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.
  • The CP Girls Prep program is a pilot program for the 2019-20 season designed for female athletes in grades 5 & 6.

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 CP Boys Prep (Grades 5 & 6) program can register for regional training until their respective pod reaches the maximum number of participants.

*Athletes eligible for CP Boys (Grades 7 & 8); One open tryout per region will be held for any athletes who were unable to attend Jr. Academy tryouts.

Eligibility (Boys): Athletes in Grades 5 to 8 (born in 2006 to 2009)
Eligibility (Girls): Athletes in Grades 5 to 10 (born in 2004 to 2009)

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 (20 hours for CP Prep Girls). 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): October to January
Dates (Girls): October to April

Cost: $300 ($200 for CP Prep Girls). Program fee 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): January & April
Cost: $100/camp

2019 Tryouts

Boys Prep

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

CP Boys Prep – Tryout Registration Link (Google Forms)

2019 Tryouts: Boys Prep (Grades 5 & 6)

RegionCoachTryout Information
WindsorMichael SimonettaSaturday, October 19th - 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Rose City Islamic Center (5420 Empress St. Windsor, ON).
Kitchener-WaterlooMark FrancisSunday, October 20th - 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Kitchener Collegiate Institute (787 King St W, Kitchener, ON).
TorontoJon GolbourneSunday, October 20th - 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - George Brown College, Casa Loma Campus (160 Kendal Ave, Toronto, ON).
PeelMarlon GreeneThursday, October 24th - 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (registration at 7:15 p.m.) - St. Edmund Campion S.S. (275 Brisdale Dr, Brampton, ON).
DurhamBob MessamSunday, October 27th - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Notre Dame CHS (1375 Harwood Ave N, Ajax, ON).

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. One open tryout per region will be held for any athletes who were unable to attend Jr. Academy tryouts.

CP Boys – Tryout Registration Link (Google Forms)

2019 Tryouts: Boys (Grades 7 & 8)

RegionCoachTryout Information
WindsorMichael SimonettaSaturday, October 19th - 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Rose City Islamic Center (5420 Empress St. Windsor, ON).
Kitchener-WaterlooMike WykeSunday, October 20th - 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Kitchener Collegiate Institute (787 King St W, Kitchener, ON).
TorontoPhil JevtovicSunday, October 20th - 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - George Brown College, Casa Loma Campus (160 Kendal Ave, Toronto, ON).
PeelOmar MilesThursday, October 24th - 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (registration at 7:15 p.m.) - St. Edmund Campion S.S. (275 Brisdale Dr, Brampton, ON).
LondonKevin BarnesThursday, October 24th - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Sir Arthur Carty Catholic School (1655 Ernest Ave, London, ON).
DurhamDeluxshan PathmanathanSunday, October 27th - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Notre Dame CHS (1375 Harwood Ave N, Ajax, ON).
OttawaDavidson SanulesSaturday, November 2nd - 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Cairine Wilson High School (975 Orleans Bvld, Ottawa, ON).
YorkAdil KhajaSunday, November 17th - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (5:30 p.m. registration) - King City Secondary School (2001 King Rd, King City, ON).

Girls Prep

Eligibility: Females in Grades 5 to 7 (born 2007 to 2009)

2019 Tryouts: Girls Prep

RegionCoachTryout Information
OttawaAndre DesjardinsSeptember 22nd, 2019 - 10:00 p.m. at University of Ottawa, Montpetit Gym (125 University Private, Ottawa, ON).
South SimcoeSteph DongelmansFriday, October 11th, 2019 - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m - Eastview Secondary School (421 Grove St E, Barrie, ON). Please bring a reversible pinnie, a ball and a water bottle to tryouts. Register here.
TorontoRenée BrosseauOctober 20th, 2019 - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. William Lyon Mackenzie Collegiate (20 Tillplain Rd, North York, ON). Please bring a reversible jersey, ball and water bottle. Register here.

Girls

Eligibility: Females in Grades 8 to 10 (born 2004 to 2006)

2019 Tryouts: Girls

RegionCoachTryout Information
OttawaFabienne Blizzard Sunday, September 22nd - 10 p.m. - University of Ottawa, Montpetit Gym.
WindsorMadeline BeldingSunday, October 6th - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. - St. Denis Centre (2055 College Ave, Windsor, ON).
South SimcoeChris Vandenberg
Todd Selvage
Friday, October 11th - 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m - Eastview Secondary School (421 Grove St E, Barrie, ON). Please bring a reversible pinnie, a ball and a water bottle to tryouts. Register here.
HamiltonDrew SmillieSunday, October 20th - 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. - St. Mary Catholic Secondary School (200 Whitney Ave, Hamilton, ON). Athletes must register prior to the tryout here.
NorthBruce BourgetSunday, October 20th - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Lo-Ellen Park S.S. - Intermediate Gym (275 Loaches Rd, Sudbury, ON).
ScarboroughKareem GrangerMonday October 28th and Monday November 4th - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Toronto Pan Am Sport Centre (875 Morningside Ave, Toronto, ON)
Kitchener-WaterlooJody BrownSunday, October 27th, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - St. Mary's High School (1500 Block Line Rd, Kitchener, ON). Please bring reversible jersey and water bottle.

Sunday, November 3rd, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - St. Mary's High School (1500 Block Line Rd, Kitchener, ON). Please bring reversible jersey and water bottle.

Sunday, November 17th, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - St. Mary's High School (1500 Block Line Rd, Kitchener, ON). Please bring reversible jersey and water bottle.
BramptonGord EverettTBA
HuronRob AngioneTBA

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 (20 hours for CP Prep Girls). 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: December 21 & 22, 2019
Location: Humber College – North Campus

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