ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT: Coach Jon Giesbrecht of Winnipeg has announced he will be hosting an Elite Skills Academy Camp for male and female players ages 13-18 on August 20th & 21st.   August 20th will be a half day 1pm to 4pm and August 21st will be a full day 9:30am to 3:30pm (With lunch break from 12pm to 1pm). Cost to attend is $75. Full information includes…

Where/When: Location TBA, August 20th (1pm to 4pm) & 21st (9:00am to 12pm & 1pm to 3:30pm)

Ages: Open to Male and Female ages 13-18 (Grade 7 to 12)

Cost: $75 per player includes free T-Shirt (Camp limited to 20 spots)

Focus of the camp:

Coach Giesbrecht will focus on Ball-handling, 1on1 Play, and Pick and Roll Play. 

On the first day, players will focus on ball-handling skills and 1on1 play. Skill work includes dribbling (Changing speed, creating separation), passing (Time on target) and finishing (Touch around the basket, exploring different finishes). 

On the second day, Coach Giesbrecht will create a learning environment like no other, not only will players gain valuable understanding of pick and roll play through on-court work, but players will also breakdown video with Jon for further understanding. Through working with high school, provincial and university players, Coach Giesbrecht believes that the pick and roll is misunderstood by players alike, that’s why Pick and Roll play will be a major focus of the camp… Being able to read the defense, and attack pick and roll coverages is a skill that can be worked on and is essential for the development of every player.

The core objectives of the second day are:

1. Improve decision making while reinforcing spacing in pick and roll play (Enable players to make       quicker    decisions by reading the defense)

2. Gain further understanding of pick and roll defense and how to attack it (Counters VS Coverages)

3. Teach skills and concepts through a games approach 

Coach Bio:

Jon brings experience from Youth to University level:

  • 2 Years at the CIS University level (University of Manitoba Men’s Program as Assistant Coach, most recently joined University of Winnipeg Men’s Program as Assistant Coach)
  • 2 Years at the Provincial team level (17U Manitoba Male Assistant Coach)
  • 1 Year at Basketball Manitoba’s Centre of Performance (Assistant Coach)
  • 5 Years at the Junior Varsity level (John Taylor Collegiate Head Coach)
  • 4 Years at the Club level (Rising Stars League: Winnipeg Elites, Winnipeg Thunder)

Coaching Honours & Championships:

  • National Championship 17U Male (2013-14 - Team Manitoba)
  • JV Boys Provincial Championship (2010-11 & 2013-14 - John Taylor Collegiate)
  • JV Coach of the Year 2013-14
  • Jim Bulloch Award Winner 2013-14
  • Bruce Russell WMBA Coach of the Year 2011

Special Projects:

  • Scouting Reports along with video edits for Canadian National Teams (18U Male 2014 - Advance and Personnel, FISU Male 2015 - Advance)
  • Video Editing/Scouting Reports completed for FIBA
  • Winning Hoops Contributor
  • Fast Model Contributor
  • HoopScoop Contributor

Dan Becker - Basketball Manitoba Technical Director and 17U Male Provincial Head Coach:

Jon has proven himself to be a great coach and an extremely talented video analyst. He has an excellent ability to use film as a tool to help improve teams and individuals improve in the sport of basketball.  Jon ’s work this past summer with our 17U team was a major reason we won gold at the National Championships

Stephan Walton - University of Manitoba Bison Men’s Basketball:

I consider Jon Giesbrecht to be second to very few in his knowledge for basketball training in Winnipeg. He has a very bright future in developing skill, and is now an invaluable part of my training program.

Kuet Kuet - University of Winnipeg Wesmen Men’s Basketball:

Jon is meticulous, he stresses the little things and in result, I get better.

To register or if there you have any further questions, please email Coach Giesbrecht at

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