TORONTO, ON – Canada Basketball has announced two national initiatives to help foster alignment in the development of basketball across Canada.

“Developing basketball is at the core of our mandate. To be successful we must align with our sport organizations and work together to create policies and programs that will advance our game. These initiatives are a huge step in that direction,” said Michele O’Keefe, President & CEO, Canada Basketball. “Our agreement with CIS focuses on building the game here at home and the creation of our new officials commission ensures a nationally-coordinated approach to officiating.”

Canada Basketball and Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) recently signed a sport development memorandum of understanding (MOU). The MOU focuses on the national development of coach education, athletes, officials, 3X3 basketball, competition model, marketing and events, and sport technical sub-committees.

“This is a major step forward for university basketball in Canada,” said Graham Brown, Chief Executive Officer, CIS. “Canada Basketball is one of the leading national sports organizations in our country and there is no doubt this enhanced partnership will help take CIS basketball to the next level. It is an exciting time for basketball in Canada and CIS intends to be a key player in years to come.”

As part of the MOU and the development of officials, Canada Basketball is pleased to announce the formation of the Canadian Basketball Officials Commission (CBOC). The commission’s mandate is to set policy and develop strategies aimed to improve officiating throughout the country.

Reporting to Canada Basketball’s Board of Directors, the CBOC will consist of six members, each representing one of the following organizations:

  1. Canadian Association of Basketball Officials (CABO) executive committee
  2. CABO National Council
  3. CABO membership (current or recent FIBA official or FIBA supervisor/commissioner)
  4. Canada Basketball
  5. CIS
  6. Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA)

“CABO is happy to join the CIS and the CCAA on the new CBOC. We look forward to the opportunity to work with all involved in this partnership designed to improve the delivery of basketball officiating services and programs throughout the country,” said Morgan Munroe, President of CABO.  

The members of the CABO National Council voted overwhelmingly in favor of this new initiative. CABO will continue to play a critical role with its provincial officiating bodies and their various local boards. CABO will also work with the CBOC to enhance existing programs and roll-out new opportunities to better meet the needs of its 4,000 members.


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