Ontario Basketball (OBA) is the governing body for basketball in the province. A member of Canada Basketball, the national governing body for basketball, OBA is the largest provincial basketball organization in the country. OBA is a non-profit entity and receives financial support from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. The organization was incorporated in 1977, but its history dates back to over 80 years ago.
Ontario Basketball is led by a Board of Directors, who set the strategic direction for the organization. Professional staff and volunteer committees carry out the day-to-day activities to advance OBA’s mission and priorities and to support its 185 members clubs and nearly 50,000 players, coaches and administrators.
OBA oversees basketball development in the province through the provision of programs and services aimed at meeting the needs of the evolving provincial, national and global basketball landscape. OBA promotes basketball development in accordance with Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) and Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) principles, and endeavours to support participants in all stages of development, from building physical literacy to developing high performance athletes to facilitating lifelong participation as athletes, coaches, officials and administrators.
Ontario Basketball works with the following organizations to develop and promote basketball across the province:
- Canada Basketball
- Provincial and Territorial Basketball Organizations
- Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
- Toronto Raptors and Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE)
- NBA Canada
- Ontario University Athletics Association (OUA)
- Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA)
- Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA)
- Ontario Association of Basketball Officials (OABO)
- Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO)
- Coaches Association of Ontario (CAO)
By living our values, Ontario Basketball aspires to be a world-class leader in the development and enrichment of the people in our sport.
We provide leadership and structure to enable the sport of basketball to flourish in Ontario.
Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L): We are unwavering in our commitment to basketball development according to Canadian Sport for Life principles.
Clarity of purpose: We are clear, committed and passionate about basketball development.
Innovation: We believe that creativity, diversity and flexibility are necessary to thrive in a complex environment.
Relationships: We value collaborative and open relationships between members, volunteers, partners and staff.