Nominate Your Basketball Coach for a Coaching Manitoba Excellence Award.  The awards, presented by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries aim to recognize and celebrate the outstanding achievements and significant contributions coaches have made to their athletes and their sport through coaching.  The award does not reflect the accomplishments and contributions of a coach in any one year, rather the awards are designed to acknowledge the contributions a coach has made to his/her sport and athletes over a number of years.  This year's Coaching Manitoba Excellence Awards are scheduled for Sunday, April 6, 2014.  Nomination deadline is Monday February 3, 2014.


Active Start/Fundamentals (Grassroots) Athletes - Vince Leah Memorial Award
Individuals who coach grassroots athletes of any age. The coaching environment at this level is primarily non-competitive, with an emphasis on participation and having fun.

Learn to Train-Train to Train (Developmental) Athletes - Dr. Jack Hunt Memorial Award
Coaches who are responsible for athletes developing competitive skills and preparing for competition (i.e. regional, provincial or Canada Games).

Train to Compete-Train to Win (High Performance) Athletes - Peter Williamson Memorial Award
Coaches who primarily work with athletes that compete at the national or international level.

School System Athletes - Peter Dick Award - These coaches are paid employees of a school (ie. teacher, guidance counselor, principal) who coach as an extra-curricular activity. This award is open to those individuals who coach at all grade levels from elementary through middle years and high school.


Years of Service Recognition
Coaches who have dedicated a minimum of 25 years to coaching at any level. To be recognized for this award, the coach must be nominated through their Provincial Sport Organization.

International Coach Recognition
Manitoba coaches who have coached at International Events in the previous year. The coach must have coached an International Event, in Canada or overseas.

To be eligible to receive a Coaching Manitoba Excellence Award, coaches must:

  1. Coach amateur athletes.
  2. Be actively coaching at the time of the nomination.
  3. Have a minimum five (5) years coaching experience in Manitoba.
  4. Be, at minimum, a fully certified Level 1/Introduction to Competition Coach with the National Coaching Certification Program (Technical, Theory & Practical). Please contact Coaching Manitoba if you are unsure as to whether the coach you are nominating is a fully certified Level 1 Coach.
  5. The nominated coach must consent to the nomination.
  6. The nominated coach, if chosen as a finalist, must consent to a video recording or provide suitable photos/video footage of a practice for the awards presentation.

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