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    May 15, 2015

    2016 PowerSmart Manitoba Games Announces Basketball Age Categories and Venues

    Sport Manitoba has announced the ages and venues for the 2016 PowerSmart Manitoba Games which are being hosted in the city of Steinbach.  Basketball will be targeted to players 16 year of age and under (as of 2016) and will be hosted during phase 1 of the Games for both male and female athletes at Steinbach Regional Secondary School and Clearspring Middle School.  The Power Smart Manitoba Games offer selected Provincial Sport Organizations (PSOs) a competitive and developmental opportunity to advance their long term athlete and coach development plans.  The age or stage selected generally fits in the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Train to Train stage of development.  PSOs are required to determine the stage and age for their respective sport.





    Phase 1: August 7 - 10, 2016

    SportVenueGenderAge*Year of Birth
    AthleticsStoneybrook Middle SchoolFemale & MaleBantam/MidgetBantam: Born 2004/2003, Midget: Born 2002/2001
    BaseballStahn Field - MitchellMale14UBorn 2003/2002
    BasketballSteinbach Regional Secondary SchoolMale16U CadetBorn 2000 or later
    BasketballClearspring Middle SchoolFemale16U CadetBorn 2000 or later
    GolfSteinbach Fly-In Golf ClubFemale & Male15 & underBorn after August 9, 2001
    SailingWest Hawk LakeFemale & Male10-14 Optimist Class, 10-17 Windsurfing, 13-17 Laser Radial ClassOptimist Born 2006-2002, Windsurfing Born 2006-1999, Laser Born 2003-1999
    Special Olympics GolfSteinbach Fly-In Golf ClubFemale & MaleMinimum age is 12Born prior to July 1, 2004
    TriathlonSt. Malo Provincial ParkFemale & MaleU12, U14, U16, U18U12 Born 2006-2005, U14 Born 2004-2003, U16 Born 2002-2001, U18 Born 2000-1999

     

    Phase 2: August 10 - 13, 2016

    SportVenueGenderAge*Year of Birth
    CyclingSandilands & Steinbach Bike ParkMale & FemaleU13 & U15U13: Born 2005/2004, U15: Born 2003/2002
    SoccerSteinbach Soccer ParkMale & FemaleU13Born 2003 or later
    SoftballA.D. Penner ParkFemaleU16, 16 and underU16 prior to January 1, 2016
    SwimmingSteinbach Aquatic Centre Male & Female Youth female: 11-2, Youth male: 12-13, Junior female: 13-14, Junior male: 14-15 Youth female: 20015/2004, Youth male: 2004/2003, Junior female: 2003/2002, Junior male: 2002/2001
    VolleyballSRSSMale14 & underBorn in 2002 or later
    VolleyballClearspring Middle SchoolFemale14 & underBorn in 2002 or later







    *Minimum age is 10 years old as of December 31, 2015


     The Power Smart Manitoba Games are often the first multi-sport Games experience for athletes”, said Jeff Hnatiuk, President and CEO Sport Manitoba. “The Games help identify Manitoba athletes with the potential to advance to higher levels of competition like Provincial Team, National Competitions, Canada and Western Canada Games.”

    The 2016 Steinbach Host Society is planning to invest close to $300,000 into facility development over the coming year.  The most significant project is a new athletic track.

    “After preliminary costing, site evaluations and consultations with athletic venue experts and the various parties of interest, it has been decided that the most suitable site for the newly developed athletic track facility will be at Stonybrook Middle School”, said Scott Bestvater, Director of Athlete Services and Operations for the 2016 Host Society and Hanover School Division Rep. “This site offers great accessibility to both the school division and the community.”

    The proposed plan includes a six lane asphalt track complete with two opposing sprint straightaways, two long and triple jump pits as well as a high jump and throwing area. Construction is anticipated to begin in July and be completed by the end of August 2015.

    “We are thrilled that we have the opportunity to add a high quality track facility to our community”, said Jason Peters, Director of Sport for the 2016 Host Society and City of Steinbach Rep.  “It has been lacking for many years, and we know that well beyond the 2016 Power Smart Manitoba Games, the track will be important to Steinbach and the Southeast.”

    About

    The Power Smart Manitoba Games are the province's largest ongoing multi-sport program bringing together participants from across the province. The Games are held every two years and alternate between summer and winter sports events. Each set of Games involve upwards of 5,000 athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers. The next Power Smart Manitoba Summer Games will be held in Steinbach August 7 – 13, 2016.

    Sport Manitoba is a not for profit organization and the lead planning, programming and funding agency for the development of amateur sport in Manitoba. Located in the Sport for Life Centre, Sport Manitoba partners with over 100 organizations to deliver sport in our province and is responsible for programs including the Power Smart Manitoba Games, Coaching Manitoba, Team Manitoba, Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, Fit Kids Healthy Kids and KidSport. Services provided include the Sport Medicine Centre, Sport Performance Centre, and Sport Resource Centre.

    Source: http://www.sportmanitoba.ca/news_view.php?id=1218

    FAQ

    Q: When are the games?
    A: The basketball portion of the games takes place in Steinbach from August 7-10, 2015

    Q: How old do you have to be to play?
    A: Teams are 16 and under (Born 2000 or later)

    Q: When are tryouts?
    A: April 2016

    Q: Where are tryouts?
    A: Tryouts will take place in their respective region. The specific dates, times and locations will be announced on the Basketball Manitoba website once all details are in place.

    Q: Is there a cost to tryout?
    A: $25 per player

    Q: Does each region have a team?
    A: Yes. The regions are... Central, Eastman, Interlake, Norman, Parkland, Westman and Winnipeg (2 teams)

    Q: Do I have to try out for the team in the region in which I live?
    A: Yes, you must try out for the team in the region that you live.

    Q: How do I know what region I live in.
    A: See the region boundaries on the Sport Manitoba website at... http://www.manitobagames.ca/page.php?id=337

    Q: What is the cost to play on a Manitoba Summer Games basketball team?
    A: $150 - $175 per player

    Q: What is the time commitment to play on a team?
    A: Tryouts take place in April with regular training and competitions through May June and July

    Q: How can I get involved as a volunteer?
    A: Register on the Sport Manitoba Website at... http://www.manitobagames.ca/page.php?id=597


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