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WATCH LIVE ONLINE: 2015 15U & 17U Male Nationals Tip Off Aug 3 in Halifax

WATCH LIVE ONLINE: Canada Basketball and the host Basketball Nova Scotia have released the official schedule for the 2015 15U & 17U Male National Championships.  The event will occur August 3-8, 2015 at St. Mary's University and feature the top male players at the 15U and 17U levels in Canada.  All games will be live streamed by sportscanada.tv. View the full schedules and official tournament websites at...


Manitoba Male Centre for Performance Tryouts Set for Sun Sept 13 at U of W



Centre for Performance ProgramSUNDAY SEPTEMBER 13: Basketball Manitoba is pleased to announce the try-out details for the MALE Canada Basketball / Basketball Manitoba Center for Performance training program for 2015-16.  This year the CP will have a 15U age group (eligible athletes are born 2001, 2002, and 2003). This year's tryouts will occur on Sunday, September 13 at the University of Winnipeg Duckworth Centre.

TRYOUTS COMING SOON: Basketball Manitoba Centre for Performance 15U & New 17U Female Competitive Programs Tryouts Set for Aug 15-16

TRYOUTS COMING SOON: Basketball Manitoba is excited to announce expansion of programming for the female Center for Performance program. The 2015-16 season will have both a 17U and a 15U competitive program. The 17U program is for females born 1999 and 2000, while the 15U program is for females born 2001, 2002, and 2003. Tryouts for both programs will be August 15 and 16 at Balmoral Hall School. 

Manitoba 17U Female Team Brings Home Silver Medal at National Championships


Congratulations to the 17U Female Manitoba Provincial Basketball Team in bringing home the Silver Medal at the Canada Basketball National Championships in Edmonton today!  Manitoba faced a tough Ontario squad after going 3-1 earlier in the tournament, falling 67-55.  Manitoba was led in scoring by Kyanna Giles with 17 points and 8 rebounds and Lana Mackic with 12 points.

The 2015 marked the 3rd year in a row that the 17U Female program brought home a national medal with a Gold in 2014 and Bronze in 2013.  2015 was also the first time since 2000 that both female provincial team programs medaled at the same time.  Earlier in the day, the 15U Manitoba team, defeated New Brunswick to capture the Bronze Medal.

Manitoba 15U Female Bring Home Bronze Medal With Win Over New Brunswick


Congratulations to the 15U Female Manitoba Provincial Basketball Te am with their Bronze Medal victory over New Brunswick at the Canada Basketball national Championships in Edmonton!  Manitoba held off a feisty NB team to take the 8 point win.  Manitoba was led in scoring by Niyah Becker with 15 and Lauren Bartlett with 13.  On the boards, Taylor Reynolds cleaned up with 14 rebounds including 10 offensive.

Giles, Guinto & Becker Named All-Canadians

Congratulations to Team Manitoba Members Kyanna Giles, Raizel Guinto and Niyah Becker on being named All-Canadains at the Canada Basketball National Championships in Edmonton.  From the 17U team, Kyanna was named as a 1st Team All-Canadian, Raizel as a 2nd Team All-Canadian.  15U Team Member Niyah Becker was named a 1st Team All-Canadian.


CONGRATULATIONS!!

Kyanna Giles

Manitoba 17U Female Team Returns to National Final for Second Year in a Row; Plays for Gold Wed at 7:00 pm



Earlier this evening, the Manitoba 17U Female Provincial Team finished the national semi final with a convincing win over British Columbia at the Canada Basketball National Championships in Edmonton, 76-62.  Led by Kyanna Giles' 24 points and 8 rebounds, Manitoba returns to the national final for the second year in a row to defend its title.

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The Manitoba 17Us will take on Team Ontario who defeated Saskatchewan in the other semi-final for the Gold Medal on Wednesday night (July 29) at 7:00 pm Manitoba time.

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GO TEAM TOBA!!!

Manitoba 15Us Fall to Ontario in National Semi-Final; Will Play for Bronze Wed at 12:15 pm


Earlier this evening, the Manitoba 15U Female Provincial Team faced a tough team from Ontario in the national semi final with a loss at the Canada Basketball National Championships in Edmonton, 84-43.  Manitoba's Claire Signatovich put forward 8 points and 6 rebounds in the loss to Ontario.  

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The Manitoba 15Us will take on Team New Brunswick for the Bronze Medal on Wednesday (July 29) at 12:15 pm Manitoba time.

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GO TEAM TOBA!!!

WATCH LIVE ONLINE: 2015 15U & 17U Female Nationals Tip Off July 24 in Edmonton

WATCH LIVE ONLINE: Canada Basketball and the host Basketball Alberta have released the official schedule for the 2015 15U & 17U Female National Championships.  The event will occur July 24-29, 2015 at the Saville Centre in Edmonton, AB and feature the top players at the 15U and 17U levels in Canada.  View the full schedules and official tournament websites at...


Basketball Manitoba High Performance Camps for Ages 10-12 Set for Aug 31 - Sep 4

Basketball Manitoba is pleased to announce its High Performance Camps set for ages 10-12 from August 31 to September 4.  The camps will be led by High Performance Coaches Dan Becker, Randy Kusano and Provincial Team Coaches Alyssa Grant and Jon Giesbrecht.  Full details include...

CAMPS FILLING UP: Train Ugly Basketball School Summer Camps for Ages 13-18 August 24-28

SESSION 3 IS SOLD OUT - SPACE GOING FAST! Basketball Manitoba is pleased to announce a special summer basketball camp experience for Manitoba players ages 10-18 this August with the Train Ugly Basketball Camps & High Performance Basketball Camps.

MABOref.com News: MABO Annual General Meeting Set for September 26, 2015

 The Manitoba Association of Basketball Officials have formally announced the details on their upcoming Annual General Meeting. Details include...

Date: Saturday September 26, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Sport Manitoba, Conference Room A (lower level), 145 Pacific Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba (map below)

Notice to Members of the Association:

I. Election of MABO Officers: The positions open for nomination and election on the MABO Board for 2015-2016 are President, Vice President, Provincial Supervisor, Provincial Interpreter, Secretary/Treasurer, Director of Clinics, Director of Evaluations, and Director-At-Large. All of these positions are a one-year term.

If you would like to run as an Officer on the MABO Board of Directors, or if you would like to nominate anyone for the above positions, please contact Paul Isaak <pisaak@mymts.net> or Mike Maryk <mmaryk2@shaw.ca>  by August 29 , 2015.

II. Voting Privileges: all members of MABO are entitled to attend the Annual General Meeting and are entitled to one (1) vote. A  Voting Member may not vote by proxy.

III. Quorum: Attendance by 10% of the Members at the Annual General Meeting is a quorum. Please make every effort to attend!

Meeting Agenda:
  • 1. Call to Order
  • 2. Adoption of Agenda
  • 3. Adoption of Minutes of AGM 2014
  • 4. Executive Reports:
    • a. President (D. Morphy)
    • b. Vice President (S. Hawash)
    • c. Provincial Supervisor (W. Crymble)
    • d. Provincial Interpreter (M. Bradbury)
    • e. Secretary/Treasurer (J. Pursaga)
    • f. Director of Clinics (G. Matsumoto)
    • g. Director of Evaluations (J. Boyd)
    • h. Director-At-Large (J. Bernard)
  • 5. Assignor’s Reports:
    • a. SCAC
    • b. WWAC
    • c. WINNIPEG 1
    • d. STEINBACK
    • e. PORTAGE
    • f. BRANDON
    • g. WMBA
    • h. CABO
    • i. MBOA
    • j. KPAC
  • 6. Review of Financial Statements & Independent Reviewer’s Report
  • 7. Pink Whistle Campaign Report (J. Bernard)
  • 8. MABO Camp Report (R. Kenyon and J. Boyd)
  • 9. Notice of Motion (C. Moskal)
  • 10. Approval of Revised Bylaws
  • 11. Wheel Chair Basketball Officials Report (Report to be circulated at meeting by G. Matsumoto
  • 12. Election of 2015-2016 Executive
  • 13. Other
  • 14. Motion to Adjourn

AGM DOCUMENTS (will be updated with additional information as the meeting approaches)




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REMINDER: Ballin' for Awareness CancerCare Manitoba Basketball Tournament Back for Aug 28-30, 2015

REMINDER: The Ballin' for Cancer Awareness Basketball Tournament organized by Donovan Gayle has announced that it will return for a second year on August 28-30, 2015 at the University of Winnipeg Duckworth Centre.  The inaugural event raised $3000 for CancerCare Manitoba and year 2 is hoping to double that figure!  The 2015 event will feature 8 senior men's teams plus a newly added women's division of 4-8 teams.

100% of all team fees will be donated directly to the cause with the venue being graciously donated by the University of Winnipeg and all MABO referees volunteering their time to work the games.  Basketball Manitoba was able to insure all participants for the weekend and aided with promotional and operations support.


Donations to CancerCare Manitoba will be accepted at the door plus the Canadian Blood Services will be on site educating people about the need for blood donations.
Basketball Manitoba's Adam Wedlake (left) along with
Donovan Gayle (right) present the $3000 to CancerCare Manitoba 

Donovan's Story

Donovan Gayle’s life took a turn on June 9, 2013, that the former BU Bobcats player and assistant coach never expected.  Gayle, who was born in Jamaica and moved to Canada at the age of 16, found some blood in his saliva as he was finishing up playing a pick-up game of basketball. After going to a walk-in clinic the next day, the doctor said that it wasn't a chest infection, and that he should go to the emergency room to have some tests run. The tests resulted in Donovan being diagnosed with leukemia.

When the doctor told him the news, Gayle says that he couldn't believe it. “I was like, ‘How is that possible? I’m a 32-year-old guy, very active, I don’t smoke, I don’t drink.”

After another blood test in Winnipeg came back with the same result – acute leukemia, which requires aggressive treatment – Donovan stayed in the hospital for a month in order to start chemotherapy treatment immediately.  After leaving the hospital, another test was performed. It found that the cancer was not in remission, and he had to continue treatment at an out-patient clinic. Future rounds of treatment went much better, with little to no negative symptoms, allowing more treatments to be done in relatively rapid succession.

He was also told that he would require a bone marrow transplant. The first person they tested for a match was his sister. Fortunately, she was a match, saving Donovan from having to rely on the national blood bank. “Thank god for that,” he praises.

As an appreciation for all the support that he received while battling the disease.

2015 Ballin' for Cancer Awareness Basketball Tournament  
  • Dates: Friday August 28, Saturday August 29 and Sunday August 30, 2015
  • Times: Friday, 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Location:  University of Winnipeg Duckworth Centre - 400 Spence Street (see map below)
  • Admission: Donations to CancerCare Manitoba will be accepted at the door as admission to the tournament
Ages 18+ men's and women's teams interested in participating in the 2015 event can contact Donovan directly at...

Donovan Gayle
(204) 979-2410
deebo_21770@hotmail.com

For more information on CancerCare Manitoba, please contact

Bob Jones, VP Marketing and Communications
CancerCare Manitoba Foundation
Direct: 204-787-1377
Bob.Jones@cancercare.mb.ca


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Hot Shots Basketball Club Hosting Tryouts for Players Born 2003-2006

The HOT SHOTS Basketball Club has announced details for their upcoming 2015-2016 season.  They will be hosting a 2 day tryout at Red River College (2055 Notre Dame Ave) on Aug 15-16 from 9:30am to 11:30am on both days.  Parking is free and entrance is located on the Northwest Side of the building.  Tryouts are $10 per player (cash only) for the entire weekend to cover the cost of the gym time.  Players are asked to arrive 15 minutes early for registration purposes.

UPDATED: Edge Elite Basketball Club Hosting Tryouts August 19-20 for 12U/15U Boys & 13U/17U Girls

UPDATED:  The Edge Elite Basketball Club has announced details on its club tryouts for the 2015-16 season. Tryouts will occur on August 19 & 20, 2015. Teams will be offered at the following ages...

Manitoba Magic Announce Tryouts for 2015-16 Season for Players Born 2002 to 2006

The Manitoba Magic Basketball Club have announced details on its upcoming basketball tryouts for the 2015-16 season.  The program will offer teams for boys and girls born 2002 to 2006.  Full details are...

Lauren Anderson to Suit Up for Bobcats in 2015-16

The recruiting class for the Brandon University women's basketball team for the 2015-2016 Canada West season now stands at three with the addition of Lauren Anderson.

The 6-foot-2 post played her freshman year with her hometown Winnipeg Wesmen in 2012-2013 where she finished second in team scoring, averaging 10.0 points per-game and adding 4.0 rebounds per-contest.
 
The former Westwood Warrior standout and provincial team member also hit 63 of her 77 free throw attempts for a .818 percentage, good for fifth in the conference in that category that year.
 
"My first season here at BU, we played Lauren and at 6-foot-2 she was a handful. She has a great understanding of the game; a great touch and can do different things," said Brandon head coach Novell Thomas. "She's a seasoned player and two years ago I nominated her to the Canada West all-rookie team. She'll give us depth and experience at the post position along with rebounding and scoring."
 
Anderson joins Brandon high school standout Desirae Peiffer and American Keisha Cox as newcomers to the women's basketball team for this fall.
 
Anderson is enrolled in the physical education studies program, with the long-term goal of becoming a teacher.
 
"I'm very excited to be part of the women's basketball team," said Anderson. "After meeting coach Thomas and seeing how he is building his program, I really feel that playing at BU not only gives me the opportunity to play CIS basketball again, but also to be a part of a great program."


3 Myths that are Destroying the Youth Sports Experience for our Kids


In youth sports, there are a number of factors that can impact a child’s experience that are outside of their control. To be specific, the role of parents and coaches and how they approach youth sports can be very influential, often  making the difference between a frustrating and enjoyable experience. In this article, John focuses on debunking three myths that are present in today’s world of youth sports, explaining how they can negatively impact a child’s development, and why parents and coaches should look to avoid them.

By: John O’Sullivan

Every year, I travel throughout the US, Canada, Asia and Europe, and give well over 100 presentations to parents and coaches. I speak to tens of thousands of people about youth sports, coaching, and athlete development. Every time I do a live event, I get asked the following question:

“If you are presenting all this science based evidence about how to raise happy, healthy and high-performing athletes, why don’t most coaches, clubs, schools and parents follow these protocols? Why do I see the exact opposite happening”

What a great question!

So many parents I meet are extremely frustrated these days, because youth sports has changed so much since their childhood. There are no longer seasons, just year-long commitments for kids. The costs and travel distances have gone through the roof. And the pressure on parents to keep up with the Jones’s has become astronomical.

Many parents are simply trying to sort out the myths and facts of athlete development. They are told what to do by other parents and coaches if they want their children to have success in sports. Yet the path that so many children are following, and in many cases are forced to follow, is not the best path to develop as an athlete, nor as a human being.


Sadly, there is a lot of misinformation out there. There is a lot of ignorance of the facts. In my opinion, this is driven by three pervasive youth sports myths.


The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic,” said John F. Kennedy. These three myths are incredibly persistent, very persuasive, and most troubling, they are damaging the very people they are intended to develop, our young athletes.
Myth #1, “The Tiger Woods/10,000 Hour Myth:” 
Your child must specialize as early as possible if he or she wants to play college or pro sports
We have all heard misinformation from a coach or parent telling your child he/she needs 10,000 hours of deliberate practice as soon as possible. I have written about specialization many times on this blog, and in this book, and yet every time I present these statistics people are skeptical, because this myth is so pervasive and convincing.

The problem with this myth is that it ignores many components of athletic development beyond practice that determine athletic performance, namely genetics, coaching, enjoyment, and intrinsic motivation.

Outside of female gymnastics, figure skating, and diving, there are no definitive studies that directly tie early specialization to greater chance of long-term, high-level success. The number of pro athletes, Olympians and top coaches that tie high-level success to an early, multi-sport background, however, is very high. This does not mean top players did not play a lot of hockey, or soccer, or basketball, just that they did other things as well, and started putting in their dedicated training hours in their middle teenage years.

There are a lot of studies tying early specialization to higher injury rates (see this article and Dr. James Andrews book Any Given Monday), higher burnout and drop out rates, as well as psychological and identity issues. High-level sport performance experts such as Tony Strudwick from Manchester United FC, football coaches such as Urban Meyer, and others stress the importance of multi-sport backgrounds to develop overall athleticism, decrease injury rates, and increase internal motivation.

Talent development programs in professional and college sports are no longer looking at simply what level an athlete plays at, but what got him or her there. They don’t want a finished product, and oftentimes early specialists are at their peak of development, while multi-sport athletes have a bigger upside. Given the choice, they want upside over current performance.

In other words, instead of Tiger Woods, raise a Steve Nash or a Jordan Spieth.
Myth #2 “The 9 Year Old National Champion Myth:” 
We need to win as soon as possible, as often as possible, travel as far as we need to get games, and only pick and play the kids who help us do that.
Winning is not bad; it’s not some evil thing to be avoided at all costs. Quite the contrary. Kids like winning. They understand they need to try and score, and prevent the other team from scoring. They understand they need to try their best.

What they do not understand is how winning could be more important than simply being out there playing. What they don’t understand how winning could be more important than following the rules.

And what they will never understand, especially prior to high school age, is that the result of this game is more important then getting the opportunity to play.

In my travels, every time I bring this up the naysayers jump on me and say, “he is the non-competition guy.” Wrong! I love competitive sports, and I hate participation trophies. I have coached competitive athletes my whole life, many of whom went on the become college and pro players. This myth does not produce better, more competitive athletes. It turns youth sports to an outcome focused enterprise, and puts way too much pressure to not make mistakes and try new things on young athletes trying to learn a sport. It produces bitter athletes who quit, and excludes far too many potentially top performers because of birth month and developmental age.

The downward creep of select teams is pervasive, and again, quite convincing at first glance. It’s not hard to find communities that make cuts, pick A and B teams, and start travelling long distances to find “competition” at ages as young as 6 and 7 years old. If I get the best players, exclude others, coach them and only play them in outcome focused events against other top players they will develop faster, right? How could this be bad?

Its wrong because if you are all about winning and cuts prior to puberty, you are selecting the kids who are very likely born within 3-4 months of your calendar cutoff for your age group, and are physically advanced compared to their peers. You are potentially cutting the top player at age 18 because he is young, and has not yet physically matured. You are selecting early maturing kids, not identifying talent. You are focusing on outcomes, not the process of getting better.

The things that often allow kids to win at young ages (height, speed, strength) won’t serve them in later years unless they also develop technique, tactics, and the ability to think for themselves, three things that often go out the window in win at all costs youth sports.

Prior to age 12 is a time for kid to sample many sports, not be forced into choosing one. It is a time to develop as many players as possible, not a select few. It’s a time to make mistakes in a learning environment, not only focus on winning in an outcome environment. Kids must learn to love with the game, play for fun, own the experience, and develop the intrinsic motivation to improve. That is the path to long term success.

When winning is the priority prior to high school, then you are choosing short term success over long term development. This is not to say that you cannot properly develop players and win at the same time, but if given the choice, if you are truly concerned about your athlete’s long term sporting future, then choose development.
Myth #3, “Youth Sports is an Investment in a Scholarship:” 
If my kid specializes, gets on the winning team as early as possible, and I invest in long distance travel, private lessons, and the best gear, I will recoup this investment when college rolls around.
Youth sports is an investment in many things, such as character development, athletic improvement, and becoming a healthy, well rounded human being. It is not, however, an investment in a future scholarship.

This myth has been perpetuated by sporting goods companies, beverage makers, and some professional coaches looking to make a few extra bucks. A look at the numbers demonstrates that scholarships and pro contracts are reserved for an elite few athletes whose time, effort, and dedication, combined with their talent and a good dose of luck, led them to the higher ground. Less than 3% of all high school athletes play their sport in college. Only 1 in 10,000 high school athletes gets a partial athletic scholarship. The average award is $11,000 per year. Yet a huge number of parents THINK their kid is going to get a sports scholarship.

For the majority of athletes, there is not a scholarship to be had, at least on the playing field. Academic scholarship dollars far outweigh sports aid. Sports is not a financial investment. I am not saying that your child should not aspire to get one, or to play at the next level, but having a goal of excellence in sport is far better than having a goal of “get a scholarship.”

These three myths are very convincing at first glance, very persuasive to many parents who want only the best for their kids, and very unrealistic. Sadly, in far too many communities they have become the status quo. It is very difficult to convince people that this path is less likely to help your child become a better athlete, and far less likely to help him or her develop as a human being. These three myths are killing youth sports, damaging our kids, and making athletics a toxic environment for far too many children.

The best way to help your child succeed is not only to recognize the common mythology surrounding youth sports, but to overcome it by sharing this message with others who think like you do. This article is filled with links to other articles and research pieces, so even the skeptics can go straight to the source.

Find the parents who love their kids and want to help them get ahead, and share this article via email, Facebook, Twitter, you name it. Find other parents struggling to fight through these myths, those who are made to think “Am I a good enough parent if I don’t have my kid specialize, or hire a private coach, or pay for travel sports when my kid is in 2nd grade?” Share this with them!

Let’s overcome these myths!

Let’s put the play back in playing youth sports.

Let’s change the game, and make it a far better one. That is within our reach. You can do your part simply by sharing this right now!

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

Providence University Announces Summer Basketball Camp Details for 2015

Providence University has announced details on its upcoming summer basketball camps at its Otterburne, MB campus.  The basketball sessions will run...






Senior High Basketball Camp - going into grade 9 (age 14) to going into grade 12 (age 17)
August 17-21, 2015

ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT: Jon Giesbrecht's Elite Skills Academy Camp - August 20-21 for Males & Females Ages 13-18

ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT: Coach Jon Giesbrecht of Winnipeg has announced he will be hosting an Elite Skills Academy Camp for male and female players ages 13-18 on August 20th & 21st.   August 20th will be a half day 1pm to 4pm and August 21st will be a full day 9:30am to 3:30pm (With lunch break from 12pm to 1pm). Cost to attend is $75. Full information includes…

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