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JOB POSTING: WMBA Seeking Gym Supervisors

The Winnipeg Minor Basketball Association is seeking individuals to work as Gym Supervisors who help coordinate the different game sites for the league throughout the season.  Responsibilities will include setting up the gym for basketball and closing down the gym on game days, transporting the Game Site Equipment to and from the gym, assisting parents to scorekeep the games, ensuring the day runs on schedule and acting as a source for information at the games on behalf of the WMBA.

Games are played throughout Winnipeg all day Saturdays and Sunday afternoons.  Gym Supervisors are paid an honorarium of $10.70 per hour worked.  Individuals who are interested in becoming a Gym Supervisor for the WMBA must have access to a vehicle on weekends to transport both themselves and the leagues equipment to and from the site.  Gym Supervisors must also be a minimum of 18 years of age to be eligible.  Consideration will be given to people who will commit to the entire season and those with knowledge of basketball.  The league begins at the end of October and runs through to March.
If you are interested in becoming a Gym Supervisor, please contact Darcy Coss at 204-925-5774 or email a resume to info@wmba.ca.

Bison Women’s Basketball Recruits Atoosa Jalayeri for 2014-15 Season

The Manitoba Bisons women's basketball team have announced the commitment of Atoosa Jalayeri to the Bison program for the upcoming 2014-15 season.  Jalayeri, 18, completed her high school career at Vincent Massey Collegiate. The 5'6" point guard had an amazing 2013-14 campaign as she led the Trojans to a Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association (MHSAA) 'AAAA' provincial championship after she notched 11 points, 13 boards and five steals in the championship final en route to being named tournament most valuable player. During the 2013-14 year, the Winnipeg native also earned 2013-2014 'AAAA' Female All-Manitoba Team; selected by other players for the MHSAA 'AAAA' Player's Choice award (2014); was tournament MVP on four different occasions; MHSAA Athlete of the Week (Feb. '14); plus recipient of the Larry Hodkinson award for academic and athletic excellence in 2014.

In addition, Jalayeri was selected as 2014 MHSAA High School Athlete of the Year for 'AAAA' Girls category. She was a captain on both high school basketball and volleyball teams in 2013-14. Other accolades for Jalayeri included being named Vincent Massey Female Athlete of the Year (2012, 2013, 2014), Sport Manitoba 'Women to Watch' grant recipient (2013), Graduating All-Star basketball team in 2014 and captured bronze medal at the 2013 Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke Quebec with Team Manitoba. She enters the University of Manitoba with a high school average of 96% and high school Honour Roll with Distinction in grade 10-12.

"We are pleased to add another local product to our roster. Atoosa has already proven to be a very successful, well rounded, student-athlete," said Hynes. "The work ethic and enthusiasm to learn that she brings to gym everyday will have an immediate on our team. We look forward to her development over the next five years!" 
The Bison women's basketball team begins their 2014-15 pre-season schedule at the Brandon tournament on Oct. 3-4 and play host Brandon and Regina.

Source: http://gobisons.ca/news/2014/9/18/WBB_0918145920.aspx

17U Male & Female Gold Medal Games Added to Classic Games Collection

Basketball Manitoba has announced that both Canadian National Championship Gold Medal games won this past summer have been added to the Classic Games Collection on the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame website.  The collection boasts over 100 full length games that proudly document and archive the past achievements of Manitoba based basketball teams from the past.  The addition of these two special games rightly honours the achievements of the 17U Manitoba Provincial Teams and their historic run this past summer.  View the full games at...

View more games in the Classic Games collection at...

REGISTER NOW: Brian McCormick & Mike MacKay to Headline at 2014 Super Coaches Clinic on Oct 24-25 in Winnipeg

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: Basketball Manitoba is pleased to announce that basketball coaches Brian McCormick of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Mike MacKay of Canada Basketball have been confirmed as the headliners for the 2014 Basketball Manitoba Super Coaches Clinic.

Joining Brian and Mike will be local university coaches Kirby Schepp, Mike Raimbault and Michele Hynes along with Basketball Manitoba's Dan Becker and Randy Kusano, NBA Canada's Chris Alicpala, MABO's Martha Bradbury and product demonstrations from Krossover Video and EAT Battle Pads.

Brian McCormick founded and wrote the Level 1 certification curriculum for the Youth Basketball Coaching Association to assist non-profit organizations with the development of their volunteer coaches and to disseminate information for coaches.

Canada Basketball's Mike MacKay returns to the SCC after 3 years away and will bring his wide expertise on all levels of the game with a heavy focus on Long Term Athlete Development.   MacKay is primarily responsible for the continued development of the women’s program’s high performance athlete profile and the identification of standards against which Canada’s female athletes at the senior, development and youth levels can be measured. Through his deep knowledge base and familiarity with Canada’s player pool, MacKay provides technical leadership to the women’s Targeted Athlete Strategy (TAS) program. The native of Truro, N.S. invovled with the continued work of Canada Basketball’s development and age-group women’s national team coaches.

Basketball Manitoba Female Basketball Summit Set for Sunday September 28 at Sport Manitoba

Basketball Manitoba is pleased to announce that it will be hosting its first ever Female Basketball Summit which is set for Sunday September 28 at Sport Manitoba.  A top priority for Basketball Manitoba is increasing female participation in the game as players, coaches and officials. In an attempt to develop specific strategies in this area and give our board some direction, we are hosting an open forum on Sunday, September 28, 1:00 - 4:00 pm in the Conference Centre (Lower Level) at the Sport Manitoba Sport for Life Centre at 145 Pacific Avenue in Winnipeg. We are inviting many players, coaches and officials to participate in the event.

A part of the afternoon will be a panel with four individuals (two players, a coach and an official) giving their perspectives, experiences and ideas relative to the topic. After a brief introduction and some data to put the topic in some context, each panel member will be given about 5 minutes to speak about her experiences in the game including any challenges, perceived roadblocks and ideas to get more females involved in the game.

After the panel and a short break, we will form discussion groups which will hopefully give our Basketball Manitoba Board some specific direction in this priority area.

If you are currently involved in the female basketball community as a player, coach, official, administrator or in another capacity, we welcome you to join us at the summit.  Please RSVP your attendance to the event by completing the below form before Friday September 26 at 12 noon.

We thank you in advance for your commitment and dedication to the game and your support of Basketball Manitoba.


Date: Sunday September 28, 2014
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm (registration will run from 12:30 - 12:50 pm); Refreshments will be provided
Location: Sport Manitoba Sport for Life Centre
                 Lower Level Conference Room
                 145 Pacific Avenue, Winnipeg (see below map)
Parking: Free street parking is available surrounding the building
Cost: FREE
Register: Complete the below form by Friday September 26 at 12 noon.
Questions: Please contact Adam Wedlake

If you are travelling in from more than 50 km beyond Winnipeg's city limits, travel support is available!  Contact Adam Wedlake for details.  

CASEBOOKS UPDATED: FIBA Announces New Basketball Rules for 2014-15

CASEBOOKS UPDATED: FIBA has released the new Official Basketball Rules which come into effect on October 1, 2014.  There are some significant changes as part of the changes which include...

THIS WEEKEND: DONATE TO THE CAUSE: Ballin' for Cancer Awareness Basketball Tournament Coming Sept 19-20 at U of Winnipeg

SCHEDULE RELEASED & DONATE TO THE CAUSE: The 'Ballin' for Awareness' Senior Men's Basketball Tournament is coming to the University of Winnipeg Duckworth Centre on September 19-20, 2014.  The 8 team basketball event is being coordinated by Donovan Gayle with all proceeds benefiting Cancer Care Manitoba. The plan is to make this an annual event to raise awareness and needed funds for cancer research and resources.

Donations to Cancer Care Manitoba will be accepted at the door plus the Canadian Blood Services will be on site educating people about the need for blood donations.

DEADLINE FRIDAY: WMBA Announces 2014-15 Rising Stars League Details

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: The WMBA has announced details on its upcoming 2014-15 offering for club teams in its Rising Stars League for the 2014-15 season.  The Rising Stars League represents an opportunity for independent high level boys and girls teams to organize and compete against one another within the WMBA format. 

Fall Junior Basketball Referee Clinic Dates Set

Basketball Manitoba in partnership with MABO has set its Fall 2014 junior referee clinic dates for this September, October and November. The dates include September 27, October 4, 5, 26 and November 8, 2014. All new and existing junior referees will be required to attend one of the all-day clinics this fall. The 4 clinics will be held in the Winnipeg area. The Junior Officials Development Program (JODP) is designed to improve the overall level of officiating in the Junior High / Middle School Minor basketball leagues. Plan today and save a date to not miss out! For details on the JODP...

Basketball MB Junior Officials Development Program Clinics

Is Coaching Female Athletes Really Different than Coaching Male Athletes?

basketball-girls-coach_tssBy: Emma Glasgow

In light of the upcoming FIBA 2014 Women’s World Championship in Turkey, I found myself thinking about female involvement in sport. Certainly it takes the same things to make it to high levels of competition in male and female realms – a combination of hard-work, dedication and talent – but did it take a different approach from coaches? Do girls in general require different things from a coach?

Part of me wants to say “No!”, coaching girls sports is the same as coaching boys, but having grown up as a female in the world of sports, I know this may not be true. Having witnessed a high turnover of coaches and an increasing rate of females dropping out of sports the older I got, I began to piece together that girls sports may come along with different challenges than boys.

Navigating the world of sports and gender can be a tricky area. Before I get too far, I think it is important to note that gender is not a dichotomy, it occurs on a spectrum. How individuals conform to gender roles and stereotypes can be versatile and even more difficult to navigate. It is important to allow for this individuality to occur, but may be helpful to be aware of both the similarities and differences within male and female sports.

The way males and females participate in sport is often grounded in social interactions at a young age. Factors like parental involvement, for instance father-son play versus father-daughter play, can have profound effects on the way males and females engage with play/sport/activity, and can provide messages, unknowingly, about his or her own physical skills for the rest of his/her life. We often see, even at recess, males engaging in more sprawling, competitive play, while females are involved in more intimate, cooperative play. This competitive versus cooperative play can be both the how and why males and females participate in sport.

Regardless of gender, it is is important to know what motivates your athletes to play. I think it can be agreed upon that participation in sport, for males and females, is largely based on fun! Both initial and long-term participation often relates back to level of enjoyment. Keeping the sport fun, will keep the athlete involved! Where an athlete derives that fun may be where males and females differ. As mentioned before, males often play competitively and as a result participate in sport because they value independence, status and achievement in order to create a hierarchical social order. While females often play cooperatively, this results in engaging with sport because of the social belonging and network it creates. They value relationships and fear isolation and separation from the greater team. This can create challenges with competition because of the challenges being placed on the social network; a fear that winning or being the best will isolate them from the group. These are general trends in male and female sports and there are obvious deviations. One example is the “tomboy”*. Tomboys (“sporty” or “athletic” girls) are females who play with or “like” males to a greater degree than their female peers. Their values are often more inline with their male counterparts in that they derive satisfaction and self-esteem from skill level rather than socialization. I think it is fair to say that males and females, are often not all competitive or all cooperative, but at varying degrees some combination of the two. Moving forward, I cannot stress enough the importance of merely keeping these generalizations in mind. They can be helpful in understanding male and female sports respectively, but you must take the individual’s and greater team’s unique motivations into account. Tailoring your tactics to each team will ensure it is more fun.

Knowing that in general girls prefer cooperation to competition, here are some tips when coaching female sports!

1. Add in competition while respecting cooperation!

Competition is important to sport and to the individual. Re-framing competition with teammates from individual wins and losses as improvement to the overall team can strengthen the team atmosphere. It may also be helpful to capitalize on the cooperative nature of female sports by adding in team building games and opportunities for socialization. Another solution may be shifting focus towards intrinsic (internal) motivation rather than extrinsic (external) motivation. Intrinsic motivation is a stronger factor to performance than extrinsic. Having females compete against her own performance will add competition and individual improvements.

2. Be mindful of feedback!

The social network females value in the sports environment can result in sensitivity to feedback. Relationships are important to the female athlete, which means her relationship with her coach is important. Too much or too little praise can result in an individual feeling isolated from the team. While too much criticism, can feel personal, kill confidence and perceived isolation from the group. Here are some tips:
  • be positive
  • be objective, not subjective
  • keep it simple
  • be consistent
  • listen
The Oreo or sandwich technique of “positive, constructive, positive” is often well received. It is also important to be aware of verbal and physical cues you are sending and receiving!

3. Mind the Pressures

Body image and social stigmas surrounding gender identity and sexual orientation can be issues in female sports. Of course this is true of male sports as well. With regards to females, disordered eating and overexercising are becoming increasingly common and at younger ages than ever before. Females, of all ages, are bombarded with images of the ideal female leaving young players feeling subject to the same social pressures as older athletes. While disorder eating and over-exercising often require expert intervention, you can play a role as a coach. Be aware of behaviours like compulsive exercising (extra runs despite hard workouts), obsessive interest in nutrition and calories, hypercritical and perfectionist tendencies, and regular reference to weight, size or fat, all of which may be helpful signs of a larger issue. If it becomes a concern, parental involvement is absolutely necessary. In order to avoid these things, creating safe environment and small changes in language can be all that is needed! Gender identity and sexual orientation are extremely difficult to navigate. Once again, ensuring a safe, accepting space for everyone involved is a huge comfort to all players regardless of gender, sex, religion and/or race. Your own behaviour may be all that players need.

In conclusion, males and females may participate in sport differently and may require a different approach from their coaches, but overall, are engaging in sport because it is fun! It is important to keep in mind that these differences exist, but that doesn’t mean they should be perpetuated! Being aware of the differences is helpful, but focusing on them can create more problems than solutions. Creating competitive and cooperative opportunities for all players is important. All in all, we want to provide equitable athletic opportunities and experiences for everyone involved!

*Fun Fact: A Women’s Sports Foundations Survey of female executives at Fortune 500 companies found that 80% self-identified as “tomboys” in their youth.

If this topic is of interest to you, there are lots of resources out there! Here are the ones I used:

  • Coaching Girls’ Basketball–Sandy L. SImpson
  • Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching– http://ift.tt/1BMShXU
  • Lost in the Sticks: Coaching Girls is Different than Coaching Boys–Inside Lacrosse – http://ift.tt/1BMShXW

Let us know your thoughts below!

Source: Steve Nash Youth Basketball Blog http://ift.tt/1tgh4AX

Basketball Manitoba Gold Card Fundraiser Program Back for 2014-15 Season

Basketball Manitoba is pleased to announce its continued partnership with Momentum Fundraising to offer ALL basketball teams in Manitoba the opportunity to sell the 'Gold Card' discount coupon card to help raise funds for their programs!  The Gold Card sells for $20 each with $10 being kept by the selling basketball program.  The program can aid any basketball team in Manitoba raise needed funds to assist with travel, team fees, equipment and more!  The card offers great local discounts including to Safeway, Rona, Perkins, Taco Del Mar Quiznos plus dozens of others.

StatTrackers Basketball Game Stat and Minor Officials Service Now Scheduling New Clients for 2014-15

 Stat TrackersThe Winnipeg based 'StatTrackers' stat service has announced that it is currently scheduling new clients to offer its services to the basketball community for the 2014-15 basketball season.  The StatTrackers service can be added to any league or tournament of any size and offers professional minor officials services (clock and sheet) plus detailed team and play statistics from courtside. 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: SPIN Basketball Seeking Coaches for Fall Programs

The City of Winnipeg run Sport Programs in Inner City Neighborhoods (SPIN) program is seeking basketball coaches to get involved with their after school youth basketball program.  SPIN is a free sports program, designed for children 6-14 years residing in inner-city neighborhoods, which will enable them to participate and learn basic skill development, sportsmanship, teamwork, leadership and fair play in a non-competitive environment.

The basketball component will involve a 6 week program, once per week at as many as 5 inner-city community centres in Winnipeg.  A total of 5-7 coaches are needed who will be paid $25 per session per week.  The locations confirmed to date include...

  • Chalmers Community Centre- Thursdays for 6 weeks starting Sept 25 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm
  • River Osbourne Community Centre - Tuesday for 6 weeks  Sept 23 - 4-5 pm
  • Plus 3 others in the works

Those interested in getting involved in the SPIN Program this fall can contact...

Andrew Davies

Too Many Games in Basketball?

By: Kyle Gilreath and Alan Stein

I am in my 14th year as a full-time, professional basketball-specific strength & conditioning coach.

This is my calling for 2 reasons:

  1. I love the game of basketball
  2. I am passionate about positively influencing young people

My mission is to share my philosophy of safe, purposeful and productive training with as many players and coaches as possible.  I want to be a global authority on improving basketball athleticism.

But as far as my actual legacy, I want to pioneer change to the current youth development model in the United States.  That’s how I want to be remembered professionally.

I certainly don’t think the system is totally dysfunctional.  But it absolutely needs some repair.16-Blog-Too-Many-Games

In the U.S., we tend to measure our basketball prowess by Olympic Gold Medals and NBA All-Stars. And by only using that barometer, we’re doing just fine, right?

But that doesn’t paint the full picture.

So the real question is, are we successful because of what we do or in spite of what we do?

As I see it, there are 3 main culprits that are holding back youth basketball development:

  1. Too many games (and not enough development)
  2. Too much focus on rankings and exposure
  3. Too little emphasis on coaching education (primarily at the younger levels)
  4. This post will focus on problem #1. Follow up posts will tackle #2 and #3, so make sure you check back.

I know tons of kids across the country who play more games in a calendar year than LeBron James.

That is a fundamental problem for 2 reasons:

  1. Wear and tear on their growing bodies
  2. Lack of emphasis on development (skill work, movement training, etc.)

NBA players have a distinct off-season.  College players have a distinct off-season.  Youth and high school players don’t (anymore).  Does anyone else see that as a problem?  With the rise of AAU/club basketball in the spring and summer… as a popular Nike t-shirt boasts… ‘There is no off-season.’

As far as wear and tear is concerned, the human body is similar to car.  No matter how expensive a car is, or how well you take care of it, when it starts to hit 150,000+ miles on the odometer… it begins to have problems. Many times these problems are minor… but they are problems nonetheless.  The same holds true for a basketball player’s body.  No matter how good of shape a player is in… if they play too much… they will start to have issues.  Sore knees. Tweaked ankles.  Tight lower back.

Young players are putting too many ‘miles’ on their bodies! They are wearing their bodies out.  This contributes to both overuse injuries (tendinitis) and acute injuries (ACL tears).  The fact that 9th graders can be seen icing their knees is a travesty.  That should be reserved for old folks like me!

While I don’t have the medical expertise to back this up, I firmly believe that Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook’s knee injuries (among a dozen others) can be partially attributed to the fact their tendons, ligaments and joints had too many miles on them!  As athletic as they were, their foundation was made of cards.  They obviously have the best of the best now (access to elite strength & conditioning coaches, athletic trainers, equipment, etc.), but they certainly didn’t for the first 20 years of their life.

In addition to wearing players out, playing too many games hinders development and stunts progress.  Many youthToo-Many-Games-3-300x168 and high school players that I’ve talked to spend 80-90% of their time playing games and only 10-20% working out and training.  That ratio is backwards!

Players should spend the bulk of their time in the gym, working on their game.  They should be going through purposeful skill development and performance enhancement workouts.  Games should be the icing on the cake… not the cake itself!

This issue is particular sensitive to me because I travel the world conducting my Cutting Edge Clinics as way to preach the gospel of sound training.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a parent or coach tell me, ‘We’d love to attend, but we have games that weekend.’  To which I reply, ‘Do you have games the weekend before?’ (Yes) ‘Do you have games the weekend after?’ (Yes) ‘So to clarify, you would rather play another set of games than to set aside one day to learn the drills, exercises and concepts that will lessen the occurrence and severity of injury to your players and allow them to perform their basketball skills at a higher level?’

Sadly, still many of them choose games over development.

This needs to be the first paradigm shift to correcting our current youth development model.

Now, I don’t want to be that guy. You know the guy… the one who puts his feet on his desk, crosses his arms, and tells everyone what the problem is.  I want to find solutions!

So what do I suggest?

  • I think parents and coaches need to reevaluate their off-season plans and restructure their schedules to focus more on development (working out and training) and less on playing.
  • I think players need to take control of their own destiny and make the effort to get better… on their own… without referees and jerseys.
  • I think the NCAA should strongly consider steps to regulate the number of games youth players should be allowed to play in.
  • And me? I will keep spreading awareness on this issue through every platform I can.

And me? I will keep spreading awareness on this issue through every platform I can.

In my next post I will offer my thoughts on rankings and exposure.

Please share this blog with the parents and coaches that need to hear it.

The movement has already begun…

Parts two and three coming soon…

Stay tuned!

Source: http://stevenashyb.wordpress.com/2014/09/12/too-many-games/

3 x 3: FUNdamentally Better for Developing Young Players

By: Emma Glasgow

Three on three (3×3 or 3 on 3) basketball, often referred to as “street ball” or “not real basketball”, is without question the future of the sport. With on-again-off-again talk of adding it to the Olympic roster of sports (FIBA has been unsuccessful thus far for Rio 2016), leagues like 3×3 planet (3x3planet.com), and national representation like Canada’s U18 Men’s and Women’s National Teams (http://www.basketball.ca/3×3-s15148), undoubtedly the sport has merit, validity and a future. Many of us, including myself, grew up on the game, playing 3×3 at neighbourhood YMCA’s, parks and driveways. Most if not all of the players from my small hometown that went on to a post-secondary career in basketball, spent hours playing this style. So if everybody’s doing it, and has been for years, should your kids?

The answer is YES! 3x3

3×3 basketball is likely the best game for the development of young players. The idea of reducing the number of players on the field or court is nothing new. Popularized sports like Rugby 7s and 2×2 Beach Volleyball are good examples. In terms of youth sports, again, this is not a novel concept. Sports like soccer progress from 4×4 to 7×7 to 11×11 in all Canadian soccer leagues. So why should young basketball players be playing 5×5 for their entire career? Why in basketball do we largely modify the game for younger players by lowering the net, playing with a smaller ball and imposing rules like no zone defense or no full court pressure? In a study done by Fenoglio (2005), he states that “the optimal game for development is the smallest possible game that does not lose the game’s fidelity”. 3×3 basketball does not compromise the game in any significant way. It allows for all the technical skills (dribbling, passing, defense) and tactical skills (on- and off-ball screens, traps, give and gos), while eliminating the issues of zone defense, full court pressure and positions for developing players. There are many reasons why 3×3 basketball is the optimal game for development, and they will be addressed later on in this article, but let’s make the need more explicit.

I think we all know why kids participate in sports. They are fun, provide exercise, create challenges, foster skill development and cultivate friendships. But why do kids drop out? And why aren’t we more upset that kids are dropping out? There are many reasons for the drop out rate in sports. Many kids list injury, lack of skill or confidence in their skill, lack of improvement, issues with coaches and officials, and an overall lack of enjoyment as their primary reasons. Many of the reasons for decreased involvement could arguably be attributed to the 5×5 model of development and competition.  3×3, on the other hand, offers increased involvement, better practice opportunities, higher cognitive involvement, and increased independence.

Increased Involvement

 By decreasing the number of players on the court, 3×3 by nature increases player involvement. Each player gets more ball contacts and more opportunity to be involved in the offense. The more players touch the ball and get involved in the play, the higher the enjoyment levels. Not only does this result in kids having fun, but also provides greater opportunity for improvement. The more often each player receives the ball, the more opportunity there is for learning to occur. More interactions with teammates, opponents and the basketball result in more fun for kids. There is also simply more playing time for each player as there is often one to no substitutes. Depending on the organization of play and size of the court, there can be up to 24 players playing at one time. The result is more players competing at one time and less players on the sidelines.

Better Practice Opportunities

 We have already touched on the value of both block and variable practice. To refresh, block practice refers to the progression of simple to complex instruction by focusing on perfecting technical skills with a high level of coach feedback. Random practice refers to small-sided games that focus on decision making skills in conjunction with technique. There is often a decreased reliance on coach feedback, as players receive feedback from their interactions. For more information, check out an early blog post here: http://stevenashyb.wordpress.com/2014/06/25/principle-of-specificity-versus-random-and-variable-practice/ . 3×3 is considered variable practice as it allows for decision-based practice. Players are challenged to incorporate the skills  into an environment that is reactive and receive feedback from the perceived success of those decisions.

This creates more self-sufficient players as they become better at interpreting feedback from game situations and less reliant on coaches input. While block practice often results in better short-term improvements, a disproportionate number of those skills are transferred to game scenarios, with the player often reverting back to old habits. The practicing of skills in a 3×3 format will result in better long-term development and more consistent performance overall.

Higher Cognitive Involvement

This was touched on above while discussing the style of practice. This relates to the goals of training, whether we are attempting to train a behaviour or make a decision. Block practice, as previously established, trains for a behaviour. This means that players are able to focus on personal technique. While there is a time and place for this, the result is often less thoughtful movements. Players are not required to focus on any other stimuli, simply the performance of a specific skill or pattern of skills. When we train for making decisions, as is common in 3×3, we witness more thoughtful decisions. Players must focus on the performance of technical skills and patterns, while reacting to their surroundings. Increasing the mental and physical effort, increases the reward. Not only will kids be thinking more, they’ll be having more fun doing it.

Increased Independence

Once again, this topic was touched on when speaking to all of the above. By increasing involvement and creating opportunities to make decisions, there is an increase in self-efficacy. Players begin to feel more confident in their playing ability because they’ve received more playing style practice. They have been able to interact with the ball, teammates and opponents more often then in 5×5. They have less interactions with coaches, decreasing their reliance on external feedback. 3×3 games should be refereed by coaches with younger age groups, but as the players gain a better understanding of game tactics and rules, they will begin to self-referee. Moving towards an “on-your-honour” system of officiating, will in turn create more autonomous players. It will also offer players the opportunity to practice conflict-resolution and self-advocacy, two skills that are lacking practice due to increased supervision and the world of “helicopter” parents.

Overall, 3×3 is a better model for developing young players. In no way am I saying it should be the only model. Block style practice and 5×5 competition have their place as well; Young players should be offered a variety of opportunities. But 3×3 basketball, offers the smallest number of players without compromising the game of basketball. Players are still able to exhibit all the fundamental skills and are as active if not more than 5×5. They have higher opportunities for improvement due to increased playing time and number of interactions. It offers appropriate challenges for the age group, creates opportunity for autonomous decisions and conflict resolution, and decreases reliance on coach feedback. 3×3 isn’t a new concept, it is the future of the sport. There is a reason people have been playing it for years. It’s fun! It is also extremely valuable in the development of skill and the sport of basketball.

Information for this article was gathered from the following sources:

Brian McCormick-“3 on 3: The Optimal Pathway for Development of Youth Basketball Players” USOC Presentation- http://learntocoachbasketball.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/USOC-Presentation.pdf

SNYB programming was developed in conjunction with the 3×3 model with progression in the later years to 4×4.

Source: http://stevenashyb.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/snyb-original-3-x-3-fundamentally-better-for-developing-young-players/

Canada Basketball Announces 12 Women Roster for FIBA World Championships

Canada Basketball has announced the 12 players who will be representing Canada at 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women that is being held September 27th to October 5th in Turkey.
2014 Senior Women’s National Team Roster
Ayim, MirandaForward6'2"London, ON
Boogaard, KrystenCentre6'5"Regina, SK
Fields, NirraGuard5'7"Montreal, QC
Gaucher, KimGuard5'11"Mission, BC
Langlois, Miah-MarieGuard5'7"Windsor, ON
Murphy, LizanneForward6'0"Beaconsfield, QC
Nurse, KiaGuard5'10"Hamilton, ON
Pilypaitis, CourtnayGuard6'0"Orleans, ON
Plouffe, KatherineForward6'3"Edmonton, AB
Plouffe, MichelleForward6'3"Edmonton, AB
Tatham, TamaraForward6'0"Brampton, ON
Thorburn, ShonaGuard5'9"Hamilton, ON
“After a fantastic summer of preparation, we are excited to have selected our team that will represent Canada at Worlds”, said Lisa Thomaidis, Head Coach. “These women have shown tremendous dedication and commitment to our program, and we are excited to go and showcase what we’ve been working towards. We have a great mix of youth and experience on this team.  We have several players who have experience playing at a World Championship and Olympic Games, and others who will be experiencing this level of competition for the first time in their careers.  We are looking forward to a fantastic tournament.”

The announcement comes as Canada prepares to compete against Team USA in an exhibition game on September 15th (Live on ESPN2, 7PM ET), before closing out their pre-World Championship schedule in Logrono, Spain, where the Women will face off against both Cuba and Spain.

Upcoming Team Canada Exhibition Games:
September 2014Event:Location
14thScrimmage vs. Team USAConnecticut, USA
15thExhibition Game vs. Team USA
(Televised on ESPN2, 7pm ET)
Connecticut, USA
19thExhibition Game vs. CubaLogrono, Spain
20thExhibition Game vs. SpainLogrono, Spain

     2014 FIBA World Championship for Women (All games broadcast live on NBATV)
September 2014Event:Location
27thGame 1 (Preliminary Round - Group B)
     Vs. Mozambique, 7AM (ET)
Ankara, Turkey
28thGame 2 (Preliminary Round - Group B)
     Vs. Turkey, 12PM (ET)
Ankara, Turkey
30thGame 3 (Preliminary Round – Group B)
     Vs. France, 2:15PM(ET)
Ankara, Turkey
October  2014Event:Location
1-5thAdvancing Rounds - TBDIstanbul, Turkey

BUY YOUR TICKETS: Todd MacCulloch to be Inducted into Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame This Fall

BUY YOUR TICKETS: The Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame announced today that Todd MacCulloch (MBHOF Class of '09) will be formally inducted into its Hall this November.  Todd joins 7 other individuals and one team who are being honoured as the Class of 2014.  Todd is also a member of the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame and the Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association Hall of Fame.