Local Basketball Associations Join Forces
Two local basketball organizations have made plans to combine their efforts to promote local basketball. Both Prescott-Russell Basketball Association (PRBA) and the Russell Basketball Association (RBA) are joining forces to better serve the growing need for both boys’ and girls’ basketball programs in the area. Their various programs offer affordable basketball for everyone regardless of skill level – even those who have never played basketball before. There is also a weekly adult basketball program available to those beyond their high school glory days.
The RBA, also known as the Russell Rockets, will continue to foster the competitive stream of basketball as part of the merger. The RBA was established in 1998 and has produced many great local basketball players and even Eastern Ontario Champions. The PRBA will maintain its coveted role as a developer of skills and fundamentals, making basketball available for both kids and adults. With the burgeoning population in the Prescott-Russell, Metcalfe and Winchester areas there is a definite need for a larger organization which offers both elements of the basketball program – developmental and competitive. This new group will offer basketball for kids ranging from age 6 to age 17. The merger of the two associations will allow for a stronger transition process for kids who start in the developmental program and wish to venture into the competitive stream.
The joining of these two local groups will allow any boy or girl interested in basketball an opportunity to learn the skills of the game in either a house league or competitive environment. Players will be initially evaluated based upon their skill level and age. This assessment will allow the coaches to offer a program that best meets the wants of the player. Merging the two organizations also brings together an incredible coaching staff of qualified leaders. Craig Salmon, the President and Head Coach at the PRBA, has been coaching kids through his various basketball programs for over two decades. His continued desire to promote basketball for kids is infectious; with kids staying on as coaches in his program for many years afterwards. Having missed only one practice in 23 years, Craig is truly about the kids and giving them an opportunity to play and be active on Friday nights and Saturday mornings. The Russell Rockets coaching staff consists of qualified Basketball Ontario coaches who brings years of competitive and developmental coaching to the new group. These coaches have coached at local, regional and provincial competitions with incredible success for a small-town organization.
As with any volunteer organization, there is a need to constantly seek new coaches and volunteers. Be it coaching or simply assisting with canteens or fun days, we provide support to all our volunteers. For anyone interested in coaching, there is ample opportunity at both the development and competitive levels. The association offers both Basketball Ontario certification and in-house coach mentoring to develop our future coaches. For high school students, we also offer a volunteer/community service hour program to help achieve your high school commitments. It is a perfect way to give something back to the community while having fun at the same time and developing your leadership skills. Anyone interested in getting involved with our sport, please visit our website to inquire about volunteer positions, or send an email to one of the two addresses listed below.
If the idea of playing basketball appeals to you, be it for the first time or you are coming back to the sport, please check out our website for further information - www.russellbasketball.com . Initially, as we merge our two groups, if you have any specific questions regarding the competitive stream (Russell Rockets), please contact email@example.com. For any questions related to the developmental stream (PRBA), please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.