Story by Jeff Gard/jgsportsmedia.com
While the Lakeshore Minor Basketball Association kept the option open to have a shortened season, it’s unlikely there will be a Saturday house league program this year.
In past years, the LMBA has offered boys and girls, ages 7 to 17, from around Northumberland County the opportunity to learn the game of basketball and experience physical activity in a fun and safe environment. The Saturday sessions have included a mix of skills and drills and friendly competition.
“In light of COVID, the executive made a unanimous decision that we would forgo basketball this entire winter season unless there was a very major turnaround, which there doesn’t appear to be,” said LMBA president Paul Allen.
One issue is the lack of available gym time. The LMBA hosts its house league games at Cobourg Collegiate Institute, which currently isn’t available to be rented.
For that reason, the adult house league program also can’t currently operate.
Meanwhile, the organization’s Lakeshore Lynx rep teams should be able to hold training sessions at the Cobourg Community Centre and Port Hope Recreation Centre gyms.
Due to the challenge of not having enough volunteers to assume various roles, the LMBA has contracted the Northumberland Soccer Club to take on a lot of its administrative and communications work.
Northumberland Soccer is running the LMBA website and handling registrations. The Soccer Club has Return to Play protocols in place in Cobourg and Port Hope, which will give Lynx basketball teams the opportunity to train.
To keep up-to-date on LMBA news, check out www.lakeshorebasketball.ca.