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SATURDAY OCTOBER 3 - WATCH LIVE ONLINE: 2015 Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Dinner

THIS WEEKEND - WATCH LIVE ONLINE:  The Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame has announced that tickets for its upcoming 2015 Induction Dinner are now available for sale.  The 15th Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Dinner will take place on Saturday, October 3, 2015.

That evening will see the induction of three players (Earnest Bell, Terry Garrow and Erin Soroko-Drazic), four builders (Coleen Dufresne, Hymie Fox, Maureen Orchard, Ralph Watts), and two groups of teams (Lord Selkirk Royals 1975, 76 & 78 Varsity Girls and Lord Selkirk Royals 1977, 78, 79 & 81 Varsity Boys).  VIEW FULL ANNOUNCEMENT.

Arrangements are well underway to make this another very special evening, not only for those being inducted, but for all Hall of Fame members, and the basketball community, in general. The details are as follows :
  • The induction dinner will be held at the Victoria Inn, 1808 Wellington Avenue, Saturday, October 3 with the bar opening at 6:00 p.m. and dinner being served at about 7:00 pm ; the induction ceremonies will follow at about 8:00 pm.
  • Tickets are $80.00 each; reserved tables of eight (8) are $600.00 each; tables will be designated and reserved for groups so you can sit with those you know
  • You can purchase tickets by completing the below for or from Basketball Manitoba at 145 Pacific Avenue, phone 204-925-5775 or from Ross Wedlake at 204-668-9494 or e-mail at rosswedlake@gmail.com 
  • In addition, we will have more and better prizes to give away
  • An informal wine and cheese gathering for all of our newest inductees and all other members and friends will take place on that Saturday afternoon at 12:30 at the Hall of Fame and Museum (University of Winnipeg Duckworth Athletic Centre – 2nd floor)

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REQUEST YOUR PLATE NOW! Basketball Manitoba Seeking Interest in New Specialty Basketball Licence Plate

Basketball Manitoba excited to announce a new initiative with its 'Basketball for Life Fund' with the pursuing of a basketball themed licence plate.  While we have already approached Manitoba Public Insurance, before proceeding further, we are conducting a market survey to gauge the level of support within the community for this initiative. The cost of a Manitoba Specialty Licence Plate is $70.00 with $30.00 of those dollars going directly to the Basketball for Life Fund.

GROUP TICKET PRICING: Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves to Play Winnipeg Exhibition Game Oct 10 at MTS Centre

GROUP TICKET PRICING: TORONTO, June 1, 2015 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) will hold its fourth annual NBA Canada Series presented by Bell, featuring a record five teams playing an all-time high four preseason games in Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver and Winnipeg. Winnipeg’s game will be held on Saturday, October 10 when the Chicago Bulls take on the Minnesota Timberwolves. Tickets go on-sale Saturday, June 6 through Ticketmaster with prices starting at $19.50 (plus fees) and courtside available starting at $175.00 (plus fees).

REGISTER NOW: Drew Hanlen and Butch Carter to Headline 2015 Super Coaches Clinic

REGISTER NOW: Basketball Manitoba is pleased to announce that basketball coaches Drew Hanlen of Pure Sweat Basketball and Butch Cater, former Toronto Raptor Coach have been confirmed as the headliners for the October 23-24, 2015 Basketball Manitoba Super Coaches Clinic.

Joining Drew and Butch will be local university coaches Kirby Schepp and Tanya McKay along with former Manitoba player and current head coach at Fraser Valley, Adam Friesen.

NBA Legend Robert Parish to Speak at Youth Leadership Event in Winnipeg on Oct 10

Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries in partnership with NBA Canada have announced details on a special youth leadership event featuring NBA Legend and Hall of Fame Member Robert Parish.  The event will occur on Saturday October 10, 2015 at the Club Regent Event Centre, 1425 Regent Avenue West in Winnipeg at 11:00 am.  The all ages event costs only $12 which includes a lunch.

Robert Parish played in the NBA for a still standing record of 1,611 games over a 21 season career.  He is most remembered with his 14 season with the Boston Celtics along side other legends Larry Bird and Kevin McHale.  He was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003 and in 1996, Parish was also named as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.

Tickets can now be purchased through Ticketmaster.

Drew Hanlen Pure Sweat Basketball Camps Set for October 23-24 at Glenlawn Collegiate - CAMP IS CLOSE TO SOLD OUT!

CAMP FILLING UP QUICKLY...LIMITED SPOTS REMAIN, REGISTER NOW!! Basketball Manitoba is very pleased to announce details that it will be hosting a special athlete camp in Winnipeg at Glenlawn Collegiate, 770 St. Mary's Road in Winnipeg.  The Drew Hanlen Pure Sweat Basketball Camp is set for October 23-24 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm each day and targets male and female athletes ages 12-16.   

Drew Hanlen is the CEO of Pure Sweat and an NBA Strategic Skills Coach & Consultant that has helped over 25 NBA and NBA pre-draft players.  Drew was last in Winnipeg in 2013 for the SCC and player camps.  Some of Drew's NBA clients include 2015 NBA Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins (pictured with Drew to to the left), Dwight Howard of the Houston Rockets, 2015 NBA Champion David Lee of the Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves and reigning NBA Dunk Champion Zach LaVine and Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards among others.

During the season, Drew provides his clients with pre-game scouting and coverage reports to ensure that his clients are fully prepared to play, then post-game film analysis reports so that his clients continue to improve throughout the season.

After the conclusion of the season, Drew strategically designs customized improvement plans for each of his clients through detailed film and advanced analytic evaluations, then uses unconventional, yet purposeful, training methods that takes players through extreme, game-paced workouts that simulate what they will see in games.

He has been featured in Sports Illustrated, ESPN Magazine, STACK Magazine, Dime Magazine, Men’s Health, NBA.com and ESPN.com.

More information on Drew can be found at https://www.puresweatbasketball.com/


Camp Dates:
  • Friday October 23, 2015
  • Saturday October 24, 2015
Camp Times: (player's attend BOTH days)
  1. Coed Session #1 - Friday: 2:00 - 4:00 pm
  2. Coed Session #2 - Saturday: 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Camp Location: 
  • Glenlawn Collegiate
  • 770 St. Mary's Road, Winnipeg, Manitoba (Map below)
Camp Ages:
  • Female Athletes - Ages 12-16 
  • Male Athletes - Ages 12-16
Clinic Cost:
  • $65.00 per athlete (taxes included)
  • Includes 4 hours of court time with Drew and a camp T-shirt
Deadline to Register:
  • Wednesday October 21, 2015 at 5:00 pm OR when the camp sells out (a wait-list option will be provided once the camp is full).
Clinic Notes:
  • IMPORTANT: All participants must bring their own basketball.
  • The Friday of this weekend is the province-wide 'SAGE' in-service day (no classes) and the Saturday will see no WMBA games scheduled as the Super Coaches Clinic is running all day for all league coaches.
  • Players are to attend BOTH days of the camp (4 hours of court time in all)  
  • Players are asked to show up 15-30 minutes prior to the Friday session to register. Registration will begin at 1:30 pm on the Friday (no sooner)
  • No previous basketball experience is required - all are welcome!
  • Players are asked to come dressed ready to participate including non-marking runners, shorts and a t-shirt.  A towel and water bottle are also recommended but not required.  


Overcoming Performance Anxiety with Sports Psychology

By: Elizabeth Quinn (Sports Medicine Expert)

Do you perform well during training or practice but choke in competition? If feelings of nervousness, anxiety or fear interfere with your sports performance, learning to use a few tips from sports psychology may help you get your anxiety under control and reduce game day nerves.

Performance anxiety in sports, sometimes referred to as ‘choking,’is described as a decrease in athletic performance due to too much perceived stress.

Perceived stress often increases in athletes on game day because (1) they have an audience and (2) they have extremely high expectations of their success. This type of stress is often based upon the way the athletes interpret the situation. It is rarely the external situation that causes stress, but rather the way the athlete’s self talk describes the situation that creates feelings of stress, anxiety and fear. For athletes who choke during competition it is important to understand that the thoughts you have regarding the event can be modified, adjusted or controlled with appropriate sports psychology and mental practice.

An athlete should first determine if thoughts of doubt, failure or a lack of confidence are due to a perceived lack of ability. If so, the self talk will generally lead to continued feelings of anxiety, nervousness, and tension. Athlete need to realize that it’s tough to do your best in a sport when your own internal voice is telling you otherwise.

To overcome performance anxiety, traditional coaches and trainers may try to help the athlete understand why those thoughts and feelings develop and then try to change or modify that process with limited amounts of success.

Why such thoughts arise may be of interest, but knowing the answer isn’t always necessary to overcome them.

Sports Psychology Tips to Reduce Performance Anxiety
Here are a few tips that may help change or redirect the negative self-talk.

Reduce Performance Anxiety Before the Event

  • Recognize that pre-race jitters are normal. Accept, rather than fight, the nervous energy you feel. Don’t misinterpret it by thinking that it is fear. That adrenaline rush you feel is normal and it is part of your body’s natural preparation for the competition. Notice it, but don’t focus on it. Once the race starts, that feeling will subside, as it always does.
  • Prepare both mentally and physically. Arrive at the event with plenty of time so you aren’t rushed, which only increases your stress. Get a thorough warm-up. Do some easy stretching. Know the course. Dress for conditions.
  • Visualize. Allow a few minutes to practice visualization. During this time you mentally rehearse, showing yourself doing everything right. Breathe easy, close your eyes and use mental imagery to visualize yourself performing well. This positive self-talk can change your attitude. While athletes need to be flexible enough to react during the event, you should enter the event with a general strategy of how you want to race. Your strategy can be simple (maintain a steady pace or maintain a steady heart rate) or complex.

Reduce Performance Anxiety During the Event

  • Focus on the task at hand rather than the outcome. Stay present in the moment and avoid thinking too far into the event or thinking about the finish. If you find yourself thinking negative thoughts or negative self-talk, stop and focus only on your breathing. Focusing on your breathing rhythm will automatically pull you back into the present.
  • Force a smile. Really. If you are struggling with negative thoughts and can’t break out of the cycle, simply force yourself to smile, even if only for a few seconds. This simple action will change your attitude in a split second. Perhaps that is all the time you need to relax back into your performance.
  • Race like you don’t care about the outcome. If you find yourself caught up in negative thoughts and find that you suddenly expect the worst it will be impossible to perform at your peak. If you begin to race like you don’t care about the outcome, you may relax and enjoy the event for what it is – another day in your life. Not the most important thing in your life.

Reduce Performance Anxiety After the Event:

  • Review the race and recall the things you did well. Focus on actions, thoughts and behaviors that helped you perform.
  • Acknowledge, but quickly dismiss things that hindered your performance. This is the same principle as avoiding an obstacle while driving – look where you want to go, not where you don’t. When you focus on the pothole, you invariably hit it. Focusing on the negative aspects of the event will not help you improve in the future. Rather, you want to focus on the times when you ‘got it right.’ This is a form of mental rehearsal where you practice skills that will be used in the next event.
  • Design a training program that mimics race-like conditions. Teams and clubs often do such training. If you always train alone, consider joining a group so you can do this type of simulation. Practice is most effective if you can mimic the conditions you will be faced with in competition. Coaches can also help or hinder an athlete’s ability to overcome choking during competition. Coaches often inadvertently reinforce a pattern of choking when trying to encourage (“the next shot is critical”). Such talk only increases the pressure an athlete feels to perform.
Remember that choking can be dealt with if you are aware of the pattern of negative thoughts that snowball before and during competition. If you find yourself in such a downward spiral, simply acknowledge those thoughts and let them go. Focus on your breathing and play as though you are enjoying it. Chances are you will realize that you are enjoying it despite the occasional less than perfect performance.

Source: https://stevenashyb.wordpress.com/2015/10/01/overcoming-performance-anxiety-with-sports-psychology/

SCHEDULE RELEASED: Stop The Bleed Fundraising Basketball Tournament Set for Oct 7-9 St. Paul's

SCHEDULE RELEASED: A special fundraising six team club basketball tournament has been set for October 7-9, 2015 for male teams born in 2005 or later.  The tournament will be hosted at St. Paul's High School, 2200 Grant Avenue in Winnipeg.  Registration fee has been set at $275 per team with all proceeds going towards the Manitoba Chapter of the Canadian Hemophiliac Society.  Deadline to register is September 30, 2015.  To register, contact...

Manitoba Male Centre for Performance Rosters Announced

Basketball Manitoba is pleased to announce the male rosters for the 2015-16 Canada Basketball Centre for Performance Program - Manitoba Region.  The program is a regional training centre designed to bring together male Canadian basketball athletes aged 15U. 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.

EARLY BIRD DEADLINE: MABO Announces Fall Official Referee Clinics & Membership Details

EARLY BIRD DEADLINE SEPT 30, TIMES & VENUES UPDATED: The Manitoba Association of Basketball Officials has announced its fall 2015 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+.

Ballin' for Cancer Awareness Basketball Tournament Raises $4650 for CancerCare Manitoba

VIEW PHOTO GALLERY: The Ballin' for Cancer Awareness Basketball Tournament organizer Donovan Gayle has announced that the second annual tournament has raised $4650.00 for CancerCare Manitoba!  The 10 team men's tournament which ran in late August at the University of Winnipeg was coordinated to spread awareness and collect needed funds to support cancer resource programs offered here in Manitoba.  The inaugural event raised $3000 in 2014.

REGISTER NOW: WMBA Announces New Manitoba Basketball League to Begin Play This Fall

REGISTER NOW:  The Winnipeg Minor Basketball Association is anow accepting team registrations for its new club basketball league that will begin this fall.  The Manitoba Basketball League (MBL) is replacing the old Rising Stars League (RSL) with some changes to its format, timelines and fees.  The league was formed in response to the changes that were suggested by the various club teams throughout the city. With that in mind, the MBL will be a league where the member teams have a vote on decisions that determine its direction.

  • Our MISSION Is to provide a competitive basketball league with an emphasis on player, coach and club development using Long Term Athlete Development principles.
  • Our VISION: Is to be the premier club basketball league in Manitoba. We will do this by focusing on our key values in the following areas: 
  • Developing excellence in our players coaches and officials
  • Mutual respect in a positive environment 
  • Transparency and accountability through effective communication with our members   

Fall/Winter Season

Key Timelines
  • October 18th to December 6th: Preseason + Regular season 10 games
  • December 12th - 13th: Playoff Weekend
  • Playing days: Sunday 

Age Divisions

  • 12U - Born in 2003 'A' and 'B'
  • 13U - Born in 2002 'A' and 'B'
  • 14U - Born in 2001 'A' and 'B'
  • 15U - Born in 2000 'A' and 'B'
  • 16U - Born in 1999 'A' and 'B'
  • 17U - Born in 1998 'A' and 'B'

  • 12-13U - Born in 2002-2003 'A' and 'B'
  • 14-15U - Born in 2000-2001 'A' and 'B'
  • 16-17U - Born in 1998-1999 'A' and 'B'

Registration Information
  • Team Fee:   $1650
  • Registration Deadline: October 5th
  • Payment Deadline: October 13th
  • See full budget here - 2015 Budget

How to Register

Each team must register online and submit the appropriate registration fee to the WMBA office no later than Tuesday October, 13th (4:30 pm).

Submit Full Payment as indicated in the email confirmation you will receive prior to the deadline. All payments are to be made payable to 'WMBA' and sent to 145 Pacific Ave, Wpg, MB, R3B 2Z6.  Payment will be accepted online or in the form of Interac, MasterCard, Visa, cash, cheque or money order in the office or credit card by phone or cheque by mail.  All payments are to be made payable to “WMBA”.

To register and for more information, visit the Manitoba Basketball League website.

UPDATED: Register Your Team Now for Winnipeg Women's Basketball League

The Winnipeg Women's Basketball League (WWBL) has announced they are accepting team registrations for its age 18+ league which will begin later this fall.  Full details include...

Northern Manitoba Basketball Academy Announced for The Pas

The Northern Manitoba Basketball Academy has announced details on its plans to offer an 8 month academy that brings together the best grade 7 to 11 male and female basketball players from the area.  This is a new basketball academy run by David Harmon and located in The Pas, MB.  The goal of the academy will to invite and work with the top 20 male and female basketball players in grades 7 to 11 in Northern Manitoba.

The program will focus on skill development for...
  • Athletes to better compete and thrive through their school seasons.
  • Identify in partnership with Basketball Manitoba, those athletes that should be taking part on the provincial teams that the coaching staff are unaware of.
  • Help athletes understand what is available for college and university scholarships and help them to strive towards that standard.

The program will operate on Saturday's starting on October 17th.
  • October 17
  • November 7
  • November 28
  • December 19
  • January 2
  • January 30
  • February 20
  • March 12
  • March 26
  • April 9
  • May 6
  • May 20

The fee will be $400 for all 12 sessions which includes a reversable jersey, gym time, coaching and insurance with Basketball Manitoba.

The Academy will be run by Coach David Brooks-Harmon.
Coach Harmon has been coaching since 2001 upon graduation of University. he worked with several Edmonton Community League teams before teaming up Coach Phil Allen to work with Edmonton's best basketball players and the Edmonton Grads Basketball Club.  That summer Coach Harmon co-coached a grade 8 and grade 11 team that both featured numerous players that went on to play college and university basketball. After the summer, he was approached to work at King's University College with Coach Dan Skepple.

After a rough season, Coach Phil Allen (the winningest basketball coach in Canadian college history) asked David to join him in starting a team at Lakeland College in Lloydminster, AB.  At Lakeland, Coach Harmon was charged with heading up the recruiting and was able to bring in players that lead to a 6 year run of finishing 1st or second in the ACAC North and twice making ACAC finals and being chosen as a wild card team at nationals once. During his time at Lakeland, Coach Harmon took his summers to travel to the States and work at various camps to continue his development. The two most notable camps were Morgan Wooten's camp in Washington, DC (Coach Wooten is the winningest high school basketball coach in US history and has produced more than 50 NBA players) and Santa Clara Camp (Steve Nash's university).

In 2008, after his son was born, coach stepped away from college coaching to be with his family more. However; a love of teaching and the game led him to forming the Rider's Basketball Club in Hudson Bay, SK. He led this club for 5 years taking 4 groups of athletes to Gonzaga University in Spokane. Here he was not only taking his athletes but Gonzaga hired him to help with the camp on floor. He got top spend time and work with Rob Sacre, Kelly Olynk, and David Stockton through this endeavor.

Through the Riders basketball club and his connections in college basketball, he has helped move on several players
  • Shawn Elliot (Crieghton, SK) to SAIT in Calgary
  • Jesse Rogalski (Hudson Bay,SK) to Lakeland
  • JJ Nash (Flin Flon, MB) to Grande Prairie
  • Matt Auger (Hudson Bay, SK) to Grande Prairie
  • Matt Gillis (Thompson, MB) to Algonquin in Ottawa
  • Matt Hagborg (The Pas, MB) to Lakeland College
  • Matt Cook (The Pas, MB) to Lakeland College
  • Julius Rara (St Brieux, SK) to Olds College, in Alberta
For more information on the program and to register, please contact...

David Harmon 
Phone 780-394-9122
Email david-harmon@hotmail.com

Updates on the program will be psoted on its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NorthernManitobaBasketball

Get in the Game: Play is for Kids of All Abilities

By: Christa Costas- Bradstreet

This post was written by Jason Dunkerley from The Active Living Alliance for Canadians With Disability.

In an era where screen time trumps outdoor time, and where unstructured activity and coming home only after dark or for dinner is being replaced by supervised play dates and healthy snacks, the spontaneous play which flavoured our childhood and that of our parents is increasingly a thing of the past. Efforts to promote improvised playtime carry a sad irony of course; after all we can not force spontaneity. This is particularly true for kids with disabilities who very often, find themselves at the fringes of a childhood which so many of us wear like a warm blanket of nostalgia.

Perhaps there is no place as visceral in the experiences of a young Canadian than the playground. It is where teeth are cut, where social contracts are made and broken, where confidences are tried and tested, and where personalities emerge and begin to be defined. Yet the realism of this landscape very often excludes the 5 % of Canadian children and youth who have a disability who stand at its edges, vestiges of a lost generation.

We know that kids in general fall far short of meeting Canada’s Physical Activity Guidelines prescribing 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous daily physical activity. The picture is even bleaker for children and youth with disabilities. A 2012 Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights report indicated that 24% of children with disabilities never take part in unstructured activities compared to just 2% of able-bodied kids. Further, research from the National Centre for Biotechnology Information reveals that children with disabilities are nearly twice as likely to be overweight or obese.

But let’s forget for a moment about physical determinants of health: let’s examine a truth that cuts even deeper. In January, 2012, the Globe and Mail ran an article stating that one in two kids with disabilities reported having no friends. Additionally, youth with disabilities are more likely to abuse alcohol, drugs and tobacco. HRSDC statistics further state that 28.1% of children and youth with a disability have seen a psychologist or psychotherapist.

While it may not be fair to single out play as the root cause of the dysfunction which so many young people with disabilities are obliged to navigate, it is the human interaction and process of self-discovery attained through play which does so much to build character and resiliency to deal with life’s challenges. Its time that we pull our heads out of the sandbox and recognize what play offers all kids, but particularly those who face an inherent physical, sensory or cognitive disadvantage.
We cannot turn back the clock to invoke the heady days of our own childhood, just as we will never succeed in manufacturing spontaneity. What we can do, however, is to open the minds of young people to the diversity of individuals who comprise our rich human tapestry. It is a human tendency to differentiate ourselves from the “other” – we have politicians in Canada who are trying to redefine our social conscience in this respect. Yet, we need to give our children the emotional tools to recognize the differences within themselves which make them unique; we need to engender compassion in our children in relating to the differences which make others stand out. This type of consciousness-raising will not in and of itself redress sedentary behavior among young people generally, but in so far as the breeding ground for personal development is the playing field, it may help to make this playing field more level.

Here are a number of simple modification ideas which can assist in accommodating participants/players of all abilities:
  • Use balls of varying size or weight. A bell inside will accommodate participants who are blind;
  • Use sticks of varying lengths; adjust the height of nets, use elastics or a lanyard to link participants requiring additional support.
  • A participant who uses crutches designated to take the throw-ins during soccer games;
  • participants who are blind partnered with a guide during running activities.
Playing Space
  • Participant in a wheelchair covers a specified area for basketball;
  • Participants with a cognitive impairment who are goal-tending may play in a smaller net.
Teaching Tips
  • Learn about the participant. Do not be afraid to ask questions
  • Promote independence by focusing on what the participant can do!
  • Develop an educational climate of respect and encourage others to consider their own unique “differences”
  • Be creative in adjusting equipment or rules to promote success
  • For complex activities, provide one-on-one support where possible
  • To maintain interest, change the activity frequently or periodically change the participant’s  role in the activity
  • Encourage realistic goal achievement at each step 

Source: Steve Nash Youth Basketball Blog http://ift.tt/1YM55dM

Star Magic Basketball Event Set for October 25 at IGAC

Todd Labelle Promotions has announced that it is bringing ten top celebrities from the Philippine entertainment industry to Winnipeg.  They will join forces for a much anticipated show this October 25th, 2015 at the University of Manitoba Investors Group Athletic Centre.  The show is called "Star Magic All-Star Basketball” Starring Gerald Anderson, Rayver Cruz, Ejay Falcon, Xian Lim, Joseph Marco, Jason Abalos, Matt Evans, Aaron Villaflor  and Enrique Gil with Special Guest Liza Soberano.
These nine top celebrities are also powerful basketball players and are coming to Winnipeg to play and put on an exposition.  The half time show will consist of a mini concert put on by Liza Soberano and some of the boys will perform a dance routine.

Todd Labelle Promotions is proud to work with PBA Winnipeg in creating a pre-tournament August 29th-30th to determine which local team gets an opportunity to play against the All-Stars.  All monies raised at the pre-tournament will go to support PBA Winnipeg.   This is an event that you do not want to miss with an expected audience of approximately 3000 people.  

For details please contact:

Todd Labelle

NBA Shooting Coach Dave Love to Host Clinic in Winnipeg Nov 28 & 29

Westwood Collegiate and Zuke Hoops have announced that they are teaming with NBA shooting coach Dave Love to offer shooting clinics for young Winnipeg basketball players.

Coach Love is the shooting coach for the Orlando Magic and has worked with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Phoenix Suns in the NBA.  In addition, he was a CIS shooting coach for 9 seasons.  Coach Love has worked with several NBA players including Magic players Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton, Canadians Tristan Thompson and Anthony Bennett, and Louis Amundson.

Key Basketball Dates Set for 2015-16 Season

Basketball Manitoba has set its events calendar for the 2015-2016 season.  These events include all the key dates for all Basketball Manitoba programming including the Super Coaches Clinic, HP Player's Camps, Junior High Invitational Tournament, Provincial Team Program Tryouts, the Club Provincial Championships and key tournaments among others.  You can also view all of these events, a full list of all CIS & MCAC home games, past historic days in basketball and more on our web calendar at...


A summary of these key dates include...
Other key basketball dates not operated by Basketball Manitoba include...
Other events are being added all the time, so please use it as a reference point for all known basketball events in Manitoba.  You can also view all of these events, a full list of all club tournaments, CIS & MCAC home games, past historic days in basketball and more on our WEB CALENDAR or at the right side of all pages on our website... 

Build Confidence and Paths to Success

A child typically views his or her sports experience through the lens of personal success. Each child’s sense of athletic worth is based on his or her performance relative to others and, in team sports, the perceived contributions made to his or her team.

Most kids naturally discover their talent as they mature. They gradually learn how to apply their abilities in a way that leads to both individual and team success. But problems can arise both in the way a child internally defines success and his or her understanding of how to achieve it.
Some young athletes erroneously view success in more selfish terms—am I dribbling the ball, scoring a goal, or am I otherwise the center of attention? They fail to connect the individual act to the overall goal. Still others struggle to find any path to success. They feel they can’t keep up and have no idea how to contribute.

Parents can also contribute to the problem when they push their child into situations for which they are not yet prepared to succeed. Parents may expect their child to play primary team roles and receive equal playing time—regardless of the situation. They fail to understand that there are times when equal playing time in a game does not provide the best developmental experience for a young child.
So, how does a coach help a struggling young player find his or her path to success?

Provide the RIGHT Opportunities

Learning to succeed in team sports is a process that depends on a child understanding a few fundamental individual skills, how to connect and apply these to team play, and then having the opportunity to do so in a game situations that do not overwhelm the child. Opportunity does not necessarily lead to success. Giving a beginning athlete the opportunity to play quarterback in a football game, when he has not demonstrated the necessary skills in practice, will usually result in the player failing at the task. Worse, it may reinforce the child’s negative feelings toward playing the sport. Instead, you should look to provide a more realistic opportunity for the child to apply his or her existing abilities in a meaningful and successful way.
Several years ago, I coached a team that included a sixth grade girl named Becky. She was a shy, quiet girl who was reluctant to shoot the ball and generally unsure of herself and her basketball abilities. However, she moved well and was clearly athletic.
My approach with Becky was to first build her confidence by having her perform tasks that were well within her abilities. I also initially avoided placing her in game situations requiring extensive ball handling or the need for her to shoot the ball. Becky quickly learned how to play great defense, set screens and make good passes.
As the season progressed, her confidence grew and she naturally began taking some shots and dribbling when required. By the end of our season, Becky was a key player on our team, confidently playing the game of basketball with a smile on her face.
Sometimes the reward for a coach is not only seeing a player develop and find themselves, but also the proud look in a parent’s eye. Becky’s dad, who played basketball in high school (and obviously hoped that his child would also enjoy the sport), gratefully thanked me and my assistant coach after our last game.

Grow the Playing Experience

Although you should generally fit opportunities and team roles to a child’s ability to handle them, don’t necessarily eliminate opportunity because the child may be less likely to succeed. Even if a child is less talented or inexperienced, providing them with a chance for their big moment (one that may last a lifetime) is sometimes the right choice.
Your goal is to always provide each of your players with a sports experience that results in a real, positive sense of individual success. Tailor their practice and game opportunities, progressing from comfortable responsibilities and skills to more challenging ones. Let the child’s abilities and confidence naturally unfold. Occasionally throw the child into a more difficult situation that both tests them and provides them with their opportunity to enjoy a heroic moment. Pick your spots. A good coach can see ideal opportunities for lesser skilled kids to succeed.
For more reflections on building the best youth sport experience, visit http://ift.tt/1yF7Lxl

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

Manitoba Centre for Performance Female 17U Teams off to Iowa

The Manitoba Centre for Performance 17U Female program is off to Ames, Iowa to attend the 'Mid West Fall Finale' basketball tournament this weekend.  This is the first of the fall series of competitions for the program as part of the expanded program which has added a competition component to the training program.  Additional trips are planned in the coming months.

The 17U program will be split into two squads for the tournament and will compete in the Red and Black divisions of the event.   The full schedule can be found at...


Representing Manitoba on the two teams this weekend will be...

  • Aina Ramos
  • Alexis Garcia
  • Amei Grant
  • Annaka Webber
  • Autumn Agar
  • Bettina Shyllon
  • Dana Inglis
  • Deborah Nkiasi-Kuku
  • Deidre Bartlett
  • Emerson Martin
  • Jessica Dyck
  • Jillian Duncan
  • Julia Schatkowsky
  • Niyah Becker
  • Robyn Boulanger
  • Sarah Lamoureux
  • Shemenu Dayassa
  • Sonum Sidhu
  • Tania Wallack
  • Vanessa Lee
More information on the program can be found at http://cp.basketballmanitoba.ca


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