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.

Program Structure

Notes for the 2019-20 Season

  • The CP Boys program went through a restructuring last season to ensure continued identification for provincial and national level student-athletes and to increase synergy with Canada Basketball’s Targeted Athlete Strategy (TAS) and Jr. Academy programs. CP Boys Prep (Grades 7 & 8) works in alignment with Canada Basketball’s Jr. Academy, which targets student-athletes in the same age group.
  • Ontario Basketball is piloting a CP Boys Prep (Grades 5 & 6) program. Athletes will be accepted into the program on a first-come, first-served basis.

CP has the following three stages:

Stage 1: Identification/Tryouts

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

*Athletes eligible for the pilot CP Boys Prep (Grades 5 & 6) program can register for regional training on a first-come, first-served basis until their respective pod reaches the maximum number of participants.

*Athletes who have been selected for Jr. Academy do not need to try out for CP Boys Prep (Grades 7 & 8); they will automatically receive a spot in their regional training pod.

Eligibility (Boys): Athletes in Grades 5 to 8 (born in 2006 to 2009)
Eligibility (Girls): Athletes in Grades 7 to 11 (born in 2003 to 2007)

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*

*Athletes eligible for the pilot CP Boys Prep (Grades 5 & 6) program can register for regional training on a first-come, first-served basis until their respective pod reaches the maximum number of participants.

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 from Regional Training selected by regional coaches

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

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

2019 Tryouts

Boys Prep

Eligibility: Males in Grades 5 & 6 (born 2008 & 2009)

Note: There are no tryouts for the pilot CP Boys Prep (Grades 5 & 6) program. Eligible athletes can register for regional training on a first-come, first-served basis until their respective pod reaches the maximum number of participants.

2019 Tryouts: Boys Prep (Grades 5 & 6)

RegionCoachTryout Information

Boys

Eligibility: Males in Grades 7 & 8 (born 2006 & 2007)

Note: Athletes who have been selected for Jr. Academy do not need to try out for CP Boys Prep (Grades 7 & 8); 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.

2019 Tryouts: Boys (Grades 7 & 8)

RegionCoachTryout Information

Girls Prep

Eligibility: Females in Grades 5 & 6 (born in 2008 & 2009)

2019 Tryouts: Girls Prep

RegionCoachTryout Information

Girls

Eligibility: Females in Grades 7 to 11 (born 2003 to 2007)

2019 Tryouts: Girls

RegionCoachTryout Information
OttawaFabienne Blizzard September 22, 10 PM at University of Ottawa, Montpetit Gym

2019-20 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*

*Athletes eligible for the pilot CP Boys Prep (Grades 5 & 6) program can register for regional training on a first-come, first-served basis until their respective pod reaches the maximum number of participants.

Registration

Register for regional training
Registration instructions [.pdf]

2019-20 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

2019-20 Centralized Training: Boys

Centralized Training #1
Date: TBA
Location: TBA

Centralized Training #2
Date: TBA
Location: TBA

2019-20 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

Emerson Molina
Coordinator, High Performance

Jason Dawkins
Men’s Technical Lead

Agnes Borg
Women’s Technical Lead