Orangeville Hawks hosting tryouts for rep teams

September 28, 2023   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

The Orangeville Hawks Basketball Club is going into its 29th year of providing basketball to the kids of Orangeville and the surrounding area.

As the Club moves into the fall, they will hold tryouts for rep teams in several divisions.

The Hawks are still rebounding after the pandemic, during which time their registration numbers dropped. During the pandemic, the Club was sidelined and had to miss a couple of seasons.

As they play in local school facilities, the gyms were not open during that time, so basketball could not be played.

“Before COVID hit we had 200 kids playing house league, and 14 rep teams playing across the province, but when COVID hit, we had zero-zero,” explained Club founder and president Greg Verner. “We had no venue. We use school facilities so when they were shut down, we were done.”

The Club started rebuilding once facilities opened up and is getting a good response from experienced players who want to get back into the game and new players who want to become part of the sport.

“We had six teams running last year, and 100 kids in house league,” Greg explained. “We had a U11 boy’s group, a U18 boy’s group, U15 boy’s, two U13 boy’s groups and two girls groups. We’re doing tryouts for the coming season.”

The Club does require more coaches to take part.

“We are looking for coaches,” Greg said. “There are qualifications for it. You have to have your NCCP – National Coaching Certification Program – at least level one, probably level two. So you would have learned to train. It can be done online. You have to pay for the training and once you complete it, and you show us your certificate, we will reimburse you for the cost, so you’re really not out any money at the end of it. For our house league, we are always looking for help.”

Any kid can sign up for house league play and be placed on a team.

For rep teams, tryouts are required.

Basketball is a very inexpensive sport to participate in. For $120, the kids get 20 weeks of basketball.

The season starts on Oct. 14 and runs through to April.

Tryouts for the rep teams will be taking place in the gym at Orangeville District Secondary School.

Tryouts are taking place for U15 boys, as well as tryouts for U15 girls’ teams.

To learn more about registration and tryouts, visit the Club online at

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