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Fort Garry Brewing Men's Basketball League Fall Registration Now Open

The Fort Garry Brewing Company Super Men's Basketball League has announced it is gearing up for another brand new season. The 2014-2015 season will feature new schedule format, all-star game and year end tournament.

Online registration is now available for all teams to sign up. Please remember a valid Visa or Mastercard is needed to register online. Total team registration for the 2014-2015 season is $1725.00 (tax included) Registration deadline is September 8th..

NEW FORMAT - Teams will not be allowed to specify which days of the week they can not play on. Two days of the week have been assigned to each division. You pick which division best suits your days when you can play. This will help with the scheduling and teams should be able to play more often (eg, Once a week). The division breakdowns are as follows (Please not there will be no changes to these, they are al set to go for the online registration..

  • Division 1 - Sun p.m. and Wednesday
  • Division 2 - Sun p.m. and Monday
  • Division 3 - Monday and Thursday
  • Division 4 - Sun a.m. and Wednesday
  • Division 5 - Sun a.m. and Thursday
  • Division 6 - Sun a.m. and Monday
  • Division 7 - Sun p.m. and Wednesday
  • Division 8 - Sun p.m. and Monday
  • Division 9 - Sun a.m. and Wednesday
  • Division 10 -Sun p.m. and Thursday
  • Division 11 - Sun a.m. and Monday
  • Division 12 - Sun p.m.. and Wednesday
  • Division 13 - Sun a.m. and Thursday
  • Division 14 - Sun p.m. and Sunday a.m.

The league will be starting play on Sunday, September 21st.

 For more information please contact:

Sheldon Appelle
Fort Garry Brewing Company Super Men's Basketball League Commissioner
(204) 786-9823 (Office)  s.appelle@uwinnipeg.ca

WMBA Announces Fall / Winter Community Club Basketball Registration Details

The Winnipeg Minor Basketball Association has announced details on its 18th season of community club basketball for children living in the greater Winnipeg area at the 5-18 age level.  The Fall / Winter league is open to boys and girls ages 5-18 and the Spring league to ages 8-18.  There are no ‘tryouts’ for club basketball as we make as many teams in the area based on the number of players who register. 

The league offers both a Fall / Winter league which runs October through March and a Spring League from April to June.  Registration for each run in September and March respectively at our participating community centres in the greater Winnipeg area.  The Club league holds its games weekends (traditionally teams ages 12 and under play Saturdays and ages 13+ run Sundays) along with one practice during the weeknights.
The WMBA is a city-wide league, so teams will be competing against other teams from around the city.  We attempt to keep games in a central location fair to all teams in the program.  Age divisions are set roughly every 1 to 2 years. Teams ages 7 and under play coed in the Steve Nash Youth Basketball Program and teams ages 8+ play in separate boys and girls leagues.  We are always looking for people to get involved at the league level as either a coach or an administrator.
Fall/Winter League
Spring League

WMBA Announces 2014-15 Rising Stars League Details

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. 

Our Fall/Spring Rising Stars League caters to boys and girls aged 12-17. The Fall session begins in late October and runs through mid December. Play resumes in mid April with a Spring session that concludes in June.


· 12 Under - Born in 2003
· 13 Under - Born in 2002
· 14 Under - Born in 2001
· 15 Under - Born in 2000
· 16 Under - Born in 1999
· 17 Under - Born in 1998

· 13/14 Under - Born in 2001 or later
· 15/16 Under - Born in 2000 or 1999
· 17 Under - Born in 1998 


The registration for the Fall/Spring Rising Stars teams will be $2300 per team 50% of the fee $1150 must be paid during registration for the qualifying tournament. 

League play

The entire season will consist of 18 weeks of league games and playoffs. In the Fall, teams can expect to play 8 games. Games are slated to be played on Sundays from late October through mid December. In the Spring, teams can expect 8 games to be played. Games are slated to be played on weeknights with two weeks of playoff games from early April to the first week of June. Results from the fall session will carry forward to the Spring and will count toward playoff standings.

RSL Qualifying Tournament - 6th Annual - SEPTEMBER 26TH - 28TH 
The sole purpose of the Qualification Tournament is to allow teams that have the intent to enter the Rising Star League an opportunity to show that they are talented enough to join the league.
  • Therefore, teams are required to pay a down payment of 50% of league fee upon registering for the tournament. If the team is offered and accepts a position into the Rising Star League, then the remainder of the fee 50% would be expected. 
  • Any team not offered a position would get the 50% down payment returned minus the $ 325 Qualification Tournament team registration.
COST:  $1475 - $325 (Tournament Fee), $1150 (%50 league fee) Please email info@wmba.ca and make your interest for the qualifying tournament and league known!

Since the Rising Stars League inception in the spring of 2007, the WMBA Board of Directors has continually tried to ensure that the there is a competitive level of play within the Rising Stars league including attracting all elite level club teams.  Therefore, the WMBA plans to host the 1st Annual Rising Stars Qualifying Tournament in September of 2009.  This tournament would serve to identify the province’s most elite teams.
The tournament will take place late September or early October in facilities across the city over the course of one weekend.  While the league hopes to have 8 teams registered for each division, adjustments will be made should there be additional or fewer teams register.  Teams will be guaranteed a minimum of 3 games. 

Once the tournament has been completed, invitations to join the Rising Stars league will be presented.

Winnipeg Basketball Star Erfan Nasajpour Selected to Iranian National Team; Will Suit Up in Spain at Basketball World Cup This Week

Basketball Manitoba is pleased to share the news that Winnipeg basketball star Erfan Nasajpour has been selected to the Iranian National Team!  He will suit up in Spain at FIBA World Cup which tips off later this week.  Erfan is a product of Daniel McIntyre Collegiate and the University of Winnipeg Wesmen basketball programs.  He was selected as a two time CIS All-Canadian in 2007 & 2008 and currently plays professional basketball for the Sanaye Perochimi Mahshahr Basketball Club in the Iranian Basketball Super League.

On being selected to represent his birth nationa at the FIBA World Cup, Nasajpour commented,

"It's a privilege to be playing in the FIBA World Cup and representing the country in which I was born, but I have certainly not forgotten where I learned the game. Thank you Manitoba for supporting me because if it wasn't for Winnipeg, Manitoba I wouldn't be where i am today!".



Nasajpour's 20th world ranked squad will tip off this Friday verses host and number 2 ranked Spain on Saturday August 30 in Group A competition.  Spain is a heavily favoured team which sports a large number of current NBA players including Pau & Marc Gasol, Ricky Rubio, Serge Ibaka and Jose Calderon.

Some of Erfan's past accomplishments and recognitions include...

  • 2002 Canadian U18 National Team
  • 2003 Global Games U18 in Dallas
  • 2005 Canadian University National Team in Izmir Turkey
  • 2004/05 All-CanWest 1st Team
  • 2005/06 All-CanWest 2nd Team
  • 2006/07 2nd Team All-Canadian
  • 2007/08 2nd Team All-Canadian

WMBA 3on3 Summer League Playoffs Announced

The WMBA 3on3 Summer League will be wrapping up on Wednesday August 27 and the playoff schedule has just been released.  All games will occur at the Whyte Ridge CC Outdoor Court (see map below).

Find the details at...


Community Sport Coach Training Workshop to be held at Brandon University on Aug 30 - REGISTER NOW!

Basketball Manitoba will be hosting a Community Sport Coach Training workshop on Saturday August 30 at Brandon University's Healthy Living Centre. The workshop will be open to anyone who may coach kids the sport of basketball. The program is ideal for beginner and community coaches including parents and teachers.

"This is a great opportunity for anyone that may be interested in coaching basketball at any level, but in particular coaches that are relatively new to the sport," says Bobcats women's basketball coach Novell Thomas.

The workshop will be comprised of sessions both in the classroom as well as the Henry Champ Gymnasium.

The session will run from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Registration in advance is preferred, but participants may register the day of the event.


Cost for each participant is $85 + GST.

Lunch will not be provided, but a lunch break will be taken mid-way, as well as intermittent breaks through-out the day.

As well as the workshop, coach Thomas and men's coach Gil Cheung will be recieving additional training to become Learning Facilitators for the Sport Coach Training Level providing them the ability to certify students who complete the Basketball I course as part of the Bachelor of Physical Education Studies program at BU.

Making Head Way - Complete the FREE Concussion eLearning Series

Designed to help you gain the knowledge and skills required to ensure the safety of your athletes, these NCCP Professional Development modules cover: what to do to prevent concussions, how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion, what to do when you suspect an athlete has a concussion, and how to ensure athletes return to play safely. The sport-specific modules offer coaches scenarios specific to their sport, while the general sports module will suit all other coaches.

To begin, you will require a NCCP#. If you have never taken an NCCP course and need a NCCP#, please register with The Locker.

You should expect to spend 60-90 minutes completing a module. Each completed module will be recorded on your coaching transcript as professional development.


Manitoba Athletic Therapists Association Offering Sport First Aid Courses This Fall

The MATA has announced that it is offering a variety of Sport First Aid Courses this fall, these courses are accredited by Coaching Manitoba for Professional Development Credits and are a great resource for all coaches to have. Read on for Course Descriptions and dates, registration can be done online by clicking the link below. All courses are $25 and will be held at Sport Manitoba 145 Pacific Ave in Winnipeg.

Course Descriptions

Injury Prevention and Management - October 21, 2014 6:00pm - 9:00pm
This course will introduce participants to a variety of injuries commonly associated with sports. It offers a great way for coaches to understand the basics of injuries and be well equipped to help an athlete at the time of injury. Topics will include techniques to help prevent injuries (warm-up, cool down, proper equipment), injury classification (sprain, strain, contusion), as well as the immediate care of injuries.

Taping 1 - September 28, 2014 9:00am - 2:00pm
Taping 1 is an excellent course for a coach or team manager. The course will equip them with the necessary basic skills to deal with an injured athlete. This course will focus on general taping skills and considerations, such as when to tape and when not to tape. The course includes a practical component focusing on basic taping skills as well as taping techniques for the ankle, wrist, and thumb.

Concussion 101 - October 7, 2014 6:00pm - 9:00pm
This course will introduce concussion basics to coaches in order to help them better understand the following topics: What is a concussion? How is the brain affected following a concussion? Statistics and Facts regarding rates of concussion. As well as a practical session this will include an introduction to the SCAT 3 concussion testing protocol and a basic introduction to cranial nerves.


New Men's Basketball recruits arrive in Brandon

Denham Buchanan, Earl Thompson Jr. & Samy Stanson Desir
BRANDON - Three new members of the Bobcats men's basketball team have arrived in the Wheat City, including one college transfer that was not previously announced. Denham Buchanan, Samy Stanson Desir, and Earl Thompson Jr. have all made their way to Brandon and are ready to begin their first seasons as members of the Brandon University Bobcats.

Buchanan and Desir were previously announced earlier this summer, while Thompson was a late commitment who is eager to get down to business at BU.

Thompson played two seasons for the Shoreline Community College Dolphins, in Shoreline, Wash. where he led his team in both scoring and rebounding during his sophomore season, averaging  21.5 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.

Thompson's impressive season with the Dolphins earned him North West Athletic Conference all-star honours in 2013-14.

Thompson is looking forward to new opportunities in Brandon and is excited to be in a new country.

"I'm excited to be a part of a program that's building towards bigger and better things and I feel I can contribute to the program that Coach Cheung is creating," said Thompson.  "I look forward to learning from coach and my teammates while I'm in Brandon."

The 6-foot-5 guard/forward offers a wide range of skills that will be an asset to the BU squad says coach Gil Cheung,

"Earl's versatility gives him an ability to score in a variety of ways. I think he has the potential to be a mismatch for other forwards in our conference. He has a very high basketball IQ and will fit in very well on and off the court."

Thompson will be coming into his third year of eligibility with BU after spending two seasons at Shoreline. Thompson graduated high school in his hometown of Henderson, Nev. after being born and raised in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Source: http://gobobcats.ca/news/2014/8/21/MBB_0821145844.aspx?elinkdata=3844

Wanted: Team Managers Bison Men’s Basketball

University of Manitoba Bison Men’s Basketball is looking for team managers for the 2014-15 season.  This experience will bring you inside the day to day workings of a CIS basketball program, help to build your skills and resume while networking with people in the basketball community. This is an ideal position for young person aspiring to be a coach or sport administrator.

Successful candidates will have some of the following characteristics:

·      U of M students preferred
·      Aspirations in coaching or sports management
·      Hard working, and reliable
·      Able to work both independently and in a team atmosphere.
·      Basketball/sports enthusiast

Managers will be responsible for helping organize and administer practice and training sessions as well as have a valuable role during home games. Managers may also travel to some away games with the team. Team managers will work under both the Head Coach and the Director of basketball operations assisting the program in many ways through out the season.

Interested people should contact: Kirby.Schepp@umanitoba.ca

Blazers Basketball Club Announce ID Camp for Girls Born in 1999 or 2000

The Blazers Basketball Club is holding open I.D Sessions for girls born in 1999 or 2000. The camp will be held at Balmoral Hall School located at 630 Westminster Ave on September 3rd and 5th.

Both sessions will run from 6:15 -8:15 PM. There is a $ 20 fee for the I.D Camp which is payable at registration. All players should bring a basketball their own water bottle and arrive 15 minutes early to register.

The team will consist of 10-12 players and will practice 2-3 times weekly. The team will register for the Rising Stars League for the 2014/15 season in the http://www.basketballmanitoba.ca/mambots/content/glossarbot/info.gifWMBA and enter numerous tournaments throughout the season (not conflicting with the MHSAA Basketball season).

For more information and/or to confirm a player's interest in attending contact Coach Fred Mighty at mighty1@shaw.ca

BOYS CAMPS UNDERWAY: Basketball Manitoba High PerformanceBasketball Camps for Ages 10-15 Set for August

CAMPS UNDERWAY! 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.

CAMP DATES, TIMES & AGES (Ages as of first date of the camp)

  1. August 18-22, 9:00 am -12:00 pm - Ages 10-12 Girls 
  2. August 18-22, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Ages 13-15 Girls 
  3. August 25-29, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, Ages 10-12 Boys
  4. SOLD OUT - August 25-29, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Ages 13-15 Boys - SOLD OUT

CAMP COST (Fee includes GST) 

  • $150.00 per person
  • Payment Options
    • Online: Visa, MasterCard, PayPal
    • Basketball Manitoba Office: Interac, Visa, MasterCard, Cash, Cheque or Money Order
    • By Mail: Cheque or Money Order (payable to 'Basketball Manitoba'); Basketball Manitoba, 145 Pacific Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B 2Z6

  • FEMALE - Friday August 15, 2014 at 5:00 pm - or when the camp sells out
  • MALE - Friday August 22, 2014 at 5:00 pm - or when the camp sells out

GIRLS CAMP INSTRUCTORS (Read full bios below)

  • Randy Kusano (head)
  • Alyssa Grant
  • Samantha Pyke
  • Stephanie Gill

BOYS CAMP INSTRUCTORS (Read full bios below) 

  • Dan Becker (head)
  • Herve Vincent
  • Stephen Tackie
  • Jon Giesbrecht

  • Players are to attend ALL days of the camp (15 hours of court time in all)
  • Players are asked to show up 20 minutes prior to the first session to register.
  • Players are asked to come dressed ready to participate including non-marking runners, shorts (no pockets) and a t-shirt. It is also suggested players bring a water bottle and a towel.
  • Every camp participant will receive a Basketball Manitoba T-shirt.
  • All registered participants are covered under Basketball Manitoba’s Insurance Program


All camp sessions will be held at Balmoral Hall School, 630 Westminister Ave. Winnipeg, MB



Camp full?  Sign up for our HP Camp Waiting List


For more information on the Basketball Manitoba High Performance Camp Series, please contact...
  • Dan Becker for camp content and general questions


Dan Becker has been an active player and coach for over 30 years at all levels of the basketball.  As a coach, Dan has worked with players at many different levels.  He has assisted at the CIS men's level from 2000 to 2004 and then assumed the interim head coaching duties during the 2004-05 with the University of Manitoba Men's Program. Over this same time period, Dan coached a number of Basketball Manitoba's Provincial Teams at the 15U and 17U levels, winning a bronze medal at the 2004 Juvenile Championships, and culminating with the Canada Games team in 2005. In 2004, Dan was an active coach in the Canada Basketball Centre for Performance Program and an instructor at the Nike All-Canada Camp.

From 2005 to 2010 Dan coached with Randy Kusano and the Oak Park Raiders Varsity Boy's Program winning two Provincial Championships and making five consecutive Final Four appearances. Dan has also coached the University of Winnipeg Collegiate Varsity Boys, Linden Meadows Grade 8 girls, and various WMBA teams.

As a player, Dan played his high school basketball at Fort Richmond Collegiate and then went on to play NCAA Division 1 basketball at the University of Colorado. After graduation, Dan continued his basketball career playing 12 years for a variety of teams and leagues all over the globe playing in Spain, Israel, Portugal, Germany, Australia, Mexico, Finland, and Luxembourg.  Dan also played in the USLB, CBA, GBL, WBL, NBL, and the IBL...including stints with the Winnipeg Thunder and the Winnipeg Cyclone.

In the summer of 1991, Dan was invited to try-out for the Denver Nuggets and Indiana Pacers of the NBA.  Dan's playing career also saw him represent Team Canada in the late 80's early 90's on various Student and Training National Teams including the World University Games in Germany and 2 Jones Cups in Taipei, Taiwan.

Currently, Dan is the Head Coach of the Basketball Canada Centre for Performance Male Program for the Manitoba region and the High Performance Coach for Basketball Manitoba.  Dan is also a Learning Facilitator in the new NCCP coaching education program.   He completed his NCCP Level 4 education at the National Coaching Institute in Winnipeg.  Dan is also trained in the new NCCP coursework at the Train To Compete, Train To Train, Learn To Train stages.


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.


Stephen Tackie has been involved with the Manitoba Provincial Team program both as a head and an assistant coach at a variety of levels since 1998. In 2005, he began working as an assistant with the Wesmen Men's basketball program and has been ever since. He has coached in Manitoba's male Centre for Performance Program for 4 years and recently become an Instructor for Canada basketball's Intro to Competition Advanced coaches certification course.

Steve is very active in the summer basketball camp circuit with involvement with the Wesmen Camps, Peace Gardens, Athletes in Action, Rocky Mountain in Alberta and the Boston Celtics summer camp in Boston, Mass. Most recently Coach Tackie has been part of the Point Guard College (PGC) organization, instructing at camps in Atlanta, Texas (2008) and UCLA (2009).

In 2012 and 2013, Coach Tackie led Manitoba to two consecutive Silver Medal finishes at the Canada Basketball National Championships at the 17U Male level.  

In 2008 and 2009 Tackie was voted back to back Junior Varsity boy's coach of the year, and in 2010 was a finalist for the Sports Manitoba Coach of the year award. Currently he is the head coach of the Varsity Boys program at Sturgeon Heights Collegiate, where he also has been a teacher since 2002.

Tackie has lead Sturgeon Heights to the AAAA Final Four Provincial Championship 5 out of the last 6 years (JV and Varsity) including a Junior Varsity boy's provincial Championship in 2009. 


herve-vincent.jpgHerve Vincent was born and raised in France where his dedication to the game began in 1988 when he joined a basketball club. He has been involved in coaching since 1997 where he started as a volunteer and became a certified coach in 2005. He earned his degrees in sociology, education and sports training.  He has coached and trained players at all levels, from youth to adult, at both the city and national level for 15 years. He has experience in promoting basketball via presentations in schools, community centers, university, tournaments and skill camps.

From 2006 to 2009, Vincent worked as a technical supervisor for the youth basketball development program in the SPO Rouen professional club, where he developed and implemented specific youth skills programs.He also developed the grassroots program "school of basketball" multiplying the number of players by 3 in 3 years in the club. He was nominated head coach for the best grade 6-7 player's selection at the provincial level in 2008 and 2009.

In 2009, Vincent moved to Canada to experience the sports culture in North America. He joined the Junior Bisons program and started his work with Basketball Manitoba's Centre for Performance and Todd MacCulloch Hoop School programs. He also became assistant coach at Kelvin High school at the Junior varsity level in 2009 and with the varsity team in 2011.
Vincent is currently coaching in the Manitoba Centre for Performance Program, an assistant coach with the University of Manitoba Bisons men's team and is coaching for the Junior Bison club. He started his certification in Canada, and has travelled in 10 countries where he has played basketball in every visited city. 


Jon Giesbrecht has been coaching basketball since 2008.  Most recently, he completed his first year as an assistant coach with the University of Manitoba Men's Basketball program. In 2013, Jon co-founded the MBA (Manitoba Basketball Academy), an academy which focuses on skill and conceptual development for boys from the ages of 15 to 21.

Jon led the John Taylor Junior Varsity Boys to a Provincial Championship in 2014 and was named the 2014 Male Junior Varsity Coach of the Year for his efforts.

In the summer of 2012, Jon was a volunteer coach with the 15U Male Provincial team. In 2011, he took over as the John Taylor Collegiate Junior Varsity Boys Head Coach.  He has also been involved with the Winnipeg Elites, Winnipeg Thunder, and Kirkfield West Community Club.

Jon's coaching achievements include being named the 2011 WMBA Bruce Russell Coach of the Year, JV Urban 2010-2011 Provincial Champion (Assistant Coach), and 14U Club Provincial Champion (Head Coach).

Jon is a NCCP Introduction to Competition Advanced trained coach.


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.

Samantha Pyke attended Byrne Creek Secondary School in her hometown of Burnaby, British Columbia from 2005-2010. She played for the school team as well as a variety of club teams which took her around the province, throughout the states and even to Japan.  She moved out to Winnipeg after graduating high school and has been a member of the University of Manitoba Women’s Basketball Team since then. This year she is heading into her fifth and final year in the CIS.

Coaching has always been a passion of Samantha’s. She was introduced to it in grade 11, getting involved with the younger grades and with camps around the city, and was happy to continue on in her first year of university. Since then she has been coaching with Junior Bison and BCB Club teams, as well as at many different boys and girls camps across Winnipeg and rural Manitoba, with participants’ ages ranging from 5 – 17 years old. Samantha also works with the SWISH (Summer Weekend Inner-city Supervised Hoops) program during the summer months.

U22 Jr Wesmen Women's Basketball Team Off to Japan

The U22 Jr. Wesmen Women’s Basketball team is boarding a plane this morning for a road trip. Now it is just not any trip. The team is flying to the other side of the world to Japan.

The team will spend six days in the” Land of the Rising Sun” and will play in four friendly exhibition contests with the FUJITSU Red Wave Women’s Professional Program and a local University in Tokyo.

Former University of Winnipeg Wesmen basketball player Burke Toews currently coaches the Men's Professional Basketball Program with FUJITSU Red Wave and Assists the Women's Program in Tokyo, Japan.

Head Coach Tanya McKay connected with Toews to organize a travel team from Winnipeg to participate in friendly competition with the FUJITSU Red Wave Women's Program.  The Women play in the WJBL which is a Professional Basketball league in Japan.  Just less than a month ago they won the National Championship of the WJBL

"The girls are very excited to have this opportunity to play against the Red Wave as well a local university team.  The Red Wave program is the top Women's Professional Program in Japan.  This experience will be like no other - a once in a life time opportunity.  International travel, time change, language and food differences, four early morning practices, four afternoon games - in six days - will be a week to remember”, said McKay.

The Wesmen will practice and play with the Red Wave between August 24-27th at the same time experience the unique culture of Japan.


  • Stephanie Kleysen
  • Megan Noonan
  • Kerri Kuzbyt
  • Skylar Boulanger
  • Robyn Boulanger
  • Keneca Pinque-Giles
  • Taylor Thorkelsson
  • Katie Hasting Van
  • Paige Hastings Van
  • Shawn Pallister
  • Payton Gomes

Head Coach: Tanya McKay
Assistant Coach: Tami Pennell


Sheldon Appelle
Sports Information Coordinator
University of Winnipeg
(204) 786-9823

Winnipeg Elites Basketball Club Set Trouts for Grade 8-9 Boys Team for Aug 26

The Winnipeg Elites Basketball Club has announced tryouts for the 2014/2015 season. This years team will be a competitive boys grade 8/9 (2001 & 2000) group. The will partake in local league play, local tournaments and have the opportunity to travel to Western Canada and the Northern USA. The tryouts will take place on Tuesday August 26 at Norberry­ Glenlee Community Centre located at 26 Molgat Ave. There will be a second tryout for select players at a date and time to be announced. There is a $10 tryout fee per athlete to cover the cost of gym time. Pre register by emailing winnipegelites@gmail.com. Pre registration is not required but it is recommended.

  • Grade 8/9 Boys (2001 & 2000) 7:00pm ­ 9:00pm ­ Coach Spencer Harrison

Athletes are required to bring their own labelled basketball. Please arrive at least 15 prior to the scheduled tryout time. If your child is unable to make the tryouts, but is interested in playing please email Spencer Harrison at winnipegelites@gmail.com.

SEPTEMBER TRYOUTS UPDATED: Winnipeg Fury Announce Tryouts for Boys &Girls

The Winnipeg  Fury basketball club is pleased to announce it will be hosting several new age categories for this coming season . We are looking for male athletes grade 5- 11 and female athletes grade 5- 9.

We will be hosting our first round of tryouts this weekend at Winakwa Community Centre and the cost is $20 per player. Athletes are asked to bring a ball to all tryout sessions and to arrive 15 minutes prior to their scheduled time to register .

These teams will enter tournaments in Canada and the United States and may enter the RSL or PBA league.

Extended Fury tryouts- Final tryouts

Saturday September 6 at Norberry Glenlee Community Centre

Sunday September 7 at Winakwa Community Centre

Please bring your own basketball.

Tryout fee is $20/player to cover the cost of the gym.

All players selected to the Fury program will be required to attend a registration session on September 7 for a program information package and uniform fitting.
* details will be provided to those selected following the tryout session*

For more information please contact:
Girls program coordinator
Kim -furybasketballwinnipeg@gmail.com
Boys program coordinator
 Billie- cfamily5@shaw.ca

No pre-registration is required however; to help us better prepare for the training session, we would ask that you email furybasketballwinnipeg@gmail.com to confirm attendance.