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Team Manitoba National Championships Game Results - 17UM, 17UF, 16UM Off to Gold Games; 15UM & 16UF to Battle for Bronze on Wed

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Manitoba's Provincial Teams at Nationals Conttine This Week - WATCH LIVE ONLINE

MANITOBA'S TUESDAY SCHEDULE (All Manitoba times listed) 

  • 12:15 pm - 15U Female - Manitoba vs TBA
  • 2:30 pm - 16U Male - Manitoba vs Nova Scotia
  • 2:30 pm - 17U Female - Manitoba vs Saskatchewan - National Semi-Final
  • 9:15 pm - 15U Male - Manitoba vs Quebec - National Semi-Final
  • 9:15 pm - 17U Male - Manitoba vs Nova Scotia - National Semi-Final

16U Female Manitoba have a bye on Tuesday


All six of Manitoba's Provincial Teams are off to Edmonton, Alberta this week to represent the province at the Canada Basketball National Championships and Western Canada Championships from July 25-30.  The event marks the first time that all 6 events are occurring under one roof at the same time.  Between the 6 events, 50 teams featuring 600 players will be competing.

This is also the first time that the National Championships will be NCAA Sanctioned.  Numerous coaches, not only from the NCAA but the CIS and CCAA will be in attendance to view the next wave of great Canadian basketball talent.  Many players who have played in this event have gone on to successful careers including several have even been lucky enough to hear their name called on draft night in the NBA including Robert Sacre, Kelly Olynyk and most recently Nik Stauskas.

There will be some amazing games featuring exceptionally talented players from across the entire country starting Friday.  Opening ceremonies go at 9am on July 25th in the Main Competition Gym with games to follow.

You can follow the game results as they happen on Basketball Manitoba's Twitter feed.




Full details on the tournaments and program can be found at...

  1. Program Overview
  2. 17U Male Roster & Overview
  3. 17U Female Roster & Overview
  4. 16U Male Roster & Overview
  5. 16U Female Roster & Overview
  6. 15U Male Roster& Overview
  7. 15U Female Roster & Overview
  8. Player Profiles
  9. Coach Biographies
  10. National Championships Past Results
  11. Contact

Manitoba Provincial Team - 15U Female

Manitoba Provincial Team - 16U Female

Manitoba Provincial Team - 17U Female

Manitoba Provincial Team - 15U Male

Manitoba Provincial Team - 16U Male

Manitoba Provincial Team - 17U Male

Winnipeg's Emily Potter & Michele Hynes Invited to Canadian National Development Team Tryouts

(Toronto, Ont.) – Winnipeg's Emily Potter has been invited as part of the try-out roster that will compete for a spot on the Development Women’s National Team.  Head coach Fabian McKenzie and his coaching staff will take helm of the team and prepare them for their summer competition.  Emily commented...
I'm really excited for this opportunity to continue working with team Canada & I'm excited for the future and more international experience!
Joining Emily from Manitoba will be Michele Hynes, of the University of Manitoba Women's Basketball Team who will work with the team as their performance analyst.  Michele commented...
I am very excited about the opportunity to work with the Canadian development team. The coaching staff is full of experience so it will be a great opportunity to learn. I look forward to contributing in anyway I can and representing the country!
Canada will compete in Taipei, Taiwan in the 36th William Jones Cup International Basketball Tournament. The competition runs August 20-24.

2014 Development Women's National Team try-out roster

Cassandra BrownForward6-2Vernon, B.C.
Audrey Ann Caron-GoudreauForward6-3Gatineau, Que.
Khaleann Ann Caron-GoudreauForward6-3Gatineau, Que.
Quinn DornstauderCentre6-4Regina, Sask.
Saicha Grant-AllenForward6-5Hamilton, Ont.
Sami HillGuard6-10Toronto, Ont.
Megan LUkanGuard5-7Barrie, Ont.
Sarah Jane MaroisGuard5-7Quebec City, Que.
Emily PotterCentre6-5Winnipeg, Man.
Karly RoserGuard5-10Hamilton, Ont.
Jamie WeisnerGuard6-9Clarkston, WA
Korissa WilliamsPoint Guard5-9Amherstburg, Ont.
Emma  WolframCentre6-5Kamloops, B.C.

* Note: Athletes may be invited after the Open Identification session to take part in the 2014 DWNT / Sr. B tryout by invitation.

2014 Development Women's National Team coaching staff
Fabian McKenzieHead coachSydney, N.S.
Michele BelangerAssistant coachMississauga, Ont.
Jeff SpeedyAssistant coachFredericton, N.B.
Michele HynesPerformance analystWinnipeg, Man.
Patrice PepinPhysiotherapistQuebec City, Que.
Mikaela BerzaTeam managerMississauga, Ont.
Sari KraftPhysicianToronto, Ont.
Christine YuongRefereeToronto, Ont.
Team Schedule
  • Tryouts by invitation August 2-5 at Durham College in Oshawa.  Training camp afterwards August 6-16.
  • Travel to Taipei, Taiwan on August 17.
  • Compete at the 36th William Jones Cup International Basketball Tournament, August 20-24.
    • 5 games in 5 days, round robin style, schedule TBC
    • Teams taking part in women’s tournament are:
      • Canada National Team B
      • Japan – Denso Iris WJBL Team
      • Korea National Team
      • USA Pro Select Team
      • Chinese Taipei National Team A
      • Chinese Taipei National Team B

For more information, please contact: 
Denise DignardScott Hastie
Director, Women’s High PerformanceCommunications Co-ordinator
Canada BasketballCanada Basketball
Tel 416-614-8037 ext 204Tel 416-614-8037 ext 217

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Youth Basketball Parents – 9 Tips To Help Your Child Succeed!

By: Ultimate Youth Basketball Guide

Many parents wonder – “How can I support and encourage my child, and at the same time help them succeed at the game of basketball?”

I have come up with 9 tips for youth basketball parents to help you support and encourage your child in their passion for youth basketball.

By following these tips, you are not only being a supportive and loving parent, but you are also setting your child up to succeed.

Tip #1: Give your child unconditional love, support and encouragement.
This is by far the most important step youth basketball parents you can take.

When your child participates in youth basketball, at any level, they need to know that they always have your love, support and encouragement. Win or lose.

It’s so easy to get caught up in making sure they do everything right or that they always win – the game, or scrimmage or contest. This is definitely the wrong approach to take. We have to remember as parents that our children are participating in youth basketball to have fun, to be with their friends and to compete.

Youth basketball parents have to remember that their most important role is to provide them with unconditional love, support and encouragement. By doing this, you are giving them the freedom to truly enjoy the game that they love!

There are some great books that focus on parenting and youth sports. Please check out our page on Youth Basketball books and videos to find out more on this important topic.

Tip #2: Do not pressure your child.
To me, this is an obvious one! However…we’ve all seen the parent that is “riding” their child from the minute the game or practice starts to the very end.

In this parent’s eyes, their child cannot do anything right on the basketball court. Now don’t get me wrong here, I believe when a child participates in a sport, they need to do things the right way (that is – the coach’s way). Are they going to do things right all the time? Of course not!

Everyone makes mistakes, in life and on the basketball court. As a parent, this is a perfect opportunity to teach your child and help them grow and improve their game. Adding extra pressure only makes their mistakes seem worse and often insurmountable.

This is the last thing we want with our children!

I’ve had my times when I’ve put extra pressure on my sons while they were participating in basketball or other youth sports. But when I step back and look at the big picture, I realize that this pressure is only hurting them. What I’ve learned to do is turn their mistakes into a teaching and learning experience – without adding any pressure.

Here’s an example for you: My son dribbles down the court and tries to make a behind-the-back pass to his teammate – but the pass goes out-of-bounds. Now instead of yelling at him and saying things like “What kind of a pass was that?!” “What are you thinking?!” “Get your head in the game!” I would simply take him aside after the game and say, “Now instead of trying to make that unnecessary pass, what could you have done different?” He would then think about it and say something like, “Well, I guess I could have just thrown a chest pass or bounce pass instead.”

As simple as that sounds, it is seldomly done. Most parents get on their child as soon as they make a mistake – and then the chance to teach and learn is ruined.

So please do yourself and your child a big favor – do not pressure them. Let them have fun and learn the game at their own pace. Your pressure will only hinder their progress and enjoyment.

Tip #3: Do not live vicariously through your child.
What I’ve seen over the years is that the parent that is putting extra pressure on their child is usually the parent that is also living vicariously through them. The two seem to go hand-in-hand for some reason.

I want to make an important point here. As parents, we have to remember that when our children are on the court – that’s their time to shine. It’s not our time to relive the glory days. We can’t push our children to go after the same goals we had during our playing days. Hey, if you were a star athlete – great! If you failed to get that college scholarship – that’s too bad. Either way, that has nothing to do with your child on the court.

As soon as parents start pressuring their child and trying to get them to attain their goals of yesterday…they ruin the entire process! Again please do yourself and your child a huge favor – do not pressure them!

Tip #4: Give your child more time with the basketball.
We all know the old saying, “Practice makes perfect.” It’s so true. If you want to help your child improve their youth basketball skills, they need to work with the basketball as much as possible.

How often you wonder? That all depends on their commitment level. Your child will be the judge of that. Remember, they have to have fun with this. Your job, as a youth basketball parent, is to encourage them. Some children will practice for a few minutes a day, while others will practice for hours everyday.

That reminds me of a player I used to coach. He would dribble the basketball everywhere he went. When he couldn’t dribble, he would practice ball-handling drills. This was in addition to the many hours he spent playing the game. Needless to say, he was one of the best players in our school’s history.

So what does your child need for this practice time? Just a basketball! There are many great drills that can be practiced with nothing more than a basketball.

Dribbling, ball-handling, passing, shooting, footwork, and many more. Check out our Free Drills section for some great ideas.

Youth basketball parents should remember to encourage their child to practice, join them as often as you can – but never force them. Again, they will determine how often they want to practice.

Practice, practice, practice – it’s the best way to improve!

Tip #5: Learn the game yourself.
I think this goes hand in hand with Tip #4. By learning the game, at least the basic principles, youth basketball parents will be in a better position to help their child with their practice time and skill development.

Now do you have to go out and become a certified coach? Of course not, unless you want to. But I do think it is important to have a basic understanding of the game of basketball. I would recommend that you purchase some good books and videos on the game of basketball. There are many excellent books and videos out there that teach the basics of the game very well. This is a great way for not only you to learn the game, but also a great way to learn with your children.

One note on this, base your purchases on your level of experience with the game of youth basketball, your child’s level of experience, and what your child is hoping to learn at this point. Buy what is relevant to your situation.

I have a personal example of this. When I was coaching our 7th and 8th grade basketball teams, I purchased a book by Bobby Knight of Indiana University. The book was an incredible resource filled with information on the motion offense and pressure defense. Great book – but only one problem. My 7th and 8th graders weren’t ready for this information yet. I read the book and saved it for future reference.

Youth basketball parents should learn as much as they can about the game of basketball. By doing this, you are in a better position to help your child with their skill development and enjoyment of the game.

Tip #6: Play basketball with your child.
I believe this is the most enjoyable part about youth basketball, or any other youth sport. Just being able to get out their and play with your child. This is an incredibly special time for both the parent and the child. I think it’s a time when you can really develop some very special and lasting memories.

Having said that, I do think it is very important for youth basketball parents to approach this with the proper mindset. Our role as parents is to encourage and support our children as they play youth basketball.

When youth basketball parents play with their children, whether it’s a one-on-one game, shooting contest, or just shooting hoops – it’s important that they keep the following things in mind to make it more enjoyable for everyone.
  • Have fun and enjoy your time together.

  • When your child is younger don’t block their shot or steal the ball from them. As they get older, you can play tougher defense to challenge them more.

  • Play with your opposite hand. This will make the game more even. As your child gets older and improves their skills, you may not be able to do this anymore!

  • Try not to run the score up on your child. This will only discourage them.

  • Do not spend a lot of time calling fouls and violations. Remember this is supposed to be a fun time together. Calling every foul and violation will make it to serious and not as enjoyable.

  • As you play, give your child brief explanations and pointers about their performance, but avoid long explanations and lectures. Boring!! It’s a great idea to sit down and talk to your child after the game. Discuss their performance and what they did well during the game, and also point out what they need to work on.

  • As your child gets older and improves I think it’s fine to challenge them a little bit more. Play stronger defense and make the game more competitive. Again, your child’s skill level will determine if they are ready for this – don’t rush this!

  • As your child becomes a better player, help them work on specific drills that will help improve their basketball skills.

Tip #7: Attend youth basketball games.
Watching the game of basketball, at any level, is a great teacher. Our family has always enjoyed attending the local high school and college basketball games. Watching others is a great way to learn.

As you are watching, discuss what is going on in the game. Discuss topics that your child is familiar with or what is relevant to what they are currently working on. Again, that will be based on their skill level and level of competition.

After the game, talk about different plays, strategies or skills that the players used. It’s important to let your child voice their thoughts, opinions and views at this point. This is a good indicator of their understanding of the game of youth basketball.

This is a great way for youth basketball parents to bond with their child and really enjoy some quality time together!

Tip #8: Watch basketball on TV.
This is almost as good as being at the game. Sometimes it’s even better, especially if the commentator is knowledgeable and easy to understand.

I prefer watching NCAA basketball over the NBA. I think the games are more fun to watch. The fundamental skills and team concepts are more noticeable. I also think that youth athletes can identify more with a college basketball player, who might only be a few years older than them, rather than an NBA superstar.

Whichever you prefer, I think you can enjoy a game on TV in the same way you would enjoy one that you are attending. Get the most out of it and talk to your child about what is happening during the game. Again, a great time for youth basketball parents to bond with their child!

One note: Half-time and the end of the game are great times to go out and shoot hoop with your child!

Tip #9: Invest in training tools.
Basically, anything that improves your child’s basketball skills is considered a training tool. The two main tools that I will talk about here are a basketball and basketball hoop. Let’s start with an age-appropriate basketball. It’s important that your child practices with a ball that is the right size for their hand. This allows them to get comfortable with the ball, get a better feel for the ball, as well as handle and control the ball better. The size of the ball will be listed on the box it is sold in, as well as right on the ball.

A basketball hoop. There are so many styles, models and price ranges to choose from. It’s important to have a good hoop to shoot at. If there is a local park that your child can play at, use that. If not, I would invest in a basketball hoop. Buy what you can afford and what is appropriate for your child’s skill level.

I’ve seen many youth basketball parents run out to buy the top-of-the-line basketball hoop for their child, only to find a few months later that they have lost their interest in the game. Again, buy what is suitable for your needs.

I would recommend the adjustable type basketball hoops. These can adjust from ten feet down to usually seven feet. This makes it much easier for younger children to practice shooting at the proper height. Just like with the basketball, we want them to use equipment that they are comfortable with. This improves their chances of success and enjoyment tremendously.

Note: What should you do if you don’t have room for an outdoor basketball hoop? Use a basket, barrel or bucket. Use your imagination – there’s always a way to practice shooting hoops. If you are inside, use a laundry basket and rolled up socks, clean ones please.

These are the two most important training tools your child will need to improve their basketball skills. It is truly amazing the number of skills you can develop with a ball and a hoop.

There are many other training tools that are designed to help improve your child’s basketball skills. Every skill that is needed to play the game of basketball has some very specific training tools to help your child improve.

Source: Steve Nash Youth Basketball Blog http://ift.tt/1px0x68

UPDATE: Canada Basketball 15U, 16U & 17U National Championships Schedules Released

UPDATE: Canada Basketball and the host Basketball Alberta have released the official schedule for the 2014 15U, 16U & 17U National Championships.  The event will occur July 25-30, 2014 at the Saville Centre in Edmonton, AB and feature the top players at the 15U, 16U and 17U levels in Canada.  View the full schedules and official tournament websites at...

Winnipeg's Maureen Orchard Retires as President from International Wheelchair Basketball Federation

(Ottawa, Ont.) Wheelchair Basketball Canada has announced the news that Winnipeg's Maureen Orchard has retired as President of the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF). Orchard will remain involved with the international game after her re-appointment as secretary general at the 2014 IWBF World Congress in Incheon, South Korea.  Maureen was also very involved in basketball locally, serving on the Basketball Manitoba Board of Directors for 40 years among countless other basketball committees and events over this time.

“Maureen is a true pioneer and we sincerely congratulate her on an outstanding career,” said Wheelchair Basketball Canada Executive Director Wendy Gittens. “Through her tireless leadership Maureen has been a driving force behind the international growth and development of wheelchair basketball, and we commend her for her unparalleled contributions to the sport both in Canada and abroad.” 

Orchard, served as the president of the IWBF since 2002. In that role she has championed development within the international zones and enhanced opportunities for junior athletes and women around the world.

She also served as president of the Canadian Wheelchair Basketball Association (CWBA) – now Wheelchair Basketball Canada – from 1993 to 1998. She was inducted into the CWBA Hall of Fame as a builder in 1998.

As a lifelong volunteer, Orchard has taken on many leadership roles within the basketball community, serving as president, vice-president, treasurer, director, coach and referee for a number of key sport organizations, including the Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association, the CWBA, the Canadian Paralympic Committee, Canada Basketball, Basketball Manitoba, and FIBA.

For more information, please visit www.wheelchairbasketball.ca

Maureen receiving the Order of Sport Excellence award from Basketball Manitoba
President Joe Di Curzio (left) and Sport Manitoba CEO Jeff Hnatiuk in 2007
Source: http://www.wheelchairbasketball.ca/Wheelchair_Basketball_Canada_congratulates_Maureen_Orchard_on_retirement_as_president_of_the_International_Wheelchair_Basketball_Federation.aspx

Should You Remove Competition When Teaching?

By: Joe Haefner

Here is an excerpt from the FAQ section of the Post Player Development book by Don Kelbick.

What about practicing post moves with a defense? I’ve read that players need less 1-on-0 and more 1-on-1 and situational drills. Once they have a base for some moves, they need to practice those moves against competition. Otherwise, they won’t develop the “feel” of when to make the right moves. Why wasn’t that addressed?

I am completely on the opposite side here. I think players need more 1-on-0 work and less 1-on-1. I don’t believe in competitive teaching. I don’t teach reading the defense. I teach action and counter. There is no right move, there is only what you do well. 90 percent is mentality. The information in this book is exactly what I teach. Then I just send them out to play.

Now you’re probably wondering why I don’t believe in competitive teaching and reading the defense. Even though my feelings on this are too extensive to cover here, I’ll try to address some of my thoughts.

My philosophy has developed over 30 years of coaching in both team and individual situations. I combine that with three degrees in Education. I say that not to blow my own horn or to minimize anyone else, but to emphasize that it is not an arbitrary method.

I believe that to be an effective teacher you have to remove stress from the classroom. I don’t believe in negative reinforcement, running for mistakes, placing penalties for missed shots or turnovers, or winners and losers in teaching situations. All that adds to the stress level of the players you are trying to develop. A basic effect of stress is that it narrows the perceptual field. It limits what the player is able to see, and how they form perceptions.

When you are a big picture teacher, as I am, anything that prevents the players from seeing all the possibilities or puts them in a position to fear failure, as competition does, would be counter productive. I have seen situations where players fail over and over again because they are working out against a better player. That affects self-image and retards development. I have also seen players take advantage of lesser players and never fail. This gives them a false sense of accomplishment and when they fail in a game, it is a hard fall.

I put my competition into scrimmages where they actually have to play and do the things they practice. Admittedly, it goes slow at first but then the curve becomes very steep. I don’t teach reading the defense. Having a defense there so it forces a particular turn does not fit with my philosophy. Shooting over a hand or having to deal with contact are moot points because I try to build an act and counter mentality to the position. I also really push the mentality that shooting is all rhythm. So, getting a shot blocked, bothered or shooting with contact doesn’t matter because I want to ignore those things and just concentrate on rhythm.

In practice, not using competition in your teaching allows for a better pace of learning, more consistent situations, less dropped passes, less bad passes, more skill intensity and better self image.

And then there is the biggest issue; if a player can’t get on the floor they can’t improve or help you. If I had one hair on my head for all the players that got hurt in competitive drills and had to sit out practices or games I would have more hair than the ex-Governor of Illinois (I can’t even say his name properly, no less spell it, but I do know he had a lot of hair). An injury in a game or scrimmage is acceptable. But an injury in a teaching situation is tough to defend. To say they need to knock heads to become better when it knocks them out instead is not acceptable.

Source: http://stevenashyb.wordpress.com/2014/07/21/should-you-remove-competition-when-teaching/

Swan Valley Basketball Camp Set for Aug 11-15 in Swan River

The Swan Valley Basketball Association has announced it will be hosting a summer basketball camp for boys and girls on August 11-15, 2014 in Swan River, MB.  Cost is $10.00 per player.  Coed program.  Deadline to register is August 5.

Group 1 - Kids born in 2002 and 2003 – 9:00am – 12:00pm
Group 2 - Kids born in 2000 and 2001 – 1:00pm – 4:00pm

For more information, contact: Brendan Fedorchuk at 204-731-0554 to register and for any questions regarding the camp.

How to Set SMART Goals in Basketball

By: Nicholas Boon

Have you ever wanted to accomplish something? Meet a deadline? Learn a new skill? Of course you have – and so have your athletes. We all set goals as a way to structure our lives, improve productivity, educate ourselves, or reach new levels of success. Without question, goals are invaluable for both athletes and coaches.

Unfortunately, not everyone considers how they set their goals. The process of goal setting is extremely important; the goals we choose inherently determine whether or not they are achieved. Enter: SMART Goals.


SMART Goals provide a framework and criteria for goal setting. Since the early 80’s, SMART Goals have been applied to personal development, business management, education strategies, and of course, sport performance. Using SMART Goals for your athletes, and yourself as a coach, makes it easier to understand what the goal is, how to reach it, and whether or not it has been accomplished.

  • S  – Specific
  • M – Measureable
  • A – Actionable
  • R – Realistic
  • T – Timed


The more specific your goals are, the better your chances are of actually accomplishing it. What exactly do you want to achieve? Generalized goals where success or failure is unclear can lead to complacency, while a clear finish line can increase an individual’s motivation. Do you want to be a “better” free throw shooter? Or do you want to hit 80% of your in-game free throws by the end of the season?


Determining measurables for your goals can be tricky; thankfully, statistics in sport often serve as an effective measuring stick. Stats are not always easily applied in youth sports, but setting goals that can be defined using simple stats can go a long way to improving the quality of the goal itself. Sure, your team needs to improve on the defensive end, but how do you quantify that? Tracking a stat like transition baskets can highlight your team’s hustle back on defense, or opponent’s free throw attempts to encourage your team not to foul.


All good goals require action on the part of the individual. Not only does this promote ownership of the goal (only you can make yourself better) but it encourages putting together a plan of action to achieve that goal. This constitutes the “how” of goal setting, and as a coach this is your most powerful influence on your athlete’s goals. Through your practice planning and feedback, you can have a direct impact on whether or not your players meet their objectives.


Keeping goals realistic is a common challenge for young athletes. Their amazing combination of imagination and optimism can sometimes lead to unattainable goals. This can be dangerous; not only will this lead to inevitable failures, but goals that become seemingly out of reach are often harder to fully commit to. Talk to your athletes about their goals, and help them make adjustments if they have their sights set too high (especially in the short term).


Finally, setting a (realistic) deadline for goals forces some urgency and implores the individual to take action. Having a timeline ties in with the design of an action plan; often using smaller goals as stepping stones towards the bigger goal helps keep everything in perspective. If one of your athletes hopes to be just as comfortable dribbling with their left hand as with their right, is it reasonable to accomplish this within one practice? Or is it better to have the end of your season as a target deadline?

Final Thoughts

Something to consider when setting goals for yourself or with your athletes is whether or not they are framed negatively or positively. A negative goal may not focus on what you actually want to achieve. Instead of working to “stop turning the ball over”, set a goal to adjust your passing technique, improve communication with teammates, or learn to read the defense more effectively.

Also, consider both long and short term goals with your athletes. There are benefits to both; while long term goals provide a big picture object, short term goals provide a clearer in-the-moment focus. What do your athletes want to accomplish in today’s practice? What do they want to accomplish by the end of the season? What do they want to accomplish 5 or 10 years down the road?

Try a goal setting exercise with your team (or with athletes individually). Briefly go over the criteria for SMART Goals, and have them work on setting some for themselves. Guide them towards more appropriate goals, help them determine a timeline, and have them write their goals down to take home. And last but not least – work with them to put a plan of action in place!

Source: http://stevenashyb.wordpress.com/2014/07/18/snyb-original-set-smart-goals/

All 15U, 16U and 17U National Championship Games to be Webcast Live From Edmonton

Canada Basketball and Basketball Alberta have announced that all games from the 2014 15U and 17U Canada Basketball Nationals and 16U Western Canadian Championships will be broadcast live online by SportsCanada.TV.  The games run July 25-30 at the Saville Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.  Manitoba will be sending all 6 of its Provincial Teams for the event.  The direct link to view all games is...

Expanded Female Centre for Performance Program Set for Fall for Females Born 2000-2002

Basketball Manitoba is pleased to announce it will be offering new expanded programming for females in its Centre for Performance program this coming season.  The one-year pilot project will now extend the training season for the Center for Performance to add tournament and exhibition play to allow the athletes to develop against elite level competition.  The Centre For Performance teams will play in select tournaments and exhibition play in Canada and the United States during the fall and spring seasons.  A pause in regular programming for the school basketball season will allow athletes to fully commit to their school programs.

The program will include support from Canada Basketball and the Women’s National team program in the form of curriculum and special training sessions led by National Team coaches.  Regular speed and strength training will be provided by McDole's Gym and the Strength and Conditioning department of the Sport for Life Center.  Athletes will also participate in special training sessions with guest coaches and instructors over the course of the program.

The Program will see a group of females born 2000, 2001, or 2002 train approximately three times per week from September to early December and from late March to late May.  The focus of the program is to develop fundamental skills, athletic ability, universal concepts, and the Canadian Women’s National team style of play.  Approximately 18 girls will be selected to the group for training.  The group will divide into two teams for tournament play to allow for quality playing time during games. 

The training group will be led by Basketball Manitoba High Performance Coach Randy Kusano and 15U Provincial Team Coach Alyssa Grant.

A player identification camp for the program will take place Sunday, August 24 at the University of Winnipeg from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.  The second phase of the identification camp will take place Sunday, September 7 at the University of Winnipeg from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.  A $25 tryout fee will be collected at the first session.  Athletes selected to the program will start training early September.

Details on the male program, which will continue with the traditional training program as offered in the past will be announced in the coming weeks.  

More information on the Centre for Performance program can be found at http://cp.basketballmanitoba.ca



Randy Kusano

Randy Kusano was the winningest coach in the history of high school basketball in Manitoba. His high school teams won three MHSAA (Manitoba High School Athletic Association) AAAA Provincial Championships provincial titles, 11 conference titles and he coached in 15 AAAA Final Fours in his 34 years coaching with the Oak Park Raiders in Winnipeg before retiring from teaching in 2010. A University of Manitoba graduate, Kusano is a current fully certified NCCP Level 3 coach with nearly 25 years of CIS coaching experience as an assistant with the Bison men’s and women's basketball program.

Randy has been involved in basketball as a player and coach for over forty years. He developed his love for basketball at Norberry Junior High in St. Vital playing for Hall of Famer, Dennis Alvestad. He moved on to Glenlawn Collegiate and finally to the University of Manitoba.  Randy was a member of three consecutive Canadian Junior Men’s championship teams from 1971-1973. In 1976 he was a member of the first Manitoba team to win a National University championship in basketball, the University of Manitoba Bisons.

After his university years were done he continued playing with the Nicolett Inn Senior men’s team that captured their first National Senior Men’s Championship in 1979. The University of Manitoba Junior Men and Nicolett Inn Senior men’s teams were later inducted into the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame.

Randy’s coaching career began with the University of Manitoba Junior Bisons in 1974 and continued there until 1976. He has coached high school basketball for the past thirty-four years, thirty two as head coach of the Varsity Boys program at Oak Park High School.

Over his 34 years at Oak Park, Randy developed the dominate high school program of it’s era, going to 15 Final Fours and winning 3 AAAA Provincial Championships. During this time he has helped to develop more than twenty five players who have gone on to play at the Canadian College or CIS level. Randy has also served as an assistant coach at the University of Manitoba for fifteen years.

Randy has also coached numerous Manitoba Provincial teams as head coach and as an assistant coach at the Canada Games, Western Canada Games, and National Championships.

Alyssa Grant 

Alyssa Grant attended Oak Park high school from 2006-2009 where she was named team MVP two years in a row. In her grade 12 year she was named to the All-Manitoba team and also received the Carl Ridd Award for excellence in school, community and sport involvement. In her graduating year at Oak Park she was named Athlete of the Year and left to play for the University of Winnipeg Women’s Basketball team. Alyssa is has just completed her 5th and final year playing for the University of Winnipeg. Throughout her career she was been a leader on and off the floor and was a co-captain of the team for three of her five years.

In addition to playing, Alyssa has also been heavily involved in coaching. She is currently in her fifth year assistant coaching for the Oak Park Raiders varsity girls’ basketball team. In that time the Raiders have made appearances at four consecutive provincial championships, capturing the title in 2013. Alyssa has also coach summer camps for both the University of Winnipeg and Basketball Manitoba’s High Performance Camps. While at university Alyssa has also volunteered her time coaching with the Inner-City Jr. Wesmen, ‘I Can Score’, and Athlete Initiative programs.

Alyssa is currently working towards her Bachelor of Education with a major in kinesiology and minor in psychology.  She is hoping to one day teach Physical Education/Health Education at the high school level. Alyssa is also an MFC certified personal trainer and hopes to continue coaching and training this summer and into her career as an educator.

Basketball Manitoba High Performance Basketball Camps for Ages 10-15 Set for August - Space Limited

Welcome to the Basketball Manitoba High Performance Camps!  The Basketball Manitoba High Performance Camps are for experienced players from ages 10 to 15 years old. The camp has an emphasis on improving the athlete’s fundamental skills and understanding of the game. The camp provides a 7 to 1 player to coach ratio and is taught by some of Manitoba best coaches and players.

Team Manitoba Brings Home Basketball Silver Medal at Special Olympics

Congratulations to Team Manitoba on their recent success at the Special Olympics National Championships held in Vancouver, BC!  Manitoba proudly brought home a Silver Medal in basketball from the event.

Team Manitoba basketball was a very well prepared team for the Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Vancouver. All the hard work the team put in, paid off!

Team Manitoba basketball record:
  • vs Collingwood Eagles, 34-0 Win
  • vs BC Grizzlies, 21-8 Win
  • vs Alberta Grizzlies, 42-8 Win
  • vs BC (Langley), 20-18 Win ***Langley's first loss in three years***
  • vs Nova Scotia, 25-13 Win
  • Gold medal game: vs BC (Langley), 20-14 Loss 
Team Manitoba basketball athletes and coaches had a wonderful experience in Vancouver and they can't wait for the next National Summer Games.

Check out more photos from a great event!  CONGRATS TEAM TOBA!

Team Manitoba Basketball Representing at North American Indigenous Games in Regina

Good luck to the 6 Team Manitoba basketball teams who are representing the province at the 2014 North American Indigenous Games this week in Regina!  The 6 teams include male and female teams at the 14U, 16U and 19U age level.  The rosters and schedule for each team can be found at...

SNYB Original: Cultivating Confidence in Youth Sports

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By: Nicholas Boon

Self-confidence is a tricky topic in youth sports. It is so inherently dependent on the individual and the context. As a coach, it can seem overwhelming, even unrealistic, to build and nurture the self-confidence of each of your athletes.

Some kids seem to be naturally confident, see themselves as leaders among their peers, and have no problem accepting responsibility or taking on challenges. Others may not be so confident in themselves, shying away from confrontation and avoiding situations where risk failure. Players all respond differently to criticism and praise, to positive and negative feedback, and to failures and successes. This post will outline four of the cited sources of self-efficacy, all of which are easily applied to a youth sport context, followed by some tips and strategies to cultivate confidence among your team and program.

4 Sources of Confidence
There has been considerable research done on the sources, qualities, and effects of self-efficacy (or self-confidence), with recreational sport as a popular medium through which theories are tested and refined. Albert Bandura, perhaps the most prominent researcher in self-efficacy theory, describes four primary sources of self-efficacy:

#1 Past Performance

The single best way for an individual to improve their confidence in a particular situation or with a particular skill is to perform that task successfully. This is quite intuitive; if you have hit a game winning free-throw before, you will be more confident that you can repeat that success.

#2 Vicarious Experience

Vicarious experience, or social modelling, is the opportunities to witness someone else (ideally of comparable skill or experience) complete a particular task. Seeing someone whom you consider similar to yourself succeed in a rigorous series of sprints will improve your belief that you can too.

#3 Verbal Persuasion

Positive feedback can come from a number of sources, including parents, coaches, or other athletes. The most effective form of verbal persuasion, however, is “self-talk” or an individual’s inner monologue. Telling yourself you can defend the opposing team’s start point guard puts you in a mindset of toughness and resolve, an effective tool to increase performance.

#4 Physiological & Psychological State

Finally, the physical and emotional state of the individual can have a profound, though individualized, effect both on self-confidence and performance. Some athletes feel more game-ready when they are “fired up”; others may be more confident when they are relaxed. Some athletes spend their time before a game composing themselves mentally; others focus on the physical warm-up and skill preparation.

These sources of confidence are well documented, though they can affect everyone differently across various stressful situations. Knowing when, and how, to adopt and engage in these sources is more of an art and less of a science.

5 Tips to Promote Confidence
1. Create Opportunities for Success

Structure drills and activities so that all athletes can experience success. Progress the difficulty of skill drills up, instead of regressing them down. Use games and activities where everyone can participate and feel competitive; elite or elimination games both limit development opportunities and may negative impact some players’ confidence. Finally, play up individual players’ strengths in games (though continue to develop well rounded players in practices).

2. Express Confidence in Players

Let your players know you believe in them! As a leader and authority on basketball, your athletes will hold your opinion of their abilities to a high standard. If an athlete doubts themselves, you are in a powerful position to change their mind. Continue with constructive criticism but provide positive feedback as well, applauding effort and focusing on improvements rather than results.

3. Provide Equal Playing Time

Nothing is a confidence killer quite like riding the bench. Not only does this limit development of the individual but you are actively limiting their opportunity to experience success. If past experiences are the single greatest source of confidence in young athletes, how can they be expected to believe they will improve if they are deprived of experience at all?

4. Encourage Mistakes

Youth athlete development is fundamentally grounded on trial and error; the best way to learn is by making mistakes. Create a culture where players are not afraid to make mistakes and see them as opportunities to improve rather than as reflections of their abilities.

5. Use Mental Imagery

Mental imagery is a positive sport tool, and has been shown to be especially effective in promoting self-efficacy among beginner athletes. At the end of a practice, go through a visualization exercise with your team. Help them to imagine a situation such as hitting a free-throw or finishing on a fast break, focusing on what they see, hear and feel. Most importantly, ensure that players visualize a successful performance in that situation.

Source: Steve Nash Youth Basketball Blog http://ift.tt/1z3rVzC

Junior Alliance Basketball Club to Host Open Tryouts Aug 9-10 for Boys & Girls

Junior-Alliance-Basketball-.pngThe Junior Alliance Basketball Club has announced it will be hosting an “Open Selection Camp” for their 2014-2015 competitive teams and registration for the developmental program on Saturday August 9 and Sunday August 10 2014 from 12pm – 2pm.  The Junior Alliance will be offering a developmental program to girls born in 2005 – 2006 and boys born in 2001-2003 and 2005-2006.  The program will consist of 2 hours per week of skills development and training beginning in October until April.  There will be scrimmages amongst the participants, but no competitive games.  This program will focus on skills development.

  • Junior Alliance will consist of 3 competitive teams (Boys Grades 7, 8, 9) that are trained by passionate and energetic coaches that volunteer their time for the love of the game.   
  • Junior Alliance is looking for players to join their teams.  Anyone with the heart and desire to improve, and will work hard are welcome to come out.
  • The camp will focus on fitness while working on skills evaluations, offensive and defensive fundamentals, and team drills. 
  • The camp will be run by all of the Junior Alliance Coaching Staff working together to create the best teams possible for the new season.
  • Saturday August 9 and Sunday August 10 2014 from 12pm – 2pm
  • All registration and open selection camps will be held at Red River College, 2055 Notre Dame Avenue in the NORTH GYM.
  • Both developmental and competitive players are welcome to participate during the weekend camp.
  • Players are asked to bring their own basketballs.
  • Camp Fee = $20.00 per player
  • Cheques are payable to “Junior Alliance Basketball Club”
  • Please pre-register by emailing the following information: