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 (OBLX, AAA, AA and A) to promote safe and stage-appropriate athlete development according to Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) principles.

2020-2021 Season Schedule

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

Note: Due to COVID-19 the 2020-21 season will begin in January 2021

Age CategoryWeekend #1Weekend #2Weekend #3Final RankingOBA Championships
Female
U10 GirlsJan 9-10Feb 20-21Mar 27-28March 28Apr 9-11
U11 GirlsJan 9-10Feb 20-21Mar 27-28March 28Apr 9-11
U12 GirlsJan 9-10Feb 20-21Mar 27-28April 4Apr 16-18
U13 GirlsJan 23-24Mar 6-7Apr 10-11April 11Apr 23-25
U14 GirlsJan 23-24Mar 6-7Apr 17-18April 18Apr 30-May 2
U15 GirlsFeb 13-14Mar 13-14Apr 23-25April 25May 7-9
U16 GirlsFeb 13-14Mar 13-14Apr 23-25April 25May 7-9
U17 GirlsFeb 13-14Mar 13-14Apr 23-25May 2May 14-16
U19 WomenFeb 13-14Mar 13-14Apr 23-25May 2May 14-16
Male
U10 BoysJan 9-10Feb 20-21Mar 27-28March 28Apr 9-11
U11 BoysJan 16-17Feb 27-28Mar 27-28March 28Apr 9-11
U12 BoysJan 16-17Feb 27-28Mar 27-28April 4Apr 16-18
U13 BoysFeb 6-7Mar 27-28Apr 9-11April 11Apr 23-25
U14 BoysFeb 6-7Mar 27-28Apr 17-18April 18Apr 30-May 2
U15 BoysMar 13-14Apr 10-11May 15-16May 16May 28-30
U16 BoysMar 13-14Apr 10-11May 15-16May 16May 28-30
U17 BoysMar 13-14Apr 10-11May 15-16May 23June 4-6
U19 MenMar 13-14Apr 10-11May 15-16May 23June 4-6

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 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.

Competition Structure

To begin the season, 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

OBL

Age Categories: U13 to U19

Level of Play: Elite

Teams per Pool: 7 teams per pool; 2 equitable pools

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

Competition Weekends: 2 weekends

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

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., 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.

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)
Games on Weekends 4 and 5: 2 games (1 day) on one weekend and 4 games (2 days) 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 quality venues across the GTA to host OBL games throughout the season. Additionally, several member clubs have committed to hosting OBL games just 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: $TBA
  • OBLX (U13-U19): $TBA

Registration Deadlines

U10 to U12

TBA

U13 to U14

TBA

U15 to U19 Girls

TBA

U15 to U16 Boys

TBA

U17-U19 Boys

TBA

Follow the steps below or in the Registration Manual [.pdf] to register your team for the 2019-20 OBL season. (2020-21 information coming soon)

  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., OBLX, OBL AAA Division, etc.) 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
  • All-Star Game Showcase for top U10 to U14 players, and Player Packages for U15-U19

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.