How it all got started
With the growth in the Kennebecasis Valley in the early seventies came the over enrollment in the Junior High Schools. This forced the schools to go to split shifts which left no time for teams to operate. With an interest for basketball teams at the level and the driving force of Marg Tempelton-Corbin the Kennebecasis Valley Basketball Association, a community-based league, was formed. The emphasis the first few years was on Junior High age players.
Interest soon grew and in the mid-seventies an enormous amount of interest led to the development of junior and senior mini divisions. Bob Howell, a volunteer at this time, was one of the people instrumental in introducing mini basketball to the KVBA. Pat McPhee played a key roll in the development of the philosophy of equal time and fair play which was established for all house league teams. Throughout the years our junior mini program numbers have fluctuated and some years it was necessary to combine boys and girls.
In 1997, on the recommendation of Paul Vaughan and Karen Spurrell, it was decided to trail a puppy league for children six and seven years of age. The interest was far greater than excepted and this year we more than doubled the number of children we registered at this level. For one hour a week they are introduced to the games of basketball at a level emphasizing basic skills, rules, sportsmanship and team play.
Registration has reached 750 players and 100 coaches and volunteers. The Association prides itself in offering a place for children 6 through 17 an opportunity to learn and play basketball. Thanks to Jane McGregor, a dedicated volunteers in the early eighties, a relationship that continues today was established with the schools in the Kennebecasis Valley. We thanks the schools for their continued support.
For many years the KVBA has been invited to register teams in the Dave Kean Memorial Tournament, a house league tournament run by Lancaster Association over the Christmas break. Again this year we were well represented and are grateful for this opportunity.
Guidelines and philosophies established in the eighties, under the guidance of Chuck Beyea, are the basis for our rep teams. This is more competitive level a ball for those interested in representing the association at the provincial level. Through the years, the KVBA has been well represented at this level.
We are pleased to have rep teams that are very competitive with other large associations. In 1989, under the leadership of Gary and Sandra Armstrong, the KVBA hosted a mini invitational tournament and this year we are proud to have hosted the 10th Annual Mini Invitational.
During the 25 years of operation the KVBA has seen many dedicated volunteers too numerous to mention, but it goes without saying that without their hard work and dedication an association of this magnitude would not thrive. As we conclude our 25th year of operation a congratulation goes out to all volunteers both past and present. The KVBA looks forward to the continued growth in the sport.