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Hoop It Up 3on3 Basketball Tournament Returning to Winnipeg June 28-29 at Garden City Shopping Centre

Basketball Manitoba is very excited to announce that after a 5 year absence, the world's largest 3on3 basketball tournament is returning to Winnipeg on June 28-29 at the Garden City Shopping Centre!  The 25th Anniversary Season of Hoop It Up is coming to nine cities across North America in the summer of 2014 and Winnipeg is the only Canadian stop on the tour.  Winnipeg joins other major US cities including Washington DC, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Antonio, Denver, Phoenix, Fort Lauderdale and Albuquerque on the North American tour!   The Winnipeg event is also a FIBA 3x3 Certified Event and will be 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 4 is $160 or $220 for the men's Top Gun divison.  Deadline to register is Tuesday June 24 at 11:59 pm.

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of history and show the world you’ve got game! HOOP IT UP is the world's premier grassroots 3x3 basketball tour and is open to males and females, ages 8 and up. All skill levels from recreational to Top Gun are welcome to play this fast-paced and skillful game!

The best ballers north of the border will be in action when HOOP IT UP goes international and returns to Winnipeg on June 28th and 29th! 2014 is the 25th Anniversary season of HOOP IT UP and the Tour is thrilled to be heading back to Manitoba. All the fast-paced, high-flying action will be at the Garden City Shopping Center. Don’t miss out on your chance to show that you can play with the best. Sign up today and be ready to bring your game when HOOP IT UP comes to Winnipeg.


  • Dates: June 28-29, 2014 (Saturday, Sunday)
  • Times: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm each date
  • Location: Garden City Shopping Centre, 2305 McPhillips Steet, Winnipeg (South Parking Lot)
  • Deadline: Tuesday June 24, 2014, 11:59 pm
  • Ages: 8 to 99, males and females
  • Age Divisions: 22 different categories - see full list (no coed divisions)
  • Team Size: 4 players each (3 on the court plus one sub)
  • Tournament Fee: $160 for a team of 4; Top Gun Division is $220
  • Guaranteed Games: All teams will receive a minimum of 4 games each
  • Rules: All games will be played using FIBA rules - read full FIBA 3x3 Rules - watch rules videos below...
  • Rule Modifications: Game times are 25 minutes each or 21 points, whichever occurs first.  Top Gun Male will use a 12 second shot clock and a size 6 basketball.  
  • Prizes: Awards will be presented to the top team in each category
  • Top Gun Male Prize: The winning team will receive an entry into the Toronto FIBA 3x3 Tournament set for July 4-6, 2014 (travel July 4 & 6). Prize includes airfare for 4 to Toronto from Winnipeg, hotel & tourney fee.


DEADLINE TUESDAY JUNE 24, 2014, 11:59 pm

Need help registering?  Call 1-888-997-PLAY (7529) for help!

GARDEN CITY SHOPPING CENTRE - 2305 McPhillips Street, Winnipeg, MB

New to the FIBA 3x3 Rules?  Watch the below rules series...

3x3 Federation Ranking

The 3x3 Federation Ranking is the main criteria used to identify the teams qualified to the national-team based 3x3 Official Competitions. It is based on the 3x3 Individual World Ranking. The 3x3 Individual World Ranking takes into account the number of points collected by players in the last 12 months. National Federations are ranked according to the aggregate points tallied by their Top 100 nationals in the 3x3 Individual World Ranking in the men’s category, who have a confirmed 3x3planet.com account.

The 3x3 Federation Ranking not only rewards the elite performances of the players but also the 3x3 activity in the territory of each National Federation. The position in the 3x3 Federation Ranking is driven by the number of players and their playing frequency. The more events are organised the more likely players will accumulate points and increase the national federation's standing in the 3x3 Federation Ranking.

The 3x3 Federation Ranking will be published on a monthly basis on www.fiba.com/3x3. National Federations can check the most updated ranking at their convenience with their exclusive access to www.3x3planet.com, FIBA 3x3’s online platform.

If you’re coming in to town for Hoop It Up, consider arriving early or staying late to enjoy all that Winnipeg has to offer! The Winnipeg Blue Bombers host a regular season game on Thursday, June 26th at brand new Investors Group Field and Michael Buble performs at the MTS Centre the same night. Beautiful SHAW park will be packed with fans as Winnipeg’s professional baseball team the Goldeyes host a weekend series. For the action sport enthusiasts, Adrenaline Adventures is the perfect place to zipline or cable wakeboard. Families will delight in the attractions at the Manitoba Children’s Museum and enjoy exploring The Forks—Winnipeg’s gathering place with nine acres of activity, restaurants, shopping and interactive fun. With more than $2 billion currently being invested in infrastructure and attractions, now is the time for you to visit Winnipeg! For more information or to get in touch with us, head over to our website at www.tourismwinnipeg.com

DEADLINE TUESDAY JUNE 24, 2014, 11:59 pm

Need help registering?  Call 1-888-997-PLAY (7529) for help!

DEADLINE THIS FRIDAY APRIL 25: Club Basketball Provincial Championships Coming May 8-11, 2014

DEADLINE THIS FRIDAY APRIL 25:  Basketball Manitoba is pleased to announce details on the 2014 Club Basketball Provincial Championship set for May 8-11, 2014 in Winnipeg.  The 4 day event will occur at the University of Manitoba IGAC and University of Winnipeg Duckworth Centre and involves male and female teams in the 14-19 age range. Deadline to register a team is Friday April 25, 2014 at a fee of $325 per team.


UPDATED: NCCP Basketball Coach Certification Courses Set for May 2-4 in Winnipeg

TRAIN TO COMPETE COURSE UPDATED DATES, TIMES AND FEE: Basketball Manitoba is pleased to announce it will be hosting another offering of the NCCP 'Learn to Train' and the 'Train to Compete Skills Module', courses on the May 2-4, 2014 weekend in Winnipeg.  These new offerings replace the old NCCP Level 1-3 Technical and Theory courses and are for coaches working with athletes from 5-18 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...  

Manitoba Provincial Team Tryouts Announced for May 23-25, 2014

Basketball Manitoba is pleased to announced details on the upcoming Provincial Team Tryouts for the upcoming summer. The tryouts for the program will occur May 23-25, 2014 at the University of Winnipeg Duckworth Centre.  The summer of 2014 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 the Tri-Prov Tournament in Regina, the Nike National Invitational in Chicago, Illinois (NCAA certified event), and the Canadian National Championships in Edmonton (NCAA certified event).  All 3 male teams will compete in the Tri-Prov Tournament in Regina, the Adidas Invitational in Indianapolis, Indiana (NCAA certified event), and the Canadian National Championships in Edmonton (NCAA certified event).

This summer's program reveals some changes to the Provincial Team program with the try-out dates now starting in late May.  Both the male and female programs with be attending two major NCAA certified tournaments.  Canada Basketball in partnership with the national Provincial basketball organizations have moved the National Championships into the late July NCAA evaluation period to now permit U.S. college coaches to join Canadian University and College coaches the opportunity to attend and evaluate the red-hot Canadian talent that has been impacting the women's and men's NCAA basketball scene.  The female teams will attend the most prestigious stop on the summer evaluation tour July 9-13, the Nike Summer Showcase in Chicago.  The male teams are attending the Adidas Invitational in Indianapolis, which was voted the best tournament of the 2013 summer with famous alumni and over 450 teams converging on the mid-west town July 9-13.  All 6 provincial teams (male and female) will also attend the FIBA warm-up tournament in Regina, the Tri-Prov Invitational July 4-6.  This tournament includes the provincial teams from Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.

PHOTOS & VIDEO ADDED: 2014 Basketball Manitoba Awards Winners Announced

Basketball Manitoba is pleased to announce the details on those honoured at the Basketball Manitoba Awards on Saturday April 19 as All-Manitobans, Players of the Year, Coaches of the Year, Carl Ridd, Mike Spack, Jim Bulloch and Ron Meyers Award winners along with special recognition and service awards. Those honoured for an outstanding basketball season were...

Full Banquet Video (2 hours, 5 min)


Event Photos (on Facebook.com)

Off The Rim - "Provincial Teams"

By Hoops

To mark the end of the season, if there even is an off-season now, and to finish my writings for the year, I thought I would focus on something coming up - our provincial teams. After the club championships are finished the try-outs are scheduled for the weekend on May 24 & 25.

I think we were all very proud of the successes of all of our teams last summer. Manitoba is now definitely seen as a province to be reckoned with and a threat for medals at all age levels. The slate of coaches for our provincial teams was published awhile back and I think we should all be very thankful that such good people are willing to sacrifice much of their summer to work with our athletes. The experience of playing on one of our provincial teams is the chance of a lifetime for any young athlete. All good, right ? Maybe not.

There is one somewhat disturbing fact relative to this subject. I have heard some discussion in various circles at some games this past season. It seems that some club coaches, some parents, and even some players question whether they should even try out for our provincial teams, and that seems unbelievable to this author. The opportunity to represent our province in national competition would seem to the ultimate goal for any basketball player, and, in my opinion, it should be. Why would any coach or parent tell a young player not to participate in our provincial programs? I can only guess. I hope it isn't for selfish reasons, after all, shouldn't we be doing what is best for the athletes? I think that I have always been a supporter of our provincial organization, Basketball Manitoba, but, after doing these columns this year and becoming more aware of all the things it does, I am now an even bigger supporter and will do everything I can do to promote and support our provincial programs, which are a big part of their programs - maybe the biggest.

If Manitoba is going to continue to compete for medals at our national championships, we need our very best representing us. Other provinces like Ontario, with a larger population and a deeper talent pool, may still able to compete without their very best representing them. Manitoba is not like that - we need our best out there.

I am aware that Basketball Manitoba invests many resources in our provincial programs. According to my sources in other provinces, the cost per athlete here is substantially lower than elsewhere and parents here are given opportunities to raise funds through working bingos. I am hoping that all of our club and school coaches and parents will encourage their best kids - male and female - to be there on that weekend in May and to compete for a spot on Team Toba. Let's all get behind this and make this summer the best ever.

This is my last submission as Hoops. I have enjoyed being able to express my opinions on a variety of subjects. I would like to thank the people at Basketball Manitoba for giving me this opportunity. Will I be back next season ? We'll see. Thanks to all those who have read my columns and submitted comments. I really like the slogan of Basketball Manitoba - "Together We Grow Basketball".

Let's all keep up the good work and do it together.
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Manitoba Bison Women's ID Camps Set for May 9-11 at IGAC

The University of Manitoba Women's basketball team has announced details on an open 2014-2015 Spring Athlete Identification Camp. The purpose of the camp is to gather all athletes that have expressed interest in the program or have been identified by the coaching staff to participate.  All those who believe they can be competitive at the Canadian Inter-university Sport (CIS) level and want to be part of the Bison Sport program are welcome. If you are interested in attending please note the times and dates below and contact one of the coaches below to confirm attendance.

Dates & Times:

  • May 9th – 8am-10am On Court (Skills & Scrimmage) 
  • May 10th – 12pm-2pm On Court (Testing & Skills)
  •                              5pm-7pm On Court (Skills & Scrimmage) 
  • May 11th – 10am-12pm On Court (Skills & Scrimmage)

All sessions will be held on the Fort Garry Campus at the University of Manitoba

For more information, please contact the Bison Women's Basketball Office at (204) 474-8785

DEADLINE APPROACHING: Sport Manitoba Announces Scholarship Opportunities for Athletes & Coaches - Deadline April 30

Sport Manitoba and Coaching Manitoba has announced details on 3 different athlete and coach scholarships that are available to Manitobans entering or at the post-secondary level.  The Manitoba Foundation for Sports Scholarships, Princess Royal Pan Am Scholarships and the Coaching Manitoba Bursary offer support in the range of $500 to $3000 to a successful candidate.  Deadline to apply is Wednesday April 30, 2014.  For details and to apply...

JOB POSTING: College Wesmen Men's and Women's Basketball Teams Seeking Head Coach

Applications are now being accepted for the Head Coach positions for the College Wesmen Men's and Women's Basketball Teams for the upcoming season.

In Youth Sports, Losing is for Champions


If you have a young hockey player, a skier, a hoops player or any other form of winter athlete, then you know it’s crunch time. “March madness” applies in more than just basketball. State tournaments are being played, state ski teams selected — and children (lots of them) are losing their last game or their last race of the year.

And as hard as it is, we parents should embrace, and even welcome, every single loss.

It’s the nature of the game (or the race, or the tournament) that there are more losers than winners. The former Olympic skier Edie Thys Morgan, who’s also a friend of mine, now coaches her two sons and a whole herd of other young skiers as they try for downhill glory. On her blog this month, she urges parents to give up on “secretly hoping for success every time.”

Ms. Thys knows that we know that “real progress is often a barely perceptible crawl,” and that we all want real success for our children in life, “not just a silly sporting event.” But she’s a parent, too, and she hears us, in our secret hearts — underneath all our outward insistence that winning isn’t everything — wishing our children could just “have the good days and put off the agony of defeat indefinitely, or at least until adulthood.”

I can say from experience that the fantasy of child stardom is not all it’s cracked up to be. The pros are, of course, an early sniff of glory and an instant endorphin hit of success. Up into my early teens I won every ski race I entered. I fell and got up, and won. My boots got stolen from the car so I borrowed a friend’s mother’s boots, and won. A big kid in ski boots stepped on my bare toes and broke them the day before a race, and the next day I won. You get the picture. Yay me.

But then one day, I didn’t win. And I kept not winning, like it was my new job, until it felt my world had crumbled. I had three close friends who resided solidly in my rear-view mirror during my young days of untrammeled fabulousness. All three of them scooted past me and made their ways onto the U.S. Ski Team while I ground my gears. They were teaching me the lesson I had taught them long ago: that sooner or later you’ll get your butt kicked, so you’d better know how to deal with it. I did not appreciate the lesson.

Ms. Thys dusted herself off and raced again, and again, and again, eventually to the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games. Now she’s watching her own young racers, and wondering which ones will have that drive — to lose, and then get up and compete again. It’s that, far more than winning, that makes a person a success.

Her whole post is well worth a read: she considers talking kids through a disappointment, and how the laudable principle of “it’s not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game” can mask the value of disappointment, which “in itself isn’t such a bad thing. It means you have some skin in the game.”

From there, in this season of teams losing in the semifinals, kids falling in the last race and teams that never make the tournament at all, it’s a good plan to go on to consider the basketball player Mark Titus, who made the team at Ohio State and went on to spend four years warming the bench — which he turned into a successful blog, a book and a career as a sportswriter (he’s interviewed here for The Atlantic Monthly). Success, even in sports, doesn’t always look the way we think it will.

Most of our children won’t spend their lives in sports. Statistically, few will become professionals, or even play or compete in college. They’re destined for what those of us on the outside of sport might call the real world. And losing, as hard as it is on them (and on us), might just be better preparation for that.

Source: Steve Nash Youth Basketball Coaches' Blog http://ift.tt/1mAcPOK

Winnipeg's Got Sole Sneaker Event Returning June 21 to Bronx Park Community Centre #wpgsgotsole

The 'Winnipeg’s Got Sole' Sneaker event is back for its second year and Basketball Manitoba is pleased to be a part of it.  Basketball Manitoba will have a booth set up at the event collecting used basketball shoes for our basketball shoe recycling program.  Winnipeg's Got Sole is a local non-profit charity that connects all sneaker connoisseurs in Winnipeg, Manitoba through events and initiatives.  The event is used to connect and unite all the sneaker connoisseurs or 'sneakerheads' in and around the Winnipeg area through various events, programs, and initiatives as well as via social media and to promote the steady growth of the sneaker culture in Winnipeg.

This year's event will occur on Saturday June 21, 2014 from 11:00 am - to 5:00 pm at Bronx Park Community Centre, 720 Henderson Hwy in Winnipeg.

More information can be found at...



Stonewall Collegiate to Host 3on3 'Hoops for Hope' Basketball Tournament May 2-3 for Cancer Care

Stonewall Collegiate has announced that it will be hosting its second annual cancer awareness fundraiser, May 2-3.  The event features a 24 hour 3 on 3 basketball tournament called 'Hoops for Hope'.  Several staff members at the school in the last few years have battled the disease and there are a number of students in the area whose parents are also dealing with cancer.  Last year's event raised over $12,000 for Cancer Care in Manitoba.  The tournament is open to teams of 6 in grades 2-4, grades 5-6, grades 7-8, high school students and adults age 18+.  The organizers are looking for teams and donations for the silent auction or simply a monetary donations to the cause. Registration fee is $25 a person and all team members receive a shirt with their entry fee.  A pancake breakfast that will start at 4:00 am to 11:00 am.  There are pledge sheets available online at cancer care as well for anyone who would like to donate directly.For more information and to help support he cause, go to...


For more information and to register, please contact Curtis Grieve at 204-467-5539 or at cgrieve@isd21mb.ca

Stonewall Collegiate Institute
Hoops for Hope 2014 

24 hour 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

Friday, May 2 - 4 pm to Saturday, May 3 - 4 pm
297 5th Street West, Stonewall

Join the fun as players (from 7 years and up) pay $25/player to play 3 on 3 basketball for 24 hours. The event will also feature a silent auction and T-shirt sales.
All money raised will be donated to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation.

Please click the purple donate button to support this event.

Together we can make a difference!

Team Saskatchewan Battle to Win for Crystal Heisler

By Suki Chhoeun
Athlete Initiative 

(Photo Credits, Regina Leader-Post)

While some of spend our time battling the mornings rush hour traffic or battling our everyday fears, Crystal McGregor (Heisler) has spent the last two years fighting her own battle, cancer.

On Saturday, April 19th, 2014, the Battle of the Border All-Star Charity game was played at the University of Regina (CKHS), in support of Ex-Cougar, Crystal McGregor.  On Saturday evening, with great support from the communities of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, we raised close to $4,000 towards Crystal's cancer treatments through donations and game admission.

While celebrating charity and competition in Battle of the Border 2014, old rivalries were dug  from the ground that have tethered between Manitoba and Saskatchewan for the last few decades in CIS sport. Saturday night's game was an attest to the dynamic and special relationship that Manitoba and Saskatchewan has for one another that have carried through.

The collection of all-stars were members of many spectacular university teams, including the  University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Winnipeg, Manitoba and Brandon.  Many of these athletes have won numerous bronze and silver medals, but most notably speaking, two athletes who were in uniform on Saturday night have accomplished CIS gold medals and were also named player of the year Nan Copp winners during their CIS playing career; ex-Cougar, Cymone Bernauer (Bouchard) and ex-Bison Anne Smith.  Bernauer was a teammate to McGregor while Smith played against McGregor during her career.

After four quarters of exciting and dynamic offensive and defensive efforts from both teams, Team Saskatchewan closed this years battle with a win over Team Manitoba with a final score of 97-78. While team Saskatchewan can hold onto bragging rights for the next year, Team Manitoba has a year to prepare for the next Battle of the Border in Regina that is set for next April 2015.
Award winners of the evening include:

  • MVP- Cymone Bernauer (Bouchard)
  • SASK player of the game - Lara Ludwig (Schmidt)
  • MB player of the game - Anne Smith
  • Defensive player of the game - Gabby Gheyssen
  • Sportsmanship - Randie Gibson

Athlete Initiative would like to graciously thank all the donations we received for Crystal; and our sponsors who helped make this charitable event possible.

Our gold sponsors: Evelyn MacIver of Ride Time Winnipeg, Curt Veil & Kevin Van of Pacesetter Homes of Qualico, Lindsay deLeeuw of Canadian Pride Jewellery and Marylou Gibson of Trailer Wizards.  We would also like to recognize our silver sponsors who contributed, University of Regina and Dorothy Hill of Hotel Saskatchewan of Radisson who lodged Team Manitoba for the weekend.  Thank you to both provincial sport organizations for their ongoing support of the event, Adam Wedlake of Basketball Manitoba and Greg Lucas of Basketball Saskatchewan.

Thank you to all the volunteers, Team Manitoba and Team Saskatchewan for lacing up and suiting up to play for Crystal McGregor.

Thank you to both Manitoba and Saskatchewan communities for all the support toward Crystal McGregor.  We ask everyone to continue to pray each day for Crystal as we believe in the power of miracles.

Suki Chhoeun, Athlete Initiative


Courtney Engel, Amber Harms, Brenna Riediger and Megan Riediger to Suit Up for Providence University

The Providence University Pilots Women's Basketball Team has announce the signing of four new recruits to that will join the team this fall.  Manitobans Courtney Engel, Amber Harms, Brenna Riediger and Megan Riediger have all agreed to join coach Joel Coursey at the Otterburne, MB campus.

Name: Courtney Engel
Position: Forward
Height: 5'8"
High School: St. Norbert Collegiate
Hometown: La Salle, MB

Providence University College is excited to announce the signing of St. Norbert Collegiate Forward, Courtney Engel. Coach Coursey said this when asked about the signing of Courtney Engel, "Courtney is a hard working individual, who desires to get stronger. I have no doubt that Courtney will make an impact on my team when she arrives in the fall. With Courtney's strength and understanding of the game, I think she will be a great addition to my young Pilots roster."
Name: Amber Harms
Position: Forward
Height: 5'9"
High School: Fort Richmond Collegiate
Hometown: Winnipeg, MB

Providence University College is excited to announce the signing of Fort Richmond Collegiate forward, Amber Harms. Head coach Joel Coursey had this to say about Amber, "she is a very athletic player who has the ability to play multiple positions, but more importantly she can guard 1 through 5. I am very excited for the addition of Amber Harms to my roster." Amber's father played at Providence and her sister is a current player for the Pilots. Amber also played for the Pilots 17U club basketball team this past spring.

Name: Brenna Riediger
Position: Guard
Height: 5'7"
High School: Westgate Mennonite Collegiate
Hometown: Winnipeg, MB
Providence University College is excited to announce the signing of Westgate Mennonite Collegiate guard, Brenna Riediger. Head coach Joel Coursey had this to say about Riediger, “Brenna is a great athlete who has been coached by many great coaches both in club and high school. I believe that she will be able to adapt to our team and contribute to the success of the program. Brenna loves playing the game, and that is what you need from your players. Brenna is a very aggressive player who puts her body on the line each night. Brenna is a good outside shooter and she plays well on both ends of the court.” Brenna’s twin sister Megan also signed with the Pilots for this upcoming season. “I have never had twins or sisters on my team before, but this year will be different. I have both the Riediger and Harms sisters playing for me.”

Name: Megan Riediger
Position: Guard
Height: 5'6"
High School: Westgate Mennonite Collegiate
Hometown: Winnipeg, MB
Providence University College is excited to announce the signing of Westgate Mennonite Collegiate guard, Megan Riediger. Head coach Joel Coursey had this to say about Riediger, “Megan is a strong player who has been well coached. Her attitude, desire to get better and her love of the game is what coaches want all of their players to have. Megan will add quality depth to the guard position with her shooting ability and her defense intensity. I am excited to have Megan play for me next year. She will fit in very well with the girls I have coming back.”

Parenting Through the Youth Sports Experience

By: Brian McCormick

Parents frequently ask me about pushing their child. They are unsure of the fine line between offering encouragement and opportunities and pushing an activity onto their child. When children begin organized athletics, the parent almost always makes the decision, as few five, six, or seven year-olds know what they want to do; at the same time, almost any kind of activity is interesting to a child at that age.

Once the child joins an organized sports team or league, and the child shows an interest in the activity, how much should a parent push? If all the other children are going to private trainers, should my child? If I do not take my child to extra lessons, am I failing my child or allowing him or her to fall behind? If I take my child to extra lessons, am I pushing the sport too much?

Parents know that practice is necessary for the child to improve. However, how much does an eight-year-old need to improve? Does he need to be the best player on his team or in his league? Is it better to play multiple sports even if it means not being the star in any of them?

An old blog on The Nation of Wimps web site differentiates spoiling one’s children from overparenting.

“Overparenting is driven by the demands of the adult. And it isn’t necessarily focused on things….A parent consumed by anxiety for a child’s achievement calls a teacher to protest a grade given to the student. Or sends a kid off to ballet camp with an eye to developing an array of extracurricular skills that will ultimately impress college admissions officers. It isn’t necessarily something the child has asked for. It is something that soothes the parental anxiety.”

I used to train a lot of young athletes. These players played on their team, but they or their parents believed that they needed more instruction or more practice. Rather than seek the additional practice on their own or by playing pick-up games at the park, they sought out individual or small-group training.

Nowadays, children do not seem to practice or play on their own. Their lives are scheduled from early childhood. Therefore, to practice outside of the team’s practice, a parent has to schedule the additional training. Is this a sign of overparenting?

My sister teaches at a private elementary school, so I hear frequently about parents calling about grades. Last summer, I taught an undergraduate course and saw the product of this overparenting. The students turned in terrible work and expected A’s. University students who did not spell check a paper were indignant when they did not receive an A. Of course they were. Their parents likely complained to their teachers all the way through high school, regardless of the quality of their work. My sister explained to a parent once that the student had not turned in homework for weeks and had not attended a single review/tutoring session that she had offered. The parent’s response was that the bad grade would hurt his high school application. The parent did not say, “Oh. I’m sorry. I will find out why my son is not doing his homework and make sure that he attends the tutoring sessions to catch up.” Instead, it was the teacher’s fault that the student could not be bothered to do his work.

As The Nation of Wimps blog continues:

“Overparented kids wind up without a sense of self. They grow up overly compliant. They lack coping skills because everything has been done for them by anxious parents. They’re weak from within, and it’s a pervasive weakness. The grow up risk-averse and unable to make decisions on their own. They, too, have a low tolerance for frustration.”

Through our interactions as coaches, parents, and teachers, we are setting up these children and teenagers for failure, often out of our best intentions. Athletes with a low tolerance for frustration are unlikely to succeed at a very high level. Developing talent is a process filled with frustration, as improvement requires practicing on the edge of one’s ability where mistakes are frequent. If these athletes lack coping skills, they will struggle to push themselves to improve, and they will struggle every time that they move up a level and face better competition. Nobody achieves a high level of success in any discipline without some struggles.

John Wooden is famous for his quote, “Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.” It seems like with this generation, parents, teachers, and coaches are afraid to allow children to fail. Making mistakes and failing is not bad, unless the person lacks the coping skills to handle the missteps. By not allowing children to fall flat on their faces, adults are interfering with the development of these coping skills. In terms of developing talented individuals, these skills are more important than constant and early success.

Daniel Coyle, author of The Talent Code, wrote on his blog about the new way to identify talent. The two factors are early ownership and grit.

“One pattern of successful athletes happens when they’re 13 or so, when they develop a sense of ownership of their training. For the ones who succeed, this age is when they decide that it’s not enough to simply be an obedient cog in the development machine — they begin to go farther, reaching beyond the program, deciding for themselves what their workouts will be, augmenting and customizing and addressing their weaknesses on their own.”

Overparenting would seem to exclude the opportunity for early ownership. If a parent’s anxiety leads him or her to sign the child up for more training, how does the child learn to take ownership for his or her development? Instead, these players tend to learn that to practice means to go to a lesson. They practice less because they never practice on their own. They are accustomed to having a coach or trainer direct their practice. These players will plateau because they lack the drive to go further and augment and customize their own workouts.

“Another tell is grit. This quality, investigated by the pioneering work of Angela Duckworth, refers to that signature combination of stubbornness, resourcefulness, creativity and adaptability that helps someone make the tough climb toward a longterm goal” (Coyle, 2012).

With overparenting, the child may not learn this stubbornness. If the parent gets the teacher to change a grade or transfers the player to a new team if he is not playing enough or taking enough shots, how does the player learn resourcefulness and adaptability? In the future, when facing those tough situations that require grit, will he have learned these lessons? If he lacks grit, will he handle and overcome frustrations?

Source: http://stevenashyb.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/parenting-through-the-youth-sports-experience/

EVENT SOLD OUT: Basketball Manitoba Awards Coming This Saturday


TICKET SALES CLOSED: Basketball Manitoba is pleased to announce the details including the Graduating All-Star Rosters for the annual Basketball Manitoba Awards that are set for Saturday April 19, 2014 the Victoria Inn Hotel at the new gymnasium at St. Paul's High School in Winnipeg and will feature players and coaches at the high school basketball level from this past year who had outstanding seasons!  The day features the boys and girls A-AAA and AAAA Graduating All-Star games and a banquet to announce and present the Players of the Year, All-Manitoba Teams, Coaches of the Year, Carl Ridd, Mike Spack, Jim Bulloch and Ron Meyers Awards and other special recognition awards.  Deadline to reserve your banquet tickets is Wednesday April 16 at noon!  For details on the Graduating All-Star Team Rosters and banquet ticket order process...

Sisler Spartan Club Classic Basketball Tournament Coming May 1-3 for 13U / 17U Female Teams

Sisler High School has announced it will be hosting the Sisler Spartan Club Classic Varsity Girls' Basketball Tournament Fundraiser, Thursday May 1st to Saturday May 3rd 2014.  This tournament will be for 13U and 17U girls basketball teams.  Each tournament will have 8 openings so please accept this as an invitation to apply for a spot into the tournament.

Tournament Details:

  • Each division will be guaranteed a minimum of 3 games.
  • First match will be played Thursday evening at 4:30 PM.  
  • Player of the game awards, and tournament medals will be provided for the Finalist and Championship teams.  

Tournament cost for the 13U Division is $225.00.

Tournament cost for the 17U Division is $300.00 

If interested please contract Michael Tan by email at mj_allentan@hotmail.com indicating your interest.  An email will be made to acknowledge your acceptance into the tournament.

WATCH LIVE STREAM: Chad Posthumus Selected to Compete in Portsmouth Invitational April 16-19

Winnipeg basketball stand-out at Morehead State, Chad Posthumus has been selected to complete in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament this weekend.  The PIT is an annual event that invites 64 of the best college basketball players (seniors) from across the NCAA to participate in a four-day, twelve game tournament in front of representatives from every NBA team.  Over the years the PIT has been a showcase for five of the 50 greatest players in NBA History (Rick Barry, Earl ‘The Pearl” Monroe, Dave Cowens, John Stockton, Scottie Pippen) and for many others who have gone on to NBA stardom.   The team that Chad has been selected to join includes...


Coaches: Ben Moore & Dennis Koutoufas
NBA Assistant Coach: Vladimir Stepania

Chad Posthumus
Morehead State
#40 Center 6'11" 265 lbs
4th in nation in rebounds (10.9 rpg)

Will Neighbour
Arkansas-Little rock
#31 Forward 6'10" 225 lbs
Stretch four averaged 16.3 ppg

De'Mon Brooks
#33 Forward 6'7" 230 lbs
Two-time Southern Conf. Player of the Year

Okaro White
Florida State
#35 Forward 6'9" 204 lbs
In foue NIT games; 17.3 ppg, 7.8 rpg

Sean Armand
#21 Guard 6'5" 200 lbs
Led team in scoring (17.5 ppg)

Andre Dawkins
#20 Guard 6'5" 215 lbs
Blue Devils' three-point specialist

Langston Galloway
Saint Joseph's
#23 Guard 6'2" 202 lbs
Mountain West Player of the Year

Patrick Miller
Tennessee State
#12 Guard 6'0" 189 lbs
5th in nation in scoring (23.7 ppg)

View the FULL LIST of players invited.

More information on the event can be found at https://www.portsmouthinvitational.com/



Junior Bison Boys Basketball Tournament Wraps Up

This past weekend saw the 10th Annual Junior Bison Boys Basketball Tournament run in Winnipeg for boys club teams at the grade 5-12 age range.  A total of 47 teams took part in the 3 day tournament, playing a total of 99 games.  More information along with event photos can be found at...



Junior Bison Basketball Club