Basketball Manitoba is pleased to offer a new and more efficient way for Club Basketball programs to register their teams directly with Basketball Manitoba effective the 2021-22 club season.  Club teams will now be required to first register with Basketball Manitoba prior to registering with a respective club league or tournament including with Peg City Basketball, the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and other club competitions.  

This annual process will ensure that all team members and facilities are properly registered and insured plus adds a new coach criminal records check process as part of the registration.  Coaches will also be prompted to enter their Respect in Sport completion code (if completed), their NCCP coach certification status (if any) and other important details.  All coaches will need to complete their Respect in Sport training prior to coaching in their first game this season.  

The Team Registration Fees remain the same as prior to the pandemic at $250 per team.  An additional $25 per coach fee has been added to address the costs tied to completing a criminal records check.  

This process including fee payment options (Interac eTransfer or credit card) will be 100% online eliminating the need for paper or in-person or mailed payments. 

Teams who have established their rosters can now register their teams at...

NEW CLINIC DATE ADDED: Basketball Manitoba in partnership with the Manitoba Association of Basketball Officials is pleased to offer the 'Junior Officials Development Program' (JODP) clinics for people new to refereeing that are 15 years of age or older.  The program is designed to improve the overall level of officiating in the Junior High / Middle School & Minor basketball leagues.

As part of a new "Return to Basketball" initiative by Basketball Manitoba and the Manitoba Association of Basketball Official (MABO), a new special $21.00 clinic registration fee has been established for 2021, down from the normal $95.00 clinic fee (a savings of $74.00).  

Basketball Manitoba Note: Please note that participation will require all players, coaches, officials, volunteers, staff and spectators who are AGE 18+ to be able to prove their Covid-19 double vaccination status to gain entry to an indoor basketball facility in Manitoba until further notice.  Details can be found here...

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The Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association has released an update to their Return to School Sport Plan for the 2021-22 season.  



Student Athletes: 

In the current Public Health Orders, there are NO immunization requirements for K-12 students to participate in indoor school sports. 


Mandatory vaccination is NOT required for coaches in indoor school sports. Anyone who is not fully vaccinated and who has ongoing and direct contact with student athletes will need to follow the mandatory testing guidelines. 

Coaches need to remember that non-school venues and facilities (arenas, community centres, etc.) may require additional measures that will need to be adhered to. Although Manitoba Education policy will provide the option for either being fully vaccinated or mandatory testing, a non-school venue may require coaches to be fully vaccinated. 


Officials 18 years of age and up MUST be fully vaccinated to participate in all indoor school sports. Outdoor School Sports: There are no current immunization requirements for outdoor school sports.

The full updated document can be found at…



Wesmen Athletics and Bisons Sports have once again announced the launch of another crosstown rivalry series with the kicking off of the 30th anniversary of the Duckworth Challenge this week.

The two athletics departments officially opened the Challenge Monday with a press conference at The Forks as the event turns 30 years old this year.

Introduced in 1991-92 by former UWinnipeg president and University of Manitoba Chancellor Dr. Henry Duckworth, the Challenge pits the basketball, volleyball and soccer teams of both schools against each other in an annual competition for city supremacy.

The Challenge will officially get underway on Thursday when Manitoba hosts Winnipeg for a women’s soccer match (6 p.m.).

The series will continue with volleyball matches at U of M on Jan. 21, 2022 and basketball games at UWinnipeg Jan. 22, 2022.

Due to COVID-19 cancellations, this will be the first Duckworth Challenge since the 2019-20 season.

UWinnipeg has taken the last three Duckworth Challenges dating back to 2017-18 and Manitoba holds the overall lead in victories, 17-12.

The university with the most victories is declared the winner. Should the soccer match end in a draw, and both schools are even in wins, a tiebreaking format kicks in where five points for each set won are given in volleyball and total points are counted in basketball to determine a victor.



Manitoba: 17 (counting three ties)

Winnipeg: 12 (counting four ties)

  • 2019-20: (Winnipeg 3-2)
  • 2018-19: (Winnipeg 3-2)
  • 2017-18: (Tie 2-2-1) - Winnipeg retains trophy
  • 2016-17: Manitoba (3-1-1)
  • 2015-16: (Manitoba 3-2)
  • 2014-15: (Manitoba 3-2)
  • 2013-14: (Manitoba 5-0)
  • 2012-13: (Winnipeg 3-1)
  • 2011-12: (Tie 2-2) - Manitoba retains trophy
  • 2010-11: (Manitoba 3-1)
  • 2009-10: (Manitoba 4-0)
  • 2008-09: (Winnipeg 3-1)
  • 2007-08: (Tie 2-2) - Winnipeg retains trophy
  • 2006-07: (Tie 2-2) - Winnipeg retains trophy
  • 2005-06: (Tie 2-2) - Winnipeg retains trophy
  • 2004-05: (Winnipeg 3-1)
  • 2003-04: (Manitoba 3-1)
  • 2002-03: (Tie 2-2) - Manitoba retains trophy
  • 2001-02: (Tie 2-2) - Manitoba retains trophy
  • 2000-01: (Manitoba 3-1)
  • 1999-2000: (Manitoba 3-1)
  • 1998-99: (Manitoba 3-1)
  • 1997-98: (Manitoba 3-1)
  • 1996-97: (Manitoba 3-1)
  • 1995-96: (Winnipeg 3-1)
  • 1994-95: (Manitoba 3-1)
  • 1993-94: (Winnipeg 3-1)
  • 1992-93: (Winnipeg 4-0)
  • 1991-1992: (Manitoba 4-0)

The Manitoba Wheelchair Sports Association (MWSA) has announced that Joey Johnson has been named its new Program Coordinator.  Joey, a multiple medal winning Paralympian with wheelchair basketball and member of the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame will be working with the community to support wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis.

Please contact Joey for introducing wheeled sports into your sports community and schools at... 

or 204-925-5789.

Joey is a native Manitoban who graduated from Lorette Collegiate. At 8 years of age, he was diagnosed with a degenerative hip disease which closed the doors to any able-bodied sports. This disability paved a path to opportunity for him in wheelchair basketball, in which he became one of the best players in the world.

He attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where he was selected as an All-American and led his team to three National Championships in 2001, 2002, and 2003.

Joey's greatest success was on the international level where he competed in five Paralympic Games winning the Gold Medal three times in 2000, 2004, and 2012 and a silver medal in 2008. He won other Gold Medals at the 2006 World Championships and the 1997 Junior World Championships. He represented Manitoba at the club level and with the provincial team for 19 consecutive years.

As a pro, he played in Australia and then won many European and international events and was a member of the 2004 Paralympics team that was chosen as the Male Sport Team of the Year at the Canadian Sport Awards.

Joey has acted as a player-coach on many teams and is a tremendous role model for young disabled athletes.

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The Winnipeg Minor Basketball Association has announced a number of basketball opportunities for boys and girls ages 5-17 beginning this fall.  The registration for the following programs opens on September 7 and closes on September 24 or when the program fills up.  Details can be found below and at