Top 10 Questions

Top 10 Questions to ask

when joining a basketball club


10. What is the refund policy?


9. How many players do you put on each team?


8. Do you show parents the team budget? (where does the money go)


7. What do we get for our registration fees?


6. Are there cash calls and additional costs after my fees?


5. What is the club philosophy on long term athlete development?


4. What is playing time philosophies?


3. Are players put on my team equal to my skill and ability? 


2. Who is my coach?  What qualifications do they have? Are they coaching multiple teams?


1. Does the club recognize Safe Sport and have Police Checks?



CBA Answers:

10 - For our Spring fees, if a season ending injury occurs, we will give a refund on a prorated basis.  For any other refund, we deal with it on a case by case basis.  CBA is a not for profit organization with lots of volunteers.  We are not in the business of keeping families fees if the program is not the right fit.  However, CBA does put an investment in with clothing packages, pre paying for tournaments etc.  For any refunds for Spring please contact us at  There are no refunds for tryouts 


9 - We will put a minimum of 10 players on the team and a maximum of 12.  Team budgets are reflective of this.  Teams with more players will have more money in their budget for training and games. Teams with less money will have players that get more playing time in games.


8 - Entering our 14th Spring Season, we have always had full transparency on our team budgets.  The money you pay for your child goes directly to that team.  We do not take that money and apply it to any other teams or players.  We run our teams as a break even program.  Each parent can request full access to the expenses of their team.  CBA DOES NOT HAVE SALARY EMPLOYEES.  Every member of the CBA coaching staff will get a modest honorarium.  


7 - When you pay your registration fees you will receive over 50 hours of training.  You will receive a clothing package as well as a uniform to keep.  Your fees also go towards coaches honorarium, league play and tournaments.  Some teams choose to play more tournaments and not play in league.  Each teams budget has $4000.00 allocated from the fees to put towards games (tournament, league, exhibition).  Coaches will work with parents to decide what type of game schedule works best for their team.


6 - Cash calls only occur if players and teams agree to do more.  For example, if a team wants to go to Edmonton for the weekend, a cash call is required for the coaches gas and hotel.  If the trips require air travel, the parents are responsible for paying for the coaches plane tickets and hotel rooms.  Budgets for out of town tournaments are sent to parents on teams to detail what the cash call is for.


5 - CBA believes in long term athletic development.  At younger ages (15U and younger) we encourage multi-sport athletes.  Play as many sports as your schedule can handle.  However, due to limited gym times, CBA is unable to move around practices and games for other sports.  To help with families better plan, we have our 3 month practice schedule finalized by early February.


4 - We don't put players on our team that aren't able to play in every single game.  Spring basketball is another vehicle to develop skills.  There is no "grand championship" in the world of club basketball in Alberta.  There are no "rankings".  We are competitive and will put our best foot forward in every game, however, players are not placed on teams to simply collect fees and help with budgets.  All players that are on the team play in every game unless there are injuries or discipline reasons they can't.


3 - We have multiple players who come to tryouts for our multiple divisions.  Unfortunately we can’t invite every player that comes to tryouts.  The positive part of that is that we aren’t “looking” to find players to join teams and we don’t just accept anyone that is willing to pay.  All spots are earned on every team and although players all have stronger attributes when comparing them to each other, every player selected on the team has similar skill as their teammates.


2 - CBA is proud that we have the most certified Canada Basketball trained coaches in Calgary.  Our coaching staff includes current and former University coaches.  Current and former Alberta team coaches, Calgary High School Athletics coaches as well as many young up and coming coaches.  All of our coaches continue to follow the Basketball Canada curriculum and CBA continues to offer FREE Canada Basketball certification training to all the coaches in our program.  Our head coaches are only involved in 1 team during the spring.  We don't have Head Coaches running around from team to team in the club.  Each Head Coach is dedicated to your child's team.


1 - Every coach at CBA is required the following:

  • Advanced Police Check

  • Safe Sports Training

  • Understanding the Rule of 2

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