.

The Academy is under the direction of WILBA technical director Mike Hickey and practices are developed based on concepts supported by Canada's Long Term Athlete Development model. The staff consists of boys and girls from WILBA's competitive Intercity program, past and present.

All ranges of experience and skill are welcome in the Academy - it is a great place to start to learn and to develop basketball skills. For more specific information, please consult the specific programs below. For any questions, please contact infowilba@gmail.com.

Academy 1+2

Academy 1+2 is an instructional program whose main focus is to teach basic basketball skills (ballhandling, passing, shooting, defense, etc.) combined with movement skills. The players will develop through age-appropriate instructional drills and fun games, which will also teach teamwork and cooperation.

 

Who?

Academy 1+2 is for boys and girls born in 2017 or 2018, with any previous level of basketball experience.

There is a maximum of 64 players in Academy 1+2, which will be split into two groups of 32.

 

When?

The program runs from late October to late February. There are two 60-minute practices each week, based on the following schedule*:

  • Group A - Tuesday, 6:30-7:30 pm and Saturday, 8:30-9:30 am
  • Group B - Thursday, 6:30-7:30 pm and Saturday, 9:30-10:30 am

*Schedule was from the 2023-2024 season and may be subject to change for 2024-2025.

 

Where?

St. John Fisher Elementary Senior.

121 Summerhill Ave.

Pointe-Claire, QC

H9R 2L8

Academy 3

Academy 3 continues the focus on skill development started in Academy 1+2 and introduces competition with competitive drills and modified games (1 vs. 1, 2 vs. 2). Dynamic movement skills and basic offensive and defensive concepts are introduced.

 

Who?

Academy 3 is for boys and girls born in 2016, with any previous level of basketball experience.

There is a maximum of 56 players in Academy 3, which will be split into two groups of 28.

 

When?

The program runs from late October to late February. There are two 60-minute practices each week, based on the following schedule*

  • Group C - Tuesday, 7:30-8:30 pm and Saturday, 10:30-11:30 am
  • Group D - Thursday, 7:30-8:30 pm and Saturday, 11:30 am-12:30 pm

*Schedule was from the 2023-2024 season and may be subject to change for 2024-2025.

Where?

St. John Fisher Elementary Senior.

121 Summerhill Ave.

Pointe-Claire, QC

H9R 2L8

Academy 4

Academy 4 furthers skill development, movement skills and team concepts. In the 2nd half of the program, players will begin playing full court scrimmages to help get them comfortable with the pace of the game, referees as well as the rules of basketball.

 

Who?

Academy 4 is for boys born in 2015, with any previous level of basketball experience.

There is a maximum of 48 players in Academy 4.

 

When?

The program runs from late October to late February. There are two 60-minute practices each week.

Weeknight practices will be Wednesdays, either from 6:45-7:45 pm or from 7:45-8:45 pm.*

Weekend practices will be Saturdays, either from 9:00-10:00 am, 10:00-11:00 am or 11:00 am-12:00 pm.*

*Schedule was from the 2023-2024 season and may be subject to change for 2024-2025.

Where?

Weeknights

Saint Thomas High School

111 Broadview Ave.

Pointe-Claire, QC

H9R 3Z3

 

Weekends

John Rennie High School

501 Boulevard Saint-Jean

Pointe-Claire, QC

H9R 3J5