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2021 Spring League

Our Nova Scotia
basketball league

Welcome to the Basketball Nova Scotia 2021 Spring League home page. We understand that Covid-19 has created challenges to the competition structure for the past year, and we suspect competition and travel will be limited this summer. Therefore, we invite you to join us this spring to compete against other Nova Scotian Teams.

Registration is closed as of April 1, 2021

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact us at:

League Mission

To host positive and meaningful competition for spring basketball programs throughout Nova Scotia.

Quick Links

League Benefits

9 League Games

Looking to confirm a schedule of between 9 and 11 league games (dependant on registered teams)

Officials Development Investment

Commitment to providing top level officials & minor officials through our investment in training & education.

Postitive Competition Structure

Our goal is to provide meaningful competition for all levels. This includes a participation & high performance league.

HP Athlete/Coach Identification

Our High Performance league will provide our Technical Director an opportunity to work our HP athletes & coaches and continue our Canada Games evaluations.


Depending on the restrictions at the time, we will explore the option to provide a live-streaming service.


Games will be held in different areas throughout the province to assist with travel for all teams.

Tournament style

League play will happen over 3 weekends. This gives parents, coaches & all volunteers a chance to enjoy their spring!

Happy Volunteers!

Leave the admin work to us! Games, officials, facilities, all booked by Basketball Nova Scotia!

2021 Schedule

Participation League

AgesDivisionWeekend 1Weekend 2Weekend 3 (Playoffs)
U14 Girls1May 14-16June 11-13July 3-4
Avon View High School
U14 Girls2May 14-16June 11-13July 3-4
U14 Boys1May 14-16June 11-13July 3-4
U14 Boys2May 14-16June 11-13July 3-4
Avon View High School
U16 GirlsMay 14-16June 11-13July 3-4
St. FX University
U16 BoysMay 14-16June 11-13July 3-4
St. FX University
U18 GirlsMay 28-30June 18-20July 3-4
U18 BoysMay 28-30June 18-20July 3-4
*Schedule is subject to change based on total number of registered teams, facility availability and COVID-19 restrictions.

Participation League Contact: Christian Ryan (, Operations Manager

High Performance League

AgeWeekend 1Weekend 2Weekend 3 (Playoffs)Atlantic Champions
U18 GirlsMay 28-30 June 26-28July 9-10July
(TBD based on COVID)
U18 BoysMay 28-30June 18-20July 9-10July
(TBD based on COVID)
*Schedule is subject to change based on total number of registered teams, facility availability and COVID-19 restrictions.

High Performance League Contact: Tasia McKenna ( Technical Director/Performance Coach

Participation Requirements

To ensure the implementation of Basketball Nova Scotia policies & procedures, clubs will be required to be Basketball Nova Scotia Affiliate Clubs. This means our league will follow all of our Safe Sport requirements including our Coach Screening Policy, Code of Conduct and all other BNS policies, which can be found here.

Not a registered affiliate yet? That’s ok, check out our Club Affiliation Registration page and our Club Affiliation Benefits page for more info.

Age Groups

Birth years for each age category are outlined below. Our regular provincial championship regulations will be in affect for athletes. Your club president will submit your birth years but we may ask for identification in the form of a birth certificate or other, if required to confirm your birth year.


2007 or later


2005 or later


2003 or later
(2002, if currently enrolled in a Nova Scotia High School)

Competition Structure

Based on registration numbers, location and makeup of team rosters, for weekend 1, our league committee will divide each age group up into appropriate divisions. The committee will reconvene after that first weekend of play and adjust the divisions to meet our top priority of meaningful competition for all.

The final weekend of competition will serve as playoffs for each division. Winners will receive recognition for their play throughout the league.


Basketball Nova Scotia has secured numerous quality venues across the province to host. Our goal is to host some competition at a neutral, mid-province site (ex: Truro, Valley, Antigonish) and some competition within the HRM. Locations and games will be subject to COVID-19 protocol and travel restrictions. Teams will know all their game locations 1 week before the start of league play.

All U18 High Performance Girls & Boys games will take place at locations within HRM.

League clubs are able to host one of our weekends as well! If you are interested in hosting, please contact Christian Ryan to discuss a hosting agreement.


As variable costs will be dependent on the total number of teams per division, as well as the locations of our events (facility fees), a final cost has not been determined.

A maximum team league fee of less than $1,500 per team is our goal. To hold your registration spot, there is a $500 deposit upon registration and final fees will be shared after registration closes and required in full by April 21. 2021. This $500 deposit will go towards your final team fees. See FAQ’s for additional questions.

What does your league fee cover?

  • League Administration – Discipline & complaints, policies, safe sport implementation
  • Website – league standings, scores, schedules
  • Officials & Minor Officials game fees
  • Facilities
  • Officials & Minor Officials Education & Investment
  • League Awards
  • Live Streaming (*dependant on restrictions)

What is not covered in your league fees?

  • Practices
  • Travel
  • Hotels (if required)

Funding Options

As all participants will be Basketball Nova Scotia Affiliates, you’ll have access to funding for our Spring League program. Quick the images below to learn more.


Our 2021 Spring League will follow FIBA rules.

Team& Individual Registration

Registration is closed as of April 1, 2021

Questions can be sent to:


What is the refund policy if the program is cancelled or changed due to COVID-19 protocols?

Once costs are confirmed, we will define our refund policy. We commit to refund clubs for all games that did not take place.

How were the league fees determined?

As the fees will be dependent on total number of teams in each division, they haven’t been confirmed. We have budgeted and roughly estimated for a usual summer tournament fee (ex: BNS Eastlink Classic fee = $450/team) as a baseline and will do our best to keep the fees as low as we can. Teams will know their final fees after registration has closed on March 31st.

Why isn’t there a U12 program?

We did explore this idea. Although, after careful thought and review with our league committee, it was decided that our U12 and below age groups are encouraged to participate in other sports throughout the summer. Basketball Nova Scotia’s Team Scotia program begins at U14, so we wanted to align this program with our regular summer programming.

My team is participation based, will there be a place for us?

Our goal is to be able to find a place for everyone to play. Keep in mind that our league was designed to fill the gap for provincial team athletes and travel teams without the ability to leave the province.

I don’t have a team, can I register as an individual?

Yes, please register following the individual registration pathway outlined above.

I’m not able to pay the $500 deposit now, what do I do?

The deadline for registration is March 31, 2021. The deposit is required to participate in the league.


Katherine BrienCo-Chair
Christian RyanCo-Chair
Chris LeretteLeague Assistant
Jeff StarrattLeague Structure/Policies
Jen Lloyd-MacKenzieOfficials & Minor Officials Development
Jessica QuillanDiscipline & Violations
Lucas WideFinance


Tasia McKennaChair
Darrell McLellandHigh Performance Women’s Lead
Dan HigginsHigh Performance Men’s Lead
Paul MacIsaacRural Regional Lead

For updates on Spring League:

    Congratulations to all Basketball Nova Scotia member programs who received Sport Fund COVID-19 Recovery Grants!

    Many thanks to @SportNovaScotia for making this possible for Nova Scotian sport programs

    On April 12 @ParasportNS, @eastersealsns, @hfxrec, and Basketball Nova Scotia are bringing wheelchair basketball to Halifax youth with Learn to Wheel and Jr. NBA programs!

    For more information on how you can register and get involved, visit our website:

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