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Erfan Nasajpour Declared Ineligible to Participate in FIBA World Cup Due to Eligibility Issue

Basketball Manitoba is very disappointed to share the news that local basketball player, Erfan Nasajpour has been declared ineligible to participate in the 2014 FIBA World Cup scheduled to begin Saturday in Spain.  Earlier this week, Nasajpour was announced as part of the Iranian National Team roster and was to compete in this year's FIBA World Cup.  Basketball Manitoba has since learned that due to an eligibility technicality, Erfan will not be suiting up in the championships.

Basketball Manitoba Executive Director Adam Wedlake commented, "We are very disappointed to learn of Erfan's fate at this summer's World Cup.  He is a great basketball ambassador for Manitoba and him not participating in the premier world basketball event of the year at the pinnacle of his basketball career is totally heartbreaking."

Nasajpour had played for Team Canada a decade ago and a number of transfer processes were to be fulfilled by a set deadline to ensure Erfan became eligible to compete for his birth country.  Unfortunately, these were not met in time.

Manitoba Male Centre for Performance Tryouts Announced for September 7 at Duckworth Centre

Centre for Performance ProgramBasketball Manitoba is pleased to announce the try-out details for the BOYS Basketball Canada/Basketball Manitoba Center for Performance training program for 2014-15.  This year the CP will have a 15U age group (eligible athletes are  born 2000, 2001, and 2002). This year's tryouts will occur on Sunday, September 7 at the University of Winnipeg Duckworth Centre.

FEMALE TRYOUTS CONTINUE SEPT 7: 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 to four 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.

The total program fee will be $750.00 per player and will include...
  • twice weekly regular on-court training sessions during fall and spring seasons
  • weekly dedicated shooting practices from September to May
  • weekly strength and conditioning training sessions from September to May
  • Sport Science sessions 
  • Special guest coach sessions
  • All tournament entry fees
  • Russell Athletics Gear Package 
  • Full accident and liability insurance coverage

Tryout Notes
  • $25.00 tryout fee (cash or cheque payable to Basketball Manitoba) due at the first tryout.
  • All players are to complete the proper tryout form - CP Tryout Form (PDF) either in advance or on-site at the first session.
  • Show up at least 20 minutes before the first session to register.
  • No preregistration required
  • Basketballs will be provided at all sessions.
  • Players are to come dressed ready to play! 
  • Athletes are expected to be ready to attend both try-out dates as selections and cuts will be made after the first try-out and continue on to the second try-out.



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.

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Emily Potter Scores 13 Points vs USA to Help Guide Canada to Sweep at Jones Cup

The Senior B Women’s National Team won the William Jones Cup after defeating Savage USA 80-56 to finish 5-0 in the five-day tournament.

“Today, we came out of the gates a little slowly and struggled throughout the first half. Our trademark relentlessness showed up in the second half and we cruised to a victory,” said head coach Fabian McKenzie.

Jamie Weisner (Clarkston, WA) scored ten points and grabbed ten rebounds to pace the Canadian squad. Emily Potter (Winnipeg, Man.) scored a team-high 13 points.

The first quarter saw Canada jump out to a lead before the offence stalled. Savage USA battled and the game was tied at 16 after one period.

Both teams would swap leads before Savage USA slowed down Canada’s scoring. The Senior B Women scored 13 points in the quarter and went into halftime down two, 31-29.

Canada dominated the third quarter on both ends, scoring 29 points in the quarter and holding Savage USA to only eight points.

The team would continue to put pressure on Savage USA in the fourth quarter and won, 80-56.

Canada went 5-0 at the 36th annual William Jones Cup. Team captain Korissa Williams (Amherstberg, Ont.) spoke about the environment they faced.

“Throughout this whole five-day tournament we have faced stressful and uncomfortable situations and yet we persevered and managed to grind out five great wins,” said Williams. “We always stayed true to ourselves and our game plans, no matter what five players were on the court.”

Head coach Fabian McKenzie reflected on his experience leading the team.

“I am so proud of the efforts of our team since day one of training camp to the final buzzer today. This tremendous group of young ladies represented Canada in a first-class manner. I am thankful for the opportunity to coach them,” said McKenzie.

For roster of the 2014 Jones Cup champions, click here: http://www.basketball.ca/senior-b-women-s16478

For a box score of the win over Savage USA, click here: http://www.fibalivestats.com/matches/44745/12/47/23/34xLI79SXUb1Q/

SAVE THE DATE: Brian McCormick & Mike MacKay to Headline at 2014 Super Coaches Clinic in Winnipeg

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

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

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

UPDATE: Junior Bison Boys Basketball Club Announce Program Tryouts for Ages 10-18 on Aug 23-24 at IGAC

UPDATE: New record at the Junior Bison Boys Basketball try-outs

The club would like to thank the 246 young athletes who attended the 2014-15 season try-outs. We wish the best to all the players who showed a great effort on the court and we want to congratulate our new members. The Junior Bison Boys Basketball club will run a total of 13 teams this season, from the grade 5 level to grade 11.

The club will strive to offer the best Basketball experience possible, emphasizing players' development and leadership values. With a working relationship with the University of Manitoba Men's program led by head coach Kirby Schepp, all members will also have the chance to experience Basketball at the CIS level. Free season pass, sessions with the bisons', specialized training programs for club members are among the privileges that make the Junior Bison experience unique.

Thanks to all our returning players and parents for supporting our program.


The Junior Bison Boys Basketball Club have announced details on their upcoming tryouts for their programs on August 23 and 24 at the Investors Group Athletic Centre, 75 Sidney Smith Street in Winnipeg.  Full information is...

Manitoba Magic Grade 7 Girls Team Tryouts Set for Sept 7

The Manitoba Magic Basketball Club have announced it will be holding one tryout session for our Grade 7 Girls Team (born 2002).  The tryout will take place on Sunday, Sept. 7, from 10:00 am to 12 noon at Valour Community Centre (Isaac Brock Site, located at 715 Telfer St. N)
  • Tryout fee is $15.
  • Cash or Cheque Payable to Manitoba Magic will be accepted
  • Registration will take place 20 minutes before the tryout session.
  • Please bring your own basketball.

If you have any questions or would like to pre-register, please email sharon.morton@shaw.ca

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.

WMBA 3on3 Summer League Playoffs Wraps Up

On Wednesday the 3rd annual WMBA 3on3 Summer League wrapped up with its playoffs at Whyte Ridge Community Centre.  Team Winnipeg won the final (pictured to the left, Graham Bodnar, Darcy Coss, Ricardo Martinez and Wyatt Anders) See more photos at...

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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