Basketball Manitoba's Jillian Kehler has informed the association that she will be leaving her Program Coordinator position effective February 26, 2021, as she is pursuing a new non-sport career opportunity.  Jillian joined Basketball Manitoba in the fall of 2017 after interning with the organization through the University of Manitoba Recreation Management program.  

Jillian has played an instrumental part in managing much of Basketball Manitoba's youth programming over this period including seeing tremendous growth in the Todd Mac Hoops School and Jr. NBA programs along with managing the Junior Officials Development Program, Targeted Athlete Program and Manitoba Provincial Team Programs among many others programs and events.

Jillian commented, "Through my 3.5 years as the Program Coordinator with Basketball Manitoba I have learnt a lot and met so many different people through the game of basketball. To say this time to me was priceless would be an understatement as I have grown both professionally and personally during my time with the organization." 

She added, "Though I am stepping away as program coordinator I will not be far. I plan to be involved in the game as much as possible whether that be through my work with the Jr. NBA, as an official, coach, and player. I would like to thank the board and staff, especially Adam and Ross Wedlake who have and continue to give everything they have to make the sport what is in our province, Basketball would not be where it is as a PSO in this province without the Wedlake’s and I am fortunate enough to have learned from some pretty great mentors. I hope to see everyone on the court as soon as it is safe to do so!"

She will be staying on as the Jr NBA ambassador representative from Manitoba with Canada Basketball.  Inquiries to her on the Jr NBA can be made to  

Jillian's hard work, great demeanour and passion for the game will be greatly missed.  Basketball Manitoba, its Board of Directors, colleagues in the office and the basketball community as a whole wish Jillian nothing but the best with her new opportunities!

The position of Basketball Manitoba Program Coordinator will be publicly released on the Basketball Manitoba website and social media in the near future.  To be notified of when the job posting goes live, SUBSCRIBE to our weekly email newsletter. 

Under the new Manitoba Public Health orders that take effect on Friday, February 12, 2021, that permits indoor "one on one player and coach training to a maximum of 25% capacity of a gymnasium", Basketball Manitoba will permit the following changes to indoor basketball training in all health regions of Manitoba.  All other forms of basketball (group training, team practices, games, tournaments, championships, etc) remains paused under the Red / Critical Health restrictions.  

As part of today's announcement, Basketball Manitoba also, unfortunately, announces the formal cancellation of the 2021 Basketball Manitoba Junior High Basketball Championships that were scheduled for March 22-25, 2021 due to the ongoing pandemic and the impact it has had on the middle school / junior high levels of basketball this season.


Effective Friday, February 12, 2021, individual basketball training that involves NO MORE than ONE (1) COACH and ONE (1) PLAYER at ONE (1) MOUNTED BASKETBALL HOOP will now be permitted. 

  • 6 mounted basketball hoops in a gym can see a maximum of 12 people can be present in the space with no more than 1 coach and 1 player per hoop. 
  • 4 mounted basketball hoops in a gym can see a maximum of 8 people can be present in the space with no more than 1 coach and 1 player per hoop. 
  • 2 mounted basketball hoops in a gym can see a maximum of 4 people can be present in the space with no more than 1 coach and 1 player per hoop.  

Other Restrictions & Notes...

  • Any group training that exceeds the above numbers in a facility will not be permitted. 
  • Athletes are to wear masks in the facility when not training but can remove them while training. 
  • Coaches are to remain masked at all times. 
  • All equipment and hands are to be properly sanitized before and after all training sessions.
  • Equipment including the basketball can be shared by the coach and player during training. 
  • Social distancing (2m) is maintained at all times between the coach and player. 
  • Spectators are limited to no more than one person accompanying the athlete at a time and are to be masked and remain socially distanced from others at all times. 
  • Contact information must be kept by the coach of any athlete they are to work with and may be requested by the facility prior to attending the training session for contact tracing purposes.  
  • Access to washrooms or change rooms may still be limited based on each facility.
  • There is no timeline on the length of the training session but should be scheduled at a reasonable time especially if working with an athlete that has been inactive for some time.
  • The "player" is the one training and the "coach" is the one leading the training and must remain with each other throughout the training session at the same hoop.  
  • Two players cannot enter a facility calling one a coach and one a player.  
  • A player must have a coach with them while training at a hoop at all times.  
  • A coach cannot stand at centre court with 2 or more players at their own hoop training.  The coach must be assigned to only one player at all times and work with them only.  
  • A coach must remain with their player at all times and cannot move to other players (if there are) in the gym.  
  • A coach must be a person with some coaching history recognized by Basketball Manitoba.   
  • The full Basketball Manitoba Return to Play Guidelines with the above exceptions remain in place can be found HERE.  

The portion of the new Manitoba Public Health order that applies to these changes states...

(C.C.S.M. c. P210)
Orders under The Public Health Act

13(2) The indoor sporting and recreational facilities set out in subsection (1) may open for the sole purpose of providing individual instruction if:
  • (a) each person receiving instruction is accompanied by an instructor who is solely responsible for providing instruction to that person;
  • (b) the total number of instructors and persons receiving instruction in any area of the facility does not exceed 25% of the usual capacity of that area; and
  • (c) no more than one person for each person receiving instruction is permitted to enter the facility to observe the instruction. Source
The full announcement made by the Province can be found HERE.  

Please note that the Basketball Manitoba Insurance Program remains paused for any accident claims by its members and only currently carries general liability coverage.  Only participants who are registered members in the 2020-21 membership year are covered under this liability coverage.  All others will participate at their own risk.  

These changes will go into effect on Friday, February 12, 2021, and will remain in place for at least 3 weeks to be renewed or changed on Friday, March 5, 2021.


VANCOUVER – A member of the Canadian national team straight of high school, Martin Riley (MBHOF Class of '96) is a Manitoba basketball legend.

The Sisler High School product joined the University of Manitoba Bisons in the fall of 1973, setting in motion five years that included the school’s first men’s basketball national title.

He was named Tuesday as the latest inductee in the Canada West Hall of Fame, as the conference continues to rollout the 2020-21 class.


Riley was a three-time All-Canadian for the Bisons during his standout career, which included CIAU Player of the Year honours in 1975-76.

It was that season Manitoba claimed the national title with an 82-69 win over Saint Mary’s in the national final.

Internationally, Riley was a member of the 1976 Olympic team in Montreal, part of two world championship teams, a pair of Pan American Games squads, and played at two World University Games.

To learn more about the Canada West Hall of Fame and to see a full list of past inductees, visit


Bisons men’s basketball have announced the signing of local guard Daren Watts as part of their 2021-22 class.

Watts, 6’4”, 180, is a product of Miles Mac Collegiate. He was the highest-voted underclassmen in the Winnipeg Sun’s annual coaches’ poll in 2019-20, ranked at number two.

The well-rounded athlete was a force all over the court, averaging 32.5 points per game on 51.8 percent shooting from the field. He also shot 33 percent from distance. An outstanding defender, Watts tallied 9.7 rebounds per game, along with 2.1 steals per game and 2.8 assists per game. He was recognized at season’s end with an All-Manitoba selection.

“We are very excited to have Daren commit to the Bisons,” said Bisons head coach Kirby Schepp, who enters his 13th season in 2021-22.

“He was best scorer in Manitoba as a grade 11 player last season and we feel he has developed his game even further in the past year. He has great size for his position and can put the ball in the hoop in many different ways.  He checks all of the boxes for us a player, student and person. He will be a key piece of our program for the next five years.”

Watts is also a standout in the classroom. He’s been an honour roll student for all of high school, and is doing incredibly well in his senior year as well.

“Daren is one of the most skilled athletes, in any sport, to have gone through the athletic program at Miles Macdonell,” said Buckeyes head coach Jeff Shaddock.

“He is an incredibly hard-working young man, whose dedication to basketball is second-to-none. His high skill level is due mostly to the tremendous amount of focused time he spends working on his game. Daren is also highly coachable and competitive, and does well in the classroom. His academic average this year is above 80 percent and he is taking all IB (International Baccalaureate) course. He will be a fantastic addition to the Bisons basketball program.”

“I am excited for this opportunity to play for my home province with the UM Bisons,” added Watts.

“The program consistently produces high level players and is known for a family-like environment. That made UM the clear choice for me to build my basketball career. The mentality of hard work and determination that my family and coaches have instilled in me over the years gives me the confidence that I will excel in a program like this. So, let’s get started!”

Manitoba is coming off of a spectacular 2019-20 season which saw them finish 16-4 in the regular season (their best result season joining Canada West), along with a Canada West Final 4 appearance. The 2020-21 season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 



As part of the Safe at Home Manitoba Grant Program, the University of Winnipeg Recreation Services department with the support of Basketball Manitoba is bringing community users free online basketball sessions with professional basketball player and Wesmen alumni Kerri Kuzbyt.

Kerri is a former point guard for the University of Winnipeg Wesmen and has also played professionally overseas. We are super excited to have her lead these sessions as she’s been such a great role model in the basketball community for many years now.

Join Kerri every Wednesday from February 10 to March 31, 2021, at 5:00 pm for fun and interactive basketball sessions. These sessions will be geared towards 10-15 year olds and no experience is required! Each week she’ll coach you through fundamental movement patterns, basic fitness exercises, ball handling techniques and a cool down. All you’ll need is a basketball, water bottle and a clear area of floor to participate! All are welcome! πŸ€


Please note that due to the Coronavirus closure of the sport of basketball in Manitoba, the Basketball Manitoba Insurance program has been paused during this time and no insurance coverage is available or implied to this program or activity.  Participants are to take part in the above activities at their own risk.

When participating in these online sport sessions please consider your workout history and abilities. To reduce and avoid injury you should check with your doctor before beginning any physical activity program. Remember to workout at your own pace and modify the intensity as needed. By engaging in these online sport sessions, you are performing them at your own risk. The University of Winnipeg and Basketball Manitoba will not be responsible or liable for any injury or harm you sustain as a result of our classes.

It's crunch time, the two-minute warning, the last shot as the clock winds down and whatever other sport clichΓ©s you can think of. Our Hall of Fame endowment fund through the Winnipeg Foundation needs your help to get it over the top. The Manitoba Heritage Trust Program (MHTP) that sees "stretch dollars" added to our donated funds ends as of March 31st of this year. We are close to meeting our goal which will ensure the long-term sustainability of our Hall of Fame, but we still need your assistance. We have had a great response from many of our members and friends and we are incredibly grateful for that continued support.  

Our list of contributors includes Todd MacCulloch, our Premier and ex-BU Bobcat, Brian Pallister, many of the two-time Canadian Jr. champion Winnipeg Stellars, ex-U. of M. Bisons, John Embry, Glen Torgerson, Jon Gurban, John Brown, Ken Galanchuk and Ted Fardoe, Stuart Clark of the Vincent Massey Vikings of Brandon, and many St. Andrews Super Saints, Nicollet Inn, and Winnipeg Wesmen. In total, we have had 124 donors and donations have ranged from the small to the large – all are much appreciated.   

If you have already contributed, thank you very much. If not, you are still needed. If you are looking to make an additional donation for the new tax year, now is the time.

Please help us end our campaign with a bang and guarantee that our Hall of Fame and Museum will continue to honour more individuals and teams and to ensure the preservation of our basketball heritage.

You can mail a cheque (made out to the Winnipeg Foundation) along with this completed FORM to...

  • Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame and Museum Fund 
  • The Winnipeg Foundation
  • 1350 One Lombard Place
  • Winnipeg, MB, R3B 0X3 

Or donate directly online at the following link  




COVID-19 has drastically changed how athletes are able to train and compete. This informative session will help to develop your mental health toolkit to improve your performance. By using a human approach, for athletes of all skill levels and competitive focus, you will learn how to apply daily routines and visualization to achieve your desired results, on and off the field. By applying these tools and skills will ensure that you return to sport mentally strong.

  • Webinar: Mental Health for Athletes
  • When: Thursday, February 25, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. 
  • Where: Online Webinar
  • Coaches: Earn NCCP points by attending this session 

Stephen Dubienski will show you how success will come by putting joy and passion into training and practices. Stephen is an award-winning, sport psychology and sport performance professional. He has worked with professional and amateur athletes suffering from psychological setbacks. 

To register for this session or for more info, email 

The annual Bison Transport Sport LeadHERship Series is designed to empower and inspire women to become leaders in sport, community and life. It’s a professional development opportunity designed for coaches, administrators, community leaders, and volunteers of all genders, from all sports, from across Manitoba.


The Black Female Coach Experience

Thursday, February 18, 2021, 7 p.m.


Lee Anna Osei

  • Founder, Black Canadian Coaches Association and Head Coach, St. Francis Xavier University Women’s Basketball

Joely Christian-MacFarlane

  • Head Coach, Royal Military College Women’s Volleyball and Head Coach, CISM Military Women’s Volleyball National Team

Tasia McKenna

  • Assistant Coach, Saint Mary’s University Women’s Basketball and Technical Director & Performance Coach for Basketball Nova Scotia


Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, in 2020 it will be a FREE five-part online series that brings together inspirational leaders from all areas of sport to tell their personal and professional stories, offer valuable advice and guidance, and share practical tips that participants can use on and off the field of play. Hosted by media personality Leah Hextall, participants will be able to build their networks and knowledge bases through a variety of interviews and presentations so they can empower and encourage the girls they work with to stay active and involved in sport.

Sport Manitoba in partnership with Bison Transport, aspire to increase female engagement in sport by providing an informative, inclusive, and inspirational experience.

Please note that registration is required for each session.