Basketball Manitoba is excited to partner with Canada Basketball and Michael Meeks, Manager of Youth Player Development, to bring the Canada Basketball Junior Academy program to Manitoba.  The Junior Academy is an early identification and development program developed by Canada Basketball to find potential National Team athletes across Canada.  The Junior Academy targets middle school-age talent and runs a training program focusing on the skills and concepts identified by Canada Basketball as fundamental to the Canadian National Team program.

The Canada Basketball Junior Academy in Manitoba will hold an Identification Camp Weekend on September 29 - October 1, 2023, at the Sport Manitoba Courts.  This identification camp weekend is open to boys born in 2009, 2010, and 2011.  A small group from each birth year will be selected to train in Winnipeg over 5 training weekends from September to early December.  Throughout these training sessions, the athletes will follow a curriculum supplied by Canada Basketball and designed to prepare potential athletes to perform in the age group National Team camps and competitions.  


Canada Basketball's Micheal Meeks will be in Winnipeg from September 29 to October 1, 2023, to lead the Identification Camp and select the training group.  A team of experienced Manitoba coaches and former Canadian National Team players will lead the remaining Junior Academy Manitoba Sessions.  They include...

DAN BECKER - The current Technical Director of Basketball Manitoba is a 4-time alumnus of Team Canada, representing the Red & White in the FISU games and 2 Jones Cups.  Dan is a former NCAA D1 basketball player and 12-year pro.  Dan is an NCCP Level 4 Coach who won Gold with the 17U Manitoba Provincial Team in 2014 and has over 20 years of experience coaching in programs ranging from grassroots to university.   He has been the Basketball Manitoba Technical Director and High-Performance Coach since 2010.  

STEPHEN TACKIE - The current head coach of the Sturgeon Heights Huskies varsity boys basketball program, Stephen is a 2-time Silver Medal winner at the 17U boys level with Team Manitoba at the 2012 National Championships and 2013 Canada Games.  Stephen is an NCCP Learning Facilitator, Evaluator, and a past Center For Performance (CP) coach.  Stephen has extensive experience coaching youth development programs throughout North America, including with the Point Guard College camp program and this year's 15U Provincial Team.  Coach Tackie was an assistant coach with the 15U Male Provincial Team this past summer.  

SUKHVIR SINGH - Suk has been involved in the sport of basketball as a player and a coach for the past 30 years. Coach Singh played his high school basketball with the Kelvin Clippers and then went on to play for 5 years at the University of Winnipeg.  Sukhvir began his coaching career as an Assistant Coach with the Red River Rebels College program. After two seasons, he was promoted to the Head Coaching position. He led the Rebels to 7 straight MCAC Championships.  Coach Singh was an assistant coach with the University of Manitoba from 2015-2017, where he helped guide the program to back-to-back CanWest Final 4 appearances.  In 2015, Sukhvir Singh Co-Founded the Attack Basketball program, where he currently acts as the Head Coach and Program Director.  Suk just completed the summer as head coach of the 17U Male Provincial Team, finishing with a 5-1 record.  

JON GIESBRECHT - owner & lead trainer of Play Free Basketball (Basketball Mindfulness and High-Performance Training), Jon has coaching experience in many age groups, including USPORTS, Provincial Team, high school, club, grassroots in the WMBA, and internationally in Italy.  Jon is a Gold Medal-winning 17U Boys Provincial Team coach and has also done consulting work for Canada's National Team program and ESPN Draft Express.  Jon is a 3-time MHSAA Provincial Champion with the John Taylor High School Varsity and JV basketball programs.

 - Currently the head coach for the Junior Varsity Sturgeon Heights Huskies, Pat has experience coaching the Team Toba 17U and Canada Games provincial teams as well as in the Targeted Athlete Program (TAP).  Pat was a standout high school and Provincial Team player and suited up for the University of Winnipeg Wesmen.

 - Is a 2-time alumnus of Team Canada, playing significant roles in the 2017 FISU Games and winning a Silver Medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.  After a stellar USPORTS career at the University of Manitoba, where he led the Canada West Conference in scoring with 24 ppg, Justus went on to play 3 years of professional basketball in Europe and was drafted and suited up for the Saskatchewan Rattlers and the Winnipeg Sea Bears of the CEBL.  

The Junior Academy is designed as an early identification and training program to complement the current club basketball system.  The training weekends are scheduled opposite the Peg City Showcase weekends to minimize club conflicts.  The Junior Academy will not compete in any leagues or exhibition games format and is strictly a training model designed by Canada Basketball.

There is no tryout fee to attend the ID camp sessions on September 29, 30 & October 1, 2023.  Selection decisions will begin during the first day of the identification sessions, with selected players invited back to attend the following session as the weekend progresses.  All players must first register below to attend the ID camp sessions.  

Those selected for the program will pay a $275.00 program fee.  The program includes 28 hours of on-court training from September through November, a Canada Basketball Junior Academy gear package and player insurance.  This program is KidSport funding eligible, with details that can be found HERE.


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September 29 - Friday6:00pm to 8:00pm - Courts 1,2,3
September 30 - Saturday5:00pm to 7:00pm - Courts 1,2,3
October 1 - Sunday12:00pm to 2:00pm - Courts 1,2,3
October 20 - Friday6:00pm to 8:00pm - Courts 1,2,3
October 21 - Saturday6:00pm to 8:00pm - Courts 1,2,3
October 22 - Sunday12:00pm to 2:00pm - Courts 1,2,3
October 27, Friday6:00pm to 8:00pm - Courts 1,2,3
October 28 - Saturday5:00pm to 7:00pm - Courts 1,2,3
October 29 - Sunday12:00pm to 2:00pm - Courts 1,2,3
November 17, Friday 6:00pm to 8:00pm - Courts 1,2,3
November 18 - Saturday 5:00pm to 7:00pm - Courts 1,2,3
November 19 - Sunday 12:00pm to 2:00pm - Courts 1,2,3
December 2 - Saturday5:00pm to 7:00pm - Courts 1,2,3
December 3 - Sunday12:00pm to 2:00pm - Courts 1,2,3




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