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WMBA Releases Spring Playoff Schedules

The WMBA has released details on it upcoming playoffs scheduled to run through June.  All WMBA teams that keep score will participate in the playoffs (Saturday teams will continue with Saturday games and Sunday teams will continue on Sundays). Teams that don't keep score will have regular games played as already scheduled.  For details...

300+ Attend Open Manitoba Provincial Team Tryouts; Phase 2 Wraps Up This Weekend

This past weekend, over 300 young basketball players took the court at the University of Winnipeg Duckworth Centre, all aiming for a position with one of Manitoba's Provincial Basketball Teams this summer.  The record crowd of athletes in attendance allowed the Provincial Team Coaching Staff to evaluate the top athletes at the 17U, 16U and 15U levels.  In all, 72 athletes will be selected from those chosen to continue on to Phase 2 of the tryouts this weekend to represent Manitoba on one of the six teams.  For more on the Manitoba Provincial Team program...


Brandon University Signs JUCO Transfer John Paul for 2015-16

The Brandon University Bobcats men's basketball team has announced another "big" piece to the puzzle for next season in forward John Paul, a transfer from Tyler Junior College in Texas.

Paul is a 6-foot-11, 265 pound post originally from Saint Lucia but is coming off a season in Tyler where he played for one of the most successful Junior College programs in America. Tyler College has produced numerous NCAA Division 1 players, dozens of players to move on to the pro ranks, as well as stand-out guard Jimmy Butler of the NBA's Chicago Bulls.
Paul hopes to continue the trend of Tyler grads finding success, only he hopes to find it north of the 49th parallel. Bobcats coach Gil Cheung feels Paul can be the inside presence his squad needs.

"We were looking for a physical presence who can protect our rim and clean up the glass, and for that we are lucky to have J.P. join our program," says Bobcats coach Gil Cheung. "Coach Mike Marquis and the staff at Tyler College have done a great job of developing J.P. Their track record for moving student-athletes on to the next level speaks for itself, and for that we are fortunate to land a recruit like J.P."

"He changes ends very well for his size and has a good feel in the post and he has the ability to take over games for stretches. He comes from one of the best junior college programs in America, and we as a staff will continue to help him develop both on and off the court. He's a very passionate and hard-working student-athlete, and I know he is looking forward to this opportunity here at BU," Cheung adds.

Paul was a force in the paint for the Tyler Apaches, but was limited to playing in the second semester of the season last year due to injury. He'll play his third year of eligibility this season after playing one previous season at Salt Lake Community College in Utah.

Moving north will be both an opportunity and challenge for Paul, but he is excited to make his mark both on the court and off.

"I'm looking forward to helping BU win games. I know that it's a great basketball program, and I just want to continue that tradition of excellence that the program has been built on," says Paul.

"Playing college basketball in the US has really developed me as an individual. Having such a great coaching staff at Tyler has been a blessing for me. They instilled great moral values I will carry with me as I continue my career as an athlete. I was blessed to have such good people around me. They helped me reach the decision of committing to Brandon because I knew my coaches wanted the best for me. I've always felt they were putting me in a position to excel because of the confidence they have in me," Paul adds.

Paul is expected to arrive in Brandon in August. He plans to study in Brandon University's Bachelor of Fine Arts program.

Source: http://gobobcats.ca/news/2015/5/27/MBB_0527155256.aspx

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

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

REMINDER: Hoop It Up 3x3 Returning to Winnipeg June 27-28 to University of Manitoba

REMINDER:  Basketball Manitoba is very excited to announce the return of the world's largest 3on3 basketball tournament to Winnipeg on June 27-28 at the University of Manitoba Investors Group Athletic Centre as a hybrid indoor / outdoor event in the gym and surrounding parking lot.  The move to the U of M in 2015 addresses the weather issues the event in 2014 faced with a built in indoor alternative should a similar weather weekend return.  

Hoop It Up is coming to fourteen different cities across North America in the summer of 2015 and Winnipeg is the only Canadian stop on the tour.  Winnipeg joins other major US cities including Houston, Sacramento, Louisville, Austin and Albuquerque among others on the Hoop It Up North American Tour.   The Winnipeg stop is open to males and females ages 8 and up and is a FIBA 3x3 Certified Event that is recognized by Canada Basketball under the Canada Quest Series of 3x3 tournaments.  The event will also use the new FIBA 3x3 Planet online interface which includes the new 3x3 World Player Ranking system.  Cost to register a team of four is $160 or $260 for the men's Top Gun division with those winners off to Mexico City to the World Tour Masters Tournament on September 9-10.  Deadline to register at team is Wednesday June 24 at 11:59 pm - NO EXTENSIONS.

NABA Basketball Tournament Schedules Released; Tips Off This Weekend

VIEW SCHEDULES: NABA Winnipeg has announced that they will be hosting their 3rd annual spring basketball tournament on May 29-31, 2015 Tournaments are open to teams, both boys and girls, ranging in birth years from 1999-2004 and will also include a men's open division.   The 34 team tournament will run out of Maples Collegiate, Ken Seaford, Leila North and Amber Trails Schools in Winnipeg's North West.

Basketball Manitoba Note: This tournament falls on the second week of the Manitoba Provincial Team Tryouts at the University of Winnipeg.  It is expected that any athlete called back to the second phase of tryouts would make the Manitoba Provincial Team their priority.

2015 Schedules

For more information, please email jackie.nabawinnipeg@gmail.com or nabawinnipeg@gmail.com.

Team Winnipeg 2014 North American Champions at the Pee Wee level  

New Study on Homophobia in Sport Sheds Light on Issue in Canada

A new study recently released titled 'Out on the Fields' is the largest and the first international study on homophobia in sport. Nearly 9500 people took part, primarily from English speaking countries and participants included around 25% heterosexual men and women.

Data collection, analysis and the final results were reviewed by a panel of seven academic experts on homophobia in sport from six universities in four countries. The research itself was conducted by global sports market research firm, Repucom. It was commissioned by the Bingham Cup Sydney 2014 (the world cup of gay rugby) in partnership with a coalition of LGBTI and mainstream sporting organisations including the Federation of Gay Games.



Source: http://www.outonthefields.com/

Nikola Zorcic Signs with CIS Algoma University Thunderbirds

The Algoma University Thunderbirds Men's Basketball Team of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, has announced that Nikola Zorcic has joined the Algoma Thunderbirds men's basketball team for the 2015-16 season, their third year of play in the OUA and CIS.

Zorcic is a 5'11", 165 pound point guard from Winnipeg, Manitoba. With his high school squad, the Oak Park Raiders, Zorcic averaged 22 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists. His team captured both the national and provincial title. He was a member of the Manitoba U17 Provincial Team.

He will be studying Business Administration at Algoma U. He is currently maintaining honour roll status with his high school and has been offered an academic entrance scholarship from Algoma U.

"One of the biggest reasons I chose Algoma is because of the interest Coach Cory had," said Zorcic. "The program was very appealing and I felt like the transition from high school to Algoma University would have been the easier path. I also liked the city and players on the team when I went on the visit."

Source: http://algomathunderbirds.ca/news/2015/5/27/MBB_0527153240.aspx

UPDATED: Advanced “Pick and Roll” Player Camp announced by Coach Jon Giesbrecht

UPDATED: Coach Jon Giesbrecht of Winnipeg has announced he will be hosting a “Pick and Roll” Day Camp for Male and Female players aged 14-18 on June 6th from 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm. Cost to attend is $85 a player. Camp location is to be determined.   This camp is a must for players. Pick and roll is dominating today’s game from High School to the Pros… Players need to be able to execute pick and roll skills and understand concepts to continue to advance. To educate players, Coach Giesbrecht will run a day camp to develop understanding of pick and roll play. Players will get an unique experience of not only learning the skills and concepts of pick and roll play on the court but also in the classroom, where Coach Giesbrecht breaks everything down using video.

HoopsFanatic Summer League Tips off May 31 at IGAC

The HoopsFanatic Summer League is underway with its elite men's Summer Basketball League for 2015.  The league features the top current and former college and university level players in the Winnipeg area and runs Monday, Wednesday and Sunday nights at The University of Manitoba Investors Group Athletic Centre through to mid-July. Check out some top level hoops this summer!  For more including a schedule and full team rosters, go to...


Raizel Guinto Recipient of Sport Manitoba Women to Watch Grant

Basketball Manitoba is pleased to announce that Raizel Guinto has been named a recent recipient of the Sport Manitoba 'Women to Watch' athlete grant!  Raizel is a member of the Manitoba Provincial Team who led Manitoba to its first Gold Medal in 25 years at the National Championships last summer.  She is currently a grade 11 student at Sisler High School.  

Past basketball recipients of this award include Jordan Tully, Robyn Boulanger, Kerilynn MacLennan, Atoosa Jalayeri, Jasmine & Sara Ibrahim, Kerri Kuzbyt, Emily Potter, Brittany Wiebe, Danielle Baril, Adele Baril, Morgan Cross, Danielle DeGagne and Krystal Schouten. 

ImageWorking in partnership with Provincial Sport Organizations and Coaching Manitoba, Sport Manitoba provides a monthly grant of $500 to a female athlete, team, official or volunteer to assist them in enhancing their women in sport career.  A $500 monthly grant is awarded to a female coach to assist them in further developing the skills necessary to attain a higher level of coaching or increased level of coaching experience.



Full Name: Raizel Guinto
Team: 17U Female
Position: Guard
Hometown: Winnipeg
Present Grade: Grade 9
School: Sisler High School
Basketball Club: Manitoba Magic
Summer Goals: Medal at Nationals 
Years in Basketball: 7 years
Basketball Aspirations: Go to University or College and play basketball
Favourite Player & Team: Stephen Curry, San Antonio
Fondest Memory in Basketball: Beating Team Ontario at the 2012 Nationals in double overtime.
Biggest Basketball Influence: My Dad
Biggest Influence in Life: My Dad and brother
After High School: Continue to play basketball in University or College
When Basketball Career is Over: become a coach and stay involved with basketball.


STILL ROOM: Inter-Church Sports League Winnipeg Hosting Outdoor Men's Summer League in 2015

STILL ROOM: The Inter-Church Sports League of Winnipeg has announced that they will be hosting an outdoor 5 on 5 full court outdoor summer league this June through August.  Each team guaranteed one game each week with games played Tuesday or Thursday evenings weather permitting.  Games will be played at new outdoor court at Stanley Knowles School, 2424 King Edward St.

All teams who register in this summer's league will receive a full set of reversible basketball jerseys courtesy of Eastern Dodge Chrysler!

Interested Men's teams (ages 18+) can contact Ryan to register or for more information...



University of Manitoba Hosting New 3 on 3 Basketball Summer League at Mini U

The University of Manitoba Mini U program has announced they will be hosting a new 3on3 summer league for ages 12-15 in July and August.  Register your team for a week long round robin and playoff tournament. Teams are guaranteed 5 games plus 1 playoff.  All players will receive tournament shirts and first place finishers walk away with trophies. Team captains are responsible for registering their team. Detailed tournament information (rules, game times, age divisions, waivers) will be provided to your captain prior to the tournament start date. Please note teams will have the option to compete in recreational or competitive and there will be separate divisions for male and female participants.

Maximum number of players per team: 5

Ages: 12- 15

DATES               TIME                  CODE COST

1B July 20 -24 1:00pm-4:30pm 20353 $200
4B Aug 17 - 21 1:00pm-4:30pm 20400 $200

Please note the above 'code' for the session you wish to register your team with before proceeding

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

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

For more information on CancerCare Manitoba, please contact

Bob Jones, VP Marketing and Communications
CancerCare Manitoba Foundation
Direct: 204-787-1377


College Wesmen Women's ID Camps Set for June 5 & 6 at Duckworth Centre

The University of Winnipeg Wesmen College Women's Basketball Program will be hosting an open ID Camp for the upcoming 2015-2016 MCAC season on June 5 and 6 at the Duckworth Centre.

The Players-First Approach to Coaching

In sports today, whether it be at the professional level or in the grassroots stage, the different philosophies that coaches value and incorporate into their daily practice can have a major impact on the enjoyment and development of our athletes. The focus of this article is to provide an idea of what new and innovative approaches coaches are taking to improve, revolutionizing the way people look at different coaching techniques and how they can be applied to make your team more successful. Specifically, McCormick highlights the player-driven approach to coaching, citing examples from the Golden State Warriors’ Steve Kerr.

By: Brian McCormick, PhD

The old-school coaching style that I describe in The 21st Century Basketball Practice is a coach-driven approach to coaching. When I played, every coach use that style to some degree. Rarely if ever did a coach ask for our opinion. The coach decided, and we followed directions.

Is there a better way to coach? What is our goal in coaching? Is the purpose to teach children to follow directions or to teach children to think, make decisions, and be creative? Ultimately, the values that a coach wants his or her players to learn and develop will influence his or her coaching style.

Ethan Sherwood Strauss wrote about the Golden State Warriors practices prior to the Western Conference Finals because the Warriors are an anomaly: They are ranked first in pace and defensive efficiency, despite being characterized as a jump-shooting team.
“We don’t run wind sprints here,” coach Steve Kerr says, beaming, as he looks over the Warriors practice facility in Oakland….Now that he has the power, he wants to remove the things he hated.
Years ago, I read an article about an NCAA D3 football coach named John Gagliardi. He retired as the winningest coach in college football and espoused a similar philosophy.
“You know that expression ‘No pain, no gain’?” John Gagliardi asks. “Well, I like to say, ‘No pain, no gain, you’re insane if you believe that.’”
Gagliardi has basically eliminated all the things football players traditionally don’t like about it. There is no calisthenics or lap running, and no drills designed to build agility or quickness. There isn’t even any tackling—instead, the Johnnies line up 11 on 11 and play touch football for 90 minutes, the way most of them have since they were little kids tossing around footballs in their backyards. And if you happen to mess up, don’t sweat it—Gagliardi isn’t likely to get up in your grill.
Of course, by traditional football standards, Gagliardi’s approach to motivation is pure heresy. But looked at another way, it makes perfect sense, because he has essentially created a football program powered not by his own threats or intimidation or screaming, but by the players’ natural passion for football.
The article about Gagliardi probably has had a greater effect on my coaching than any other article that I have read over the years. I never really cared what other people thought, but it further empowered me to ignore the staples that everyone feels are so important to developing basketball players.

Back to Kerr:
Kerr’s ethos, oft-repeated throughout the season, is “basketball should be fun.” It’s a belief belied by the ultra-competitive coach’s in-game histrionics. Kerr wants to win, desperately so. He just also happens to think that winning comes more easily to those who enjoy the game.
Why is this such a revelation? Why do people read Strauss’ article and tweet that Kerr is a revelation? Why aren’t all coaches – especially coaches below the NBA level nodding and saying, “Duh”? Why do many coaches seem to make practices not fun intentionally? Many have even admitted this to me over the years!
Kerr advocates something he calls “coaching with compassion,” the antithesis of an old-school mentality where struggle is ignored, dismissed as weakness. Actually, the Warriors constantly question players on how just how tired they are.
This is such a simple thing, but harder to implement. It requires trust. When I started as the strength & conditioning coach at a junior-college for a fairly unpleasant coach who behaved as though she hated all of her players, players would not answer truthfully when I questioned them. They believed that I was going to report back to the head coach. When I asked if they were tired, they said no automatically because the coach would not tolerate any sign of weakness. It took time to build the trust with the players that I was not going to report them, and that hurting oneself in the weight-room or on the track because of fear of the head coach was not toughness but stupidity.
An article about the MMA gym American Kickboxing Academy suggests that they are moving to a more player-centered coaching style where they question players, as a response to a number of injuries to fighters in the gym.
“I’ve been really trying to get them to talk to me,” Mendez said. “It can even be as simple as, ‘How are things at home? What’s your family life like? Is everything cool?’ Things like that are important, because especially on a sparring day, you need to know where your fighter’s head is so you can tell whether you want him to spar today. You need to know what all the variables are.”
While there are bound to be bad days during a training camp, Mendez said, and while every fighter will face adversity he needs to push through in the gym, there are also days when he’d be better served by rest and recovery.
To me, this is common sense, but then I hear about coaches. I had a soccer player tell me that she quit track, despite being a state qualifier in two events, because her coach told her that if she iced her hip after a race that she would never run for him again. I am not a big icing guy, but why is a coach threatening a 15-year-old athlete? Another girl told me about her coaches picking out a player for her mistakes in a game and all three coaches taking turns yelling at the player in front of the whole team. What is that supposed to accomplish? How is that considered coaching? I watch youth soccer games where coaches will not pay attention to their own injured players because they do not want to take their best players out of the game, even for a minute, even when they are injured. I feel bad for players when the opposing coach runs out to check on the health of a player before her own coach!
These, to me, are simple things. They simply demonstrate that sports are supposed to be fun, and coaches should treat players as human beings. This should not be a revelation. These articles should be non-stories because it is the way that ALL coaches view sports and treat athletes.

Source: Steve Nash Youth Basketball Blog http://ift.tt/1Rhmd6q

UPDATED: Legion Athletic Summer Camps Back for 2015

UPDATED: The Legion Athletic Camps will be once again be offering a full slate of summer basketball camps at the International Peace Gardens in July and August.

POSTPONED: PBA Announces Annual Basketball Tournament for June 5-7, 2015 at Garden City Collegiate

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: All inquiries and questions regarding the FBA Fundraising Basketball Tournament can be directed to either Manny Aranez at jamesarnes19@hotmail.com or

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.


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