The Junior Basketball Academy (JBA) was created by Richie Garard, a passionate youth basketball coach and personal trainer, and is designed to make a positive difference in the community by changing kids’s live through basketball.

JBA was started in 2014 and has grown to be one of Sydney’s largest basketball academies and school holiday camp companies. They are very proud to say that the vast majority of players and parents are return players and have attended multiple camps and classes, with some players being with JBA since startingOur academy feature some of Sydney’s best coaches with representative, state and international experience. They all share a love for basketball and a passion for teaching the game to younger players. JBA carries current insurance and all coaches have a Working with Children Clearance (WWCC). in 2014.

At JBA, kids learn more than just skills and drills. Their focus is on helping each other succeed and grow both on and off the court, and is shaped in the belief that kids excel when they have fun.

JBA delivers the highest level of personalised coaching and mentoring through age appropriate drills and games in school holiday camps, allowing kids to learn the correct technique and build their basketball foundation though solid fundamentals. Their philosophy is that they want kids to learn to love basketball through fun and expert coaching. They believe in teaching more than just skills and drills and that kids are not adults, and they shouldn’t be trained like one.

JBA’s program also emphasises principles and values of leadership, nutrition, fitness and teamwork, ensuring a well-rounded education and sporting experience. They want your daughter or son to walk away from their camps feeling happy, confident and as passionate about basketball as they are!

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The Junior Basketball Academy (JBA) was created by Richie Garard, a passionate youth basketball coach and personal trainer, and is designed to make a positive difference in the community by changing kids's live through basketball.

JBA was started in 2014 and has grown to be one of Sydney’s largest basketball academies and school holiday camp companies. They are very proud to say that the vast majority of players and parents are return players and have attended multiple camps and classes, with some players being with JBA since startingOur academy feature some of Sydney's best coaches with representative, state and international experience. They all share a love for basketball and a passion for teaching the game to younger players. JBA carries current insurance and all coaches have a Working with Children Clearance (WWCC). in 2014.

At JBA, kids learn more than just skills and drills. Their focus is on helping each other succeed and grow both on and off the court, and is shaped in the belief that kids excel when they have fun.

JBA delivers the highest level of personalised coaching and mentoring through age appropriate drills and games in school holiday camps, allowing kids to learn the correct technique and build their basketball foundation though solid fundamentals. Their philosophy is that they want kids to learn to love basketball through fun and expert coaching. They believe in teaching more than just skills and drills and that kids are not adults, and they shouldn't be trained like one.

JBA's program also emphasises principles and values of leadership, nutrition, fitness and teamwork, ensuring a well-rounded education and sporting experience. They want your daughter or son to walk away from their camps feeling happy, confident and as passionate about basketball as they are!

Who are the teachers

The academy features some of Sydney's best coaches with representative, state and international experience. They all share a love for basketball and a passion for teaching the game to younger players. 

 

Coach RICHIE GARARD

The Junior Basketball Academy (JBA) was created by Richie Garard, a passionate youth basketball coach and personal trainer.

Coaching:

  • ​Scots College (Prep Firsts & 13As)
  • ​SCEGGS Darlinghurst (Senior 1sts)
  • ​Sydney Boys (2nds)
  • Level 2/Association Coach - Basketball NSW

Representative:

  • ​Division 1 Norths, Manly, Hornsby from U12-U18
  • ​NSW Metro U14s
  • ​Div 1 - U14s Australian Championships - 7th in Australia (Manly)

School:

Played for St Aloysius’ 1st V from years 7-12 — including 1999 CAS Premiership team

Extras:

  • Bachelor of Business (Marketing), UTS
  • Personal Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Coach for 8 years
  • Impact Basketball certified coach

 

Coach Dan Puyat

Coach Dan has over 10 years of experience coaching junior players aged from 3-18 and currently coaches as the Head Coach for SCEGGS Redlands Senior 2nds and SCEGGS Darlinghurst Junior 1sts team. Dan is the JBA Camp Director for North Sydney and assists in JBA's training of other Directors and Staff. He is a die hard Lakers fan and a lover of sports!

Accreditation

JBA carries current insurance and all coaches have a Working with Children Clearance (WWCC).

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