About OBL

The Ontario Basketball League (OBL) is an inclusive, age- and ability-appropriate, province-wide league structure run by Ontario Basketball designed to provide meaningful competition for male and female athletes in all age categories (U10 Novice to U19 Junior) and all levels of play (OBLX, AAA, AA and A) to promote safe and stage-appropriate athlete development according to Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) principles.

Note: OBL participation is not mandatory to participate in Ontario Cup Provincial Championships.

Levels of Play

OBLX

AAA

AA

A

When registering for OBL, coaches have to declare their level of play (OBLX, AAA, AA and A) based on where they feel their teams will thrive. Once all teams are registered, previous Ontario Cup rankings and coaches’ suggestions will be used to rank teams and to create the league pools and schedules, with the goal of making games as competitive as possible.

For OBLX, the top 8 teams from last season’s Ontario Cup will receive an automatic invitation into the pool.

Competition Structure

OBLX

OBL

Age Categories: U13 Bantam to U16 Major Midget

Level of Play: Elite

Teams per Pool: 14 teams (maximum)

Games: 14 games (Based on a 14-team division)

Competition Weekends: 5 weekends

Games on Weekend 1: 2 games (1 day)
Games on Weekend 2: 4 games (2 days)
Games on Weekend 3: 3 games (2 days)
Games on Weekend 4: 4 games (2 days)
Games on Weekend 5: 1 guaranteed game in single-elimination tournament to determine OBL X Champion (1-2 days, depending on individual team results)

Games per Day: 2 games (maximum)

Game Days: Saturdays and Sundays

Game Times: 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. (Saturdays only)

Game Schedules: Games will be scheduled at locations across the province. Teams participating in OBLX should expect to travel for their competition weekends.

Award for OBLX Champions: The #1 seed at the 2017 Ontario Cup Provincial Championships

Age Categories: U10 Novice to U19 Junior

Levels of Play: AAA, AA and A

Teams per Pool: 7 teams

Games: 12 games (6 games within your initial pool, re-ranking, then remaining 6 games determine Pool Champions)

Competition Weekends: 5 weekends

Games on Weekends 1, 2 and 3: 2 games (1 day)
Games on Weekends 4 and 5: 2 games (1 day) on one weekend and 4 games (2 days) on the other weekend

Games per Day: 2 games

Game Days: Saturdays and Sundays

Game Times: 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. (Saturdays only and for U13 Bantam teams and older)

Game Schedules: Games will be scheduled in an effort to accommodate teams from outside the GTA. For example, teams traveling from Kingston or London will not have games scheduled until late morning and later afternoon on Saturday (and Sunday morning for the 4-game weekend) to ease travel arrangements.

Award for Pool Champions: Team featured on OBA website

2017-18 Season Schedule

The following are the confirmed competition weekend dates for each age category:

Age CategoryWeekend 1Weekend 2Weekend 3Weekend 4Weekend 5Ontario Cup

Females

U10Nov 4-5Dec 2-3Jan 13-14Feb 3-4Feb 24-25March 23-25
U11Nov 4-5Dec 2-3Jan 13-14Feb 3-4Feb 24-25March 23-25
U12Nov 4-5Dec 2-3Jan 13-14Feb 3-4Feb 24-25March 23-25
U13Nov 18-19Dec 9-10Jan 20-21Feb 10-11March 17-18April 13-15
U14Nov 18-19Dec 16-17Jan 27-28Feb 24-25March 24-25April 13-15
U15Dec 2-3Jan 13-14Feb 3-4Mar 3-4April 14-15April 27-29
U16Dec 2-3Jan 13-14Feb 3-4Mar 3-4April 14-15April 27-29
U17Dec 9-10Jan 13-14Feb 3-4Mar 3-4April 14-15May 4-6
U19Dec 9-10Jan 13-14Feb 3-4Mar 3-4April 14-15May 4-6

Males

U10Nov 11-12Dec 2-3Jan 20-21Feb 10-11Feb 24-25April 6-8
U11Nov 11-12Dec 9-10Jan 20-21Feb 10-11Feb 24-25April 6-8
U12Nov 11-12Dec 9-10Jan 20-21Feb 10-11Feb 24-25April 6-8
U13Nov 25-26Dec 16-17Jan 27-28Mar 3-4April 7-8April 20-22
U14Nov 25-26Dec 16-17Jan 27-28Mar 3-4April 7-8April 20-22
U15March 17-18March 24-25April 14-15April 21-22April 28-29
(OBLX only)
May 11-13
U16March 17-18March 24-25April 14-15April 21-22April 28-29
(OBLX only)
May 11-13
U17March 24-25April 7-8April 28-29May 12-13May 5-6
(OBLX only)
May 25-27
U19March 24-25April 7-8April 28-29May 12-13May 5-6
(OBLX only)
May 25-27

Locations

Cost

Ontario Basketball has secured numerous quality venues across the GTA to host OBL games throughout the season. Additionally, several member clubs have committed to hosting OBL games outside of the GTA.

Check out the list of confirmed OBL facilities.

Note: This is not a complete list. As facilities are confirmed, they will be added to the list.

If you are interested in hosting OBL games, please contact Tyler Harding to discuss becoming an official OBL host.

  • OBL: $1,800 (12 games)
  • OBLX (U13-U15): $2,100 (14 games*)
  • OBLX (U16): $2,500 (14 games*)

*Based on a 14-team division

Registration Deadlines

U10 to U12 Boys & Girls

Oct. 9

U13 to U14 Boys & Girls

Oct. 23

U15 to U19 Girls

Nov. 6

U15 to U19 Boys

Feb. 5

Benefits

  • Not-for-profit league managed by sport governing body
  • Standardized cost structure
  • Inclusive model
  • Competition divided to cater to varying skill levels
  • Re-ranking after first 6 OBL games to provide most relevant competition for remaining games
  • Automatically eligible for Ontario Cup Provincial Championships
  • Increased opportunity to have accurate ranking for Ontario Cup Provincial Championships
  • Less administrative responsibility for coaches and administrators
  • OBL Pool Champions featured on website
  • Winner of OBLX in each age category receives the #1 seed at Ontario Cup Provincial Championships
  • Select U16 OBLX games will be livestreamed
  • All-Star Game Showcase for top U10 Novice to U19 Junior players

Ontario Cup Ranking & Seeding

All OBL teams will be eligible for Ontario Cup Provincial Championships, but OBL participation is not mandatory to participate in Ontario Cup. The Ranking and Seeding Committee will consider game results from all OBL games and sanctioned tournaments and games (submitted online by the appropriate deadlines) when determining the final rankings for Ontario Cup.