Sports Academy

LPSD is pleased to announce its Sports Academy beginning in September 2021!

It is our goal with the LPSD and Hoop Factory Sports Academy to enrich the Lloydminster and surrounding communities with new sport educational opportunities, not found anywhere else in Saskatchewan/Alberta. The Sports Academy will provide students from Grades 5-8 from across the division the opportunity to participate in an enhanced physical education program focusing on the skills and gameplay associated with Volleyball, Basketball, Badminton, and Track & Field. 

  • Sports Academy's goal is to foster a love of physical activity and sport in our athletes.
  • We hope to build confidence and resiliency through sport.
  • This program will be open to any skill level as athletes will be provided with skill development, mental preparation, and sport for life skills.

With a diligent, well-thought-out plan that is athlete-centered, we believe the LPSD and Hoop Factory partnership will offer sport-based programming found nowhere else.

The LPSD Sports Academy Program is opening registrations for the 2021-22 school year on Tuesday, April 13, 2021. 

With limited spots (70), we anticipate the program will fill up quickly.


For further information please call (780) 875-5541

or Contact Chris King - Lead instructor at

Review the LPSD and Hoop Factory Information Overview Package

Hoop Factory, and its coaches are committed to bringing a first class program, from concept, to action to breathe new life into our sporting community and stoke a growing desire for more sport opportunities within our area.


Chris King - Lead Instructor

Coach King is entering his 13th year as Head Coach of the Rustlers. 

Last season, King guided the Rustlers to a 19-5 regular-season mark, finishing 2nd in the ACAC North Division. The team would go on to win the ACAC Championships, the first Gold medal in Rustlers  Basketball history. Coach King was also awarded ACAC Coach of the Year for his team's accomplishments last season. This is the fourth time he has received this award as he previously won it in  2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2017-2018. He was also named CCAA Coach of the Year Nominee in 2014-2015, 2015-2016. 

Under King’s leadership, the Rustlers have made ten straight post-season appearances and are coming off their ninth consecutive .500 or better season. Over the past six seasons, the Rustlers have accumulated a record of 110-34 in ACAC League play.

In his tenure at Lakeland, King has had nineteen players receive ACAC All-Conference Awards, an ACAC Rookie of the Year Award, an ACAC Player of the Year, and a CCAA All –Canadian. He has also had eight players move on to CIS teams. 

Coach King served as an assistant coach for the Team Saskatchewan U15 men's developmental team during summer 2018.  He has also served as a coach for Team Alberta, an assistant coach in 2013 with the fourth place U17 Canada Games team, and as the head coach of the U16 program placing third in the Western Canadian Championship in 2012. He also spends time running an assortment of community basketball camps throughout the year and has worked with several coaches and programs in an effort to improve player development at all ages.  

Coach King is also the Co-Owner of Golden Ticket Sports, which is a relationship-based company that specializes in player, coach, official, and multi-sport events. King grew up in Kitscoty AB, he played two years for the Lakeland College Rustlers winning an ACAC silver medal under former men’s coach, Phil Allen. After Lakeland, he transferred and played for the Pronghorns at the University of Lethbridge. 

King lives in Lloydminster with his wife Courtney, daughter Macy, and son Nash. He enjoys being able to give back to a community that presented him with so many opportunities for him as a young and aspiring athlete.

Lakeland   2008-2009   4-20        
    2009-2010   4-20        
    2010-2011   6-14   ACAC Play-in Qualifier    
    2011-2012   14-6   ACAC Quarter Finals    
    2012-2013   11-10   ACAC Quarter Finals    
    2013-2014   11-10   ACAC Quarter Finals    
    2014-2015   22-2   ACAC Semi Finals   ACAC Coach of the Year, CCAA Coach of the Year Nominee
    2015-2016   24-0   ACAC Semi Finals   ACAC Coach of the Year, CCAA Coach of the Year Nominee
    2016-2017   12-12   ACAC Quarter Finals    
    2017-2018   16-8   ACAC Semi Finals   ACAC North Coach of the Year
    2018-2019   17-7   ACAC Bronze Medal    
    2019-2020   19-5   ACAC Champions   ACAC North Coach of the Year
Career Record        160-114  

Elite Coaches:

Rana Bazazo - Basketball Program Lead

Lebanon Pro League Coach

Masters in Coaching Lepzig University

Volleyball, Track and Field coaches to be announced.



Program Fee Structure

The 2020-21 tuition is $700.00 ( $50.00 payable monthly)

Registration opens Tuesday, April 13, 2021.  A non-refundable deposit of $200 is required with registration. We anticipate a full Sports Academy Program for the 2021-22 school year, be sure to register soon.

Athletes will receive branded LPSD and Hoop Factory Sports Academy Practice Gear.

Program Structure

LPSD Sports Academy is available for students in grades 5-8 from across the division.

  • Grade 5 & 6 Sessions: Monday and Wednesday from 2:15 - 3:30 pm.
  • Grades 7 & 8 Sessions: Tuesday and Thursday from 2:15 - 3:30 pm. 

Maximum of 35 students per group.

Other details include:

  • The Sports Academy will conduct all sessions at Hoop Factory
  • Transportation from each school to hoop Facotry will be provided
  • Parents will be required to pick up their child from Hoop Factory at 3:30 pm
  • A Certified Teacher will accompany and support the learning of all student groups 

Program content

  • Students will be exposed to all curricular outcomes in Physical Education and Health through various Academy activities.
  • The sessions will be directly in line with Canada's LTAD for Grades 5-8.
  • Elite coaches will plan, instruct and assess students on skill development in Volleyball, Basketball, Badminton, and Track & Field.
  • The focus for the sessions will be on Movement Skills, Basketball Skills, Individual Skills, Multiplayer Skills, and the acquisition of creative skills.
  • With two sessions per week for each group, students will receive roughly over 100 hours of on floor elite coaching and skill development
  • Not all sessions will be strictly tied to the court.  Some training will feature multi-sport cross-over sessions, film study, goal setting, nutrition tips and more.

Program Evaluation

  • As with all LPSD programs, the Sports Academy will be reviewed periodically to ensure that it is supporting the Division Mission, Vision, and Values for all students, academy or otherwise.

About Hoop Factory

Hoop Factory is located at 1221 50 Ave, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan.

Hoop Factory is an 8000 square foot building, renovated and retrofitted with the following sports amenities:

  • 1 full-length FIBA Basketball court
  • 2 youth size cross basketball courts
  • 2 regulation size volleyball courts
  • 6 basketball hoops at any time
  • 2 score clocks and 2 shot clocks

Hoop Factory is owned and Operated by Golden Ticket Sports.

Golden Ticket Sports Inc. is a relationship-based company that specializes in player, coach, official, and multi-sport events. Golden Ticket Sports prides itself on being the most organized, well communicated, and well-planned sporting event company. We work with corporate clients, clubs, coaches, and members of sports from around the world.