The purpose of this association shall be to promote basketball in the state of Arkansas through the junior high and senior high schools along with the colleges and to emphasize the importance of coaches serving as role models and mentors for the youngsters under their supervision. We will work closely with the Arkansas Activities Association and the Arkansas High School Coaches Association to enhance what they are already doing and be a positive supporter of those organizations while maintaining the high ideals of the Arkansas Department of Education, Arkansas Officials Association, and Arkansas Athletic Directors Association. Every year the Association hopes to recognize outstanding coaches and players in each classification. Farm Bureau and Arvest Bank are helping us with our awards to present. We also hope to get our retired coaches involved and try to make them available to serve as mentors when called upon by member coaches. The Association will work with the AAA and AHSCA in educating all basketball coaches on new requirements and rule changes. The ArBCA held it’s first coaching clinic Thursday September 20th, 2012 at the new Cabot High School Gymnasium in Cabot, Arkansas. The purpose of the clinic was to bring in a quality clinic staff at an affordable and reasonable price to give our members and prospective members the best coaching techniques and philosophies from successful coaches. The staff included regionally and nationally known coaches Joe Kleine assistant men’s coach at the University of Arkansas Little Rock and former NBA and Olympic Champion, Joe Foley hall of fame head women’s coach at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Vic Schaefer head women’s coach at Mississippi State University and former assistant at NCAA National Champion Texas A & M, Tim Floyd head men’s coach at the University of Texas El Paso and former NBA and championship college coach, and Damon Stoudamire assistant coach The University of Memphis and former college and NBA great. We were able to bring these clinicians in at a cost of 10 dollars to our members and 30 dollars for non members with 20 going toward their membership in the ArBCA. Kesslers BSN Sports helped sponsor our clinic. Similar clinics are much more expensive for that quality of staff. We plan on having a quality clinic like that every year. We also try to send relevant coaching information to our members and are working on getting our web site updated to include information on clinics, camps, tryouts, schedules, and job opportunities. Five Star Sports and Dick Johnson are helping us with the web site.