BC School Sports is set to hold a basketball ‘Pandemic Challenge’ for the province’s student-athletes. (File photo)

BC School Sports is set to hold a basketball ‘Pandemic Challenge’ for the province’s student-athletes. (File photo)

Surrey student-athletes prepare for ‘Pandemic Challenge’ basketball event

Three-week skills challenge organized by BC School Sports

The B.C. high school basketball season may be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it won’t keep Surrey’s student athletes off the court entirely.

Last week, BC School Sports – the organizing body for post-secondary sports in the province – announced the BCSS Basketball Pandemic Challenge, a three-week event that is “aimed to help student-athletes across the province stay active during these unprecedented times.”

In addition to helping student-athletes stay active, BCSS says the aim of the event is also to “raise awareness of the importance of school sport” and to “provide an opportunity for student-athletes to safely connect and better themselves through training and friendly competition.”

BCSS held a similar pandemic challenge for cross-country runners last fall – an event a number of South Surrey students participated in.

The basketball challenge, which is open to all students in Grades 8-12, consists of three one-week challenges between Feb. 8-26. Week 1 of the challenge is the ‘Mikan Drill’ – a 60 second drill that is a “left-right alternating layup drill using a single ball.”

“The ball must hit the backboard, the student must re-bound their own ball, and if they are unsuccessful with the layup they must continue on that side until they are successful,” according to the rules, which were outlined in a Jan. 21 post on the BCSS website.

“A designated counter must keep track of the number of successful layups that go into the net during the 60 second period.”

Week 2 – from Feb. 15-19 – is a free-throw challenge, in which competitors try to see how many shots they can sink out of 20. The final week’s challenge is three-point shots, with students attempting to sink as many three-pointers as they can in a 60-second span.

In a non-pandemic environment, the high-school basketball season would be in the home stretch by now, with playoffs and provincial championships fast approaching.

Semiahmoo Secondary teacher and senior boys basketball coach Ed Lefurgy told Peace Arch News Wednesday that “things have been very different around here” in the absence of a regular season, adding that athletes and coaches “are trying to move forward.”

Members of Lefurgy’s team will be taking part in the upcoming basketball challenge, he said.

Despite not having a season, Lefurgy’s team has been practising three times a week since September – “Just skills, as we are not allowed to do any games,” he said – but is currently in the midst of a two-week break from the court.



sports@peacearchnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

basketball

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

(Photo: Now-Leader).
Surrey Schools seeking community input for 2021-22 budget

Majority of it is pre-allocated, but room to address priorities in the community

An example of a Surrey Police cruiser, showcased at Mayor Doug McCallum’s State of the City Address at Civic Hotel in May of 2019. (File photo: Amy Reid)
Surrey Police Service hires first three inspectors as ‘next layer of leadership’

Three men have more than 80 years of combined experience

Whalley Chiefs general manager Paul Hargreaves in the stands at the club's diamond at Whalley Athletic Park. (Photo: Tom Zillich)
Surrey baseball clubs prep for spring games as COVID threatens another season

‘I’m really excited about this year, because we have the troops in place,’ Whalley Chiefs GM says

Scales of Justice
Court awards woman $167K after vehicle was struck by White Rock taxi in 2016

Plaintiff’s knee injuries and resulting chronic pain disability are genuine, judge rules

TEASER - SAGAís Gift Shop Manager Barbie Warwick wearing The Summons while sketching in Facing Time exhibit. Photo by Pardeep Singh.jpg
‘The Summons’ face masks created as fundraiser for Surrey Art Gallery Association

Image of magnolia flower and poetry printed on specially designed mask

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry head for the B.C. legislature press theatre to give a daily update on the COVID-19 pandemic, April 6, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C. nears 300,000 COVID-19 vaccinations, essential workers next

564 new cases, four deaths, no new outbreaks Thursday

Municipal Affairs Minister Josie Osborne speaks in the B.C. legislature, March 4, 2021. (Hansard TV)
B.C. Liberals, NDP sing in harmony on local election reforms

Bill regulates paid canvassers, allows people in condo buildings

(National Emergency Management Agency)
No tsunami risk to B.C. from powerful New Zealand earthquake: officials

An 8.1 magnitude earthquake shook the north of New Zealand Thursday morning

(AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
Pandemic stress, isolation key factors as to why Canadians turned to cannabis, alcohol

Study found that isolation played key role in Canadians’ substance use

Burnaby Mounties responded to 56 complaints and issued 10 tickets to people flouting COVID-19 restrictions in February. (Patrick Davies/100 Mile Free Press)
COVID denier fined $2,300 for hosting gathering in her home: Burnaby RCMP

The woman told Mounties she does not believe the pandemic is real

Grand Forks’ Gary Smith stands in front of his Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster float. Photo: Submitted
Grand Forks’ Flying Spaghetti Monster leader still boiling over driver’s licence photo

Gary Smith, head of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster of B.C., said he has since spoken to lawyers

RCMP members responded to calls of a man-down at Landsdowne mall in Richmond Wednesday afternoon. The 40-year-old was suffering from stab wounds. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News)
Man in critical condition following afternoon attack outside Richmond mall: RCMP

The Vancouver resident was found lying injured outside Richmond’s Lansdowne Centre

A Cowichan Valley mom is wondering why masks haven’t been mandated for elementary schools. (Metro Creative photo)
B.C. mom frustrated by lack of mask mandate for elementary students

“Do we want to wait until we end up like Fraser Health?”

Most Read