Representing Nova Scotia
on a National stage
Basketball Nova Scotia runs a very extensive High Performance program each year for athletes ages U14-U17. Through this program, we are able to identify the best basketball players in our sport throughout the Province. This provides an excellent opportunity for our youth to represent Basketball Nova Scotia at a Provincial, Atlantic, and National level. Provincial teams train and compete frequently throughout the spring and summer months, and participate in various tournaments throughout Canada and Eastern U.S., including two of our teams (U15 and U17 Boys/Girls), who participate at the Canada Basketball National Championships. These events allow our athletes to display their talents in front of top-tier NCAA, USports, and CCAA scouts and coaches.
History of Success
Basketball Nova Scotia has won 19 medals at the Canada Basketball National Championships since 2002. This is a reflection of the underdog, blue collar mentality of our small province. Representing Nova Scotia is a point of pride for many athletes in their basketball careers. Being part of Nova Scotia’s basketball history is to be part of our basketball story.
In 2015, Basketball Nova Scotia hosted the Canada Basketball National Championships and history was made. An incredibly special group of Nova Scotian athletes & coaches, won the U17 National Title on home soil, for the first time! Basketball Nova Scotia defeated Ontario Basketball in the final 67 – 52.
2015 U17 National Champions
Recent Canada Basketball National Champions & Medalists
2018 U17 National Champions
2018 U15 Bronze Medalists
2016 U15 National Champions
2016 U17 National Champions
2013 U15 Bronze Medalists
2012 U15 Silver Medalists
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Notable Recent Alumni
The late Andrew Milner
2020-2021 Team Scotia
Following the announcements of the cancellation of the 2021 Canada Games and 15U Canada Basketball Nationals, Basketball Nova Scotia has cancelled the season for their U14 – U17 Team Scotia teams. While this is tough news for our Basketball Nova Scotia family, we foresee the current travel limitations being in place for the 2021 Spring/Summer season. Therefore, we don’t see a need in bringing together teams that would represent Nova Scotia on a national level for the time being. Although, we do see a need for our athletes to find a competitive atmosphere to compete in locally. Therefore, Basketball Nova Scotia’s focus is shifting towards the creation of our 2021 Spring League.
We have been in contact with local Club and long-standing Spring/Summer programs here in Nova Scotia and the interest to build this league is underway. We are looking at divisions from U14 – U18 male and female in participation and a U18 male and female high performance stream. This will be a great opportunity for athletes to play with their local teams, get lots of time on court and play in competitive competition in our own province.
Details are coming on next steps for our league. If you haven’t been in contact and are interested in coaching in our league, please contact our Technical Director, Tasia McKenna: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your understanding.
There will be no tryouts for the 2021 Team Scotia season. Please refer to the message above.
Team Scotia Information
Did you know?
- Many of our athletes pay $0 for the summer IF they participate in all fundraising opportunities/initiatives planned by their individual teams.
- BNS teams have won 19 medals over 17 years at the Canadian National Championships (12 for the boys – FOUR gold in the last FOUR years, 7 for the girls)
Where have teams played in the past?
- Eastlink Classic – NS (Boys and Girls)
- Slam Camp Summer Fest – QE (Girls)
- Brookwood Elite – QE (Boys)
- Canletes – ON (Girls)
- Summerfest – NB (Boys and Girls)
- Red Rock – PEI (Boys and Girls)
- East Coast Games – NB (Boys and Girls)
- Jr. Axewomen Tournament – NS (Girls)
- Tour of Athlete Institute and Organeville Prep – ON (Boys)
- Exhibition Games vs. various clubs
- Exhibition Games vs. Universities and Colleges
- Canadian National Championships (http://www.basketball.ca/en/page/national-championships)
- Canada Games (Winnipeg Manitoba, Sherbrook Quebec, Charlottetown PEI, Regina Saskachewan, etc.)
USA + Other
- Pittsburg Jam Fest – Pitssburg, Pennsylvania (Boys)
- Nike Tournament of Champions – Chicago, Illinois (Girls)
- Rumble in the Bronx – Bronx & New York, New York (Boys)
- Basketbull – Springfield, Massachusetts (Boys and Girls)
- NE-CAN Challenge – Porland, Maine (Girls)
- Dana Barros Invitational – Boston, Massachusetts (Boys)
- Puerto Rico (Girls)
What are some other benefits of playing for Basketball Nova Scotia aside from pride?
- Chance to be identified by Canada Basketball and play for Canada Basketball
- Chance to work closely with Canadian Sport Center Atlantic
- Chance to be identified as a TAS athlete (Stength and Conditioning, Mental Performance, Nutrition)
What’s in the Player Gear Package ?
- Shooter Shirt
- Practice gear
Notable coaches who have coached with BNS
- Mike MacKay – High Performance Manager of Canada Basketball’s Women’s High Performance Program
- Steve Konchaski – Canada Basketball Junior Men’s National Team Mentor Coach and St. Francis Xavier University Men’s Basketball Head Coach
- Carly Clarke – Canada Basketball Senior Women’s National Team Assistant Coach & Ryerson Women’s Basketball Head Coach
- Fabian McKenzie – Canada Basketball FISU Games Head Coach & Cape Breton University Women’s Basketball Head Coach
- The Late Carolyn Savoy – Former Dalhousie Women’s Basketball Head Coach and formerly on Canada Basketball’s Board of Directors
- Scott Munro – SMU Women’s Basketball Head Coach
- Tim Kendrick – NBL Island Storm Head Coach
- Anna Stammberger – Dalhousie University Women’s Basketball Head Coach
- Augy Jones – Former St. Francis Xavier University Women’s Basketball Head Coach
- Len Harvey – Acadia Unviersity Women’s Basketball Head Coach
- Mike Leslie – NBL Halifax Hurricanes Men’s Basketball Head Coach
- Mark Parker – Citadel High School Boy’s Basketball Head Coach
- Tim MacGarrigle – Halifax Grammar School Senior Boy’s Basketball Coach
- Bev Greenlaw – Former Acadia Women’s Basketball Head Coach, and former Horton High School Girl’s Basketball Head Coach
- Kathy Spurr – Former Canadian Senior Women’s Basketball team athlete, and former Halifax Grammar School Senior Girl’s Basketball Head Coach
- Jonah Taussig – SMU Men’s Basketball Head Coach
- Mikey Fox – Former Saint Mary’s University Women’s Basketball Head Coach, and former Halifax Windjammers Men’s Basketball Head Coach
- Matt Skinn – Cape Breton University Men’s Basketball Head Coach, Former University of Calgary Men’s Basketball Associate Coach
- Kevin Duffie – Acadia University Men’s Basketball Head Coach)
- Kent Balish – Former Lockeport Regional High School Boys Basketball Team Head Coach
Dr. Daniel Chorney & Associates is an evidence-based private psychology practice located conveniently in the centre of Halifax, Nova Scotia. All of our psychologists have specialized training in providing services to children and adolescents with a variety of mental health concerns or problematic behaviours. We also provide a number of services to adults and families.
We offer assessment and psychotherapy services to children, adolescents, and adults with a focus on assessing and treating anxiety and mood disorders. Every psychologist at Chorney & Associates practices cognitive-behavioural therapy, an approach that utilizes research and evidence as its guiding principle in how mental health concerns are assessed and treated. This means you will be treated with the most current and supported approach within the mental health field, in an environment that is also respectful and aware of each individual’s specific needs and helps you move forward with what is important in your life.
Evening appointments are currently offered on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Weekend appointments are also available with some treatment providers. Please keep in mind these appointment times can be the most difficult to book as they are the most popular – when possible, we ask that your initial appointment be booked during regular hours and follow-ups (if required) are booked in evening times.
Basketball Nova Scotia has partnered with EnPoint to help our athlete transform into professionals. They will be speaking at our 2019 media day to provide more information about their services. EnPoint offers mentorship programs to engage athletes and alumni to find a career that suits them once they are done playing basketball. They also encourage athletes to start thinking about their careers early, so they are set-up for success when the time comes.
Find more information on their services here:
Drew Stratton is a Physiotherapist and Strength and Conditioning Coach who uses a human movement based approach to health and performance. With advanced courses in movement screening and assessment, Drew looks at whole movement patterns to help people improve strength, balance, and agility, and to recover from injury.
For over a decade, Drew has worked as an Exercise Physiologist/Strength and Conditioning Coach with youth, varsity, professional and elite athletes. Drew has a passion for helping individuals reach their optimal health, and believes physiotherapy is not only a tool for rehabilitation and recovery, but also an important regular practice for injury prevention and overall health.
He grew up playing in the New Brunswick provincial basketball system and was selected to the Nike All Canada Camp in 2003 (top 100 high school players across the country). As a former university (5 years at Dalhousie) and professional basketball player (Australia/Canada), and current basketball coach, Drew knows first hand the dedication it takes to perform at a high level and the hardships of overcoming an injury to return to play.
DREW STRATTON, PT
Certified Exercise Physiologist (CSEP)
Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (NSCA)
KidSport is a national children’s program that helps kids overcome the financial barriers preventing or limiting their participation in organized sport. Managed and operated in Nova Scotia by Sport Nova Scotia since 1994, KidSport Nova Scotia has assisted over 24,000 children totalling over $5.5 Million. KidSport Nova Scotia provides funding of up to $300/year/child for athletes facing financial barriers for sport registration and/or equipment. In 2016 KidSport™ Nova Scotia allocated over $575,000 to more than 2,000 children from Sydney to Yarmouth. One-third of Canadian parents with children under the age of 18 have been unable to register their children in organized sports due to expenses. 32% of children in Nova Scotia between two and 17 years of age are either overweight or obese. The national average is 26%. Over 16,000 Nova Scotian children live in families receiving income assistance.
5516 Spring Garden Road, 4th Floor
Halifax, NS B3J 1G6
P: 902-425-5450 x 350
Head Coach, Ryerson Rams Women’s Basketball
Assistant Coach, Canada Basketball Senior Women’s National Team
Professional Basketball Player, Hannover (Germany)
Dalhousie University & Dal Tigers Alumnus (’16)
Loyola University Alumnus, Maryland
Saint Mary’s University Alumnus
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Saint Mary’s University
“I have played several years for BNS provincial teams and every summer has been a good experience. This year (2015) was the best as it all ended with a National Championship for our province!!! It was such a cool feeling to win gold in front of our home crowd, with all my family and friends watching. Our coaches pushed us all summer and made us believe we could win it all. I will never forget this Summer! Thanks to BNS for giving me this opportunity. I will always rep NS wherever I go with basketball.” – Nate Darling, Shooting Guard, University of Alabama-Birmingham and Historical FIBA U19 World Champion with U18/U19 Canadian Men’s Basketball Team. MVP and Champion of the 2015 Canadian National Champion with BNS U17 Boys.
“Through working with BNS, I have been able to coach players from Dartmouth, Cole Harbour, North Preston, Sackville, Halifax, Shelburne, Wolfville, Antigonish, Bridgewater, and Bedford. Each player was a top player from their community working together with other top players from different areas sharing a common goal of team success. It was always enjoyable to see in-season opponents now be teammates and friends for a summer. I have formed many great relationships from coaching with BNS from 2012-2016 with players and parents. I always felt fully supported by BNS with every team I coached which helped make my experiences very enjoyable and stress free. Not only did BNS help me with coaching certification, they gave me opportunities with age groups from U14-U17 to help mold me into the coach I am today. Whether it is playing or coaching for BNS, representing your province will be something you truly do not regret.” – Danny De Palma, Assistant Men’s and Women’s Basketball Coach, Acadia University. Head Coach of the 2016 BNS U17 Boys National Champions
“I have been fortunate enough to be a player and coach in the BNS system, as well as a Board Member. I feel that BNS offers a great opportunity to young basketball players and coaches in my home province! I believe that BNS Coaches and Staff members are very hard working, passionate, knowledgeable people, and continue to do their best to not only promote and help our young players, but the wonderful game of basketball as well! I would recommend to any young player that if given the opportunity, they should try-out for one of the BNS teams. BNS offers the only chance for a young player to compete for their province in a National Championship event, as well as the chance to gain great exposure. As a CIS coach now at UPEI, I very much enjoy watching teams from BNS play! I am very proud of my association through the years with BNS, and believe that without the opportunities that were given to me by this Provincial body, I may not be where I am today! Thank you very much BNS for all that you have done for me over a number of years, and I wish you the very best moving forward!” – Tim Kendrick, Current NBL Island Storm Head Coach, Former Head Men’s Basketball Coach, University of Prince Edward Island
“We have been involved with BNS for 5 years as parents and 4 years as team manager. There were lots of challenges along the way but through it all BNS continued to support our mission of capturing a national title which our U17 (boys) team did in August 2015. What an exciting and rewarding way to cap off our BNS experience! And this after the U17 (boys) team won bronze in 2014! One of the best parts of being involved in BNS has been the people we have met and the friends we have made. The basketball community is large and so supportive in Nova Scotia. This support comes shining through by way of the many volunteers who step up to ensure basketball in Nova Scotia is the best it can be. From coaches, assistant coaches, trainers, parents, family members and friends; everyone gives so much personal time to make it the best experience for the kids. This was most evident when Nova Scotia hosted Nationals. Seeing all the volunteers step forward and making it what we believe to be one of the best if not the best Nationals in some time. The enthusiasm and work ethic was second to none. We heard from many provinces after Nationals that Nova Scotia will be a hard act to follow when hosting!! We are very proud to be part of the BNS family and look forward to the success of future generations!” – Bruce and Lisa Carson, Parents
“Euan was lucky enough to be selected to the U14 BNS team. He not only developed as a player during the summer, but developed new friendships which will be lasting. The coaches were incredibly enthusiastic and passionate not only about the game of basketball but about giving their all to help the boys develop their skills. They were very organized in practices, and keen to participate in tournaments. Even if games were not going our way, they continued to support the boys and encourage them even if emotions got the better of a few people at times. I know that I speak for all the boys in saying that they felt very lucky to have credible individuals coaching them. They brought years of experience between them and helped foster a great team spirit. There have even been many team social events since the season ended. I hope Euan will have the opportunity to have such a wonderful experience again.” – Sarah Brydie, Parent
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