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Langley coach launches developmental basketball league

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Trinity Western Spartans men's basketball coach Scott Allen is launching a new developmental league aimed at kids between Grades 2 and 6.
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A new basketball camp aimed at the area's youngest players is set to take off this spring.

Beginning in April, One Pass Ahead Basketball — run by former White Rock Christian Academy coach Scott Allen, now coach of the men's team at Trinity Western University — will launch a new developmental league, aimed at players in Grades 2 to 6.

Players will practice once a week – sessions will "focus on skill acquisition and basic team play" — and play one game on the weekend.

The program is set to begin April 1 and will wrap up May 31.

Allen said the new program was designed because he and others at One Pass Ahead saw a gap in the development of young basketball players.

In other sports —  be it hockey, baseball or soccer — young players begin playing at the club level as young as four or five years old. But in basketball, Allen pointed out, players usually don't begin to play competitively until high school.

"There is a lot of basketball going on, but not always at the highest level," Allen said. "The key, for us, is to improve athlete development, and right now as a community, that's a need that we aren't meeting.

"We're just trying to fill that gap."

The One Pass Ahead club program will be run out of gyms at the Langley Events Centre, White Rock Christian Academy and Earl Marriott Secondary.

For more on the club, or to register, visit www.onepassahead.com, email onepassahead@gmail.com or call 604-812-5908.

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