Vancouver, BC, April 27, 2015– The High Performance team of the Canadian Ball Hockey Association (CBHA) is proud to announce that the Caledon Bulldogs Association of the Ontario Ball Hockey Federation (OBHF) will host the first of its official CBHA High Performance Camps for 2015. Players from Ontario – and indeed, from all of Canada – who have a desire to learn what it takes to make Team Canada are all invited to participate from June 5-7, 2015 at Caledon East Arena Complex.
Junior ball hockey players between 14 – 17 years of age who are keen to start making in-roads toward earning a National Jersey and representing the CBHA and Canada in Sheffield, United Kingdom at the ISBHF World Championships in 2016 can start that process at this camp.
CBHA High Performance Director – and five-time World Champion, George Gortsos – will lead the camp, along with other World Champion-level coaches and staff. All coaches and staff are invested in teaching participants the skills that go toward making a better ball hockey player, and in guiding junior players toward their aspirations of one day wearing the National Jersey for Team Canada.
“These are the same camp structures that helped Canada to be World leaders in our sport. I hope that many top young players enroll to learn what it takes to compete at the highest level of our sport, to challenge themselves and to learn,” says CBHA High Performance Director, George Gortsos. “Further, I extended my appreciation to Dave Eccleston of the Caledon Bulldogs Association, and the OBHF. We put out the call to all Provinces about a week ago asking for hosts for these camps. In volunteering themselves and their venue to host, it allows the CBHA to provide the opportunity of high performance coaching and training to junior ball hockey athletes from the local area, from the great Province of Ontario, and for young ball hockey hopefuls from across Canada.”
The CBHA’s High Performance Camps mirror Hockey Canada’s highly successful “Camp of Excellence”. Participants will undergo fitness testing, a lecture on “What It Takes” to be an elite-level player, practice sessions, dedicated coaching, post-camp feedback, and play in exhibition games where new talent will be keenly watched for. Further, participants will walk away with a full Team Canada uniform and apparel kit from CBHA partner, LIKA Sports.
Stay tuned as the High Performance Camp initiative of the CBHA announces its host venues for July, August and beyond. Opportunities to host a CBHA High Performance Camp in your Province are still available but limited.
Please visit www.cbha.com, and subscribe to the Canadian Ball Hockey Associations social media feeds on Facebook and Twitter to receive updates.
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If you are interested in hosting a High Performance Camp in your region, please contact George Gortsos at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Canadian Ball Hockey Association
Founded in 1977 to formalize the organization of the growing sport of ball hockey, the Canadian Ball Hockey Association (CBHA) is a registered non-profit organization. It is officially recognized as the governing body of the sport in Canada by Hockey Canada, and the International Street & Ball Hockey Federation.
With an expected 50,000 players for the 2015 season, the CBHA is experiencing 100% growth in participation in some Provinces, year on year without any active marketing drives to date.
Team Canada is made up of 50 of the country’s best ball hockey players and in June 2015, they will compete on the world stage at the 2015 World Championships being held in Zug, Switzerland. In 2016, Sheffield, United Kingdom hosts the 2016 World Championships for Junior athletes.