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It's a Boy! Congratulation to New Parent Heather (Booy) & Mike Hildebrand

Congratulations go out to former Basketball Manitoba Program Coordinator Heather (Booy) and Mike Hildebrand on the birth of their first child last week! Carter Hildebrand was born November 13, weighing 7.9 lbs and 20" long. Mom and baby are doing great! Congrats to the Hildebrand's!


SCOREBOARD - Nov. 21, 2014

Check out today's collection of game scores from all levels of basketball in Manitoba...

THANKS COACH! National Basketball Coaches Day in Canada; All 2014 Super Coaches Clinic Videos Free to Access on Saturday

Basketball Coaches Day in Canada
THANKS COACH!  Those words can never be said enough!  It doesn't matter who you are, but a vast majority of society has had some interaction with a coach.  Be it as a player, a parent or a fan, coaches have a great impact on people and for that, we say THANK YOU!  From all the planning and development time to time in the gym before, during and after practices and games, coaches are the fuel that drives sport forward.

As part of National Basketball Coaches Day, we are asking that you reach out to that special coach in your live who impacted you growing up.  Reach out and say THANKS COACH!  They will love to hear from you and it will be a great opportunity to reconnect.

As part of National Coaches Day, Basketball Manitoba is making all 2014 Super Coaches Clinic videos public on Saturday.  Access to these videos is currently open to 2014 SCC clinic attendees only.  They will return to private access on Sunday and will once again be made permanently public in 2015.

Past clinic videos can also be seen below or at this link...


Youth Sports Coaching: Not a Job, but a Calling!

Basketball coach and playersSaturday is the 3rd annual Basketball Coaches Day in Canada!  Basketball Manitoba and Canada Basketball appreciate the tremendous amount of time, patience and care that youth sports coaches put towards developing sport, young athletes, but most of all young people. Sports are a microcosm of life. In taking on the job of coach, you are preparing youth for the world at large. But coaching youth sports isn’t for everyone. It is reserved for a select population with a capacity for passion and empathy, and the gift of teaching, but most of all a desire to improve. Once again, our friend John O’Sullivan at Changing the Game Project says it best!

By: John O’Sullivan

So they call you Coach, huh? Have you ever stopped to consider what that means?

You have taken on one of the most beautiful, powerful, and influential positions a person can ever have. Some people may call it a job, and others a profession, but in reality, being a great coach is not that at all. It is so much more than that.

By becoming a coach, you have chosen to work with young athletes. You have chosen to guide them through the trials and tribulations of learning two beautiful games: sport and life. You are in a position to change their lives forever, not only by making them better athletes, but better people. You are a leader, you are a role model, you are a person who serves your athletes, and you are a person to whom they entrust their physical and emotional well-being.
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Never take this responsibility lightly.

Coaching can be one of the most difficult jobs in the world. We work with young athletes in highly emotional and public situations. We keep score, and because of that our work is often judged week to week, even day to day, based upon the performance of a bunch of kids, how well they play, how much they play, and where they play.

Every time we coach, our words and actions can have a huge impact in the lives of our players, both positively and negatively. We are faced with moments of success and failure, and with calls from officials both good and bad. Our words and actions in these situations can stick with our players forever.

The thing is, we don’t get to choose which things stick, and which ones they forget, so in everything we say and do, we have to choose wisely.

Coaching also means you will be dealing with parents. Many of them are wonderful, and will support you and be grateful that you have taken the time and energy to teach and mentor their child. Celebrate them, and be thankful they are on your team. Basketball coach and playersOthers are not so wonderful. They have unrealistic expectations for their children and the team. They will be a friend to your face, and an enemy behind your back. They will make life miserable for their own child, and often for you and the rest of the team as well. Do your best to educate them and minimize their negativity, and empower others to do the same. Most importantly, be a trusted mentor for their child. Those kids need a positive role model more than most, and it’s not their fault that mom or dad has lost the plot. The science of coaching and teaching has evolved tremendously in the last few decades. We now know that many coaching and teaching methods used when we were kids are not as effective as once thought. Fear and intimidation does not work as well as an environment of love and respect. Lines and lectures are a thing of the past. Rote repetition is effective only to a point. Just because you taught something does not mean your players learned it. Just because you went over it does not mean they retained it and can replicate it in a game. Far too many coaches are focused on running exercises in practice that are successful 90% of the time, when in reality messy practices that replicate game situations are far more powerful learning tools. Do you have these type of practices on your clipboard?

Every player we coach, we leave a lasting impact. There is no way around this; you will influence every player you come in contact with. What will your influence be? Will it be something positive and affirming that bolsters your athletes and serves them throughout life? Will it be a more fulfilling experience for you and your players, more enjoyable, and more successful?

Or will it be something that tears them down, that diminishes their self worth, that makes them fearful of failure, or ties their self-worth with sports success? We all mean well, but sometimes when we are pushing to win a game, or talking to our teams after a tough loss, we say and do things that we later regret. I know in the past I have, and I never considered for a moment that my harsh, personal and often over the top criticism of a kid might follow him or her off the field. But it did.

I believe that being a coach is so much more than running a bunch of practices and organizing kids for games. It is about connecting with your players as people first, and athletes second.

It is about being passionate, and loving the game you teach, so your players will play with passion and love.

It is about empathy, making every player feel important, and giving him or her a role on the team.

It is about integrity and consistency for kids during good times and bad.

It is about being a model of the behavior you expect from your athletes, both on and off field of battle.

It is about being a teacher, not only of the X’s an O’s of a sport, but about life, about optimism, about persistence,  and about character.

No, coaching cannot simply be a job. It must be a vocation, a calling to a place that best suits your skills, your passion and your ability.

You can change lives with a single word, a single pat on the back, and a single conversation that says “I believe in you.”

The world needs great coaches more than ever before. The world needs you!

Are you ready?

Have a great coach in your life? Someone who made you better on and off the field. Be sure to share your story below or with Canada Basketball (@CanBball) with the #CBcoachday !

And if you want to study the secrets of the world’s greatest coaches and cultures of excellence, CLICK HERE AND ENROLL IN OUR FREE VIDEO SERIES “COACHING MASTERY” BEFORE IT FILLS UP.

Source: http://stevenashyb.wordpress.com/2014/11/21/youth-sports-coaching-not-a-job-but-a-calling/

Manitoba Centre for Performance Female Program off to Grand Forks This Weekend

The Manitoba Centre for Performance Female program is off to Grand Forks, ND to attend the 'King of the Court' basketball tournament this weekend.  This marks the first out-of-province event for the new pilot program which has added a competition component to the training program.  Additional trips are planned in the coming months.  Representing Manitoba on the two teams this weekend will be...

MANITOBA CP RED (8th Grade Girls Division)

  • 1) Lauren Bartlett
  • 2) Vanessa Lee
  • 3) Debbie Nikasi
  • 4) Claire Signatovich
  • 5) Alicia Sosnowski
  • 6) Niyah Becker
  • 7) Holly Klassen
  • 8) Emily Johnson

MANITOBA CP WHITE (8th Grade Girls Division)

  • 1) Alexis Garcia
  • 2) Sonum Sidhu
  • 3) Anna Kernaghan
  • 4) Sarah Lamureux
  • 5) Chloe Ellerbrock
  • 6) Amei Grant
  • 7) Tracy Towns
  • 8) Tanya Wallack
  • 9) Taylor Reynolds

The Canada Basketball/Basketball Manitoba Center for Performance Program is a regional training centre designed to bring together male and female Canadian basketball athletes aged 12-15.  The program targets high potential athletes and provides them with advanced level training and experiences to help them develop into an elite level basketball player.

More info... http://cp.basketballmanitoba.ca

DEADLINE FAST APPROACHING: PGC Basketball Shooting College Coming to Winnipeg Nov 28-29 at Glenlawn Collegiate

SIGN UP NOW!  Point Guard College (PGC) Basketball has announced that they will be offering a basketball shooting college in Winnipeg for male and female players currently in grades 7-12 on November 28-29 at Glenlawn Collegiate.  The world renowned basketball collage has only two stops in Canada with the other location being Toronto.
In the PGC Shooting College short course, players learn how great shooters think, shoot, and practice. This training weekend is designed to help players develop a shooter’s mindset, build sound shooting techniques, and train effectively to work on their shot. Players will also benefit from learning specific shots that great scorers need in their toolbox. The PGC Shooting College will benefit players who are looking to increase their confidence in their shot, as well as their shooting range and accuracy.

The event is open for coaches who want to observe - if you have an athlete attending it is 50% off of the $245.

DISCOUNT OFFER: If a team has at least 3 players register, they will qualify for a team discount at the point of registration!

Details on the event can be found below and at the following links...

SPACE IS LIMITED: There are only 64 spots open and that they are filling up quickly!

Glenlawn Collegiate

November 28th - 29th, 2014
Winnipeg, MB
Shooting College
Course Type:
  • See our Shooting College page for other Early Bird Specials and Discounts.
  • Canadian courses must be paid in US funds.
  • There is a 5% GST Manitoba province tax that will be applied to the tuition fee.
Preparation for PGC:
Daily Schedule
  • This Shooting College course runs from 6:00pm-9:00pm on Friday night and 8:00am-6:00pm on Saturday.
  • Meals are not included. Athletes must bring a lunch and snacks on Saturday.
Facility Information:
  • All court and classroom sessions will take place at Glenlawn Collegiate at 770 St. Mary’s Rd Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2M 3N7.
  • Athletes can be dropped off and picked up at the front entrance of the gymnasium.
  • Click here for a map.
  • Click here for more information about Glenlawn Collegiate.

Ready to sign up?



Basketball Manitoba Gold Card

Start selling the Basketball Manitoba Gold Card today as a 
great fundraiser for your basketball team! LEARN MORE...


CHURCH & SCHOOL SERVICE UPDATE: In Memory of Rick Symonds; 1958-2014

Elmwood High School will be hosting a Celebration of Rick's Life at the school, 505 Chalmers Ave in Winnipeg on Tuesday, November 18 at 2:00 pm.

The church service for Rick is scheduled for Thursday, November 20 at 7:00 pm at Cropo Funeral Chapel at 1442 Main Street.

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With great sadness, Basketball Manitoba shares the news on the passing of long time basketball coach and teacher Rick Symonds of Winnipeg.  Rick was a a teacher at Elmwood High School where he coached the varsity girls program there for number of years and also served as the convenor of the Winnipeg High School Basketball Conference.   Rick was involved with Basketball Manitoba at the Provincial Team level coaching a variety of female teams in the program in the 1990's and 2000's.  Rick was also very involved as a football coach.  We have lost one of the truly nice guys in our game.

Our sincere condolences go out to the entire Symonds family.

This page will be updated when additional information comes available.  

THIS SATURDAY: Basketball Coaches Day in Canada Set for November 22 #CBcoachday

CALL YOUR COACH ON SATURDAY AND SAY THANKS FOR COACHING! It’s time for us to get up and join together in recognizing our Canadian basketball coaches for all that they give.  Canada Basketball is declaring NOVEMBER 22, 2014 as Basketball Coaches Day in Canada!

What is it?

Basketball Coaches Day in Canada is a national celebration of all Canadian basketball coaches for all the time, dedication and passion that they contribute to our sport through the year. From November 16th-22nd Canada Basketball and its stakeholders will launch a national campaign to encourage communities to participate in recognizing their coaches.

The objectives are:

  • To raise the appreciation level for the commitment that basketball coaches put into athletes, teams, programs and community sport
  • To thank those that have had such a great impact on our youth and their sporting development from the grassroots to the high performance
  • To create awareness of the passion and desire our Canadian coaches have for improvement

How to get involved?

Canada Basketball is encouraging sporting clubs, schools, community associations to explore different ways to show and express their appreciation to their basketball coaches.

Using #CBcoachday, we want to engage the Canadian basketball community across the country! Join us in the celebration on social media, by showing your gratitude and appreciation for all that your coaches do!

Here are some potential ways to recognize coaches and be a part of Basketball Coaches Day in Canada:

-CREATE your special thank-you for your coach

  • send out an email blast, newsletter or update your website thanking your coaches
  • create a card or gift for you coach
  • present appreciation or recognition awards to your coaches
  • use your next game or tournament to publicly recognize their efforts

-DOCUMENT your appreciation by taking a photo or video

-SHARE your photo/video on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram using #CBcoachday, facebook.com/CanadaBasketball

Let’s all find a way to recognize our basketball coaches!!


Canada Basketball has also created a thank you card that athletes can either print off, or distribute electronically to their coaches to show their appreciation. For English version, click here, for French version click here.

WATCH VIDEO: 2014-15 MHSAA / FIBA Rule Clarifications

The Manitoba Association of Basketball Officials has released a memo to its membership tied to the enforcement and interpretation of a number of items in the current FIBA rulebook tied to undershirts, mouth guard and athletic tape color, halftime length, no-charge semi-circle, 14-second shot clock, player disqualification and dunking. These items are tied to the high school (MHSAA) level of play in Manitoba. For the details...

Playing it Forward Celebrity Basketball Game Set for Dec 8 at 7pm at Duckworth Centre

Pulford Community Living Services has announced they will be hosting their inaugural Celebrity Basketball Fundraiser. Come down to the Playing it Forward Celebrity Fundraising Basketball game for family friendly entertainment and to support a worthy cause involving the University of Winnipeg Men & Women. The money raised will go to renovations such as widening bathroom doors, installing wall mounted sinks, etc. in order for homes to be wheelchair friendly so that people have access to all aspects of their home. At Pulford we believe that independence should be promoted starting in the home. We will provide a fun atmosphere with live music, face painting, children singing, and a heck of a basketball game!

Date: Monday December 8, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Duckworth Centre, 400 Spence Street (map below)

Pulford Community Living Services Inc., a not-for-profit community based organization, was established in November 1986 in response to the closing of a guest home that threatened to leave several people homeless. On December 1, 1986, three people moved from the guest home into their own home on Fleet Avenue, assisted by Pulford.

Since 1986, Pulford has continuously provided housing and supports to persons with a developmental disability serving over 150 people throughout the province. The supports provided by P.C.L.S. Inc. are intended to encourage and facilitate the individual's ability to live and grow in ways that the individual sees fit. “P.C.L.S. Inc. is committed to ensuring that individuals with mental disabilities served by Pulford have all the rights, responsibilities and opportunities afforded by independent community living. Pulford will proceed in this endeavor by providing appropriate support to each individual who receives support services.”

There will be a wide variety of Celebs playing, such as:

  • Glover Jackson - Former Harlem Globetrotter
  • Mike Richardson - Former Bomber Running Back
  • Chef Rob Thomas - Maple Lodge Farms
  • Rana Bokhari - Manitoba Liberal Party
  • Caroline Barghout - CTV News Winnipeg
  • Sean Quigley - Drummer Boy (You Tube )
  • JD Francis - Energy 106.1
  • Jordyn Knight - Energy 106.1
  • Frankie Hollywood - Energy 106.1
  • Ogo Okwumabua - Former Winnipeg Cyclone player and 2-time GPAC with the Bisons
  • Nicole Foster - Former contestant on Amazing Race Canada
  • Cormac Foster - Former contestant on Amazing Race Canada

Tickets are only $5.00 for anyone 6 and over!

For ticket or event information contact Angel Marcoux or Andy Russo at 204-284-2255.

THIS WEEKEND; STILL ROOM TO REGISTER: Ndinawe 4on4 Youth Basketball Tournament Announced for 14-18 Boys on Nov 22 at UW RecPlex

The Ndinawe Youth Services have announced their plans to host a 4on4 youth basketball tournament for 14-18 boys on Saturday November 22 at new University of Winnipeg RecPlex Gym.  Deadline to register is November 21 by dropping off the below registration form at 472 Selkirk Avenue.  Full details are...

NEXT MABO SENIOR CLINICS COMING FOR STEINBACH & BEAUSEJOUR: MABO Announces Fall Official Referee Clinics & Membership Details

The Manitoba Association of Basketball Officials has announced its fall 2014 line-up of basketball referee clinics and membership details on its website.  The clinics will be offered this October and November in Manitoba and are open to people ages 18+.

2014 Zhonghua Cup Basketball Tournament Wraps Up in Winnipeg

The 2014 Zhonghua Cup Basketball Tournament organized by the Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Center was held during the weekends from October 31 to November 16, 2014 at the 2nd floor of Dynasty building. There were ten teams participated this year.


  • Champion - MCT
  • 2nd place - Avenger
  • 3rd place - Waffles


  • MVP - Vincent Chelun Chang
  • Top scorer - Hengjia Guo.  

This year was the 5th annual Zhonghua Cup Basketball Tournament.  We also have a special award to those players who have participated for the past five consecutive years.  They were:

  • Vincent Chelun Chang
  • Ivan Chau
  • Kevin Chau
  • Teddie Chau
  • Tony Guan
  • Cheng Jin
  • Lester Lau
  • Yu Sang
  • Alex Tong
  • Kevin Tsen
  • Di Wang

1st Place - MCT
2nd Place - Avenger

3rd Place - Waffles 

5 Year Award Recipients 

MVP - Vincent Chelun Chang

Basketball MB's Ross Wedlake at closing ceremony 

Opening Ceremony Group Photo

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the teams, all the volunteers and particularly our sponsors:

  • Diamond sponsor: Basketball Manitoba
  • RBC Main and James branch
  • Gold sponsor: Winplus International Immigration and Education Services Centre
  • Silver sponsor: Manitoba China Times 
  • Bronze sponsor: One Square Autosport & Dale's Tire Auto Service
  • Other sponsors: Panda Tea, Safeway, Giant Tiger, Noodle Express.

Thank you all and see you next year.

Zhonghua Cup Basketball Tournament Organizing Committee

More information... http://wcccc.ca/wp/events/event/2014-zhonghua-cup-basketball-tournament/

32 Team Brandon Sun Spartan Invitational Tournament Back for 11th Year December 11-13

One of Manitoba's largest basketball tournaments is tipping off in Brandon in early December!  The 2014 Brandon Sun Spartans Invitational Tournament features 32 teams at the varsity boys level running December 11-13 out of 5 area schools in Brandon.  Follow all the results in the nightly SCOREBOARD report.  For more info including the full schedule...

Just for Kicks Charity 3on3 Basketball Tournament Announced for Feb 7 at Westgate Collegiate

The Just for Kicks 3on3 Basketball Tournament is a three-on-three charity basketball event in support of Winnipeg’s Got Sole. The tournament takes place at Westgate Mennonite Collegiate on February 7, 2015 and includes 16 teams that will compete for a grand prize. Just for Kicks will feature a three-point competition and highlight local brands by offering vendor tables to them.

In 2013, the non-profit charity was established by Frendell Cano, Jerry Legaspi, and Johann Generao.  When they created Winnipeg’s Got Sole, they had one goal – to give back to the community that
helped them grow up. In June 2013, Winnipeg’s Got Sole introduced the city to its first Sneaker Swap Expo, and has been an annual event since then. The charity has collected over 1000 pairs of shoes since its inception.

  • Each team will have a maximum of four players and are guaranteed a minimum of two games.
  • Instead of a registration fee, Just for Kicks asks that participants raise at least $55 for Winnipeg’s Got Sole. Just for Kicks will supply pledge forms.
  • Participants must be at least 18+, however guests of all ages are invited to support Just for Kicks at Westgate Mennonite Collegiate.
  • There are no gender restrictions and co-ed teams are encouraged.
  • Participants in Just for Kicks also have the chance to enter the three-point competition. 
  • All proceeds will go directly to Winnipeg’s Got Sole to help fund in future events.
  • All clothing/ outerwear/ shoes will be given to Winnipeg’s Got Sole for distribution.

Download the registration form and pledge form to register your Just for Kicks team. As a reminder, the minimum donation is $55, which includes your $5 insurance courtesy of Basketball Manitoba.
 The registration form must be filled out by each team member. Please ensure phone numbers and emails are correctly entered for updates and information.
Please mail your registration form to:
58 Pincherry Lane
St. Andrews, Manitoba
R1A 3S1
You may also scan your registration form and email it to giuliano@justforkickswinnipeg.com
Team spots are reserved on a first come, first serve basis.


If you have any questions, please contact
event creator Giuliano Bellabono


Athlete Initiative Announces Ultimate Sporty Girls Road Trip to Minneapolis to See T-Wolves vs Lakers Dec 12-15

The Athlete Initiative Sports Program in inviting people to join them for the Minnesota Timberwolves Ultimate Sporty Girls Road trip from Friday, December 12th to Monday, December 15th, 2014.  This ultimate sports road trip is open to females aged 13 and up.  We invite you and your basketball savvy friends to catch the high flying Los Angeles Lakers take on the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday, Dec 13th at 6pm at the Target Centre.


The ultimate weekend will include: 

  • Charted bus by Leisure Tours
  • 3 night hotel stay & continental breakfast
  • Athlete Initiative Leadership session
  • 1 game ticket
  • Short shopping trip to MOA/Albertville
  • Great opportunity to meet new friends who share the same passion for sports 
  • Depart Winnipeg --Friday 8am
  • Depart Minneapolis --Monday 11am

*Early Bird Special Offer: Until Monday, November 10th, 2014 ($320)

Regular price: Deadline to register, November 24th, 2014 ($370)


  • Trip will be guided by Suki Chhoeun, head coach of Athlete Initiative, along with 3-4 Athlete Initiative chaperone/coaches.
  • Register as a group of 4, to be able to room with your best buddies. 
  • Single registrations will room with new friends closest to age. 
  • Only 48 spots available. Don’t wait, register today!
  • All attending must provide own travel insurance, (can be purchased from Blue Cross for $18)

Founder, Suki Chhoeun
Phone: 204-990-8582
Email: suki.chhoeun@gmail.com

Basketball Manitoba Office
145 Pacific Avenue, 3rd Floor, Rm. 324
Payment: Accepting (cash / cheque / credit) payable to ‘Athlete Initiative’