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DEADLINE EXTENDED TO THURSDAY AT 12 NOON: Brian McCormick & Mike MacKay to Headline at 2014 Super Coaches Clinic on Oct 24-25 in Winnipeg

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO THURSDAY AT 12 NOON: 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.

Joining Brian and Mike will be local university coaches Kirby Schepp, Mike Raimbault and Michele Hynes along with Basketball Manitoba's Dan Becker and Randy Kusano, MABO's Martha Bradbury and product demonstrations from Krossover Video and EAT Battle Pads.

LESS THAN 5 SPOTS REMAIN! Brian McCormick Playmaker & 180 Shooter Basketball Camps Set for October 24-25 for Ages 11-16

LESS THAN 5 SPOTS REMAIN! Basketball Manitoba is very pleased to announce details that it will be hosting a special athlete camp in Winnipeg at St. John's Ravenscourt School, 400 South Drive in Winnipeg.  The Brian McCormick Crossover Movement Basketball Camp is set for October 24-25 in Winnipeg and targets male and female athletes ages 11-16.   

Manitoba Provincial Team Program Coach Applications Being Accepted - Deadline to Apply October 31

DEADLINE OCTOBER 31, 2014: Basketball Manitoba has announced that it is now accepting applications for the 2015 Manitoba Provincial Team Program coaching positions.  In 2015, there will be 6 Provincial Teams offered (male and female 15U, 16U, and 17U teams) with the 15U & 17U attending the Canada Basketball National Championship while the 16U teams will attend the Western Canada Summer Games. Deadline for all applications is Friday October 31, 2014.

A one year term (with a mutual option to extend to a second year) for…

  1. 15U Female Provincial Team - females born in 2000 or later
  2. 15U Male Provincial Team - males born in 2000 or later
  3. 16U Female Provincial Team - females born 1999 or later
  4. 16U Male Provincial Team - males born 1999 or later
  5. 17U Female Provincial Team - females born 1998 or later
  6. 17U Male Provincial Team - males born 1998 or later

Basketball Manitoba Provincial Team Program

Basketball Manitoba, one of the province's leading sports governing bodies, annually runs provincial teams to provide elite athletes with a unique opportunity to develop their skills through a high quality summer practices and challenging competition schedule. Coaches can either apply as a 'team' or individually.

At this time we are seeking skilled and passionate men and women to apply as a coaching team for the positions of...
  1. 15U Female Provincial Team Program 'Head Coach' and 'Assistant Coach'
  2. 15U Male Provincial Team Program 'Head Coach' and 'Assistant Coach'
  3. 16U Female Provincial Team Program 'Head Coach' and 'Assistant Coach'
  4. 16U Male Provincial Team Program 'Head Coach' and 'Assistant Coach'
  5. 17U Female Provincial Team Program 'Head Coach' and 'Assistant Coach'
  6. 17U Male Provincial Team Program 'Head Coach' and 'Assistant Coach'
2015 Program Overview
All try-outs for the 15U, 16U, & 17U programs will be held in late May 2015, with the programs running through the National and Western Championships in late July or early August 2015.  The 17U & 15U Male teams and Female teams will compete in the 2015 Canada Basketball National Championships with the male teams competing in Alberta and the female teams in Nova Scotia.  The 16U Male teams and Female teams will compete in the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games to be hosted in Wood Buffalo, Alberta in August 2015. All teams will also compete in warm-up competitions and train regularly (on and off court) leading up to the championships.

Coaching Criteria - http://nccp.basketballmanitoba.ca

 17U & 16U Teams

  • Head Coach = Certified NCCP Train to Compete - Certified** OR Full Level 3 NCCP Certification AND a minimum 5 seasons of experience as a head coach or equivalent experience.
  • Assistant Coach = Certified NCCP Train to Train - Certified and Train to Compete "In Training" ** OR Full Level 2 NCCP Certification AND a minimum 3 seasons of experience as a head or assistant coach or equivalent experience.
15U Teams

  • Head Coach = Certified NCCP Train to Train - Certified** OR Full Level 2 NCCP Certification AND a minimum 5 seasons of experience as a head coach or equivalent experience.
  • Assistant Coach = Certified NCCP Train to Train - Certified ** OR Full Level 2 NCCP Certification AND a minimum 3 seasons of experience as a head or assistant coach or equivalent experience.

  • Coaches can either apply as a 'team' of coaches or individually as a head or assistant coach to be partnered up with other successful candidates.
  • Male Head Coaches of female teams must have a female Assistant Coach and Female Head Coaches of male teams must have a male Assistant Coach. 
  • All coaches must complete the Sport Manitoba Respect in Sport online program
  • All coaches will be undergo a Police Records Check and Child Abuse Registry Check.
  • All coaches must have also completed a first aid and athlete injury educational program recognized by Basketball Manitoba.**

** Basketball Manitoba will provide successful coaches in the program an NCCP certification  and first aid / injury prevention opportunity.

Successful applicants are eligible to receive an honorarium at the completion of the
summer program.  

Application for Competition
Please submit a cover letter and coaching resume by October 31, 2014 to…

Adam Wedlake
Executive Director

Basketball Manitoba
145 Pacific Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3B 2Z6
Fax: 204-925-5929
Email: adam@basketballmanitoba.ca

Please note that selection of successful candidates will not necessarily be limited to
those who apply.  Interviews will take place prior to the end of the year.  We thank all interested applicants, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Further Information
For further information on the Provincial Team Program please contact Dan Becker.

In Memory of Ken Epp: 1955-2014

With great sadness, Basketball Manitoba announces the passing of longtime basketball referee Ken Epp of Winnipeg.  Ken was a very active of the Manitoba basketball community as a referee with MABO.  He worked at all levels of the game including many high school provincial championships and Canadian National Championships at the university level.  We have lost one of the truly nice guys in our game.

The funeral is Sunday, October 19, 2:30 p.m. at North Kildonan Mennonite Brethren Church, 1315 Gateway Road. Viewing prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ken's memory can be made to Mennonite Central Committee.

Our sincere condolences go out to the entire Epp family.



NCCP Learn To Train & Train to Train Coaches Courses Set for November in Winnipeg

Basketball Manitoba is pleased to announce it will be hosting another offering of the NCCP 'Learn to Train' and the 'Train to Train', courses this November in Winnipeg.  These new offerings replace the old NCCP Level 1 & 2 Technical and Theory courses and are for coaches working with athletes from 10-16 years of age.  These levels are also required for all coaches who are interested in coaching in their respective future Provincial Team or Manitoba Games levels.  The courses will comprise both classroom and on court sessions and will focus on Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) review, mental training, practice planning, competition planning, fundamental movement skills, technical movement skills, offensive and defensive concepts, practical application, and a debrief evaluation.  Register for each clinic below...  

University of Manitoba Bison Strength & Conditioning Program Announced for Ages 13-18

The University of Manitoba have announced a new strength and conditioning program targeting basketball and other sport athletes in the 13-18 age range.

What is it?
The University of Manitoba Bison Strength & Conditioning Program is a year round physical training program for athletes between the ages of 13 and 18 that is consistent with the key principles of Long Term Athlete Development.

Where does it take place?
Our program will take place in the University of Manitoba’s BRAND NEW State of the Art Bison Strength and Conditioning room in the new Active Living Center opening January 2015.

Which athletes would benefit from the program?
This program is open to ANY athlete, male or female between the ages of 13 and 18.  You do not need to be on a Junior Bison team to be a part of this program.  This age specific program will increase performance by developing competency of key movement skills like sprinting and jumping, decrease injuries by incorporating injury prevention training, and increase performance by developing strength and power. Athletes competing in volleyball, basketball, hockey, football, rugby, soccer as well any other sport that requires high levels of athleticism for success would greatly benefit from this program.

What is special about this program?
  • Expert Bison Sport Strength and Conditioning coaches working with the athletes.
  • No more than a 1 to 12 coach to athlete ratio.
  • A program that will progress each athlete to more challenging and effective exercises as they become physically capable of it.
  • A portion of each athlete’s program will be individualized to their sport and individual needs.
  • Regular testing to track progress with reports and debriefs available to participants and their parents.
  • The program is set up that the athlete will participate in four month blocks but athletes are encouraged to train year round in order to get maximum benefit.

When does the program run?  
This is a year round program that will be broken down into 3 Blocks:
  1. Block 1 January 5- May 2, 2015 17 weeks
  2. Block 2 May 3-August 29, 2015 17 weeks
  3. Block 3 August 30-Dec 23, 2015 17 weeks
This program runs 2 times per week (Football & Rugby is 3 times per week) with the following six options:
  • Session A Volleyball Only Monday & Wednesday – 6:30 to 7:30
  • Session B Football & Rugby Only Monday, Wednesday, Friday – 7:30 to 8:30
  • Session C  Multi-Sport Session Monday & Wednesday – 8:30 to 9:30
  • Session D Multi-Sport Session Tuesday and Thursday – 6:30 to 7:30
  • Session E         Multi-Sport Session Tuesday and Thursday – 7:30 to 8:30
  • Session F         Multi-Sport Session Tuesday & Thursday – 8:30 to 9:30
There are only 12 spots available per session so sign up early to ensure your spot.                              
Volleyball and Rugby/Football athletes are also welcome to sign up in the multi-sport sessions if it fits their schedule better.

Why is it important to be involved in long term physical training programs?
Fitness must be worked at all the times otherwise an athlete will detrain and lose all previous hard earned improvements.  Short term physical training programs are beneficial for temporarily improving performance but when training stops, performance begins to decline and worse yet; risk of injury goes back up.

Who will be training the athletes?
This program will be developed and administered by University of Manitoba Bison Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Matt Barr and his staff.  Matt came to the University of Manitoba from the Canadian Sport Institute in Vancouver where he worked with Rugby Canada and oversaw the training of all of their national team athletes.  While working for the Canadian Sport Institute and Rugby Canada he helped develop the physical training model for the Canadian Sport School and Rugby Canada’s academies.  He holds sport science degrees from Edith Cowan University, the University of Manitoba and the University of Western Ontario respectively.  Matt is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

What is the cost of the program?
  • Block 1-  January 5th-May 2nd, 2015
Multi-Sport & Volleyball  Sessions (2x per week)  
Early bird sign up-Before Dec.1st $400
Regular Sign up-after Dec.1st $450
  • Block 1-  January 5th-May 2nd, 2015
Football and Rugby Sessions (3x per week)
Early bird sign up-Before Dec.1st $532
Regular Sign up-after Dec.1st $598

How do I register?
Registration and payment is available online only.
Visit www.gobisons.ca, Click on Junior Bisons Tab, Click on Strength & Conditioning Header

What if I have questions about the program or registration?
Contact: Lisa Peters

Inner City Jr. Wesmen Halloween Fundraiser Announced

Help the Inner-City Wesmen Basketball Program grow their Pumpkin Patch and support inner-city athletics. From now until October 29, purchase your Manitoba grown pumpkin for Halloween and all proceeds will go to the Junior Inner-City Wesmen program. You will be supporting tournaments, uniforms plus education funding to help inner-city youth attend UWinnipeg's Model School.

One pumpkin cost $8.00. Or you may purchase 20 pumpkins for $100 to be donated to inner-city families, which a charitable tax receipt provided. Pumpkins provided by the Green Thumb on Roblin Boulevard.

Order Online or drop off order forms with payment to the Duckworth Customer Service Centre located at 400 Spence Street. Order forms are available at the desk or can be printed off by clicking  here.
Delivery is arranged with each customer to wherever is most convenient.  
Order Online      Order Form (PDF)    Poster  (PDF)

For more information please contact:

Bob Axworthy
(204) 489-0720

11 Tips to Make Your Basketball Team

11 Tips to Make Your Basketball TeamBy Alan Stein:

Most high schools will begin basketball tryouts in the next few weeks.  Here is an updated list of 11 tips to help you make the team:

  1. Separate yourself by being the most vocal and enthusiastic player in the gym. Be an energy giver and raise everyone else’s level.
  2. Hustle! Be the first player in line for each drill. Do everything at game speed. Try to win every sprint. You have 100% control over your effort.
  3. Make the extra pass. Be unselfish. Be a great teammate (We > Me).
  4. Physically box someone out every single time a shot is taken. Every time.
  5. Listen with your eyes any time someone is speaking.
  6. Dive for loose balls, take charges and sprint the floor as hard as possible every chance you get. Every team needs a player that does those three things consistently.
  7. Don’t over dribble or take bad shots. Those players are a dime a dozen. Make the easy play. Make the right play. Don’t be tempted by flash.
  8. Arrive early and stay after to put in extra work. Do more than is required.
  9. Play to your strengths and try not to expose your weaknesses. If you aren’t a competent 3-point shooter, then don’t shoot 3’s. Simple.
  10. Communicate directly with the coach. Ask the coach what things you need to do to earn a spot on the team. The key word is earn.
  11. If you make a mistake (which will happen), move on and focus on the next play. Maintain a smile and positive body language at all times.

Good luck!

Alan Stein
Hardwood Hustle Blog

Source: http://www.strongerteam.com/2014/10/21/11-tips-to-make-your-basketball-team/

NBA Shooting Coach Dave Love Coming to Winnipeg & Brandon Nov 29 & 30

The Love of the Game Basketball Camps has announced that NBA shooting coach Dave Love will offer  a weekend of shooting clinics for young Manitoba 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 the University of Calgary shooting coach for 9 seasons.  Coach Love has worked with several NBA players including  Canadians Tristan Thompson and Anthony Bennett, and Aaron Gordon and Louis Amundson.

In these clinics players will learn what each part of their body should be doing, but also why they should be doing it.  They will learn how positive power affects their shot and some drills that Coach Love does with NBA players to develop solid mechanics.  This clinic is for all basketball players ages 11 and older, boys and girls.

Space is limited.  Sign up today.

If you are a coach that would like to volunteer to help at the clinic please contact Coach Love at dave.love@theloveofthegame.com

City: Winnipeg, MB
Date: Sat, Nov 29th, 2014
Location: Oak Park HS

Ages 11+

Cost: $44.99
10am-1:00pm REGISTER
2pm-5:00pm REGISTER

City: Brandon, MB
Date: Sun, Nov 30th, 2014
Location: Neelin HS

Ages 11+

Cost: $44.99
10am-1:00pm REGISTER
2pm-5:00pm REGISTER


For more information, contact...

Dave Love
Shooting Coach
(403) 829-7529

Basketball Hall of Fame Nominations for Class of 2015 Due December 15

Manitoba Basketball Hall of FameThe Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame & Museum has announced that the next Induction Dinner will be held on Saturday October 3, 2015. The Selection Committee is now requesting nominations of worthy candidates for the 2015 Induction that meet the set criteria.  Deadline to submit a nomination for the next induction is December 15, 2014.  To submit a nomination for consideration, please visit the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame website at...


5 Tips For The Pre-Season

By: Alan Stein

I’ve been saying this for years:

A basketball player’s athleticism is the foundation of their entire game.


In order for a player to maximize their talent on the court, they need to be able to move well, move efficiently and move consistently without dysfunction (or premature onset of fatigue)

If a player can improve their strength, power, explosiveness, agility, reaction, quickness, flexibility and conditioning level, then they can perform the skills of shooting, passing, ball handling, rebounding, and defending at a much higher level.

That is why the best players (and best teams) are in the best shape!


Fall Junior Basketball Referee Clinic Dates Set

Basketball Manitoba in partnership with MABO has set its Fall 2014 junior referee clinic dates for this September, October and November. The dates include September 27, October 4, 5, 26 and November 8, 2014. All new and existing junior referees will be required to attend one of the all-day clinics this fall. The 4 clinics will be held in the Winnipeg area. The Junior Officials Development Program (JODP) is designed to improve the overall level of officiating in the Junior High / Middle School Minor basketball leagues. Plan today and save a date to not miss out! For details on the JODP...

The Value of Sport in Building Mental Toughness

By: Emma Glasgow

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going!” ~ Unknown

Mental toughness and resilience are two similar concepts often heard in the world of sports and education. Though neither are new (not even new to SNYB, check out earlier blogs for more on the topic) there has been recent focus how each relate to development and performance. This article will focus on mental toughness, resilience being a piece, and how to cultivate and nurture this quality amongst young athletes.

What is Mental Toughness?

Mental toughness refers to an individual’s ability to respond to stress, pressure, challenge and change regardless of circumstance. It is a mindset achieved by developing resilience and confidence.  Everyone has the potential to be mentally tough. It is not something innate to the individual, rather something to be cultivated.

Strycharzyk and Clough break mental toughness into 4 C’s: Control, Commitment, Challenge and Confidence.

Control is exhibited in various ways. It is evident in an athlete’s autonomy over his/her choices, mood, and accountability. Controlled athletes have the ability to control their own emotions and affect the emotions of others in a positive way. These athletes seem to lift the team regardless of their own mood.

Commitment is often exhibited through goal setting and orientation. Committed athletes set SMART goals and work hard to deliver on those goals. Once goals are achieved, there is self-reflection, but more importantly, more goal setting!

Mentally tough athletes embrace challenge! They push boundaries, embrace change and accept risk. They exhibit a growth mindset seeing all outcomes and viewing challenges as opportunities rather than threats.

Confident athletes believe in themselves! They believe in their abilities, whether that be athletic skills or interpersonal skills and have a practiced approach to dealing with challenge and conflict. This may be the easiest factor to isolate and deal with when nurturing mental toughness! (http://stevenashyb.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/snyb-original-cultivating-confidence/)

As you may have already identified these attributes are all plastic. That is they have the ability to change. This is great news! It means coaches, parents, players and teammates have the ability to help athletes work on their mental toughness.

What does a mentally tough athlete look like?

Mentally tough athletes are confident and competent problem solvers!

Why is mental toughness important?

Mental toughness permeates every choice an athlete makes, on and off the court. It has the profound ability to impact performance, well-being and positive behaviours. These athletes have excellent problem solving skills. They are often touted for their ability to “take things in stride”. A commendable attribute that makes individuals more likeable, employable, coachable and influential in their life and the lives of others.

How does sport help?

Sports are invaluable to building mental toughness because they simulate life on a small scale. Sports regularly  provide challenges and obstacles. They are about learning to make decisions and dealing with the consequences of those decisions. They provide regular opportunity for success and failure, allowing children the chance to deal with those victories and losses however large or small. Sport has the ability to cultivate or crush mental toughness, but it requires adult supervision. Coaches and parents have a responsibility to help young athlete’s deal with the trials and triumphs of sport!

What about the more sensitive athletes?

Toughness occurs on a spectrum. All athletes will have their moments of toughness and sensitivity alike, but some athletes trend towards the sensitive. Strycharzyk and Clough describes these athletes as mentally sensitive. The mentally sensitive account for 20% of the population. These athletes offer a valuable perspective to the team, often different than many of their teammates. It is important to identify these athletes early and support them in building on their 4 C’s. Try focusing on their confidence!

Can mental toughness be developed?

The short answer is yes! Where ever your athletes lie on the scale of mental toughness, there is room for growth. Even the players who exhibit the 4 C’s regularly can benefit from support! Thankfully the  Here are a few things to be encouraged in order to promote an environment that builds mental toughness.

1. Positive Thinking

Focus on the positives! Point out small successes and moments of learning in every experience despite the outcome. Help athletes identify small successes to keep their confidence high.

2. Goal Setting

Block off time for goal setting. Be sure to outline SMART goals, provide examples and set team goals to model for athletes. Goal setting is a great life skill and something that needs to be practiced. Check in with athletes on their personal goals and do what you can to help them stay committed to achieving those goals!

3. Communication

Keep the lines of communication open with athletes! This will allow athletes to feel comfortable expressing and dealing with emotions in a healthy, constructive way.

4. Self-Reflection

Encouraging athletes to reflect on their performance will allow help them to begin taking responsibility for that performance good or bad. It will also turn the focus on comparing current performances to past performances rather than the performance of others. Their biggest competition is themselves! Be sure to emphasize that their self-worth isn’t tied up in their performance. Young athletes can often take losses personally. Shift the focus back to performance not outcome!


Mental toughness is a mindset. It is a positive life skill that should be cultivated in all athletes regardless of their default. Coaches, parents and athletes can all play a role in developing mental toughness. Sport naturally challenges athletes to become better problem solvers. By encouraging positive thinking, goal setting, communication and self-reflection combined with the natural benefits of sport, all athletes have the potential to become more resilient and mentally tough!

There is lots more information out there regarding mental toughness! If this topic is of interest to you, read more from my Sources:

Doug Strycharczyk and Peter Clough, Resilience and Mental Toughness, http://www.teachingleaders.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/TL_Quarterly_Q5_14_Strycharczyk.pdf

OR their book

Developing Mental Toughness in Young People: Approaches to Achievement, Well-being and Positive Behaviour

Positive Sport Parent Article: http://www.positivesportparent.com/2011/03/how-can-i-help-my-child-develop-mental-toughness/

Changing the Game Project: http://changingthegameproject.com/5-tips-for-mental-toughness/

Source: http://stevenashyb.wordpress.com/2014/10/09/snyb-original-the-value-of-sport-in-building-mental-toughness/

Basketball Coaches Day in Canada Set for November 22 #CBcoachday

It’s time for us to get up and join together in recognizing our Canadian basketball coaches for all that they give.  Canada Basketball is declaring NOVEMBER 22, 2014 as Basketball Coaches Day in Canada!

What is it?

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

The objectives are:

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

How to get involved?

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

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

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

-CREATE your special thank-you for your coach

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

-DOCUMENT your appreciation by taking a photo or video

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

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


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

2014 Zhonghua Cup Adult Men's Basketball Tournament Returning to Winnipeg Oct 31

The Winnipeg Chinese Cultural Community Centre (WCCCC) have announced details on their annual Zhonghua Cup Basketball Tournament which will be beginning in Winnipeg on October 31.  The adult men's basketball tournament will operate out of the WCCCC gym at 180 King Street in Winnipeg's Chinatown.  Fee to register a team is $120 each with a maximum of 12 players permitted per team.

Basketball Manitoba Scoreboard App Updated for New Season; Download Now

The Basketball Manitoba Scoreboard app has recently been updated with a number of new features, bug fixes and optimizations for use on all iPhoes, iPads and Android devices.  The Basketball Manitoba SCOREBOARD is a must have app for any player, coach, referee or fan of basketball that offers a ton of features including...

Jr NBA Launches in Canada; Winkler & Swan River First to Begin in Manitoba

The ProgramBasketball Manitoba is pleased to announce a new partnership with NBA Canada and its unveiling of the Jr. NBA program across Canada!  The Jr. NBA program provides an entry-level basketball program for young children 5 to 7 years old by providing a fun, active and healthy learning environment.  This fall, programs will begin in Swan River and Winkler, Manitoba.  The Winnipeg Minor Basketball Association (WMBA) will be launching in spring 2015 with 4 of its community centres offering the program.

Full details on the new program can be found below and at http://www.jrnba.ca

Winkler Basketball Club

About the Jr. NBA Program

Fun, Basketball Authentic, Maximum Basketball Touches


  • Provide entry-level basketball program for young children 5 to 7 years old
  • Build a community of league organizers, parents, coaches committed to minor basketball
  • Provide a fun, active and healthy learning environment 


  • Weekly 45 minute practices for 12 weeks
  • Canadian Sport 4 Life/Long Term Athlete Development compliant
  • Aligned with Canada Basketball's Developmental Pathway
  • Curriculum has been developed by NBA Basketball Operations and a team of experts in child development and physical literacy, and basketball fundamentals
  • Games will be modified to be age-appropriate, simple and fun

Equipment & Uniform

  • Program will include age-appropriate equipment (smaller basketball and lowered adjustable hoops) and modified games
  • Participants will receive a size-appropriate Spalding® Rookie Gear Basketball and NBA team branded t-shirt
Swan River, MB, CA
Winkler Basketball Club
Winkler, MB, CA
Winnipeg, MB, CA

WMBA Releases Week 1 of Fall / Winter Community Club Schedules; Season Tips Oct 18-19

The Winnipeg Minor Basketball Association has released the Community Club Schedules for its 2014-15 Fall / Winter League which will begin October 18 & 19.  The league will then pause all games to allow all WMBA coaches to attend the Basketball Manitoba Super Coaches Clinic on October 24-25 and then resume with league play again on November 1-2.

For all schedules, go to http://www.wmba.ca for more details.

Rest is as Important as Practice

By: Coach Sivilis

The excitement of the first days of practice and the promise of a brand new season have worn off. For some teams, faced with the certainty of a losing season, practice has become drudgery. For other teams who still expect to have success or are competitive in their games, practice is still enjoyable. For now.

As the season wears on, and the rate of improvement slows with each passing practice, players, teams and coaches can become stale. This can translate into burnout, injuries and a sense of fatigue that a single good night’s sleep cannot alleviate.

To fight end of season fatigue , injury and staleness, consider days off whenever possible, shortening practice with an emphasis on quality and not the length of practice. As often as possible, introduce competition into drills to make practices fun for the players. Without adding new concepts to learn, introduce a fun drill or two that are meant to be games.

Sometimes change of routine can work wonders as well. Try running a practice backwards! Do everything you would normally do in a practice, but in the reverse order that you normally use in practice.

Stress to your players the importance of eating right, getting enough sleep and taking care of any nagging injuries they might have. Find ways to spend time together as a team that does not involve physical practice or games but is fun.

Finally, be sure to take care of yourself as well. The stress of coaching can wear down a coach just as the grind of the season wears down the players. Illness can become a problem when stress and fatigue has reduced the ability of our body’s immune system to fight off a virus.

Plan to deal with this issue with the same seriousness you would an upcoming opponent. In many ways, end of the season fatigue is an opponent!

Source: Steve Nash Youth Basketball Blog http://stevenashyb.wordpress.com/2014/10/15/rest-is-as-important-as-practice/

Hosts Set for 2015 Junior High Invitational Tournament

Basketball Manitoba is pleased to announce that its has set its hosts for the 2015 Junior High Invitational Tournament.  The JHIT will run March 23-26, 2015 for junior high or middle school based basketball teams at the grades 7-9 range.  The host schools are...