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“Blueband has been a tremendous partner in the development of our new site,” said Michele O’Keefe, Executive Director, Canada Basketball. “We’re excited to continue working with them on creative and digital initiatives, like this website, that enable us to tell the fascinating story of basketball to fans across the country.”
Basketball.ca is now fully mobile-friendly in both official languages. Key features of the site include refreshed national team player profiles, an events calendar and a new athlete wellness section, which will include health and wellness tips. More features and enhancements will be added over the coming months.
The site also hosts “Game Plan,” a comprehensive coaching education platform, packed with coaching tips and videos, as well as online access to NCCP training courses.
“The partnership between Canada Basketball and Blueband allows us to combine our passion of digital and basketball in a meaningful way,” said Sathish Bala, CEO, Blueband Digital. “We’re looking forward to 2015 as an exciting year for Blueband Digital and Canada Basketball. Canada Basketball has some exciting 2015 initiatives and we are looking forward to being a part of the team!”
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- Players and coaches come to have a deeper understanding of the rules and how they can be applied
- If allowed to take ownership of the scenarios (coach themselves) the players move to higher levels of thinking. They begin to understand, apply, analyze, evaluate and create.
- If the coach uses the players as chess pieces, they are appraised on remembering to execute what the coach has just said. This creates robots who cannot think for themselves. This ultimately leads to disaster as the coach cannot control all the variables of an end game scenario. Players realize they must think for themselves even if the coach doesn’t promote this habit. The more instinctive they players become the more success the team will have.
- Since the game is the best teacher of the game; it brings a greater focus to what the players and team are doing well and need to improve on.
- When you work on skills and concepts there is greater focus, retention and transfer since players see relevance.
- You build confidence and resiliency as players experience the ups and downs of winning and losing. They develop a growth mindset since they see that their actions can have an impact. There is always a solution.
- You get a chance to practice the mental (distraction plans, centred breathing, imagery, BAM) and social /emotional skills ( leadership – giving energy, following, leading others, communication)
- It makes you a better coach. You get to know the game and your players at a higher level.
- IT IS FUN
Here is a description of how I conduct time and score scenarios.
- After a drill that has raised the player’s heart rate into the red zone we have the player’s split off into groups of three. Each player shoot two fouls shots, (three to a basket). Other players work on a live box outs. This forces the players to work on their centering (breathing to lower heart rate). The live box out forces concentration when tired. This is not social time.
- I call in two players from opposite teams. The others are getting their water.
- I give them one piece of information; for example– the score is tied ( this varies each time, sometime I don’t tell them anything)
- By asking me questions they must decipher the situation
- a. Who’s ball?
- b. How much time on the clock?
- c. Which basket are we shooting at? (often forgotten)
- d. Who’s possession arrow?
- e. Shot clock?
- f. Time outs?
- g. Fouls situation – bonus, personal fouls?
- h. How is play restarting – inbounds, made or missed, front court or back court, foul shot
I write the information on my coaching white board as they ask? This helps them remember the information and decide what questions need to be asked. It also helps quell any arguments that may occur later if we did not write it down.
If they do not ask for information I will always find a way to mess them up. My favorite is to inbound near half court. If they have not asked about the inbounds I will call back over if thrown in the backcourt. If they did not ask about fouls I will foul out the first person who fouls. If they did not ask about the shot clock I always have the clock go off after one or two seconds.
5. The two players go back to their team. They are the coach. I give her about 15 seconds to describe the situation and then give the team a 50 sec time out to develop a plan. The player who has the information is the coach for this time and score. Her voice should dominate. I try to have white boards available for each team.
6. We play out the time and score. I have been known to be a very impartial official who often is quick to give technical fouls or call intentional fouls for not playing the ball when trying to foul to stop the clock. I always call the touch foul on desperation shooters last second shot. Anything that brings focus to the decisions the players are making. If a time out has not been requested it is not granted, if not cancelled they are forced to use it.
7. We debrief the time and score? Questions
- What was the plan?
- What did we learn?
- What might you do over?
- What skills/concepts do we need to improve?
8. We move on to the next part of practice. I have gotten very good at leading the players to a skill /concept I know we need to work on and was just exposed in the time and score. The concentration, transfer and retention have been vastly improved.
9. In a typical two hour practice we average three time and scores a practice, one we get into our competitive season. We will often replay the time and score situation later on in the practice.
10. During the scenario debrief the temptation for the coach is to tell the players what they did right or wrong. It saves time, but in the long run they are not learning to think for themselves. It is like looking up the answers to your math homework in the back of the textbook. Saves time, but you fail the test when it really counts. Players come to see time and score as a knowledge based activity where there is a right and wrong answer. The purpose is to build all level s of thinking; knowledge, understanding, application, analyze evaluation and creativity. This will only happen if the coach asks probing questions, give the players time to think, listens and values the player’s answers.
11. A simple template that the players can use for planning and debriefing is the 6W’s + H
- Who –will inbound, screen, shoot, pass (offence) match up, defend an area (defence)
- What – actions will we run , or method to defend
- When – in the clock do we want this to occur
- Where – corner, wing, swing, key, left , right, front court, backcourt
- Why – this is the understanding piece; reason for your plan
- With – Which player are on the floor, who is the subs ready to go, using subs to foul, offence defence
- How – describe the plan; use imagery to paint a clear picture. Everyone needs to see the same picture
24th Annual Duckworth Challenge Schedule
Thursday, Jan 29 - Men's and Women's Volleyball at Manitoba
Women at 6:00 p.m. Men at 8:00 p.m.
Friday, Jan 30 - Men's and Women's Basketball vs Manitoba
Women at 6:00 p.m. Men at 8:00 p.m.
The 2 rivals will play again on Saturday night at the same times but at the IGAC. The Saturday game will also be Senior Night as the final regular season home game for the Bisons this year.
More at http://www.wesmen.ca or http://www.gobisons.ca
“It’s always exciting to see the talent that each province has to offer. These National Championships are a great opportunity for players and coaches to display their skills and solidify themselves in Canada Basketball history,” said Michele O’Keefe, Executive Director of Canada Basketball. “Nationals are an important event where the provincial and territorial teams take pride in competing for the national title.”
The 15U and 17U girls will compete in the Saville Community Sports Centre in Edmonton, which is also the training home to Canada’s Senior Women’s National team.
“After having the privilege to host this event last year, Basketball Alberta is extremely honored and excited to be hosting this event,” said Paul Sir, Executive Director, Basketball Alberta. “We are committed to creating a true celebration of our great game in Canada and make lifelong memories as we welcome teams, families, coaches and spectators to our community.”
Welcoming the 15U and 17U Boys in Halifax adds another chapter to Nova Scotia’s rich history of hosting basketball events, including the CIS and AUS championships.
David Wagg, Executive Director for Basketball Nova Scotia, is thrilled to be holding this event. "Basketball Nova Scotia is excited and honoured to be hosting the 2015 Canada Basketball U15 and U17 Boys’ National Championships. We look forward to welcoming all athletes, coaches, officials, and families from across the country, and relish the opportunity to showcase our East Coast hospitality."
For more information please contact:
Executive Director, Basketball Alberta
780.427.9044 ext. 1
Executive Director, Basketball Nova Scotia
902.425.5450 ext. 348
416.614-8037 ext. 206
About Canada Basketball:
Canada Basketball is a private, not-for-profit corporation committed to excellence in leading the growth of the game domestically and in pursuing medal performances on the international stage.
DEADLINE THIS WEEK: Jr NBA Program Expanding in Manitoba for 2015-16; New Groups Can Apply by Jan 31
Those who are interested should contact the WMBA at firstname.lastname@example.org or 204-925-5774
Today is Bell Let’s Talk day. A day to send a text or a tweet, or make a phone call, or post a picture to Facebook, to start the conversation about mental health and end the stigma. Mental health issues effect 1 in 5 Canadians at some point in their lives and effect 10-20% of Canadian youth. Suicide is among the leading cause of death for young Canadians and only 1 in 5 children who require mental health services receive the help they need (Canadian Mental Health Association).
As coaches, it can be easy to excuse ourselves from talking about difficult issues like mental health. It is easy to absolve the responsibility to the parents and teachers of our athletes. But 96% of children surveyed, list coaches as a greater influence than parents or teachers. And like it or not, your athletes will feel compelled to come to you when they need to talk. This responsibility may make you uncomfortable, it may even scare you. Offering your athletes an understanding ear rather than trivializing their feelings, is the BEST thing you can offer them.
Mental health is something we all have and all need to work on. Like our bodies need to be actively worked on to remain healthy, our brains require the same effort. It is important that kids understand that everyone has mental health, and everyone works to stay mentally healthy.
This may seem like a daunting topic and difficult to work into an already packed practice schedule, but according to Bell Let’s Talk there are 5 simple ways to help end the stigma surrounding mental illness all of which require very little time only your attention.
1. LANGUAGE MATTERS
Words can help..but they can also hurt. Pay attention to the words and language you use. Children are especially keen to mimic the language around them and are also particularly sensitive to the words they hear. You may not intend harm but using words like “physcho” or “nuts” but without thinking could be harmful to those around you and may perpetuate the usage of such terms by your athletes.
How can you help?
Explain to your athletes, parents and coaches who use words like “physcho” or “nut” that they may be hurtful and provide an alternative view. Deeming those words as inappropriate in your company will send a powerful message and help change the language used by your team.
2. EDUCATE YOURSELF
Myths exist about mental illness that contribute to stigma. Learn the facts so you can provide your athletes with the proper information and dispel myths from the outset. The earlier children understand the facts, the earlier they can take that knowledge out in the world.
How can you help?
Learn more, know more. Be knowledgeable and help fight stigma with facts. If you don’t know, don’t guess. Be honest and say “Let me look into that and I will let you know next practice!” It’s helpful for young athletes to know you don’t know everything, but that you care enough to find the truth.
3. BE KIND
Small acts of kindness speak volumes. This is particularly true for coaches as we often spend a limited amount of time with our athletes. Being kind and understanding in the little moments can be extremely reassuring and supportive for your athletes.
How can you help?
If you notice someone being labelled or bullied, don’t stand by. Ignoring instances of bullying symbolizes support for that behaviour and can further askew the already unbalanced level of power. A zero tolerance policy for instances of bullying and labels, creates a safer environment for everyone. Secondly, treat a person who has a mental illness whether it be a parent, fellow coach, athlete or spectator, with the kindness and care you give to people with other illness. Friendly smiles, a helping hand, a phone call or quick visit can go a long way!
4. LISTEN AND ASK
Sometimes it’s best to just listen. Offering your athlete an understanding ear can be incredibly supportive.
How can you help?
Don’t trivialize someone’s illness. This can be particularly important for youth. We often minimize their feelings to that of regular childhood struggles, a perspective they cannot understand and one that often comes across as patronizing. Instead say, “I’m sorry to hear that, it must be a difficult time. Is there anything I can do to help?” By listening and asking, you are starting the conversation and letting your athlete know that this is a safe, supportive space.
5. TALK ABOUT IT
Start a dialogue not a debate. Don’t argue with how your athlete is feeling, talk about it. Work to understand how they feel and why they are feeling that way.
How can you help?
Break the silence. Talk about how mental illness touches us all in some way directly or through a friend, family member or colleague. Stories of lived experiences are the best way to help eradicate stigma. Offering your perspective or experience, helps normalize your athlete’s feelings and lets them know they are not alone. If there are mental health and anti-stigma programs in your community, support them! They often have excellent resources you can pass along to parents and kids, and may even be interested in checking out your practice.
The sporting experience can be a stressful environment for all youth, but particularly those suffering from mental health issues. Physical activity remains one of the best ways to manage mental health. As a coach, you have a responsibility to creating and sustaining a physically, mentally and emotionally safe and supportive environment for your athletes. Be attentive to the language you use, educating yourself on the facts of mental health, being kind, listening and asking, and talking about mental health are five simple ways you can help end the stigma. The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow, imparting in them the ability to talk about mental health in a factual, kind and supportive manner is the best step to ending the stigma of mental illness. Coaches, go forward and use your influence to produce mentally healthy athletes and youth!
Bell Let’s Talk-End the Stigma: letstalk.bell.ca
Canadian Mental Health Association- Fast Facts About Mental Illness: http://ift.tt/1tqawT5
Canadian Mental Health Alliance (CMHA)- Parenting Resources: http://ift.tt/1tqazhI
Do it for Daron-Transforming Youth Mental Health: http://www.difd.com/
Kid’s Help Phone- 1-800-668-6868- http://ift.tt/1zMDbSc
The Canadian Alliance for Mental Illness and Mental Health: camimh.ca
Source: Steve Nash Youth Basketball Blog http://ift.tt/1Da6RII
Players will have to be registered with Basketball Manitoba for insurance reasons. Cost for insurance will depend if players are presently registered with WMBA. Estimated cost for insurance $10-$20 per player. If parents/players are interested, the program might take the team to Jr. Grand Am tourney in Grand Forks this spring and/or have a Winnipeg 2005 boys tourney in the spring.
Interested parents please contact coach John Barbosa for more info at
For the past 19 years his greatest joy was working with the Wesmen Women’s Basketball team, serving in the capacity of team manager. In the 19 years with the team Schrofel had the honour to work with 104 players and 20 members of the coaching staff.
One member of the coaching staff who knew Jim the longest is head coach Tanya McKay. Jim served as team manager with McKay for five years at Silver Heights Collegiate and when McKay was hired as the University of Winnipeg’s Women’s Basketball head coach in 1995, Schrofel was asked to make the move also and the rest is history.
“Jim has been with me my entire coaching career. He was my right hand guy. My buddy. Words cannot express what he meant to me and our entire Wesmen Program. Jim will be greatly missed and never forgotten”, added Tanya McKay.
Jim’s biggest thrill was being around the players at practice and each and every home game. His positive attitude was shared by all the players who looked to Jim for a smile or a simple high five before every game.
“Jim will never know how many lives he touched, simply by just opening a door, giving someone a high five, cracking a smile even when my jokes were not funny. Jim was the glue to our team, there was not a single part of him that did not bleed Wesmen red. This year your Wesmen family plays for you Jimbo. We all love and miss you”, said fifth year team captain Stephanie Kleysen.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Blessed John XXIII Parish, 3390 Portage Avenue.
A Jim Schrofel Scholarship Fund will be created to help the University of Winnipeg Wesmen Women’s Basketball Program.