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JR. NBA

Basketball Nova Scotia is a proud partner of Canada Basketball & NBA Canada. The Jr. NBA program is a great way to start a basketball program or join a basketball program in your area, for athletes 5-12 years old. In Nova Scotia, you can join a club that is currently running a program, or you can start one on your own.

  • Contact Nova Scotia’s Jr. NBA Ambassador, Kenny Edison to operate this program at your club: KEdison@nba.com
  • Or check out our list of member clubs (link to membership page) to find one that is close to you!

Here are some quick points on the program.

Objectives

  • Participation – Provide opportunities for youth ages 5-12 across Canada to play basketball.
  • Education – NCCP FUNdamentals Coach Workshop and full basketball curriculum with supporting resources.
  • Development – Develop young athletes in alignment with the Sport Canada LTAD Model and stage-appropriate drills and games.
  • Progression – Entry to the Canada Basketball development pathway, encouraging athletes to pursue high performance opportunity.
  • Character Building – Help athletes maximize their potential, using basketball as a vehicle to develop character and life skills.

Description

  • Age 5-12 | Co-ed | 12 Weeks | 45-75 Min. Sessions
  • A national youth basketball program designed to develop fundamental skills, sportsmanship and a love of the game of basketball.
  • Empowering basketball communities, clubs, and facilities
  • Positively impact youth through the sport of basketball
  • Holistic approach to athlete development based off of the Sport Canada LTAD Model

For more information visit: http://www.jrnba.ca/home

JR. NBA GLOBAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Jr. NBA Global Championship is a youth basketball tournament for the top 13- and 14-year old boys and girls teams from around the world. Internal qualifying competitions tip off in January and run through June 2020, with the top 32 boys and girls teams receiving all-expenses-paid trips to compete in the Jr. NBA Global Championship in Orlando, Florida, broadcast on FOX and Twitch.

In Nova Scotia, we are part of the Jr. NBA Global Championship international competition structure. U14 teams from across Canada will compete to represent their province. The winners from each province will move on to a regional qualifier, then to the Canada qualifier. Here’s how it works in Nova Scotia:

  • U14, Division 1 Provincial Championships Girls & Boys Winners will move on to the East Regional Qualifier, hosted in Halifax, Nova Scotia
    • East Regional Qualifying = Nova Scotia + Prince Edward Island + Newfoundland
  • All 3 qualifying provinces will play each other once and the province with the best record will move on to the Canada qualifier, held in Toronto, Ontario
    • Canada qualifier = 8 teams
      • East
      • Central
      • Ontario (4 teams)
      • West (2 teams)
  • The Canadian championship team, will then move on to the Jr. NBA Global Championship in Orlando, Florida and will represent Canada on the International Stage

*NOTE: All qualifying tournaments (except for the U14 Provincial Championships) are all expenses paid by NBA Canada!

For more information on the tournament & it’s structure, visit the Jr. NBA Global Championship Website.

JUNIOR ACADEMY

This year, we are offering Junior Academy (Metro only, for now) and CAGE (Canada Games Evaluation). CAGE will be replacing both Senior Academy (in Metro) and TAS for the time being. We will continue to keep club presidents and our social media followers updated on our programs if there are any additional changes. Thank you for your understanding. 

Program Details: 

  • Athletes born in 2007 and 2008
  • Cost: $100.00
  • 4-weeks (8 hours total) on-court programming with Basketball Nova Scotia identified coaches (to be announced at the end of August) + our Technical Director, Tasia McKenna. 
  • A Jr. Academy T-shirt
  • Canada Basketball curriculum – designed to introduce athletes to specific skills and language being used by our National Team coaches ​


​Step 1: Register at the link below for our Jr Academy Program
Step 2: Send payment – via one of the options available below 
Step 3: Coaches will be announced 1-week before and sent via email to participants and announced on our social media


Payment Options: 

*MUST be received by September 8, 2020*

Cash, Cheque, or E-transfer to: bnsexecutivedirector@sportnovascotia.ca
All cheques made payable to “Basketball Nova Scotia” and sent to:
5516 Spring Garden Rd, 3rd Floor
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3J 1G6

*Note: We will be taking a maximum of 36 athletes (PER ACADEMY) due to COVID-19 restrictions. If you are not in the first 36, you will be placed on a wait-list, and contacted if a spot opens!


ATHLETES: CLICK 
HERE TO REGISTER FOR JR ACADEMY 


*There will be no Sr Academy (at this time) for Fall 2020, this has been replaced by CAGE. Stay tuned to our social media to possible changes to areas outside of Metro. Thank you for your understanding.  

COACHES: CLICK HERE TO APPLY TO COACH OUR JR ACADEMY

Coach Selection for Junior Academy will be announced a week before the first session.

BNS is following our Back to Basketball Guidelines- Phase 2 plan. To view more details about this plan and how it effects Fall Programs, click HERE

To view the Canada Games Centre COVID-19 Guidelines, click HERE

CAGE (Canada Games Evaluation)

Program Details: 

  • Athletes born January 1st, 2004 or later
  • Cost: $120.00 (travel & program fee subsidies available – please email bnsexecutivedirector@sportnovascotia.ca for details)
  • On-court programming with Basketball Nova Scotia Canda Games identified coaches + our Technical Director, Tasia McKenna
  • Mental Performance & Nurtition Sessions, in partnership with Canadian Sports Centre Atlantic 
  • Total program time: 24 hours
  • A Basketball Nova Scotia Reversible Jersey
  • Canada Basketball curriculum – designed to introduce athletes to specific skills and language being used by our National Team coaches ​


​Step 1: Register at the link below for CAGE
Step 2: Send payment – via one of the options available below 
Step 3: More details will be sent the week before the first session 

Payment:
Cash, Cheque, E-transfer (bnsexecutivedirector@sportnovascotia.ca)
 
All cheques made payable to “Basketball Nova Scotia” and sent to:
5516 Spring Garden Rd, 3rd Floor
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3J 1G6

*If paying by cash, please call the BNS office at 902-410-4929 to confirm availability. 
 

WOMEN ROUND 1 – This will be for ALL female athletes interested in 2021 Canada Games team: 

Program will run from 8:00am – 12:00pm each week

Weekend 1 September 12/13 @ CGC
Weekend 2 September 19/20 @ CGC
Weekend 3 September 26/27 @ CGC
Weekend 4 October 3/4 @ CGC

MEN ROUND 1 – This will be for ALL male athletes interested in 2021 Canada Games team: 

Program will run from 8:00am – 12:00pm each week

Weekend 1 September 12/13 @ CGC
Weekend 2 September 19/20 @ CGC
Weekend 3 September 26/27 @ CGC
Weekend 4 October 3/4 @ CGC
 

Athletes will be cut after the first round of evaluations, names will be listed on Basketball Nova Scotia website the week of October 12th – 16th.

ATHLETES: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR C.A.G.E

CLICK HERE TO APPLY TO BE A C.A.G.E COACH

Any coach who would like to be a 2021 Canada Games Coach, will be required to coach with us during CAGE. If you are interested in coaching 2021 U17 Girls or Boys Canada Games Teams, please apply above. 

** Please do not fill out this form if you are interested in our other provincial teams. There will be a different application at a later time**

FAQ’s

Question 1: Why is C.A.G.E being run so early?

A: Canada Games Tryouts usually have their first round in December. With COVID-19 restrictions, as well as athletes not being able to be on the court, we have decided to move the first round of tryouts up, and run a gradual evaluation process. This process allows athletes to get back into the game, and increase intensity as the weeks progress.

Question 2: What happens if the registration is full?

A: C.A.G.E is an open tryout, meaning that we are accepting everyone that registers. 

Question 3: Is C.A.G.E following the BNS Back to Basketball Guidelines? 

A: Yes, Fall Programs are following the BNS Back to Basketball Plan. For more information on our plan, click HERE

We will also be following the Canada Games Centre COVID-19 guidelines. To view these guidelines, click HERE

Question 4: What will happen if athletes are not comfortable being in a large group due to COVID-19, or unable to attend C.A.G.E? 

A: We understand that families and athletes may not be comfortable at this time in this group setting. That’s ok! We’re always willing to work with families on a case by case basis to ensure every athlete has a fair opportunity to be selected. If there is an issue with not being able to attend, or not being comfortable with attending due to the group setting, please contact our Techical Director, Tasia McKenna, and we will determine a solution.

For contact information, click HERE.

Question 5: What is the selection process for the Canada Games Team?

A: The selection process for the Canada Games team is the same process as a regular provincial team tryout. We will be updating our website with a blank copy of the selection criteria, which is new for BNS this season.

This is a gradual evaluation process, which means that the four weekends of C.A.G.E are being used as a first round of tryouts. Not all athletes that are in C.A.G.E will move to the second round of tryouts. This looks as follows:

ROUND 1 (open to ALL Male and Female Athletes interested in trying out for the 2021 Canada Games Teams)

Sept 12,13,19,20,26,27

Oct 3,4

ROUND 2 (Athletes who have made it through first round of tryouts OR any unforeseen circumstance that has been cleared by BNS)

Sundays starting on Oct 13 – Nov 22nd

ROUND 3 (FINAL Tryout- athletes who have made it through second round of tryouts OR any unforeseen circumstance)

December 6 and December 13th

Wheelchair Basketball


Not surprisingly, wheelchair basketball is one of the most popular spectator sports at the Paralympics and the Canada Games. It is a fast-paced team game that attracts competitive athletes with physical disabilities that prevent them from running, jumping, and pivoting. Not all athletes who play wheelchair basketball require the use of a wheelchair for daily life.

Basketball Nova Scotia is a proud member of Wheelchair Basketball Canada. Our goal is to promote and grow the sport, just as we do able-bodied basketball. We have new programs popping up all over the province and are always looking for interested athletes. For information on our programs, please email our Executive Director at bnsexecutivedirector@sportnovascotia.ca. You can also check out their Facebook page at the link below!

Nova Scotia Wheelchair Basketball Facebook

or email: nswheelchairbasketball@gmail.com
 

Past Canada Games Outcomes:

1995: 8th
2011: 5th
2015: 8th
 

Frank Baldwin Award

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Frank Baldwin Award Nomination and Selection Process

 
Background

Affectionately known as “Mr. Basketball,” Frank Baldwin was the Executive Director of Basketball Nova Scotia from 1972 until 1986. Some of his many accomplishments were leading Queen Elizabeth High School to the 1950 Canadian Juvenile Championships. He is an inductee of the Saint Mary’s Sports Hall of Fame, where he founded and coached their basketball team from 1952-1962. Frank was also inducted as a Builder into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame in 1979 and Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame in 1983.
 
Frank passed his knowledge, candy, and love of the game along to many players and coaches throughout the province and was a tremendous ambassador for Nova Scotia basketball, nationally.
 
Previous Winners: 
2001 – Steve Konchalski               2009 – Renda and Casey VanderToorn, Tim Kendrick 
2002 – Gail Rice                                        & Ed McHugh
2003 – Ian MacMillan                    2010 – Simon Chiasson          
2004 – Bob Douglas                      2011 – Bill Thow           
2005 – Carolyn Savoy                   2017 – Wade Smith, Jack Murphy, Mike Kennedy, 
2006 – Gail MacDougall                             Chuck Smith, Mark Parker, Eric Dolliver,
2007 – Kent Balish, Bob Nauss                  & David Harris
2008 – Lowell Cormier                   2018 – Bev Greenlaw & Rick Plato  
            & Jim Gannon                    2019 – Maria Fraser, Keith Andrews & Colter        Simmonds                                          
                                                         

 Objective
To annually give formal recognition to a significant Builder of the game of Basketball in Nova Scotia.

Selection Criteria
This prestigious award is in recognition of an individual(s), who like Frank, has made a significant long-term contribution to the development of the sport of basketball in Nova Scotia. Preference towards a person who has been involved in developing Nova Scotia Minor and/or Provincial team programs at some point in time.
*Note: more than one, but no more than three individuals may receive the award, if agreed to by the Board.

Process

  • BNS will release a formal Call for nominations for candidate submissions (although submissions can be completed at any point throughout the year). Deadline for nominations is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 5, 2020.
  • BNS Award Selection Committee will review submissions and present a list of winners to the BNS Board of Directors.
  • Board members will vote to determine award recipient(s), award winners will be notified by BNS.
  • Nominations will remain in place and be automatically reconsidered for the next two years.
  • Award will be announced on social media to successful candidate(s) on Wednesday, August 5, 2020. Award recipient(s) information will also be sent out via the media.

How to Nominate:

  • Provide a summary (no more than two pages) to support your submission of the nomination. Attach as much additional information as possible to outline the Nominee’s background and achievements and/or contribution along with dates. (Please ensure nominee’s name is placed at the top of each page).
  • All nominations must be submitted by the deadline as established by BNS to be eligible for the award. All applications will receive acknowledgment of receipt.
  • Send nominations to basketballnsintern@gmail.com

  Include “Frank Baldwin Award Nomination” in your subject heading.

Or Mail to:

Basketball Nova Scotia

           5516 Spring Garden Rd, 3rd Floor
           Halifax, NS
           B3J 1G6

 
Award

  • Individual(s) name will be placed on the permanent plaque that is kept on display at the NS Sports Hall of Fame.
  • An engraved plaque with Individual’s name, Frank Baldwin Award recipient and Year
  • Letter from the president of Basketball Nova Scotia
  • Gift from Basketball Nova Scotia.

2020 Award Winners

Basketball may not be the same right now, but we can’t wait to get back on the court. Many community members volunteer their time to keep basketball thriving in our province, no matter the circumstances, and today, Basketball Nova Scotia is excited to announce the 2020 Frank Baldwin Award Winners. This year, three individuals will receive recognition as builders of the game who have spent timeless hours giving back on the court.

This year’s pool of nominees was unbelievable, and a tough decision was made by the nominating committee. After a lot of back and forth, these three recipients have inspired and positively impacted so many young basketball players and coaches in our basketball community. Even though basketball has taken a small pause, it’s a great time to recognize those individuals who have been consistent in their love of the game” quotes Katherine Brien, Executive Director of Basketball Nova Scotia.

The Frank Baldwin Award recognizes the countless hours volunteers have dedicated to building, supporting and growing the sport of basketball. This year we are proud to recognize the following individuals;

  • Curtis Coward – Two-time National Champion as Assistant Coach with Basketball Nova Scotia, U15 & U17 Boys (2016 & 2018), Founding member of the JC Rockets Basketball Association, Director and founder of the Justin Coward Memorial Society & Co-Founder of Northern Kings Atlantic, AAU
  • Mike (Jake) Brien– Co-founder of the Bedford Minor Basketball Association, President, Basketball Nova Scotia (2005-2008), Former General Manager of Team Business, Halifax Hurricanes of the NBL
  • Mike MacKay– Three-time Team Nova Scotia Women’s Canada Games Coach, NCCP Master Coach Developer & Facilitator, 20+ year coach with girls’ programs with Basketball Nova Scotia & throughout the Truro area, Performance Manager of Women’s High Performance, Canada Basketball

The Basketball Nova Scotia Family would like to send a big thank you to all the nominees and those who submitted their nominations. This year was one of the tougher decisions made by our committee, but these winners are very deserving. Thank you to the recipients for all that they do to grow our great game!

2019 Award Recipients

Basketball Nova Scotia is excited to announce the Frank Baldwin Award Winners at the 2019 Eastlink Classic Basketball tournament. The award is presented to those individuals who, like Frank, have dedicated their time to building the sport of basketball. This year, three individuals will receive recognition as builders of the game who have spent timeless hours giving back. 

“Each recipient has inspired and positively impacted so many young basketball players and coaches in our basketball community. Basketball is in such an exciting place right now and this is a great opportunity to recognize those individuals who have been consistent in their love of the game” quotes Katherine Brien, Executive Director of Basketball Nova Scotia. 

The Frank Baldwin Award recognizes the countless hours volunteers have dedicated to building, supporting and growing the sport of basketball. This year we are proud to recognize the following individuals;

  • Colter Simmonds – We Will Win Youth
  • Keith Andrews – Kennetcook Area Minor Basketball Association
  • Maria Fraser – Antigonish Minor Basketball Association

The recipients and families were recognized at halftime during the Competitive Male Final on July 7th, 2019 at the Canada Games Centre. On behalf of Basketball Nova Scotia, thank you to all nominees and congratulations to all award winners for everything you do for the game of basketball.