MINI BALL - Soobin Yang is one of the students taking part in Mini Ball in Eckville.

Eckville Mini Ball helps basketballers old and new

Mini Ball is continuing throughout the Spring in Eckville and brings benefits to basketball players both old and new to the sport.

Mini Ball is continuing throughout the Spring in Eckville and brings benefits to basketball players both old and new to the sport.

Korbyn Lentz, a Grade 12 graduating player for the Eckville Senior Aces Basketball team, is one of the many senior players in Eckville coming out to coach and support the next generation of Eckville basketball.

It is Mini Ball. It is getting kids involved in the sport of basketball introducing it at a young age,” he said. “It is about getting them to understand the sport.”

According to Lentz, Mini Ball teaches these elementary kids the basic fundamentals of the sport as well as many other invaluable lessons.

“It isn’t about winning; it is about learning the basics and getting them ready to play junior high and senior high ball,” Lentz said, adding that he wishes this program would have been around when he was in elementary.

“No, I actually came in Grade 6 the year after that they started,” he said. You can tell with the kids who have come up through it how better they are at basketball than some of the kids that haven’t played.”

Leaning fundamental skills leads to an easier learning curve down the road, according to Lentz.

“It is so important and it is where is all starts,” he said. “People in the NBA and WNBA start at young ages. They start at four and five learning how to dribble properly and all the fundamentals of basketball.”

People able to give back to the sports community in Eckville is very important to Lentz.

“I have played here my whole high school career and the community have always supported me,” he said. “I feel like it is my job to give back and support the community to get Eckville basketball going again.”

Lentz added that the community should “come and support the kids in the final games. It would be really meaningful for them to see you out here.”


Just Posted

Motorist dies near Ponoka after loose tire collides with vehicle

Ponoka RCMP seek assistance in locating vehicle belonging to the tire

Third annual event honours youth friendly business

Three Sylvan Lake businesses were recognized Dec. 11 for role in supporting youth

Toque Toss brings in warm clothing for communities

Bantam AA Tigers asked attendees at their Dec. 10 game to toss hats, mitts, socks and more on the ice

Senior girls win gold at home tournament

The H.J. Cody Lakers hosted a basketball tournament Dec. 8-9

Christmas classics and more at the House of Music Christmas Recital

The Christmas recital was held at the Alliance Church on Dec. 9

WATCH: Red Deer’s Outreach Centre begins construction with a smash

Dragon Fly Centre, a location dedicated to healing for children and youth

WestJet Christmas video turns children’s wishes into reality

This year’s annual video took a new spin on the 12 days of Christmas

Firefighters protect seaside California towns as blaze rages

A flare-up on the western edge of Southern California’s largest and most destructive wildfire sent residents fleeing Sunday

Putin declares victory on visit to air base in Syria

Declaring a victory in Syria, Putin on Monday visited a Russian military air base in the country and announced a partial pullout of Russian forces from the Mideast nation.

Pipe bomb explodes in NYC subway

Pipe bomb strapped to man explodes in NYC subway, injuring 4

Toronto FC to hold victory parade following MLS Cup championship

Toronto FC to hold downtown victory parade following MLS Cup championship

Canada’s only commercial spaceport hopes to launch 12 rockets per year

Nova Scotia’s rocket launch site hopes to eventually host 12 launches per year

‘Big Little Lies’ lead Golden Globes

The nominees were announced from Beverly Hills after still-burning fires ravaged Southern California for the past week.

VIDEO: ‘Last Jedi’ premiere kicks off with droids, Daisy Ridley

Latests Star Wars film premiered in style ahead of Dec. 15 theatre debut

Most Read