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: OBLX is mandatory for U13 and U14 teams planning on playing in Division 1 for Provincial Championships. OBL participation, however, is not mandatory to participate in Ontario Cup.

2018-19 Season Schedule

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

Note: Dates that are bold represent 4-game OBL weekends.

Age CategoryWeekend #1Weekend #2Weekend #3Weekend #4Weekend #52019 Championships
Female
U10 GirlsNov 3-4Dec 1-2Jan 12-13Feb 9-10Mar 2-3March 22-24
U11 GirlsNov 3-4Dec 1-2Jan 12-13Feb 9-10Mar 2-3March 29-31
U12 GirlsNov 3-4Dec 1-2Jan 12-13Feb 9-10Mar 2-3April 5-7
U13 GirlsNov 17-18Dec 8-9Jan 26-27Feb 16-17Mar 23-24April 12-14
U14 GirlsNov 17-18Dec 8-9Jan 26-27Feb 23-24Apr 6-7April 26-28
U15 GirlsDec 8-9Jan 12-13Feb 9-10Mar 23-24Apr 13-14May 3-5
U16 GirlsDec 8-9Jan 12-13Feb 9-10Mar 23-24Apr 13-14May 3-5
U17 GirlsDec 15-16Jan 12-13Feb 16-17Mar 30-31Apr 27-28May 10-12
U19 WomenDec 15-16Jan 12-13Feb 16-17Mar 30-31Apr 27-28May 10-12
Male
U10 BoysNov 3-4Dec 1-2Jan 19-20Feb 9-10Mar 2-3March 22-24
U11 BoysNov 10-11Dec 1-2Jan 19-20Feb 16-17Mar 2-3March 29-31
U12 BoysNov 10-11Dec 1-2Jan 19-20Feb 16-17Mar 2-3April 5-7
U13 BoysNov 24-25Dec 15-16Feb 2-3Feb 23-24March 23-24April 12-14
U14 BoysNov 24-25Dec 15-16Feb 2-3Feb 23-24Apr 6-7April 26-28
U15 BoysMar 16-17Mar 30-31Apr 13-14Apr 27-28May 4-5May 24-26
U16 BoysMar 16-17Mar 30-31Apr 13-14Apr 27-28May 4-5May 24-26
U17 BoysMar 30-31Apr 13-14Apr 27-28May 11-12N/AMay 30-June2
U19 MenMar 30-31Apr 13-14Apr 27-28May 11-12N/AMay 30-June2

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.

NOTE: For OBLX, all teams from last season’s Division 1 Ontario Cup will receive an automatic invitation into this seasons 2018-19 OBLX division. The Gold and Silver medallists from Division 2 will also be invited. A play-in tournament will be played to determine the final 4 teams at the Ontario Fall Shootout.

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 OBLX Champion (1-3 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., 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.

Award for OBLX Champions: The #1 seed at the 2019 Ontario Provincial Championships, Feature article on the OBA website, championship t-shirts and OBLX Champions medals.

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. (if necessary)

Game Schedules: Games will be scheduled in an effort to accommodate teams from outside the GTA. For example, teams traveling 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: $1,950 (12 games)
  • OBLX (U13-U16): $2,275 (14 games*)

*Based on a 14-team division

Registration Deadlines

U10 to U12

Oct. 9

U13 to U14

Oct. 22

U15 to U19 Girls

Nov. 5

U15 to U19 Boys

Feb. 4

Follow the steps below or in the Registration Manual [.pdf] to register your team for the 2018-19 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., 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
  • Winner of OBLX in each age category receives the #1 seed at Provincial Championships
  • All-Star Game Showcase for top U10 Novice to U14 Major Bantam players

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).

  • Provincial Championships: U13 and U14 teams must participate in OBLX to compete in the Provincial Championships (Division 1).
  • Ontario Cup: All OBL teams are eligible to compete in Ontario Cup (Division 2 and upward).

Learn more about Ranking & Seeding for Ontario Basketball Championships.