By Stephen Tackie, Manitoba 16U Provincial Team Male Coach

On behalf of the Manitoba provincial team coaches, I wanted to take this opportunity connect with all ball players thinking about trying out for the Provincial team this year. I want to encourage and congratulate you for deciding to challenge yourself as a basketball player and as a competitor. I would like to let you know how much you are respected for having the courage to step up and try out. I would also like to share with you that I believe that striving to represent your province at the highest level of basketball that you can is a key piece to helping you reach many basketball goals and aspirations.

We are ready to put out the best team to battle the rest of Canada. It is awesome to see that Manitoba is quickly becoming the top province in developing next level (National team, CIS, NCAA, Professional) players. Playing on the Manitoba Provincial team is your way, your opportunity to tap into our country's best kept secret. If you are serious about your love, passion and determination to excel at basketball and you are ready to have your game and competitive spirit positively influenced in an unmatched way, DO NOT MISS THESE TRY-OUTS.

Provincial Team basketball is something far more special than many think. Provincial Team Basketball is about proving to the rest of our country that Manitoba is a powerhouse in this game that we love. It is about demanding respect for the recruiters and coaches from across the country and those south of the boarder saying that its time to take notice and give opportunity to the players in Manitoba. It is about celebrating, with the whole basketball community of Manitoba, an experience that unites us and makes basketball here at home stronger and stronger.

Try outs take place this weekend. Don't miss the opportunity. Come ready - come fired up!

- Coach Tackie  

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