Report prepared by Jason Jansson, Executive Director
Ontario Basketball (OBA) experienced another positive year during 2017–18. The success of the organization could not be attainable without the tireless efforts from our professional staff. Without their commitment, the highlights of this report and the programs and services provided by OBA would not be possible.
As indicated in the 2017–18 Audited Financial Statements [.pdf], this past year was another positive year financially for Ontario Basketball. The excess of revenues over expenses reported puts OBA into a healthy position with cash flow and provides an opportunity to replenish our contingency account. Additionally, this was a record year in revenue for Ontario Basketball, having exceeded $4 million for the first time in the organization’s history. I would like to highlight the efforts of the OBA Finance team, who continues to brilliantly manage the portfolio. Moving forward, OBA will continue to implement fiscally responsible protocols to manage expenses and seek diversified revenue streams for ongoing sustainability.
This year saw the departure of long-time OBA staff member Mike Selliah (Manager, Coaching Development) and the hiring and departure of Maria Suriani (Coordinator, Special Projects and Coordinator, Coaching Development). In both cases, we are thrilled to note that they accepted roles with other basketball organizations.
Additionally, as the organization continues its commitment to providing quality programming and services at all levels, Ontario Basketball added Andrew Beange (Coordinator, MIS, Finance & Administration), Dean Eyers (Assistant, League Development), Yoram Kerbel (Coordinator, Special Projects) and Kauri LaFontaine (Coordinator, Coaching Development).
As the recognized Provincial Sport Organization for basketball in Ontario by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS), Ontario Basketball continued to meet all expectations and criteria of the Sport Recognition Policy throughout 2017–18. Highlights include the adoption and modernization of several organizational policies to increase safety practices and mitigate risk to Ontario Basketball.
Additionally, OBA would like to recognize and congratulate Barbara Lyon-Stewart on her retirement from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport in June 2018. Barbara was Ontario Basketball’s government consultant for the majority of her 19 years with the MTCS. We are grateful for her tireless support of basketball and the amateur sporting community in Ontario.
Ontario Cup Provincial Championships
Ontario Basketball saw a record number of teams compete at the pinnacle year-end event, Ontario Cup. The number of member club teams participating at all age categories jumped from 1,164 in 2017 to 1,329 in 2018.
As the sport continues to flourish and participation continues to rise, we would like to highlight the OBA staff and member hosts for their tireless efforts in managing one of the largest team basketball tournaments in the world.
Additionally, following feedback from our valued membership and hosts of past events, the event formula has been tweaked for 2019 and beyond to ensure long-term stability and strategic growth. This slight change also provided an opportunity for a new branding initiative called the OBA Championships whereby the first division competes in the Provincial Championship and the remaining divisions compete in the traditional Ontario Cup format.
Ontario Basketball League (OBL)
Following the launch of OBL in 2015, the total number of registered teams increased once again in year three from 567 in 2016–17 to 632 in 2017–18.
Ontario Basketball would like to recognize the OBL staff and member clubs who scheduled and hosted nearly 4,000 games last season.
Ontario’s U15 Boys and U17 Girls concluded the 2018 Canada Basketball National Championships with gold medal victories, while the U15 Girls won silver and the U17 Boys claimed bronze.
We are beyond proud of the accomplishments of the athletes and coaches who continue to represent Ontario at the national stage.
Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association (OSBA)
OSBA continues to gain unprecedented momentum and support from the basketball community. The increased focus on marketing and communications has helped to elevate the visibility not only within Ontario, but across North America.
The 2017–18 season culminated with Lincoln Prep (Hamilton) winning the championship for women and TRC Academy (Brantford) capturing the provincial title for the men.
Going into the 2018–19 season, OSBA has expanded to include a total of 29 programs, including five new women’s programs and two new teams in the men’s league. All the action continues to be captured at www.ontariosba.ca.
In a showcase of collaboration, the Ontario Association of Basketball Officials (OABO) and its local boards have partnered with the OSBA and Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) to assign all games for the 2018–19 season.
Additionally, Ontario Basketball has partnered with Ontario University Athletics (OUA) to implement officiating development initiatives with a focus on professional growth of officials eligible to officiate in the OUA, OCAA and OSBA.
As Canada continues to be a force on the international stage at all levels, Ontario was proudly represented on the men’s and women’s national teams once again this past year. The U18 Men’s and Women’s teams both made it to the podium, earning silver medals behind Team USA.
On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff, we would like to thank the Ontario Basketball membership and all stakeholders for their tireless support of and commitment to amateur basketball across the province. We are thrilled about the ongoing success of the sport and organization and we are excited to continue to strive for excellence, as guided by our “2020 Vision: OBA Strategic Plan“.
Yours in basketball,
President, Ontario Basketball
Executive Director, Ontario Basketball
Report prepared by Trina Savoie, Director of Finance
Ontario Basketball had another excellent year for revenue growth from a 3.8-million- to a 4-million-dollar organization. Our strategy for the year was to continue to fulfill our “2020 Vision” by improving operational efficiencies while maintaining a balanced budget.
Total revenue for Fiscal ’18 increased by approximately 3.5% from the previous year. This increase can be attributed to growth in participation in Ontario Basketball League (10%) and Ontario Cup (12%) as well as an operational investment strategy (800% increase on interest earnings) and increased community partnerships.
Expenditures saw an increase of 6.2%. This increase can be attributed, in part, to meeting our organizational needs related to Human Resources and staff development (18%), network infrastructure and registration platform (180%) as well as increased program costs related to compensation for officials (12%), minor officials (42%) and conveners and other costs associated with facility rentals. Lastly, we were negatively impacted both on the revenue and expense sides related to the ice storm in April 2018, which saw the cancellation of many scheduled games.
At year-end, net income or excess of revenues over expenditures is $95,311, compared to last year’s ending balance of $187,606, and ending net asset position is $1,071,353.
Ontario Basketball is at a point where we have improved our financial position so that we not only meet our obligations but have the cash for reinvestment in areas such as staffing, programming, community objectives, and future endeavours as well as peace of mind concerning lack of or decreasing availability of government funding. Fiscal ’18 saw a decrease in grant funding by 35%.
Fiscal responsibility will continue to be a strategic priority for Ontario Basketball for the 2018–19 season. We will continue to review our core operations to ensure that they are self-sustainable and not reliant on various programs or grant funding to offset costs. We hope to have continued growth to allow us to better facilitate and add value to our clubs, members and community partners.
The financial statements of Ontario Basketball have been audited by MacNeill Edmundson Professional Corporation and found to present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the organization and the results of its operations and cash flows for the fiscal year ending August 31, 2018 in accordance with Canadian accounting standards for not-for-profit organizations.
Review the 2017–18 Audited Financial Statements [.pdf].
Clubs & Competitions Report
Report prepared by Tyler Harding, Manager of League Development
About Ontario Basketball League
In the third year since its inception, the Ontario Basketball League (OBL) continues to expand and provide an inclusive, province-wide league structure that allows all participating teams to receive meaningful competition for both genders and all age categories from U10 Novice to U19 Junior. OBL has quickly become the largest basketball league in the country and continues to flourish every year.
This season, participation numbers increased to 624 teams from the 570 teams that participated last season.
With over 3,700 scheduled games, 6,000 participating athletes, 1,400 certified coaches, 39 OBL official hosts and 2 OBL All-Star Showcases to end the season, our expectations going into the fourth season continue to grow as we strive to provide the best competition structure possible.
This season also saw the implementation of an OBLX division at the U13 Bantam age level for both boys and girls. The OBLX season was capped off by OBLX championship weekends, which saw teams battling for the #1 seed at Ontario Cup in a single elimination playoff format. With a great deal of positive feedback, we look to grow and expand upon this season’s OBLX success.
For the 2017–18 season, the OBL section of the Ontario Basketball website provided athletes, coaches and parents with a one-stop shop for all things OBL. The website continued to house OBL schedules and results, registration, registered teams, and Frequently Asked Questions and saw the addition of photos, videos, Player of the Week nominations, Pool Champions, and content from the All-Star Showcase.
This season, teams had the opportunity to challenge for the title of Pool Champions for their respective pools. The winners received medals at the end of the season as yet another added benefit.
In this third year, the registration process became more streamlined as we only accepted online payments. The registration process was also updated to help capture and create the most competitive divisions possible for participating teams. This improved process, coupled with advanced schedule releases, added to the overall success and appeal of OBL.
2018–19 and Beyond
For the 2018–19 OBLX season, participation in OBLX is mandatory for U13 and U14 Boys and Girls teams to qualify for Division 1 Provincial Championships.
We thank everyone who has participated in OBL for their support in creating this all-inclusive league. We look forward to the 2018–19 season to continue to provide a competitive league structure for Ontario Basketball member clubs.
Report prepared by Mike Barbin, Director of Clubs & Competitions
About Ontario Cup
As an annual culmination to the club basketball season, Ontario Basketball organizes and stages the Ontario Cup Provincial Championships, which are open to all member clubs. Teams entered into Ontario Cup are made up of community “rep” and club team programs. Ontario Cup offers a competitive playing environment by hosting competitions in various divisions for male and female athletes in nine age categories from U10 Novice to U19 Junior.
Note: For 2019, Ontario Basketball has rebranded its championship event to the Ontario Basketball Championships, which is comprised of the Provincial Championships and Ontario Cup Championships.
Participation numbers at the 2018 Ontario Cup Provincial Championships continued to increase with a total of 850 boys’ teams and 479 girls’ teams competing in Ontario Basketball’s culminating year-end event.
The consistently increasing participation numbers demonstrate that Ontario Cup is the height of competition for amateur basketball in the province, which is attributed to not only the quality of the tournament but also the quality of the competition. The high level of competition is a direct result of the commitment and dedication of member clubs, coaches, athletes, parents and OBA staff to continue to grow the game of basketball in Ontario.
Competition Structure & Fair Play
Aligning the competition structure with the Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Model continues to be the number one priority of Ontario Basketball’s Clubs & Competitions department. With the current competition structure, the U10 Novice, U11 Atom and U12 Major Atom age groups continue to experience issues related to compliance with Ontario Basketball’s LTAD-aligned Young Player Rules. That being said, the 2018 Ontario Cup received fewer protests than previous years. Ontario Basketball will continue to work on parent, coach and club education to fill any gaps that exist for stakeholders to better understand Ontario Basketball’s rules and the rationale for those rules based on LTAD principles.
While it is important to provide a strong competition structure, it is essential that safety is at the forefront of Ontario Cup. Fair play remains as another major focus of Ontario Basketball.
Ranking and Seeding
Ontario Basketball thanks Ranking Chairs Elsa Donovan and Emerson Molina for their support of the ranking and seeding process. Their roles continue to be an essential component in accurately ranking and seeding Ontario Basketball teams, which ensures teams compete in the appropriate divisions at Ontario Cup.
Ontario Basketball also thanks all the coaches who helped during the final ranking meetings. The process would not have been possible without their help.
Ontario Basketball brought the 2017 Ontario Cup merchandise strategy to an elevated level by formalizing and expanding OBA’s partnership with OnSpot Apparel in 2018. The previous year, a select number of Ontario Cup weekends were covered by the on-site customizable t-shirt printers, while this year OnSpot expanded to all 18 Ontario Cup tournaments and offered other wearables including hoodies and sweatpants. Through the partnership, OBA provided members with great options for souvenir clothing. Additionally, the partnership reduced the time and cost spent sending OBA staff around to make merchandise sales and instead allowed staff to focus on organizing the events themselves.
The OBA i.d. Store remains the year-round destination for Ontario’s basketball community to order merchandise online and get the logo and colour they want on their favourite items of clothing. In September 2018, OBA and Entripy entered into a renewed agreement for two more years.
Customizable 2018 Ontario Cup merchandise, along with other Ontario Basketball gear, is currently available on the OBA i.d. Store, and OBA will work with Entripy to introduce new items and promotions to keep members excited about OBA merchandise.
Serving in the last year of their two-year hosting commitment, Ontario Basketball would like to thank the 2018 Ontario Cup hosts for their continued dedication and commitment to growing the game of basketball in Ontario. The success of each Ontario Cup is due in large part to their efforts.
Ontario Basketball would like to thank the following Ontario Cup hosts:
- Brampton Warriors
- IEM Basketball
- Kingston Impact
- KW Vipers
- London 86ers
- London CYO
- London Gold Medal
- London Ramblers
- Milton Basketball
- Niagara Sport Commission
- Whitby Wildcats
- Windsor Valiants
Additionally, volunteers continue to be the lifeblood of each tournament. Ontario Basketball cannot thank them enough as Ontario Cup would not be possible without them. The passion and energy that they bring has allowed athletes, coaches and parents to have a positive and exciting Ontario Cup experience.
2019 Ontario Basketball Championships
For the 2018–19 season, Ontario Basketball is re-branding its championship events. The championship event for all Division 1 games from U10 to U19 Boys and Girls is called Provincial Championships, while all other divisions compete in Ontario Cup Championships. We are excited to provide a new experience to our athletes while maintaining the integrity of our culminating events.
Ontario Basketball welcomes and thanks the following new and returning hosts for the 2018 and 2019 Ontario Basketball Championships:
- Brampton Warriors*
- EOBA/Ottawa Tourism*
- KW Vipers*
- London 86ers*
- London CYO*
- London Gold Medal*
- London Ramblers*
- Malton Mavericks/Toronto Tourism
- Milton Basketball*
- Sault Ste. Marie Tourism/Sault Steel City Slam
- Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre
- Whitby Wildcats/Durham Tourism*
- Windsor Valiants*
*Returning hosts from 2017 and 2018
During each basketball season, Ontario Basketball sanctions approximately 400 tournaments hosted by affiliated member clubs. The purpose of tournaments being sanctioned by Ontario Basketball is to ensure that the tournament hosts agree to and abide by Ontario Basketball’s rules and policies so that all participating teams experience a standard that meets Ontario Basketball guidelines. Additionally, tournaments must be properly sanctioned in order for Ontario Basketball insurance to be valid.
Beginning in the 2018–19 season, Ontario Basketball implemented a process to sanction exhibition games between affiliated member clubs. Exhibition games must be sanctioned by Ontario Basketball in order for game results to count for rankings and, most importantly, for Ontario Basketball insurance to be valid.
Community Development Report
Report prepared by Marlon Piedrahita, Coordinator of Community Development
Ontario Basketball’s community portfolio continues to push the momentum gained from previous years; in 2017–18, OBA ran, facilitated and supported programming for over 10,000 youth across Ontario. With our physical literacy-based curriculum, we delivered Mega Hoops programming through schools and at special events. Through promotion, program delivery, gear and monetary donations, we have supported various organizations and programming that is affecting change in the communities where it is needed most.
About Mega Hoops
Mega Hoops is Ontario Basketball’s flagship community program designed to teach fundamental movement and basic basketball skills while developing physical literacy in young athletes. The program is two-fold: Mega Hoops provides curriculum to teachers at the Active Start, FUNdamentals and Learn to Train stages of development and allows schools to request OBA clinicians to deliver programming through gym classes.
Mega Hoops 2017–18
In 2017–18, Ontario Basketball continued momentum from the previous year and delivered Mega Hoops programming to over 6,000 youth in schools and at special events across the province. This means that fun, smiles, fundamental movement skills and (hopefully) a genuine love for the game have been imparted to thousands of youth across the province.
Midway through the school year, the Community department expanded the team by creating a database of clinicians known as the “Mega Hoops Street Team”. With over 10 confirmed Mega Hoops Clinicians, a few new clinicians came out to coach and train kids at community events. Although it will take time for these clinicians to become familiar and comfortable with our curriculum, the hope is to have trained and qualified clinicians across Ontario to reach more schools and more kids! We continue to accept applications throughout the school year to expand our reach.
2018–19 and Beyond
Looking into the 2018–19 school year, Ontario Basketball plans to continue expanding the program with the goal of reaching over 7,000 youth.
Additionally, we are proud to be collaborating with COBS Bread to add value to the program! Each student receives a complimentary treat voucher from COBS Bread and teachers get a delicious surprise package. This partnership will help us connect with more schools outside of the GTA.
About Hoops & Spikes
Hoops & Spikes is a collaborative program between Ontario Basketball and Ontario Volleyball Association that launched in Spring 2016 with the generous support of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. The 12-week program is designed for children ages 6 to 9 and teaches fundamental movement and sports skills through games and experimentation. Hoops & Spikes is a turnkey program, providing hosts with the full curriculum, participant materials, and coach training required to deliver the programming. The program provides participants with the competence and confidence to be active for life not only in basketball and volleyball but in a variety of activities.
Hoops & Spikes 2017–18
Ontario Basketball has provided the Hoops & Spikes program to dozen of locations and hundreds of children. Our efforts have been focused on connecting with underrepresented groups such as Indigenous and LGBTQ communities. We continue to promote the importance of promoting physical activity among youth by teaching them basic skills needed for basketball, volleyball, and a variety of sports.
2018–19 and Beyond
OBA has progressed discussions with Ontario Soccer Association to integrate soccer into the program. We are hoping to launch the revamped “Hoops, Spikes & Kicks” curriculum by March 2019.
About Steve Nash Youth Basketball
Steve Nash Youth Basketball (SNYB) was a national youth basketball program designed to develop fundamental skills, sportsmanship, and a love of the game in young athletes ages 8 to 12. SNYB was a turnkey program, providing hosts with the full curriculum, participant materials, and coach training required to deliver the programming.
Steve Nash Youth Basketball 2017–18
In 2017–18, SNYB programming benefited over 2,500 participants across the province.
2018–19 and Beyond
Canada Basketball’s Steve Nash Youth Basketball program is merging with NBA Canada’s Jr. NBA Rookie Division to create Jr. NBA Youth Basketball. The merger leverages the NBA‘s branding and Canada Basketball’s technical expertise to streamline national grassroots basketball programming.
About Jr. NBA Rookie Division
Jr. NBA Rookie Division was a national youth basketball program for children ages 5 to 7 that encouraged a fun, active and healthy learning environment. The 12-week curriculum complied with the Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Model and was aligned with Canada Basketball’s Development Pathway. Jr. NBA Rookie Division was a turnkey program, providing hosts with the full curriculum, participant materials, and coach training required to deliver the programming. Not only did participants learn the fundamental skills of basketball through fun, engaging games, they were also taught essential life skills including leadership, sportsmanship, teamwork, and respect.
Jr. NBA Rookie Division 2017–18
In 2017–18, OBA worked closely with NBA Canada to promote and facilitate registration for Jr. NBA programming. The program was able to grow its reach to over 75 locations in the province, exposing over 2,300 youth to the program.
2018–19 and Beyond
Jr. NBA Rookie Division is merging with Canada Basketball’s Steve Nash Youth Basketball program to create Jr. NBA Youth Basketball in order to streamline grassroots basketball programming nationally.
About Jr. NBA Youth Basketball (JNYB)
NBA Canada and Canada Basketball have collaborated to merge and expand their two existing youth basketball development programs—Jr. NBA Rookie Division and Steve Nash Youth Basketball—to create Jr. NBA Youth Basketball.
Jr. NBA Youth Basketball will become the official grassroots basketball development program in Canada and will reach youth ages 5–12. The JNYB program is a well-structured turnkey basketball program that emphasizes fun and appropriate training at different stages of development for young athletes. JNYB is designed to address overall athlete development through basketball, physical, mental and life skills. The program aims to develop well-rounded athletes who maintain a lifelong passion for the sport.
Further emphasis will be placed on coach education, as program coaches will be nationally trained through the NCCP FUNdamentals training course.
The vision for the program is to:
- Develop a more consistent and aligned athlete development pathway for basketball during the physical literacy-based stages of development;
- Utilize the strength of NBA branding and the technical expertise of Canada Basketball to further promote and grow basketball nationally; and
- Streamline grassroots basketball programming nationally and lessen confusion in the marketplace.
2018–19 and Beyond
In 2018–19, OBA will work closely with Canada Basketball to promote and facilitate the program and to provide insurance certificates for Jr. NBA programs. The program continues to grow rapidly across the province and has a target of reaching 7,000 youth in the coming year.
Through various community-based partnerships, Ontario Basketball supports amazing programming run by inspiring individuals and organizations across the province. In 2017–18, Ontario Basketball supported, both financially and through volunteer commitment, the following organizations and events:
- Hoops Basketball
- Lady Ballers Camp
- Lay-Up Youth Basketball Camps
- Midnight Basketball
- The Esplanade Youth vs. Police Tournament
- Their Opportunity “Dimes 4 Time” event
- Victory Neighbourhood Services
- and many other programming events through schools, community centres, and community initiatives!
Over the last few seasons, OBA and MLSE have collaborated to provide awesome opportunities for youth basketball players in Ontario. These opportunities include:
- 1 spot in each of their Toronto Raptors Clinics
- 20 Game Ball Delivery Opportunities: Young basketball players have a chance to deliver the game ball to the team captains at a Raptors home game and have their picture taken with the Raptors team captain
- 20 Practice Sessions: Ontario Basketball member clubs and community partners have the opportunity to practice at the Toronto Raptors Training Centre
All of these opportunities were well-received by our clubs and community partners. We are grateful for our partnership with MLSE as it allows us to make our connections within the provincial basketball community stronger. We look forward to continuing this partnership during the upcoming season.
2018 Basketball for Life Career Symposium
Ontario Basketball’s annual Career Symposium for high school girls is a free one-day event at Mattamy Athletic Centre at Ryerson University in Toronto, which took place on Friday, February 16, 2018.
The event introduces high school girls to the multitude of ways that they can be involved in basketball beyond being an athlete. Through presentations and interactions with accomplished and influential women in the sport, they learn how they can turn their passion for basketball into a career.
The speakers represent a broad range of careers, including coaching, refereeing, athletic therapy, sport nutrition, administration, communications, and more. Ryerson’s School of Media provides participants with a tour of the Sportsnet RTA Production Centre in the Mattamy to introduce the girls to careers in sport broadcasting.
At the end of the event, participants attend a Ryerson women’s basketball game coached by guest speaker, Carly Clarke.
Ontario Basketball gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ryerson Women’s Basketball Program in putting on this free event.
The next Career Symposium will take place in Fall 2019.
About Ontario Summer Development Program
Ontario Summer Development Program (OSDP) is for U12 and U14 athletes who strive to grow their personal, social, and athletic skills through involvement in programming that emphasizes teamwork, leadership, and learning. OSDP is the latest iteration of Ontario Basketball’s Talent Identification and Development Program (TIDP).
As the landscape of basketball in Ontario changes, so too does our programming, and the rebranding of TIDP to OSDP is a reflection of this new landscape, while also remaining true to the Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Model. The rebrand is less about programming or structural changes, and more about effectively communicating the nature of the programming that we offer. OSDP is an opportunity to develop the WHOLE person (with camp as a true growth opportunity); talent is not the only outcome or objective.
OSDP provides athletes with a well-rounded basketball experience allowing them to work on their game in the off-season. Training sessions combine the fundamental movement skills of coordination, balance and agility with age-appropriate basketball skills in a fun and inclusive environment. Sport is a training ground for life, and through OSDP, athletes have the opportunity to develop physically, socially, and emotionally by working with new coaches and teammates, learning new skills, and attending overnight camp.
2018 Ontario Summer Development Program
In 2018, OSDP was a success once again! The program attracted well over 700 U12 and U14 Boys and Girls. At regional training, coaches delivered programming focused on fundamental movement and basketball skills to help increase athletes’ confidence and competence.
As always, the success of the program can be attributed to the commitment of our dedicated coaches. Without them, this program would not be possible!
U12 Centralized Camp
For U12 OSDP participants, regional training was followed by centralized overnight camp at Georgian College for the girls from July 15–18 and the boys from July 18–21. At camp, 200 athletes were exposed to a variety of team concepts, and special guests dropped in to offer their expertise and advice to campers. Feedback from coaches and parents was overwhelmingly positive.
For daily recaps of the U12 OSDP camps, see the links below.
U12 Girls Day 1 Recap: Goodbyes, Hellos, and a Whole Lot of Basketball at OSDP
U12 Girls Day 2 Recap: Transforming Basketball Players into Well-Rounded Athletes at OSDP
U12 Girls Day 3 Recap: High Performance, Prehab, and 4-on-4 Action in Day 3 of OSDP
U14 Ontario Summer Games
This year marked the return of the biannual Ontario Summer Games for our U14 OSDP athletes. The Ontario Summer Games were held at the Glenn Johnston Athletic Centre at Fanshawe College in London. This three-day tournament was an excellent opportunity for the athletes to put all of their hard work and commitment on display. The event drew hundreds of parents and fans that filled the gyms each game—the atmosphere was incredible! Among the fans were prep school, provincial team and national team scouts checking out the next crop of elite athletes in Ontario.
The team from Mountain Region (Hamilton and surrounding area) won the gold on the girls’ side while the team from Central East (South) Region (Toronto and surrounding area) won gold on the boys’ side.
Read the full Ontario Summer Games basketball finals recap.
See the complete 2018 Ontario Summer Games basketball results.
2019 and Beyond
Based on data collected from parent and coach surveys after the program, Ontario Basketball is exploring new partnerships and concepts to make OSDP more relevant for athletes and coaches and to improve the overall experience for everyone involved in 2019 and beyond. We also look forward to the next Ontario Summer Games in 2020, which will be held in London once again!
3×3 (pronounced 3-on-3) is a basketball discipline that involves 3 players per team and uses one basket. 3×3 is the most developmentally appropriate form of basketball for young players learning the game. Fewer players on the court means that there is more space for players to move and more opportunities for players to handle the ball. Additionally, athletes control substitutions and timeouts, which decreases their reliance on coaches and increases the opportunity to develop their decision-making skills. There is an international focus on 3×3 development to help promote basketball globally, supported by the 2017 announcement that 3×3 will be a discipline at the 2020 Olympics.
CNE–OBA 3×3 Tournament
Ontario Basketball brought hoops to the Ex during the opening weekend of the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) in Toronto.
The inaugural CNE–OBA 3×3 Basketball Tournament from August 18–19 was a slam dunk with nearly 100 U10 and U13 athletes putting their 3-on-3 game to the test, all while getting a chance to play in front of family and friends on the courts of the Toronto Raptors Practice Facility.
Players brought fire, energy, and a love for basketball as they went up against the competition in their pools. Every single team showed grit and talent while keeping in mind the most important quality of all: sportsmanship.
Read the full CNE-OBA 3×3 Basketball Tournament recap, which includes all the winning teams.
2018–19 and Beyond
Due to the success of the inaugural CNE–OBA 3×3 Basketball Tournament, the event will return for a second year in August 2019. OBA will work closely with the CNE to promote the event and attract even more teams!
OBA will also continue to promote community 3×3 events.
About Tall Player Project
The Tall Player Project provides specialized training for tall female basketball players. The program is specifically designed to develop skills Canada Basketball has identified as important for tall players to succeed at the international basketball level.
Why focus on tall players?
At the highest levels of play, tall players have a tremendous impact on the outcome of the game. For this reason, Ontario Basketball is focusing on encouraging more tall players to not only begin playing basketball but to stay in the game.
Tall players often face unique challenges not experienced by their teammates. The Tall Player Project is designed to address some of these challenges and help tall players stay in the game and reach their full potential.
Tall Player Project 2017–18
Ontario Basketball hosted a total of six Tall Player Project training sessions with four in Whitby led by Agnes Borg, Ontario Basketball Women’s Technical Lead, and two in Ottawa led by Team Ontario Head Coach Fabienne Blizzard.
The program was well-received and many participants greatly benefited from the specialized training.
2018–19 and Beyond
For the 2018–19 season, the Tall Player Project consists of four centralized training sessions led by Agnes Borg, Ontario Basketball Women’s Technical Lead.
In the future, the program may expand to offer centralized training weekends.
High Performance Report
About Centre for Performance
Centre for Performance (CP) is a national program designed to develop athletes to compete at the international basketball level. The program revolves around the “hot house” approach and focuses on athletes in the key years of their development. The emphasis of CP is to train skills that athletes do not otherwise have the opportunity to develop. CP is not based on a competition model. Instead, it is a group of athletes training together in regional pods across Ontario with the common goal of improving.
Regional training pods are led by high-level, certified coaches who follow age-specific curriculum developed by Ontario Basketball and Canada Basketball. Top athletes are selected to attend centralized training weekends.
Overall, CP ensures continued identification for provincial- and national-level athletes and increased synergy with Canada Basketball programs including Targeted Athlete Strategy (TAS), Jr. Academy, and age-group national teams.
Centre for Performance 2017–18
Under the technical leadership of Agnes Borg (Girls) and Jason Dawkins (Boys), both girls’ and boys’ programs offered 10 regional pods. Combined, over 400 student-athletes participated in regional pods, which is almost double from the previous year.
About Team Ontario
Team Ontario consists of the top male and female basketball players in the province in the U15 and U17 age categories, and the teams are a continual medal favourite at the annual Canada Basketball National Championships. Team Ontario’s coaching staff also represents some of the top coaches in Ontario. Between the four teams, Team Ontario has won gold at over 70% of the national championships since 2002. In addition to the four provincial teams that compete at Nationals, Ontario Basketball established the U14 Boys and Girls development teams to support the Team Ontario program by preparing young players to compete at the provincial level.
2018 Team Ontario
With the objective of developing the best team in the country, more than 70 athletes and 24 coaches in the Team Ontario program competed in tournaments in Canada and the United States in preparation for the 2018 Canada Basketball National Championships. From August 6–11, 2018, the girls were in Fredericton while the boys were on the opposite coast in Kamloops, B.C. to compete in their respective Nationals.
Their hard work and preparation paid off as all four teams reached the podium at Nationals; the U15 Boys and U17 Girls brought home gold while the U15 Girls earned silver and the U17 Boys won bronze.
After coaching the U14 Girls team last year, Gord Everett (Head Coach), Awo Farah (Assistant), Kelly Van Leeuwen (Assistant) and Jody Brown (Apprentice) led the U15 Girls to a silver medal finish at the 2018 Canada Basketball National Championships.
Although the team was undefeated going into the finals, the U15 Girls fell to a tough British Columbia team 65-56 in the gold medal match. Izabella Zingaro led the team with 15 points and 7 rebounds, while Abigail Jegede chipped in 10 points.
Prior to competing at Nationals, the team attended the SLAM Camp Summer Tournament in Quebec, Nike National Invitational in Chicago and USJN tournament in Washington, D.C.
2018 Canada Basketball National Championship Results: U15 Girls
|Date||Game||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|August 7||Pool Play||Ontario||59||51||British Columbia|
|August 8||Pool Play||Ontario||59||50||Quebec|
|August 9||Quarter-final||Ontario||74||38||New Brunswick|
|August 11||Championship||Ontario||56||65||British Columbia|
2017 Canada Basketball National Championship Award Winners: U15 Girls
|First Team All-Stars|
See the full 2018 U15 Girls roster
Read the 2018 U15 Canada Basketball National Championship recap
The U15 Boys dominated the National Championship from start to finish, defeating Quebec in the final 84-65 to earn gold and cap off their undefeated run at the tournament. The Ontario boys put in an incredible effort with D.J. Jackson leading the way with 30 points and 13 rebounds and Josiah Davis following behind with 16 points and 8 rebounds.
The coaching staff comprised of Mike Selliah (Head Coach), Marlon Greene (Assistant), Jeremie Kayeye (Assistant), and Jermain Holness (Assistant).
2018 Canada Basketball National Championship Results: U15 Boys
|Date||Game||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|August 6||Pool Play||Ontario||103||45||Alberta|
|August 8||Pool Play||Ontario||105||73||Quebec|
|August 9||Quarter-final||Ontario||100||66||British Columbia|
|August 10||Semifinal||Ontario||101||69||Nova Scotia|
2017 Canada Basketball National Championship Award Winners: U15 Boys
|Tournament MVP||First Team All-Stars||Second Team All-Star|
|D.J. Jackson||Josiah Davis|
See the full 2018 U15 Boys roster
Read the 2018 U15 Canada Basketball National Championship recap
Fabienne Blizzard (Head Coach) and Lexie Sananes (Assistant) were joined this season by Elsa Donovan (Assistant) and together they took over the helm of the U17 Girls team.
After falling to Quebec during pool play, the girls had an impressive underdog win over powerhouse Quebec in the gold medal game, winning 67-56. Maggie Besselink led the way with 16 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks with Andrea Dodig adding 14 points in the win.
In preparation for the National Championship, the team attended the SLAM Camp Summer Tournament in Quebec, Nike National Invitational in Chicago and USJN tournament in Washington, D.C.
2018 Canada Basketball National Championship Results: U17 Girls
|Date||Game||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|August 6||Pool Play||Ontario||78||42||Manitoba|
|August 7||Pool Play||Quebec||74||60||Ontario|
|August 9||Quarter-final||Ontario||59||41||Nova Scotia|
2017 Canada Basketball National Championship Award Winners: U17 Girls
|Tournament MVP||First Team All-Stars|
|Maggie Besselink||Andrea Dodig
See the full 2018 U17 Girls roster
Read the 2018 U17 Girls Canada Basketball National Championship recap
In his second year on the U17 coaching staff and first as Head Coach, Jamie Campbell, joined by Brock Bourgase (Assistant), Omar Miles (Assistant), and Kevin Barnes (Assistant), led the boys’ team to a bronze medal.
The Ontario boys had a difficult start to the tournament, falling in their first two games to British Columbia and Alberta. However, after a tough overtime loss to Quebec in the semifinals, they rebounded and dominated British Columbia with an 80-57 win to take home the bronze medal. Kobe Elvis led the way in the final game with 17 points and 7 rebounds, and Kordell Charles was just shy of a double-double, adding 11 points and 9 rebounds.
2018 Canada Basketball National Championship Results: U17 Boys
|Date||Game||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|August 6||Pool Play||Ontario||75||87||British Columbia|
|August 7||Pool Play||Alberta||92||85||Ontario|
|August 11||Bronze Championship||British Columbia||57||80||Ontario|
2017 Canada Basketball National Championship Award Winners: U17 Boys
|First Team All-Star||Second Team All-Star|
|Josh Primo||Ryan Nembhard|
See the full 2017 U17 Boys roster
Read the 2018 U17 Boys Canada Basketball National Championship recap
2019 Team Ontario & Beyond
The focus for the provincial team program moving forward will be to create a sustainable and fiscally responsible program, while providing an optimal training and development environment for coaches and athletes.
About Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association
Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association (OSBA) is the premier high school prep basketball league in Ontario. The league provides a new elite competition model that allows Canada’s top athletes to train and compete at home, in Canada, to enhance their development for post-secondary, national and international competition.
OSBA Women’s League
The second OSBA women’s season ended on Thursday, March 22, 2018 with Lincoln Prep defeating TRC Academy 84-72 to take home their second consecutive women’s title.
In a showdown of rivals, top-seeded TRC Wolfpack came in as the favourite having handed #2 Lincoln two of their three losses during the regular season, but the Huskies completed the come-from-behind victory to take home the 2018 Championship—their second consecutive title and Finals victory over the Wolfpack.
Read the full OSBA Women’s Final recap.
OSBA is proud to announce the women’s award winners for the 2017–18 season, as voted by the coaches.
|Finals MVP||Niyah Becker||Lincoln Prep|
|Season MVP||Makayla Ennis||TRC Academy|
|Defensive Player of the Year||Niyah Becker||Lincoln Prep|
|Sportsmanship Award||Tiya Misir||Bill Crothers Prep|
|First Team All-Stars||Niyah Becker||Lincoln Prep|
|Makayla Ennis||TRC Academy|
|Brynn Masikewich||Lincoln Prep|
|Christina Morra||King’s Christian|
|Merrisah Russell||Capital Courts|
|Second Team All-Stars||Julia Chadwick||Durham Elite|
|Laura Donovan||Southwest Academy|
|Tiya Misir||Bill Crothers Prep|
|Keishana Washington||Durham Elite|
|Aerial Wilson||TRC Academy|
|Academic All-OSBA||Isabella Belvedere||Caledon Basketball Academy|
|Lauren Boers||King’s Christian|
|Ciante Downs||Bill Crothers Prep|
|Emmanuelle Felix||Vaughan Prep|
|Kaillie Hall||Lincoln Prep|
|Nell Hoogeveen||Southwest Academy|
|Cassandra Joli-Coeur||Capital Courts|
|Raphaela Toussaint||Durham Elite|
|Alana Renon||Louis Riel|
|Aerial Wilson||TRC Academy|
OSBA Men’s League
The third OSBA men’s season concluded Saturday, March 24, 2018 as TRC Academy narrowly defeated Ridley College 74-72 to win the OSBA Men’s Championship.
It was somewhat surprising to see the Ridley College Tigers leading in the OSBA Final, having entered the playoff tournament as the fifth seed, but they held the advantage through the first half only to see TRC Wolfpack claw their way back on top. A long shot at the buzzer that could have claimed the victory for Ridley rimmed out to give TRC the win and a long-awaited title after last season’s Finals loss.
Read the full OSBA Men’s Final recap.
OSBA is proud to announce the men’s award winners for the 2017–18 season, as voted by the coaches.
|Finals MVP||Deon Ejim||TRC Academy|
|Season MVP||Ignas Brazdeikis||Orangeville Prep|
|Defensive Player of the Year||Adong Makuoi||TRC Academy|
|Sportsmanship Award||Steven Levnaic||TRC Academy|
|First Team All-Stars||Daniel Sackey||Thornlea|
|Antoine Vernon||TRC Academy|
|Ignas Brazdeikis||Orangeville Prep|
|Luguentz Dort||Athlete Institute|
|Adong Makuoi||TRC Academy|
|Second Team All-Stars||Junior Farquhar||Orangeville Prep|
|Rahmir Moore||RISE Prep|
|Luka Sakota||King’s Christian|
|Keshaun Saunders||Orangeville Prep|
|Coleman Stucke||King’s Christian|
|Academic All-OSBA||Shemar Rathan-Mayes||Orangeville Prep|
|Paris Shand||Bill Crothers|
|Samuel Campbell||Father Henry Carr|
|Coleman Stucke||King's Christian|
|Daniel Fraulin||Athlete Institute Prep|
|Adam Francolini||TRC Academy|
|Anthony Daudu||Ridley College|
|Alec McGregor||Southwest Academy|
|Andreas Skenderija||Lincoln Prep|
|Thomas Chilton||RISE Prep|
2018–19 and Beyond
The OSBA continues to grow; the 2018–19 season features five new women’s programs and two new men’s teams.
Additionally, the women’s league is now structured into three divisions: East, West and Central.
About Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative
The goal of the Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative (OHPSI) is to identify, develop, and support Ontario athletes best capable of achieving future international podium success on senior national teams in targeted summer and winter Olympic/Paralympic Games and Pan/Parapan American Games sports.
OHPSI funding supports select female basketball players in Ontario’s Targeted Athlete Strategy (TAS) through the provision of specialized services and individualized training and support. With support from the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO), Ontario Basketball and Canada Basketball work collaboratively to coordinate and implement various talent selection, identification and high performance athlete development programs in Ontario with the goal of achieving international sporting excellence.
Coaching Development Report
Ontario Basketball has continued to deliver National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) basketball clinics throughout Ontario.
NCCP Basketball Courses Offered
|NCCP Clinic||Cost||Clinic Administrator|
|Learn to Train||$325||Ontario Basketball|
|Train to Train||$350||Ontario Basketball|
|Train to Compete||$300||Canada Basketball|
NCCP Basketball Clinics in 2017–18
|NCCP Clinics Offered||Coaches Trained|
|3 FUNdamentals clinics||42 coaches|
|24 Learn to Train clinics||380 coaches|
|8 Train to Train clinics||87 coaches|
|35 clinics total||509 coaches total|
Note: Train to Train clinics are offered by Canada Basketball.
2018–19 and Beyond
Ontario Basketball will continue to work with our Coach Developers (Learning Facilitators/Evaluators) on ways to strengthen coaching in Ontario. We are looking to develop current Coacher Developers and also to recruit experienced coaches into Coach Developer roles.
About Quest for Gold
Quest for Gold (Q4G) provides education-based subsidies for competitive to high performance coaches, including those at the club, high school, and university level. Q4G is also instrumental in delivering financial assistance to Provincial Sport Organizations (PSOs) for coach training-related costs. Q4G aims to ensure that Ontario’s developmental and high performance athletes receive the best coaching possible by providing a series of enhancement programs and resources for coaches and PSOs. The Q4G Coach Bursary, which is offered through the Coaches Association of Ontario, has been a major support to the training and certification of coaches in Ontario.
Quest for Gold in 2017–18
Quest for Gold consistently provides basketball coaches in Ontario with bursaries to obtain their NCCP certification, which is mandatory for all rep club coaches.
Officiating Development Report
Introduction to Officiating Course
Through the support of the 2017 Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund, Ontario Basketball designed an Introduction to Officiating course. OBA piloted the course with club teams in Kingston, a youth group in Milton, and a university Physical Education class at Nipissing University in North Bay as well as at the U12 OSDP officiating development camps in Barrie.
Through Ontario Basketball’s partnership with Holland Bloorview Concussion Centre, Holland Bloorview created concussion education to be included in the final curriculum. This portion of the curriculum was piloted with the officials at the U12 OSDP camps.
The course was reviewed and tweaked based on feedback after each session. The curriculum and training resources have now been finalized and are currently being translated into French. Additionally, based on feedback, Ontario Basketball is producing a video that should be available in fall 2018 to all officiating boards across the province.
Overall, 118 prospective officials (78 males, 40 females) completed the course so far. The goal is that some of the participants will join their local officiating board in the future.
Looking to the future, at least five OBA clubs expressed interest in running the course during the 2018–19 season. There is also interest from some of the northern areas of the province as well as Indigenous groups who have not had access to training in the past.
Novice Officiating Development Camp
Ontario Basketball worked with OABO to run two Novice Officiating Development Camps in conjunction with the U12 OSDP camps in July 2018. Each novice official that attended these camps received a Jr. Referee shirt and a whistle. Ontario Basketball also financially supported three participants to attend these camps.
All-Female Officiating Development Camps
As part of Ontario Basketball’s ongoing commitment to the development of female officials and to build on the all-female officiating initiatives run last season through funding from the 2016–17 Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund, Ontario Basketball ran the following two all-female officiating development camps:
- All-Female Three-Person Officiating Development Camp
In December 2017, Ontario Basketball organized an All-Female Three-Person Officiating Development Camp in conjunction with an OBL weekend at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre in Scarborough and Abilities Centre in Whitby. The target group was female officials who were current or prospective officials for the OSBA and/or OCAA.
A total of 15 participants from across the province as well as five OUA mentors were invited. For the first time, we had the participants and OUA mentors officiate together, which was extremely well received by all involved.
- All-Female Two-Person Officiating Development Camp
Ontario Basketball ran an All-Female Two-Person Officiating Development Camp in conjunction with the U14 Girls Ontario Cup in April 2018.
A total of 16 female officials from across the province attended. The majority of participants were involved with the all-female initiatives last year, but several new officials were also invited in order to help grow the pool of female officials and build the support system of females officials across the province.
The 16 officials were joined by five OUA mentors who led educational sessions and observed and evaluated the participants officiating games. The OUA officials were also paired with the participants to officiate games together. This setup allowed participants to receive immediate feedback from the mentors and it ensured an excellent level of officiating for the games.
Unfortunately, an ice storm occurred on this weekend and all games were cancelled on Saturday and Sunday at Sheridan College, where the camp was hosted. As a result, participants only had the opportunity to officiate games on the Friday.
Pre-Elite and Elite Officiating Development Camps
Ontario Basketball worked with OABO to facilitate their Pre-Elite and Elite Camps in May 2018 in conjunction with the U17 Girls and U19 Boys Ontario Cups as well as the Ontario Summer Games in August 2018.
In an effort to assist local OABO boards with their officials’ development, OABO Provincial Evaluators were sent to three local boards (London, Niagara, and Durham) to evaluate their officials at Ontario Cup.
The emphasis was on providing development opportunities for the boards’ less experienced officials, as identified by the local boards. The Provincial Evaluators worked with a local assistant in each region.
Not only did this initiative provide valuable feedback to the officials, but it also gave the local assistants an opportunity to develop their skills.
In October 2017, Ontario Basketball utilized the two-day Ontario College Information Fair in Toronto as an opportunity to recruit new, young officials. At Ontario Basketball’s information booth, the Grab a Whistle video played while OBA staff distributed recruitment materials and had personal conversations with over 100 high school students.
Marketing & Communications Report
In September 2018, Ontario Basketball added Yoram Kerbel to the Communications team in the role of Coordinator, Special Projects with a focus on OSBA league communications and digital media. Kerbel brings experience with USPORTS having served as their Coordinator of Social Media. He has previously worked with the Toronto Raptors, Toronto Argonauts, Mississauga Power, and the Orange Bowl Committee.
With Kerbel’s expertise, Ontario Basketball and OSBA anticipate an elevated showcase of its leagues and players this coming season.
Ontario Basketball worked directly with the Raptors’ G-League affiliate, Raptors 905, to coordinate a kids’ program where teams could sell tickets as a fundraising opportunity, receive tickets at a 35% discount, and have priority access to fan experiences.
The partnership culminated in a designated “OBA Day” at the former Hershey Centre on January 27, 2018 where OBA teams were given discounted tickets, stood with players during the anthem, played at halftime, and got high-fives and autographs from players afterward. The day coincided with a Let’s Get Together event for parents to hear from guest speakers, including parents of Raptors 905 players Aaron Best and Kaza Keane. Hearing from local players turned pros was inspiring for OBA players.
Ontario Basketball is supporting the launch of LevelPlay Sports, a platform to upload game film and create a profile. Like a LinkedIn for athletes, players can use LevelPlay build their profiles to send to scouts and college coaches. Young athletes can begin to learn to manage their personal brand with the platform, and OBA players are encouraged to use the platform free of charge.
Car rentals and mobility became easier for Ontario Basketball through the partnership formed with Enterprise Rentals. Clubs & Competitions teams use Enterprise vehicles at a discounted rate and other teams and coaches under the OBA umbrella have taken advantage of the mobility partnership. Plus, they pick you up!
Ontario Basketball’s Valued Partners
- Olympia Sports Camp
- National Sports
- OnSpot Apparel
In September 2017, Ontario Basketball launched the new, accessible and responsive organizational website, https://basketball.on.ca.
The website launch was a year-long endeavour, and Ontario Basketball continues to work with developers to update and improve the website for its users.
Get to Know Team O presented by Nike
In recognition of Nike’s sustained contributions to Ontario Basketball and its programs, we dedicated our 2018 Team Ontario profiles to Nike and even gave a special shoutout post revealing the Kobe AD shoes the team would be wearing at the Canada Basketball National Championships.
OBA Fair Play Award presented by Olympia Basketball Camp
With a newly re-signed partnership in place, Ontario Basketball worked with Olympia Sports Camp to revive the Fair Play Award, which granted four deserving teams a free week of camp in Muskoka for their entire team. OBA traveled to Olympia to capture some of the memories and chat with the OBA players about their experience.
OBA Alumni Videos
Ontario Basketball caught up with some notable alumni including Cory Joseph, Tyler Ennis, Kia Nurse, Jamal Murray, Dwight Powell, Nik Stauskas, and Raptors 905 players to talk about their experience in the OBA, how the game has changed, and their best advice for young players.
OBA Trainer of the Year presented by Spalding Training Aids
Following the collaboration with Spalding for Ontario Basketball’s 40th Anniversary campaign, OBA worked with the basketball brand to promote their new training aids for coaches while celebrating some of the best coaches in the province.
Congrats to Trainers of the Year, Julie Richards and Peter Chapman, who won a prize pack including a full set of Spalding Training Aids as well as recognition at the OBL All-Star Game and through OBA‘s communication channels.
OBA Day at Ryerson
Ontario Basketball partnered with the Ryerson Rams for the second annual OBA Day.
OBA member clubs received free admission to the women’s and men’s basketball games against the Nipissing Lakers on Friday, February 16, 2018.
Teams in attendance also enjoyed:
- Game-day activities
- High-five tunnels during pre-game introductions
- Standing with university teams during anthems
- U12 mini-game played during halftime
- Team shout-outs over the PA system
OBA Day at Ryerson returns on Saturday, January 5, 2019.
Revived OBA eNewsletter
Once again the email inboxes of Ontario Basketball’s coaches and membership are greeted monthly with the latest OBA news and information. The OBA eNewsletter is a useful tool for keeping our community in the loop and for leveraging our reach to current and prospective partners.
Team Ontario Media Days
Each of Team Ontario’s four teams (U15 and U17 Boys and Girls) and U14 development teams went through the media day circuit, completing player questionnaires to build their player bios and getting headshots and action shots, with a few interviews to round out the session. All participants were given Nike shorts to commemorate their respective Media Day.
Media Management at 2018 FIBA U18 Men’s Americas Championship
Ontario Basketball’s Communications department managed the media component of a major international event in St. Catharines from June 10–16, the 2018 FIBA U18 Men’s Americas Championship. The qualifying tournament saw men’s teams from across the Americas compete for a spot in the 2019 FIBA U19 Men’s World Championship. Duties included media check-in, assigning credentials, capturing media for social feeds, running box scores to media members, managing the mix zone, coordinating interview requests, and managing a team of volunteers and interns. OBA is proud to have helped host such a successful event.
Jr. NBA World Championships
With two OBA teams qualifying for the inaugural Jr. NBA World Championships in Orlando, Ontario Basketball sent Devin Gray, Manager of Marketing & Communications, to provide coverage of the teams during this once-in-a-lifetime experience. The U14 Welland Warriors girls and Brampton Breakdown boys represented Ontario and Canada well with their play on the court and their grace off the court to teams from around the world.
Social media, website posts, and a forthcoming video all chronicle the experience U14 teams can get if they play through Ontario Basketball’s OBLX and Provincial Championship structure.
Accessibility & Inclusion Report
Report prepared by Katrina Krawec, Coordinator of Business & Communications
Centre for Sport Innovation and Inclusion (CSII)
Ontario Basketball partnered with Abilities Centre and Rugby Ontario to launch the Centre for Sport Innovation and Inclusion (CSII) to help promote accessible and inclusive sport throughout Ontario.
Through the support of a Ontario150 Community Capital Program grant administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation as well as support from Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, Abilities Centre, home of the offices of both Ontario Basketball and Rugby Ontario, implemented changes to the facility, including six adjustable basketball nets, to meet the ever-growing needs of the community.
Construction, which began in 2017, wrapped up in January 2018 and the official launch took place on June 1. The goal of the Centre for Sport Innovation and Inclusion is to encourage provincial sports organizations to adapt their facilities, programming, and regulations to increase participation by people of all ages and abilities.
Inclusion Audit: Leading Equitable and Accessible Delivery in Ontario
One of the first initiatives Ontario Basketball completed as part of the Centre for Sport Innovation and Inclusion was an organizational inclusion audit, called Leading Equitable and Accessible Delivery in Ontario (LEAD ON), through the 2018 Ontario-Parasport Strong Fund.
LEAD ON is a self-assessment toolkit designed for Provincial Sport Organizations, clubs, and local recreation departments to increase participation and tackle inequality by improving the way sport is planned, managed, and delivered for Ontarians with a disability.
Basketball and Inclusion Workshops
In addition to completing an inclusion audit, funding through the 2018 Ontario-Parasport Strong Fund allowed Ontario Basketball to host two free Basketball and Inclusion Workshops. Led by expert Abilities Centre staff, participants, including Ontario Basketball staff, learned about physical literacy and inclusion and how to include people with physical and intellectual disabilities within basketball clubs as well as school and recreational basketball programs.
Advancing Gender Equality for Women in Sport
In 2017, Ontario Basketball joined a three-year Advancing Gender Equality for Women in Sport project spearheaded by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) alongside Ontario Soccer.
The project, funded by the Status of Women Canada as part of Canada’s celebration of the 150th anniversary of Confederation, aims to help sport organizations advance their objectives by expanding their ability to engage girls and women as a key driver of long-term success.
Through the project, Ontario Basketball’s Director of Basketball Development, Lindsay Walsh, is part of a national collaborative of 150 female leaders that focuses on key themes related to opportunities for women in Canada.
All-Female Officiating Development Initiatives
As outlined in the Officiating Development Report, Ontario Basketball built on the momentum of the 2016–17 Ref ON program funded through the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund last season by hosting two all-female officiating development camps. One camp focused on two-person officiating while the second camp was for a group of current or prospective female officials for the OSBA and/or OCAA and focused on three-person officiating.