Basketball Manitoba is pleased to announce a new program designed to develop young talent in a fun and competitive atmosphere.  NXT GEN Hoops is a development program for athletes aged 10-11 born in 2011 and 2012 that will train and play once a week on Sundays for 12 two-hour sessions from September to December in the Fall Program.  One boy's group and one girl's group, each with 25 athletes, will meet once weekly to work on basketball movement patterns/athletic development, skill development, and play small-sided games (1x1, 2x2, 3x3, 4v4).  NXT GEN Hoops is Basketball Manitoba's new early performance program for our next generation of high-performance athletes.

This program will complement players in the Winnipeg Minor Basketball Association who play the community club games on Saturdays to get added training and development opportunities this fall.  

The NXT GEN Hoops curriculum has been developed by Basketball Manitoba High-Performance Coaches Dan Becker and Randy Kusano.  Lead coaches for each program are Leslie Duhamel and Jon Giesbrecht.  Additional support coaches will be announced shortly.   


was recruited to two Division 1 schools in the NCAA but decided to remain closer to home and played basketball for the University of Waterloo at the USport level for four years.  She continues to play recreationally to this day.

She is passionate about basketball and youth sports in general. Leslie is an award-winning Physical Education teacher with 17 years of experience.  She believes in engaging youth in sport early by making it fun and engaging and creating practice plans focusing on skill development and understanding of the game.  Leslie coaches a minimum of four basketball teams a year at her school and has even taken some to the provincial championships.

Since 2019, Leslie has been the Head Coach of the 2010 Junior Bisons Boys Basketball club team.  She has also been working hard to promote girls' basketball in the province, starting grassroots female basketball programs at the Lindenwoods Community Centre for Novice players and more Experienced basketball players aged 8-12.  Both programs have been highly successful and have focused on developing skills through gameplay, teamwork and fun.  Leslie focuses on promoting player development and a love for the game.

COACH JON GIESBRECHT has been coaching in Manitoba for over 15 years.

Jon currently runs Play Free Basketball which focuses on a tailored, high-performance training experience for individual clients.  Through Play Free (playing present and finding flow), Jon helps athletes develop core confidence.  Play Free Basketball also offers camps throughout the year, where athletes can access concepts in a group setting.

Jon also has experience coaching with Basketball Manitoba's Provincial Teams and Centre for Performance, the University of Manitoba Men's basketball, the University of Winnipeg Men's basketball, and was the lead assistant coach with the University of Women's basketball program from 2019 to 2021. 

In addition to Jon's coaching experience, Jon has worked as a video editor with the Canadian National Team, DraftExpress (ESPN), and Bballbreakdown.


  • Program Registration Fee: $200.00 total

    • Includes 24 hours of court time over 12 weeks
    • All program participants will receive a Basketball Manitoba T-Shirt and Wilson rubber basketball.
    • All participants will be insured under the Basketball Manitoba Accident and Liability Insurance program.   
    • This program is KidSport funding eligible for up to $200.00 in support for families who apply and are eligible under the KidSport funding criteria. LEARN MORE HERE.  


All sessions will be held at the Sport Manitoba Courts (aka Canada Games Sport for Life Centre) located at 145 Pacific Avenue in Winnipeg.  (MAP) (PARKING)

  1. Sunday, September 11 - 10:00am to 12:00pm - courts 1 & 3
  2. Sunday, September 18 - 10:00am to 12:00pm - courts 1 & 3
  3. Sunday, September 25 - 10:00am to 12:00pm - courts 1 & 3
  4. Sunday, October 9 - 10:00am to 12:00pm - courts 1 & 3
  5. Sunday, October 16 - 10:00am to 12:00pm - courts 1 & 3
  6. Sunday, October 30 - 10:00am to 12:00pm - courts 1 & 3
  7. Sunday, November 6 - 10:00am to 12:00pm - courts 1 & 3
  8. Sunday, November 13 - 10:00am to 12:00pm - courts 1 & 3
  9. Sunday, November 20 - 10:00am to 12:00pm - courts 1 & 3
  10. Sunday, November 27 - 10:00am to 12:00pm - courts 1 & 3
  11. Sunday, December 4 - 10:00am to 12:00pm - courts 1 & 3
  12. Sunday, December 11 - 10:00am to 12:00pm - courts 1 & 3


Questions about the Nxt Gen Hoops program can go to...

Please complete the below form to register for the NXT GEN Hoops Basketball Program.  Space will be limited to the first 25 males and 25 females who register.  

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