UPDATED JANUARY 21, 2021: In light of the news announced on Thursday January 21, 2021 by the Province of Manitoba that continued with ALL health regions of Manitoba remaining at the "Critical / Red" Pandemic Response System, all Basketball Manitoba sanctioned and insured programs and activities taking place in Manitoba will remain on hold until at least Friday, February 12, 2021.  The stoppage of all basketball activities in Manitoba will remain paused until a time the health status is changed from RED to ORANGE OR when specifically sports are permitted to return.  These measures will in effect for at least another 3 weeks.   

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UPDATED JANUARY 8, 2021: In light of the news announced on Friday January 8, 2021 by the Province of Manitoba that continued with ALL health regions of Manitoba remaining at the "Critical / Red" Pandemic Response System, all Basketball Manitoba sanctioned and insured programs and activities taking place in Manitoba will remain on hold until at least Friday, January 22, 2021.  The stoppage of all basketball activities in Manitoba will remain paused until a time the health status is changed from Red to Orange and run for at least another 2 weeks 

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UPDATED DECEMBER 8, 2020:
In light of the news announced on Tuesday December 8, 2020 by the Province of Manitoba that continued with ALL health regions of Manitoba remaining at the "Critical / Red" Pandemic Response System, all Basketball Manitoba sanctioned and insured programs and activities taking place in Manitoba will remain on hold until at least Friday, January 8, 2021.  The stoppage of all basketball activities in Manitoba will remain paused until a time the health status is changed from Red to Orange and run for at least another 4 weeks.   

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UPDATED NOVEMBER 10, 2020:  In light of the news announced on Tuesday November 10, 2020 by the Province of Manitoba that moved ALL health regions of Manitoba to the "Critical / Red" Pandemic Response System, all Basketball Manitoba sanctioned and insured programs and activities taking place in Manitoba will cease to operate effective immediately.  The stoppage of all basketball activities in Manitoba will remain paused until a time the health status is changed from Red to Orange and is expected to run for at least 4 weeks.    


With the anticipation of Manitoba basketball athletes returning to the court for competition and gameplay shortly, we should take some time to educate ourselves and prepare for a safe return to full contact and gameplay.

 


The Winnipeg Minor Basketball Association has announced live online basketball training sessions. For just $20, young athletes can get access to basketball programming through online sessions led by student-athletes from the UofW, UofM, CMU and the WMBA. Sessions start this weekend.  

  • Time: Saturdays/Sundays
  • Place: Online Zoom
  • Cost: $20 for 4 sessions 
  • Register Now (space is limited!)

*Participants in the WMBA Fall/Winter 2020 program receive FREE access to the sessions during the code red lockdown. 

Reasons they are offering online training:

  • To help athletes stay connected to the basketball community
  • To help keep athletes physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy during the pandemic
  • To provide a sense of normalcy and routine 
  • To get athletes prepared to transition to in-person training this Spring

Trainers

  • Faith Hezekiah (U of W Wesmen) - 5-year guard at the University of Winnipeg Wesmen. Conflict Resolution. 
  • Elijah Lostracco (U of M Bison) - 1st-year guard at the University of Manitoba Bison. 
  • Shirliz Maya (CMU Blazers) - 4-year guard at the Canadian Mennonite University Blazers. Peace and Conflict degree.
  • Sandeep Brar (WMBA Trainer) - 5-year WMBA trainer. Asper school of business, Marketing. 

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.

Peg City Basketball has announced the launch of the Peg City eSports Network.  The goal is to provide the community with a grassroots opportunity to learn, grow, and show their skills in competitive tournaments and leagues. 

Peg City eSports is offering tournaments this February!

Registration for the Inaugural NBA 2K20 and NBA 2K21 tournaments is now open.


REGISTER ONLINE


The plan is to launch a circuit for some of the major sports including NBA 2K21, NHL 21, Madden 21, and Fifa 21 in mid-late February. 



For more details see Peg City eSports.  If you have any questions please email info@pegcityball.ca.



STAY AT HOME PROJECT:
The Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame continues to add more and more titles to its growing collection of "Classic Games" and are reminding you to send in your game videos that meet the criteria.  Here you'll find a growing video collection of classic basketball games that have involved Manitoba teams in the past. 

From provincial championship finals to national championships to special games that left lasting impressions on the basketball community, we will showcase and publicly archive as many of these games as we can find!  Follow us on social media for the "Flashback Friday" feature which showcases many of these classic games.

You can find games that we currently have in the collection at the below link.  If you have a video that is not listed below - get it to us!

All videos in the collection, including how you can make a submission can be found at...

https://classicgames.basketballmanitoba.ca



Growing up, James Rae remembers sitting in the Duckworth Centre watching Winnipeg Wesmen players of the past.

Soon, he'll be the one on centre stage.

Rae, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard out of Oak Park High School, has announced his commitment to the UWinnipeg men's basketball program as the first member of head coach Mike Raimbault's 2021 recruiting class.

He will enroll in the Faculty of Kinesiology and have five years of eligibility. 

Rae called it a "dream come true" to be able to say he'll soon play for Winnipeg, a goal he has had in his heart since his earliest days of playing youth basketball.

Born in Calgary, but a Winnipegger since his family moved to town when he was in kindergarten, Rae said he's had a love for the game ever since.

"I remember going to watch these games sitting in the stands just watching them," Rae said. "And being able to play on the court while other people watch me eventually will be a dream come true.

"I used to play rec basketball through community (clubs), but once I started taking things a little more seriously and joined a club team, I kind of fell in love with the game more and wanted to continue it past high school."

Rae has played varsity at Oak Park for head coach Jon Lundgren since he was in Grade 9.

In his new head coach, Rae sees a bit of his soon-to-be-former head coach.

"That was one of the things that sold me on U of W: I could see myself having a strong relationship with the coach," Rae said. "He reminded me of Lundgren a bit. I could connect with him easily and that's something I really respect in a coach.

"I definitely had that feeling after the first conversation with Mike … that this could be a very great thing."

A former member of the Manitoba provincial team, Rae most recently played club for Triumph. In 2019-20, as a Grade 11, he was ranked the No. 6 player in the province in the Winnipeg Sun's annual coaches poll.

Raimbault and Lundgren both lauded Rae as a high-character player in addition to his physical skills.

"We are excited to add James to the program for next season," Raimbault said. "He has a great combination of size, strength and skill for his position along with a maturity and strength of character that will make him a valuable member of our group in the years ahead."

Added Lundgren: "James was able to use his athleticism to get to the rim at will in high school. He's a very good shooter and a willing passer. The Wesmen are getting a high-character young man. He's easy to coach and a supportive teammate. I'm happy that he will get to continue his basketball career at the university level."

At school, he joined the student council with hopes of "giving a voice to" Oak Park students in navigating this unprecedented year.

With code-red restrictions across the province for weeks, Rae has tried to focus on working out at home and doing his best to be physically ready when a return to play kicks in.

"I know I have a great situation here that I've put myself in. Some people would be more nervous, I'm excited. It's a great feeling."


Source: https://www.wesmen.ca/general/2020-21/releases/20210120etsg2n

 





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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HOW TO SUPPORT THE CAUSE

Donation Options 
  1. 1 pair of lavender laces - $20 donation with a $15 tax receipt
  2. 2 pairs of lavender laces - $30 donation with a $20 tax receipt
  3. 3 pairs of lavender laces - $40 donation with a $25 tax receipt
  4. 4 pairs of lavender laces - $50 donation with a $30 tax receipt
  5. 5 pairs of lavender laces - $60 donation with a $35 tax receipt
  6. 6 pairs of lavender laces - $70 donation with a $40 tax receipt
  7. 7 pairs of lavender laces - $80 donation with a $45 tax receipt
  8. 8 pairs of lavender laces - $90 donation with a $50 tax receipt
  9. 9 pairs of lavender laces - $100 donation with a $55 tax receipt
  10. 10 pairs of lavender laces - $110 donation with a $60 tax receipt


1. Credit Card.  Please select the quantity of laces, enter the full name of the donor and click "Pay Now" to proceed.

Select Payment Amount
Full Name of Donor

2. eTransfer.  Please send an eTransfer payment referencing the above Donation Options to " info@maboref.com " and indicate the following in the "message" portion of the transfer: Donor full name, mailing address, city/town and postal code. 

THANK YOU!

Sport Manitoba Coaching has announced a number of National Coaching Certificating Program (NCCP) coach education courses they are planning to offer in the coming months.  All the course are being offered online.

Upcoming NCCP Courses and Free PD Opportunities

JANUARY


FEBRUARY

MARCH

Want to take a specific NCCP course but do not see it on the schedule? Email bree.langlais@sportmanitoba.ca to find out when it is being offered next!

All courses in RED can be completed by home study. For more information on home study, NCCP courses, or professional development opportunities Sport Manitoba Coaching offers, please email bree.langlais@sportmanitoba.ca.

If you have any questions please contact Bree Langlais, Coach Education Coordinator, at Bree.Langlais@sportmanitoba.ca.