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Canada Games Evaluation Program

The Road to representing

Team Scotia

on the national stage!

Held every two years, alternating between winter and summer, the Canada Games brings together over 2,000 able-bodied athletes and athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities for the largest amateur multi-sport event in the country.

The Games span over 35 different events and showcase the very best in Canadian sport. But most importantly, the Games bring us together to celebrate the very best in Canadian spirit. They are a true reflection of what it means to be Canadian and embody our collective belief that we can all do and be something greater — as individuals, as a community and as a country.

Each Summer, Canada Basketball hosts a National competition for U17 and U15 aged athletes to compete on the highest Canadian stage. This is an opportunity for our provincial athletes to play against the best athletes in the country, and represent Nova Scotia proudly!


All male and female athletes interested in trying out for the U17 or U18 Team Scotia teams.


CAGE is a gradual evaluation process for athlete selection for the male and female U17 and U18 Team Scotia Teams. U17 athletes will attend Canada Basketball Nationals and U18 athletes will attend the 2022 Canada Games. Scroll down for further details on selection processes & timelines.

Athlete Selection Process & Timeline

Open to ALL Male and Female Athletes interested in trying out for the 2022 U17 provincial teams and the U18 Canada Games Teams.

December 4,5 & 11,12 2021

Athletes will be cut after the first round of evaluations. Athletes will be notified if they have made it through the 2nd round or not.

An invite only 4 week program for athletes selected through Round 1 or circumstances that did not allow them to attend all Round 1 sessions will be invited to Round 2.

January 9, 23, February 6, 20, 2022


Round 3 is open to all athletes selected from Rounds 1 & 2 + any other athletes who would like to attend this final try-out. After the May 1st try-out, the final rosters for the U17 and U18 teams will be determined. *Depending on age eligibility, and best fit.*

April 30-May 1, 2022

When & Where

Round 1

December 4, 2021 – Sackville High School (1 King Fisher Way, Lower Sackville, NS B4C 2Y9)

BOYS: 1pm-3pm, GIRLS: 3pm-5pm

December 5, 2021 – Dartmouth High School (95 Victoria Rd Ext, Dartmouth, NS B3A 1V2)

BOYS: 1pm-3pm, GIRLS: 3pm-5pm

December 11, 2021 – Mount Saint Vincent (166 Bedford Hwy, Halifax, NS B3M 2J6)

BOYS: 1pm-3pm, GIRLS: 3pm-5pm

December 12, 2021 – Mount Saint Vincent (166 Bedford Hwy, Halifax, NS B3M 2J6)

BOYS: 1pm-3pm, GIRLS: 3pm-5pm

Round 2

January 9, 2022 – Location TBA

January 23, 2022 – Location TBA

February 6, 2022 – Location TBA

February 21, 2022 – Location TBA

Round 3

April 30, 2022 – Mount Saint Vincent (166 Bedford Hwy, Halifax, NS B3M 2J6)

BOYS: 12pm-2pm, GIRLS: 2pm-4pm, BOYS: 4pm-5:30pm, GIRLS: 5:30pm-7pm

May 1, 2022 – Mount Saint Vincent (166 Bedford Hwy, Halifax, NS B3M 2J6)

BOYS: 9am-11am, GIRLS: 11am-1pm

*For any issues regarding the above timeline and your athlete’s specific schedule, please reach out to Colter Simmonds, Basketball Nova Scotia Technical Director at*

Athlete Information Package

Athlete Program Details

Our CAGE program is designed to ensure multiple touch points with our potential Canada Games and U17 athletes & coaches. Rather than the usual two weekends of open try-outs, CAGE provides Basketball Nova Scotia staff and coaches an opportunity to source the best group of athletes to represent Nova Scotia at the 2022 Canada Games and U17 Nationals.

The program will consist of a three round process, so athletes have plenty of time to get in front of our coaches. Those three rounds are outlined below. If you are not able to attend the two weekends in December, we ask that you reach out to our staff, if you are interested in attending the call backs. Otherwise, our try-outs dates in April/May will be open access to anyone.

Athlete Eligibility

Cutoff age for Canada Games – 18 or under as of December 31st, 2022. Year of birth 2004 or later.

Cutoff age for U17 – 17 or under as of December 31st, 2022. Year of birth 2005 or later.

Athlete Assessments

Basketball Nova Scotia has worked closely with Canada Basketball on our athlete assessment document (below). Athletes will be closely assessed through the three rounds of programs by our Technical Director and coaches to select the best possible team of athletes to represent Nova Scotia. If you have any questions or concerns about the document, you can speak directly with our staff.

Basketball Nova Scotia Teams are made up of 14 athletes. 12 athletes will be selected for the roster and 2 athletes as alternates. Please review Section 6 of the policy below to understand how our alternates will be selected and if this is something you’d be willing to be a part of.

On top of provided the criteria for athlete selection, please review our Provincial Team Selection policy for further details on eligibility and processes to ensure fair and equitable selections.


Includes the first 2 weekends outlined in Round 1 + a reversible BNS jersey. *Note: Subsidies are available to help with costs for those in need. Please reach out to for details.*

Those athletes selected for Rounds 2 and 3 will be contacted directly. If you are unable to attend the dates above and still wish to try-out, please contact BNS directly

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