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THIS WEEKEND: Manitoba Provincial Team Tryouts Set for May 22-24, 2015

THIS WEEKEND: 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.

Why You Should Attend the Manitoba Provincial Team Tryouts

By Stephen Tackie, Manitoba 16U Provincial Team Male Coach

On behalf of the Manitoba provincial team coaches, I wanted to take this opportunity connect with all ball players thinking about trying out for the Provincial team this year. I want to encourage and congratulate you for deciding to challenge yourself as a basketball player and as a competitor. I would like to let you know how much you are respected for having the courage to step up and try out. I would also like to share with you that I believe that striving to represent your province at the highest level of basketball that you can is a key piece to helping you reach many basketball goals and aspirations.

We are ready to put out the best team to battle the rest of Canada. It is awesome to see that Manitoba is quickly becoming the top province in developing next level (National team, CIS, NCAA, Professional) players. Playing on the Manitoba Provincial team is your way, your opportunity to tap into our country's best kept secret. If you are serious about your love, passion and determination to excel at basketball and you are ready to have your game and competitive spirit positively influenced in an unmatched way, DO NOT MISS THESE TRY-OUTS.

Provincial Team basketball is something far more special than many think. Provincial Team Basketball is about proving to the rest of our country that Manitoba is a powerhouse in this game that we love. It is about demanding respect for the recruiters and coaches from across the country and those south of the boarder saying that its time to take notice and give opportunity to the players in Manitoba. It is about celebrating, with the whole basketball community of Manitoba, an experience that unites us and makes basketball here at home stronger and stronger.

Try outs take place this weekend. Don't miss the opportunity. Come ready - come fired up!

- Coach Tackie  


Manitoba Provincial Team Full Coaching Staffs Announced

Basketball Manitoba is very pleased to announce its full Provincial Team Program coaching line up for the summer of 2015.  This summer, the program will feature a total of 6 teams including the male & female 17U, 16U and 15U teams.  The full coaching staffs of the 6 male & female programs are...

Hoops from the Heart Basketball Fundraising Event Wraps Up

The 7th Annual Hoops From The Heart Basketball games were played on Wednesday May 20th at the University of Winnipeg’s Duckworth Centre, and once again a combined University of Manitoba / University of Winnipeg men’s team took on an All Star Veterans Team of some of the best players from Manitoba! This exciting game was followed by a traditional women’s game featuring the University of Manitoba facing off against the University of Winnipeg.

“Thanks once again to the great sponsors, dedicated volunteers, enthusiastic athletes and generous referees this year who helped us make this a reality with their contributions”, said Dr Grant Pierce. “The real winners were the inner city kids who not only enjoyed the evening but will wear their Hoops T shirt proudly and enjoy the basketballs for a long time into the future as well!”

Proceeds from Hoops From the Heart benefit the Basketballs for Inner City Kids project and cardiac research at St. Boniface Hospital. It is hoped to raise additional money that will be used for an University Scholarship to help an inner city kid play basketball at the U of W and U of M for their men’s or women’s teams. An official Phoenix Suns jersey signed by future Hall of Famer Steve Nash (valued at over $500) was donated in support of this cause. A recap of this year’s event can be seen in the video below. To offer your support for the event or to make a donation please contact Grant Pierce at GPierce@sbrc.ca.

New Canada West Basketball Format Starting In 2016-2017

The Canada West Universities Athletic Association has approved a change to its men's and women's basketball format, following the conference's annual general meeting held last week in Brandon, Manitoba.  Beginning with the 2016-17 season, the 17 Canada West basketball schools will play in a single conference, featuring a 20-game regular season schedule. Each team will play four geographical, or historical opponents every year, with games against six of the remaining 12 opponents every other year. Over a four-year rotation in the schedule, each team will play every team in the conference at least twice, and will visit every gym in Canada West at least once.

Our Unhealthy Obsession with Childhood Athletic Achievement

winning, coaching, parents and youth sportsIn today’s fast-paced world of youth sports, it is important to remember what needs to be prioritized so the children participating have the best chance to improve their skills and abilities while enjoying themselves at the same time. A major issue impacting children in youth sport is the obsession some parents and coaches have with winning. Although a large number of adults involved are supportive, those with their eyes set on winning can negatively impact everyone participating. In this article, John identifies the issues that influence our obsession with winning in youth sport, while also providing a number of ways in which we can shift towards a larger emphasis on skill development and having fun!

By: John O’Sullivan

From the Little League World Series to American Idol, we have an unhealthy obsession with “discovering” the next generation of great youth talent in this country. This is especially true when it comes to sports.

I am not saying it is bad to identify talent. Our problem lies in how we define talent at the youngest ages, how and when we select it, and what we do with our newly discovered “talent.” Unfortunately, our current system often de-emphasizes all the things that might one day allow true talent to shine, and successful young athletes to become elite adult competitors.

Our first problem lies in how we define talent. We sort our youth sports system chronologically, based upon arbitrary calendar cutoffs. As a result, when we start selecting all stars at ages 7 and up, research has shown that most kids selected are born within three months of the calendar cutoff date. In other words, we are selecting kids who are older and more physically mature, who can run faster, jump higher, and do all the athletic things a little bit better then the younger kids because of their relative age. The “talent” has very little to do with sport specific skill, and far more to do with age and physical maturity.

As an example, an 8 year old born in January, playing a sport that has a January 1 cutoff date, is 12% older than a kid born in December of the same year, even though they are in the same age group. This is a massive difference. These kids may be chronologically the same age according to their sports league, but often they are developmentally light years apart. Who gets picked? The research of Canadian psychologist Roger Barnsley on junior hockey players shows us that in this scenario the children born January through March are five times more likely to be selected than those born in November or December! We are not identifying talent; we are identifying relative age.

The second issue is how and when we select talent. We have a downward creep in our country, meaning every time we decide to start having tryouts at one age, we begin to organize kids a year younger. If we have tryouts at U11, then we start collecting and culling the U10s. Pretty soon, we say “why not just start tryouts at U10,” and then start sorting the U9s. We start making cuts at increasingly younger ages, and tell a slew of kids that they are not talented by cutting them from the select team. As mentioned above, the greatest predictor of whether a child will make the team or not at these young ages is his of her month of birth!

To make it even worse, often this cutting is not done by highly trained, independent evaluators, but by moms and dads who are coaching, and have a child in the player pool. You think they are going to cut their own kid? And even when we have qualified talent evaluators, again, we are excluding far too many potential players at a time when the biggest difference between two kids might be their relative age and a few months additional coaching. Finally, let’s be honest and admit that we are selecting athletes who are likely to help us win now, with little regard to who might be the better player years from now.

This leads us to the third issue, the over-emphasis of winning with our newly discovered elite athletes. After selecting our “talented’ kids, we then funnel a select few into systems with better resources, better coaching, and better competition, and exclude others. We travel further and further for games, start measuring development by wins and losses. Once this is established, coaches inevitably play the kids who are going to help them win.

Let’s take a soccer coach who has fourteen families of 10 year olds paying $1000 plus per year for training as an example. If he wants to keep his job at most clubs, he better beat the local town team with the volunteer coach, or the neighboring club that only charges $400 in fees. But what if the other team has a man-child forward who can run by everyone, a man-child defender or goal keeper who can kick it over everyone’s head, and a coach who screams at everyone to kick it long? The coach trying to teach his players to actually play soccer, to pass it around the back, to use skill instead of athleticism, will likely lose this game if he does not possess his own ultra-fast growing man-children. If he has them, in order to get a result he benches his smaller kids because “they cannot compete’ with the big kids that day, and thus he keeps happy the parents of the 10 or so more athletically developed kids. Or, he plays everyone, loses, and deals with the grumbling parents who cannot understand why they pay so much to lose. Never mind the fact that if the coach is developing his players correctly, his team will win that same game 10 times out of 10 in a few years when athleticism is equal, and technique matters more. We ignore that. We have stopped thinking long term.
This is problematic because at these youngest ages, sports is supposed to be about providing enjoyable activities for children, AND prioritizing the development of future players over the performance of current ones. As noted speaker, author and former NBA player Bob Bigelow says, ‘All 6th grade basketball players stink. The best player stinks, and the rest just stink worse, but they all stink.” What he means is that aggrandizing young players who cannot adequately shoot, pass, dribble or defend is incredibly short sighted. Selecting all star teams and cutting kids prior to puberty does not identify the players with the most future potential; it identifies the players that are often a little older, a little more physically mature, and perhaps have a bit more skill then the ones you cut.

This can be psychologically damaging as well. Many young athletes often identify their worth in the eyes of their parents, coaches and peers in terms of sports achievement. “Johnny the great soccer player,” or “Mary the best swimmer” learn to tie their identity to their athletic success. This is great until everyone else grows, the physical differences disappear, and athletes realize that you actually need skill and desire to be successful. Many young stars never learned to work hard, never faced adversity or a challenge for their spot on the team, and never developed the proper techniques needed to succeed at the adult version of their game. They were the star; now they can no longer compete.  It’s psychologically traumatic for a 12 year old whose name was called on ESPN Sportscenter to get cut from the high school varsity, and replaced by the kid who got cut from his little league team, but it happens. And once they stop succeeding in sport, their self esteem and worth plummets.

If we want to develop athletes for the long run, we need to make some changes. We have to get away from our ESPN “Little League World Series” culture that is hurting more kids than it is helping. Here are a few thoughts on how to do this:

1. We need to stop trying to identify future talent so young. We have to stop cutting kids at U9-12, and thus give larger numbers of athletes’ access to trained coaching, facilities and resources. We have to allow them to develop at their own pace. We need in house, academy style programs at youth sports clubs at least through U12, developing large numbers of players, emphasizing training over games, and focusing on local, small sided competition instead of travel ball.

2. We must stop focusing on winning, rankings, etc for our teams prior to high school. We need parents who demand that coaches develop their kids, and coaches who demand that they be allowed to develop them appropriately. It is time for youth sports organizations to take a stand, to say ‘the customer is NOT always right” and do right by the kids and not the parents. Very few are doing this right now, because there is always competitor willing to focus on wins and attract families who do not know any better.

3. After their growth spurt, from middle school through high school, we can start selecting out the truly talented, dedicated, and elite athletes, as age becomes less of a factor. By doing this, we can get rid of our detrimental system that identifies players far too young, for the wrong things, one that funnels many kids out of the proper development system, and funnels the better ones into high pressure, win at all costs clubs that injures or burns out most of them by high school.

Our current system is killing our young athletes’ enthusiasm and love of sports. Our identification and celebration of success at a young age, with its accompanying creature comforts and media exposure, has created a legion of doting fans of pre-pubescent athletes, before those kids have actually accomplished anything at all in sports. These young “stars” burn brightly, and then often burn out before high school.

And what of the players who might truly have talent but grew later than their peers, the ones who could take their place and become elite high school, college, and perhaps even professional players? Well, we cut them years ago, because they weren’t good enough to help us win the statewide U10 “Ultra Awesome Super Duper Cup Championship” that we trained all year for.

We can do better!

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

THIS SATURDAY: Vickery, Guss & Whyte Lead Class of '15 High School Hall of Fame

THIS SATURDAY: The Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association has announced its Hall of Fame Class of 2015.  The awards will be presented at an induction lunch on Saturday May 23 at Holiday Inn South on Pembina Highway.  Athletes to be inducted include Bryon Goodwin of Grant Park High School (Track), Scott Koskie of Dakota Collegiate (Volleyball, Basketball Track, Curling and Soccer), Jill Mathez of Glenlawn Collegiate (Golf, Field Hockey, Track, Volleyball and Basketball), Linda Puttaert (nee James) of Dakota Collegiate (Cross Country, Volleyball, Basketball, Track and Field) and Joey Vickery of Westwood Collegiate (Basketball) and Israel Idonije of Vincent Massey High School in Brandon (Football).

Builders to be inducted include Dave Guss of Westwood Collegiate (Basketball), Duane Whyte of Swan Valley Regional (Basketball) and Brian Dobie of Churchill High School (Football).

The Teams which will be inducted are the Provincial Champion basketball squad from Sisler High School in 1958 and 1960.  The 1958 team was coached by basketball legend Vic Pruden and had former City Councillor Ken Galanchuk on the team, while the 1960 squad had former Premier Gary Filmon as a member.

Athlete Bio:

Joey Vickery – Westwood Collegiate graduating 1985.   Joey led Westwood to a Provincial Championship in 1984, and was a Provincial All Star.  The Warriors were Provincial Finalist in 1985, where he was the selected as  M.V.P.  He then played at the University of Winnipeg 1986, 1987, and the Brandon University in 1989, 1990, and 1991. Brandon won the National Championship in 1989 and Joey was the tournament MVP. He was a championship tournament all-star in 1990 and a first team All Canadian in 1987, 1990, and 1991. He was a Great Plains Conference All Star in 1987, 1989, 1990, and 1991. Joey was a part of Canada’s National team that played at the world championships in Toronto in 1994 and Athens 1996 and the World University Games in Sheffield, England in 1992 and Duisburg, Germany in 1996. Joey has been playing in Europe the past number of years for various clubs in Lithuania, Spain, Austria, Sweden and back in Austria since 2005. Sixth man of the year last season for Traiskirshen in Austria, Joey is now retired from his playing career.

ROSTERS: ANNOUNCED: 7th Annual Hoops from the Heart Games Back May 20 at Duckworth Centre

ROSTERS ANNOUNCED:  The 7th Annual Hoops From The Heart Basketball is back! What is it? Watch the best basketball players in Manitoba! When is it? Wednesday evening May 20th.  Where is it? University of Winnipeg’s Duckworth Centre.  Why do it? Your attendance helps support 150 inner city kids to watch the games, receive a meal, get a free 2015 Hoops From The Heart T-shirt and their own basketball to take home.

Sport Manitoba Names Phase Two of Sport for Life Centre the "Qualico Training Centre"

Today, Qualico gave generously to Sport Manitoba’s Canada Games Sport for Life Centre Capital Campaign. Sport Manitoba honoured that generosity by naming Phase Two of the Canada Games Sport for Life Centre the Qualico Training Centre.  Qualico is one of the largest fully integrated, privately-owned real estate companies in Western Canada.

The Qualico Training Centre is a 120,000 square foot addition to the Canada Games Sport for Life Centre and is a key legacy project for the 2017 Canada Summer Games. Construction of the Qualico Training Centre is scheduled to begin later this summer.

“We are tremendously grateful for Qualico’s support of our capital campaign,” said Paul Robson, Co-Chair Canada Games Sport for Life Centre Capital Campaign.  “Qualico’s generosity will create significant lasting impacts as we continue to positively build our communities and neighborhoods through sport. While our private capital campaign has been successful, additional support is still required.”

"Qualico is committed to supporting the services and facilities that assist in improving the quality of lives in our neighbourhoods and applaud those with the vision for this wonderful facility. We are also committed to the redevelopment of the downtown area of Winnipeg as you can see with our residential projects in the Exchange area, so we share a common goal for this project,” said Kevin Van, Vice President of Qualico.

“The Qualico Training Centre will host community programming for more than 100,000 kids, youth and adults every year,” said Jeff Hnatiuk, President & CEO, Sport Manitoba.  “Helping these kids to learn, grow and be active for life. It ensures everyone, from our littles kids to our high performance athletes, can participate in sport and benefit from all that it offers – on the field and in life.”


Qualico is a fully integrated real estate development company with its Head Office in Winnipeg and operations in Regina, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Austin Texas. Since its inception in Winnipeg in 1950, the company has expanded to encompass single-family homes, multi-family homes, land development, property management and commercial development. While Qualico has continued to evolve as a company its commitment to community, good corporate citizenship and excellence in value in design and construction remain unchanged.

Sport Manitoba is a not for profit organization and the lead planning, programming and funding agency for the development of amateur sport in Manitoba. Located in the Sport for Life Centre, Sport Manitoba partners with over 100 organizations to deliver sport in our province and is responsible for programs including the Power Smart Manitoba Games, Coaching Manitoba, Team Manitoba, Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, Fit Kids Healthy Kids and KidSport. Services provided include the Sport Medicine Centre, Sport Performance Centre, and Sport Resource Centre.

Source: http://www.sportmanitoba.ca/news_view.php?id=1230

Negativity and Your Child’s Brain: How to Help Kids Stay Positive

In order for today’s youth to understand the importance of living an active lifestyle through sport participation, parents and coaches must discover new and innovative ways to show children the impact sport can have on their life. Many believe that in order to instill these values, each and every child must have a positive outlook on sport participation. This article aims to provide parents and coaches with a better understanding regarding the impact negativity can have, as well as provide techniques that can be utilized to emphasize positive thinking.

By: Marilyn Price-Mitchell

How does negativity affect your child’s healthy development? It’s likely no surprise to learn that all of us have inner voices, private conversations we have with ourselves. Neuroscientists have discovered that those voices are naturally more negative than positive in tone. Unfortunately, children’s inner voices are particularly negative, usually driven by doubt, fear, and shame.
For example, a child might wonder, “Does Brian like me? Of course he doesn’t. I’m not smart enough.” Another might think, “I’d like to hang with that group. But they’d never accept me. I like rap and they listen to rock.” These kinds of negative thoughts get repeated over and over again on a daily basis.

Think about how many times children and teens hear the word “no” or experience negativity in their families or classrooms. This exposure to negativism is like second-hand smoke. According to neuroscientists, it produces stress chemicals in the brain. When combined with a child’s natural negative inner voice, this bundle of negativity can lead to poor mental health.
While negativity is a natural part of children’s genetic makeup, the good news is that parents, mentors, and teachers can help change the balance toward the positive. By paying attention to how we communicate and understanding how children become positive thinkers, we can improve outcomes for kids.

When I first met my husband Richard in the late 1970’s, he proudly displayed the personalized license plate “YEESSS” on his Triumph sports car.  When I asked him about it, he quickly replied, “It helps me remember to think positively – to say yes instead of no. I’m much happier when I say, “YEESSS” to life.”

As I think back on that conversation, I feel Richard was wise beyond his years. He already understood what it has taken neuroscientists years to discover – that negativity is linked to increased stress and unhappiness and that positive words make a difference! Those positive words translate into optimism, belief in self, and hope in the future.
Neuroscience on Negativity
Neuroscientist Andrew Newberg, M.D. and Prof. Mark Robert Waldman, authors of the book Words Can Change Your Brain, show how negativity and stress are related.  For example, with just one flash of the word “no,” our brains release dozens of stress-producing hormones and neurotransmitters that create havoc with our normal functioning.
When we speak negative thoughts, whether they are about illness, fear, worry, disapproval, or even a simple “no,” additional stress chemicals are released. And this doesn’t stop with our brains. The brains of those within earshot are changed too, causing anxiety and irritability in our listeners. As a result, trust and cooperation between people is undermined. And if not rectified, negativity can destroy family relationships and cause emotional harm.
The Power of Positivity
Barbara Fredrickson, a pioneer in the positive psychology movement, discovered how positive thoughts affect the brain. In her book, Positivity: Groundbreaking Research Reveals How to Embrace the Hidden Strength of Positive Emotions, Overcome Negativity, and Thrive, Fredrickson shows how to overcome our bias toward negativity by developing a 3:1 ratio of positive to negative thoughts.
When we achieve this better balance, we are more likely to find ourselves in caring relationships and productive work situations. And by nurturing the ability to obtain this balance in our children, we are encouraging resilience – a powerful skill for a successful life.
So how do we help kids achieve the optimum balance between negativity and positivity? How do we help them become positive thinkers?
Practices that Help Children Think Positively
Research suggests three ways to increase positive thinking in children:

1. Learn How to Have a Great Day
Taking time to be with family and friends and doing the things you enjoy helps deepen relationships. Encourage children to design a day with you or someone close to them that would make both people happy. At the end of the day, help them savor their positive experiences by reflecting on the things they most enjoyed.

2. Develop Their Best Selves
When children imagine themselves at their best, their confidence increases. We help children become their best selves by showing interest in them and the kind of young people they want to become. Especially at times when children feel good about themselves, help them recapture their thoughts and feelings. What feels good to them? Tell them what you noticed about them. Another aspect in developing best selves is by children becoming self-aware. Self-awareness allows children to see themselves as uniquely different from other people. They will come to know their own minds, feelings, bodies, and sensations, which leads to better emotional health and a positive outlook.

3. Foster Gratitude
When children learn to recognize and appreciate the good things in life, they develop satisfaction and a sense of optimism. In The Transformative Power of Gratitude, I outline five ways to nurture gratitude in homes and classrooms, including helping kids focus on the present moment and fostering their imagination. And when children are inspired to speak their gratitude aloud, it becomes even more powerful and transformative.

Positivity vs Negativity
Core Communication Principles that Nurture Positivity
1. Slow Down
Adults play a big role in how children perceive and respond to negativity. When communicating with children, research shows that by slowing down your speech you will produce calm feelings, particularly with children who may feel anxious or angry. Speaking slowly also deepens people’s connections, allowing them to better understand each another.

2. Think About Your Words
Say “yes” whenever possible. If you can’t say “yes,” re-frame your response to invite positive conversation. For example, if Susie asks to extend her curfew until 3AM, you might be tempted to say, “Absolutely not!” But instead of a quick, negative response, try asking a question to invite conversation on the topic. You might ask Susie, “If you were the mother, what would convince you to allow your daughter to be out that late?” You may or may not end up changing your mind, but you will engage Susie in meaningful conversation that will help her understand your decision-making process. And you’ll spare Susie’s brain and your own from some stress-producing hormones!

3. Lighten up your voice
Yelling and arguing produces harmful chemicals in the brain. If you feel frustrated with your child, take a deep breath and try to relax before engaging in conversation. Good eye contact and a warm tone in your voice send positive signals to the brain. Words and delivery are equally important when parents are engaged in conversations in front of children.
And, of course, one of the best ways to encourage our kids to become positive thinkers is by modeling it ourselves. So try to find the cup half full and the silver in the lining. Be on the lookout for the bright side – and any other positive phrase you can think of! Your kids will do the same.
Photo Credit: Otnaydur

Source: Steve Nash Youth Basketball Blog http://ift.tt/1Ba3pMV

Provincial Team Parent Support Seminar Offered by Sport Manitoba June 2

Are you looking for the best possible way to support your child as they head to the Canada Basketball National Championships or Western Canada Summer Games this year?  Come listen to those who have been there and experts who have helped athletes achieve excellence.

Edge Basketball Club Camps Set for July & Aug for Boys & Girls Ages 10-15

The Edge Basketball Club has announced it will be hosting a series of summer basketball camps for boys & girls ages 10-15 in Winnipeg this July & August.  Details include...

Bison Women’s Basketball Ink Addison Martin and Cara Neufeld for 2015-16 season

The Bison women's basketball program continues to add to their incoming recruiting class with second year head coach Michele Hynes announcing the commitment of Addison Martin and Cara Neufeld.

Martin, a 5'9" forward, completed her high school career at Glenlawn Collegiate. The team captain averaged 23 points per game, 12 rebounds per game, 4 steals per game and 3 assists per game. She also played in the MHSAA Graduating All Star game.

Martin is "very excited to have the opportunity to play basketball with the University of Manitoba Bisons. I feel that my basketball and academic potential will be fully achieved during my time here and I will grow not only as a student athlete, but also as a person."
Neufled, Hynes and Martin after Next Level all-star game

Neufeld completed her high school career at Linden Christian. The 6'0" forward, a co-captain, led her team to the AAA Provincial Championships and was selected as a tournament All-Star. She was also a part of the Manitoba Provincial team that won the 17U National Championship last summer.

Neufeld said, "I couldn't have gotten to where I am without the people in my life supporting me and the great coaches I've been able to work with. This is an amazing opportunity and I'm really looking forward to being a part of this team."

"We welcome Addison and Cara to our Bison family," Hynes said. "They have had outstanding high school careers along with their Provincial team experience. They bring a new excitement to the offensive end of the floor and athleticism that has them eager to become great defenders. We are getting excited to see Addison and Cara hit the floor next season with our returning players."

Source: http://gobisons.ca/news/2015/5/14/WBB_0514151534.aspx

MABOref.com News: CABO Post Play Newsletter - May 2015

CABO has released the May 2015 edition of its Post Play newsletter.  Find them below at...


Bison Men's Basketball Sign Former Can-West Rookie of the Year Ilarion Bonhomme

University of Manitoba Bison men's basketball coach Kirby Schepp has announced another key recruit for 2015.  6'0 Point Guard Ilarion Bonhomme has committed to the Bisons for the 2015-16 season.  Ilarion was a standout point guard at Brandon University for 3 seasons. In 2011-12 season Ilarion was named the Canada West Rookie of the Year and was named to the CIS All-Rookie team. He was also awarded the "Student Athlete" Award while at BU. Ilarion completed his first degree at Brandon this spring and is excited to continue his studies and his basketball career at Manitoba.

Stated Ilarion:  "Coming to U of M is a great move for me academically and as an athlete. I look forward to furthering my education at such a prestigious school and playing for a coaching staff and with players who  care about winning".

Ilarion Bonhomme's Stats at Brandon University

  • 2011-12: 20 Games 12.2 ppg, 4.2 Rpg, 5.95 Apg( 2nd in CW) 38% 3FG,
  • 2012-13:  21 Games, 12.8 ppg, 5.2 Rpg, 4.6Apg(5th in CW)
  • 2013-14: 21 Games, 10.3ppg, 3.9 Rpg, 4.5Apg, (5th in CW

Coach Schepp is happy to fill the hole left by graduated star point guard Stephan Walton. "Ilarion is a proven CIS student-athlete. While at Brandon, he was always difficult to game plan against. He has an outstanding ability to break down defenses and set up his teammates for easy looks. His unmatched speed will allow us to continue to play the pace that we want to play".

Bonhomme joins a very strong class of incoming players including local standouts Dharmjit Dhillion and Raj Sidhu of Kildonan East Collegiate as well as Saajan Arora of Cambridge, Ont.

Source: http://gobisons.ca/news/2015/5/14/MBB_0514155453.aspx

DEADLINE TO APPLY JUNE 1: Regional Power Smart Manitoba Games Coach Applications Being Accepted

DEADLINE TO APPLY JUNE 1: Basketball Manitoba has announced that it is now accepting applications for the 2016 Power Smart Manitoba Games coaching positions.  The Power Smart Manitoba Games are being hosted in Steinbach, Manitoba in August 2016 and the basketball component will involve 8 male and 8 female teams at the 16U age level (born in 2000).

Each of Manitoba's 7 regions will create an 'All-Star' type team in the spring of 2016 to represent their community with Winnipeg creating 2 teams.  Successful coaches who are appointed a position as a coach in the Power Smart Manitoba Games system will have their NCCP ‘Train to Train’ TRAINED status certification provided to them at no cost ($200 value) plus be able to attend the 2015 Basketball Manitoba Super Coaches Clinic in October in Winnipeg at no cost (including all travel and accommodation expenses covered, a $115+ value).  The time frame for participation will include coach training through the fall / winter of 2015-16, regional identification camps in the Spring of 2016 and the final team preparations leading up to the Power Smart Manitoba Games in Steinbach from August 7-13, 2016.  This base of coaches will also be groomed for future involvement in the Manitoba Provincial Team Program and the 16U age athletes in 2016 will be used as the training base for the 17U team for the 2017 Canada Games here in Manitoba.  Interested candidates are to apply in writing before the deadline of June 1, 2015 in order to be considered.

Basketball Manitoba Annual General Meeting Set for June 10, 2015

Basketball Manitoba has announced that it will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday June 10, 2015 at Sport Manitoba, 145 Pacific Avenue at 7:00 pm.  The meeting is open to all Basketball Manitoba member associations and to the public.  Details include...

Wednesday June 10, 2015 - 7:00 pm
Sport Manitoba - 145 Pacific Avenue


  1. Call to order / Welcome / Introductions
  2. Approval of agenda
  3. Appointment of scrutineers   
  4. Adoption of minutes of last AGM of June 11, 2014
  5. Business arising out of the last AGM of June 11, 2014
  6. President’s report
  7. Director’s reports
  8. Staff Report
  9. Financial Report and Audited Statement
  10. Report of the auditors and appointment of new auditors
  11. Notices of Motion: TBA (Constitution)
  12. Election of new Board of Directors (Board Nomination Form - PDF)
  13. New Business / Round Table Session
  14. Adjournment
Designation of Votes:

1. Current Board Members = one vote each   

2. Member Leagues or Clubs

  • 6 to 10 teams = one vote
  • 11 to 25 teams = 2 votes
  • 26 to 75 teams = 3 votes
  • 76+ teams = 4 votes
3. Manitoba Association of Basketball Officials (MABO) = one vote

4. Manitoba Basketball Coaches Association (MBCA) = one vote

5. Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame (MBHOF) = one vote

6. Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association (MHSAA) = two votes

7. Brandon University Bobcats = 1 vote

8. University of Manitoba Bisons = 1 vote

9. University of Winnipeg Wesmen = 1 vote

10. Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) = 1 vote

11. Manitoba Wheelchair Sport Association (MWSA) = 1 vote

All groups are to inform the office of Basketball Manitoba as to who their voting members are by Friday June 5, 4:30 pm

The 2015 AGM will see five (5) current Board Positions up for election.  Those wanting to nominate an individual to the Board of Directors must complete the Board Nomination Form (PDF) and submit it to the office 7 days prior to the AGM.  Nominations are also accepted from the floor at the AGM.   

For more information on the Basketball Manitoba AGM, please contact Adam Wedlake.

LISTEN TO PODCAST: Basketball Manitoba's Adam Wedlake on The Pine Podcast

Basketball Manitoba's Executive Director was recently featured on a Eastern Canadian basketball podcast interview with Scott Noftall of the Next Level Basketball Training program and its 'Pine Podcast'.  Topics that were covered included the recent success of Manitoba's provincial team programs nationally, coach education, player support, communication and more.  Listen to the 40 minute interview below...

Keisha Cox to Suit Up for Brandon Bobcats for 2015-16 Season

The Brandon University Bobcats women's basketball team has announce the addition of the first commitment for next season in Palomar College transfer Keisha Cox.  Cox plans to follow in the footsteps of her best-friend and fellow Californian Mikaela Stanton to north of the border from Palomar, a Junior College in the California Community College Athletic Association. Stanton transferred to BU last season and enjoyed a successful first season in Canada. Not only does Cox intend to make the move north, but she also intends to find success on the court and in the classroom the way Stanton has.

"I'm excited to add a player of Keisha's caliber," says Bobcats coach Novell Thomas. "She's a competitor and will help us take the next step forward. Her ability to score and basketball IQ will be a welcomed addition to our team."

Cox is from Oceanside, Calif. where she is a graduate of Mission Hills High School. She was a high-school stand-out on the basketball court, but it was in her time at Palomar that she became a prolific scorer as well as a strong defender. Cox was the Comets leading scorer last season (18.5 ppg), starting all 30 games en route to being named Pacific Coast Athletic Conference player of the year, as well as earning all-conference honours.

Cox poses with her parents minutes after signing an official letter of intent committing to the Bobcats.

Cox knows it will be a big move to Brandon, both geographically speaking and on the basketball court, but it's a challenge she is looking forward to.

"I chose to attend Brandon University because I want to play professionally overseas in the future and Brandon puts me in a great position to fulfill my plans," says Cox. "Also my best friend attends and plays for Brandon, so it was just a win-win opportunity I couldn't let pass."

Cox plans to study in BU's Bachelor of Physical Education Studies program.

Source: http://gobobcats.ca/news/2015/5/14/WBB_0514150435.aspx


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