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 to U19) and all levels of play (AAA+, AAA, AA and A) to promote safe and stage-appropriate athlete development according to Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) principles.

2021-22 League Schedule

OBL and OBLX Teams will play a total of 12 games over the course of five weekends, with two to four games per weekend. Ontario Basketball Super League (OBSL) teams will play a total of 11-13 scheduled games. The games will be scheduled at times much like the Ontario Cup on Saturdays and Sundays. Matches will tip-off at 9:00 am, 10:30 am, 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:30 pm, 6:00 pm, and 7:30 pm. These times will vary slightly based on venue permits.

The following are the confirmed weekend dates for each age category for the 2021-22 OBL and OBLX seasons, bolded are the scheduled 4 game weekends for OBL divisions:

Age CategoryWeekend #1Weekend #2Weekend #3Weekend #4Weekend #5
Female
U10 GirlsNov 6-7Dec 4-5Jan 15-16Feb 5-6Feb 19-20
U11 GirlsNov 6-7Dec 4-5Jan 15-16Feb 12-13Mar 5-6
U12 GirlsNov 6-7Dec 4-5Jan 15-16Feb 12-13Mar 5-6
U13 GirlsNov 20-21Dec 11-12Jan 22-23Feb 12-13Mar 12-13
U14 GirlsNov 20-21Dec 11-12Jan 29-30Feb 26-27Apr 2-3
U15 GirlsDec 11-12Jan 8-9Feb 19-20Mar 26-27Apr 9-10
U16 GirlsDec 11-12Jan 8-9Feb 19-20Mar 26-27Apr 9-10
U17 GirlsDec 11-12Jan 8-9Feb 19-20Mar 26-27Apr 9-10
U19 WomenDec 11-12Jan 8-9Feb 19-20Mar 26-27Apr 9-10
Male
U10 BoysNov 6-7Dec 4-5Jan 15-16Feb 5-6Feb 19-20
U11 BoysNov 13-14Dec 4-5Jan 22-23Feb 12-13Mar 5-6
U12 BoysNov 13-14Dec 4-5Jan 22-23Feb 12-13Mar 5-6
U13 BoysNov 27-28Dec 18-19Jan 29-30Feb 19-20Mar 12-13
U14 BoysNov 27-28Dec 18-19Feb 5-6Feb 26-27Apr 2-3
U15 BoysMar 26-27Apr 9-10Apr 30 - May 1May 7-8
U16 BoysMar 26-27Apr 9-10Apr 30 - May 1May 7-8
U17 BoysApr 9-10Apr 23-24May 7-8May 14-15
U19 MenApr 9-10Apr 23-24May 7-8May 14-15

Note: please stay up to date with the latest COVID-19 restrictions and updated guidelines ahead of the 2021-22 OBL season.

Levels of Play

AAA+

AAA

AA

A

When registering for OBL, coaches have to declare their level of play (AAA+, AAA, AA and A) based on where they feel their teams will compete. Once all teams are registered, input from coaches’ as well as results from sanctioned pre-season events such as the Play-In, will be used to rank teams and to create the league pools and schedules, with the goal of making games as competitive as possible.

Competition Structure

To begin the season on the girls side, all teams will participate in the OBL. After 6 OBL games, all of your sanctioned games will be used to determine initial rankings. The top 14 teams based on the initial rankings will be placed in 2 equitable OBLX pools (OBLX-A and OBLX-B) to determine pool champions.

On the boys side, the top 7 teams based on input from coaches’ as well as results from sanctioned pre-season events will compete for a chance at the OBSL. After 6 OBL games, the top 4 boys’ teams from each of OBL, Hoop City and CYBL will play for the Super League title. The bottom three teams from OBL and Hoop City and bottom six teams from CYBL will merge to form the consolation bracket.

OBLX

OBL

Gender: Girls

Age Categories: U13 to U19

Level of Play: AAA+

Teams per Pool: 7 teams per pool; 2 equitable pools (OBL-X A and OBL-X B)

Games: 6 games (second half of the OBL season)

Competition Weekends: 2 weekends

Games on Weekends 4 and 5: 2 games (1 day: Saturday or Sunday) on one weekend and 4 games (2 days: Saturday and Sunday) on the other weekend. See Season Schedule for full details.

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., and 7:30 p.m. (if necessary)

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

Gender: Boys (OBSL)

Age Categories: U10 to U19

Level of Play: AAA+

Teams per Pool: 6 teams per pool

Games: 5-7 games. Teams will be placed into two pools of six to compete in pool play followed by a playoff (top two teams per pool crossover) to crown the OBSL champion on the Sunday of Weekend #5.

Competition Weekends: 2 weekends

Games on Weekends 4 and 5: 2 games (1 day: Saturday or Sunday) on one weekend and 4 games (2 days: Saturday and Sunday) on the other weekend. See Season Schedule for full details.

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., and 7:30 p.m. (if necessary)

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

Gender: Both

Age Categories: U10 to U19

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: Saturday or Sunday)

Games on Weekends 4 and 5: 2 games (1 day) on one weekend and 4 games (2 days: Saturday and Sunday) on the other weekend. See Season Schedule for full details.

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. (if necessary)

Game Schedules: Games will be scheduled in an effort to accommodate teams from outside the GTA. For example, teams travelling from Ottawa or Windsor 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, OBL Pool Champions Medals.

Locations

Cost

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

Check out the list of confirmed OBL facilities.

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

  • OBL: $2,400
  • OBLX/OBSL: $2,400

Registration Deadlines

OBL registration open to all

September 7, 2021

U15 to U19 Girls

November 12, 2021

U10 to U12

October 12, 2021

U15 to U16 Boys

February 25, 2022

U13 to U14

October 29, 2021

U17-U19 Boys

March 11, 2022

Follow the steps below or in the Registration Manual [.pdf] to register your team for the 2021-22 OBL season.

  1. Log into RegSavvy using your club’s username and password.
  2. Click the “Teams” tab at the top of the screen.
  3. Click the search button, select the team you would like to register, and click the “Register Team” button in the middle of the bottom of the screen.
  4. From the list provided, select the OBL stream most suitable for your team (e.g., AAA+, AAA, AA, A) and click “Pay Now.”
  5. Complete the program-specific questions and click “Pay Now.”
  6. Enter valid credit card information and click “Pay Now.” (Note: If you select “Back,” your team will be deregistered.)
Register your team now!

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
  • Increased opportunity to have accurate ranking for Ontario Cup
  • Less administrative responsibility for coaches and administrators
  • OBL Pool Champions featured on website

Ranking & Seeding

Ontario Basketball Championships: When determining the final rankings for Ontario Basketball Championships (Provincial Championships and 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 results deadlines).

Learn more about Ranking & Seeding for Ontario Basketball Championships.