About

Centre for Performance (CP) is a national program designed to develop student-athletes to compete at the international basketball level.

The program revolves around the “hot house” approach and focuses on student-athletes in the key years of their development.

The emphasis of CP is to train skills that student-athletes do not otherwise have the opportunity to develop. CP is not based on a competition model. Instead, it is a group of student-athletes training together in regional pods across Ontario with the common goal of improving.

Regional training pods are led by high-level, certified coaches who follow age-specific curriculum developed by Ontario Basketball and Canada Basketball. Top athletes from each pod are selected to participate in centralized training weekends.

Note: The CP Boys program has gone through a restructure to ensure continued identification for provincial and national level student-athletes and to increase synergy with Canada Basketball’s Athlete Strategy (TAS) and Jr. Academy programs. CP Boys Prep targets student-athletes in Grades 7 and 8 and works in alignment with Canada Basketball’s Jr. Academy.

Program Structure

CP has the following three stages:

Stage 1: Identification/Tryouts

Tryouts take place across the province to identify athletes for regional training.

Note: For CP Boys Prep, the 15–20 student-athletes per region that advance to the final day and/or last session of Canada Basketball’s Jr. Academy will be automatically selected to attend Stage 2: Regional Training. Therefore, athletes who have been selected for Jr. Academy do not need to try out for CP Boys Prep.

Eligibility: Athletes in Grades 7 to 11 (born in 2002 to 2006)

Dates: September & October

Cost: Free

Stage 2: Regional Training

In regional training pods across the province, approximately 15–20 athletes per region train together for a total of 30 hours. The training sessions focus on age-specific training and curriculum implemented by high-level, certified coaches, under the guidance of Ontario Basketball and Canada Basketball.

Eligibility: Athletes selected by Ontario Basketball’s Technical Lead and regional coaches

Dates (Boys): Mid-September to January
Dates (Girls): October to March

Cost: $300 (includes Ontario-Nike reversible jersey)

Stage 3: Centralized Training

Centralized Training brings together the top athletes from across all the regional pods for a weekend training session led by Ontario Basketball’s Technical Lead. Athletes spend time both on and off the court working on important offensive and defensive concepts and learning about topics like nutrition, time management, and video breakdown.

Eligibility: Athletes selected by regional coaches

Dates (Boys): December & May
Cost: $50/camp

Dates (Girls): December & March
Cost: $100/camp

2018 Tryouts

Boys Prep

Eligibility: Males in Grades 7 & 8 (born 2005 & 2006)

Note: The 15–20 student-athletes per region that advance to the final day and/or last session of Canada Basketball’s Jr. Academy will be automatically selected to attend Stage 2: Regional Training. Therefore, athletes who have been selected for Jr. Academy do not need to try out for CP Boys Prep.

2018 Tryouts: Boys Prep

RegionCoachTryout Information
BarrieDwight RobbinsPod cancelled due to low enrolment
Durham (Scarborough to Oshawa)Bob MessamN/A; Pod full
Hamilton Octavio GuibaoTBA
Kitchener-Waterloo Doros TheodosiouN/A; Pod full
LondonKevin BarnesN/A; Pod full
MarkhamKurt JamesN/A; Pod full
NiagaraMartin VaillancourtTBA
North BayStephen HongTBA
OttawaDavidson SanelusTBA
Peel Marlon GreeneN/A; Pod full
TorontoPhil JevtovicN/A; Pod full

Boys

Eligibility: Males in Grades 9 to 11 (born 2002 to 2004)

2018 Tryouts: Boys

RegionCoachTryout Information
TBATBATBA

Girls

Eligibility: Females in Grades 7 to 11 (born 2002 to 2006)

RegionCoach(es)Tryout Information
BramptonAgnes Borg
Leon Archer
TBA
CaledonGord EverettTBA
DurhamJason Sheehan
Tricia Warwick
Tryout #1
Date: Thursday, Sept. 27
Time: 8:30-10:00 p.m.
Location: Abilities Centre (55 Gordan St., Whitby, ON L1N 0J2)

Tryout #2
Date: Thursday, Oct. 4
Time: 8:30-10:00 p.m.
Location: Abilities Centre (55 Gordan St., Whitby, ON L1N 0J2)

HamiltonDrew Smillie
Michelle Abella
Kelly Van Leeuwan
Date: Sunday, Sept. 30
Time: 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Location: St. Mary's Catholic Secondary School (200 Whitney Ave., Hamilton, ON L8S 2G7)
HuronRob AngioneDate: Wednesday, Oct. 3
Time: 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Location: Regina Mundi Catholic College (5250 Wellington Rd S., London, ON N6N 1L3)
Kitchener-WaterlooJody BrownTryout #1
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 26
Time: 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Location: Bluevale C.I. (80 Bluevale St. N., Waterloo)

Tryout #2
Date: Friday, Sept. 28
Time: 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Location: Waterloo C.I. (300 Hazel St., Waterloo)

Tryout #3
Date: Monday, Oct. 1
Time: 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Location: Jean Steckle P.S. (130 Woodbine Ave., Kitchener)
Oakville

Mikaela Berza
Max Hirst
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 2
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Location: St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School (124 Dorval Dr., Oakville, ON L6K 2W1)
OttawaFabienne BlizzardDate: Sunday, Sept. 23
Time: 2:00–4:00 p.m.
Location: Louis Riel (1655 Bearbrook Rd, Gloucester, ON K1B 4N3)
South SimcoeChris Vandenberg
Todd Selvage
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 26
Time: 8:00-10:00 p.m.
Location: Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary School (15 Commerce Rd., Orillia, ON L3V 0Z2)
TorontoJessica Roque
Danielle Chateau
Tryout #1
Date: Sunday, Sept. 23
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Humber College Lakeshore Gym (2 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr., Etobicoke, ON M8V 4B6)

Players should bring a reversible jersey and a ball.

Tryout #2
Date: Sunday, Sept. 30
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Humber College Lakeshore Gym (2 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr., Etobicoke, ON M8V 4B6)

Players should bring a reversible jersey and a ball.
WindsorMadeline BeldingDate: Sunday, Sept. 30
Time: 9:00–11:00 a.m.
Location: Forster S.S. (749 Felix Ave., Windsor, ON N9C 3K9)
YorkMikaela Berza
Faiz Ahmed
TBA

2018-19 Regional Training

In regional training pods across the province, approximately 15–20 athletes per region train together for a total of 30 hours. The training sessions focus on age-specific training and curriculum implemented by high-level, certified coaches, under the guidance of Ontario Basketball and Canada Basketball.

Eligibility: Athletes identified and selected by Ontario Basketball’s Technical Lead and regional coaches during Stage 1

Registration

Register for regional training
Registration instructions (.pdf)

2018-19 Regional Training: Boys Prep

RegionCoach
Durham (Scarborough to Oshawa)Bob Messam
Hamilton Octavio Guibao
Kitchener-Waterloo Doros Theodosiou
LondonKevin Barnes
MarkhamKurt James
NiagaraMartin Vaillancourt
North BayStephen Hong
OttawaDavidson Sanelus
Peel Marlon Greene
TorontoPhil Jevtovic

2018-19 Regional Training: Boys

RegionCoach
North H.S.Stephen Hong

Toronto H.S.Brock Bourgase

Additional regions TBATBA

2018-19 Regional Training: Girls

RegionCoach(es)
BramptonAgnes Borg
Leon Archer
CaledonGord Everett
DurhamJason Sheehan
Tricia Warwick
HamiltonDrew Smillie
Michelle Abella
Kelly Van Leeuwan
Kitchener-WaterlooJody Brown
LondonRob Angione
Oakville

Mikaela Berza
Max Hirst
OttawaFabienne Blizzard
South SimcoeChris Vandenberg
Todd Selvage
TorontoJessica Roque
Danielle Chateau
WindsorMadeline Belding
YorkMikaela Berza
Faiz Ahmed

2018-19 Centralized Training

Centralized Training brings together the top athletes from across all the regional pods for a weekend training session led by Ontario Basketball’s Technical Lead. Athletes spend time both on and off the court working on important offensive and defensive concepts and learning about topics like nutrition, time management, and video breakdown.

Eligibility: Athletes from Regional Training selected by regional coaches during Stage 2

2018-19 Centralized Training: Boys Prep

Centralized Training #1
TBA

Centralized Training #2
TBA

2018-19 Centralized Training: Boys

Centralized Training #1
Date: December 22–23, 2018
Location: Humber College, North Campus (Etobicoke)

Centralized Training #2
Date: May 4–5, 2019
Location: Humber College, North Campus (Etobicoke)

2018-19 Centralized Training: Girls

December Centralized Training
Date: TBA
Location: TBA

March Centralized Training
Date: TBA
Location: TBA

Notable Alumni

Boys

  • Duane Notice – 2011 U17 National Championships MVP
  • Chris Egi – 2011 U15 National Championships MVP
  • Julian Clarke – 2011 Junior National Team
  • Kevin Pangos – 2011 Junior National Team
  • Negus Webster-Chan – 2011 Junior National Team
  • Agunwa Okolie – 2011 U17 National Championships First Team All-Canadian

Girls

  • Dakota Whyte – 2011 U17 National Championships MVP
  • Kia Nurse – 2011 U15 Nationals Championships MVP
  • Wumi Agunbiade – 2011 Junior National Team
  • Kellie Ring – 2011 Junior National Team
  • Megan Lukan – 2011 Junior National Team
  • Hilary Hanaka – 2011 Cadette National Team

Contact

Carmelo Mallia
Men’s High Performance

Linh Nguyen
Women’s High Performance