Basketball Manitoba is excited to announce the details on the 11th annual 'Super Coaches Clinic' scheduled Friday, October 23, 2020.  Due to the ongoing pandemic issues in the community, it will be shifting the event to be an online virtual clinic this year.  The clinic will run at the same time as the province-wide 'SAGE' in-service day and is registered as a professional development event by PHE Manitoba. 

The line up for the day will include...

  • Sefu Bernard - WNBA Washington Mystics, Director, Player Development 
  • Allison McNeill - Former Canadian National Senior Women's Team Head Coach 
  • Chris Oliver - Founder, Basketball Immersion
  • Roy Rana - Assistant Coach, NBA Sacramento Kings, Canadian National Team
  • Attend the full day of presentations online for only $20.00 CAD per coach.  
  • All attendees will receive a digital copy of the Super Coach Clinic manual as part of the registration.
  • All presentations will be recorded for later playback by clinic attendees.
  • Door prizes will be presented throughout the day.
  • View the presenter bios and the clinic schedule below...

This is the time of year when we typically prepare to officiate basketball at high schools, senior leagues and in minor leagues. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic it means that the 2020- 2021 year is anything but typical.  Due to the uncertainty our sport is facing, MABO is pleased to provide three different registration options for our members:

Option #1- Full Registration.  Register and pay the full fee of $90 – this includes MABO, Canada Basketball, CBOC and Basketball Manitoba fees for the year – includes a $10 discount.  Option included a virtual clinic hosted by MABO.  Clinic details are below.  

Option #2- Partial Registration.  Register and pay an early bird clinic membership fee this year of $25 now and then when basketball returns, members will need to submit the remainder $65 to MABO to maintain full membership status.

Option #3- Friends of MABO.  Members stay on the MABO mailing list which allows members to be updated with what’s happening in basketball in the province. Once Basketball returns, members would need to register and pay $100 to complete the clinic and receive all the resources of a MABO member.

Virtual Clinic for Options #1 and #2: (Additional virtual clinics may be added in the future)

  • CLINIC #1: Consists of 3 sessions. 
    • Dates: Wed Nov 18, Wed Nov 25, Wed Dec 2 (attend ALL 3 dates online)
    • Time: 7:00 pm 
    • Location: Zoom online

Registration deadline is November 4th, 2020. The first clinic of 3 sessions is limited to the first 100 registrants, based on registrations we will consider adding more clinic sessions.

On behalf of MABO, I encourage everyone to register for the clinic, to continue to develop their game, and to complete the exam so that we are ready when the game of Basketball does return at any and all levels.

If you have any questions, please email me at

Stacy Hawash

MABO President



STEP 1 - Complete your personal information as required.

STEP 2 - Complete your personal information as required. 

STEP 3 - Select your membership and clinic options. 

STEP 4 - Pay your membership and clinic fees online using PayPal.

STEP 5 - Subscribe to the MABO News email list.

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Sport Manitoba has shared the following update based on the public health changes for the Winnipeg Metro area announced on October 16, 2020 and takes effect on Monday, October 19, 2020.    

There is nothing new that should be directly impacting any Return to Basketball activities on the court other than to have only one parent with a child if they are there at all.  Most facilities aren't allowing parents to be present anyways.  The limitation to only 25% capacity of spectators doesn't impact as well as we are not in a competition phase as of yet.  

Manitoba Health didn’t explicitly say if the "10 to 5 maximum people" change affects sport but we will go under the assumption that since it wasn’t mentioned that things remain as is (15 max people for basketball at a time in a gymnasium, including coaches and players). This wasn’t mentioned in the news conference either other than the concern of socializing taking place after a sporting activity. 

The other to expect is a new contact tracing requirement by facilities prior to using a space.  There will be a request (including from those using the spaces at Sport Manitoba) to provide a contact list of all participants PRIOR  to using a space effective this Monday.  Program operators should be prepared to provide that upon request.  

Lastly, the mask requirement, physical distancing and not sharing of equipment remains in place for all players and coaches coming and going from an activity.  Only players actively participating in basketball can remove their mask.  Coaches are to keep their masks on at all times.


COVID-19 Update: Sport Partners
Friday, October 16, 2020

Manitoba’s public health officials have decided to increase certain restrictions under the current Restricted (Orange) level of the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System for the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region. These measures will come into effect on Monday, Oct. 19, for a minimum of two weeks, and include:

  • reducing the number of spectators to 25 per cent of a site’s capacity for after-school activities and sporting events
  • lowering indoor and outdoor gathering sizes from 10 to five
  • requiring gyms and fitness centres to collect contact information for all attendees

The Province also noted that families with children in sporting activities are strongly encouraged to have only one parent attend events, games, or practices, and reiterated that people going to gyms or fitness centres must wear a mask unless they are participating in physical activity.

Click here to view the full release.

Please note, Sport Manitoba is already collecting contact information for contact tracing purposes in the Fitness Centre and Sport Performance Centre, and is actively working to implement a process for both the courts and flex space.

An important reminder as sports move along with their Return to Play plans, that if a person who tested positive for COVID-19 was involved in a recreational activity during their communicable period, public health investigations would include everyone involved in that event. 

Following the risk assessment, public health may determine there was zero risk and there would be no need for anyone to self-isolate (quarantine). Or, the risk assessment could determine that all those involved would be at risk and would have to self-isolate (quarantine) for 14 days. For more on this update from Public Health, click here

It continues to be critically important that we focus on the fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home if you feel sick, even mildly ill
  • Wash/sanitize your hands, cover your cough and physically distance when you are with people outside your household
  • If you cannot physically distance, you should wear a mask to help reduce your risk 
  • Reduce the number of close contacts outside your household, and avoid closed-in or crowded spaces

We will continue to update you as we receive new information.

Thank you and stay safe.

The Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame & Museum has announced that the next Induction Dinner will be held on Saturday, September 25, 2021. The Selection Committee is now requesting nominations of worthy candidates for the next induction that meet the set criteria.  The deadline to submit a nomination for the next induction is December 15, 2020.  

Eligibility for Nomination

All nominations are welcome.  The criteria/guidelines used by the selection committee are as follows...

Player Category

Players who consistently performed at a high level over a number of years on provincial, university, national or professional teams; and (a) who played high school basketball in Manitoba, whether or not they stayed in Manitoba after graduation; or (b) who played high school basketball outside the province, but played at an elite level in Manitoba.

Builder Category

Eligible nominees are individuals, such as coaches, managers, trainers, sponsors, and media persons, who have made a significant contribution to the development and the promotion of basketball in Manitoba.

Team Category

Manitoba based teams that have won national, international, or world championships; and
High schools whose male or female varsity teams have won a minimum of three provincial championships within a six-year period.

Submitting Nominations 

The Manitoba Basketball of Fame Committee invites members of the community to submit nominations in the player, builder, and team categories of the Hall of Fame. Nominations can be submitted at any time. However, as the Induction Dinner is traditionally held in late September / early October, the selection sub-committee of the MBHOF Committee reviews only those nominations that are submitted no later than December 15 of the preceding year.

To submit a nomination for consideration, please visit the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame website at...

Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame

Canada West cancels multiple conference competitions, defers on others

EDMONTON – Canada West announced Thursday that no conference regular season, playoff, or championship events will be staged during the 2020-21 season in men's and women's basketball, volleyball, hockey, and wrestling, along with women's rugby 7s. Decisions on the staging of 2020-21 CW championships in curling, track & field, and swimming have been deferred to a later date.

Despite Canada West regular season, playoff and championship events being cancelled in the aforementioned sports, conference members have been empowered to explore competitive opportunities for their student-athletes, based on the principle of regional cohort play.

Learnings from the relaunch of fall sports will be applied, as competitions are explored on a member-by-member basis through the remainder of the 2020-21 season, with hopes of paving a path for the full resumption of Canada West play in the fall of 2021.

A vote of the conference's 17 members formally made the cancellations and deferrals, following recommendations from the CW Board of Directors based on information provided by the CW COVID-19 Task Force.

The Task Force was comprised of CW athletic directors, along with medical professionals.

All CW fall team competition had previously been cancelled on June 8, while the conference's golf championship was cancelled due to travel restrictions on September 22.

Following an announcement on October 2 to delay a decision on second term competition, Canada West's Board and COVID-19 Task Force continued to evaluate the evolving COVID-19 environment. Ultimately the Board recommended to members that second term conference competition in basketball, volleyball, hockey, wrestling, and rugby 7s not be staged due to a host of factors, including:

  • Ensuring the health and safety of student-athletes and others
  • Rising case numbers across portions of Western Canada, particularly in the age group of university students
  • Continued inter-provincial travel restrictions imposed by provincial health authorities
  • Financial impediments to traditional conference competition due to COVID-19 mitigation protocols, including heightened travel costs

"This isn't the outcome any of us wanted, however, it has become increasingly clear over the last few weeks that the environment wasn't going to change sufficiently to ensure safe competition in traditional conference formats in these sports," said CW president Clint Hamilton.

"Ultimately our members saw no feasible path to staging traditional Canada West conference events during the 2020-21 season in these sports. With today's decision our members have opted to provide clarity to our stakeholders, most importantly our student-athletes. Collectively we didn't take the decision to cancel fall competition lightly in June, and today's announcement is equally disappointing to everyone involved in university sport. Our members will now shift their focus to finding new ways of delivering non-conference sport competition for our student-athletes."

Canada West's announcement came at the same time that Ontario University Athletics (OUA), Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ), and Atlantic University Sport (AUS) made their own announcements pertaining to the status of their 2020-21 seasons.

U SPORTS, the governing body for national championships, also announced their Board's decision to cancel all remaining 2020-21 national championships. The decision came after consultation with championship hosts, and was supported by all four conferences, including Canada West.



U SPORTS unable to offer national championships in winter 2021

USPORTS announced Thursday that it cannot offer the 2021 winter national championships due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

The determination to not offer the championships comes with the unanimous support of its Board of Directors and the four university sports conferences: Atlantic University Sport, Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec, Ontario University Athletics and Canada West.

“Following consultations with the four conferences, we agreed that student-athlete safety remains our top priority,” said Dick White, U SPORTS Interim Chief Executive Officer. "It is not logistically possible for teams to be travelling across the country at this time. Therefore, U SPORTS is in the unfortunate position where we are unable to offer the 2021 winter championships.”

The impacted events include the women’s and men’s championships in basketball, hockey, swimming, track and field, volleyball and wrestling. Curling Canada previously announced the suspension of the 2021 university championships.

U SPORTS is committed to providing student-athletes with exceptional experiences to achieve their full academic and athletic potential. As such, health and safety are at the centre of Thursday’s announcement.  

"It is important to consider the impact on the under-30 university demographic,” said Dr. Taryn Taylor, U SPORTS Chief Medical Officer and representative on the Own the Podium Return to Sports Task Force. “As the number of cases rise during the second wave of COVID-19, and without an available vaccine, on-going sports restrictions are required to ensure student-athlete health and safety."

Another critical consideration impacting today's announcement is the variety of local and provincial health restrictions facing championship hosts.

"U SPORTS is unique in that we offer nine winter championships in nine different parts of the country,” said Lisette Johnson-Stapley, U SPORTS Chief Sport Officer. "Our hosts are facing a variety of challenges due to COVID-19, including travel restrictions and limits on public indoor gatherings that impact event planning. We look forward to providing the hosts of the cancelled 2021 national championships the opportunity to host in future years.”

U SPORTS will announce its updated future hosting rotation before the end of the year.

For more information and FAQs, please click here.


The Black Canadian Coaches Association (BCCA) has announced the launch of the Black Female Coach Mentorship Program (BFCMP). In partnership with the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC), the pilot mentorship program seeks to create equitable opportunities for Black female coaches in Canada.

A national call for Mentee Applications is now open to women who identify as Black, Biracial, or Indigenous and are aspiring or current sport coaches.  Applicants from all sport backgrounds, regardless of age, sport, or coaching experience, are invited to apply before the October 26 application deadline.

The Black Female Coach Mentorship Program focuses on three main objectives:

  1. Providing Black female mentorship;
  2. Advancing coach professionalization amongst both program mentors and mentees; and
  3. Providing a sustainable model of formalized mentorship that increases accessibility, support, and leadership development for Black female coaches in sport.

You can find the link to the application form here.

More information about the program and partnership here:

Should you have any questions about the program they can be directed to the Black Canadian Coaches Association at