Spring League Tryouts 2013
Genesis Basketball's inaugural season was in 2006 and in just five short years has evolved into the program we are today. The Club was founded on the premise that all of today's youth, regardless of their social, economic or educational standing should have the opportunity to play basketball at an elite level. Since then Genesis has grown into one of Calgary's largest and most successful programs with over 200 players at the spring 2011 tryout. The club is owned, coached and operated by numerous Calgarians, who have grown up playing basketball in our city and know what it takes to be successful. It is with this knowledge and understanding that we provide our players with a well-rounded program that takes into consideration not only what happens on the basketball court, but all facets of life.
It is crucial that our players succeed not only on the basketball court but in the classroom, at their jobs and at home. Basketball is only one aspect of life and our players are encouraged to put in an equal effort in all areas to achieve ultimate success. We are heavily involved in our player's lives and want them to succeed in whatever path they choose. We believe that all players should be given an equal opportunity to play Club Basketball and do whatever possible to ensure this happens. Keeping our fees as low as possible and reaching out to corporate sponsors to help subsidize costs has allowed us to open our doors to players from all walks of life. On the court we try and build a well-rounded basketball player, stressing fundamentals, a positive attitude, doing the 'little things' right and playing within your means. We are very realistic and honest with our players and will always provide constructive criticism when needed.
We understand that playing post-secondary basketball is not the goal of all our players and so we focus on every youth's individual needs, whether they are to play at the next level or not. We at Genesis love the game of basketball and everything it has done for us and so are driven to help share this same passion and love with all our players; regardless of abilities. It is our goal that all players will improve their skills and knowledge of the game regardless of age or background; and if this occurs we have achieved our ultimate goal.
Genesis has a proven track record, both at the coaching and playing levels. Various coaches have had success playing at the College, University and Professional level, garnering numerous accolades including Conference and National Players of the year. In addition, they have experienced success coaching at not only the club level but also high school and collegiate, winning city and conference championships. As a result, Genesis prides itself in maintaining strong relationships with post-secondary institutions and coaches across Canada and the U.S.A and also European pro teams. We will do everything in our power to assist our players in playing at the next level if desired. Genesis is in constant dialogue with numerous coaches and has had success helping place a number of former players at various institutions. To learn more about our coaches please continue to our Coaches page.
Genesis is a grassroots club which focuses on not only skill development at the team and individual level but also on transferring skills learned on the court to the outside world. Coaches are not only former University and College players but also teachers, mentors and role models. While much of the time spent between coach and player is spent on the court, the relationship does not end there. Some of our players lack guidance and advocates in their lives and we are committed to do anything possible to help build the individual. Whether it be through tutoring, being references for jobs, driving players to interviews or school events or simply being a listening ear, the concepts of family and always being there for one another resonates throughout the club. This relationship does not end at the coach-player level however as we encourage our older players to nurture and mentor our younger, less-experienced players wherever possible. This is one of the reasons Genesis has been able to grow so quickly in just five years.
A non-profit company, Genesis is committed to give back to the community at large. From volunteering at various tournaments, peer-tutoring or running clinics and skill development sessions in schools around the city, we are continually trying to reach out to as many people as possible. It is important that our players understand the value of giving back and helping those around you. Our players come from all corners of the city and surrounding area and from various backgrounds and it is this diverse cross-section that breeds a sense of togetherness, family and unity. Having our coaches and players volunteer in all areas helps show our players that all people are the same, regardless of where they are from.