Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

What is the OBL?

The Ontario Basketball League (OBL) is a province-wide league run by Ontario Basketball for its member clubs. The league is open to U10 Novice to U19 Junior teams at all levels of play (AAA, AA and A) with an OBL Xcellence (OBLX) stream for elite U13 Bantam to U16 Major Midget teams.

The purpose of the OBL is to provide an inclusive, age- and ability-appropriate, province-wide league structure that provides meaningful competition and promotes safe and stage-appropriate athlete development according to Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) principles.

When is the OBL season?

The OBL season takes place between November and May, depending on age and gender category.

Check the OBL Season Schedule to find your team’s schedule.

Which teams are participating in OBL?

Check the list of teams currently registered for OBL.

Note: The list is updated as teams register. The list will be final after the respective registration deadlines.

Which teams will my team play against in OBL?

The teams that your team will play depends on your team’s level of ability (OBLX, AAA, AA and A). Ontario Basketball strives to divide teams into pools of similar level of ability in order to provide meaningful competition to all teams.

How are pools determined within each age category?

During the registration process, you must indicate your team’s level of ability (OBLX, AAA, AA or A) based on your team’s previous Ontario Cup division and results as well as your assessment of your current team. Ontario Basketball staff will use coaches’ input to divide teams into pools of similar level of ability in order to provide meaningful competition to all teams.

When is the deadline to register for OBL?

The deadline to register for OBL depends on your team’s age and gender category.

Check the OBL registration deadlines.

OBL

Which age categories can play in OBL?

U10 Novice to U19 Junior

How much does it cost to register for OBL?

$1,800 per team for 12 games ($150 per game)

What if my team is placed in the wrong pool?

Teams have to play their first six games in the pool to which they were assigned in order to provide a clear picture of the skill level of each team. A re-ranking will then take place and your team may be moved to a different pool for the remaining weekends.

What are the benefits of participating in OBL?

There are numerous benefits to participating in OBL, including:

  • Not-for-profit league managed by sport governing body
  • Standardized cost structure
  • OABO-certified officials for every game
  • Table officials and conveners at every location for every game
  • Inclusive model
  • Competition divided to cater to varying skill levels
  • Games against numerous opponents to broaden competition
  • Re-ranking between Weekends 3 and 4 to provide the 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
  • Pool Champions will be featured on the OBA website

OBL X

What is OBLX?

OBL Xcellence (OBLX) is the highest OBL division available for U13 Bantam to U16 Major Midget teams.

Which age categories can play in OBLX?

U13 Bantam to U16 Major Midget

How many teams are in OBLX?

14 teams (maximum) per age and gender category

How can my team play in OBLX?

The eight teams from Division 1 at Ontario Cup the previous season will receive automatic entry into OBLX. The remaining teams will be determined on a case-by-case basis through previous Ontario Cup rankings and coaches’ input.

How is OBLX different from OBL?

The main differences between OBL and OBLX are outlined below.

 

OBL

OBLX

Number of guaranteed games12 games14 games (Based on 14-team division)
Cost$1,800U13-U15: $2,100
U16: $2,500
Number of teams per division714 (maximum)
Structure5 competition weekends with a re-ranking after Weekend 3 to determine Pool Champions during remaining two weekends

Note: U15 to U19 Boys have 4 competition weekends with a re-ranking after Weekend 2 to determine Pool Champions during remaining two weekends.
5 competition weekends with a single-elimination tournament on Weekend 5 to determine OBLX Champion
ScheduleWeekends 1, 2 & 3: 2 games (1 day)
Weekends 4 & 5: 2 games (1 day) on one weekend and 4 games (2 days) on the other weekend

Note: U15 to U19 Boys teams alternate between playing 2 games and 4 games over 4 weekends.
Weekend 1: 2 games (1 day)
Weekend 2: 4 games (2 days)
Weekend 3: 3 games (2 days)
Weekend 4: 4 games (2 days)
Weekend 5: 1 guaranteed game in single-elimination tournament (1-2 days, depending on individual team results)

Note: The above schedule is based on a 14-team division.
Award for Pool WinnersOBL Pool Champions featured on OBA websiteOBLX Champion in each age category receives #1 seed at Ontario Cup Provincial Championships

How many games do teams play on OBLX weekends?

The number of games played on a competition weekend varies, as outlined below.* Teams play a maximum of 2 games per day.

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

*Based on a 14-team division

How much does it cost to register for OBLX?

U13 to U15 OBLX: $2,100 per team

U16 OBLX: $2,500 per team

Why is OBLX more expensive than OBL?

OBLX teams play more games than teams in the OBL.

Why is OBLX more expensive for U16 teams?

Beginning in the 2017-18 season, OBA is piloting new exposure initiatives for U16 OBLX athletes, including livestreaming select games. The registration fee is higher to offset these new costs.

What are the benefits of participating in OBLX?

There are numerous benefits to participating in OBLX, including:

  • Not-for-profit league managed by sport governing body
  • Standardized cost structure
  • OABO-certified officials for every game
  • Table officials and conveners at every location for every game
  • Increased opportunity to have accurate ranking for Ontario Cup Provincial Championships
  • OBLX Champion in each age category receives the #1 seed at Ontario Cup Provincial Championships
  • Livestreaming of select U16 OBLX games
  • Opportunity for players to be selected for OBL All-Star Game Showcase
  • Less administrative responsibility for coaches and administrators

Registration

How do I register for OBL?

Complete the steps outlined on page 6 of the SportSavvy Registration Manual [pdf].

When does OBL registration open?

The Monday after Labour Day in September

When is the deadline to register for OBL?

The deadline to register for OBL depends on your team’s age and gender category.

Check the OBL registration deadlines.

What if not enough teams register for my team’s age category and/or division?

Ontario Basketball will create divisions for as many teams as possible, but there may be situations where divisions are too small and/or not competitive. In such cases, the division may not be played and full refunds will be provided.

Schedule

Where can I find my team’s schedule?

OBL Schedules & Results section

Note: OBL schedules will be released for Weekends 1, 2 and 3 after the respective registration deadlines for U10 to U19 Girls and U10 to U14 Boys. OBL schedules for U15 to U19 Boys will be released for Weekends 1 and 2 after the applicable registration deadline. In the meantime, check out the confirmed OBL Competition Weekend Schedule.

Why does my team’s schedule only have the first two/three weekends of games?

After Weekend 3 for U10 to U19 Girls and U10 to U14 Boys, a re-ranking will take place based on the results of the first three weekends, and teams may be moved to a new pool for Weekends 4 and 5.

After Weekend 2 for U15 to U19 Boys, a re-ranking will take place based on the results of the first two weekends, and teams may be moved to a new pool for Weekends 3 and 4.

When will the schedule be released for Weekends 3/4/5?

For U10 to U19 Girls and U10 to U14 Boys, the schedule for Weekends 4 and 5 will be released in the OBL Schedules & Results section after the re-ranking that follows Weekend 3, because teams may be moved to a new pool for the last two weekends.

For U15 to U19 Boys, the schedule for Weekends 3 and 4 will be released in the OBL Schedules & Results section after the re-ranking that follows Weekend 2, because teams may be moved to a new pool for the last two weekends.

When do OBL games take place?

All OBL games take place on Saturdays and Sundays. There are no games on Fridays or any other weekday evenings.

Games are played at 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.,* and teams play a maximum of 2 games per day.

*On Saturdays only for U13 Bantam teams and higher

How many games do teams play on OBL weekends?

U10 to U19 Girls and U10 to U14 Boys teams play 2 games for 4 weekends and 4 games for one weekend (either Weekend 4 or 5).

U15 to U19 Boys teams alternate between playing 2 games and 4 games over 4 weekends.

Teams play a maximum of 2 games per day.

Where do OBL games take place?

OBL games take place across the province, with the majority of games taking place in the GTA and surrounding area.

Check out the list of confirmed OBL facilities.

Note: The list above is not a complete list. Additional facilities will be added as they are confirmed.

What happens if my team cannot make it to one of our OBL games?

Teams that join the league are committing to all competition weekends and games. Teams will be fined $300 for not showing up to a scheduled game to cover the costs incurred.

If my team cannot make it to one of our OBL games, can it be rescheduled?

OBL competition weekends have been available for months in advance of the season and teams are expected to attend all scheduled games. Games will be rescheduled only in extreme circumstances.

If my team cannot make it to one of our OBL games and the other team agrees to reschedule, can it be rescheduled?

Rescheduled games will be permitted if the two teams agree to reschedule, however, this can only be done with approval from Ontario Basketball.

Contact Rohan Prasaud regarding any rescheduling requests.

Why aren’t any of my OBL games taking place in my city?

Most games are centralized in the GTA and surrounding area in an effort to accommodate teams from across the province.

If you would like to play OBL games in your city, contact Tyler Harding to discuss the potential of becoming an official OBL host.

Why is my team from *city* scheduled to play teams from *same city* or *nearby city* in *farther away city* one weekend?

OBL games are scheduled at centralized locations across the province in an effort to accommodate all teams, which may at times result in teams from the same geographical region playing each other in a centralized location.

If you would like to play OBL games in your city, contact Tyler Harding to discuss the potential of becoming an official OBL host

Results

Why are there no game results for a game my team played?

Ontario Basketball relies on OBL hosts to report scores at the end of each weekend, and sometimes this information is not submitted in a timely manner.

Coaches may contact Rohan Prasaud if they have a score for a game that their team played that needs to be updated on the website.

Hosting OBL Games

How can I host OBL games?

Contact Tyler Harding to discuss becoming an official OBL host.

What are the benefits of hosting OBL games?

Many of Ontario Basketball’s member clubs use OBL games as a fundraiser for their teams. OBA pays OBL hosts to cover the costs of a convener and table officials, and hosts can sell concessions to earn additional revenue.

Being an OBL host builds capacity within clubs by developing table officials, conveners, administrators and other volunteers, which can prepare clubs to host other tournaments, including Ontario Cup. (Learn more about hosting Ontario Cup.)

Hosting OBL games also allows hosts to ensure that their teams are not traveling far from home on specific weekends.

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

Ontario Cup

If my team only plays OBL games this season, will we be eligible to participate in Ontario Cup?

All teams competing in OBL are automatically eligible for the Ontario Cup Provincial Championships.

Does my team have to participate in OBL to be eligible to compete in Ontario Cup?

No. All OBL teams are eligible for the Ontario Cup Provincial Championships, but OBL participation is not mandatory to compete in Ontario Cup.

OBL All-Star Game Showcase

What is the OBL All-Star Game Showcase?

The OBL All-Star Game Showcase is an annual event that brings together top OBL athletes to highlight the top talent in the league and province.

How are athletes selected for the OBL All-Star Game Showcase?

Age categories with OBLX: Each team in OBLX nominates a player (or players) from their team.

Age categories without OBLX: Selection for the OBL All-Star Game Showcase prioritizes athletes from teams that finish in Division 1 in their respective age group final rankings for Ontario Cup and/or have been in Pool A at any point during the OBL season. Each team that meet these criteria nominates a player (or players) from their team.

How are coaches selected for the OBL All-Star Game Showcase?

Age categories with OBLX: Coaches of the top two teams in OBLX are invited to coach an all-star team for their age category.

Age categories without OBLX: Coaches of the top two teams in Pool A are invited to coach an all-star team for their age category.

When is the OBL All-Star Game Showcase?

Check out the OBL All-Star Game Showcase section to find out when the showcase is taking place this year.

Where does the OBL All-Star Game Showcase take place?

HoopDome (75 Carl Hall Rd #17, Toronto, ON M3K 2B9)

Contact

Who should I contact if I have a question about OBL?

For questions about OBL schedules and results, contact Rohan Prasaud.

For questions about hosting OBL weekends, OBL All-Star Game, or other questions, contact Tyler Harding.