Dear North Toronto Basketball Families.

Recently, we were informed by the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Permit office that our gym permit fees would be increasing. We were surprised and disappointed by the late notification in mid August that not only would the fees be raised, but that we had been moved into another classification. The net effect of the changes is that our permit fees have increased by almost 400% for this upcoming season!
While there had been some prior discussion regarding the fee increases, the size and late notification of such has come as a surprise. As you may be aware from news reports, other organizations that provide sports and recreational opportunities for their respective communities have also seen increases of this magnitude.

Rest assured that we are working with Basketball Ontario and other organizations that have been adversely impacted by the TDSB’s unilateral action to try and seek a better outcome than the one being imposed on us and others in our community.

As a result of the TDSB permit fee increases, the North Toronto Basketball Association will be running a deficit this year. This will be offset by a numberof measures including using our surplus that we have diligently built up over the years, increasing Rep Fees, optimizing gym usage and re-examining other revenue generating activities to try and maintain the affordability of our community sports offering. As House League fees have already been paid, we will not increase them this year but will have to moderately increase them next year.

In addition, we remind you that the North Toronto Basketball Association offers sponsorship opportunities that will not only help us defray part of these cost increases but also allow you the opportunity to promote your business to the North Toronto community and beyond. Please check out the sponsorship page on our web site.

We thank you for your cooperation in this manner. We strive to bring the best possible House League and Rep basketball programs at a reasonable cost to all.
We would also ask you to have your voices heard by contacting our School Board Trustees and other influential members that can influence this decision. The contact information for the trustees is as follows:

Ward 8 Eglinton-Lawrence: Howard Goodman
Phone: 416-395-8403
Email: howard.goodman@tdsb.on.ca

Ward 11 St. Paul: Shelley Laskin
Telephone: 416-397-3094
Email: shelley.laskin@tdsb.on.ca

Ward 13: Don Valley West: Gerri Gershon
Telephone: 416-395-8408
Email: gerri.gershon@tdsb.on.ca

We have also put together a form that will allow you to email the above trustees with the letter above. Please click here to send the email.
With thanks and on behalf of The Board of Directors,
Bruce Bronfman
North Toronto Basketball

North Toronto Basketball Association (NTBA) Families & Friends,

The second half of the 2016/2017 season is well underway!

Boys (http://www.ntbasketball.com/?page_id=62) and Girls (http://www.ntbasketball.com/?page_id=60) House League (HL) playoffs for the 2016/2017 season successfully concluded in February and – yes – registration for the 2017/2018 Oct-to-Feb HL season (for RETURNING players) is now OPEN (see http://www.ntbasketball.com/?page_id=341).  Boys and Girls Rep teams (http://www.ntbasketball.com/?page_id=214) continue their 2016/2017 play with OBL (http://obl.basketball.on.ca/) and tournament play.  In fact, many teams have Ontario Cup play this month and OBA rankings are visible for most teams (https://www.basketball.on.ca/site/index.cfm?DSP=Section&ID=278).  Best wishes to all for a successful season.

The NTBA Board continues to strive to offer a high-quality basketball program while controlling often-increasing costs.  Jason Sealy continues to lead our Player and Coach Development Program (see Announcement: NTBA High Performance Coach).  We hope that this program can build upon our organization’s past success and take us to the next level.

We are delighted that Elite Basketball Camps is again our lead sponsor for the 2016/2017 season.  Elite Camps – established 1999 – runs basketball programs across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and provides quality instruction by experienced coaches for male and female athletes ages 5 to 16.  For info on their latest programs please check out www.elitecamps.com.  We are also pleased that Westdale Properties (http://www.westdaleproperties.com/) and David Dunkelman (http://www.realestatewithdavid.com/) have returned as sponsors.  In addition, we welcome our new sponsors:  Drums N Flats (http://www.drumsnflats.com/); entripy.com (http://www.entripy.com/); and Public Storage Canada (https://publicstoragecanada.com/).

The NTBA is a non-profit organization that relies on coaches and organizers who contribute their time on a voluntary basis.  We are grateful to our sponsors who assist us in defraying the escalating costs of sustaining and building a high quality basketball program.  We encourage members of the North Toronto Community to patronize our sponsors and consider the sponsorship opportunities offered by the NTBA.  Please visit the sponsorship page on our web site (Become a Sponsor) for more information.

Finally – as a volunteer-led community-based not-for-profit organization we are interested in adding new members to our “working” Board.  Board members have specific responsibilities, meet four times a year and spend many hours inside and outside of the gym in support of our program.  Some basketball knowledge is required as well as organization and people skills – as well as a commitment to the NTBA and our community.  If you think you have what it takes, please reach out to a Board member to discuss further.

Thank you – go Huskies!

Chris Easton
President  –  North Toronto Basketball Association