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17U Manitoba Provincial Teams to be Honoured This Saturday at Wesmen Games

Basketball Manitoba is proud to host team members and their families from the 17U Male and Female Provincial Teams in honour of their Gold Medal wins this past summer at the Canada Basketball National Championships!  The recognition will take place this Saturday's (November 1) at the University of Winnipeg Wesmen afternoon matinee games as the Wesmen host Calgary.  The teams are invited to watch the games from the Duckworth Centre Corporate Suite for the 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm basketball games and will be recognized at the halftime of the men's game.

Come out and support Team Manitoba this Saturday afternoon at the Duckworth Centre!  



17U Male - Manitoba vs Ontario

17U Female - Manitoba vs Quebec

Need to Know Facts About Concussions

Peds Guideline Cover
With all the attention on concussions and brain injuries in sport, especially contact sports like hockey, football and rugby, it can be difficult to sift through to the important information. Though basketball may not be classically classified as a contact sport, knocks to the head can happen from elbows to falls. It is important to treat head injuries with caution and care. Below you will find a compilation of the “need-to-know” facts on concussions.

The Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation has recently released Guidelines for Pediatric Concussions find them here: http://onf.org/documents/guidelines-for-pediatric-concussion

A concussion is a common head injury, also known as a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI). It is an injury that is caused by the brain being shaken around inside the skull after a direct blow to the head, or a sudden jerking of the head or neck when the body is hit. There is a misconception that you have to be knocked out to sustain a concussion, when in fact any contact to the head or body that causes rapid head movement can cause a concussion.

Symptoms of a Concussion*:
  • Decreased Concentration – May have the inability to think or remember recent events. May appear dazed or stunned. People usually describe themselves as being ‘foggy’ or have a ringing in the ears.

  • Vision problems – May have blurry, double vision or “see stars”. Light sensitivity is also common.

  • Emotional Changes – May be irritable, sad, or nervous. Athletes with severe concussions may show unusual emotions, a personality change or inappropriate behaviour.
An athlete who has had one concussion is more likely to have another than an athlete who hasn’t been concussed – Hard Facts about Concussions , Ithaca College

Recovering from a Concussion

Get some rest : It is one of the best things you can do to help your brain recover.

Take it slow : Everyone recovers at a different pace, some symptoms can last for days, weeks, or longer. How quickly you improve depends on many different factors – the severity of the injury, your age, and how healthy you were before your concussion.

Returning to Play : Remember that there is no such thing as a minor head injury; symptoms may become worse with exertion. An athlete should not return to play until cleared by a professional.

Concussion is a topic that affects everyone in sport in some way whether you are a coach, athlete, trainer, physician, or director. If you wish to read more information on concussion prevention, symptoms, or recovery there are a lot of resources available to the sport community.

Here are a few links to get you started:

*This is not intended to be a comprehensive list, anyone that is suspected to have a concussion should always be seen by a medical professional.

References Available from the SIRC Collection:

COVASSIN T, ELBIN R, SARMIENTO K. Educating Coaches About Concussion in Sports: Evaluation of the CDC’s ‘Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports’ Initiative. Journal Of School Health. May 2012;82(5):233-238.

Harmon K, Drezner J, Roberts W, et al. American Medical Society for Sports Medicine position statement: concussion in sport. British Journal Of Sports Medicine. January 2013;47(1):15-26.

King D, Brughelli M, Hume P, Gissane C. Assessment, Management and Knowledge of Sport-Related Concussion: Systematic Review. Sports Medicine. April 2014;44(4):449-471.

Meehan W, Mannix R, O’Brien M, Collins M. The Prevalence of Undiagnosed Concussions in Athletes. Clinical Journal Of Sport Medicine. September 2013;23(5):339-342.

Mihalik J, Lengas E, Register-Mihalik J, Oyama S, Begalle R, Guskiewicz K. The Effects of Sleep Quality and Sleep Quantity on Concussion Baseline Assessment. Clinical Journal Of Sport Medicine. September 2013;23(5):343-348.

Source: Steve Nash Youth Basketball Blog http://stevenashyb.wordpress.com/2014/10/31/need-to-know-facts-about-concussions/

Bison Basketball Teams Announce Team Captains for 2014-15 Season

Both the Bison basketball teams have announced the team captains for the upcoming 2014-15 season. Bison women’s basketball first year head coach Michele Hynes will have fifth year guard Robyn Eyer as team captain (Eyer was assistant captain in 2013-14 campaign). Bison men’s basketball head coach Kirby Schepp, in his sixth year at the helm, will have three captains this season – fifth year guard Stephan Walton, fifth year guard Amir Ali and fifth year forward Wyatt Anders (Walton and Amir are returning captains).

For the women’s team, Eyer becomes team captain for the first time in her fifth and final season at Manitoba. Eyer, 22, played in all 22 conference regular season games in 2013-14 and was sixth in conference three-point made at 2.1 per game (22 games/46 made three points shots). The 5’7” guard for Winnipeg was third on the team in scoring with 9.0 points per game plus was first on the team in three point percentage at .404 and second on squad in free throw percentage with .909 last season.

Hynes talked about Eyer, “Robyn was a captain last year (assistant) and will continue to lead on and off the court as she leads by example. She plays and works hard while representing this team well during her fifth season with the Bisons.”

For the men, Walton, 27, is captain for the third consecutive season (after missing last season due to injury) while Ali, 21, is a captain for a second consecutive season and Anders, 23, is a first time captain. Walton did not see conference action last season but was 2012-13 Canada West Second Team All-Star at the guard position after leading the team and ninth in conference scoring with 17.3 points per game in 2012-13. Ali played in all 22 conference regular season games and was sixth in Canada West 3-point percentage at .418 during the 2013-14 season. Anders also played in all 22 conference games and was third on team in rebounding with 5.4 per game in 2013-14.

Schepp stated, “All three have solid leadership core values of what we want in student-athletes. They have emerged as leaders on and off the court and hold themselves plus their teammates to high standards.”

The conference season opens for both Bisons basketball teams at home against Trinity Western on the October 31-November 1 weekend at Investors Group Athletic Centre.


2014-15 Bison Women’s Basketball Canada West Preview

General Info
Team: Manitoba Bisons
Name of Venue: Investors Group Athletic Centre
Head coach: Michel Hynes/1st year
Conference: Canada West

Quick Facts
2014 Canada West Pre-season coaches’ poll rank: #14

2013-14 Canada West Standings finish: 5-17, 8th in Prairie Division and T-13th place in Canada West

2014 Canada West Playoff: Did not qualified for playoffs
2014 CIS Nationals Placing: Did not qualified for CIS Nationals

Last Canada West Title: none
Last CIS Title: 1996-97 season

Key returnees: Robyn Eyer, Sheree Carmona-Galdamez, Stephanie Gill, Vanessa DeVries,
Key additions: Montana Kinzel
Key departures: Christiane Fischer, Morgan Cross

2014-15 Preview: For this season, the Bisons women’s basketball team will have a familiar face at head coach. Michele Hynes takes over permanently at the helm after two years as co-coach with Randy Kusano and looks to improve the culture for the BIsons.

Her goal early in her coaching career is to mold a team that will grow over the year and stick with the game plan. The squad might not win every time out but Hynes is placing emphasis also on development and experience playing at the conference level for the young squad in 2014-15 season.

The Bisons have a core group that returns from last season, which saw them improve on the win total from the previous season. The core starts with fifth year guard and team captain Robyn Eyer (last season: second in Canada West in three-point percentage), fifth year guard Sheree Carmona-Galdamez (last season: top Bison in scoring at 10.8 points per game), fifth year guard Stephanie Gill (last season: T-12th in Canada West in three-point made) and fifth year forward Vanessa DeVries (last season: second on Bisons in rebounding at 5.0 per game). In addition, fifth year forwards Samantha Pyke and Allison Balasko plus third year forward Rebecca Potter and sophomores Jenilyn Monton, Christina Posthumus and Claire Harvey will add depth to a lineup that can be versatile depending on the opponent.

A rookie that should make an immediate impact at Manitoba is 6’0” forward Montana Kinzel. Kinzel was the fourth ranked player in the province in the 2013-14 season playing for Linden Christian High School. Coming off a AAA provincial championship in 2012-2013, the AAA school competed in the AAAA division and Kinzel averaged 24 points, ten rebounds, three steals and three blocks per game as she guided her squad to a 26-5 record. She was selected as an AAAA Female All-Manitoba Team selection and Graduating All-Star Team MVP.

Hynes is looking for the team to control the tempo and have better shot selection on offence (more in the paint shots and less three points) while playing tough defence and keeping the scores in the 55-60 point range. She like the mix of veterans and enthusiasm of the young players that are focused on the process of being a better program with a competitiveness that will create a new culture.

This is a start of a new cycle for the Bison women’s basketball. They will be a tough team to play in the ultra-competitive new Pioneer division in Canada West this season.


2014-15 Bison Men’s Basketball Canada West Preview

General Info
Team: Manitoba Bisons
Name of Venue: Investors Group Athletic Centre
Head coach: Kirby Schepp/6th year Conference: Canada West

Quick Facts
2014 Canada West Pre-season coaches’ poll rank: #9

2013-14 Canada West Standings finish: 6-16, T-6th in Prairie Division and T-12th place in Canada West

2014 Canada West Playoff: Did not qualified for playoffs
2014 CIS Nationals Placing: Did not qualified for CIS Nationals

Last Canada West Title: none
Last CIS Title: 1975-76 season

Key returnees: Stephan Walton, Wyatt Anders, Amir Ali, Andre Arruda, Justus Alleyn
Key additions: Jonathan Alexander, Alfreeman Flowers
Key departures: Dan Penner, Yigit Ozsayiner

2014-15 Preview: The Bison men’s basketball team looks to bounce back from a tough season outside of the playoffs in 2013-14. Last season, the team was dealt a huge blow as 2012-13 Canada West Second Team All-Star, captain and fifth year guard Stephan Walton was lost for the season just before conference play started.

The good news for Manitoba is that Walton is healthy and back to complete his fifth year in 2014-15. He continues to play at an all-star level already in the 2014 pre-season and will again by leaned upon to run the offence from the point guard position.

Along with Walton, there is a solid group that returns with other team captains fifth year forward Wyatt Anders ((last season: third on Bisons in rebounding at 5.4 per game) and fifth year guard Amir Ali (last season: sixth in Canada West in three-point percentage) providing experience and leadership on and off the court. In addition, sophomore players Andre Arruda (last season: top Bison in scoring at 13.8 points per game plus seventh in conference minutes played), who was 2013-14 CIS and Canada West All-Rookie Team selection, and Justus Alleyn (last season: third on team in minutes and sixth in team scoring at 6.9 ppg.) will continue to grown in year two. Fourth year guard Mike Holloway and third year guard AJ Basi both with see minutes and provide a spark on both sides of the ball.

Two new players at Manitoba should provide an impact and additional depth to the roster as third year forward Jonathan Alexander comes from Toronto and Tyler Junior College while fourth year forward Alfreeman Flowers played at Missouri Western State University before becoming a Bison.

Head coach Kirby Schepp, in his sixth year, feels this year’s edition is more athletic than last year and wants to play up-tempo basketball with scoring in the 90 point range. He is pleased with the balanced scoring with contributions from numerous players and solid defence shown so far during the pre-season.

The new Pioneer division provides top competition with ‘no nights off’ and Schepp stated that it will be intense every game and he “would be surprised, if we do not surprise teams this season.” Manitoba seeks to make it back to the playoffs in 2014-15.

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

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

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

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

Basketball Manitoba Provincial Team Program

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

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

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

 17U & 16U Teams

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adam Wedlake
Executive Director

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

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

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

330 Coaches Attend 2014 Super Coaches Clinic

Canada's largest basketball coaches clinic wrapped up on Saturday at the University of Winnipeg Duckworth Centre with a total of 330 basketball coaches attending over the 2 days.  Congratulations to Krishna Armogan (pictured to the left with Canada Basketball's Mike MacKay) from Andrew Mynarski School for winning the coaches trip to Las Vegas next May!  Peter Robertson-Stovel from Riverview Community Centre took home the Team Prize pack (pictured below) which included a set of Wilson basketballs, Wesmen and Bison season passes, Basketball Manitoba shirts, coaching resources and more. 

Presenting at this year's clinic were headliners Brian McCormick of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Mike MacKay of Canada Basketball. Joining Brian and Mike were local university coaches Kirby Schepp, Mike Raimbault and Michele Hynes along with Basketball Manitoba's Dan Becker and Randy Kusano, MABO's Martha Bradbury and product demonstrations from Krossover Video and Jon Giesbrecht with EAT Battle Pads.

All sessions were video recorded and will be made available exclusively to all clinic attendees in the next 10 days. The videos will then be made public to all in the New Year.  The clinic attendees will be receiving an email in the next 10 days on where the clinic videos and other documents can be accessed.

This weekend also saw the Playmaker & 180 Shooter Basketball Camps hosted by Brian McCormick to nearly over 50 local players at St John's Ravenscourt School.

Members of the Manitoba Centre for Performance Program were on hand both days of the Super Coaches Clinic as on court demonstrators who did a fantastic job working with the presenters and Basketball Manitoba would like to thank all program members!

A bonus clinic was offered for the coaches in the new Jr NBA program on Saturday night from Swan River and Winkler, Manitoba.  Chris Alicpala from NBA Canada hosted a 2 hour clinic and was able to bring the REAL NBA Larry O'Brien Trophy from San Antonio with him!

Basketball Manitoba would like to thank all clinic attendees for being with us all weekend and we hope you are able to take a number of new ideas back to your programs this season!

Full information on the clinic can be found athttp://superclinic.basketballmanitoba.ca.  We will be back in October 2015 at the University of Manitoba!


DEADLINE WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 5, 2014: NCCP Learn To Train & Train to Train Coaches Courses Set for November in Winnipeg

DEADLINE WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 5, 2014: Basketball Manitoba is pleased to announce it will be hosting another offering of the NCCP 'Learn to Train' and the 'Train to Train', courses this November in Winnipeg.  These new offerings replace the old NCCP Level 1 & 2 Technical and Theory courses and are for coaches working with athletes from 10-16 years of age.  These levels are also required for all coaches who are interested in coaching in their respective future Provincial Team or Manitoba Games levels.  The courses will comprise both classroom and on court sessions and will focus on Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) review, mental training, practice planning, competition planning, fundamental movement skills, technical movement skills, offensive and defensive concepts, practical application, and a debrief evaluation.  Register for each clinic below...  

Athlete Initiative Announces Ultimate Sporty Girls Road Trip to Minneapolis to See T-Wolves vs Lakers Dec 12-15

The Athlete Initiative Sports Program in inviting people to join them for the Minnesota Timberwolves Ultimate Sporty Girls Road trip from Friday, December 12th to Monday, December 15th, 2014.  This ultimate sports road trip is open to females aged 13 and up.  We invite you and your basketball savvy friends to catch the high flying Los Angeles Lakers take on the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday, Dec 13th at 6pm at the Target Centre.


The ultimate weekend will include: 

  • Charted bus by Leisure Tours
  • 3 night hotel stay & continental breakfast
  • Athlete Initiative Leadership session
  • 1 game ticket
  • Short shopping trip to MOA/Albertville
  • Great opportunity to meet new friends who share the same passion for sports 
  • Depart Winnipeg --Friday 8am
  • Depart Minneapolis --Monday 11am

*Early Bird Special Offer: Until Monday, November 10th, 2014 ($320)

Regular price: Deadline to register, November 24th, 2014 ($370)


  • Trip will be guided by Suki Chhoeun, head coach of Athlete Initiative, along with 3-4 Athlete Initiative chaperone/coaches.
  • Register as a group of 4, to be able to room with your best buddies. 
  • Single registrations will room with new friends closest to age. 
  • Only 48 spots available. Don’t wait, register today!
  • All attending must provide own travel insurance, (can be purchased from Blue Cross for $18)

Founder, Suki Chhoeun
Phone: 204-990-8582
Email: suki.chhoeun@gmail.com

Basketball Manitoba Office
145 Pacific Avenue, 3rd Floor, Rm. 324
Payment: Accepting (cash / cheque / credit) payable to ‘Athlete Initiative’


MHSAA Transfer Rule Frequently Asked Questions @mhsaa_

The Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association passed a Transfer Rule at its June 2014 Annual General Meeting.  As part of the education around this new rule, they have posted a new Frequently Asked Questions on their website.

The rule states that students currently enrolled in grade 10 (2014-2015), would have to sit out a school year (sport season) if they transferred schools after that time and wanted to play that sport.  If a student did not play a high school sport in the current school year, then they would be allowed to play that sport in the new school (2015-2016).  If they played a sport in the preceding year, then they would have to sit out the next high school season in that sport.

For example, if a student played basketball for school A in grade 10 (2014-2015), then transferred to school B for grade 11 (2015-2016), then that student would not be eligible to play basketball for school B unless an appeal was approved.  If they didn't play basketball at school A, they could play basketball at school B.

An appeal process would be in place to review extenuating circumstances.


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

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

LAST JUNIOR CLINIC NOVEMBER 8: Fall Junior Basketball Referee Clinic Dates Set

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

Basketball Manitoba Turns 38 on October 29

Basketball Manitoba turns the big 3-8 on October 29, 2014!  The provincial governing body responsible for the development and promotion of basketball in the province was incorporated on October 29, 1976.

13 Canadians Announced on 2014-15 NBA Rosters; Highest number of Canadian players ever in an NBA season

TORONTO, ON – With the finalization Monday of the NBA 15-man rosters, Canada officially became the highest-represented non-US nation at any point in league history.

The 13 Canadians on NBA rosters eclipse the highest previous international total of 11, achieved by France at the start of the 2010-11 season.

A total of four Canadians joined the NBA this year, which increased the number of Canadians in the league up to a record 13. The Canadians in the 2014 draft were: Andrew Wiggins (#1), Nik Stauskas (#8) Tyler Ennis (#18) and Dwight Powell (#45).

This past June, Andrew Wiggins became the second Canadian #1 draft pick, following Anthony Bennett who was the first in 2013.  It was the first time a country, other than the USA had back-to-back #1 NBA draft picks.

Michele O’Keefe, Executive Director of Canada Basketball commented on this historic achievement:  “We're very proud of our Canadian athletes. The commitment that they've shown to achieving their goals is remarkable”.

                      Canadian players on 2014-2015 NBA rosters are: 
                      Player (Hometown) – NBA Team

                      Joel Anthony (Montreal, QC) – Detroit Pistons
                      Anthony Bennett (Brampton, ON) - Minnesota Timberwolves
                      Samuel Dalembert (Montreal, QC) - New York Knicks
                      Tyler Ennis (Brampton, ON) - Phoenix Suns
                      Cory Joseph (Toronto, ON) - San Antonio Spurs
                      Steve Nash (Victoria, BC) - Los Angeles Lakers
                      Andrew Nicholson (Mississauga, ON) - Orlando Magic
                      Kelly Olynyk (Toronto, ON) - Boston Celtics
                      Dwight Powell (Toronto, ON) - Boston Celtics
                      Robert Sacre (Vancouver, BC) - Los Angeles Lakers
                      Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, ON) - Sacramento Kings
                      Tristan Thompson (Toronto, ON) - Cleveland Cavaliers
                      Andrew Wiggins (Toronto, ON) - Minnesota Timberwolves

SPACE STILL AVAILABLE: Get Your Basketball Team to Play in Minneapolis at the Target Center This Season

SPACE STILL AVAILABLE: The 2014 - 2015 Timberwolves season is fast approaching which means your team, players and families can experience the thrill of a lifetime by playing a game on the Target Center court prior to a Wolves game!  Your kids can "play where the pros play".  How cool would that be?  By selecting the best game date for your team the fantasy of playing on the same court as Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and other NBA stars can come true!  The kids get to sit right on the same benches as the NBA players and we provide water for both teams.  We announce line-ups for each team, keep score on the big scoreboard and provide officials.  Each session is one hour in length.  Each team buys a block of tickets that gets everyone in for the youth game as well as the Wolves game that night.  Spots are filling up fast so sign up today!

Changing the Game in Youth Sports

For those of you who enjoyed “The Race to Nowhere in Youth Sports” by Changing the Game Project‘s John O’Sullivan (if you haven’t read it yet, find it here, you should check out his TEDx Talk from April 2014! The talk includes excellent statistics on youth sports out of the United States and offers some much needed solutions to the issue. Let’s change the game, it’s for the kids!

Changing the Game in Youth Sports–John O’Sullivan Changing the Game Project

For more information on John O’Sullivan and Changing the Game Project visit his website here:

Source: Steve Nash Youth Basketball Blog http://ift.tt/1nJQa4g

The Race to Nowhere In Youth Sports

By: John O’Sullivan

“My 4th grader tried to play basketball and soccer last year,” a mom recently told me as we sat around the dinner table after one of my speaking engagements. “It was a nightmare. My son kept getting yelled at by both coaches as we left one game early to race to a game in the other sport. He hated it.”

“I know,” said another. “My 10 year old daughter’s soccer coach told her she had to pick one sport, and start doing additional private training on the side, or he would give away her spot on the team.”

So goes the all too common narrative for American youth these days, an adult driven, hyper competitive race to the top in both academics and athletics that serves the needs of the adults, but rarely the kids. As movies such as “The Race to Nowhere” and recent articles such as this one from the Washington Post point out, while the race has a few winners, the course is littered with the scarred psyches of its participants. We have a generation of children that have been pushed to achieve parental dreams instead of their own, and prodded to do more, more, more and better, better, better. The pressure and anxiety is stealing one thing our kids will never get back; their childhood.

The movie and article mentioned above, as well as the book The Overachievers: The Secret Lives of Driven Kids, highlight the dangerous path we have led our children down in academics. We are leading them down a similar path in sports as well.

The path is a race to nowhere, and it does not produce better athletes. It produces bitter athletes who get hurt, burnout, and quit sports altogether.
As I said to my wife recently, the hardest thing about raising two kids these days, when it comes to sports, is that the vast majority of the parents are leading their kids down the wrong path, but not intentionally or because they want to harm their kids. They love their kids, but the social pressure to follow that path is incredible. Even though my wife and I were collegiate athletes, and I spend everyday reading the research, and studying the latest science on the subject, the pressure is immense. The social pressure is like having a conversation with a pathological liar; he is so good at lying that even when you know the truth, you start to doubt it.  Yet that is the sport path many parents are following.

The reason? FEAR!

We are so scared that if we do not have our child specialize, if we do not get the extra coaching, or give up our entire family life for youth sports, our child will get left behind. Even though nearly every single parent I speak to tells me that in their gut they have this feeling that running their child ragged is not helpful, they do not see an alternative. Another kid will take his place.  He won’t get to play for the best coach. “I know he wants to go on the family camping trip,” they say, “but he will just have to miss it again, or the other kids will get ahead of him.”

This system sucks.
It sucks for parents, many of whom do not have the time and resources to keep one child in such a system, never mind multiple athletes. There are no more family trips or dinners, no time or money to take a vacation. It causes parents untold stress and anxiety, as they are made to feel guilty by coaches and their peers if they don’t step in line with everyone else. “You are cheating your kid out of a scholarship” they are told, “They may never get this chance again.”

It sucks for coaches who want to develop athletes for long term excellence, instead of short term success. The best coaches used to be able to develop not only better athletes, but better people, yet it is getting hard to be that type of coach. There are so many coaches who have walked away from sports because while they encourage kids to play multiple sports, other unscrupulous coaches scoop those kids up, and tell them “if you really want to be a player, you need to play one sport year round. That other club is short changing your kid, they are not competitive.” The coach who does it right gives his kids a season off, and next thing you know he no longer has a team.

 Without these three things, an athlete is very likely to quit.

Children need first and foremost to enjoy their sport. This is the essence of being a child. Kids are focused in the present, and do not think of long term goals and ambitions. But adults do. They see “the opportunities I never had” or “the coaching I wish I had” as they push their kids to their goals and not those of the kids.

They forget to give their kids the one thing they did have: A CHILDHOOD! They forget to give them the ability to find things they are passionate about, instead of choosing for them. They forget that a far different path worked pretty darn well for them.

So why this massive movement, one that defies all science and psychology, to change it?
We need to wise up and find a better path.

Parents, start demanding sports clubs and coaches that allow your kids to participate in many sports. You are the customers, you are paying the bills, so you might as well start buying a product worth paying for. You have science on your side, and you have Long Term Athletic Development best practices on your side. 

Your kids do not deserve or need participation medals and trophies, as some of you are so fond of saying, but they do deserve a better, more diverse youth sports experience.

Coaches, you need to wise up as well. You are the gatekeepers of youth sports, the people who play God, and decide who gets in, and who is kicked to the curb. You know the incredible influence of sport in your life, so stop denying it to so many others. Are you so worried about your coaching ability, or about the quality of the sport you love, to think that if you do not force kids to commit early they will leave? Please realize that if you are an amazing coach with your priorities in order, and you teach a beautiful game well, that kids will flock to you in droves, not because they have to, but because they want to!

Every time you ask a 9 year old to choose one sport over another you are diminishing participation in the sport you love by 50%. WHY?
To change this we must overcome the fear, the guilt and the shame.

We are not bad parents if our kids don’t get into Harvard, and we are not bad parents if they do not get a scholarship to play sports in college. We should not feel shame or guilt every time our kid does not keep up with the Jones’s, because, when it comes to sports, the Jones’s are wrong.

As this recent article from USA Lacrosse stated, college coaches are actually looking to multi sport athletes in recruiting. Why? Because they have an upside, they are better all around athletes, they are not done developing, and they are less likely to burnout.

You cannot make a kid into something she is not by forcing them into a sport at a very young age, and pursuing your goals and not your child’s goals. Things like motivation, grit, genetics and enjoyment have too much say in the matter.

Chances are great that your children will be done with sports by high school, as only a select few play in college and beyond. Even the elite players are done at an age when they have over half their life ahead of them. It is not athletic ability, but the lessons learned from sport that need to last a lifetime.
Why not expose them to as many of those lifelong lessons as possible?

Why not take a stand?

Why don’t we stop being sheep, following the other sheep down a road to nowhere that both science and common sense tells us often ends badly?

It is time to stop being scared, and stand up for your kids. Read a book on the subject, pass on this article to like minded people, bring in a speaker to your club and school, but do something to galvanize people to act.
There are more of us who want to do right by the kids than there are those whose egos and wallets have created our current path. We have just been too quite for too long. We have been afraid to speak up, and afraid to take a stand. We are far too willing to throw away our child’s present for some ill fated quest for a better future that rarely materializes, and is often filled with so much baggage that we would never wish for such a future for our kids.
If you think your child will thank you for that, then you probably stopped reading awhile ago.

But if you want to get off the road to nowhere in youth sports, and to stop feeling guilty about it, then please know you are not alone. Our voice is growing stronger every day. We can create a new reality, with new expectations that put the athletes first.

We can put our children on a road to somewhere, one paved with balanced childhoods, exploration, enjoyment, and yes, multiple sports.

Someday our kids will thank us.

Source: http://stevenashyb.wordpress.com/2014/10/20/the-race-to-nowhere-in-youth-sports/

SCOREBOARD - Oct 26, 2014

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2015 Proclaimed the Year of Sport in Canada

TORONTO, ON – Canada Basketball is proud to celebrate the Year of Sport in 2015, that was proclaimed by the Governor General of Canada, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston and The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), in a ceremony on Parliament Hill on Thursday, October 16.

The Year of Sport is a proactive Canadian initiative implemented to celebrate sport in Canada and the role it plays in enhancing the lives of Canadians. During the year, sport events and other celebratory activities will highlight how sport benefits Canadians.

Michele O’Keefe, Executive Director of Canada Basketball, believes that 2015 as the Year of Sport in Canada is a defining moment in this country’s future contribution to sports on the international level.

“We are very excited about next year, and are delighted that Canada Basketball will play a part in showcasing the exceptional ability of our athletes,” said O’Keefe. “This is a great step-forward in solidifying Canada as a competitive country on the world’s sport stage and we will be ready.”

Among Canada Basketball’s 2015 events, Edmonton will have the honour of hosting the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship for Women from August 9-16, that will determine who qualifies directly to the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro.

Canada Basketball will also participate in the 2015 Pan Am games in Toronto and will work with provincial and territorial partners to deliver other domestic events including the FIBA 3x3 Canada Quest in Edmonton, Toronto and Winnipeg, along with the U15/U17 National Championships in Nova Scotia and Alberta.

For more information regarding the Year of Sport in Canada, visit:

SCOREBOARD - Oct. 25, 2014

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SCOREBOARD - Oct. 24, 2014

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REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED: Coach Check-In Friday & Sat Morning from 8:00 - 8:45 am at 2014 Super Coaches Clinic on Oct 24-25 at University of Winnipeg

REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED: Coach Check-In Friday & Sat Morning from 8:00 - 8:45 am at 2014 Super Coaches Clinic on Oct 24-25 at University of Winnipeg: Basketball Manitoba is pleased to announce that basketball coaches Brian McCormick of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Mike MacKay of Canada Basketball have been confirmed as the headliners for the 2014 Basketball Manitoba Super Coaches Clinic.

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