Hedges says the team used the tournament to develop younger players within the program, as the outcome of the event had no bearing on future events for the team.
“We were going into this tournament with a development mindset as the tournament was more exhibition for us. It didn’t mean anything other than a chance to work on improving,” he explains. “We were able to distribute the minutes around and get lots of people playing time. It was great for our overall team development.”
He adds that he was satisfied with the work the team did, as the less experienced players continued to pick up on the team’s methods on the court.
“Overall I was definitely happy where we were at,” he says. “The younger guys started coming along and learning our system a little bit better and showed signs of improvement that they’ve been putting in the hours of effort and work over the last three months to get where they need to be to play at this level internationally.”
Up next for the Wheelchair Basketball Canada program is the organization’s selection camp in Las Vegas. The event will be a five day training camp where the top 12 players, along with four alternates, will be selected to represent the country at tournaments in 2014 as they aim to get in the best possible playing condition for the Pan Am Games in Toronto in 2015.