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THIS SATURDAY: Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves to Play Winnipeg Exhibition Game Oct 10 at MTS Centre

GROUP TICKET PRICING: TORONTO, June 1, 2015 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) will hold its fourth annual NBA Canada Series presented by Bell, featuring a record five teams playing an all-time high four preseason games in Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver and Winnipeg. Winnipeg’s game will be held on Saturday, October 10 when the Chicago Bulls take on the Minnesota Timberwolves. Tickets go on-sale Saturday, June 6 through Ticketmaster with prices starting at $19.50 (plus fees) and courtside available starting at $175.00 (plus fees).

REQUEST YOUR PLATE NOW! Basketball Manitoba Seeking Interest in New Specialty Basketball Licence Plate

Basketball Manitoba excited to announce a new initiative with its 'Basketball for Life Fund' with the pursuing of a basketball themed licence plate.  While we have already approached Manitoba Public Insurance, before proceeding further, we are conducting a market survey to gauge the level of support within the community for this initiative. The cost of a Manitoba Specialty Licence Plate is $70.00 with $30.00 of those dollars going directly to the Basketball for Life Fund.

NBA Legend Robert Parish to Speak at Youth Leadership Event in Winnipeg on Oct 10

Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries in partnership with NBA Canada have announced details on a special youth leadership event featuring NBA Legend and Hall of Fame Member Robert Parish.  The event will occur on Saturday October 10, 2015 at the Club Regent Event Centre, 1425 Regent Avenue West in Winnipeg at 11:00 am.  The all ages event costs only $12 which includes a lunch.

Robert Parish played in the NBA for a still standing record of 1,611 games over a 21 season career.  He is most remembered with his 14 season with the Boston Celtics along side other legends Larry Bird and Kevin McHale.  He was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003 and in 1996, Parish was also named as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.

Tickets can now be purchased through Ticketmaster.

Drew Hanlen Pure Sweat Basketball Camps Set for October 23-24 at Glenlawn Collegiate - CAMP IS CLOSE TO SOLD OUT!

CAMP FILLING UP QUICKLY...LIMITED SPOTS REMAIN, REGISTER NOW!! Basketball Manitoba is very pleased to announce details that it will be hosting a special athlete camp in Winnipeg at Glenlawn Collegiate, 770 St. Mary's Road in Winnipeg.  The Drew Hanlen Pure Sweat Basketball Camp is set for October 23-24 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm each day and targets male and female athletes ages 12-16.   

Drew Hanlen is the CEO of Pure Sweat and an NBA Strategic Skills Coach & Consultant that has helped over 25 NBA and NBA pre-draft players.  Drew was last in Winnipeg in 2013 for the SCC and player camps.  Some of Drew's NBA clients include 2015 NBA Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins (pictured with Drew to to the left), Dwight Howard of the Houston Rockets, 2015 NBA Champion David Lee of the Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves and reigning NBA Dunk Champion Zach LaVine and Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards among others.

During the season, Drew provides his clients with pre-game scouting and coverage reports to ensure that his clients are fully prepared to play, then post-game film analysis reports so that his clients continue to improve throughout the season.

After the conclusion of the season, Drew strategically designs customized improvement plans for each of his clients through detailed film and advanced analytic evaluations, then uses unconventional, yet purposeful, training methods that takes players through extreme, game-paced workouts that simulate what they will see in games.

He has been featured in Sports Illustrated, ESPN Magazine, STACK Magazine, Dime Magazine, Men’s Health, NBA.com and ESPN.com.

More information on Drew can be found at https://www.puresweatbasketball.com/


Camp Dates:
  • Friday October 23, 2015
  • Saturday October 24, 2015
Camp Times: (player's attend BOTH days)
  1. Coed Session #1 - Friday: 2:00 - 4:00 pm
  2. Coed Session #2 - Saturday: 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Camp Location: 
  • Glenlawn Collegiate
  • 770 St. Mary's Road, Winnipeg, Manitoba (Map below)
Camp Ages:
  • Female Athletes - Ages 12-16 
  • Male Athletes - Ages 12-16
Clinic Cost:
  • $65.00 per athlete (taxes included)
  • Includes 4 hours of court time with Drew and a camp T-shirt
Deadline to Register:
  • Wednesday October 21, 2015 at 5:00 pm OR when the camp sells out (a wait-list option will be provided once the camp is full).
Clinic Notes:
  • IMPORTANT: All participants must bring their own basketball.
  • The Friday of this weekend is the province-wide 'SAGE' in-service day (no classes) and the Saturday will see no WMBA games scheduled as the Super Coaches Clinic is running all day for all league coaches.
  • Players are to attend BOTH days of the camp (4 hours of court time in all)  
  • Players are asked to show up 15-30 minutes prior to the Friday session to register. Registration will begin at 1:30 pm on the Friday (no sooner)
  • No previous basketball experience is required - all are welcome!
  • Players are asked to come dressed ready to participate including non-marking runners, shorts and a t-shirt.  A towel and water bottle are also recommended but not required.  


REGISTER NOW: Drew Hanlen and Butch Carter to Headline 2015 Super Coaches Clinic

REGISTER NOW: Basketball Manitoba is pleased to announce that basketball coaches Drew Hanlen of Pure Sweat Basketball and Butch Cater, former Toronto Raptor Coach have been confirmed as the headliners for the October 23-24, 2015 Basketball Manitoba Super Coaches Clinic.

Joining Drew and Butch will be local university coaches Kirby Schepp and Tanya McKay along with former Manitoba player and current head coach at Fraser Valley, Adam Friesen.

Hall of Fame News: VIEW PHOTOS & VIDEO: Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame Dinner Huge Success

http://ift.tt/1L4HH1y The 15th Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame induction dinner held on Saturday, October 3 at the Victoria Inn set a new record with 282 people in attendance. They were there to honour the newest inductees...

  • Teams - the 1975, 1976 & 1978 Lord Selkirk Royals Varsity Girls and the 1977, 1978, 1979 & 1981 Lord Selkirk Royals Varsity Boys, 
  • Players - Earnest Bell, Terry Garrow, and Erin Soroko-Drazic
  • Builders - Coleen Dufresne, Hymie Fox, Maureen Orchard and Ralph Watts.

The dinner, held every second year, has continued to grow and has become a very special event, not only for those being inducted, but for our entire Manitoba basketball community. Thanks to everyone for their continuing support of our Basketball Hall of Fame and Museum which is located on the 2nd floor of the University of Winnipeg Duckworth Centre and on our website at www.mbhof.com.

Anyone wishing to donate to the work of the Hall of Fame and museum can do so online or through Basketball Manitoba. Being registered with the National Sports Trust Fund allows us to offer charitable income tax receipts for all donations.

We encourage all of our Hall of Fame members to sign up for the new Basketball for Life specialty license plate available through basketball Manitoba.

See you in 2017!

Source: Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame http://ift.tt/1GuCcap

Interathletic Sports League Fall / Winter Registration Underway for 18+ & 39+ Men's Basketball League

The Interathletic Sports League (ISL) Fall / Winter registration is now underway for men's teams 18+ and 39+ for its 2015-16 Men's Basketball League.  The ISL is supported by local churches across Winnipeg and Manitoba.  Full details include...

UPDATED: Athlete Initiative Basketball Post Skills Camp Set for Females Grades 8-12 for October

UPDATED: The Athlete Initiative program has announced details on their latest camp offering, targeting females in grades 8-12.  The Post Skills Camp will run for 4 sessions from October 4-25 at Balmoral Hall School.  Full details include...

Hosts Set for 2016 Junior High Invitational Tournament

Basketball Manitoba is pleased to announce that its has set its hosts for the 2016 Junior High Invitational Tournament.  The JHIT will run March 21-24, 2016 for junior high or middle school based basketball teams at the grades 7-9 range.  The host schools are...

SCHEDULE RELEASED: Winnipeg Zhonghua Cup Basketball Tournament Set for October 10

SCHEDULE RELEASED: The Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Centre has announced details on their annual Zhonghua Cup Basketball Tournament.  The event, open to male teams ages 18 and over will begin on October 10 at the WCCCC Gym located on the 2nd floor at 180 King Street in Winnipeg.  More information can be found on their website at...

Fort Garry Men's League Schedule Released

SCHEDULE RELEASED: The Fort Garry Brewing Company Super Men's Basketball League has announced it is gearing up for another brand new season at the University of Winnipeg Duckworth Centre.

Bill McDonald Memorial Basketball Tournament Set for December 11 & 12 in The Pas

The 4th annual Bill McDonald Memorial Basketball Tournament has been set for December 11 & 12 in The Pas, Manitoba for varsity boys and varsity girls teams.  The event will include a dinner, skills competition, All-Star and MVP selection and more.  For details...

SATURDAY OCTOBER 3 - WATCH LIVE ONLINE: 2015 Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Dinner

THIS WEEKEND - WATCH LIVE ONLINE:  The Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame has announced that tickets for its upcoming 2015 Induction Dinner are now available for sale.  The 15th Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Dinner will take place on Saturday, October 3, 2015.

That evening will see the induction of three players (Earnest Bell, Terry Garrow and Erin Soroko-Drazic), four builders (Coleen Dufresne, Hymie Fox, Maureen Orchard, Ralph Watts), and two groups of teams (Lord Selkirk Royals 1975, 76 & 78 Varsity Girls and Lord Selkirk Royals 1977, 78, 79 & 81 Varsity Boys).  VIEW FULL ANNOUNCEMENT.

Arrangements are well underway to make this another very special evening, not only for those being inducted, but for all Hall of Fame members, and the basketball community, in general. The details are as follows :
  • The induction dinner will be held at the Victoria Inn, 1808 Wellington Avenue, Saturday, October 3 with the bar opening at 6:00 p.m. and dinner being served at about 7:00 pm ; the induction ceremonies will follow at about 8:00 pm.
  • Tickets are $80.00 each; reserved tables of eight (8) are $600.00 each; tables will be designated and reserved for groups so you can sit with those you know
  • You can purchase tickets by completing the below for or from Basketball Manitoba at 145 Pacific Avenue, phone 204-925-5775 or from Ross Wedlake at 204-668-9494 or e-mail at rosswedlake@gmail.com 
  • In addition, we will have more and better prizes to give away
  • An informal wine and cheese gathering for all of our newest inductees and all other members and friends will take place on that Saturday afternoon at 12:30 at the Hall of Fame and Museum (University of Winnipeg Duckworth Athletic Centre – 2nd floor)

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Overcoming Performance Anxiety with Sports Psychology

By: Elizabeth Quinn (Sports Medicine Expert)

Do you perform well during training or practice but choke in competition? If feelings of nervousness, anxiety or fear interfere with your sports performance, learning to use a few tips from sports psychology may help you get your anxiety under control and reduce game day nerves.

Performance anxiety in sports, sometimes referred to as ‘choking,’is described as a decrease in athletic performance due to too much perceived stress.

Perceived stress often increases in athletes on game day because (1) they have an audience and (2) they have extremely high expectations of their success. This type of stress is often based upon the way the athletes interpret the situation. It is rarely the external situation that causes stress, but rather the way the athlete’s self talk describes the situation that creates feelings of stress, anxiety and fear. For athletes who choke during competition it is important to understand that the thoughts you have regarding the event can be modified, adjusted or controlled with appropriate sports psychology and mental practice.

An athlete should first determine if thoughts of doubt, failure or a lack of confidence are due to a perceived lack of ability. If so, the self talk will generally lead to continued feelings of anxiety, nervousness, and tension. Athlete need to realize that it’s tough to do your best in a sport when your own internal voice is telling you otherwise.

To overcome performance anxiety, traditional coaches and trainers may try to help the athlete understand why those thoughts and feelings develop and then try to change or modify that process with limited amounts of success.

Why such thoughts arise may be of interest, but knowing the answer isn’t always necessary to overcome them.

Sports Psychology Tips to Reduce Performance Anxiety
Here are a few tips that may help change or redirect the negative self-talk.

Reduce Performance Anxiety Before the Event

  • Recognize that pre-race jitters are normal. Accept, rather than fight, the nervous energy you feel. Don’t misinterpret it by thinking that it is fear. That adrenaline rush you feel is normal and it is part of your body’s natural preparation for the competition. Notice it, but don’t focus on it. Once the race starts, that feeling will subside, as it always does.
  • Prepare both mentally and physically. Arrive at the event with plenty of time so you aren’t rushed, which only increases your stress. Get a thorough warm-up. Do some easy stretching. Know the course. Dress for conditions.
  • Visualize. Allow a few minutes to practice visualization. During this time you mentally rehearse, showing yourself doing everything right. Breathe easy, close your eyes and use mental imagery to visualize yourself performing well. This positive self-talk can change your attitude. While athletes need to be flexible enough to react during the event, you should enter the event with a general strategy of how you want to race. Your strategy can be simple (maintain a steady pace or maintain a steady heart rate) or complex.

Reduce Performance Anxiety During the Event

  • Focus on the task at hand rather than the outcome. Stay present in the moment and avoid thinking too far into the event or thinking about the finish. If you find yourself thinking negative thoughts or negative self-talk, stop and focus only on your breathing. Focusing on your breathing rhythm will automatically pull you back into the present.
  • Force a smile. Really. If you are struggling with negative thoughts and can’t break out of the cycle, simply force yourself to smile, even if only for a few seconds. This simple action will change your attitude in a split second. Perhaps that is all the time you need to relax back into your performance.
  • Race like you don’t care about the outcome. If you find yourself caught up in negative thoughts and find that you suddenly expect the worst it will be impossible to perform at your peak. If you begin to race like you don’t care about the outcome, you may relax and enjoy the event for what it is – another day in your life. Not the most important thing in your life.

Reduce Performance Anxiety After the Event:

  • Review the race and recall the things you did well. Focus on actions, thoughts and behaviors that helped you perform.
  • Acknowledge, but quickly dismiss things that hindered your performance. This is the same principle as avoiding an obstacle while driving – look where you want to go, not where you don’t. When you focus on the pothole, you invariably hit it. Focusing on the negative aspects of the event will not help you improve in the future. Rather, you want to focus on the times when you ‘got it right.’ This is a form of mental rehearsal where you practice skills that will be used in the next event.
  • Design a training program that mimics race-like conditions. Teams and clubs often do such training. If you always train alone, consider joining a group so you can do this type of simulation. Practice is most effective if you can mimic the conditions you will be faced with in competition. Coaches can also help or hinder an athlete’s ability to overcome choking during competition. Coaches often inadvertently reinforce a pattern of choking when trying to encourage (“the next shot is critical”). Such talk only increases the pressure an athlete feels to perform.
Remember that choking can be dealt with if you are aware of the pattern of negative thoughts that snowball before and during competition. If you find yourself in such a downward spiral, simply acknowledge those thoughts and let them go. Focus on your breathing and play as though you are enjoying it. Chances are you will realize that you are enjoying it despite the occasional less than perfect performance.

Source: https://stevenashyb.wordpress.com/2015/10/01/overcoming-performance-anxiety-with-sports-psychology/

SCHEDULE RELEASED: Stop The Bleed Fundraising Basketball Tournament Set for Oct 7-9 St. Paul's

SCHEDULE RELEASED: A special fundraising six team club basketball tournament has been set for October 7-9, 2015 for male teams born in 2005 or later.  The tournament will be hosted at St. Paul's High School, 2200 Grant Avenue in Winnipeg.  Registration fee has been set at $275 per team with all proceeds going towards the Manitoba Chapter of the Canadian Hemophiliac Society.  Deadline to register is September 30, 2015.  To register, contact...

Manitoba Male Centre for Performance Rosters Announced

Basketball Manitoba is pleased to announce the male rosters for the 2015-16 Canada Basketball Centre for Performance Program - Manitoba Region.  The program is a regional training centre designed to bring together male Canadian basketball athletes aged 15U. The program targets high potential athletes and provides them with advanced level training and experiences to help them develop into an elite level basketball player.

EARLY BIRD DEADLINE: MABO Announces Fall Official Referee Clinics & Membership Details

EARLY BIRD DEADLINE SEPT 30, TIMES & VENUES UPDATED: The Manitoba Association of Basketball Officials has announced its fall 2015 line-up of basketball referee clinics and membership details on its website.  The clinics will be offered this October and November in Manitoba and are open to people ages 18+.

Ballin' for Cancer Awareness Basketball Tournament Raises $4650 for CancerCare Manitoba

VIEW PHOTO GALLERY: The Ballin' for Cancer Awareness Basketball Tournament organizer Donovan Gayle has announced that the second annual tournament has raised $4650.00 for CancerCare Manitoba!  The 10 team men's tournament which ran in late August at the University of Winnipeg was coordinated to spread awareness and collect needed funds to support cancer resource programs offered here in Manitoba.  The inaugural event raised $3000 in 2014.

REGISTER NOW: WMBA Announces New Manitoba Basketball League to Begin Play This Fall

REGISTER NOW:  The Winnipeg Minor Basketball Association is anow accepting team registrations for its new club basketball league that will begin this fall.  The Manitoba Basketball League (MBL) is replacing the old Rising Stars League (RSL) with some changes to its format, timelines and fees.  The league was formed in response to the changes that were suggested by the various club teams throughout the city. With that in mind, the MBL will be a league where the member teams have a vote on decisions that determine its direction.

  • Our MISSION Is to provide a competitive basketball league with an emphasis on player, coach and club development using Long Term Athlete Development principles.
  • Our VISION: Is to be the premier club basketball league in Manitoba. We will do this by focusing on our key values in the following areas: 
  • Developing excellence in our players coaches and officials
  • Mutual respect in a positive environment 
  • Transparency and accountability through effective communication with our members   

Fall/Winter Season

Key Timelines
  • October 18th to December 6th: Preseason + Regular season 10 games
  • December 12th - 13th: Playoff Weekend
  • Playing days: Sunday 

Age Divisions

  • 12U - Born in 2003 'A' and 'B'
  • 13U - Born in 2002 'A' and 'B'
  • 14U - Born in 2001 'A' and 'B'
  • 15U - Born in 2000 'A' and 'B'
  • 16U - Born in 1999 'A' and 'B'
  • 17U - Born in 1998 'A' and 'B'

  • 12-13U - Born in 2002-2003 'A' and 'B'
  • 14-15U - Born in 2000-2001 'A' and 'B'
  • 16-17U - Born in 1998-1999 'A' and 'B'

Registration Information
  • Team Fee:   $1650
  • Registration Deadline: October 5th
  • Payment Deadline: October 13th
  • See full budget here - 2015 Budget

How to Register

Each team must register online and submit the appropriate registration fee to the WMBA office no later than Tuesday October, 13th (4:30 pm).

Submit Full Payment as indicated in the email confirmation you will receive prior to the deadline. All payments are to be made payable to 'WMBA' and sent to 145 Pacific Ave, Wpg, MB, R3B 2Z6.  Payment will be accepted online or in the form of Interac, MasterCard, Visa, cash, cheque or money order in the office or credit card by phone or cheque by mail.  All payments are to be made payable to “WMBA”.

To register and for more information, visit the Manitoba Basketball League website.

UPDATED: Register Your Team Now for Winnipeg Women's Basketball League

The Winnipeg Women's Basketball League (WWBL) has announced they are accepting team registrations for its age 18+ league which will begin later this fall.  Full details include...


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