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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
President
North Toronto Basketball

The North Toronto Basketball Association operates a “Rep” (or all-star) team in almost every age category. Over the years, North Toronto Huskies teams have been recognized as well-disciplined and competitive at the Provincial Championship level. Rep team tryouts are announced mid August and are posted on our website and emailed to our registered house league players.  In general, Rep tryouts begin in September. Please contact the listed coaches for specific details.  Rep Coach contact information and the Rep team tryout dates can be found here.

Rep basketball is a significant time commitment for players and their families. Each week during the season, there could be 1-2 practices + 1 league game. In addition, each team will participate in weekend tournaments [i.e. 3-5 games over the weekend], during the season. Many of these tournaments are out of town. Depending on the age group, the season ends in early April to late May. For the 2017/2018 Rep season, players chosen to join the teams will be required to pay $1050 to cover various Rep basketball costs ($800 if the athlete is registered and participating in the North Toronto House League). In addition, families will be responsible to purchase a uniform set ($235 including taxes) and for their out-of-town travel costs.

NOTE: If the athlete is born between 2008 and 2009 they must be registered and accepted into the 2017/2018 North Toronto House League to be eligible to tryout for the rep teams.  Athletes born 2007 and prior, are not required (but encouraged to) participate in the North Toronto House League to tryout for their respective rep teams.

NOTE: The waiver >Waiver and Release for 2017-2018 tryouts< MUST be signed by all players (and parents for players under 18) trying out for rep teams, even if they have registered for house league (and thereby agreed to the online waiver).

 

Registration – for the 2017 – 2018 Rep season will be open upon the selection of the rep teams. 

Registration is online ONLY .. via QuickEnrollment .

North Toronto Basketball Registration via Quick Enrollment

 

For further information please contact:

For Girls Rep  David Wright – email: dwright@agorainc.com
For Boys Rep Shaul Swartz & Carly Gleser – email: boysrep@ntbasketball.com

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