Soccer has long been over. The Christmas and New Year holidays are over and everyone has fully recovered. Now it is time for the mid-winter sports that we are deeply involved. Saturday is a big day – my two boys are playing in their first organized basketball games! It is as much fun as VSA (Soccer) and after the anxious moment at first they are now having a blast. We all really look forward to the basketball games and this weekend was a big disappointment when we received a call that the games were cancelled because the heating in the Gymnasium was not working. It is one of the sports that we can all play, watch and enjoy. This league in particular is unique in that it not only teaches the concept of basketball but also incorporates some religion in a very non-intrusive way so that children of all nationalities and religions feel welcome.
The games are held at Battlefield Baptist Church and after each 45 minute practice the teams gather for a 15 minute inspirational, team building exercise that includes learning a verse from the Bible. This week my son is supposed to learn this verse “Everyone should be quick to listen. But they should be slow to speak. They should be slow to get angry.” For learning this he will get a star. All the kids can earn stars for good sportsmanship, being “Jesus-like”, offence, defense, playing well and other things. There is really no pressure though, all kids are treated equally and they love earning stars. My boys love it and and from what we have seen we think all the way around this will be a great activity for years. And, the price can’t be beat – $90 for the season that includes the uniforms!