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DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MONDAY AT NOON: Club Basketball Provincial Championships Coming May 7-10, 2015

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MONDAY AT NOON: Basketball Manitoba is pleased to announce details on the 2015 Club Basketball Provincial Championship set for May 7-10, 2015 in Winnipeg.  The 4 day event will occur at the University of Manitoba IGAC and University of Winnipeg Duckworth Centre and involves male and female teams in the 14-19 age range. Deadline to register a team is Friday April 24, 2015 Monday April 27, 2015 at 12 noon at a fee of $325 per team.


NBC Basketball Camps Returning July 13-17 at CMU for Ages 12-15

The NBC Basketball Camps have announced details on their annual Complete Skills Basketball Day Camp set for this summer.  The 2015 camp will be held at Canadian Mennonite University on July 13-17 and be open to boys and girls ages 12-15.

For 40 years, NBC Camps has been training athletes for success on and off the court. Creating the best instructional basketball camps is our full-time job. Former Division 1 coaches and players have designed a unique summer camp program that will help you excel in every aspect of the game. From our basketball curriculum, to our tournaments and games, from our Intensity Station, to our life skills training, NBC Camps works to provide the ultimate basketball camp experience.

Complete Skills Day Camps focus on the crucial keys to becoming a great player. We break our teaching into four focus areas: Individual offense, defense, shooting and team skills. Campers are separated into teaching groups and teams based on their age and ability.

Complete Skills Day Camps emphasize extensive skill development, intensity, enthusiasm, leadership, and teamwork. NBC Camps full-time staff work year round to make NBC Camps the premier basketball camp in the world.

Highlights Include

  • In-depth position specific skill training that will make you a better player
  • An atmosphere of encouragement, skill mastery, intensity, great fun, enthusiasm, Christian values and leadership training on and off the court
  • Outstanding staff and coaches that will get to know you and help you improve
  • NBC Camps reputation as the best basketball camp in the world
Full details including how to register can be found online at...


Athletes in Action Announce Summer Basketball Camp Schedule for 2015 for Ages 5-19

Athletes in Action Manitoba has announced details on its 2015 Basketball Camps Schedule.  The assortment of week-long half day, full day and overnight camps target children from ages 5-17 of all skill levels.  The number and variety of camps assures that you will find one for you: whether you are a beginner just learning the game, or an experienced player who is looking to become the best they can be!

New All-Access Coaching Video: Building Your Full Court Run and Jump Defense with Coleen Dufresne

Basketball Manitoba is pleased to release another video in its ever growing All-Access Video Series.  The new video features one of the newest inductees into the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame in Coleen Dufresne.  Coach Dufresne recently was a guest coach at a Manitoba Centre for Performance training session and covered the topic of 'Building Your Full Court Run and Jump Defense'.  The 1 hour 26 minute video provides a very in-depth approach to this type of defense, and it open to any one to watch now.  View the full video at...

UPDATED: Canada Basketball NCCP Super Clinic Set for May 29-31 in Toronto

UPDATED: Canada Basketball Coach Education, the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) University of Toronto and Ryerson University have announced details on the inaugural and largest basketball coaching clinic dedicated to supporting Canadian basketball coaches – the Canada Basketball NCCP Super Clinic.

Toronto Raptors Donate $20,000 to Basketball Manitoba's Three Point Club

Basketball Manitoba is very excited to announce that the Toronto Raptors have made a significant contribution to the recently formed Basketball Manitoba Three Point Club with a donation of $20,000!  The donation was announced publicly at the recent Basketball Manitoba Awards held on Saturday April 18 at the Victoria Inn Hotel.  As part of the donation, the Raptors are being recognized as a founding member of the new charitable cause.  The contribution to the Three Point Club will be used to ensure as many players and coaches are given the opportunity to get and stay involved in the sport. The Three Point Club has been designed to raise funds to support members of Manitoba's Provincial Teams and Centre for Performance programs.

BANQUET VIDEO & PHOTOS ADDED: 2015 Basketball Manitoba Awards Winners Announced

BANQUET VIDEO & PHOTOS ADDED: Basketball Manitoba is pleased to announce the details on those honoured at the Basketball Manitoba Awards on Saturday April 18 as All-Manitobans, Players of the Year, Coaches of the Year, Carl Ridd, Mike Spack, Jim Bulloch and Ron Meyers Award winners along with special recognition and service awards. Those honoured for an outstanding basketball season were...

Junior Bison Boys Basketball 2015 Tournament Schedules Released

The Junior Boys Basketball Club have released the schedules for its annual club basketball tournament scheduled for April 24-26, 2015 at St. Paul's High School, Nelson McIntyre Collegiate and St. James Collegiate.  The Basketball Manitoba sanctioned event features club based basketball teams at the 12U to 18U male age levels.  Over 30 boys teams will take place in the tournament.  Find the full schedules on the Junior Bison Boys Basketball website at...

REMINDER: Harlem Globetrotter Special Team Pricing Offer for April 23 Game at MTS Centre

REMINDER: True North Sports & Entertainment are proud to offer a special group discount to all Basketball Manitoba teams! This offer will be great for team windups, get-togethers and team building! We welcome all teams down to the MTS Centre to enjoy the Harlem Globetrotters on April 23rd, at 7:00pm!

Basketball Manitoba Offer: $25.00 ea (taxes included):
  • Ticket to Harlem Globetrotters
  • Box of popcorn
  • 24oz Drink
  • Teams will be seated together
**Offer available to group orders of 10 people or more people

For more information, or to place your group order; please call...

Jeff Ranick

Next Level Hoops All-Star Showcase Set for May 2 at Glenlawn Collegiate

Next Level Hoops and the Winnipeg Wolves Basketball Club have announced that they will partner to host the 2nd Annual Next Level Hoops All-Star Showcase event, taking place at Glenlawn Collegiate (map below) on Saturday May 2, 2015.   The Next Level Hoops All-Star Showcase event will feature six games between all-star teams of various ages, thereby providing an exceptional opportunity for over 100 of Manitoba’s best male and female basketball players to compete against each other. Sponsored by Basketball Manitoba, our event schedule will include the following:

Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Induction Class of 2015

Pictured, 2015 Inductees Hymie Fox, Ralph & Pat Watts (for their father Ralph), Erin Soroko-Drazik & Coleen Dufresne

The Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its Class of 2015. Congratulations to our newest inductees. The official induction will take place on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at the Victoria Inn Hotel in Winnipeg.

REMINDER: Providence College Men's Basketball Hosting Open ID Camp April 25

REMINDER:  Providence University College has announced that it is hosting a men's basketball Identification Camp on Saturday April 25th from 1:00-3:00 at Providence University College.  Providence competes in the MCAC and the NCCAA in the USA.

If you have any interest in attending please contact Head Men’s Basketball Coach Colten Gryba at colten.gryba@prov.ca

TRYOUTS COMING SOON: Manitoba Provincial Team Tryouts Set for May 22-24, 2015

Basketball Manitoba is pleased to announced details on the Provincial Team Tryouts for the upcoming summer. The tryouts for the program will occur May 22-24, 2015 at the University of Winnipeg Duckworth Centre.  The summer of 2015 will see a total of 6 Provincial Teams formed at the male and female 17U, 16U and 15U.  All 3 female teams will compete in a Saskatchewan Series in Brandon, MB, the Nike National Invitational in Chicago, Illinois (NCAA certified event), and the 17U and 15U to the Canadian National Championships in Edmonton in late July.  The 16U Female team will compete at the Western Canada Summer Games in Fort McMurray, AB in August.  All 3 male teams will compete in a Saskatchewan Series in Brandon, MB, the D1 Summer Classic in Minneapolis, MN (NCAA certified event), and the 17U and 15U to the Canadian National Championships in Halifax, NS.  The 16U Male team will compete at the Western Canada Summer Games in Fort McMurray, AB in August.  All dates can be found in our website calendar in July & August.

Bison Men's Basketball Sign Top Shooter Saajan Arora from Ontario

University of Manitoba Bison men's basketball coach Kirby Schepp has announced another key recruit for 2015.  6'2 Shooting guard Saajan Arora from Cambridge, Ontario has committed to the Bisons for the upcoming season.  Arora played for one of the top high school teams in Canada, St. John's Kilmarnock. The team was ranked among the top 5 teams in national polls all season.  Arora was named an all-star or MVP in several tournaments as well as being named the top male athlete at SJK where he played for Coach Borko Popic.

Asked about the move to Manitoba Saajan Arora stated: "I am very excited to be joining the Manitoba Bison family. I believe that this was the best decision for me and look forward to growing as a person and a player over the next 5 years."

Coach Popic: "Saajan is a very skilled scorer with a tremendous shooting touch. He has been an integral part of SJK's basketball team over the last three years and I am very excited to follow his continued growth at the University of Manitoba. Saajan is a hard working and extremely dedicated student-athlete and will be a great addition to the U of M community."   

Coach Schepp was very excited about Saajan's commitment: "Saajan is an outstanding addition to our program. He played for one of the best high school programs in St. John's Kilmarnock and clubs (Waterloo Wildhawks) in the entire country. We believe he may be the best shooter coming out of Canadian high school basketball this year. He is also an outstanding student and very high-character young man".

Arora joins a class a recruiting class that so far includes local standouts Dharmjit Dhillion and Raj Sidhu of Kildonan East Collegiate.

Source: http://gobisons.ca/news/2015/4/21/MBB_0421153320.aspx

REMINDER: Bison Women's Scholarship Fundraiser Set for April 23

REMINDER: The University of Manitoba Bisons Women's Basketball program have announced details on its upcoming Scholarship Fundraiser, set for Thursday April 23, 2015 at the Best Western Hotel in Winnipeg.  The event will begin at 7:00 pm with prizes and the auction following at 8:00 pm.  Tickets are $55 each or a table of 6 people is $330.  Full details are below.

To order tickets or for more information, please contact...

Jana Taylor

Why Coaches Need to Tell the Truth

In this article “Why Coaches Need to Tell the Truth”, Canada’ highest certified basketball coach explains how being honest with your athletes can lead to productive conflict, courageous conversation and great results.

By: Shawnee Harle

When I meet with coaches, I always ask them about their team culture. I want to know whether they strive for truth or harmony with their athletes. They always say “truth.” But the truth is, nobody really wants truth–it’s uncomfortable, it forces people to stretch in new directions and it raises the bar for expectations. Most people actually prefer harmony because it feels good and it’s easier. I’m not against harmony. In fact, I believe all successful teams have a healthy dose of it. But there is a difference between real harmony and false harmony.

False harmony looks like this:
  • We say what we think our athletes, teammates or parents want to hear
  • We avoid conflict and difficult conversations
  • We have perceived agreement on everything
The most destructive part of false harmony is third-party conversations–the “meeting after the meeting,” when issues that really matter are discussed behind closed doors and in the locker room. The front door of false harmony is always nicely decorated, but once you get behind the door, where nobody can see or hear, it’s dark and gloomy.

Are you worried about upsetting your high maintenance athlete or their parents? Are you spending your valuable time managing the emotions of your athletes so nobody is offended? Have you lowered the bar on your standards so your athletes are happier? If so, you are allowing false harmony to become more important than truth. False harmony may feel better because it’s easier, but it’s also the fastest avenue to mediocrity.

Truth leads to harmony Great leaders value truth and they understand that it leads to real harmony. Real harmony means you can share thoughts and ideas with the understanding that everyone might not agree–and that’s okay. Real harmony means you and your athletes understand the important battles are won or lost before the competition begins. It also means coaches and athletes are worried about how their words may be perceived. Truth allows us to put our cards on the table and see each others hand.

Real harmony looks like this:
  • Truth is invited into every conversation
  • Truth is spoken to help us reach our potential
  • Truth is used to evaluate the performance of our athletes, team, and organization
Truth often invites productive conflict. Conflict may not always feel good, but as the leader of the team, your job as a coach is to give athletes what they need, which may not necessarily be what they want. What your athletes want is ice cream, but what they really need are vegetables. The truth is much more like vegetables–you don’t always like them, but they’re good for you.

Truth isn’t easy, whereas harmony is. Truth is uncomfortable, while harmony feels good. Great leaders are okay with being uncomfortable because they understand productive conflict and courageous conversations lead to great results.

The difference between honesty and truth Telling the truth isn’t a license to say whatever you want. Saying whatever you want is honesty, but that is different than truth. Honesty tends to be emotional and personal. It usually involves feelings, mingled with words, designed to hurt. Hurtful honesty can exhibit itself in a variety of ways–comments that make an athlete look bad, challenging authority, or undermining an athlete or the team. Honesty usually invites defensiveness and results in divisiveness.

Truth, on the other hand, is rational. Truth is thoughtful, truth is thought provoking, and truth invites productive conflict. It involves ideas, which are different than feelings. Truth requires team members to explore and debate possibilities with an open mind without attaching personal feelings.

Strong leaders understand that athletic greatness is difficult to achieve without personal greatness and the foundation of truth is based upon helping our athletes reach their highest podium in life and exploring their true potential as people.

If the truth is like vegetables, and harmony is like ice cream, then honesty is like poison. Truth raises the bar, harmony lowers the bar, and honesty destroys the bar. Great leaders build and strengthen their team culture with open, thoughtful dialogue–one truthful brick at a time.

“If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always gotten.” ~Author Jane Kirkpatrick

Communication strategies for coaches Now that we’ve examined the importance of truth and understand the guise of honesty, there are some key communication strategies to consider if you hope to get the best from your team members.

Consider the difference between passive and assertive communication: passive communication is common on many teams and often results in false harmony.

Passive communication looks like this:
  • Silencing of voices
  • Withdrawal
  • Disengagement
  • Holding grudges
  • Participating in third-party conversations
Never make the mistake of ignoring those passive people who seem to be easy to get along with. Those who are willing to go with the flow are often the most dangerous team members. They silence their voice in a big group but later stir the waters and even paddle the boat in the wrong direction. Everyone on your team will have an opinion and passive communicators will express silence for agreement. Anyone who is silent during a team meeting is likely not silent once they leave the meeting.

The opposite of passive communication is aggressive communication and it looks like this:
  • Complaining
  • Criticizing
  • Demanding
  • Bullying
  • Guilt trips
While it’s possible to ignore passive communicators, it is impossible to ignore aggressive ones. You know what they look like–they dominate meetings, talk loudly and interrupt, they complain about small things, and are critical of almost everything. Worst of all, they often get their way because they guilt-trip and bully people.

Aggressive communication is used by negative, insecure, ego-driven people who are only willing to paddle if the boat goes in the direction they choose. But if you let them lead, you’ll head for the rocks.

Winning teams use assertive communication with each other and it looks like this:
  • Engagement
  • Asking for what you want
  • Asking clearly, concisely, and rationally
Assertive communicators have nothing to hide. They know that being passive, silent, withdrawn, or holding a grudge is not acceptable on a winning team. They get to the point and specifically ask for what they want. They understand that to move people to action, they must make a request.

Assertive communication is not easy. And telling the truth can be hard. But as Tom Hanks’ baseball coach character says in the movie A League of Their Own: “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.”

Great coaches create a culture of truth. Even if that is hard to do.

Shawnee Harle is the assistant coach for the Canadian Olympic Basketball Team. She was a basketball student-athlete at the University of Victoria and a member of two CIS National Championship teams led by coaching legend Kathy Shields.She has a master’s in coaching studies and is the highest certified basketball coach in the country. Harle is also a Master Learning Facilitator for the National Coaching Certification Program, where she trains and mentors both advanced and novice coaches from all sports. Her vast experience in the world of sport has made her a sought-after business coach and motivational speaker.

Source: Steve Nash Youth Basketball Blog http://ift.tt/1DefC36

THIS SATURDAY: Team Manitoba 17U Male & Female Teams Named Finalists as Sport Manitoba Junior Team of the Year

THIS SATURDAY: The gold medal winning 17U Male and 17U Female Manitoba Provincial Teams have been named as finalists as Sport Manitoba Calm Air Junior Team of the Year!  The honor comes from the team's historic gold medal wins at the Canada Basketball National Championships last summer.    Up for Manitoba Male Athlete of the Year is William Kohler and for Manitoba Female Athlete of the Year is Jordan Tully.  They both won their respective Most Valuable Player honors at the championships.   Sport Manitoba is hosting their annual Night of Champions event on Saturday April 25 at the Club Regent Event Centre where the winners will be named.

COACHING CONTEST: Sign Up with Canada's New Game Plan Website by May 31 to Enter to Win $329 Coach Prize Pack

Game Plan Coaching WebsiteManitoba basketball coaches that sign up with the newly released Canada Basketball Game Plan website before May 31, 2015 will be entered in a draw to win a special coaches prize pack!  The prize will consist of...

12 Keys to a Winning Program

By Alan Stein, Stronger Team 

Please note, when I say winning program – I not referring to W’s & L’s exclusively.  I am referring to a winning culture, developing winning habits and setting winning standards.  Winning is all about commitment.  Every player and every coach must be committed to…


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