Basketball Manitoba has been receiving a number of inquires about access to outdoor basketball courts in Manitoba. The current Manitoba Public Health orders took effect on May 9, 2021 states...


  • 13(1) Subject to subsection (2), outdoor sporting and recreational facilities, including golf courses, may open, subject to the requirements of this section.
  • 13(3) Persons may engage in any type of outdoor sporting or recreational activity but they must not engage in an activity as part of a group of more than 5 persons.
  • 13(4) No organized team games are permitted at an outdoor sporting facility. 
  • 13(5) All persons engaged in an outdoor sporting or recreational activity must maintain a separation of at least two metres from other participants.
  • 13(6) No spectators are permitted at an outdoor sporting facility.





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

A: No.  Pick up or unorganized games would break the requirement to maintain social distancing as stated above.  

Q: Are masks required to be worn by players while at an outdoor basketball court?

A: Outdoors, no, however Manitoba Public Health is recommending people outdoors and around others to wear a mask. It’s a recommendation and not a mandate.

Q: Do we need to socially distance while at an outdoor basketball court?

A: Yes.  This makes playing a basketball games with others from 1 on 1 to 5 on 5 not possible at this time.  But you can still get in a shooting workout and working on fundamentals on your own or in a small group of 5 or less.

Q: What should I do if there are more than 5 people at a court at the same time?

Head home or find another court in the area that has fewer people.  The quicker that we can rid Covid from our lives the quicker we can get back to normal basketball!   

Q: Are all outdoor basketball 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.  Some schools have moved to remote learning but there may still be some students in the school. Some school divisions, centra and parks may also restrict acces to their properties after hours. Please respect all local signage and restrictions.

Q: What if I see others playing basketball at a public outdoor basketball court or exceeding the 5 person group limit?

Basketball Manitoba doesn't own or manage any outdoor courts as they are mainly located on school, community / recreation centre property or in public parks so we are unable to enforce any of the above regulations.  Violations and concerns can be made to the Province of Manitoba's Covid Tip Line.   


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, maintain social distancing and wear a mask where required.

Find an outdoor basketball court in Manitoba near you or submit data on one we are missing at

These health orders are scheduled to be reviewed / renewed by May 31 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.  Stay safe!

In light of the news announced on the evening of Friday, May 7, 2021 by the Province of Manitoba tied to the ongoing global pandemic, Basketball Manitoba will be moving all levels of basketball in Manitoba to a complete shutdown of all indoor and outdoor operations (games, practices, training, in-person meetings, etc.) effective Saturday, May 8, 2021All basketball programming and training occurring on Friday will wrap up by the end of the evening and will end for the duration of these new health orders.   

These changes will postpone the planned start of the WMBA 3x3 Outdoor Basketball League that was scheduled to begin on Saturday, May 8 along with all other basketball programs and training currently underway in Manitoba.  Casual or pick up basketball at outdoor public courts in Manitoba must also follow these changes under the 5 person maximum under the new health orders.   

The sport of basketball in Manitoba will remain in this state, or at "Canada Basketball Return to Basketball - Phase 0", until at least Sunday May 30, 2021 or when the new health orders are updated or changed by Manitoba Public Health.  

More details on these changes can be found on the Province of Manitoba website.


Yesterday, the Province of Manitoba announced new public health orders that will take effect as of 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, May 9 for a period of three weeks:

New restrictions include:

  • Gyms and fitness centres must close

  • Indoor sports and recreation are not permitted

  • Outdoor organized team games are not permitted

    • The five-person outdoor gathering limit includes coaches and applies to practices in public places. 

    • Please view the official orders here which include specifics around outdoor physical distancing (two metres required even between participants), spectators (not allowed), games (not allowed), and outdoor facilities including golf courses allowed to be open (while enforcing the five-person outdoor gathering limit) 

  • Day camps are not permitted

Effective Monday, May 10, the Sport Manitoba facility will be open Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Security will be on site 6 a.m. - 8 p.m., however, there will be no security on weekends. You can access the facility seven days a week from  6 a.m. - 11 p.m., but please remember outside of the operating hours (Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.) there will be no security and you must enter through the main entrance on Pacific Avenue.

Sport Manitoba facility closures:

  • Courts, flex space and meeting rooms

  • Sport Manitoba Fitness Centre

  • Sport Manitoba Performance Centre

  • Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame

Areas that remain open:

  • Sport Manitoba Clinic

  • Konica Minolta Print Hub

  • Parkade

The Sport Manitoba Clinic remains open for both in-person and virtual visits for physician and physiotherapy, and in-person appointments for massage therapy, chiropractic, and X-ray. 

This article will be updated as further information on these impacts are known.  

Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: Virtual Meeting via Zoom

Deadline to register is Thursday, June 24 at 4:30 pm

I. Election of MABO Officers: The positions open for nomination and election on the MABO Board for 2021-21 are President, Vice-President, Provincial Supervisor, and Provincial Interpreter, and Director of Clinics (1 year term). All of the other positions are a two-year term.

If you would like to run as an Officer on the MABO Board of Directors, or if you would like to nominate anyone for the above positions, please contact Andy Russo ( or Don Boddy    (  Duties are listed below.

The MABO Executive election:
  • President: 
  • Vice President: 
  • Provincial Interpreter: 
  • Provincial Supervisor: 
  • Director of Clinics – 1 Year Term
II. Members and Voting Privileges: All 2019-2020 and registered 2020-2021 members of MABO are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting. All 2020-21 registered members are entitled to one (1) vote each. A Voting Member may not vote by proxy.

III. Quorum: Attendance by 10% of the Members at the Annual General Meeting is a quorum.

(Detailed Agenda of meeting to follow) 

Please make every effort to attend!

The Manitoba Association of Basketball Officials, in accordance with its Bylaws, will be electing several executive positions at its 2021 Annual General Meeting.  The duties of these Officers of the Association are currently as follows: 

7.3.1 The President:
  • Supervises the affairs of the Board,
  • When present, chairs all meetings of the Association, the Board and the Executive Committee;
  • Is an ex officio member of all Committees, except the Nominating Committee;
  • Acts as the spokesperson for the Association;
  • Shall serve as the liaison from MABO to the Basketball Manitoba Board of Directors.
  • Chairs the Executive Committee;
  • Sets the agenda for all meetings of the board and executive,
  • Represents MABO and attends the NBO President’s meetings, and
  • Carries out other duties assigned by the Board.
7.3.2 The Vice President:
  • Presides at meetings in the President’s absence. If the Vice-President is absent, the Directors elect a Chairperson for the meeting.
  • Replaces the President at various functions when asked to do so by the President or the Board;
  • Shall act as a member of all committees.
  • Is a member of the Executive Committee;
  • Carries out other duties assigned by the Board; and
  • Chairs the Recruitment and Retention Committee and Bylaws committee
7.3.3 Provincial Supervisor:
  • Shall make assignments for Basketball Manitoba and MHSAA provincial tournaments.
  • Shall make recommendations for all provincial and national tournament assignments, which will be approved in principle by the Executive Committee.
  • Shall assign tournament Assignors/Evaluators for all provincial tournaments, where applicable.
  • To facilitate the process for national (non-USport) assignments. Is a member of the Executive Committee; Carries out other duties assigned by the Board.
  • Compiles and organizes Provincial applications in order to facilitate a selection committee meeting with MABO assignors
  • Shall, in collaboration with MABO assignors, work to identify High Performance Pathway candidates
  • Receive and respond to requests for officials in areas of Manitoba with no MABO representation (predominantly Northern Manitoba)
  • Shall assign or reallocate to assign tournaments where no other assignor currently holds responsibility (Prep, Club)
7.3.4 Provincial Interpreter:
  • Shall be responsible for organizing the content for the annual provincial clinics in conjunction with the NBO
  • Shall provide questions for the annual NBO FIBA Rules Exam, as requested, and vet the completed exam for accuracy prior to release to the national membership
  • Shall provide support to the NBO for MB membership exam issues (i.e. incorrect levels, unregistered members, etc.)        
  • Shall summarize and share exam completion details with the MABO Executive and Assignors both weekly and final exam completion rates, combining with NOCP level to ensure passing grades for all members.
  • Shall provide the membership with NBO bulletins regarding rule interpretations and liaise with webmaster to ensure web blasts are done in a timely manner.
  • Shall provide rule interpretations when requested by the MB basketball community (includes MABO members and non-MABO members) and liaise with the National Educator for anything not included or clear in the official rulebook or interpretations for clarification.
  • Is a member of the Executive Committee; and
  • Carries out other duties assigned by the Board.
7.3.7 Director of Clinics: 
  • Shall appoint, with Board approval, and instruct staff of Provincial Clinicians to conduct MABO  sanctioned clinics throughout Manitoba. 
  • Shall be responsible for the planning and development of clinics at all levels and shall consult  with the Provincial Interpreter in this regard. 
  • Is a member of the Executive Committee; and 
  • Carries out other duties assigned by the Board. 


More reports will be added leading up to the meeting.  

Can't see the reports below?  CLICK HERE to view them all

The Coaches Association of Canada has launched a new webinar series to support and reengage coaches as we return to sport. This six-part monthly series of live webinars will cover topics identified in consultation with coaches as being pertinent and useful in developing their skills while navigating a return to sport.  

Running from October to March, the format will consist of a 30-minute live webinar followed by a 30-minute discussion and Q&A with the guests in attendance. Topics will be presented by a subject expert, in collaboration with a bilingual facilitator. 


The University of St. Boniface Men's Basketball Team has annouced that Randy Gborie from the Center Scolaire Léo-Rémillard where he stood out as a skillful and insightful athlete at the high school level.  

Quelle fierté d'accueillir encore une nouvelle recrue, bienvenue aux Rouges Rady Gborie! Randy nous arrive du Centre Scolaire Léo-Rémillard où il s'est démarqué comme un athlète habile et perspicace au sein des équipes des Renards.


CMU Women's Basketball has announced the commitment of John Taylor Collegiate's Jessica Routsis for the 2021-22 NIAC and MCAC seasons.  The versatile 5'8 guard comes to CMU brimming with passion for the game made evident by her impact role as an underage player on her high school Pipers teams.

Despite not being able to compete in her graduating season, Routsis comes to the Blazers with leadership potential, having captained her high school varsity squad in her grade 11 year, when she earned MVP and Player of the Game honours in her team's playoff run to the WWAC Conference finals at the 'AAA' level.  Not surprisingly, she was also named to the league all star team after her John Taylor Pipers' fantastic showing at the championships.

Routsis' development in the sport started early, as she also captained her school's junior varsity team in grade 9, when she also earned MVP and Player of the Game awards for her play as a freshman.  A call-up to help the varsity squad at a city tournament in her grade 9 season led her to join the varsity team full time in her grade 10 year, when she found herself in the starting five most games, playing against other student-athletes two years her senior.

"Jessica is a very welcome addition to the Blazers" notes CMU Women's Basketball Head Coach Joe DiCurzio, who is entering his ninth season at the helm of the Blazers. "Jessica was one of the top athletes in this year's graduating class.  She has the size, quickness, and toughness to match up with anyone defensively.  Offensively she really attacks the basket well and with her ability to hit the pull up jumper consistently she will be very difficult to defend.  With her team first mentality she really fits in well wit hthe Blazers culture."

As a club player, Routsis laced up for the Manitoba Jr Bisons, who played to a third place showing at the Peg City Showcase in her last club season before the lockdown. Jessica also brings athleticism and experience from a multisport background, having excelled in premiere Winnipeg youth soccer playing for St Charles Force before youth sports came to a halt last summer, as well as volleyball at her Westwood area high school. Having lost her last collegiate and club seasons to the pandemic, Routsis is excited to join the CMU Blazers and start life as a university student-athlete when training can resume.

The most recent lockdown has halted spring training for members of the CMU women's basketball team, but the squad hopes to resume practicing later this spring or summer according to Return-to-Play protocols as outlined by Basketball Manitoba and approved by Manitoba Public Health. The Blazers are preparing to get back on the court for competitions in 2021-22, playing in an increased 16-game NIAC conference regular season and will be welcoming a new Manitoba program at Université de St-Boniface to the MCAC in 2021.


LESS THAN 50 NETS LEFT: 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 200 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!


STEP 1.  ON THE MAP? Check if your public basketball court appears on the Manitoba Basketball Outdoor Court Map
⇾ If YES, then proceed to STEP 2.  
⇾ If NO, SUBMIT your court specs to us

STEP 2.  ALREADY REQUESTED? Check the below Nets Request Summary to see if your public court already has a submitted nets request. 
⇾ If YES, then the new net should be showing up 2-3 weeks after the rested date shown.  
⇾ If NO, proceed to STEP 3

STEP 3.  REQUEST A NET!  Once you have addressed steps 1 and 2, you can now request a free basketball net from Basketball Manitoba by completing the below form at the bottom of this page. 

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

Can't see the below request form?  CLICK HERE to view it in a new window


Questions on the "Nothin' But Nets" initiative can be made to  Requests for nets can be made in the above form.    

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

Sport Manitoba has announced an number of scholarships available to grade 12 students and new coaches in Manitoba seeking to pursue their education at the post-secondary level.  Full details are below...