Basketball Manitoba is pleased to announce the 2021 Basketball Manitoba Awards recipients.  A total of 116 applications were received for the below 12 awards that were reviewed by the Basketball Manitoba Awards selection committee.  We thank all who submitted an application for consideration and congratulate the following Manitobans from the basketball community...


50% OF NETS NOW SPOKEN FOR: Basketball Manitoba is pleased to announce a new initiative to give away up to 250 FREE basketball nets to be installed on public courts across Manitoba!  The new "Nothin' But Nets" campaign aims to get every outdoor public basketball court outfitted with a new mesh this summer.  


We need your help!  

This campaign is being connected to the Manitoba Basketball Outdoor Court Map project where only outdoor courts appearing on the map are eligible to receive a free net.  The map feature currently has detailed court specs on over 125 outdoor public courts in Manitoba.  If your area outdoor public court is not already on the map, SUBMIT your specs first to us, then request your free nets.  

Basketball Manitoba will provide up to 2 high-quality basketball nets per court to the first 250 requests we receive this summer.  Those eligible under the terms of the campaign will receive the nets by mail shortly after submitting a request and then will be responsible for mounting the nets to the rim in their community.  Proof of the nets being mounted with a before and after photo will be required for the individual to remain eligible to receive future nets from Basketball Manitoba.   

There is no cost to request a net and requests can be made using the below form.  

Get out and enjoy our beautiful Manitoba summers on an outdoor court and make it all the more enjoyable with a free net from Basketball Manitoba!

Questions on the "Nothin' But Nets" initiative can be made to nets@basketballmanitoba.ca.  


Can't see the below Nets Request Summary?  CLICK HERE to view it in a new window.

Building a new or renovating an old basketball court in Manitoba?  
Check out our Optimum Outdoor Basketball Court Specs document below!



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The Province of Manitoba has announced that effective Friday April 9, 2021 that the current public health orders that are in place have been extended as is until at least Friday April 30, 2021.  Under the extended Manitoba Public Health orders permits indoor "group basketball training including 5 on 5 scrimmaging to a maximum of 10 players and 3 coaches while masked", which lines up with the Canada Basketball Return to Play Phase 4.  Basketball Manitoba will permit the following to indoor basketball training in all health regions of Manitoba.  All other forms of basketball including games, tournaments, championships, etc. remains paused under the Red / Critical Health restrictions set by Manitoba Public Health.  

Basketball Manitoba also reminds all members of the formal cancellation of the annual Basketball Manitoba Club Championships that were scheduled for May 6-9, 2021.  With the extension of the health orders to not include any team to team competition, the uncertainty to access enough facilities and the ability to safely host a large, mufti-team provincial championship has become no longer feasible.  



The 2021 Basketball Manitoba Awards recipients will be announced on the afternoon of Saturday April 17, 2021, the same day and time the in-person awards would have been presented in person had the pandemic not been a factor.  The news will be announced on the Basketball Manitoba social media accounts (links below) and then summarized on our website at the end of the day.

In all, Basketball Manitoba received an overwhelming 116 applications (an all time high) for the 12 scholarships that are available.  The decisions made to recognize this year's recipients were very difficult for the selection committee, but a good problem to have!  We thank all who took the time to submit an application and congratulate those who will be announced on Saturday!


     

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Basketball Manitoba in partnership with Sport Manitoba, Manitoba Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, University of Manitoba, Balling for the Cure organization, Morris Glimcher, Lena Wenke and the family and friends of Alex Samaniego are pleased to offer players and coaches in Manitoba the opportunity to apply for $6,300 in available grants, scholarships and donations.  The deadline to apply for all these opportunities is Friday, March 26, 2021.

A commemorative "High School Basketball Grad" t-shirt and hoodie are now available to order online.  Basketball Manitoba proceeds from the sale of these items will go towards supporting the below Basketball Manitoba Awards scholarships being presented in April 2021.  



Due to the ongoing global pandemic and there being no 2020-21 high school basketball season in Manitoba, the traditional in-person Basketball Manitoba Awards normally hosted in mid-April will not physically take place.  There will be no in-person awards presented and no "Players of the Year", "Coaches of the Year", "All-Manitoba Teams" and other similar awards normally presented at the BMA's.  However, the following Major Awards and Scholarship opportunities are available as part of a modified Basketball Manitoba Awards with recipients announced on Saturday, April 17, 2021, the original date of the in-person event.  

AVAILABLE SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS (P = Players; C = Coaches; M = Managers)
Due to the fact there was no 2020-21 high school basketball season, any applications made to the below opportunities can include basketball achievements reached in previous seasons.  

* Application requires a current copy of your high school transcript 
** Application requires a letter of support from your basketball coach
*** Application requires the endorsement of two other coaches in the basketball community  

  • P - Carl Ridd Award - 2 x $500.00 Scholarships * / **
    • Recognizes a Grade 12 basketball player who excels on the court, classroom and in the community.
  • P - Ron Meyers Leadership Award - 2 x $500.00 Scholarships * / **
      • Recognizes a Grade 12 basketball player who excels in the community, on the court and classroom.
    • P - Donovan Gayle Scholarship - 2 x $500.00 Scholarships **
      • Recognizing a Grade 12 basketball player who best meets the qualities of perseverance, determination and resilience that Donovan set as a leader in our community. 
    • P - Alex Samaniego Memorial Scholarship - 2 x $500.00 Scholarships (NEW) **
      • Recognizes a Grade 12 basketball player who exudes a passion, commitment and a positive attitude towards the sport of basketball.  
    • P - Lena Wenke Courage Award - 1 x $500.00 donation to the recipient's charity of choice **
      • Recognizes a Grade 12 basketball player who has faced and overcome obstacles or challenges in their life while staying involved in the sport of basketball.
    • C - Jim Bulloch Coaching Award - 1 x $800.00 Scholarship ***
      • Recognizes a newer Manitoba basketball coach with little experience and strong potential as a long-term leader in our sport.  
    • M - Morris Glimcher Student Manager Scholarship - 1 x $1000.00 Scholarship **
      • Recognizes a grade 12 student in Manitoba in the role of a "Varsity Basketball Team Student Manager".
    2021 TOTAL AVAILABLE = $6,300.00

    Additional scholarships offered by Sport Manitoba can be found at https://www.sportmanitoba.ca/resources/athlete-resources.






     

    The Peg City Basketball Association has announced they will be hosting outdoor 3x3 basketball spring league open to men and women beginning this May.  Registration is now open and closes April 23, 2021.  

    Spring 3×3 League (Men and Women)

    • FIBA 3×3 Rules
    • Accumulate FIBA 3×3 Points
    • Men’s and Women’s Recreational and Competitive Divisions
    • Men’s Masters Division (40+)
    • Teams consist of 4 players (3 + 1 sub)
    • 14 games plus playoffs
    • Season runs May 8th – June 26th
    • Sunday games (Wednesday rain days)
    • Games played at WMBA Outdoor Courts (Garden City, Whyte Ridge, Corydon, Oxford Heights, Dakota, Kirkfield-Westwood)
    • Early Bird Cost: $660 per team (Early Bird ends April 12th)

    Important Note: All competitions will adhere to changing Public Health Guidelines. The safety of our members is of utmost importance.  You will be required to follow all COVID-19 Protocols set out in the Basketball Manitoba Return to Sport Guidelines.


    REGISTER NOW


    Source: https://pegcityball.ca/leagues/



    Please note that the above basketball program has been approved by Basketball Manitoba as part of the Return to Basketball Plans that took effect on March 5, 2021.  The league will be following the details showed in the plan and will be abiding by the current basketball phase at the time.  All participants (players, coaches, volunteers and parents/caregivers) are expected to follow the new safety guidelines as detailed.  More information can be found HERE.

     

    Winnipeg's Daniel Sackey has announced via his Instagram account that he has committed to join the University of New Orleans Privateers and will be able to join the team this coming fall for the 2021-22 season.  Sackey last suited up for Valparaiso University and opted to enter the NCAA Transfer Portal system last month.  During the 2020-21 season, Daniel suited up for 25 games with Crusaders, averaged 5.3 points in 25 minutes per game, shot 33% from the floor, 74% from the line and dished out an average of 3.5 assists per game.  Read more... 


    Basketball Manitoba has been receiving a number of inquires about access to outdoor basketball courts in Manitoba. The current Manitoba Public Health orders released on March 5, 2021 states...

    MANITOBA PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER #13

    13(1) Outdoor sporting facilities may open, subject to the requirements of this section.

    13(2) Persons must not engage in outdoor sporting activities as part of a group of more than 10 persons, unless all persons in the group reside in the same private residence or they are participating in an organized practice, game or competition at an outdoor sporting facility.

    13(3) Organized practices, games and competitions at outdoor sporting facilities may take place, but the operator of a facility must ensure that no multi-team tournaments are permitted at the facility.

    Source: https://manitoba.ca/asset_library/en/proactive/2020_2021/orders-soe-03042021.pdf


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    OUTDOOR BASKETBALL FAQs

    Q: Can we currently play pick up basketball games outdoors?

    A: Yes to practices and pick up games involving up to 10 people including 5 on 5 full court but we recommend starting out at 3x3 half court to get yourself back into shape. No to outdoor (or indoor) tournaments.

    Q: Are masks required to be worn by players while playing outdoor basketball?

    A: Outdoors, no. Indoors, yes.  Hi Bryden

    Manitoba Public Health’s Dr Brent Roussin is his public remarks on April 19, 2021 is recommending people outdoors who cannot socially distance to wear a mask. It’s a recommendation and not a mandate.

    Q: Do we need to socially distance while outside?

    A: Not when active on the court but you should when off the court.

    Q: Are all outdoor courts now open?

    A: They are able to open under the above health orders but still respect any signage saying otherwise and avoid using courts on school property during school hours to respect the safety of students at the school.


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    Everyone needs to still follow the fundamental health guidelines of staying home if not feeling well, sanitize your hands and equipment before and after use and wear a mask where required.

    Find an outdoor basketball court in Manitoba near you or submit data on one we are missing at http://outdoor.basketballmanitoba.ca

    These health orders are scheduled to be reviewed / renewed by March 25 and may change with fewer or more restrictions so subscribe to our email newsletter below or follow us on social media. to stay in the loop!


    Anthony Tsegakele's list of accomplishments continues to grow as the second year Bobcat becomes the first student-athlete in Brandon University history to be drafted into the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL).  Tsegakele was drafted in the first round (6th overall) to the Fraser Valley Bandits in the 2021 U SPORTS-CEBL draft Wednesday afternoon.

    The selection comes on the heels of his outstanding first season as a Bobcat, in which he was named Canada West rookie of the year, to the U SPORTS all-rookie team, and the BU men's basketball team's most valuable player.

    "I am very excited to be drafted by the Fraser Valley Bandits. I feel extremely blessed and thank God for this opportunity to be drafted by an organization that is full of winners. I can't wait to get out there and learn from the players, coaches, members of the front office and to be part of the community. I can't wait to get started and to interact with the great fans in the valley," Tsegakele said.

    Tsegakele will join the team in Abbotsford at the conclusion of the academic year at Brandon University, where he has continued training and studying during the pandemic.

    "I'm proud for Anthony to have the opportunity to be part of the Fraser Valley Bandits organization. During his time at Brandon thus far, he has shown that he is a leader and a driven individual who is willing to put in the work to lead by example on the court and to motivate his teammates off of it. This is an exciting new chapter for Anthony and I look forward to seeing him dedicate himself toward further developing his game this summer with the Bandits," says Bobcats coach Gil Cheung.

    The Bandits' 2021 is scheduled to get underway June 5.