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WATCH VIDEO: Basketball Coach Schools Coming Up in Steinbach, Beausejour and Glenboro

WATCH VIDEO: Basketball Manitoba's Coach Schools will be running in 3 different communities over the next 2 weeks in Manitoba.  The coach clinics will be occurring in Steinbach, Beausejour and Glenboro over the next 10 days and will be lead by Dan Becker, Randy Kusano, Ross Wedlake and Ian Dickey of Basketball Manitoba (view bios).  Clinics have already been hosted in Flin Flon and Norway House earlier this month.


The clinics are be offered at no cost to the host School Division and are targeted to in-school middle / junior high and high school coaches and can be set up in conjunction with an existing coordinated or in-service day.  The clinics can range in length between 3-6 hours.  The clinics include age and grade appropriate topics including fundamental drills and skills (shooting, passing, dribbling), practice management and basic team offensive and defensive concepts.

Can't make it out to a Coach School in your community this year?  Watch over 8 hours from past clinics online now for free!

Resources Provided at the Coach School Clinic


Watch the full 2h 45m Basketball Coach School hosted by Pembina Trails School Division in December 2012


THIS WEEKEND: Save $50 with New Promo Code: PGC Basketball Shooting College Coming to Winnipeg Nov 28-29 at Glenlawn Collegiate

THIS WEEKEND:  Point Guard College (PGC) Basketball has announced that they will be offering a basketball shooting college in Winnipeg for male and female players currently in grades 7-12 on November 28-29 at Glenlawn Collegiate.  The world renowned basketball collage has only two stops in Canada with the other location being Toronto.

REMINDER: Junior High / Middle School Basketball Year-End Tourmanent Eligibility Reminders

As the Junior High / Middle School basketball season is soon upon us, Basketball Manitoba would like to remind all teams at this level of the eligibility rules surrounding any players who may play 'up' a division at any period this season.  All players who participate on a junior high / middle school team can play 'up' at a higher level as many as TWO times in a season.  Once that player plays up a 3rd of more times at an older age level, they are no longer eligible to play at their original level.  This includes if an entire team plays up in a tournament or series of exhibition games of more than 2 games. The full eligibility rules state...

    Junior High Invitational Tournament
  1. Players are permitted to play as many as 2 GAMES up at a higher level in the current school year and remain eligible for their current team.  Once a player plays 3 OR MORE GAMES at a higher level, they are no longer eligible for the JHIT.  All tournaments played 'up' are considered as 2 games as defined by the MHSAA.  Examples include if a Grade 9 player moved up and played 3 games or more at the Junior Varsity / Varsity levels, they are ineligible to compete in the tournament at the grade 9 level.  If a Grade 8 player moved up to the Grade 9 or Senior level and played 3 games or more during the current school season, they are ineligible to compete in the tournament at the grade 8 level.

  2. All teams that participate in the tournament must have played in the same level they played in during the current school year's season.  For example if a Grade 9 team played at the “Junior Varsity” level for the current school year season, they are ineligible for this tournament.
The Junior High Invitational Tournament will occur March 23-26, 2015.  Read the full eligibility rules and other details tied to the Junior High Invitational Tournament at...

WATCH GLOBAL TV STORY: Team Manitoba's Jordan Tully Commits to NCAA D1 Boise State for Fall 2015

Jordan Tully today made it know of her intentions for the next phase of her educational and athletic career by signing a letter of intent to attend Boise State University for the 2015-16 season.  Tully was named MVP at this past summer's Canadian National Championship in helping Manitoba bring home its first female Gold Medal in 25 years.   The NCAA Division 1 program competes in the Mountain West Conference and is located in Boise, Idaho.   Jordan is currently a student at Oak Park High School.



SCOREBOARD - Nov. 22, 2014

Check out today's collection of game scores from all levels of basketball in Manitoba...

It's a Boy! Congratulation to New Parent Heather (Booy) & Mike Hildebrand

Congratulations go out to former Basketball Manitoba Program Coordinator Heather (Booy) and Mike Hildebrand on the birth of their first child last week! Carter Hildebrand was born November 13, weighing 7.9 lbs and 20" long. Mom and baby are doing great! Congrats to the Hildebrand's!


SCOREBOARD - Nov. 21, 2014

Check out today's collection of game scores from all levels of basketball in Manitoba...

THANKS COACH! National Basketball Coaches Day in Canada; All 2014 Super Coaches Clinic Videos Free to Access on Saturday

Basketball Coaches Day in Canada
THANKS COACH!  Those words can never be said enough!  It doesn't matter who you are, but a vast majority of society has had some interaction with a coach.  Be it as a player, a parent or a fan, coaches have a great impact on people and for that, we say THANK YOU!  From all the planning and development time to time in the gym before, during and after practices and games, coaches are the fuel that drives sport forward.

As part of National Basketball Coaches Day, we are asking that you reach out to that special coach in your live who impacted you growing up.  Reach out and say THANKS COACH!  They will love to hear from you and it will be a great opportunity to reconnect.

As part of National Coaches Day, Basketball Manitoba is making all 2014 Super Coaches Clinic videos public on Saturday.  Access to these videos is currently open to 2014 SCC clinic attendees only.  They will return to private access on Sunday and will once again be made permanently public in 2015.

Past clinic videos can also be seen below or at this link...


Youth Sports Coaching: Not a Job, but a Calling!

Basketball coach and playersSaturday is the 3rd annual Basketball Coaches Day in Canada!  Basketball Manitoba and Canada Basketball appreciate the tremendous amount of time, patience and care that youth sports coaches put towards developing sport, young athletes, but most of all young people. Sports are a microcosm of life. In taking on the job of coach, you are preparing youth for the world at large. But coaching youth sports isn’t for everyone. It is reserved for a select population with a capacity for passion and empathy, and the gift of teaching, but most of all a desire to improve. Once again, our friend John O’Sullivan at Changing the Game Project says it best!

By: John O’Sullivan

So they call you Coach, huh? Have you ever stopped to consider what that means?

You have taken on one of the most beautiful, powerful, and influential positions a person can ever have. Some people may call it a job, and others a profession, but in reality, being a great coach is not that at all. It is so much more than that.

By becoming a coach, you have chosen to work with young athletes. You have chosen to guide them through the trials and tribulations of learning two beautiful games: sport and life. You are in a position to change their lives forever, not only by making them better athletes, but better people. You are a leader, you are a role model, you are a person who serves your athletes, and you are a person to whom they entrust their physical and emotional well-being.
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Never take this responsibility lightly.

Coaching can be one of the most difficult jobs in the world. We work with young athletes in highly emotional and public situations. We keep score, and because of that our work is often judged week to week, even day to day, based upon the performance of a bunch of kids, how well they play, how much they play, and where they play.

Every time we coach, our words and actions can have a huge impact in the lives of our players, both positively and negatively. We are faced with moments of success and failure, and with calls from officials both good and bad. Our words and actions in these situations can stick with our players forever.

The thing is, we don’t get to choose which things stick, and which ones they forget, so in everything we say and do, we have to choose wisely.

Coaching also means you will be dealing with parents. Many of them are wonderful, and will support you and be grateful that you have taken the time and energy to teach and mentor their child. Celebrate them, and be thankful they are on your team. Basketball coach and playersOthers are not so wonderful. They have unrealistic expectations for their children and the team. They will be a friend to your face, and an enemy behind your back. They will make life miserable for their own child, and often for you and the rest of the team as well. Do your best to educate them and minimize their negativity, and empower others to do the same. Most importantly, be a trusted mentor for their child. Those kids need a positive role model more than most, and it’s not their fault that mom or dad has lost the plot. The science of coaching and teaching has evolved tremendously in the last few decades. We now know that many coaching and teaching methods used when we were kids are not as effective as once thought. Fear and intimidation does not work as well as an environment of love and respect. Lines and lectures are a thing of the past. Rote repetition is effective only to a point. Just because you taught something does not mean your players learned it. Just because you went over it does not mean they retained it and can replicate it in a game. Far too many coaches are focused on running exercises in practice that are successful 90% of the time, when in reality messy practices that replicate game situations are far more powerful learning tools. Do you have these type of practices on your clipboard?

Every player we coach, we leave a lasting impact. There is no way around this; you will influence every player you come in contact with. What will your influence be? Will it be something positive and affirming that bolsters your athletes and serves them throughout life? Will it be a more fulfilling experience for you and your players, more enjoyable, and more successful?

Or will it be something that tears them down, that diminishes their self worth, that makes them fearful of failure, or ties their self-worth with sports success? We all mean well, but sometimes when we are pushing to win a game, or talking to our teams after a tough loss, we say and do things that we later regret. I know in the past I have, and I never considered for a moment that my harsh, personal and often over the top criticism of a kid might follow him or her off the field. But it did.

I believe that being a coach is so much more than running a bunch of practices and organizing kids for games. It is about connecting with your players as people first, and athletes second.

It is about being passionate, and loving the game you teach, so your players will play with passion and love.

It is about empathy, making every player feel important, and giving him or her a role on the team.

It is about integrity and consistency for kids during good times and bad.

It is about being a model of the behavior you expect from your athletes, both on and off field of battle.

It is about being a teacher, not only of the X’s an O’s of a sport, but about life, about optimism, about persistence,  and about character.

No, coaching cannot simply be a job. It must be a vocation, a calling to a place that best suits your skills, your passion and your ability.

You can change lives with a single word, a single pat on the back, and a single conversation that says “I believe in you.”

The world needs great coaches more than ever before. The world needs you!

Are you ready?

Have a great coach in your life? Someone who made you better on and off the field. Be sure to share your story below or with Canada Basketball (@CanBball) with the #CBcoachday !

And if you want to study the secrets of the world’s greatest coaches and cultures of excellence, CLICK HERE AND ENROLL IN OUR FREE VIDEO SERIES “COACHING MASTERY” BEFORE IT FILLS UP.

Source: http://stevenashyb.wordpress.com/2014/11/21/youth-sports-coaching-not-a-job-but-a-calling/

Manitoba Centre for Performance Female Program off to Grand Forks This Weekend

The Manitoba Centre for Performance Female program is off to Grand Forks, ND to attend the 'King of the Court' basketball tournament this weekend.  This marks the first out-of-province event for the new pilot program which has added a competition component to the training program.  Additional trips are planned in the coming months.  Representing Manitoba on the two teams this weekend will be...

MANITOBA CP RED (8th Grade Girls Division)

  • 1) Lauren Bartlett
  • 2) Vanessa Lee
  • 3) Debbie Nikasi
  • 4) Claire Signatovich
  • 5) Alicia Sosnowski
  • 6) Niyah Becker
  • 7) Holly Klassen
  • 8) Emily Johnson

MANITOBA CP WHITE (8th Grade Girls Division)

  • 1) Alexis Garcia
  • 2) Sonum Sidhu
  • 3) Anna Kernaghan
  • 4) Sarah Lamureux
  • 5) Chloe Ellerbrock
  • 6) Amei Grant
  • 7) Tracy Towns
  • 8) Tanya Wallack
  • 9) Taylor Reynolds

The Canada Basketball/Basketball Manitoba Center for Performance Program is a regional training centre designed to bring together male and female Canadian basketball athletes aged 12-15.  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.

More info... http://cp.basketballmanitoba.ca

CHURCH & SCHOOL SERVICE UPDATE: In Memory of Rick Symonds; 1958-2014

Elmwood High School will be hosting a Celebration of Rick's Life at the school, 505 Chalmers Ave in Winnipeg on Tuesday, November 18 at 2:00 pm.

The church service for Rick is scheduled for Thursday, November 20 at 7:00 pm at Cropo Funeral Chapel at 1442 Main Street.

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With great sadness, Basketball Manitoba shares the news on the passing of long time basketball coach and teacher Rick Symonds of Winnipeg.  Rick was a a teacher at Elmwood High School where he coached the varsity girls program there for number of years and also served as the convenor of the Winnipeg High School Basketball Conference.   Rick was involved with Basketball Manitoba at the Provincial Team level coaching a variety of female teams in the program in the 1990's and 2000's.  Rick was also very involved as a football coach.  We have lost one of the truly nice guys in our game.

Our sincere condolences go out to the entire Symonds family.

This page will be updated when additional information comes available.  

THIS SATURDAY: Basketball Coaches Day in Canada Set for November 22 #CBcoachday

CALL YOUR COACH ON SATURDAY AND SAY THANKS FOR COACHING! 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.

WATCH VIDEO: 2014-15 MHSAA / FIBA Rule Clarifications

The Manitoba Association of Basketball Officials has released a memo to its membership tied to the enforcement and interpretation of a number of items in the current FIBA rulebook tied to undershirts, mouth guard and athletic tape color, halftime length, no-charge semi-circle, 14-second shot clock, player disqualification and dunking. These items are tied to the high school (MHSAA) level of play in Manitoba. For the details...

Playing it Forward Celebrity Basketball Game Set for Dec 8 at 7pm at Duckworth Centre

Pulford Community Living Services has announced they will be hosting their inaugural Celebrity Basketball Fundraiser. Come down to the Playing it Forward Celebrity Fundraising Basketball game for family friendly entertainment and to support a worthy cause involving the University of Winnipeg Men & Women. The money raised will go to renovations such as widening bathroom doors, installing wall mounted sinks, etc. in order for homes to be wheelchair friendly so that people have access to all aspects of their home. At Pulford we believe that independence should be promoted starting in the home. We will provide a fun atmosphere with live music, face painting, children singing, and a heck of a basketball game!

Date: Monday December 8, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Duckworth Centre, 400 Spence Street (map below)

Pulford Community Living Services Inc., a not-for-profit community based organization, was established in November 1986 in response to the closing of a guest home that threatened to leave several people homeless. On December 1, 1986, three people moved from the guest home into their own home on Fleet Avenue, assisted by Pulford.

Since 1986, Pulford has continuously provided housing and supports to persons with a developmental disability serving over 150 people throughout the province. The supports provided by P.C.L.S. Inc. are intended to encourage and facilitate the individual's ability to live and grow in ways that the individual sees fit. “P.C.L.S. Inc. is committed to ensuring that individuals with mental disabilities served by Pulford have all the rights, responsibilities and opportunities afforded by independent community living. Pulford will proceed in this endeavor by providing appropriate support to each individual who receives support services.”

There will be a wide variety of Celebs playing, such as:

  • Glover Jackson - Former Harlem Globetrotter
  • Mike Richardson - Former Bomber Running Back
  • Chef Rob Thomas - Maple Lodge Farms
  • Rana Bokhari - Manitoba Liberal Party
  • Caroline Barghout - CTV News Winnipeg
  • Sean Quigley - Drummer Boy (You Tube )
  • JD Francis - Energy 106.1
  • Jordyn Knight - Energy 106.1
  • Frankie Hollywood - Energy 106.1
  • Ogo Okwumabua - Former Winnipeg Cyclone player and 2-time GPAC with the Bisons
  • Nicole Foster - Former contestant on Amazing Race Canada
  • Cormac Foster - Former contestant on Amazing Race Canada

Tickets are only $5.00 for anyone 6 and over!

For ticket or event information contact Angel Marcoux or Andy Russo at 204-284-2255.

THIS WEEKEND; STILL ROOM TO REGISTER: Ndinawe 4on4 Youth Basketball Tournament Announced for 14-18 Boys on Nov 22 at UW RecPlex

The Ndinawe Youth Services have announced their plans to host a 4on4 youth basketball tournament for 14-18 boys on Saturday November 22 at new University of Winnipeg RecPlex Gym.  Deadline to register is November 21 by dropping off the below registration form at 472 Selkirk Avenue.  Full details are...

NEXT MABO SENIOR CLINICS COMING FOR STEINBACH & BEAUSEJOUR: MABO Announces Fall Official Referee Clinics & Membership Details

The Manitoba Association of Basketball Officials has announced its fall 2014 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+.