Vision Basketball Academy

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In 2006, LeeAnn Lesniewski & Erin Hogan started coaching a very special U13 girls club basketball team which ultimately resulted in the formation of Vision Basketball Academy (VBA). This inaugural VBA U13 team stayed together for 5 years and became recognized as one of the top teams in the city of Calgary as well as Alberta. With most of these players now in college/university, it was time to begin the cycle again. In the spring of 2012, VBA expanded their club to include a U13 girls team as well as a U15 girls team. As of 2014 there are 7 girls teams and 2 boys team as the program continues to grow.

Our Vision

Vision Basketball Academy (VBA) is a premier Club Basketball Program offering great opportunities and experiences to aspiring basketball players. Our motto; “Vision Ignites the Passion that Inspires Excellence” clearly represents what we are all about. At Vision we believe that basketball is a tremendous vehicle to promote, challenge and develop not only basketball skill levels, but to also strive to ignite a passion for the game of basketball in young athletes that inspires a goal of achieving excellence in all aspects of life, both on and off of the court.

Vision Club Teams are coached by the highest level of basketball coaches in the city.  Our philosophy at Vision is to hire coaches who are dedicated to their athletes and are here to promote the importance of work ethic, self-discipline, team work and above all else, respect. Respect between coach and player is an integral part of developing a successful basketball team. Coaches respect their athletes, athletes respect their coaches and both are expected to respect all other
components of the game at all times; including officials, parents and opponents.

Players who play on a Vision Club Basketball team will have an experience they will always remember. They will develop friendships and camaraderie among their teammates that will shape their lives forever. Players who play on a Vision Club Basketball team will be challenged to be the best players and people they can be while under the direction of an inspiring and influential coaching staff.

Our goal at VBA is that when a player finishes a season with a VBA Club Basketball team they will leave loving the game of basketball more than when they started, they will leave with a higher skill level, they will leave with new friends, and an important factor, they will leave having had a positive experience with a coach who is an important role model in their life.

2016 Spring & Summer Club Teams

Vision Basketball Academy operates a number of club teams for both girls and boys during the spring/ summer season (April-July). In 2015, Vision Basketball Academy had 9 teams- 3 Under 15 Girls teams, 3 Under 17 Girls teams, 1 Under 13 Boys team, 1 Under 15 Boys team, and 1 Under 17 Boys team. Our club teams participate in weekly practices, strength and conditioning training, league play, and tournaments around the country, into the USA, and beyond.

Vision Basketball is committed to providing the best opportunities to enhance the individual skills and team concepts necessary to be successful at any level.

For more information on Vision Basketball Academy’s club program, or to register for this year’s tryouts, please contact us.

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Fall Basketball Academy

(Dates TBA)
In order to develop the skills necessary to be successful at any level, players need to develop a solid foundation of basic basketball skills and techniques. Vision Basketball’s Fall Academy is an excellent opportunity for players to work on the breakdown of individual skills and drills required to perform at a higher level. We emphasize the importance of repetition and practice in developing the fundamental skills of ball-handling, shooting, passing, footwork, perimeter play, and post play. Vision’s Fall Basketball Academy is designed to provide the tools necessary for athletes to become better basketball players. Reserve your spot today.

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Fall 3 on 3 League

(Dates TBA)
3 on 3 is an exciting way to put your skills to the test! Compete with a team against others in our new 3 on 3 leagues. Divisions available for boys and girls: U11, U13, U15, U17, Open Men, and Open Women. Prizes awarded for champions of each division! Reserve your spot.

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Meet the Coaches

Erin Hogan

Basketball Coach & Coordinator
Erin played high school basketball in Okotoks then played post secondary at both Mount Royal College and Lethbridge College. She has been coaching for 10 years, ranging from athletes 5 years old to college athletes. She has been the Head Coach of competitive club teams for the past 8 spring seasons. Erin is currently completing her NCCP level 3.

LeeAnn Lesniewski

Basketball Coach & Coordinator
LeeAnn played high school basketball in Kelowna, BC then went on to play her post secondary career on full ride scholarship to Grandview University in Iowa. Her career then continued at the professional level in Finland. LeeAnn has been a Head Coach of competitive club teams for the past 6 spring seasons and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of ‘the next level’ that many only dream of.

Mark Hogan

Basketball Coach & Coordinator
Mark has an extensive background in basketball as both a player and a coach. After finishing his university playing career at Brandon University, Mark has dedicated his basketball focus to coaching athletes at every stage of the game.  Mark has experience as both an assistant and head coach at several Universities and Colleges throughout the country, including: the University of Manitoba women’s team, the Mount Royal Collage men’s team, the University of Calgary men’s team, and the Mount Royal University women’s team.

Emily Larson

Basketball Coach & Coordinator
First competing at the University of Toronto and then playing for 3 years at Mount Royal University, Emily completed all 5 years of her post-secondary basketball career. In 5 years of playing Emily captained her team for 3 seasons and was awarded with All-Conference and MVP honors twice. Along with athletic honors, Emily was also named an Academic All-Canadian 2 years in a row and received Dean’s Honor Roll recognition 3 years in a row.




Courtside Basketball welcomes athletes of all ages and abilities to participate in various clinics, camps, and training sessions designed to strengthen the basketball skills necessary to succeed at any level. Shooting, footwork, dribbling, and reading the defense are fundamental skills that are essential to basketball; elite training is the key to mastering these skills. Techniques used by Courtside Basketball coaches will stress hard work and repetition, and will allow athletes to elevate their game to a new level!

To register for any Coutside Basketball training opportunities, contact the coaches directly:

  • Mark Hogan-
  • Emily Larson-

Courtside Basketball offers a variety of different skill development opportunities. More information on each program is available below.

Individual Training Sessions (ITS)

Skill Development Emphasis

Footwork, Balance, Technical Correction

Develop Speed, Agility, & Quickness (SAQ Training)

Develop Confidence, Learn to Compete, Attitude of a Champion

Shift Your Defender, Make a Read, Execute with Poise & Confidence

What is Your Signature Move- What is Your Counter Move- How to Build Both

View ITS Detail Sheet

Rhythmic Skills Clinics

Challenging, Fun, & Energizing!

A unique, invigorating and fun method to learning and practicing individual basketball skills with an emphasis on footwork, timing and technical expression… 

Once you learn these techniques, you will be able to practice them on your own for as often as you wantcome and learn this fantastic approach to improving your skills & footworkyou will be amazed, mesmerized & motivated to improve your basketball skills.

View Rythmic Skills Detail Sheet

Kidzfirst FREE Basketball Clinics


Courtside Basketball is please to work with the Kidzfirst Basketball Program in offering FREE basketball clinics to youth players between the ages of 9 and 15.

For more information on Kidzfirst, visit their website.

Mark Hogan

Basketball Coach & Coordinator
  • Experience as both assistant and head coach of several College/University programs
  • Developed STARS Basketball Association- provided opportunities to over 10,000 youth athletes annually nation- wide
  • NCCP Level IV Certified
  • NCCP Master Course Conductor & Community Coach Facilitator

Emily Larson

Basketball Coach & Coordinator
  • Former Mount Royal University standout player
  • Three-Time team captain, Two-Time League All-Star and Academic All-Canadian
  • NCCP FUNdamentals learner facilitator