Raptors Coaches Open House presented by Tangerine offers coaches across all levels a unique opportunity to listen and learn from experienced individuals who know what it takes to successfully teach the game. On December 12th & 13th 2020, this FREE two-day virtual event will focus on a wide variety of topics and include conversations with both the General Manager and Head Coach of the Toronto Raptors along with other Special Guests.

The Toronto Raptors, we recognize the impact that a coach can have in their players' lives at all levels. The goal of this event is to help you as a coach, build a positive team atmosphere while helping young players develop and enhance not only their skills and basketball experience on and off the court. 

See How Much You Can Learn at the Toronto Raptors Coaches Open House presented by Tangerine!

*This event qualifies for Canada Basketball PD points - information on how to obtain these will be found in your Coaches Manual sent out prior to the event*


All times shown below are Eastern time

The Manitoba Aboriginal Sports & Recreation Council (MASRC) has announced the revival of the Manitoba Indigenous Games (MIG) since it was last hosted in 2011 by the communities of Peguis First Nation and Opaskwayak Cree Nation. This decision was made due to the ongoing pandemic and in response to the announcement of the postponement of the North American Indigenous Games originally set to be held in Halifax in July 2020. 

"We were disappointed the day that the NAIG Council announced its postponement of the Games due to the ongoing threat of Covid-19 and we knew that it would affect our athletes who were looking forward to the International competition. It was time to get creative and we took this opportunity to revive MIG and use it as an opportunity to keep our athletes engaging in sport and friendly competition." says MASRC Executive Director, Mel Whitesell. 

Since 1999, the Manitoba Indigenous Games (MIG) has been providing Indigenous athletes, coaches and officials in Manitoba the opportunity to participate in their own multi-sport competition. Opaskwayak Cree Nation (OCN) is recognized as the founders of this sporting event. In 2001, the MASRC proudly accepted the stewardship of this wonderful and exciting event.

The MIG emphasizes active participation in sporting competition for our Indigenous youth regardless of sport specific skill levels, age, and gender. Sport competition is not the only reason youth enjoy participating in this event. Other reasons include: meeting new friends, developing social interaction skills and gaining valuable educational experiences in the diverse cultural and traditional practices found in Indigenous cultures. These reasons were all found equally valuable, if not more important, than competition alone.

In May of 2021, the MASRC in partnership with multiple schools and school divisions will be hosting "MIG the Comeback". It will look different this time around as precautions are taken and guidelines are followed to ensure the safety of all who participate. Events will be open to any and all schools in Manitoba. Physical Education Specialists will be invited to host these events during their classes between the dates of May 3rd to the 14th, and submit results electronically by May 19th. 

"I'm happy to see that the MASRC, MFNERC & FSD are working hard to put together these Games for the youth. I am especially excited to see traditional games being incorporated into MIG, as it shows a genuine interest in the revitalization of these traditions. Having the youth create their own equipment for traditional games will help them explore their Indigenous self-identity, and will create meaningful internal connections." says Norbert Mercredi, Physical Education & Health Program Facilitator, MFNERC

Who can participate?

  • Indigenous youth living in Manitoba (First Nations, MΓ©tis, Inuit)
  • Students enrolled in grades 7 through 12 are eligible to participate. Winners will be selected in each of the age categories*:13U: Ages 11-13; 16U: Ages 14-16; 19U: Ages 17-19

*age categories are based on participants age as of May 14, 2021.

What are the events**:

  • Long distance running
  • Orienteering
  • Basketball challenge
  • Archery
  • Traditional Games: Archery (with hand-made bow), Fox Tail Games, Hoop & Pole Games, Arctic Sport

**Sport information subject to change

How can the province prepare for the Games?

Leading up to the Games, "How-to" videos and informational posters will be shared to help prepare for MIG events, such as "How-To Harvest and Prepare Your Materials to Build Your Own Bow!"

The MASRC will coordinate training opportunities to teaching staff and volunteers in all Manitoba Indigenous Games events, in partnership with the Frontier School Division (FSD) and the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre (MFNERC).

Technical Packages and School Registration for MIG will be available starting on December 7, 2020. For more details and announcements, make sure to stay connected through the MARC's website and social media channels:


Gabrielle Desrochers, Major Games Coordinator


Source: https://www.masrc.com/news_details.php?news_id=894

Motorcycle plates are also available 
Looking for a great gift for your basketball fan on your list?  Give them the gift of a basketball specialty licence plate from your local MPI Autopac agent!  To do this, you can contact any of the 300+ Manitoba Autopac agents and purchase a basketball plate for $70.00 so long as you, the person giving the gift has a qualifying active policy with MPI.  You can then give the new unused basketball plates to your basketball fan along with written authorization as a gift to them to then take the plates and letter to their own Autopac agent to have the new basketball plates added to their own MPI policy.


The Manitoba Association of Basketball Officials in partnership with Basketball Manitoba and the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation are pleased to announce a new campaign to draw awareness and funds to the cause of fighting cancer in our community.  The "Call a Foul on Cancer" is a newly developed campaign that will replace the long standing "Pink Whistle Campaign" with a new “LACE UP’ lavender shoe laces campaign.  With each donation of $20 to the cause, a pair of lavender laces will be sent to the donor to wear the laces with pride in the month of February as a basketball official and others in the community.

Orders and donations can be made below.  Questions on the campaign can be made to Andy Russo of MABO.  


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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 Famehttp://www.mbhof.com/p/nominate.html

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.

When: Wednesday, November 25th, 2020

Where: Online

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.

The first session will be Wednesday, November 25 at 7 p.m.

Session #1: Female Coaches Path to Success

Join us for this free seminar as the University of Manitoba’s Vanessa Martinez Lagunas (Head Coach, Women’s Soccer) and Bruna Mavignier (Assistant Coach & Strength and Conditioning Coach) discuss their quest to become high-performance coaches and highlight why sport needs more female role models.

Also participating in this session will be Allison Sandmeyer-Graves, CEO, Canadian Women & Sport, Susan Lamboo, Coaching Manager with Sport Manitoba, and a representative from our title sponsor Bison Transport. You’ll have the opportunity to learn from these leaders, ask them questions, and join a post-event Zoom networking session.