Ontario Basketball (OBA) affiliates approximately 175 clubs and associations each year. Any not-for-profit organization that is involved in the development and growth of amateur basketball can apply to become an affiliated member club of Ontario Basketball.
The Ontario Basketball (and club insurance) season runs from September 1 through August 31 every year. Learn about OBA‘s insurance program.
Club Membership Definitions
Competitive Club Membership: Clubs that develop athletes with the intention of having them compete at the regional and/or provincial level against outside Ontario Basketball member clubs. Club teams participating in league games, exhibition games and sanctioned tournaments are considered competitive member clubs.
House League Development Club Membership: Clubs that develop athletes with the intention of having them compete within their own club structure (House League). Participants do not play any games against outside Ontario Basketball member clubs.
Application Process for New Clubs
The application process for new clubs is now closed for the 2022-23 season.
2022-23 Application Timeline for New Clubs
- July 4-15, 2022: Applications accepted from potential clubs.
- Beyond July 15, 2022: Applications to be reviewed, interviews scheduled with club candidates, and then application results communicated to all candidates.
Application for New Clubs
All new club candidates were to have submitted the application form linked below, and attach a business case, by end of day on Friday, July 15, 2022 to be considered for the 2022-23 season.
A club’s business case should include the following information:
- Club Mission Statement: Provide a statement reflecting your club’s overall program mission.
- Club’s First-Year Goals: What does your club wish to accomplish in its first year?
- Club’s Five-Year Goals: What does your club wish to accomplish in its first five years?
- Type of Programs: What programs will your club run in its first year (competitive, house league, adult league, etc.)?
- Age Categories: What age categories will you target in year one?
- Gym Space: Which school boards/community facilities will you use for gym space?
- Relationships with Schools: Describe your club’s working relationships with schools (e.g., secondary, post-secondary).
- Membership: What areas of your community will you target for your membership?
- Number of Participants: How many participants do you hope to have by year five?
- Club Executive: Name your year-one executive members and their positions. (Provide a minimum of three specific people.)
- Volunteer Screening Requirements: How do you plan to complete the volunteer screening requirements for your club (i.e., checking references and ensuring all volunteers provide a current police check)?
- Coach Certification: How will you ensure all your coaches are certified with the appropriate NCCP certification before your first competitive practice?
- Development Philosophy: Describe your club’s philosophy about fundamental basketball development. (Please reference Canadian Sport for Life and Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD).)
- LTAD Knowledge: Describe the knowledge and understanding your club’s leaders have about LTAD.
- LTAD in Club Programming: How does your club incorporate LTAD into its programs?
- LTAD Training: How does your club plan to train coaches and parents about Canadian Sport for Life and LTAD?
- Differentiation: What will set your club programming apart from others?
- Rationale: If your community already has an existing Ontario Basketball member club, why do you feel there is a need for another club in the community?
First-Year Obligations for New Clubs
All first-year clubs have a one-year probation period with a review at the end of the first season.
First-year clubs must submit a $1,000 performance bond and ensure that they follow all Ontario Basketball policies and procedures to be considered for affiliation in their second year.
Ontario Basketball affiliates numerous camps each year. Any organization that offers a camp that is involved in the development and growth of amateur basketball can apply to become an affiliated member camp of Ontario Basketball.
Ontario Basketball camp affiliation runs from September 1 through August 31 every year.
Ontario Basketball offers camp affiliation as a special feature for our members. Affiliation ensures maximum promotion and cost-effective insurance.
The benefits include, but are not limited to:
- Adherence to standards set by Ontario Basketball encourages higher demand.
- Promotion on the Ontario Basketball website.
- A direct link from the Ontario Basketball website to your organization’s website.
- Discount on group camp insurance.
To become an affiliated member camp of Ontario Basketball, download the Camp Affiliation Application (.pdf).